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The ban on smokable marijuana was officially repealed on Monday, with Gov. Ron DeSantis signing a compromise bill that was passed by legislators last week. The prohibition on sales of smokable cannabis was enacted by lawmakers and former Gov. Rick Scott after voters legalized the medicinal use of cannabis with a constitutional amendment in 2016. The ban was challenged in court and declared unconstitutional. After taking office, DeSantis told lawmakers he would not continue to support the ban in an appeal of the ruling if it were not repealed by March 15.

“Over 70 percent of Florida voters approved medical marijuana in 2016. I thank my colleagues in the Legislature for working with me to ensure the will of the voters is upheld,”  DeSantis said in a tweet after signing the bill repealing the ban.

Under the repeal bill, medical marijuana patients will be permitted to possess up to four ounces of smokable cannabis. Smoking cannabis in public or in private businesses subject to the state prohibition on cigarette smoking will continue to be illegal, and terminally ill children under the age of 18 will only be allowed to smoke cannabis with the approval of two doctors including a pediatrician.

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A pair of Pennsylvania senators have unveiled a plan to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana for adult use. The bill, which reads like a pot progressives’ wish list, has already stirred up high-ranking Republican opposition. But even with long odds, the legislation, which includes provisions for home grow, public consumption and release from prison, is starting off Pennsylvania’s latest push for legalization on the right foot.

Public Lounges and Release from Prison Included in Pennsylvania Senators’ Legalization Plan

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) have co-authored a bill, SB 350, to legalize cannabis. And on Monday, they circulated their joint proposal and called on colleagues to co-sponsor it. The move represents the latest effort to legalize and regulate adult-use in Pennsylvania. But unlike legislative efforts in other states, Leach and Sharif haven’t compromised-in-advance with the opponents of legalization. Instead, their bill checks nearly every box when it comes to progressive drug policy reform.

Like the 10 other U.S. states (and D.C.) with legal marijuana, Pennsylvania would set broad guidelines for personal possession and consumption for adults 21 and over. But Leach and Sharif’s bill goes much further. It would allow home cultivation of up to six

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The NHL Alumni Association is one of the sponsors of a study that will examine the effects of CBD on around 100 former pro hockey players who suffer from brain trauma caused by the league’s notoriously rough play.

“It’s really rather sad when you see these giants of sport having to deal with terrible headaches and emotional issues as well—there’s quite a bit of anxiety and depression and PTSD in athletes that has gone unrecognized,” neurosurgeon Charles Tator told a morning television program on Monday.

The announcement of the study is a victory for the former NHL players who have fought for adequate treatment for the damage that professional hockey does to its athletes. Detroit Red Wings standout Darren McCarty and VEDA Sport director Marvin Degon are among the players past and present that have been outspoken about the urgency of connecting pro athletes to safe and effective cannabis treatment for chronic pain.

In fact, professional hockey is leading the charge when it comes to athletes having access to marijuana. Currently, 28 of the NHL’s 31 teams is located in an area where players are able to consume cannabis with minimal risk of penalty. The league in general tends to

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New Jersey lawmakers in two legislative committees will begin hearings on Monday for a marijuana legalization deal announced by Gov. Phil Murphy last week. The Assembly Appropriations Committee and the Senate Judiciary committees are scheduled to consider the Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act when they meet on Monday. If the bill is approved by both committees, it could be up for a floor vote as soon as March 25.

Murphy said last week that legal cannabis could provide New Jersey with new economic opportunities.

“It is an industry [that] has taken root around the country. [It] has proven to generate thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity,” Murphy said.

The governor acknowledged in a radio appearance that cannabis legalization is still a controversial topic and offered a pragmatic approach to the issue.

