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Federal Legalization Will Be a Top Priority for Congress If Biden Wins, Senator Says

Merryjane.com - If Joe Biden wins the presidential election, legalizing cannabis will surge to the forefront of Congress’s 2021 priorities, according to Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts who’s presently running to retain his seat against a primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy. 

Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana at Federal Level up For House Vote Next Month

Abcnews - A landmark bill that would decriminalize marijuana use at the federal level is up for vote soon. The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the legislation in September, according to an email sent out on Friday by Majority Whip James Clyburn. Politico first reported on the pending vote.

The "Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019" -- also called the MORE Act -- would officially remove cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances. It would also expunge federal marijuana convictions and arrests, and approve the allocation of resources for communities affected by the war on drugs, according to the bill's text.

Nebraska Will Officially Vote on Legalizing Medical Marijuana This November

Merryjane - Cannabis advocates in Nebraska just got a medical marijuana legalization measure on this year's election ballot, despite the COVID pandemic and a legal challenge.

The ballot measure would amend the state constitution to allow physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions, including epilepsy, PTSD, and cancer. The initiative would allow licensed businesses to grow, produce, and sell medical marijuana to registered patients. Patients would also be allowed to “discreetly produce an adequate supply of cannabis” at home.


Medicinal Cannabis Company Launches Second Equity Crowdfunding Round

Voxy - Greenfern Industries has today launched its second equity crowdfunding campaign. 

It’s hoping to raise up to $4million which will enable the company to purchase the hydroelectric power station as a strategic asset next to its state-of-the-art medical cannabis research and extraction facility in Taranaki. It has already raised over $500,000.

From the outset, Greenfern has been striving to be New Zealand’s most sustainable and environmentally friendly medical cannabis company. 

Cannabis Has No Beneficiary Effects On Cardiovascular Health

Mentaldaily - A study released in the journal Circulation found that tetrahydrocannabinol, an active chemical in cannabis, has no beneficiary effects on cardiovascular health, despite its potential efficiency in treating other conditions.

“Health care professionals need a greater understanding of the health implications of cannabis. Unfortunately, most of the available data are short-term, observational and retrospective studies, which identify trends but do not prove cause and effect,” said Robert Page, co-author of the study, in a news release.

Social Media Users Respond to 'Harsh' Cannabis Legalisation Campaign Post

Newshub - The Make It Legal campaign, which is not affiliated with any organisation or political party but aims to educate the public on the key points of the bill, created a series of posts on Facebook and Twitter, hoping to change the public opinion about the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.

"To put it bluntly if you vote no we can't be friends," the post wrote.

But Twitter users were offended by the post, saying that it was "a bit harsh".

"I'm voting yes, but poorly thought out emotional blackmail isn't going to win over anyone. Please rethink your messaging," a Twitter user commented.

Three Cannabis Stores in the Works For Smiths Falls

Cannabisculture - Smiths Falls could be home to three new cannabis stores.

ShinyBud Cannabis Co. has applied to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to open a store at 8 Beckwith St. N. – the latest company to apply to open a cannabis retail store in town.

ShinyBud’s application is currently undergoing public notice. Residents have until Sept. 4 to file an objection to the application.


Edibles Could Boost Florida’s Medical Marijuana Sales by $200M Annually

Theapopkavoice - The addition of edibles to Florida’s medical marijuana market could boost a projected near-$1 billion in 2020 cannabis sales by 20 percent, or $200 million, industry analysts said.

The Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) released long-awaited guidelines for medical marijuana edibles Wednesday night, three years after voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana and one year after state lawmakers lifted a ban on smokable medical marijuana.

Researchers Think THC in Pot Could Treat Deadly COVID Complication

Thedailyworld - Top University of South Carolina researchers think the chemical in marijuana that induces a “high” may be effective in treating a potentially lethal coronavirus complication.

The studies, co-published by Prakash Nagarkatti, found THC, the most potent mind-altering chemical in cannabis, can — in mice — prevent a harmful immune response that causes Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and promote a significant increase in healthy lung bacteria.

“The data at this point is preliminary at best, and the public needs to be vigilant against predatory marketers prematurely hailing certain cannabis or CBD-specific products as supposed COVID treatments or cure-alls,” said NORML spokesman Paul Armentano.

Pandemic Renews Calls for Marijuana Legalization in Hawaii

Kitv - This week, Hawaii took a step forward in legalizing industrial hemp, something the agricultural committee says would be a big boost to the state's economy.

But while 11 other states, including all of the West Coast have legalized recreational marijuana, Hawaii has still been hesitant to take that step, despite our status as a strongly blue state.

Former State Senator Will Espero says the pandemic has changed the game. With record unemployment and calls to diversity our tourism-heavy economy, Espero says he believes lawmakers will be more willing to take another look next session.

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