Here's the news:
The DEA confirmed that
marijuana extracts containing CBD
are illegal. The agency explained that the notice, published in the Federal Register, does not change its enforcement priorities.
Cannabis attorney Bob Hoban responded, “The sky is not falling; however, this is a very concerning move by the DEA…What it purports to do is give the DEA control of all cannabinoids as a controlled substance.”
More than 30% of cannabis businesses are
about Trump’s presidency, according to a Marijuana Business Daily Poll. In particular, they’re worried about the U.S. attorney general nomination of prohibitionist Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R).
In Slate, I wrote that the industry is
cowardly, hypocritical and stupid
for not fighting the Sessions nomination. Legalization activist and journalist Tom Angell tweeted that I’m “
WAY off base
” and then got into an interesting Twitter exchange with
of Drug Policy Alliance, which is opposing the nomination.
The U.S. Senate extended the Rohrbacher-Farr amendment,
which prohibits the federal government from interrupting state MED programs
, until April 28. Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R- Calif.) said he’s confident that it will be extended again. He also wants it to be expanded to include state REC programs.
Rohrbacher and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) are forming a “
” in Congress. Congress also announced that it will perform a
of the war on drugs in search of alternative policies in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos,
called for changes in U.S. drug policy
, as he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.
A long awaited task force report in Canada
as the legal buying age. For more
. The country plans to legalize REC next year.
passed a MED bill
, amid a
new wave of drug violence
find it harder to buy weed
than they have for 24 years, according to an annual survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The same study found that
teen drug use is declining nationally
Humboldt County’s growing areas
voted against REC
, but the cities voted for it.
Maine’s REC recount has been
suspended until the new year
. With 30% of the votes counted, yes remains ahead. After Montana’s MED vote, state laws
need to be rewritten
REC businesses in Portland, Oregon, are
struggling to obtain licenses
. And the head of the state’s lab accrediting agency is
Florida lawmakers are
how to regulate MED. For more
. A proposal in Ohio would allow
40 MED dispensaries
in the state.
Tennessee Republicans are
considering a MED program
Radio Free Asia reports that Chinese visitors to North Korea
buy pot by the kilogram
and sell it for a healthy mark-up in China.
Australian economists say legalizing REC would be
good for the Queensland economy