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Legalization of Cannabis: A Guide to Marijuana Laws by State
Cannabis legalization is gaining momentum across the U.S. The number of states where marijuana is legal continues to increase, yet the precise meaning of “legal” depends on your location. This article is our quick guide to state marijuana laws.
Jul 1, 2016 6:19 AM
Los Angeles Is Set To Become The Largest U.S. City With Legal Marijuana
The Los Angeles City Council approved regulations for the recreational marijuana industry on Wednesday, setting the stage for LA to become the largest city in the U.S. with legal cannabis when California’s adult-use marijuana laws go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.
Dec 7, 2017 1:20 PM
HuffPost
How tax reform could push more states to legalize marijuana
Over the past few decades, the two statements most associated with the Republican Party are probably "No new taxes" and "Just say no." Most Republican lawmakers believe that more money should remain in people's pockets and less in government coffers (lower taxes).
Dec 1, 2017 2:46 PM
CNBC
Pot initiatives: Predicting the next 15 states to legalize marijuana
​In the states where it has been legalized, the new industry is contributing to the various states' economies. Marijuana Business Daily puts the number of jobs created by cannabis-related companies at between 100,000 and 150,000. New Frontier Data estimated employment within the industry may reach 300,000 by 2020.
Nov 15, 2017 1:46 PM
USA Today
Peru Congress passes bill to legalize medical marijuana
Peru’s conservative Congress passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana late on Thursday with a 68-5 vote in favor of allowing cannabis oil to be produced, imported and commercialized.​
Oct 20, 2017 1:48 PM
Reuters
Legalise Cannabis Campaigners Spark Up Outside Britain Parliament
​Cannabis was smoked just yards from MPs today as campaigners called for the drug to be legalised for medicinal use. Activists from the United Patients Alliance held a ‘cannabis tea party’ outside Parliament to highlight how the drug acts as pain relief for those with chronic and fatal illnesses.
Oct 10, 2017 12:48 PM
Huffington Post
Non-Weed Smoking Canadians Are Ready To Try Edibles When It Becomes Legal
It is estimated that about 10 milligrams is a "dose," but the Cannabist also recommends starting slow by eating half if you've never tried an edible before, making sure not to have an empty stomach, and waiting 45 minutes before determining if the weed has affected you.
Sep 27, 2017 2:00 PM
Huffpost
California Officially Calls On Feds To Reclassify Marijuana
Last November, California voters approved a ballot measure to legalize marijuana. Now, the state's lawmakers are formally calling on the federal government to reclassify cannabis.
Sep 18, 2017 3:24 PM
Will Prohibition Return to Legalized States?
​In addition to the barrage of questions that customers ask regarding the effects of indicas, sativas and hybrids that I get as a budtender, there is another question that comes up a great deal when people come visit me at the bud bar. Yes, we have the damn gummies alright. I kid, but not really.
Sep 14, 2017 2:36 PM
The Weedblog
Landmark Study: Legal Weed Reduces Crime Rates
Cannabis legalization has numerous opponents who believe that it triggers crime growth and many other issues in the society. However, new research shows that legal pot may actually have the opposite effect. Both medicinal and recreational dispensaries have the power to provide plenty of benefits, including the increase of awareness and the attraction of foot traffic, which may significantly lower the crime rates.
Jul 26, 2017 12:35 PM
Puerto Rico Adopts New Medical Marijuana Law
Ricardo Rossello, the Governor of Puerto Rico, has signed a new medicinal marijuana statute into law. In his opinion, the previous measure enacted by the former administration was not thorough enough.
Jul 20, 2017 12:30 PM
Greece to Legalize Medical Cannabis
Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister of Greece, has recently announced that doctors all over the country will now be allowed to prescribe medical marijuana for a wide range of conditions.
Jul 17, 2017 12:45 PM
Zimbabwe May Become Next Country to Legalize MMJ Production
Authorities in Zimbabwe, Africa, are discussing the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana in several areas of the country. The government initiated the legalization discussions after a Canadian company had shown interest in growing and processing medical weed in Zimbabwe. Cultivating cannabis in the country might bring significant economic growth and numerous benefits to the nation.
Jul 14, 2017 12:50 PM
West Virginia Starts Taking Applications for Growing Hemp
West Virginia farmers have recently begun to apply for permits to grow hemp for business purposes. It makes the Mountain State the latest one to become interested in herb cultivation.
Jul 13, 2017 12:45 PM
Catalonia Legalizes Weed for Adult Use
Catalonia, Spain, has finally legalized cannabis after a long fight. The campaign in support of the issue collected more than 67,000 petition signatures. This substantial number forced the community’s government to consider the matter and adopt new laws for regulating the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of weed for adult use. This decision will make marijuana clubs regulated and the weed itself decriminalized in the autonomous region.
Jul 10, 2017 12:50 PM
Medical Weed to Appear on Oklahoma Ballot in 2018
Most U.S. states have already legalized the use of medical cannabis. Oklahoma may soon become the latest addition to the list. The office of the secretary of state has confirmed that the notion of medical marijuana legalization will be put on the 2018 ballot.
Jul 5, 2017 12:40 PM
Will Poland Become Next Country to Legalize MMJ?
The lower house of the Polish Parliament, currently controlled by conservatives, has recently voted for making medical cannabis legal under particular conditions.
Jun 30, 2017 12:25 PM
Mexico to Legalize Medical Cannabis
Enrique Peña Nieto, the President of Mexico, has issued a decree confirming the legalization of using cannabis for medicinal purposes. The measure was signed after complete support from the lower house of Congress.
Jun 23, 2017 12:30 PM
Colorado Has Lowest Unemployment Rate in U.S. Due to Legalized Cannabis
The legalization of cannabis has helped the states where it has been allowed in many ways. From the revitalization of the economy and creating new jobs to fighting the opiate crisis, the weed industry has made the lives of thousands of people much better. Now, a new report shows that Colorado, where both medical and recreational cannabis are absolutely legal, has the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S.
Jun 19, 2017 12:45 PM
New Zealand and Australia Legalize Use of Hemp as Food
The governments of New Zealand and Australia have recently legalized the use of hemp as food. Though there is no ban on hemp use anymore, there are still strict restrictions on the marketing and labeling hemp products.
Jun 14, 2017 12:50 PM