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After a few delays and many political battles, the end of cannabis prohibition in Canada is officially here.
On Wednesday the United States House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill, sending it to President Donald Trump to sign into law.
Later this year, Alaska cannabis consumers will be able to buy and consume cannabis all under the same roof.
According to a statement by the government of Alberta, citizens hoping to have a place to go specifically for cannabis consumption will have to wait until the edible market is regulated.
Ontario is unlikely to meet its target of having 25 privately owned cannabis shops open by April 1, an analysis of licence applications shows.
Arkansas regulators have announced they have formally awarded all 32 licences for cannabis dispensaries that will operate under the state’s medical cannabis program. The dispensaries are now authorized to begin serving patients.
Aurora Cannabis has completed its first shipment of medical marijuana to the Czech Republic after receiving an export request and obtaining the correct permits.
Canadian licensed producer Aurora Cannabis Inc., has launched the Cannabis Tax Ticker, a live website tallying how much Canadians have racked up in medical cannabis expenses.
Despite still being incredibly low compared to North American levels, Australia’s medical marijuana patient numbers are increasing rapidly.
Senator Rachel Siewert, a senator and member of the Australian Greens, has introduced the Australian Cannabis agency Bill 2018 in hopes of legalizing marijuana for recreational use across the country.
The government of British Columbia says that it is going to be a gradual process for its legal marijuana industry to mature, as the provincial and local governments are still working on structuring and implementing their retail systems.
Billy Caldwell, the 12 year old boy with autism suffering from epilepsy, who sparked a national debate on cannabis oil, has received a license from the Northern Irish Authorities to be treated at home.
The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch has released the regulator requirements for cannabis retail stores operating in the province.
Party planners and festival promoters are disappointed about a recent decision from the British Columbia government turning down the option for special permits to allow access of cannabis at special events.
England’s top cabinet officials are in a fierce battle over the country’s medical cannabis laws. Jeremy Hunt, health secretary of Britain, said he supports the use of cannabis oil for patients, and is calling on the government to review its stance of the issue.
After the British government added medicinal cannabis to the list of medicines available to patients, prescriptions for the products can now officially be written.
If you live in Calgary and want to partake in the use of Cannabis, you will now be confined to your private home in order to do so.
The city of Calgary will allow festivals to block off areas specifically set up for cannabis smokers when recreationally legalized.
In a major setback to cannabis companies operating in California, state lawmakers decided to cancel a plan to allow the state to license private banks to deal with legal marijuana companies.
The parents of a five year old girl with Dravet Syndrome, a form of epilepsy in children, have been in a battle with their daughters school about how she is being treated.
After a court case that had many citizens of the state questioning the common sense of the law, a judge has sided with the family of Brooke Adams and will allow her to bring cannabis oil to school for emergency treatment of a rare form of epilepsy.
The California State Legislature passed a bill yesterday that will require prosecutors in the state to erase or reduce thousands of past marijuana-related criminal convictions. When signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, the bill could reduce or erase almost 220,000 cases on file.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) confirmed this week that medical cannabis purchased under physician’s order can be considered an eligible medical expense, come tax season.
A seemingly small Canada Revenue Agency requirement is posing big problems for the country’s licensed cannabis producers.
Canadian cannabis companies may get a highly-anticipated gift before Christmas as the federal government is set to announce rules that will govern the edibles market.
Recreational cannabis will take a “plain Jane” look and feel when it hits shelves in Canada later this summer. All packaging will contain only a standardized cannabis symbol and one of 14 health warning messages. These recommended packaging rules are part of a Health Canada report summarizing feedback from 3,200 people on Canada’s regulatory approach to cannabis.
Even despite new Canadian laws against marijuana-impaired driving, Canadian policy makers, police forces, judges, and drivers are still in an uncertain climate pertaining to the subject.
Canadians entering the United States who have any connection with the legal cannabis industry are being targeted by US border guards for lifetime travel bans.
On Friday Portugal’s parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill to legalize cannabis-based medicines.
Travellers caught sneaking even small amounts of cannabis into Canada could soon be facing fines. Although severe criminal penalties will remain an option, the federal border agency is developing administrative sanctions to give it more flexibility to deal with people who arrive at the Canadian border with cannabis.
In its earliest days, cannabis legalization has not had much impact, if any, on crime in Calgary, says the city’s police force.
This week Colorado Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill that will allow school nurses to treat students with non smokable marijuana.
