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Republican Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia indicated at a virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday that he is open to relaxing his position against legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in the state. Justice made the comments during an online meeting with voters as he promoted his proposal to eliminate the state’s personal income tax.

During the town hall, Justice was asked by an attendee if he supported fully legalizing and taxing marijuana in West Virginia as a way to create a new source of revenue.

“I don’t,” Justice said, quickly adding, “but I am weakening on that position.”

The governor went on to say that he has heard from respected sources that there are social benefits to legalizing cannabis for use by adults, saying “the medical community tells me the legalizing of marijuana from a recreational standpoint has lowered their drug problems.”

He also noted that while he has not yet acquired all of the information necessary to change his personal opinion on the legalization of recreational marijuana, he acknowledged that reform appears inevitable. He also indicated that he would consent if the state legislature takes the lead on the issue.

“I’m not educated enough to make a

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Wyoming just introduced legislation that could bring a legal cannabis industry to the predominantly conservative state. 

The bill, known as House Bill 0209, was introduced by Representative Mike Yin and also backed by 13 other state lawmakers. The bill was assigned to the state House just this week. If the bill becomes a law, then the sale, purchase, possession, and cultivation of cannabis will become regulated and legal. Those over the age of 21 can have up to three ounces of flower, 16 ounces of cannabis product, 72 ounces of liquid product, and up to 30 grams of concentrate. 

Those who prefer home grows to shopping would also have the legal option to cultivate up to 12 flowering, female plants at home, which could yield them up to 16 ounces of cannabis, “provided that any amount more than two and one half (2 1/2) ounces shall be stored in a container or area with locks or other security devices that restrict access to the container or area”

HB0209 will also lay out how cannabis should be tested and taxed, as well as the licenses for the state. It will also outline what the penalties will be for those using or

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Groundbreaking reggae musician Bunny Wailer has died at the age of 73, according to a statement from Jamaican government officials issued on Tuesday. Wailer, born Neville Livingston, was a founding member of the pioneering reggae group the Wailers, along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.

Jamaican Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport Olivia Grange said that Wailer died at Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston after being hospitalized since December. No cause of death was given in the statement that Grange said was made at the request of Wailer’s family. Wailer suffered a stroke in July 2020 and had spent much of the time since then in the hospital.

“We mourn the passing of this outstanding singer, songwriter, and percussionist and celebrate his life and many accomplishments,” Grange said. “We remain grateful for the role that Bunny Wailer played in the development and popularity of Reggae music across the world.”

Jamaican Prime Minister Honors Reggae Superstar

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness also issued a statement honoring the native-born star of reggae music who traveled the world sharing the music of his Caribbean island home.

“Bunny Wailer has made a tremendous impact on the world, setting the stage for a global

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Cannabis possession accounts for six in every 10 drugs tribunal prosecutions.

The police are prosecuting people for the simple possession of cannabis at a rate of one person a day and most are first-time offenders, according to the latest data by the justice ministry.

A total of 1,897 people have been brought before the drugs tribunal since it was first set up as part of a legal reform in September 2015.

An overwhelming majority – 90 per cent – were first time offenders, the statistics up to December 2020 show.

– Read the entire article at Times of Malta.

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Despite being known for its liberal policies, Washington, D.C. still doesn’t have a recreational market. But that could be about to change. 

Council Chairman Phil Mendleson proposed a new, recreational cannabis regulation bill that focused on progress and equity. The bill is also supported by Kenyan McDuffie, Charles Allen, Brianne Nadeau, Brooke Pinto, Christina Henderson, and Mary Cheh, and the focus is deliberately on equity because of the issues the cannabis industry has with inclusion, and the negative impact the war on drugs has on people of color. 

“This legislation is the culmination of over a year of work by my office and external stakeholders,” Mendelson said about the newly proposed legislation. “It creates a comprehensive regulatory framework for the cultivation, production, and sale of recreational cannabis and most significantly, this bill centers reinvestment and opportunity for people and communities hit hardest by the War on Drugs.”

