Happy 420! Special 2019 Edition: Latin America




…and stay on top of the latest buzz on medicinal cannabis legalization in Latin America.

April 20 is an international cultural day when the pro-cannabis community traditionally gets together to express its thoughts on the legalization of cannabis in all its forms.

The term 420 has been used since about 1971, both referring to the date (April 20) and the time of day (4:20pm), as code for cannabis. It has been since adopted by the pro cannabis community, and is now used to bring attention to the issues of legalization and medicinal use.

A new dawn…

The end of the decade is bringing with it a new dawn for cannabis as a medicine. It is slowly but steadily transforming into a scientifically recognized medicinal substance and leaving its social stigma behind.

Currently, a lot of countries around the world are debating the possibility of legalizing cannabis for medicinal or recreational use, while some have already moved past the issue.

This new, worldwide debate has opened the doors for a new market full of possibilities since, until recently, cannabis was solely monopolized by the illegal market and violent criminal groups, which caused the quality of the products to be unsupervised and poor. However, legal cannabis would bring with it regulation and standards which would prevent quality issues that can cause negative health consequences (such as mold or chemicals in the plant making consumers sick).

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Cannabis and CBD in Latin America

Latin America has become an important player in the recent journey of worldwide cannabis legalization. Several Latam countries have taken steps, in recent years, to legalize and produce hemp and different cannabis strains for medicinal purposes, and they are expected to soon become extremely competitive in the international market of processed derivatives, like oils, creams, sprays, and all the different presentations currently available.

It is predicted that by 2028, medicinal cannabis will account for two thirds of the regional total value of the cannabis market, because production is about 80% cheaper than in the US, Canada or Europe.

There are currently more than 40 licensed cannabis producers in Latin America. Some countries, however, seem to be more ahead than others. For example, up until December of 2018, Colombia accounted for 44% of the world production quota.

The estimated total market value of cannabis in Latin America is 9.8 billion USD, and legal sales within the region are expected to rise to 12.7 billion by 2028.

Canada is currently the strongest market for cannabis, since it has fully legalized cannabis use for both medicinal and recreational purposes, and Canadian companies have invested more than 100 million dollars in Colombia for growing purposes. This means Colombia is positioning itself to become one of the largest cannabis exporters in the world.

Legalization

In Latin America, legalization has vast differences from country to country, which comes to show how culture varies from one to another, even if they are thought to be very similar.

The Latin American countries where medicinal cannabis is legal are:

Some insight into the most cannabis-relevant Latin American Countries

Uruguay

In 2013, Uruguay became the first, and so far only, Latin American nation to legalize adult cannabis consumption. Only registered Uruguayans are allowed to purchase cannabis, and it can only be sold by authorized pharmacies.

In 2014 it was made legal to grow up to 6 plants at home.

Brazil

Brazil has the highest cannabis consumption in Latin America.

In 2015, CBD was transferred from the list of prohibited substances to the list of controlled substances, and is now fully covered by the health care system. However, authorizations for the import of cannabis oils are individually evaluated for compassionate use, which means it’s only for patients whose condition is resistant to all other treatments available.

Mexico

Mexico has a history of conservative policies regarding cannabis; but in 2015, special access to CBD Oil was granted to a little girl, and in 2018, the country finally made it legal to grow for private personal use, and declared the prohibition unconstitutional, which suggests that legalization of non medical use will come in 2019.

Chile

Chile has the highest consumption rates per capita in Latin America. And, interestingly, out of all Latin American countries, it has the longest history with successful hemp cultivation for fiber, so the have a lot of experience on good growing practices and know the plant well.

Panama

In Panama, cannabis is still illegal, even medicinal. In 2016 a “legalization” bill passed, but regulation is pending. Only personal dose is allowed, and there are exceptional sanitary permits.

This year, the national assembly is due to vote on bill 595, which legalizes medicinal consumption, but prohibits domestic cultivation.

Like Panama, some Countries around the world have this strange phenomenon, where regulation is pending. Colombia had this issue in 1986, when a law was passed, which allowed regulation, but the regulations took a couple of decades to arrive.

Colombia

Colombia has quickly become one of the strongest countries when it comes to cannabis cultivation. And, at the moment, it’s the only one aggressively promoting cannabis exports.

It has several conditions that favor it in this particular industry, like:

  • A variety of climates.
  • 12 hour day/night cycle, which allows for year round outdoor cultivation.
  • Long culture of exportation.
  • Central location, which is good for commerce.
  • Fertile soil.
  • Existing legislation.
  • The government’s commitment.

In 2018, Colombia was granted a growing quota equivalent to 44% of the world production authorized by the International Narcotics Control Board.

