LAW & POLITICS

  • Bavarian Police Forced to Pay Damages for Destroying Patient’s Cannabis
    by Michael Knodt on December 18, 2017 at 9:03 PM

    Due to a successful regulatory complaint, the Munich Police had to pay back 6.60 euros ($7.50) to a Bavarian cannabis patient for 0.3 grams of confiscated medical marijuana. The police destroyed the legal medicine of the 31-year-old as part of a personal check. “Thus, it should now be clear to the Bavarian police that cannabis [... […]

  • Whoa, Cannabis Business Owner Actually Gets His Seized Assets Back
    by Duke London on December 13, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    In January 2016, James Slatic’s San Diego medical marijuana business, Med-West Distribution, was raided by a narcotics joint task force that destroyed the entrepreneur’s facility and ability to continue serving an extensive patient list. While it’s difficult to calculate exactly how much Slatic lost as a result of the government effectively closing his business, San [... […]

  • Blacks Eight Times More Likely to be Stopped and Searched in the UK
    by Jon Hiltz on December 12, 2017 at 10:31 PM

    An independent police watchdog in the United Kingdom found that black people are at least eight times more likely to be stopped and searched for cannabis and other contraband than white people in the U.K. The racial disparity persists despite the fact that white people are found with drugs at a higher rate. The report, [... […]

  • Los Angeles: The Largest City with Legal Weed
    by Duke London on December 7, 2017 at 9:36 PM

    On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve licensed cannabis cultivation and sales within city limits beginning in 2018, becoming the largest city in America to do so. Now just awaiting Mayor Eric Garcetti’s approval, the new marijuana regulations will take effect immediately once signed. “The other cities in this nation, they are [... […]

  • Nova Scotia Announces Legal Age of 19 and Liquor Board to Sell Pot
    by Jon Hiltz on December 7, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    It has been an eventful week for provincial pot announcements in Canada, with the first one coming from British Columbia Tuesday. Not to be outdone, on Thursday the Province of Nova Scotia announced their framework for the distribution and sale of legal cannabis starting in July 2018. Like all other provinces, Nova Scotia has decided to [... […]

  • High Anxiety: Federal Safeguard of MMJ Programs Needs Budget Extension
    by Monterey Bud on December 7, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    America’s medical marijuana industry is currently estimated to be worth $5.3 billion, benefits nearly 2 million patients in 30 states, and is in serious jeopardy of losing its protected status if the previous federal budget is not extended by Friday. Within the existing budget, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment – originally referred to as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment [... […]

  • Honolulu Police Chief to MMJ Patients: We’re Reviewing Gun Policy
    by Monterey Bud on December 6, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Honolulu’s chief of police has temporarily rescinded the voluntary order for medical marijuana patients to surrender their firearms in the next 30 days. On Tuesday, the Honolulu Star Advisor reported the department’s new chief of police, Susan Ballard, would not mandate state-sanctioned patients relinquish their firearms while the department consults with other government agencies and [... […]

  • British Columbia Announces Its Legal Marijuana Framework
    by Jon Hiltz on December 5, 2017 at 9:27 PM

    British Columbia is undeniably Canada’s most pot-friendly province, and today its government made a highly anticipated announcement regarding the future framework for legal marijuana sales. The decisions made by B.C. leadership were fuelled through a five-week public consultation period that began on Sept. 25 and concluded on Nov. 1. Ultimately, 48,951 British Columbians provided their [... […]

  • Cannabis Activists Force Debate, Crash Bundestag Server
    by Michael Knodt on December 1, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    For the first time in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Hemp Association (DHV) has reached the required quorum of 50,000 signatures for an official petition for cannabis legalization, forcing the German Bundestag to debate the matter. Last week, a delegation of the DHV submitted 46,507 signatures on paper lists to [... […]

  • US, German Cannabis Producers Can’t Do Business Together, Here’s Why
    by Michael Knodt on November 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    Bureaucratic hurdles and an unexpectedly high demand for medical cannabis in Germany have created a bottleneck that’s plagued cannabis patients and producers alike. It would seem as though working with the United States could alleviate some of the pressure, but the federal government in Germany has avoided working with the country’s producers for fear of [... […]