Medical cannabis patients in the United Kingdom will soon get more protection from law enforcement.
CANNABIS CULTURE – Neil Magnuson has been evicted, raided, arrested and just generally persecuted by the Vancouver Police Department. Now the VPD have threatened to impound his vehicle.
Magnuson provides help and support to people fighting drug addictions in the Downtown East Side (DTES).
BUT he does this without a license.
Magnuson is The founder of a low-barrier dispensary called the Healing Wave and an alternative addiction action group known as the Cannabis Substitution Project (CPS).
“How could we possibly stop, why on God’s green earth should we!? To satisfy greed and corruption that would deny poor suffering people needed relief and options?” Says Neil Magnuson, founder of Healing Wave dispensary and the CSP.
The Vancouver Police Department has ordered an end to CSP’s operation on the Downtown East Side, citing the unlicensed distribution of unregulated cannabis.
“Legislation states that a seller must be licensed by the provincial government and that product for sale must be sourced through the Provincial government to ensure the safety of the product, and ultimately, the consumer. The unlicensed sale of cannabis is illegal,” VPD’s Constable Tania Visintin stated.
Magnuson has been forthright with Councillor Rebecca Bligh and local officials. Magnuson’s attorney submitted documents
This is the season of the year where cannabis business owners start to take a hard look at their end of year finances to decipher how profitable the company has been and whether and how their employees and other key personnel should share in that profit alongside the owners. Some marijuana and hemp employers do this with bonuses and others with equity or quasi-equity.
It is common in closely held (privately owned) companies to have some key employees who are almost irreplaceable. Often these employees started with the company shortly after its formation and have earned their implicit trust within the organization. Other times companies that are transitioning from “mom and pop” status into a larger enterprise and know they need to attract and retain key talent by including equity or quasi-equity in a competitive compensation package.
All of these potential compensation methods have pros and cons. I discuss a few of these general considerations below:
Profit. This is always the place to start your deliberations. Basic economics teaches us that all parts of the profit pie must equal 100%. If you start out with 100% economic ownership and give away 5% of the company’s profit to 10
The Mexican Senate approved a landmark cannabis legalization bill last week, bringing the country one step closer to creating the largest legal cannabis market in the world. The measure now heads to Mexico’s lower legislative chamber, as activists assert that the bill is flawed.
Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that laws prohibiting recreational cannabis are unconstitutional and ordered legislative reform. The nation’s lawmakers are now working to codify that decision before the current legislative session ends in December. Under the bill approved by senators last week, adults would be permitted to possess up to 28 grams of cannabis and cultivate a limited number of cannabis plants for personal use.
Activists Say Bill Is Flawed
However, some activists, including Julio Salazar, a senior lawyer and legalization advocate with the nonprofit group Mexico United Against Crime, have said that the bill is flawed, favoring large corporations over small businesses and family farms. The measure also does little to strip the cannabis trade from the cartels in Mexico, where more than 100,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in recent years.
“I’m not sure if the initiative being pushed by Congress actually makes things better,” Salazar said before the Senate vote.
Marijuana home delivery is coming to Massachusetts after receiving the green light from state regulators on Monday.
The state’s Cannabis Control Commission approved new regulations that will open the door for pot being delivered directly to your door in the commonwealth. The commission created two types of licenses for delivery, according to local television station WCVB: one for “marijuana couriers” who “will be allowed charge a fee to make deliveries from a retailer or dispensary to the customer,” and another for “marijuana delivery operators,” who will be “permitted to buy wholesale products and make deliveries from their own warehouse.”
According to WCVB, the commission passed the new regulations by a vote of 3-1 “in a virtual meeting to approve revised rules for the industry.”
Under the regulations as written, a delivery agreement is defined as “a contract between a licensed Marijuana Establishment and a Delivery License holder or Marijuana Establishment with a Delivery Endorsement to deliver Marijuana or Marijuana Products from the Marijuana Establishment directly to Consumers and as permitted, Marijuana Couriers to Patients and Caregivers, under the provisions of a Delivery License.”