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Legalization

Colombia had an interesting journey. Though legalization technically happened in 1986, the country’s issues with drug trafficking and violence prevented further regulation, which caused cannabis to still be treated as illegal. It took several years before any other legal disposition was made concerning cannabis. The timeline is as follows:

February, 1986: Colombia legalized manufacture, export, sales, medical and scientific use of cannabis. However, due to the lack of regulation, production could not be initiated.

1994: Consumption was decriminalized.

2009: The Constitution is modified, criminalizing possession and consumption, except with medical prescription.

2012: Possession is decriminalized (up to 20gr).

June, 2015: Home cultivation of up to 20 plants is decriminalized.

December, 2015: Cannabis is legalized for medical and scientific purposes.

May, 2016: The Ministry of Health defined licensing requirements for production and manufacture of cannabis derivatives.

June, 2016: The first manufacturing license was issued to a large-scale cannabis corporation.

July, 2016: Law 1797 established a regulatory framework for medical and scientific use of cannabis.

April, 2017: Decree 613 amended law 1787, ensuring government support for small growers, distinguishing between psychoactive and non-psychoactive cannabis, and creating regulations for seeds.

At the moment, Colombia is the only latinamerican country that distinguishes between psychoactive and non psychoactive medical cannabis. Psychoactive cannabis is only permitted in its processed form (oils, pills, and different topical presentations), but not as flowers or dried plants. Cannabis-based medication (like Sativex) is only available with a medical prescription, and can only be distributed in government authorized pharmacies.

Since November 2018, several cannabis licenses have been granted:

  • 19 for use of seeds
  • 62 for psychoactive cannabis cultivation
  • 89 for hemp cultivation
  • 73 entities were granted licenses for psychoactive cannabis derivative manufacturing (68 for export, 64 for domestic use and 28 for scientific research)

Colombia aims to grow as a cannabis derivative exporter, starting with the regional market before expanding to other countries, like Canada.

Foreign operators are welcome in the Colombian cannabis industry, and residency requirements have not been established, though the company must at least have a local branch or independent company within the territory, and is expected to comply with the local tax regulation.

At the moment, several major Canadian cannabis companies are already involved in Colombia. And the government has now granted benefits to small and medium growers, which benefit the country’s growing economy.

According to BBC Mundo, “Colombia has the best conditions in Latin America for investing in the [medical] marijuana industry.” And Canadian analyst, Michael McCune, a member of the Canadian lobbying group called iTrust Cannabis, said, “We see Colombia as a global leader in the cannabis industry, with enormous production and export capacity.”

This is an important view, since Colombia and Canada are currently the two main leaders of the cannabis market.

Colombia’s economy is slowly being reborn from the ashes of the conflict that has plagued it for decades. And it’s interesting to see how cannabis is one of the industries that has begun to take shape after the illegal drug-fueled conflict. Not to mention that the economic development brought by it is reaching some of the most conflict-affected areas of the country, like Valle del Cauca and Magdalena.

It’s perfect timing, since the government is questioning itself on how it can generate rural development without relying on hydrocarbons, which are now an unstable market. And by 2025, Colombia’s cannabis exports are predicted to exceed those of coal, while Procolombia also believes that the country is capable of quickly capturing one fifth of the cannabis market in the next few years.

The Change….

The punitive approach to cannabis in Latin America and the rest of the world is changing steadily due to the increasing number of patients who have been successfully treated with it; and that change will only be accelerated by the fact that the World Health Organization has recommended its rescheduling as a controlled substance. This encourages a debate between the medical and scientific world and those who still feel that it is necessary to maintain the punitive approach towards cannabis.

Each Latin American country has its own regulations, which vary depending on their individual culture and history. These regulations have different implications for companies that wish to enter the country’s economy or expand in it.

The two most commonly used business models for this industry in Latin America are:

  • Vertically integrated operations (a license-holder is allowed to produce, process, sell, and export their product).
  • Corporate model for agriculture (small and medium-sized producers sell their harvest to a company that processes, packages, and distributes the product).

This is something the region needs. An estimated 4.5 million Colombians and 60 million Latin Americans suffer from cancer, MS, or epilepsy. The region is in need of better, less harmful treatments that can help people have a better quality of life.

What will legalization bring to the table?

Legalization is a game changer. It brings with it regulations that keep products in check and set a standard for quality and good practices. It stops being a business lead by criminal organizations that take advantage of the low standards and becomes a market pushed forward by doctors, scientists and serious entrepreneurs who know how to provide good service and quality products.

It also opens the doors wider for medical and scientific studies, trials and research that will allow us to look into new treatments and even cures for devastating illnesses.  

