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Police Departments Telling K9 Units to ‘Sit and Stay’ Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

Police Departments Telling K9 Units to ‘Sit and Stay’

Humans of the 21st century think highly of our pets — almost as highly as we think of ourselves. So now that drug-policy reform is swelling government budgets and thinning prisons, some people are asking, “won’t someone think of the drug-sniffing dogs?” Colorado Public Radio is the latest to examine the question of what to do with K9 units in an era of drug-policy reform. Marijuana is legal in Colorado, CPR points out, so what’s the use of a dog trained to suss out marijuana? Read the full article

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Cannabis Social Clubs in the Canary Islands Want Real Regulation laws Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Politics 

Cannabis Social Clubs in the Canary Islands Want Real Regulation

Cannabis Social Clubs are tolerated in most regions of Spain. In Catalonia and in the Basque Country, the clubs work hand-in-hand with local politicians and governments that have established a set of rules for such establishments. The federal courts, on the other hand, have not yet made a clear statement, and therefore, the local authorities determine how openly a cannabis social club can operate. The clubs that have been active in some areas for more than a decade adhere to self-imposed regulation. Read the full article

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Legislation to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Introduced Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

Legislation to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Introduced

A path to federally legal cannabis is alive once again as Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced Senate bill 1689, the Marijuana Justice Act on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Booker’s bill would remove cannabis from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, while also allowing people serving jail time for marijuana-related offenses to be resentenced, and expunging federal marijuana-use and -possession crimes. “Our country’s drug laws are badly broken and need to be fixed,” Sen. Booker stated in a press release. “They don’t make our communities any safer—instead, they divert critical resources from fighting…

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Legalise cannabis as treatment of last resort for MS, says charity Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

Legalise cannabis as treatment of last resort for MS, says charity

Ten thousand people with multiple sclerosis in the UK should be allowed to use cannabis legally in order to relieve their “relentless and exhausting” symptoms, experts in the disease have told ministers. The MS Society claims the one in 10 sufferers of the condition whose pain and spasticity cannot be treated by medication available on the NHS should be able to take the drug without fear of prosecution. The evidence on cannabis’s effectiveness, while not conclusive, is now strong enough that the government should relax the ban on the drug…

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Investing in Canada Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

Investing in Canada

In more ways than geography, Canada is “higher” than the United States. Since the 2015 election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, investors globally have had an eye on Canada. In April, the Liberal government introduced a measure to legalize cannabis; investor confidence is soaring; Canadian cannabis stocks continue to trade successfully in public markets; and the average private investment in Canada is reportedly tens of millions of dollars more than that in the United States. Read the full article

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Jeff Sessions’ Task Force to Shut Down Marijuana Industry Backfires Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

Jeff Sessions’ Task Force to Shut Down Marijuana Industry Backfires

United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has been eager to dismiss science and public opinion as he tries to escalate a war against marijuana. Unfortunately, he seems to be standing on an island alone. Earlier this year, Sessions tried to link violence and marijuana. “Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved,” Sessions said without providing further detail. Read the full article

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The “Big Fix” For Los Angeles Cannabis Laws Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

The “Big Fix” For Los Angeles Cannabis Laws

When California voters approved recreational use of cannabis in November 2016, there was much rejoicing in the industry. AUMA and MMRSA, passed a year earlier by the Legislature and Governor, authorized for the first time permitting of both medical and adult-use commercial cannabis activities. For local governments, however, the new laws (since reconciled into one piece of legislation known as MAUCRSA), initiated a long and tedious process of drafting regulations to govern production, sale, and licensing of commercial activities. This is because local municipalities are given the authority to essentially…

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Prop 64: Don’t Ignore Existing Environmental Laws Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

Prop 64: Don’t Ignore Existing Environmental Laws

With the passage of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64, or AUMA), along with the 2015 Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), the cannabis industry in California took a significant step toward transforming itself from a niche (but still sizable) market to a major industrial player whose impact extends far beyond California. In the meantime, state agencies are busy developing regulations to implement both AUMA and MCRSA, addressing areas such as cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and sales. They’re also establishing specific application requirements and licensing fees for state…

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Cannabis Deserts Dispensaries & Retail Sales Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Medical 

Cannabis Deserts

Many people think of California as a veritable utopia for cannabis aficionados and in many ways they’re right. The Golden State is home to some of the finest cannabis genetics in the world and remains a mecca for the best and brightest minds in the industry. While people in prohibition states are waiting by the phone and hoping their shady dealer brings the same stuff as last time, they imagine Californians are at the candy shop, holding up a line out the door, vacillating between whether to purchase the Mango…

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Cannabis Business Owners Need to Think Locally Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

Cannabis Business Owners Need to Think Locally

Location is critical to the success of any business. For a cannabis venture, location could mean the difference between life and death. Even after you find the perfect spot, you still have to think locally to ensure success. This means doing your homework, reaching out to local authorities, and playing by the rules to make sure you (and local officials) avoid trouble. Read the full article

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