Cannabis Delivery in Massachusetts
Home delivery has been a feature of the state’s medical cannabis program for
Zaki, 17, likes to point out houses that he’d like to have when he turns 18 next year. That was something unimaginable seven years ago, his mother, Heather Jackson recalled, when he used to have around 200 seizures a day. Nowadays, with CBD, “when he does have seizures, they’re brief” and don’t hurt him.
By the time he was nine, Zaki had tried 17 different pharmaceutical treatments, all of which failed to control his seizures caused by a rare form of epilepsy called Doose Syndrome (Myoclonic Atonic Epilepsy). It was only after undergoing treatment with CBD oil, provided by whole-plant hemp company Charlotte’s Web, that his seizures dropped off dramatically. Zaki, who no longer has Doose Syndrome and has received a new diagnosis of the rare genetic condition Poirier-Bienvenu Neurodevelopmental Syndrome (also known as CSNk2b), was able to start living what his mother described as basically a normal life.
“He’ll talk your ear off, which is incredible,” Jackson said, adding that she and Zaki’s father “have so much hope for the future. He will still need support into adulthood but with support he can do all these things.”
– Read the entire article at Benzinga.
Would you smoke cannabis if it meant you might consume less alcohol, tobacco, or prescription drugs? A recent study examining a group of patients adds more convincing evidence to the idea that marijuana is an “exit” drug rather than a gateway drug.
Published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, the study compared survey results of 973 patients who answered questions about how they used alcohol before and after receiving medical cannabis authorizations from their doctors. Among them, 44 percent reported drinking less frequently on a monthly basis, 34 percent consumed fewer standard drinks per week, and eight percent said they drank no alcohol at all in the 30 days prior to completing the survey.
The study’s data is derived from the Canadian Cannabis Patient Survey 2019, a survey of patients registered with licensed producer Tilray, and led by the company’s VP of patient research and access and University of Victoria researcher Philippe Lucas.
– Read the entire article at Forbes.
CANNABIS CULTURE – NJWeedman (Aka Ed Forchion) has filed a lawsuit against the state of New Jersey for legalizing regulated cannabis on the grounds that new laws demand a colonialized system of selective prosecution.
“What’s going on right now is the Columbusization of the marijuana industry. In urban communities, we have not had shortages of marijuana in decades. You get these corporations coming in here saying they founded the cannabis industry, and they are setting up in these urban communities. Right on top of us! They are planning on setting up these Walmarts of weed right in our communities.”
Forchion is passionate when he speaks about the future he wants to see for New Jersey neighborhoods, ravaged by the drug war.
He doesn’t mind the “Walmarts of weed” setting up shop.
Instead, Forchion wants the average citizen to be able to open a bodega in their neighborhood as well—and he argues that the new laws will make it impossible for this to happen.
At present, there are not yet any official new laws regarding marijuana in New Jersey. Neither the Senate nor the Assembly has managed to muster enough votes to pass legislation. Governor Phil Murphy ran his 2017
CANNABIS CULTURE – For the first time since 1988, Richard DeLisi, the longest serving nonviolent prisoner in the United States, may be able to spend Christmas with his family.
DeLisi could be out as early as December 4th of this year, thanks to the efforts Last Prisoner Project (LPP) and pro bono attorneys Juster, Elizabeth Buchanan, and Minardi who took up the case in June of this year.
In the fall of 1989, DeLisi, now 71, was arrested in Florida along with his brother, Ted, and charged with Trafficking in Cannabis, Conspiracy to Traffic in Cannabis, and Violation of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO).
Despite the recommended incarceration time of 12 to 17 years, DeLisi was sentenced by Polk County Judge Dennis Maloney to three consecutive life sentences that amounted to 90 years in prison.
“Mr. DeLisi’s case was definitely an outlier in the time that it was and the sentence that he received at that time,” said Michael Minardi, a Florida attorney who worked pro bono on the DeLisi case. “It definitely seemed like they were trying to make an example of him.”