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The tribal council for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians voted on Thursday to approve an ordinance that legalizes medical marijuana on tribal lands. The vote applies to the tribe’s lands known as the Qualla Boundary, which covers 100 square miles over five counties in western North Carolina.

Cannabis is still illegal in North Carolina, although possession of less than one ounce is punishable by only a fine. The move by the council will make the tribe’s sovereign lands the only place within the state’s borders where marijuana can be legally possessed.

Before the council’s vote, Principal Chief Richard Sneed said that the new ordinance is the first of several steps to fully legalize medical marijuana.

“There’s so much science now supporting cannabis as a medicine,” Sneed told the tribal council. “This really is a quality of life issue as well for folks who have debilitating diseases, chronic pain, chronic back pain, cancer.”

“This is really just the first step, or kind of the cornerstone of moving toward medicinal. We have to have this in place first,” he added.

The council voted to remove a provision of the ordinance that would have allowed tribal members to give away but not sell small quantities of cannabis.

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CANNABIS CULTURE – It’s been a busy spring for Last Prisoner Project! Keep reading for more updates and information on our latest campaigns, recent events, and opportunities to support our constituents.

Parading with Policymakers

Last Saturday, LPP board members, staffers, and affiliates marched in the New York City Cannabis Parade & Rally, one of the longest-running marijuana activism events in the world.

Given the recent passage of the state’s adult-use legalization bill, this year’s event took on new meaning — especially for those who have been advocating for reform for decades. The rally also saw lawmakers like State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, New York Attorney General Leticia James, and Senator Chuck Schumer—who promised not to stop fighting until we legalize federally and undo the harms of cannabis prohibition—take part. The event reminded us just how grateful we are for the passion and power of the cannabis community!

In the early 2000s Michael Pelletier was arrested on marijuana conspiracy charges, later receiving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. ⁣Mercifully, after serving more than a decade in federal prison, Michael was issued an executive clemency grant in January. Since his release, he has been able to use LPP Reentry Grant funds as his begins

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In a move that could limit the options of advocates promoting cannabis legalization initiatives, the Idaho Senate approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban advertising for marijuana in the state. The Senate passed the measure, SB 1218, with a vote of 21 to 14, sending the legislation to the state House of Representatives for consideration.

During debate on the bill, Sen. Scott Grow, the sponsor of the measure, said that billboards in western Idaho advertise cannabis businesses just over the border in Oregon, where recreational marijuana is legal for adults.

“People are being encouraged to violate the law,” Grow said. “They’re being encouraged to go over and get something they know is illegal in Idaho.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the bill had been placed on a fast track for approval, receiving a committee hearing with little notice for the public to participate. Nonetheless, four citizens appeared at the meeting to oppose the measure, while no one showed up to speak in favor of the bill. Their efforts were in vain, however, with the panel’s Republican majority approving the bill with a vote of 7 to 2 along party lines.

Serra Frank, a cannabis activist and the organizer of Boise Hempfest, told High Times that

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It’s been four years since West Virginia legalized medical cannabis, and until now, they have not had an actual program in place for patients to get relief. Now, eligible patients can finally register and officially become a part of the program.

While medical cannabis business permits started being awarded as far back as October of last year, it has taken this long for them to get things up and running for patients to be able to get involved. The state just recently was able to get a testing lab approved, which was a missing step necessary for the program to move forward.

Patients who suffer from cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and chronic pain are eligible to register. In order to get medical cannabis, like in other legal states, patients must get a recommendation from a registered doctor. In order to get a medical cannabis card, once they are approved, patients can visit medcanwv.org.

Now that sales are on track to start, they are expected

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s policy of rejecting applications to register trademarks that identify nonhemp cannabis products, as well as certain hemp CBD products, reflects an unduly doctrinaire approach that ultimately makes Americans less safe. As the cannabis industry continues to enter the business mainstream, the extension of trademark rights to cannabis companies’ products would provide them with additional incentives to develop reputations for quality and safety, setting them apart from actors on the margins of legal markets at the state level. In addition, it would empower cannabis companies to, in concert with law enforcement, pursue counterfeiters peddling unregulated products.

In March, it was reported that Florida law enforcement agencies were expressing concern about “THC-laced candy and snacks … making their way into the hands of children and teens.” THC refers to tetrahydrocannabinol, “the substance … primarily responsible for the effect of marijuana on a person’s mental state.” The level of THC in a cannabis plant determines if that particular plant is legally considered marijuana or hemp. Cannabis with a THC concentration of more than 0.3% on a dry-weight basis is considered marijuana, which is a scheduled drug according to the Controlled Substances Act. By contrast, following the enactment

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Governor: Colorado”will finally treat cannabis like other prescribed medicines”.

Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday signed a new law expanding access to and use of cannabis-based medicine in schools, a step he called overdue.

The bipartisan law, SB21-56, removes the authority that school principals currently have to permit — or not — the storage and administration on school grounds of non-smokable cannabis-based medicine, which is used to treat seizures and other ailments.

Once the new law takes effect this fall, school boards will be required to implement policies that allow for the storage and administration of this medicine by school personnel on school grounds. Any school staffer who is uncomfortable performing these duties can recuse themselves, the new law states, but officials cannot exempt entire schools from the law.

– Read the entire article at The Denver Post.

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The Tennessee Senate passed a bill on Tuesday, SB 118, that establishes a strictly limited medicinal cannabis program for patients with certain qualifying conditions. The move comes following a compromise reached between senators and members of the Tennessee House of Representatives, where a bill to establish a more extensive medical cannabis program was voted down last week. Wednesday afternoon, the Tennessee House voted in favor of SB 118.

The Details of SB 118

Under SB 118, patients with one or more debilitating illnesses would be permitted to use CBD oil medications containing no more than 0.9% THC. Under current state law, only patients with epilepsy are permitted to use such medications. The bill allows for slightly more THC than the federal limit established for legal hemp products under the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill does not allow for the production or sale of cannabis medications in Tennessee, leaving patients with no options for legally obtaining their medicine in the state.

In order to use the low-THC CBD oil, patients would have to obtain a letter from a physician stating that they have one of the qualifying medical conditions and that conventional

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George Jung, the cocaine smuggler whose exploits served as the inspiration for the movie Blow, has reportedly died. He was 78.

The news was first reported Wednesday by TMZ, which cited sources close to the situation in saying that Jung passed Wednesday morning at his home in the Boston area, adding that the “cause of death is currently not known, though he had recently been experiencing liver and kidney failure.”

TMZ reported that Jung had been in “home hospice care since this past weekend and died with his girlfriend, Ronda, and friend, Roger, by his side.”

A post on Jung’s Instagram account provided further confirmation, saying that he died Wednesday morning at his home in Weymouth, Massachusetts. 

George Jung: A Wild Life

One of the best known drug smugglers, George Jung was born on August 6, 1942 in the Boston area. His stomping ground would ultimately form the basis for his famed moniker: “Boston George.”

His entry into the drug trade began in the 1960s, when Jung started transporting marijuana across the Mexico border into the United States. 

In a 2007 interview with PBS’s “Frontline,” Jung recalled his origins as a smuggler:

“Well, smoking marijuana—or most

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During the pandemic, cannabis delivery and drive-thru options became more of a hot topic than ever before. In addition to the logistics and safety it provides, delivery offers a stress-free, convenient system that is here to stay. According to a recent poll from Ganja Goddess, a California-based, online brand for cannabis consumers, cannabis users want to keep getting their weed delivered.

According to the poll’s results, cannabis use has increased and is driven in many cases by managing mental health issues. Edibles have become even more important than flower as a way to consume, and vape pens are not as popular—or at least they weren’t last year because no one was on the go. 

“Since the start of the pandemic, Americans are spending more time than ever at home, leading to an overwhelming national demand for delivery services,” said Ganja Goddess CEO Zachary Pitts.

“The initial spike in cannabis delivery sales was noteworthy, but its continued prevalence more than one year later speaks volumes. A rise in cannabis consumption and greater emphasis on managing health further highlight the impact

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In this Let’s Eat, we see how CannaCook ​is offering instructional classes and private chef experience where cannabis is a key ingredient.

Cannabis-infused food can be infinitely more than brownies and “grassy cannabutter” – it can be gourmet meals that satisfy far more than a desire to get stoned. That’s where Ian McClatchey enters the picture.

The Scottish-born chef is the mastermind behind CannaCook, a new cannabis cuisine tutoring and private meal preparation service in Guelph.

“The cannabis meal doesn’t have to be brownies. It doesn’t have to be something that knocks you out either. It’s something that you can eat three courses, take some time, enjoy it, enjoy the atmosphere with your friends,” he said. “There’s a lot more to an elevated dining experience.”

– Read the entire article at Guelph Today.

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