Vicente Fox, board member of Khiron Life Sciences Corp. and former president of Mexico, believes that moving from prohibition to legalization is a good thing. It takes money and power away from violent, illegal organizations and gives it to entrepreneurs, farmers, the legal side of economy; it generates jobs, medical and scientific research, and accelerates development.

Though public opinion is quickly shifting and people are now less fearful than they have ever been about cannabis, this particular industry needs to be more careful than others. Every company needs to be on its best behaviour because one mistake can ruin everything. The cannabis industry hasn’t yet established credibility, so it is up to the new companies to do so.

If everything goes well, people will understand that there’s a big difference between an industry run by criminals and an industry run by doctors, experts, and farmers.

There seems to be a misconception about cannabis being an extremely harmful drug, but this is nothing more than a misconception, which will, in time, hopefully change.

“I have never heard of anyone dying from cannabis; on the other hand, billions have perished from alcohol, sugar excess, and cigarettes.” Vicente Fox

For it to work…

For this industry to succeed, different factors need to come into play.

  • The collaboration between different countries will surely bring the best of two worlds together, and result in a product that has outstanding quality and good manufacturing practices.
  • Operational costs must be maintained low for Latam countries to become competitive and maintain that competitiveness when others begin exporting.
  • Brands need to stand out globally and have exceptional quality and good practices.
  • It is important for companies to understand and adapt to the individual regulations in the countries they have chosen to work in, in order to avoid unnecessary legal issues.
  • t’s important to maintain supply, since demand can jump unexpectedly.
  • It is also necessary to stimulate home grown market and inform people on good home growing practices in order to avoid widespread health issues.
  • Cannaturism is also a broad opportunity for Latin Amercan countries while legalization moves forward.

2020s?

There’s a lot of hope for the 2020s! It’s the beginning of a new era for medicine, science, and society. A new era for less prohibition and more regulation in order to ensure quality and good practices in the marketing of cannabis products.

If regulations continue to advance, the next decade will possibly bring with it better medical treatments for painful, debilitating illnesses and a significant improvement in mood disorders, anxiety and depression.

Having a legal cannabis market will also serve as a strong blow to violent organizations that take advantage of circumstances and are not interested in the community’s well-being. They have caused a lot of harm to individuals and entire counties. So taking away some of their power, is bound to be a positive change…

Happy 420!

And here’s to a new era.   

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Raise Your Voice for CBD!

Since the 2018 Farm Bill was signed this past December by the President, the FDA, lead by Scott Gottlieb, has been judiciously looking into the subject in order to figure out how to regulate Hemp, CBD and products infused with it.

Since then, we’ve been eagerly waiting for the first public hearing to be announced… And it finally has!

The first ever FDA public hearing aimed towards the regulation of CBD has been scheduled for Friday, May 31, and the FDA has asked all of us to participate and comment on three specific subjects regarding CBD:

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Health and Safety Risks

Manufacturing and Quality

Marketing, Labeling and Sales

How do I participate?

Up until May 10th, you can submit a request to make an oral presentation at the hearing.

The Agency will also be receiving written comments on the subject until July 2 of this year, through:

  • The FDA’s docket for public comment on this hearing, which is No. FDA-2019-N-1482.

Mailing address:

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Food and Drug Administration

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Information about the Public Hearing

Date

Friday, May 31

Time

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location

FDA White Oak Campus,10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Building 31, Conference Center, the Great Room (Rm. 1503), Silver Spring, MD 20993.

Entrance

For non-FDA employees, the entrance is through Building 1.

This is a huge step forward for the United States, since it will lessen stigma related to cannabis and provide clear guidelines for quality and production.

Hopefully, a lot of us participate! The more people share their knowledge, input and experience, the better chances there are for the FDA to regulate CBD in a way that serves the community and contributes to medical development.

See you at the hearing!

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State of the Leaf: 5 countries that legalized cannabis in 2018

“All I want for christmas is weed!” During 2018, cannabis legalization conquered the world. At least one country from each continent has now joined the green revolution. During the past five years, countries from all around the world have legalized medicinal cannabis. The perception is rapidly changing. From a drug considered and scheduled as bad as heroin and LSD, today we look cannabis with different eyes.

Only in 2018, five countries and three states in the United States legalized cannabis in some way. Canada set the tone when it legalized recreational marijuana, becoming the first G-7 country to do it.

Let’s travel the world and see which countries said “Yes!” to legal cannabis.

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United States -not the whole country, but some states- takes a step forward!

Cannabis was one of the big winners in this midterm elections. There are now 10 states, and the District of Columbia, that have legalized cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. On the other hand, two states approved bills to allow patients access to medicinal cannabis. And even more importantly, a recent bill is on the verge of legalizing industrial hemp on a federal level. Let’s take a quick look.

