Category Archives: Legal

Congress passes farm bill to legalize hemp

The U.S. Congress on Wednesday gave final approval to a provision of the Farm Bill that removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances, according to an Associated Press report. The Farm Bill, which was introduced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier in 2018, allows hemp farmers to buy crop insurance, apply […]

Ex-NFL star Calvin Johnson’s bid for marijuana business denied over traffic tickets

(courtesy Wikimedia Commons) Former NFL superstar Calvin Johnson wants to join Michigan’s new legal marijuana industry, but his bid has been blocked over some old traffic violations. Johnson and his former Detroit Lions teammate Rob Sims’ application for prequalification for a marijuana dispensary, grow operation and marijuana processing facility was denied due to an old […]

Michigan’s new legal marijuana laws could boost home values, study finds

Photo by David Downs Certain Midwest property owners could benefit from Michigan’s new recreational marijuana laws, according to experts. A new study published by the CATO Institute foresees an improvement in Michigan’s real estate values following the state’s decision to legalize marijuana for adult use and possession, reports Forbes. “Potential explanations include, but are not […]

Marlboro maker reportedly interested in joining marijuana industry

(courtesy Wikimedia Commons) The world’s largest tobacco company is now planning to enter the legal cannabis market. The Altria Group Inc. — owners of Philip Morris USA, Nat Sherman, and several other cigarette companies — is in talks to purchase the Canadian cannabis producer Cronos Group, reports Reuters. The acquisition of Cronos would give Altria […]

Massachusetts set to begin recreational marijuana sales

Two years after legalizing recreational marijuana, Massachusetts will finally begin selling cannabis to the public on Tuesday. The state’s first two retail marijuana shops will be open for business Tuesday at 8 a.m., MassLive.com reports. Customers 21 years and older will be able to purchase recreational cannabis with a valid government-issued photo ID. Individuals are […]

European Union authorizes first U.S. marijuana company to operate in Malta

An American cannabis company will now enter the European market. Columbia Care LLC, one of America’s top medical marijuana companies, has become the first US cannabis firm licensed to operate in the European Union, reports Grizzle. The company recently established a base in Malta, where they will be able to import, expert, cultivate, process and […]

Four states set to vote for marijuana legalization in 2018 midterm elections

As voters are preparing for possibly the most important midterm election in recent history, the future of cannabis legalization also hangs in the balance in a handful of states. While most states are concerning themselves with a referendum on the current presidential administration, Michigan and North Dakota will also have to decide on legalizing marijuana […]

Three states vote to pass marijuana ballot measures

(photo by David Downs) Three states have voted to legalize either recreational or medical marijuana in this year’s midterm elections. Michigan became the 10th state state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults, while voters in both Missouri and Utah approved measures to legalize medical marijuana. “I think it’s safe to say […]

Recreational marijuana prohibition is unconstitutional, Mexico supreme court rules

After issuing two rulings on Wednesday, Mexico has finally set a precedent deeming the country’s ban on marijuana to be unconstitutional. Mexico’s top court found that any punishment on adults related to consuming cannabis would go against their constitutional rights, according to an AP report. “That right is not absolute, and the consumption of certain […]

Toronto airport warns travelers not to take ‘free weed’ from trash bins

(via Wikimedia Commons) Cannabis may now be legal for adults in Canada, but that doesn’t mean that anyone can take weed ditched at Toronto’s Pearson Airport. Although adult use and possession of marijuana became legal throughout Canada last week, transportation remains illegal across country borders. That reason is why airports like Pearson have set up […]