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Marijuana Legalization ‘Drastically Changed’ Cannabis Marketing On Instagram, Study Finds

Marijuana Legalization ‘Drastically Changed’ Cannabis Marketing On Instagram, Study Finds

The marijuana legalization movement has “drastically changed” the social media landscape for cannabis marketing, according to a new research paper that focused on Instagram trends.While male-dominated, anonymous profiles have been a hallmark of illicit markets, that has largely shifted in the U.S. as more states have legalized marijuana. The researchers found that women are becoming the key “influencers” promoting cannabis through lifestyle-driven posts.The study, published last month in Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, compared the profiles of 60 seemingly illicit sellers...

May 23
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Virginia Governor Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Virginia Governor Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

The governor of Virginia announced on Sunday that he approved a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession in the state.The legislation, which would make possessing up to one ounce of cannabis punishable by a $25 fine with no threat of jail time and no criminal record, was in March.Prior Virginia law made simple possession punishable by a maximum $500 fine, up to 30 days in jail and a criminal record.Gov. Ralph Northam (D) approved the legislation— and —with no public signing ceremony amid the coronavirus outbreak, but he’s consistently expressed support for decriminalization and included a...

April 12, 2020
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Oregon Therapeutic Psilocybin Legalization Campaign Has A New Signature Strategy Amid Coronavirus

Oregon Therapeutic Psilocybin Legalization Campaign Has A New Signature Strategy Amid Coronavirus

An Oregon campaign to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for therapeutic purposes is within striking distance to qualify for the state’s November ballot. But with a deadline to submit signatures fast approaching, activists announced on Monday that they will be taking new steps to ensure success.So far, organizers have collected more than 130,000 signatures for Initiative Petition 34, which would make Oregon the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to implement a therapeutic legalization model for the psychedelic. While that raw total is more than is required, the signatures haven’t been certified by...

April 27, 2020
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Top Federal Drug Agency Details Plan To Award One New Marijuana Supplier Contract For Research Purposes

Top Federal Drug Agency Details Plan To Award One New Marijuana Supplier Contract For Research Purposes

The federal government is set to finally contract another marijuana manufacturer to supply cannabis for research purposes, posting a pre-solicitation notice about the opportunity for recently authorized growers.The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has worked with the same single marijuana farm at the University of Mississippi for more than 50 years, and scientists have been critical about the quality of the cannabis and extracts produced at the facility. Now there’s a chance to break the monopoly and expand the available product pool for researchers.NIDA posted the pre-solicitation...

Jul 19
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White House Affirms Brittney Griner Is ‘Wrongfully Detained’ After Guilty Plea In Russian Cannabis Case, Prompting Calls For Domestic Reform

White House Affirms Brittney Griner Is ‘Wrongfully Detained’ After Guilty Plea In Russian Cannabis Case, Prompting Calls For Domestic Reform

The White House is maintaining that WNBA star Brittney Griner is “wrongfully detained” in Russia even after she pleaded guilty to in the country. But as American officials continue to seek her release, questions are being raised about whether federal marijuana prohibition in the U.S. is undermining its position in the case.Some wondered whether Griner’s guilty plea to a charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison would impact the State Department’s earlier designation of the athlete as a wrongfully detained American national. But at a briefing on Thursday, White House Press Secretary...

Jul 8
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Florida Officials Announce Winners Of Student Hemp Innovation Essay Contest

Florida Officials Announce Winners Of Student Hemp Innovation Essay Contest

The Florida Agriculture Department on Tuesday announced eight winners from students grades 5-11 who as part of an annual “Agricultural History and Creativity” contest.This year’s contest stood out for its focus on the cannabis plant’s alternative, sustainable uses. The department has worked to support the burgeoning hemp industry, especially following the crop’s federal legalization under the 2018 Farm Bill.It invited students grades 4-11 to submit 500-word essays to be eligible for $1,000 scholarships and be honored at next year’s Florida Cabinet meeting at the state Capitol. Those...

Jun 28
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Top Vermont Lawmaker Says Legal Marijuana Sales Bill Will Be Taken Up After Coronavirus Response

Top Vermont Lawmaker Says Legal Marijuana Sales Bill Will Be Taken Up After Coronavirus Response

A top lawmaker in Vermont says the legislature will reconsider a bill to legalize marijuana sales later this year, though she feels lawmakers and the administration are appropriately focused on responding to the coronavirus pandemic for now.House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D) was pressed on Thursday about why leaders aren’t giving more attention to the pending tax-and-regulate legislation given the revenue the state could derive and the jobs that could be created from legal cannabis sales.The speaker told Vermont Public Radio that after both chambers approved a bill to provide for retail sales...

May 11, 2020
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Michigan Attorney General Pushes Governor On Marijuana Clemency For Prisoner With COVID

Michigan Attorney General Pushes Governor On Marijuana Clemency For Prisoner With COVID

The attorney general of Michigan is asking the governor to commute the sentence of a 69-year-old inmate who was convicted of selling marijuana more than two decades ago and has since contracted the coronavirus in prison.Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) wrote in a letter on Wednesday that while her office doesn’t have the power to unilaterally grant clemency, it is strongly recommending that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) use her own authority to facilitate the commutation, arguing that Michael Thompson’s sentence for selling three pounds of cannabis to an undercover police officer in 1996 is...

August 5, 2020
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Texas Lawsuit Challenges State’s New Ban On Smokable Hemp

Texas Lawsuit Challenges State’s New Ban On Smokable Hemp

Four Texas companies are suing to overturn the state’s new ban on the manufacture and sale of smokable hemp products, which they warn will shut Texas companies out of a multibillion-dollar industry and lead to inaccurately labeled products on store shelves.In a lawsuit filed in Travis County District Court on Wednesday, the companies are asking a judge to declare the ban unconstitutional and allow hemp products intended for smoking or vaping to be produced and sold legally across the state.“At a time when the Texas economy is reeling from the fiscal impact of COVID-19, it is unfortunate...

August 6, 2020
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Oregon Campaigns To Legalize Psilocybin Mushrooms And Decriminalize Drugs Team Up To Qualify For Ballot

Oregon Campaigns To Legalize Psilocybin Mushrooms And Decriminalize Drugs Team Up To Qualify For Ballot

Two drug policy reform campaigns in Oregon are teaming up as they both work to collect enough signatures to qualify for the state’s November ballot.Activists behind an effort to and another to are partnering to ensure mutual success. It’s a collaboration that is one of the clearest signs of the times, with advocates increasingly exploring broader reform beyond legalizing marijuana.Both campaigns sent out email blasts over the past week encouraging their supporters to sign petitions for the other measure.Sam Chapman, campaign manager of the psilocybin legalization initiative, wrote that the...

May 11, 2020
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