“I don’t think any of us think it’s a no-brainer, and I don’t blame folks for not automatically getting there,” said Murphy. “But we’re not inventing marijuana. It exists. It’s in our communities. Our kids are exposed to it. The social injustices of the past exist. So if we can undo those social injustices, get the business out of the hands of the

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The burgeoning cannabis industry is quickly becoming a crowded space, with new brands continually emerging. The growth is spawning enticing opportunities for those looking to join the industry and reap the benefits of incentives like equity, generous salaries and the chance to become a leader at a high-growth brand.

But when it comes to working for a cannabis company, how do you determine one from the next? How do you evaluate which companies are better positioned to be around for the long term?

At ForceBrands, we work with a variety of brands in this space, helping them to build growth-focused teams. Through this work, we have identified several qualities one should look for to determine what companies are best positioned to scale.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Dozens of former NHL players will be given CBD as part of a study examining whether the cannabis compound might help alleviate symptoms of brain injuries.

“We see a lot of athletes who have chronic pain and have other problems related to repetitive brain trauma,” neurosurgeon and concussion expert Dr. Charles Tator told CTV’s Your Morning Monday.

“We are reasonably optimistic that cannabis and especially the CBD part of cannabis can relieve a lot of that suffering.”

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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Selling CBD without a licence is risky business, but some local stores are stocking it even as the pot police threaten jail time.

After waiting five months for purveyors of pot to get used to the new rules around selling marijuana products like CBD-infused oils, creams even dog treats, Edmonton police have a list of potential offenders that they will target. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid derived from hemp or marijuana plants, while THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive cannabinoid that creates the “high” associated with cannabis.

Edmonton police busted Kush Klatch Herbal Emporium on 150 St. and 118 Ave. on March 6, their first arrest since cannabis was legalized in October. Cannabis liaison Const. Dexx Williams promised there would be “more arrests, for sure.”

– Read the entire article at Toronto Star.

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The NDP justice critic is urging the Liberal government to help him improve a bill to help Canadians carrying burdensome cannabis records and ensure the legislation passes before the fall election.

Murray Rankin put forward a private member’s bill last year to expunge cannabis records, to ensure past records for simple possession are wiped outright.

He says the Trudeau government’s current approach to suspend records rather than expunge them is far from enough to help an estimated 500,000 Canadians carrying past offences.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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If youknow anything about cannabis, you’ll probably know a thing or two about CBD. Ifnothing else, you’ll know that CBD is non-psychoactive and therefore isn’tgoing to get you high. Precisely why the vast majority of stoners don’t reallygive a damn about this prominent and prevalent cannabinoid.

Still,there’s a growing raft of super-premium CBD-heavystrains doing the rounds, which are earning hugeacclaim among cannabis connoisseurs worldwide. But why, realistically, shouldyou (or anyone else) care about the kinds of cannabis strains that don’t getyou high?

Ifthere’s zero likelihood of a buzz in it for you, what’s the point?

The Importance of High CBD Strains

Inorder to grasp the importance of CBD-heavy cannabis strains, you need toconsider at least the basic science of its interactions with the body. Withoutgetting into too much detail, the endocannabinoid system in the human body hastwo main receptors – CB1 and CB2. Both of which have an effect on a variety ofpsychological and physical functions.

The CB1receptor is closely connected with the centralnervous system and the brain, influencing processes like the production ofmelatonin and serotonin.  Feelings ofcontentment and the ability to get a good night’s sleep are therefore affectedby the CB1 receptor.

Meanwhile,the CB2receptor is a more general receptor throughout

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Brides and grooms looking to add a little extra greenery to their nuptials had a chance to check out the newest trends at Calgary’s first-ever cannabis wedding expo on Saturday.s

Since cannabis was legalized in Canada, wedding vendors say they’ve been inundated with couples wanting to highlight the plant throughout their special day.

Laureen Cauryn Cameron, the organizer of the Canadian Cannabis Wedding Expo, said many couples are curious about what a cannabis wedding entails.

“There are more ways of incorporating it than just smoking it,” said Cauryn Cameron. “You can do it aesthetically in the flowers, you can have it as a wedding favour.”

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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