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The 2020 event is billed as a ‘protest and farmers market’.

The Lower Mainland’s biggest pot festival will be back at Sunset Beach this year despite legalization.

Organizers said the 4/20 event, billed as a “protest and farmers’ market,” will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on April 20, 2020.

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Medical cannabis was legalized in Utah with the December 2018 passage of the Medical Cannabis Act, legalizing medical cannabis in the state.

In January 2020, the Utah Department of Health provided 14 medical cannabis pharmacies with licenses:

Beehive’s Own (two licenses)
Bloom Medicinals
Columbia Care (NEO: CCHW) (OTC: CCHWF)
Curaleaf (CSE: CURA) (OTC: CURLF)
Deseret Wellness (two licenses)

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A broader legalization of recreational cannabis is one step closer in Vermont. The state’s General Assembly gave its initial approval for S. 54, a bill that would regulate recreational cannabis on Wednesday, in a preliminary vote of 90-54. 

Vermont became the first state in the country to pass a recreational cannabis legalization bill in 2018. Act 86 gave permission for small scale possession and home cultivation, authorizing adults 21 years and older to have up to one ounce of cannabis or five grams of hash on their person, and grow four immature and two mature cannabis plants.

S. 54 would expand on those activities, insuring for a dispensary sales system that would be taxed at 20 percent, among other changes to the state’s existing cannabis reality.

The next step is for the chamber to hear additional amendments on the legislation, among them limits on the kinds of advertising to which cannabis companies will have access. That discussion is scheduled to take place today. 

Vermont’s Senate has already approved its own version of the cannabis expansion bill, which differs from the House’s version on various issues. Among those includes an option for local governments to institute their own tax on cannabis

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The ongoing dilemma over lab testing has defined the rollout of Texas’ new hemp law. This month brought another development, with the state’s Department of Public Safety informing law enforcement that state labs will not conduct testing in misdemeanor marijuana cases. 

Lawmakers in Texas passed a bill last year permitting farmers in the state to cultivate hemp, and effectively removing it from the state’s list of controlled substances and legalizes cannabidiol, or CBD, as well as products made from hemp. The measure was signed into law last June  by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. 

But the new law immediately sparked confusion on the local level.  The district attorney in Tarrant County, Texas immediately dismissed 235 marijuana misdemeanors, saying she and her staff had no way determining whether individuals who had been charged had been carrying marijuana with over 0.3 percent THC, the state’s limit for hemp. 

The problem stemmed from the new law failing to allow for additional lab funding, and many police departments in the state lack the requisite technology to conduct those tests. Sharen Wilson, the Tarrant County district attorney, said last June that a “lab report in our estimation is now a requirement of the crime because it’s

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The Oklahoma state Senate voted on Wednesday to approve a bill that would protect the right to own a firearm for medical marijuana patients. The measure, Senate Bill 959, was approved by a unanimous vote by the full Senate and will now head to the Oklahoma House of Representatives for consideration.

The bill, which was drafted by Republican state Sen. Nathan Dahm, would make it so qualified applicants could not be denied a concealed handgun permit solely because of their status as a registered medical marijuana patient. Under the state’s Self Defense Act, a concealed handgun permit can be denied to any person with a violation related to the use or possession of illegal drugs. SB 959 clarifies that the provision does not apply to those who hold a valid medical marijuana identification card from the state.

Under its interpretation of the Self Defense Act, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) has routinely denied concealed handgun permits to those who disclose that they have a medical marijuana card because of the continuing federal prohibition of cannabis. Failure to make such disclosure is a felony under federal law.

“You basically have to choose one or the other,” said Jordan Solorzano

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The exact size and scope of Maine’s medical marijuana market has been revealed for the first time thanks to new sales tax data.

The figures, provided by the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services and reported on by the Portland Press Herald, showed that the market is much larger than previously believed. Last year, state residents purchased more than $111.6 million worth of medical cannabis which, according to the Press Herald, is dwarfed by Maine’s lobster market ($485 million) and the potato market ($167 million) but “bigger than blueberries, maple syrup, apples, elvers, herring and oysters – combined.” 

Most of the $111.6 million was accounted for by medical cannabis sales by caregivers, who sold around $85 million worth, which is about 76 percent of the market. The remaining $26. million was generated by sales at the state’s eight medical cannabis dispensaries. 

The figures were made possible after Maine officials gave the medical marijuana industry its own tax category. 

Dawson Julia, who was the first caregiver to open a marijuana shop in Maine, told the Press Herald that the figures give caregivers like him leverage.

“This is huge for us,” Julia told the Press Herald. “You want the tax revenue

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CANNABIS CULTURE – Final S. 54 House vote expected today – then goes to Senate, then reconciliation, then Governor’s Desk.

MONTPELIER, Vermont — On Wednesday evening, in a landmark vote, the Vermont House voted pass S.54, the bill to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis sales for adults 21 and older. Members of the House voted 90-54.

Check out Heady Vermont’s live tweet sesh from the Statehouse on Wednesday, February 26 hereFollow us for future updates.

“It’s time for cannabis use to come out into the light of day,” said Rep. Mari Cordes (D-Lincoln). “S.54 creates a strong structure to incentivize small cultivators and retailers, encourage renewable energy, and protect Vermonters from the multiple harms of the illicit market. This bill, combined with current expungement work, will decrease harm to marginalized communities related to cannabis.”

“This bill, combined with current expungement work, will decrease harm to marginalized communities related to cannabis.”

On Monday, S.54 cleared the House Appropriations Committee by a narrow margin of 6-5 in favor of advancing the bill to the House floor. Before passing, the committee added an amendment reducing the number of people on the Cannabis Control Board to three full-time members.

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According to Hemp Industry Daily reporter Laura Drotleff, it an eventful week for hemp regulation at the National Association of State Department of Agriculture (NASDA) meeting in Arlington, Virginia. Drotleff reported on two major developments at NADSA. These developments came from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), respectively, which are the primary regulators of hemp and its derivative products. Both are analyzed below.

FDA Changing Its Tune on Hemp CBD?

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D., said that the agency is working towards regulating hemp-derived CBD (Hemp CBD) products and admitted that the agency’s approach to Hemp CBD is not sustainable:

We’re not going to be able to say you can’t use these products. It’s a fools errand to even approach that[.] We have to be open to the fact that there might be some value to these products and certainly Americans think that’s the case. But we want to get them information to make the right decisions.

Finally! The FDA is finally taking a rational approach to Hemp CBD. This is a major departure from the FDA’s recent messaging on Hemp CBD and it’s coming from the head of the agency.

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In front of Mexico’s Senate building, a group of cannabis activists has erected a semi-permanent protest camp meant to call attention to the Supreme Court’s impending April 30th deadline for legislators to regulate recreational marijuana. Inside the building, the chamber opened discussion on the regulatory plan today. 

But Wednesday morning, the country’s president dealt a seemingly lethal blow to hopes for a green future. 

At his daily early morning press conference on Wednesday, President Andres Manuel López Obrador, commonly known as AMLO, said his administration is no longer interested in guaranteeing the constitutional right to cultivate and consume marijuana recognized by the country’s top court. The president is largely regarded as having absolute control over the policies of his Morena Party, which he founded in 2014.

“We’ll have to see about that, but we’re not thinking about taking that route,” AMLO told a reporter who had asked about the progress of cannabis legalization. “Only for medical uses, only for health purposes.”

“There’s a possibility of guaranteeing the use of non-harmful drugs with medicinal uses,” he continued. “That is completely different.” 

His statements are in direct conflict with the country’s Secretary of Health Jorge Alcocer Varela, who just last month called

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