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Brooklyn DA: Prosecution of low-level marijuana cases down 98 percent

Brooklyn DA: Prosecution of low-level marijuana cases down 98 percent

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said last week that his office is no longer prosecuting low-level marijuana possession cases and is vacating more than 1,400 related warrants.Over the past year, the number of simple marijuana possession cases prosecuted in Brooklyn was down by 98 percent, Gonzalez told attendees at a Community Board 2 meeting last Wednesday night.“It costs my office about $2,000 a pop to process a marijuana arrest. That’s your tax dollars and it’s not keeping us safer,” he said. “I’d rather spend that $2,000 working on a sex crime or domestic violence case.”Gonzalez said that looking over the statistics made it glaringly obvious that something was wrong with marijuana arrests in Brooklyn.
FDA on CBD Edible Crackdown: We Will Continue to "Closely Scrutinize"

FDA on CBD Edible Crackdown: We Will Continue to "Closely Scrutinize"

This week, state and local authorities cracked down on foods containing the increasingly popular cannabis extract cannabidiol, better known as CBD. Public health officials in Maine, New York City, and Ohio have banned sales of foods containing CBD, citing US Food and Drug Administration guidelines. On Wednesday, North Carolina appeared ready to follow suit. As the dominoes fall, however, the FDA is remaining mostly silent on the multi-state crackdown.
Freshman representative Ocasio-Cortez shows cannabis industry not immune to the ills of corporate lobbying

Freshman representative Ocasio-Cortez shows cannabis industry not immune to the ills of corporate lobbying

On Wednesday, Democratic rising-star and New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took the occasion of the House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on issues of cannabis banking to bring to light a well-known but little-discussed congressional practice.Lobbyists, looking for guaranteed seats in a hearing will often pay homeless people to hold their spot in line. Speaking truth-to-power, she noted that not only is it a shameful act that takes advantage of those less fortunate, but it disenfranchises the voices of everyday American people in favor of rich and powerful corporate lobbyists.
Clearing an Old Marijuana Conviction Record Just Got a Lot Easier

Clearing an Old Marijuana Conviction Record Just Got a Lot Easier

When cannabis became legal for adult recreational use at the start of 2018, a provision in the new law opened the door for individuals who were convicted of certain kinds of marijuana-related crimes in the past to petition to have their criminal records cleared. Actually taking the state up on that offer, however, remained expensive and complicated. Now, as of January 1, 2019, a follow-up law has gone into effect, aiming to make the process more accessible to Californians—and advocates say it will go a long way toward helping those individuals live free from the stigma of a drug arrest.
Congressional Democrats Release Report On Marijuana Legalization’s Economic Benefits

Congressional Democrats Release Report On Marijuana Legalization’s Economic Benefits

Democrats on the congressional Joint Economic Committee published a report on Tuesday highlighting the “economic benefits of legalized cannabis at the state and national levels.”Titled, “The National Cannabis Economy,” the report finds that the marijuana industry brought in more than $8 billion in sales in 2017, with sales estimated to reach $11 billion this year and expected to soar to $23 billion by 2022.“The growth of the cannabis economy presents opportunities for greater job creation, more tax revenue, and better patient care,” the report concludes after summarizing the banking and tax fairness issues that current federal policy causes for state-legal marijuana businesses.
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission Wins at the Game Awards 2018

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission Wins at the Game Awards 2018

The Game Awards 2018 held its much-coveted event last night in Los Angeles, awarding accolades to some of the best videogames available over the last 12 months. The show has grown so much in scale that it’s now used as a platform for big announcements, with Ubisoft revealing Far Cry: New Dawn, and Epic Games officially launching the Epic Games Store. When it comes to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), these technologies are still on the fringe, with the only mention being the winner of the VR/AR category, PlayStation VR exclusive Astro Bot Rescue Mission.
South Korea becomes first country in East Asia to legalize medical marijuana

South Korea becomes first country in East Asia to legalize medical marijuana

South Korea became the first country in East Asia to legalize medical cannabis, marking a significant milestone in the global industry and a potential turning point in how the drug is perceived in traditionally conservative societies.
Canadian cannabis investor gets lifetime U.S. entry ban as conference goers face scrutiny at border

Canadian cannabis investor gets lifetime U.S. entry ban as conference goers face scrutiny at border

A Canadian investor travelling to Las Vegas, Nevada, to attend a prominent cannabis conference and tour a new cannabis facility has been issued a lifetime entry ban to the United States, according to an immigration lawyer he consulted. “He was travelling straight from Vancouver to Vegas. When they found out he was going down to tour the marijuana facility and that he was an investor in marijuana, they gave him a lifetime ban,” said Len Saunders, an immigration lawyer based in the border town of Blaine, Wash., who was consulted by the individual after receiving the ban.
WEED WINS ON ELECTION DAY. SO WHAT COMES NEXT?

WEED WINS ON ELECTION DAY. SO WHAT COMES NEXT?

AND SO A few more dominoes fall. Michigan voted to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, while Utah and Missourilegalized it for medical use, according to projections made late Tuesday night. (A recreational measure in North Dakota failed, though medical cannabis remains legal there.) They join 31 other states that have already gone the medical route and nine others that have gone fully recreational.
America's marijuana map How it might change after the midterms

America's marijuana map How it might change after the midterms

America’s slow burn towards cannabis legalization continues at the midterms as four states will vote on ballots featuring medicinal and recreational initiatives. Michigan and North Dakota will decide whether to make the drug legal while Utah and Missouri will vote on its medicinal uses. Polls are suggesting that all four ballots are likely to pass.


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