New York complicit in drug trade, joins states in legalizing marijuana

03/31/21, 18:18

New York lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bill legalizing marijuana and eliminating old drug-related convictions. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his commitment to signing the bill into law, which, when passed, will allow the state's citizens to consume, produce and carry considerable amounts of marijuana.  The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, ...

Italian swimmer Vergani provisionally suspended for cannabis

Sports 04/20/19, 08:37

The Italian swimmer who posted the world's best time in the men's 50-meter freestyle this year has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for cannabis. Nado Italia, the country's anti-doping body, says Andrea Vergani failed a test taken April 2 during the national championships in Riccione. During the same competition, he won ...

US regulators plan hearing on growing use of CBD in products

U.S. 04/02/19, 10:42

U.S. regulators are planning a public hearing to collect more information on CBD in cosmetics, foods and other products as the cannabis compound spreads in popularity.CBD comes from marijuana or hemp plants but does not cause a high. People have been drawn to the extract because of its supposed calming ...

Texas to soon remove hemp from controlled substance list

U.S. 04/01/19, 11:24

Texas is planning to eliminate hemp from its list of controlled substances.The Dallas Morning News reports that the Texas Department of State Health Services will on Friday remove hemp from a list of Schedule I drugs that can be abused and have no authorized medical use. Other Schedule I drugs ...

Cannabis banking bill advances in US House committee

Politics 03/28/19, 18:41

Legislation that would provide federal protection for financial institutions that serve state-authorized marijuana and ancillary businesses passed a U.S. House committee on Thursday. The House Financial Services Committee voted 45-15 to advance the proposed bill after amending it to include provisions to provide a safe harbor for insurance companies and improve ...

New Jersey lawmakers near vote on recreational cannabis

U.S. 03/24/19, 09:25

Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes for Monday. The vote, whose outcome remains unclear, comes after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy came into office. Murphy campaigned ...

Upstart party turns cannabis into key Israeli election issue

Asia & Pacific 03/18/19, 01:07

The Cinderella story of Israel's current election campaign is a fringe party led by an ultranationalist libertarian with a criminal record who vows to legalize marijuana, and seems to diverge dramatically from the long list of quirky candidates of the past who have drawn attention to their improbable runs for ...

Update: Marijuana legalization bill dying in Hawaii

U.S. 03/01/19, 15:51

The Latest on marijuana legalization in Hawaii (all times local): 9:45 a.m. Legislation that would legalize marijuana in Hawaii is dying. FILE - This June 6, 2017 file photo shows Aloha Green, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Honolulu. Hawaii is among the bluest of states; but when it comes to legalizing marijuana for ...

Martha Stewart partners with Canadian cannabis firm

Entertainment 02/28/19, 12:19

No, you're not smoking something. Martha Stewart is really joining the cannabis craze. The domestic diva said Thursday she is partnering with Canopy Growth Corp. to assist in developing new products that contain non-psychoactive CBD and other hemp-derived cannabinoids. First to come will be offerings for pets. Stewart didn't specify what those ...

Switzerland mulls studies on legal sale of cannabis

Europe 02/28/19, 08:15

Switzerland's government is taking steps to allow limited studies on the legal sale of cannabis — though any liberalization appears to be a distant prospect. The governing Federal Council said Thursday it sent to parliament a proposal to allow municipalities to run pilot projects on "the advantages and disadvantages of alternative ...

Former cyclist Floyd Landis to open cafe and hemp store

U.S. 02/08/19, 15:47

Former professional cyclist Floyd Landis has announced plans to open a bicycle showroom and coffee shop that will sell hemp products in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.LNP reports Landis said Thursday he will open Floyd's of Lancaster Cafe in the spring featuring products from his Colorado-based business that sells cannabis derivatives.The cafe will ...

FDA casts shadow on hemp win, calling CBD products illegal

News 12/21/18, 18:04

The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as an ingredient in food or dietary supplements despite the big farm bill President Donald Trump signed this week designating hemp as an agricultural crop. CBD oils have become increasingly popular in lotions, tinctures ...

Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks

U.S. 09/17/18, 16:34

The Coca-Cola Company said Monday it is "closely watching" the expanding use of a cannabis element in drinks, another sign cannabis and cannabis-infused products are getting more acceptance in mainstream culture and a harder look from long-established pillars of American business.

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