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660citynews.com | September 21, 2021


Haley Jarmain
The Calgary Cannabis Club wants to see more public places in the city allow for public pot consumption. Under the current City of Calgary bylaw you can only smoke or vape on private property and there is nowhere you can consume in public. In Edmonton, people can smoke or vape cannabis wherever tobacco smoking is allowed. Toronto and Ottawa have similar rules. Neil Linton, the events director of the Calgary Cannabis Club, argues that Calgary should follow those same guidelines.... View more in new window

Cannabis Culture | September 21, 2021
Katie Shapiro
After a historic 2019 debut at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, cannabis earned another seat at the culinary festivals coveted table Sept. 10-12, 2021 The three-day outdoor event marked a triumphant return following the cancellation of the 2020 summer edition, rescheduled instead against an autumn alpine backdrop. Headliners from Martha Stewart, Guy Fieri and Andrew Zimmern to Bravo Top Chefs including Melissa King, Shota Nakajima and Kwame Onwauchi toasted to gathering again, leading a full slate of tastings and seminars. The sold-out crowd was smaller this year a.... View more in new window
marijuanamoment.net | September 20, 2021
Kyle Jaeger
A top Rhode Island senator says lawmakers are very close to reaching a deal on a marijuana legalization bill that could be taken up during a special session this fall. Senate President Dominick Ruggerio D was asked for a status update on negotiations that have been taking place on the reform proposal since lawmakers adjourned for the session. He told WPRI-TV that while there are still outstanding issues to be resolved, he believes legalization will be taken up before the end of the year. Weve had people working on that issue since weve left the session this year, he said..... View more in new window
marijuanamoment.net | September 21, 2021


Kyle Jaeger
Amazon is reaffirming its support for federal marijuana legalization, and it disclosed on Tuesday that its earlier decision to end drug testing for cannabis will also be retroactive, meaning former workers and applicants who were punished for testing positive for THC will have their employment eligibility restored. The companys move to end marijuana drug testing for many positions in June was widely celebrated by reform advocates and industry stakeholders. But at the time, Amazon only talked about ending the policy going forward. In a new blog post, Beth Galetti, Amazons .... View more in new window

Santa Fe Newmexican | Sep 4, 2021


Robert Nott
When Krispy Kreme arrived in Santa Fe in 2015, about 150 people camped outside the store the night before it opened to make sure they got their freshly made doughnuts. We should expect the same with cannabis once recreational sales begin in April, state officials say. Yes, there could be a shortage at first, they warn. But it will eventually level out and there will be plenty of cannabis for everyone, they say. We believe that there is a possibility that some shops will sell high quantities in the first week of cannabis sales, said Linda Trujillo, superintendent of the s.... View more in new window

StoptheDrugWar.org | September 01, 2021


psmith
Another effort to force the federal government to reevaluate its stance on medical marijuana gets shot down, an expansion of Texass medical marijuana program goes into effect today, and more. National US 9th Circuit Rejects Bid to Make Feds Rethink Stance on Medical Marijuana. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Monday refused to make the federal government reconsider its decades-old position that marijuana is a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use. The ruling came in a case brought by medical marijuana researcher Dr. Suzanne Sisley and three ve.... View more in new window

Ganjapreneur | Aug 12th


Lukas Barfield
As many as half of the municipalities in New Jersey are set to opt-out of the states new adult-use cannabis market, the Gothamist reports. Jurisdictions have until August 21 to opt out of the system but can re-join the effort at any time. However, if a town does not ban cannabis businesses by the deadline, they cannot opt-out for another five years, the report says. Areas are dropping out for a variety of reasons, like proximity to residential areas, youth access concerns and as one New Jersey mayor put it New Jersians didnt vote for 17-year-olds to become drug users, they.... View more in new window

NORML | August 8, 2021


Carly Wolf
Marijuana reform activists in several states around the country are already working to qualify various statewide reform measures for the 2022 ballot. Heres a breakdown of current statewide, citizen-initiated efforts so far: ARKANSAS Legalization Activists with Arkansas True Grass are working to qualify a ballot measure to legalize and regulate adult use marijuana in the state. The proposal would allow adults to legally purchase up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to 12 marijuana plants at home. The proponents must gather 89,151 signatures by July 2022. Idaho Depen.... View more in new window

StoptheDrugWar.org | 8/13/21


psmith
A major drug crackdown in India`s Assam state is raising fears of another bloody drug war like the one in neighboring Bangladesh, Wyoming marijuana inititives pass a first hurdle, and more. Marijuana Policy Wyoming Marijuana Initiatives Pass First Hurdle. The secretary of state has certified the first one hundred signatures for two marijuana-related marijuana initiatives, one for medical marijuana and one for recreational legalization. That certification means that the initiatives are now clearly for broader signature gathering to qualify for the November 2022 ballot. T.... View more in new window

NORML | August 4, 2021


Carly Wolf
Marijuana reform activists in several states around the country are already working to qualify various statewide reform measures for the 2022 ballot. Heres a breakdown of current statewide, citizen-initiated efforts so far: ARKANSAS Legalization Activists with Arkansas True Grass are working to qualify a ballot measure to legalize and regulate adult use marijuana in the state. The proposal would allow adults to legally purchase up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to 12 marijuana plants at home. The proponents must gather 89,151 signatures by July 2022. Idaho Depen.... View more in new window

NORML | August 5, 2021


Justin Strekal
Last week, the House of Representatives went into recess before taking up action on the FY-2022 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations package, which has historically contained protections for state-legal medical programs but in recent years, reformers have had increasing success in advancing efforts to expand those protections to adult-use programs as well. Since 2014, members of Congress have passed this annual spending bill that has included a provision protecting those who engage in the state-sanctioned use and dispensing of medical cannabis fr.... View more in new window

Forbes | Jul 31, 2021


Chris Roberts
Marijuana legalization came slowly to Modesto, California, a city of about 212,000 in the states Central Valley, a vast, flat expanse full of fields and farms intersected by freeways, new tract homesand values hard to the right of the states coastal cities. For years, medical marijuana dispensaries were banned in Stanislaus County, of which Modesto is the seat. A 2006 Drug Enforcement Administration raid on a medical marijuana dispensary in city limitsthat was obeying state law and paying state sales taxesthat landed both co-owners in federal prison set the tone. One of th.... View more in new window

| August 6, 2021


Ben Adlin
A group of activists in Oklahoma wants to put a pair of cannabis initiatives on the state ballot in 2022, one that would overhaul the states massive medical marijuana system and another to legalize cannabis for all adults 21 and older. While the medical and adult-use measures would appear on the ballot separately, theyre designed to work together and even overlap to some degree, said Lawrence Pasternack, an advocate and Oklahoma State University professor who helped write the draft initiatives. Theres a robust statewide, grassroots effort to develop both a constitutional m.... View more in new window

StoptheDrugWar.org | August 06, 2021
The Mississippi River at New Orleans, where marijuana has just been decriminalized.
The Mississippi River at New Orleans, where marijuana has just been decriminalized.
(image:Creative Commons)
psmith
Life in the Big Easy just got a little easier, Ohio marijuana legalization activists will have to try again with that ballot summary language, and more. The Mississippi River at New Orleans, where marijuana has just been decriminalized. Creative Commons Marijuana Policy Ohio Attorney General Rejects Ballot Language for Marijuana Legalization Initiative. A campaign to legalize marijuana in the state will have to begin again after Attorney General Dave Yost R rejected the first batch of signatures handed in, saying the initiative petition improperly summarized how the state.... View more in new window




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