A measure to protect banks from prosecution for dealing with marijuana handling companies has been rejected. The measure, introduced by Ohio Republican David Joyce, would have prevented the U.S Department of the Treasury from taking any action to “penalize a financial institution solely because the institution provides financial services to an entity that is a manufacturer, producer, or a person that participates in any business or organized activity that involves handling marijuana or marijuana products" in accordance with state or local law.
This week, the U.S. house panel that oversees federal drug enforcement is scheduled to vote on a bill that would increase research on medical marijuana.
Dr. Simon Sherry, a psychologist and professor at Dalhousie University, has filed a formal complaint to Health Canada about the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation’s retail cannabis store designs.
The House of Representatives in Cyprus have passed a law regulating the production, use and import of medicinal cannabis.
Last week the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) took steps to increase the amount of cannabis that can be legally grown in America, citing a rise in government-approved research.
Landlords in Quebec who want to restrict cannabis smoking in their properties have until January 15 to advise tenants whether their lease will change.
Last Week Delaware Governor John Carney signed into law legislation that provides mandatory expungement eligibility to those convicted for cannabis possession prior to the state decriminalizing it.
A health reform measure that could lead to legal cultivation, manufacturing, and prescribing of medical cannabis in Ecuador was unanimously approved by the National Assembly’s standing committee on health.
Edmonton Police Services has announced that all sworn members will not be able to smoke, or consumer cannabis in any way, regardless of their on-duty obligations.
Due to varying laws throughout its members, The European Union Parliament is currently working on a draft proposal to harmonize medical cannabis laws throughout the common market.
According to a recently released internal government letter sent from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), cannabidiol, or CBD, does not meet the criteria for federal control.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected a call by an anti-marijuana legalization group to list cannabis on its list of over-the-counter drugs that are generally seen as unsafe or ineffective.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking the public’s opinion on the “abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking, and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use” of cannabis.
Long-awaited legislation that makes obtaining a pardon for simple possession of cannabis cheaper and quicker made it to the House of Commons in Canada late last week, but critics say it won’t be enough to right decades of problems caused by cannabis criminalization.
A new roadside device used to screen drivers for THC is set to be approved by the Justice Department.
Last month, Judge Karen Gievers from Leon County Circuit Court ruled that Florida Legislature’s ban on smoking medical marijuana was unconstitutional. However, despite her Monday deadline for the state to establish a distribution system, patients are still legally barred from smoking their cannabis.
Last week, Gary Farmer, a Broward County Democrat of Florida, pushed for the elimination of the $75 annual fee for medical cannabis identification cards for veterans.
A French health Agency has launched a temporary scientific committee to assess how to create a medical cannabis market in France.
The tender for medical cannabis producers within Germany could suffer an additional setback, as another lawsuit has been filed against the application process.
When the Canadian government passed its cannabis legislation last June, it did not introduce or stipulate any workplace drug-testing rules nor did it make changes to the federal labour code. Rather, it opted to provide general guidelines, resulting in a range of rules around cannabis for the eight percent of the labour population that work in federally regulated industries.
After a fierce battle with Japanese regulators, Australian medicinal cannabis company Elixinol has launched Japan’s first campaign advertising any cannabis related product.
Earlier this month the government of Greece licensed its first two legal marijuana producers in hopes of gaining market share in the world’s burgeoning market worth billions.
Health Canada has changed the direction it takes on its health campaigns aimed at teens about the use of cannabis. Unlike in the past, where the undisputed message was simply “don't do it”, they are taking a more realistic approach of harm reduction.
The federal health agency of Canada barred Bonify Medical Cannabis from selling cannabis on Monday due to safety and public health concerns.
Health Canada has put Canadian cannabis companies on notice about their current marketing practices, specifically from promotion at music festivals.
The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to dramatically increase the number of licenses available for marijuana producers growing for scientific studies.
On Monday, newly-sworn in Governor J.B. Pritzker promised his constituents in Illinois that he plans to make good on his campaign promise of legalizing cannabis.
This past weekend, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill to legalize the growing of hemp from state farmers, effective immediately.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law yesterday a bill that will allow patients who have been prescribed opioid painkillers the option to use medical marijuana as an alternative.
Three major Indian science organizations - The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Indian Council for Medical Research and the Department of Biotechnology - are joining to promote research into marijuana-derived drugs as well as other herbal drugs.
Canada’s cannabis industry players are not happy with an amendment to Bill C45 that will prevent them from advertising through “brand elements”.
In a unanimous decision, Israel’s parliament voted to finally approved a law that will allow companies to export medical cannabis.
Israel has given final approval to a law permitting the export of medical cannabis, a move the government expects will catapult investment in local industry and agriculture.
On Wednesday the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions handed in his letter of resignation to President Donald Trump upon the President's request.
