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This conservative state could be going green by this fall.

Despite the fact that marijuana stocks had a miserable 2019, cannabis momentum marches on in North America. For instance, by no later than April 30, we should see Mexico officially become the third country in the world to legalize adult-use weed. This follows the country’s Supreme Court ruling mandating that Congress come up with rules to regulate a retail cannabis market in Mexico.

We also witnessed a marijuana first in June, with Illinois legalizing recreational cannabis entirely at the legislative level (i.e., without putting it to vote with residents of the state). Although Vermont did the same in early 2018, adult-use sales aren’t yet legal in the Green Mountain State. Thus, Illinois became the first state to OK adult consumption and the retail sale of the product at the legislative level. Further, the Land of Lincoln’s law also calls for the potential expungement of cannabis use or possession convictions for nearly 800,000 residents.

Best of all, more history could be written in 2020 for the pot industry. Perhaps most surprising is the latest state to announce that it’ll be voting on a marijuana amendment come November.

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Veterans Affairs Canada is considering adding disposable vaping pens to a reimbursement program that has spent more than $2-million on cannabis vaporizers for military vets since 2015, despite growing health concerns around those products.

More than five years ago, the federal department classified vaporizers as medical devices and began reimbursing veterans and former RCMP officers up to $300 for their purchase, to be used with medical marijuana. The program’s costs have grown significantly since then, up from $155,000 in 2015-16 to $616,000 in 2018-19 – paying for nearly 7,000 vaporizers since it began.

Vaporizers, which allow a user to inhale marijuana vapour instead of smoke, were approved by the department in 2014, a few years after it began paying for medical marijuana for vets. Newer vaping products have since come onto the market including vape pens that use a concentrate known as butane hash oil instead of marijuana flower.

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Calling it a potential “an economic game-changer” for the state, New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham initiated a campaign to legalize recreational marijuana. 

“The legislature has the opportunity to pass the largest job-creation program in New Mexico in a decade,” Grisham said this week as she outlined her legislative priorities for the new session, as quoted by local news station KOB. “Skeptics have been right to preach study and patience. I agree with their caution – and that’s why we haven’t rushed into this issue. But if we are clear-eyed about the risks, we have to be clear-eyed about the opportunity.”

Grisham, a Democrat who previously served in Congress before being elected as governor of New Mexico in 2018, reiterated the call for legal weed in a meeting with local business leaders at a luncheon Thursday hosted by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.

“Recreational cannabis is an economic game-changer,” Grisham said, as quoted by the Albuquerque Journal. 

“It is an incredibly important opportunity,” Grisham added. “We are serious about getting it passed.”

There is reason to think Grisham might have the people on her side. A poll released last month by Marijuana Work Group, an organization trying to promote legal

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The board of Marion County Public Schools in Florida has suspended a Belleview High School teacher and student services manager over his use of medical cannabis. Mike Hickman, 50, was placed on unpaid leave after the Superintendent of Schools, Heidi Maier, recommended he be fired for testing positive for cannabinoids in early November 2019. Hickman is a registered cannabis patient under Florida’s 2016 medical cannabis law. And a physician licensed under the state’s program to recommend medical cannabis issued Hickman a recommendation for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, which is an approved condition.

Now, Hickman, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the early 1990s, is fighting for his job back—and his livelihood.

Former Marine and High School Dean Placed on Unpaid Leave for Medical Cannabis Use

When a fight broke out between students at Marion County, Florida’s Belleview High on November 5, Mike Hickman did what any teacher would do: he tried to stop it. In the process, Hickman injured his shoulder, kicking off a chain of events that would lead to his suspension and possible dismissal from the Marion County Public School system.

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The celebrity cannabis business club has a new member: Carlos Santana. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is partnering with Left Coast Ventures, the same California company that provides flower for Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart’s Mind Your Head brand and Marley Natural.

Asked how the Left Coast partnership came together, Santana, 72, told Variety: “They picked me. I feel like I was picked to come to this planet and participate, from [his long relationships with executives]Bill Graham and Clive Davis to Miles Davis and Jerry Garcia. I came to the right place with the right heart, and things gravitate to me. Left Coast came to me and I’m very honored and humbled to be on the same frequency as Bob Marley and Mickey Hart. I want to promote the frequency of healing though medicinal cannabis.”

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City councillors are unanimous in their support of allowing legal cannabis retail stores in Brantford.

“It’s time we opted in,” said Mayor Kevin Davis at a community development committee meeting on Tuesday.

Davis has been working with the province over the past year to help municipalities get more control over where stores can be located and to get a bigger cut of excise taxes collected on the sale of pot. He said people who want to open stores need time to make plans now that the Ontario government has opened up the system.

– Read the entire article at The Brantford Expositor.

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Cannabis customers are gobbling up the new edible products introduced this week in Ontario’s legal pot shops.

Stores are selling out of the pot-laced gummies, cookies and chocolates — as well as new vape and tea products — as soon as they hit the shelves, several proprietors say.

“They are going very, very quickly,” says Lana Paraskevopoulos, general manager of the Canvas Cannabis shop on Danforth Ave. “We can’t keep the edibles in stock.”

The same holds true across town, where the so-called cannabis 2.0 products — which will grow to include topical lotions and alcohol-replacement beverages — are flying off the shelves at the Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. on Queen St. W.

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Cannabis retailers will face same problems under new system, says Brock University professor.

An Ontario business professor says New Brunswick should consider allowing cannabis retailers to sell their product within other stores, rather than forcing operators to sell their product in stand-alone locations.

Michael Armstrong, an associate professor of operations research at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., said it’s difficult for stand-alone stores to stay afloat in a province like New Brunswick.

“You have a relatively small population that’s relatively rural, so it’s difficult for a stand-alone store to make money,” Armstrong said.

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Thursday was the first day of legal cannabis edibles sales in Ontario, and in some regions, it would appear that the public had been waiting. At some of the province’s brick and mortar dispensary locations as well as its government-run online store, edible products including cannabis-infused teas and candies sold with quickness. 

Edibles were legalized December 17, but stores had to wait weeks to receive their product deliveries. 

The government-run Ontario Cannabis Store — which administers product supply to the province’s dispensaries — reported that of the 70 government-approved products (21 edibles and 50 vaporizer products) it had up for sale in its online store. almost all were snapped up within a nearly alarming 15 minutes when they became officially available to customers at 9 a.m. on Thursday. 

An OCS representative told the press which product sold out last. Apparently, people weren’t as manic for a vanilla rooibos CBD tea that the company had in stock — relatively speaking. Supply of the brew, which was the only beverage product sold by the shop, was still liquidated later in the day. 

The OCS had similar issues appropriately stocking cannabis flower to consumers when it started hawking those products. 

The government’s online pot store

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