Category: Legalization

FDA Promises to Give CBD Industry a Fair Shake

In a follow-up to hemp legalization being signed into law last month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) issued a reminder that CBD and THC are still not legal to add to food – but promised further review of its guidelines. “It’s unlawful to introduce food containing added CBD or THC into interstate commerce, or to […]

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Seattle Erasing Past Cannabis Convictions

Folks in Seattle may soon see their past cannabis convictions expunged, thanks to a new legal order. The judges overseeing the Seattle Municipal Court have signed an order setting out a process to vacate and remove cannabis misdemeanors from 1996 to the end of cannabis prosecutions, which happened in 2010, Seattle PI reports. The Seattle Municipal Court is […]

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Massachusetts Gets First Dispensary

An existing medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton — nestled in Massachusetts’ scenic Pioneer Valley — plans to open its doors within days to anyone 21 or older looking for products ranging from pre-rolled joints to cannabis-infused edibles, creams, lotions and cooking oils. A second store in the small town of Leicester could also open at […]

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Incoming Illinois Governor Wants to Legalize Marijuana

Last month, Michigan became the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational cannabis use, but it won’t be alone for long if Illinois Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker (D) gets his way. The new top lawmaker in the Prairie State has pledged to make marijuana reform a central part of his gubernatorial mandate. “We can begin by immediately removing one area of […]

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Ohio Approves First Dispensary

Recently, Ohio regulators issued the state’s first certificate of operation for a medical cannabis dispensary, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. The first dispensary, which will be run by Cresco Labs, will open in Wintersville, about 240 miles northeast from Cincinnati. Cresco Labs is the first of 56 applicants to receive the final green light for […]

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Michigan Governor-Elect May Forgive Weed Crimes

Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer will pursue executive action or legislation to free inmates and expunge criminal records for those convicted of marijuana crimes that will become legal under the state’s pending recreational marijuana law, she indicated recently. “I think that the people of Michigan have said that for conduct that would now be legal, no one […]

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Federal Cannabis Action is Inevitable, Says FDA Commission

Federal action on marijuana policy is inevitable and will happen “soon,” according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Exactly what kind of action he’s anticipating is unclear, though. After dismissing the idea that botanical cannabis has therapeutic value, Gottlieb said in a CNBC appearance on Friday that there’s “probably going to be […]

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Canada Has Weed Shortages After Legalization

Canadians celebrated this week following the official legalization of cannabis in the country, making Canada the second country in the world to do so. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had made legalization of cannabis one of his key campaign promises when running for election back in 2015. Canada is the second country in the world to […]

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