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers sent a letter to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie on Thursday asking him to initiate a “rigorous clinical trial” of medical marijuana. The focus, according to the group, would be on treating post traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.
Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, has announced that it will permit travelers to carry up to the state legal limit of marijuana in their carry ons while travelling.
Lebanon could be the latest country to continue the trend of medical marijuana legalization around the world. The country, who hired prominent consulting firm Mckinsey Consulting, is looking to spark its faltering economy and sees medical marijuana as a possible economic boost.
According to an analysis of U.S. crime data by The Conversation, the legalization of medical marijuana does not correlate to an increase in crime rates, and in some cases, can even decrease it. The analysis looked specifically at violent or property crime.
With various bills pending in the Florida House and others in the Senate, the current status or recent progress of the state of Florida’s cannabis policies can be confusing. The following is a summary of the various cannabis policies as of this week.
On Thursday Lithuania’s parliament voted to pass a law that will allow doctors to prescribe marijuana-based medicines.
The government of Luxembourg voted unanimously to pass a draft law to decriminalize use the use of cannabis for patients dealing with diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis or neurodegenerative diseases.
Almost 20 percent of marijuana products tested in state-licensed labs in California from failed to meet standards set out by the Bureau of Cannabis Control.
To battle the lack of financial services offered to cannabis companies, the California senate has overwhelmingly approved a state-backed bank that will be able to handle financial matters for legal cannabis businesses.
Massachusetts has struggled to implement its recreational cannabis program as local and state regulations, or lack thereof, have stifled progress for the state’s businesses.
Since October 2018, recreational cannabis has been legal in Canada- but municipalities across the country are still unclear about their authority over consumption. There are a lot of legal grey areas and uncertainties as to how much control municipalities have.
A Senate subcommittee approved a bill early this week that would allow patients to access medical cannabis for a wider range of health problems than previously depicted.
A measure that would remove criminal penalties for growing, possessing and consuming cannabis for patients who receive prescriptions from doctors has been approved by a key senate committee in Brazil.
Medical Marijuana Inc. the first publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, commented on the recent statement released by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on cannabidiol (CBD) products.
Lawmakers in Illinois have passed a plan that will give patients using opioids access to medical marijuana treatment instead.
The government of Utah is now implementing a “right to try” policy for terminally ill patients seeking medical marijuana that was approved earlier this year by the State Legislature.
On Wednesday Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that an absolute ban on recreational use of marijuana was unconstitutional, leaving it to lawmakers to eventually come up with a way to regulate the drug.
Arguably the biggest issue among legal marijuana companies in the US is the lack of financial backing and protection from federally regulated institutions like insurance companies and banks.
A Michigan law that requires all cannabis being sold to patients to be tested in state authorized labs is holding up medical marijuana dispensaries that were approved just last week.
The addition of two new conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Minnesota have gone into effect as of July 1st, after being approved by the Minnesota Department of Health in November.
The 2018 midterm elections had four states vote on some form of marijuana legalisation.
Officials at Trudeau International Airport in Montreal have released new guidelines this year for items travellers are able to carry onboard their international and domestic flights.
The city of Montreal has announced that they will treat cannabis just as they do tobacco, however a new incoming provincial government may alter that.
A new observational study that will have women use a cannabis-based suppository pill aims to determine the effects cannabis can have on menstrual symptoms for women.
On Monday New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that the state is looking to double the number of medical marijuana dispensaries operating to 12.
On Wednesday, New Jersey lawmakers unveiled bills aimed to introduce a recreational marijuana market, expand the state’s medical marijuana program and revamp the rules for expunging drug-related and other violations.
Six Nations has set a new cannabis law citing that 8% of sales have to go back to community projects.
According to a recent poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune, A majority of Texans believe that cannabis should be legalized in the state.
A new survey from BDS Analytics says that more than 83 percent of adults in the US and 84 percent of adults in Canada support some form of cannabis legalization.
Shortly after being sworn in for his third term in office, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reiterated his support for legalized recreational marijuana in the state.
Patients in the empire state who are currently paying out of pocket for their medical marijuana may soon be getting help from the New York taxpayers, thanks to a bill that would force public insurers to cover it.
A Bill that was first introduced that would advance New York’s medical marijuana program to include pet care, is now pending in the Senate and State Assembly Health Committees.
New York’s district attorney office of Erie County will be dismissing 35 outstanding bench warrants for low-level charges of possession of cannabis. The decision was compelled by Mayor Byron Brown of Buffalo following an announcement that the city’s police department would no longer be enforcing low-level cannabis-related crimes.
