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  • The first big company to say it’s serving the legal marijuana trade? Microsoft.

    Microsoft will not be getting anywhere near these kiosks or the actual plants
    The New York Times (US)
    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    As state after state has legalized marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely. Marijuana, after all, is still illegal, according to the federal government. But Microsoft is breaking the corporate taboo on pot by announcing a partnership to begin offering software that tracks marijuana plants from “seed to sale,” as the pot industry puts it. The software is meant to help states that have legalized the medical or recreational use of marijuana keep tabs on sales and commerce, ensuring that they remain in the daylight of legality.

  • Thousands of Jamaicans see ganja records wiped clean

    The number of ganja cases dropped from 8,284 in 2014 to 2,285 in 2015
    The Gleaner (Jamaica)
    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Almost 4,000 Jamaicans who had criminal records for minor ganja offenses have so far been issued with clean Police certificates under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act passed in 2015. During a presentation to Parliament, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck said amendments to the Act saw 71 persons being qualified to have their offenses automatically erased. Chuck said thousands of other Jamaicans have had their criminal records wiped clean by the state.

  • Human rights study no reason to change cannabis regulation policy

    A vast majority of municipalities call to allow experiments with regulated cannabis cultivation and trade
    NL Times (Netherlands)
    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    A recent study by Radboud University Nijmegen that concluded that regulating cannabis cultivation could improve human rights is no reason for the Netherlands to change its policy on marijuana, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice said. He argues that it can not be conclusively stated that regulating cannabis cultivation and trade will decrease violent crime. A recent vote at a meeting of the Association of Dutch Municipalities showed that the vast majority of municipalities in the Netherlands supports experiments with regulated cannabis cultivation.

  • Smoke clears on cannabis licensing regime

    Expectations run high for the potential economic benefits to be derived from the development of a local medical ganja industry
    Jamaica Observer (Jamaica)
    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Over a year ago Jamaica brought about reform to the legal landscape with regards to ganja through the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act the (DDA). After the establishment of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), stakeholders waited with bated breath for it to develop the regulations to support the licensing regime. Such regulations have recently been issued as the Dangerous Drugs (Cannabis Licensing) (Interim) Regulations 2016. Though only “interim regulations”, completing the legal and regulatory infrastructure required to enable a local ganja industry for medical, scientific and therapeutic purposes. (Vision for Jamaica’s new legal ganja industry | Big bucks to go into ganja business)

  • NDP demands immediate decriminalization of marijuana

    MP Murray Rankin says too many people are getting criminal records for something that will soon be legal
    CBC News (Canada)
    Monday, June 13, 2016

    The federal New Democrats are putting forward a motion in Parliament to pressure the Liberal government to decriminalize pot before it is legalized. NDP Justice Critic Murray Rankin says it is not fair to arrest people and give them criminal records for possessing marijuana if the practice will soon be legal. "Despite Justin Trudeau's clear campaign promise to immediately fix marijuana laws in Canada, the government has done nothing for eight months except continue the senseless practice of handing out criminal records for personal use," said a statement released by Rankin.

  • Cannabis in the capital: Federal haze

    The District’s odd governance makes for even odder drug laws
    The Economist (UK)
    Saturday, June 11, 2016

    Since 2015 it has been legal to own, grow and use cannabis privately in Washington, DC. Generous souls are allowed to give small amounts to whomever they like. It is illegal, however, to sell it. Small businesses have sprung up seeking to exploit this dichotomy. Able to legalise cannabis but unable to tax or regulate it, DC finds itself in a strange hinterland of legality. Because nearly 30% of the District consists of federal land, on which cannabis is still classed as a Schedule 1 drug, it can be legal to possess cannabis on one side of a street and illegal on the other.

  • Moroccan party leader calls for moderate consumption of cannabis

    El Omari's demand for allowing the commercialization of cannabis to individual consumers marks a shift on the issue of cannabis in Morocco
    Moroccan World News (Morocco)
    Saturday, June 11, 2016

    Ilyas El OmariIlyass El Omari, President of the Regional Council of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, proposed to allow cannabis to be sold legally in cafes. The Secretary General of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), one of Morocco's opposition parties, said that "the majority of the rural population, especially the area of Chefchaouen, is living directly or indirectly from cannabis," stressing that he would not let all these people "live in inequality." In an interview with Telquel, El Omari said that he would like to make it possible for the youth of the region "to be able to open cafes where they can legally sell cannabis to consumers in reasonable and specific amounts on a weekly basis."

  • Justin Trudeau may have made the best case for legal pot ever

    Latest federal data shows no significant change in marijuana use among teens in Colorado and Washington in the year after marijuana became legal
    The Washington Post (US)
    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Trudeau's argument for legalization is concerned less with creating benefits, and more with reducing harms. He starts from the same place that many legalization opponents start from — concern for the safety of children. He points to an easy-to-overlook fact: It's already incredibly easy for teenagers to get high if they want to. In 2015, for instance, nearly 80 percent of U.S. 12th-graders said it would be easy for them to obtain marijuana. It's clear, in other words, that current policies centered on making the drug completely illegal are doing little to keep it out of the hands of kids who want to use it.

  • Dutch cities renew call for regulated cannabis cultivation

    Regulating cannabis cultivation would reduce violent crime surrounding illicit cultivation and could therefore arguably protect human rights
    NL Times (Netherlands)
    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    Almost 90 percent of Dutch municipalities supported a call on the government to allow experiments with regulated cannabis cultivation at the association of Dutch municipalities VNG’s annual conference. Regulation would allow better action against illicit cannabis cultivation and the serious crime that accompanies it. The VNG wants to put pressure on the government with this joint call, which should carry more sway than previous calls by a few mayors. The VNG hopes to make regulated cannabis cultivation a theme for the next parliamentary election in 2017. A study by Radboud University Nijmegen, concluded that international law does allow regulated cannabis cultivation.

  • The activists helping illegal pot dealers turn into legit marijuana businessmen

    California officials want to ensure that those once punished over harsh weed laws aren’t overrun by wealthy entrepreneurs once it’s legalized recreationally
    The Guardian (UK)
    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    california2016In California, where voters are expected to legalize recreational marijuana in November, there’s a small, but growing movement to eliminate barriers in the industry for people with pot offenses on their records. Some officials are now even promoting policies and programs aimed at directly encouraging current and former drug dealers to open businesses. Advocates say it’s an uphill battle – and an urgent one. Wealthy entrepreneurs, who are often white men, are dominating and profiting off of the sale of marijuana while those who continue to suffer the consequences of harsh pot laws – primarily people of color – are denied opportunities.

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