Equity, Justice, Education

This new plan, known as the “Comprehensive Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Act of 2021,” would establish a social equity program, and would make sure that at least half of all those with licensed businesses are equity applicants. Those eligible for equity applicant status would be folks who were formerly convicted

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On January 28th, in partnership with Mexico-based law firm Lawgic, Harris Bricken hosted the webinar “Cannabis in Mexico” (replay here). That webinar covered the basics of what stakeholders can and can’t do right now in the Mexican medical cannabis industry, what lies on the horizon for adult use, and how Mexico treats industrial hemp and CBD.

Due to the high number of follow up questions we received before, during, and after the webinar, we decided to host a second webinar to answer the pressing and popular questions we were unable to address during the program.

Please join us for our FREE hour-long, Q&A webinar TOMORROW, Thursday, March 4th, at 12pm PT to learn even more about cannabis legalization in Mexico, including:

current medical cannabis laws current hemp laws the status of enacted and proposed regulations expectations for adult use cannabis program roll-out markets analysis insights on how businesses and investors can best position themselves in this industry, now and in the future

Adrián Cisneros Aguilar, our lead Mexico cannabis law attorney, will join Lawgic’s Roberto Ibarra López to answer questions on these and other topics from our January 28th webinar. The panel will be moderated by Harris Bricken’s cannabis practice chair, Hilary Bricken.

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf just furthered his already-pro-cannabis public persona by announcing a round of pardons that includes those charged for nonviolent, cannabis-related crimes. 

As of the time of this writing, Wolf has pardoned 310 people in total, and 69 of those people were part of a program that received expedited review in order to overturn their cannabis-related charges. The program is called the Expedited Review Program for Non-Violent Marijuana-Related Offenses, and it was instituted in 2019. 

“These pardons will give these 310 people a chance to put the conviction behind them, offering them more opportunities as they build careers, buy homes, and move on with their lives free of this burden,” Wolf said regarding the pardons he recently approved and announced. “In particular, the nonviolent marijuana convictions-associated pardons have been expedited to make what was a years-long process now a matter of months.”

Of the pardons considered so far, Wolf denied 13 and held six to be reviewed further. He has also made history for signing a lot of pardons during his time in office. He has signed 1,559 since 2015, which is more than any of his peers nationwide from the last 20 years. Since the implementation of the

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The Cannabis Education Center at Holyoke Community College is offering scholarships to students who enroll in its March 2021 core cannabis training program.

The intensive, two-day “Cannabis Core” training runs on Sat., March 20, and Sunday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The program costs $595 but scholarships covering up to the full amount are available to qualified individuals through HCC’s partner, Elevate Northeast.

– Read the entire article at Mass Live.

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The vaping brand Puffco announced Tuesday a partnership with a Los Angeles comedy institution to produce a series of events in the shadow of an iconic southern California venue.

Later this month, Puffco will team up with The Comedy Store for three “drive-up comedy shows” in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl. On March 26 and 27, “Puffco Presents The Comedy Store Drive In” will feature acts from a host of marquee marquee comics, including Bill Burr, David Spade, Whitney Cummings, Jeff Ross, Fortune Feimster, Donnell Rawlings, and Iliza Shlesinger.

The last year has been a painful period for the world of stand up comedy, with the COVID-19 pandemic upending live entertainment and forcing many venues to shutter. Laws in many states and counties continue to impose restrictions on the type of large-scale indoor gatherings that used to be the norm at places like The Comedy Store, a famed club located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

Known as “The Store” to its regulars, the club was opened in 1972 by Sammy and Mitzi Shore, and Rudy De Luca, and has since established itself as a launch pad for many of the great careers in comedy.

Puffco is

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“This is my life,” says cannnabis industry CEO Adam Berk. And it is true: Berk is in fact passionate about his job. He has always been.

Last year, the vertically-integrated cannabis company he headed, Stem Holdings, acquired Driven Deliveries, the world’s first publicly-owned cannabis delivery company. The resulting corporation, Driven by Stem, boasts a market cap of more than $60 million, with sales projected to hit $75 million in 2021.

“My thesis is that people are never going to go back to any type of retail the way they did before. People got used to ease and convenience, and they love getting stuff delivered to their doorstep,” declares Berk.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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