On Thursday Lithuania’s parliament voted to pass a law that will allow doctors to prescribe marijuana-based medicines.
On Tuesday the government of New Zealand passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time.
The government of Saskatchewan announced that it will not allow recreational cannabis or vaping lounges anywhere in the province when legalization is put into effect.
In preparation for a medical marijuana program launch this year, Ohio regulators have issued 56 dispensary licenses.
On Tuesday the Oklahoma State Board of Health approved the state’s medical marijuana program with one major alteration: smokable flower is to be banned in dispensaries. The ban however, is not set to those who grow their own cannabis at home.
On tuesday Oklahoma voters approved legalizing medical marijuana. The vote proposed no limitations on the number of business licenses, and stated that doctors can recommend medical marijuana for any ailment they see fit.
At least two lawsuits were filed against the state of Oklahoma after the Oklahoma State Board of Health approved its regulations for medical marijuana implementation. As a result, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced that he would dedicate a team of attorneys to review the legal challenges.
The long-anticipated wait for the cannabis retail process in Ontario is finally over and applicants will find out whether they are approved as soon as Friday.
After many setbacks and a completely redesigned structure, the government of Ontario has released its regulations for Ontario retail cannabis stores.
Sources in the provincial government have told the Globe and Mail that government officials, specifically finance minister Vic Fedeli and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney, will announce a plan to open up Ontario’s cannabis retail segment to private vendors.
In an attempt to decrease the amount of marijuana entering the black market, Oregon has drastically dropped the amount of marijuana medical patients can purchase in a day to one ounce.
A proposal likely to go before state lawmakers in 2019 seeks to allow Oregon cannabis companies to export products to other weed-legal states.
Approximately 10,000 individuals are expected to apply for free pardons for convictions of cannabis possession incurred during prohibition if the federal government approves a bill to compensate those with criminal records, Ottawa estimates.
The Ottawa Police Service and Ottawa Public Health have come out in favour of regulated retail cannabis stores in the city in an effort to stomp out the influence of organized crime.
New regulations expected to be unveiled by the federal government this week will allow licensed cannabis producers to begin cultivating outdoors. Under the current system licensed producers are required to grow in greenhouses and indoor facilities where security is tight, the environment is controlled, and every interaction with a plant is recorded on video.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said that the process for Canadians to obtain criminal pardons for past simple pot possessions will be free and faster.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson said on Tuesday that the president will support any bill that seeks to legalize medical marijuana, and has showed support in the past as well.
A planned study by the government of Utah aimed at looking into cannabis’ effect on pain has been delayed due to the federal government. The study, which was planned to be completed in March, is waiting on approval of the federal government so that the state can get the necessary supplies shipped.
Changes to Canada’s impaired driving laws gives police enhanced powers to conduct roadside intoxication tests.
According to law enforcement across the country there has yet to be a spike in marijuana-impaired driving in the month since legalization. However, they say users need to become more aware of laws around storing marijuana in a vehicle and passengers smoking.
A bill to legalize cannabis-based medicines that was approved last month by the Portuguese Parliament officially went into law July 1.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that recreational marijuana will be legal in Canada as of October 17 2018.
The Liberal government has released the highly anticipated rules that will regulate cannabis edibles, drinks extracts, and topicals. The public will have 60 days to weigh in.
Government consultations on proposed regulations for edibles, extracts and topicals conclude today following two months of ongoing discussion, and many industry representatives are decrying the suggested potency restrictions for edibles as being potentially harmful to the environment.
Quebec City’s Mayor Regis Labeaume has announced that the city will be taking a conservative approach come legalization of recreational cannabis on October 17. It will be forbidden to smoke or use cannabis in any public space, and it will be illegal to be high in public.
The Quebec government faced strong opposition as public consultations began this week on its bill seeking to increase the legal age of cannabis consumption and ban it from all public spaces.
The Quebec government is launching a public education push on the do’s and don'ts of cannabis to ensure people know what to expect come legalization.
Quebec’s incoming premier Francois Legault told reporters today that, just as he said during the election, he believes that the legal age for recreational cannabis should be 21, and that the province will be setting that age.
Representative Robert Brady, a 73 year old Pennsylvania Democrat, says that after he retires from Congress next month he plans to try marijuana for the first time.
Nearly five months after recreational cannabis use was legalized in Canada, uncertainty remains for the future of edibles.
The Saskatchewan government released a statement that it has amended its Cannabis Control Act to allow for ticketing of a number of cannabis related offences.
The city council of Saskatoon has passed a cannabis bylaw that includes a $20,000 licensing fee for marijuana retailers.
On Wednesday Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer filed his bill to take marijuana off of the federal controlled substances list.
