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House to Vote on the Legalization of Marijuana in September

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The US House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act, commonly known as the MORE Act, this September. The bill will legalize marijuana at the federal level and remove it from the Controlled Substances Act.

It will also allow states to make their cannabis laws, expunge non-violent cannabis federal records, and create grant and support programs for communities struck by the war on drugs.

The bill was introduced by the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y). It is co-sponsored by 99 members of the house with Matt Gaetz (representative of Florida) being the only Republican.

Senator Kamala Harris, the Democrat’s nominee for vice president, introduced the bill in the Senate last year.

When introducing the bill, she said, “Times have changed — marijuana should not be a crime,” said Harris. “We need to start regulating marijuana, and expunge marijuana convictions from the records of millions of Americans so they can get on with their lives. As marijuana becomes legal across the country, we must make sure everyone — especially communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs — has a real opportunity to participate in this growing industry.”

The Act also includes a 5% tax on marijuana and its products, forming an Opportunity Trust Fund. The fund will give grants to people affected by the war on drugs, administered by the Department of Justice and Small Business Administration.

Since its introduction, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws has worked to gain the political support of the act and anticipates its passage in the House. 

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To date, cannabis is legal for sale and use, including for medical purposes, in 33 states and the District of Colombia. Some permit possession of marijuana and sale to adults. However, these state laws are against federal law, which classifies cannabis as an illegal substance. The bill will remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.

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Jay Z Launches Monogram, His Own Weed Line

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Jay-Z attends 2020 Roc Nation THE BRUNCH on January 25, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Erik Voake/Getty Images for Roc Nation

Just like Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross and other famous rappers, Jay Z ventured into the Marijuana business. 

Partnering with Caliva, a California based cannabis company, Jay announced Monogram (his cannabis line) on Friday 23rd October. Jay Z entered into a partnership with Caliva in 2019, gaining the title chief brand strategist. 

To entertain his customers and celebrate his Monogram launch, Queen B’s husband created a song playlist titled ‘sounds from the Grow Room’. 

It includes songs like “Legalize it” and songs from artists like Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and more. Weed smokers will enjoy the playlist for sure. Even non-smokers. 

You can find it on the monogram website. Speaking of which, the advertising was carefully thought about. The slogan, “Refining standards, redefining growth,” starts readers off, after the playlist that is.

 The page says it has “…assembled a board of cannabis experts who grade and select every flower by hand.” 

The Monogram flower according to the website ,”is grown in small batches allowing every plant to receive personalised attention” from their expert growers. Caliva is yet to confirm the availability of the ‘holy herb’.

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New Zealand To Vote On Cannabis Legalization Saturday, October 17

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On Saturday, New Zealand voters will decide on a nationwide referendum that would legalize the possession and use of cannabis by those of 20 years of age and above. 

The referendum entitled, The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, is going to be one of two ballot questions that will be decided upon in the upcoming October 17 General Election. The election had initially been scheduled for September 19, but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If the vote for the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill is passed, New Zealand will become the third country worldwide to legalize cannabis at the national level, together with Canada and Uruguay.

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More Than 6.8 Tons Of Weed Concealed In Toilets Seized At The Mexican Border

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The Office of Field Operations officers of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the World Trade Bridge near Laredo, Texas, seized a shipment of toilets that contained about 6.8 tons of marijuana, according to a report on Breaking 911.

As our frontline CBP officers at World Trade Bridge seek to facilitate lawful commerce in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they maintain a robust enforcement posture and that vigilance and attention to detail resulted in the seizure of more than six and a half tons of marijuana hidden within the commodity,” said Andrew Douglas, the Acting Port Director at the Laredo Port of Entry.

The CBP officers at the cargo facility seized the shipment at the World Trade Bridge on October 2. The toilet shipment containing the weed was in a 2015 Freightliner Tractor coming from Mexico. The drugs were discovered by a sniffer dog and non-intrusive imaging system inspection.

The inspection led to the unearthing of 1,017 packages concealed in commercial toilets, which contained about 13,744 pounds (6.8 tons) of marijuana. The seized marijuana has a street value of approximately $2.7 million.

CBP forwarded the case for further investigation to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HIS) special agents.

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Maine Finally Launches Recreational Weed Industry After Years of Hiccups

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It has been nearly four years since voters approved the legal adult-use of marijuana in the state of Maine. In November 2016, the legalization of cannabis was voted on by those in the state and is now in effect.

The recreational sales of cannabis are set to launch before the end of 2020. The road to legal sales has been long and bumpy, as it has long experienced delays due to issues such as change of administration, and legislative rewrites, with more recent drawbacks, including delays due to COVID-19 that had licenses being issued just a month before the first day of sales.

The industry has also been facing supply-related hiccups complicating the set target of the inaugural day. 

Speaking on the impacts of the pandemic on the economy of the state’s new industry, the director of Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy expressed prudent optimism over the supply-and-demand reality. This is mainly because the number of stores with issued licenses currently counts to just seven, with more license approvals expected in the coming months.

“The fact that Maine has the distinction of opening during a global health pandemic is going to kind of mitigate the amount of tourists specifically with the launch of the new industry but that’s not to say that moving forward into next summer that individuals won’t travel to Maine for recreational marijuana,” said the director on Friday.

The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act has been given attention at the federal level, and the vote on it is expected to happen before the end of 2020.

The packaging of adult-use cannabis will be required to clearly exhibit information about the product inside, including the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it contains, and for most products to be childproof. 

Ingesting marijuana before operating a motor vehicle, will fall under similar laws as alcohol consumption. There is still no official way to test the level to which a motorist is under the effect of marijuana other than behavioral clues.

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Medical Marijuana’s Possible Long-Term Benefits for Pets

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Cannabis Sativa is a plant that is widely known by humans for its medical value and recreational purposes. Much research has been carried out, trying to find the impacts of marijuana on humans’ bodies and minds.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two mainly studied components of marijuana. THC causes psychotropic effects and is also used for recreation purposes while CBD is non-psychotropic and is felt by many investigators to be non-toxic or have limited toxicity.

Like in humans, where CBD is used to reduce pain and manage anxiety, veterinarians, and pet owners agree that marijuana has the same effects on animals.

More so, it has been found that CBD oil given to dogs resulted in fewer seizures, help with joint pain, ease GI distress as well as address mood-related issues such as aggression, anxiety, and stress.

However, despite the advantages, cannabis can also be toxic to pets. This occurs when pets directly ingest marijuana plants, marijuana-infused foods, or passive inhalation of marijuana smoke. With a lot of research focused on humans, there has been a deficiency in resolving pet-related poisoning.

For instance, in Colorado, the frequency of marijuana toxicosis in dogs at two veterinary hospitals increased four times over a 5-year period after legalization.

THC is also much harder to metabolize in pets than humans. This implies another challenge of the uncertainty of the long-term impacts of CBD use in pets.

Despite the risks, there are no regulation laws on CBD products implying that pet owners could be buying marijuana with different levels of components such as THC from what is listed.

The findings set a challenge to the whole field of medicine, with the need for immediate action in order to curb possible worst outcomes in the present and near future.  

As a pet owner, however, you should make sure you consult your veterinarian and marijuana experts on how medical marijuana can help your pet and any possible side effects.

Also Read:Cannabis Consumers Prefer Herbal Marijuana Over Concentrates According To Studies

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