Yesterday Mexicos Supreme Court ruled in a 4-1 vote that the prohibition of marijuana is unconstitutional. The ruling declared that individuals should have the right to grow and distribute marijuana for their personal use.
Mexico has increasingly considered reforming their marijuana policies in recent months following the well known case of 8 year old, Graciela Elizalde, whose parents launched a successful social media campaign to pressure the Mexican government to approve a CBD treatment for their daughter. This treatment however, was approved only for Graciela, leaving m....
Week in Review: Florida CBD, Ohio Marijuana Bill & Colorado Edibles Recall
John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey
Florida experiences another CBD setback, Ohios marijuana measure could result in a stagnant year for legalization, and two more companies issue edibles recalls in Colorado.
Heres a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.
Figuring Out Florida
Florida missed its October goal of selecting five companies to grow cannabis, process it into CBD-heavy medicines and sell them via dispensaries, creating yet another setback for an oft-delayed program.
Now, some observers say the state might not make a decision until Thanksgiving at....
Mexico Supreme Court rules marijuana use is a human right
Mexicos Supreme Court has ruled in favor for the right to cannabis.
The courts criminal chamber on Wednesday ruled that individuals must have rights to the possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana, according to an AP report.
The five-justice panel voted in favor of the argument that smoking or cultivating marijuana should be legal under the right of free development of personality.
Its really a monumental case, said Hannah Hetzer of the Drug Policy Alliance, in an interview with the Washington Post. It was argued on human rights grounds, which is unusual, and its ta....
Issue 3, the marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot in Ohio this past Tuesday, was surprisingly unpopular with the voters, and lost the vote by 65 percent to 35 percent. It was an old-fashioned ass kicking a drubbing that came despite polls indicating a slim majority of the public in Ohio favored legalizing marijuana.
That dramatic difference between the generic support for the concept of marijuana legalization, and the far lower support for the provisions contained in Issue 3, lead to a number of conclusions.
First, it suggests that unlimited amounts of money m....
Mexicos Supreme Court Declares Individuals Have the Right To Consume And Cultivate Marijuana
Today, in a 4 to 1 vote, Mexicos Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition of the consumption and cultivation of marijuana for personal use is unconstitutional. The Court determined that the prohibition of the consumption of marijuana and its cultivation for non-commercial ends violates the human right to the free development of ones personality. This landmark case could lead to the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes if followed up with legislation.
This vote by Mexicos Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons: it is being argued on human rights gro....
The controversial Ohio marijuana legalization initiative has gone down to defeat, with voters rejecting it by a margin of 66 percent to 34 percent, according to early voting results. Local media outlets called the election minutes after vote counting began at 9 p.m..
The initiative was sponsored by ResponsibleOhio, which gathered up 10 sets of investors willing to pony up $2 million each to get one of the 10 commercial marijuana cultivation sites envisioned in the initiative. Passage of the initiative would have locked this legal marijuana cultivation monopoly into the st....
It appears that the Ohio marijuana legalization initiative, Issue 3, has lost. The final tallies will take awhile, but there are enough ballots counted and such a wide margin of defeat that the math shows the writing on the wall. It looks like the initiative is going to lose by a large margin. The big question that Im sure most marijuana activists are thinking and Ohio marijuana consumers, is where does Ohio go from here?
The most common answer to that question I would assume would be what about 2016? 2016 is certainly possible, but its not that far away, and there are onl....
Watch: Bernie Sanders pot proposal electrifies voters
Vermont Senator, Democratic socialist, and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders promise Wednesday to end cannabis prohibition is electrifying the base, while being anything but radical, experts note.
About 51 percent of Americans support ending failed pot prohibition, Gallup reports. Sanders is just the first candidate to reflect that majority. Hillary Clinton and virtually every Republican candidate has promised to continue federal prohibition while letting states chart their own course on reform.
The Atlantic writes:
Sanders is often accused of backing radical policie....
Bernie Sanders To Clinton Serious Criminal Justice Reform Must Include Ending Marijuana Prohibition
Criminal justice reform is a very popular topic these days in politics. There are many politicians out there that now act like they invented the idea of reforming Americas criminal justice system, even though they were nowhere to be found on the issue in years past. But, even though they are late to the party, at least they have finally arrived at the party, so I welcome them.
But not all criminal justice reform positions are created equal. Take for instance Hillary Clintons stance on criminal justice reform she claims to wholeheartedly support criminal justice reform, bu....
Arkansas rejects legal marijuana bill over spelling and grammar errors
Marijuana advocates in Arkansas may need to repeat grammar school before the state can legalize pot.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected a proposed amendment to legalize marijuana in the state due to errors of grammar, punctuation and spelling, the AP reports.
The Arkansas Cannabis Amendment was written by Mary Berry of Summit, Arkansas, who included language in the bill to allow residents to cultivate, produce, sell, possess and use cannabis and anything produced from marijuana plants.
Rutledge, however, was less than pleased with the language, as she....
Bernie Sanders On MSNBC: It Is Absurd That Millions Have Been Arrested For Marijuana
Just before heading on to the Senate floor to deliver a speech on removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, Bernie Sanders stopped by Thomas Roberts show on MSNBC to supposedly answer questions about marijuana.
He ended up having to fend off horse race questions regarding his opponent Hillary Clinton for the first few minutes, but managed to bring the discussion back around to his commitment for criminal justice reform before Roberts veered the conversation back towards horse race politics.
Sanders did manage to insert some facts into the discussion, previewi....
Peak Harvest Health has selected a 152,000-square-foot warehouse at Riverside Industrial Park in Cumberland, Md., as a potential site to grow and process medical marijuana products. (image:Peak Harvest Health/Courtesy of Peak Harvest Health)
A 152,000-square-foot warehouse in Cumberland, Md., could soon be the home of some of Marylands first legally produced medical marijuana. To address security concerns, Peak Harvest Health says it will install bullet-proof glass and retinal scanners to identify those entering the building. Employees will wear color-coded uniforms confirming where they are allowed to be.
By late 2016, if approved by state regulators, the windowless building next door to a police station could be churning out up to 18 pounds of marijuana a day, enough to treat thousands of patients a month.
Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson: I Would Intensify The War On Drugs
If you have read my little bio blurb at the bottom of my articles, then you are aware that I have a degree in public policy. I have always been interested in politics, and Presidential election year cycles are like the poly sci nerd Olympics to me. There is something about the campaign battle that gets me excited. Admittedly, I look at campaigns differently than most people because I dont get as attached to candidates as easily as most people it seems.
On the Republican side, businessman Donald Trump has led in the polls for quite sometime. That make some people shocked, s....
DEA Raids Wisconsin Indian Tribe; Destroys Hemp Crop; Claim Tribe was Growing Marijuana
Thomas H. Clarke
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin says federal agents raided their sovereign tribal lands Friday to destroy an industrial hemp crop they were growing in accordance with federal guidelines. Federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, meanwhile, claim the seized crop was actually high-grade marijuana.
The Menominee tribe legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp in May, in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill which created an exception to the Controlled Substance Act to allow for growth, cultivation and the study of industrial hemp through academic resear....
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