Later this month members of Medicinal Cannabis Reform Scotland are planning to meet with senior officers from Police Scotland, representatives of public health minist Joe Fitzpatrick, and the NHS in Holyrood. The campaigners are looking to open up the discussion for decriminalising marijuana in Scotland and are seeking support in the government.
On Tuesday, South Africa’s top court unanimously legalized the private use of cannabis, a move that upheld a decision by a lower court stating it was “unconstitutional and therefore invalid” to criminalize the drug.
South Korea’s government has begun the process of becoming the first country in Eastern Asian to legalize some form of medical marijuana, marking a major shift in how the drug is seen in the ultra-conservative society.
The South Korean Embassy in Canada sent out a stern warning on Twitter to its citizens in the country regarding the legalization of cannabis this month.
State banking officials in 12 US states signed and sent a letter to Federal House leaders last week urging them to create “safe harbor” legislation for banks doing business in state-legal marijuana industries.
Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (Orlando) filed the first bill of the 2019 Florida legislative session to legalize recreational cannabis.
A new study has discovered tough policies around drug use do not successfully deter youth from using cannabis, and more liberal policies do not lead to an increase in rates of use.
A survey polling the British public found that support for the legalization of marijuana has skyrocketed over the previous six months, after notable medical cases in the country and Canadian legalization.
Amid growing use in the country, the government of Switzerland has allowed for scientific trials into the impact of recreational cannabis use on health and public safety.
The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) in Switzerland is aiming to make access to medical cannabis easier. The organization has given the Federal Department of Home Affairs until Summer 2019 to come up with possible regulations to change the current situation. Permission for medical cannabis use is currently set on a case-by-case basis, making it difficult for patients and delays treatment.
Valeria Dora, the President of the Pharmacy Association in Zurich, has come out in support of marijuana legalization, saying more and more people in Switzerland are consuming cannabis, and selling it legally would provide a safer market.
The Swiss parliament has rejected a motion to allow the use of cannabis in scientific studies investigating the drug’s effects.
On Saturday the Texas Republican party voted to endorse marijuana decriminalization, medical marijuana, and industrial hemp, as well as calling on the federal government to lower marijuana’s classification from schedule 1.
According to a Thai official, a draft bill now under consideration in Thailand proposes allowing marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Thailand’s Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) recently announced it is expected to legalize cannabis use by May of 2019, becoming the first Asian government to show signs of cannabis acceptance.
Thailand has officially approved medical cannabis, showcasing a major shift in attitude in the SouthEast Asian nation.
Licensed producer Tilray Inc. has received permission from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agency to export medical cannabis product to California.
Tilray Inc. announced today that is successfully sent its Tilray 2:100 CBD oil from its production facility in Canada to the United Kingdom.
On Wednesday Travel Canada warned Canadians travelling to Singapore who have sued Cannabis in the past that officials can request a drug test.
A potential legal battle is brewing between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Senate over Quebec and Manitoba’s cannabis proposed cannabis regulations.
Interior Minister Sajid Javid announced on Thursday that the United Kingdom will reverse its position on medical cannabis and begin to allow cannabis-derived medicinal products. Interior Minister Sajid Javid announced on Thursday that the United Kingdom will reverse its position on medical cannabis and begin to allow cannabis-derived medicinal products.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday in Vienna that it needed more time to decide whether marijuana should be removed from international drug treaties.
In an op-ed for CNN.com, United States Representative for Ohio’s 13th congressional district Tim Ryan called for the passing of the Marijuana Justice Act in Congress.
On November 2 Utah voters will see Proposition 2 on the ballot, but regardless of how they vote, Utah lawmakers say they will pass a bill on medical marijuana post election.
Victoria city councillor Ben Isitt is introducing a motion regarding cannabis lounges that will be discussed by council at their August 9th meeting. Specifically, the motion requests the city to compare Victoria’s clean air regulations with Denver’s, a city that allowed cannabis lounges after Colorado legalization took effect.
There is clear optimism in the Victoria region that cannabis farming and production can become the next major industry.
It is known that the legal cannabis industry has had its issues with financial services in the US, but now it appears the banking system has gone one step further.
Now that cannabis is officially legal in for adult-use in Canada, many are wondering where they buy it.
City Councillors for Whitehorse passed a bylaw this week requiring fees of at least $2000 to for those looking for a retail cannabis license.
There has been a massive amount of attention from the Canadian media over the last few months about Canadians being banned from the U.S. for participating in the legal cannabis industry. However, according to U.S. immigration lawyer Julie Kruger, those participating in the Canadian market should have nothing to fear.