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Biden task force takes states’ rights approach to cannabis legalization
In advance of next month’s Democratic National Convention, a joint Joe Biden-Bernie Sanders task force recommended rescheduling cannabis on a federal basis, legalizing medical cannabis nationwide, and allowing states to decide recreational cannabis policy.
Bipartisan senators file marijuana and CBD research amendment to defense spending bill
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying to attach language that would allow federally funded cannabis and cannabinoid research to a large-scale defense spending bill that will reach the Senate floor this week. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the amendment, which would promote studies of cannabis and its derivatives, provide protections for doctors that discuss cannabis with their patients, and encourage the development of Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs based on cannabinoids.
Higher than expected: Illinois’ $52.8M take from weed sales exceeds what state projected
Cannabis tax revenues exceeded Illinois projections by almost $25 million. This is welcome news for Illinois lawmakers and residents alike, as the state finished the year with general fund revenues $1.1 billion less than the previous fiscal year ended June 30th.
California hits illegal cannabis operators with Al Capone strategy
As local pressure for tax revenues increases, enforcement actions against illegal operators are on the rise. In a move widely lauded by the legal cannabis industry, the Cannabis Department of Tax and Administration initiated legal action against 12 illicit dispensaries across Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties by serving tax warrants, seizing $100,000 in cash, and destroying over $1 million in illegal cannabis products.
Federal marijuana legalization is the cure our COVID-ravaged economy needs
Many Americans on both sides of the political spectrum see the benefit of legalizing cannabis. Local governments are in need of tax revenues and jobs, and the cannabis industry has the potential to supply both.
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The Science of Cannabis: July 10, 2020
Despite federal roadblocks, research continues and “the science of cannabis” is beginning to yield important discoveries in areas such as depression treatment, pain relief, and sleep management.We envision that expanded research will unlock uses for the plant we have not yet begun to contemplate. “The science of cannabis” has the potential to bring immeasurable benefits to patients and consumers as well as massive disruption to multiple industries.Lastly, the science behind cannabis extraction is to thank for the tremendous increase in concentrates products available to today's patient and consumer. 7/10, 4/20's lesser known cousin, is the cannabis community's day to celebrate the benefits of concentrate "oil" (710 = OIL upside down). Happy 7/10 to those who are celebrating, and for those who want to learn more, this link offers an excellent primer.