Michigan approved full cannabis legalization

On November 6, and in a very tight vote, the people of Michigan said yes to recreational marijuana. Proposal 1 allows adults 21 and over to use, posses and grow cannabis. Michigan, as from next year, will have a whole market created around cannabis. Dispensaries that want to become part of the green market will have to request a licence from the state. This will allow private companies to grow, process and sell recreational cannabis.

Utah passed the medicinal cannabis bill

Although medicinal cannabis legalization passed the November 6 ballot, there’s still a lot of uncertainty in the Beehive State regarding medicinal cannabis legalization. Even though Proposition 2 won with a 54.1%, politicians in favor and against the measure will write a new draft of the bill. Contradictors thought Proposition 2 was too light and that there was a very small margin for it to become a recreational ballot.

The result is a new bill. And a more restricted one. There will be only 6 dispensaries in the state, one of them public. Edibles and flowers are banned, just like home grown cultivation. The only cannabis products that you will find are capsules, tablets, concentrated oil, tinctures and sublinguals, among others. Wax or rosin will be allowed in very rare cases.

Missouri will allow cannabis for patients

Thanks to Amendment 2, patients will now have access to medical marijuana through licenced dispensaries. The only way for patients to buy medicinal cannabis is to present a doctor’s prescription. It will be illegal to sell cannabis to a patient without a prescription.

According to the bill, the state will start receiving applications for dispensaries no later than August 3.  Tax from cannabis will be destined to veterans. The tax amount will be around 4%.

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Hemp is going legal!

The best christmas present for cannabis advocates came from the United States Congress. On December 12, the House approved the 2018 Farm Bill. This bill, which is intended to boost and strengthen agriculture in the country, will also legalize hemp on a federal level. Why is this important? Because all cannabis strains with less than 0.3% THC levels will be removed from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. Hemp, and all its derivatives, will be legal across the nation if President Donald Trump signs the bill.

This decision will boost the CBD and hemp market. This type of cannabis strain can be used in food, textile, fuel, and as a plastic and paper substitute. It will also open a window of possibilities to research CBD and its medicinal properties.

New York and the green hope

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he is pushing to legalize recreational marijuana in 2019. “Let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all”, Cuomo said during a speech in Manhattan. The Governor explained that legalizing recreational marijuana will “generate more than 1.7 billion dollars in sales, and it will put New York in line with several neighboring states”.

If his determination is as good as his will, there will be 11 states with legal recreational marijuana in 2019.

Canada has said “Yes” to weed

Justin, you did it! Canada’s Prime Minister was dead serious when early this year he announced his intention of legalizing recreational marijuana. He made legalization one if his campaign’s big promises. On July, he wrote on his Twitter account:

“It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate”.

Three months later, exactly on October 17th, a cannabis fog settled across Canada. In just a few days, dispensaries ran out of weed. The law allows adults (18 or 19 depending on the state), to buy, use, possess and grow recreational marijuana. The only authorized stores to sell weed are dispensaries that have authorization from the Government to do so.

South Africa, “weed are free now”

One month before the big news came from North America, South Africa legalized cannabis use. “Weed are free now”, chanted the activists outside the Constitutional Court when the big announcement was made. South Africa’s highest court decided that growing marijuana for private consumption is not considered a felony.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said: “It will not be a criminal offence for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private for his or her personal consumption”. But it is still illegal to publicly consume cannabis, as it is to sell it or supply it.

South Korea

South Korea became the first Asian country to legalize medicinal cannabis. On November 23, the Government approved a bill that will allow import and distribution of CBD cannabis oil to treat illnesses such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, cancer symptoms and chronic pain, among others.  Korea Orphan Drug Center will control the medicinal cannabis import and further distribution.

However, the process is not that simple. Patients will need a letter from their doctor, in which he or she describes in detail the condition and how CBD can be used to treat that condition. You have to send a letter to the Korea Orphan Drug Center, located in Seoul, and wait for approval.

Shin Chang-Hyun a politician from the Democratic Party introduced the bill. He said that cannabis legalization will be a solution for minorities and people of scarce resources:

“The approval of imports of cannabis-composition medical products for self-treatment will strengthen the safety net for social minorities such as those with rare and incurable patients who cannot see treatment benefits if they don’t get treated in a certain time frame”.

Medicinal cannabis for New Zealand

The Kiwis are following Luxembourg’s steps. Earlier this month, the Government passed a law to make medicinal cannabis available for patients. According to the Bill: patients that are suffering from terminal illnesses, could smoke recreational marijuana without being charged with a felony.

David Clarke, Health Minister, told The Guardian that this measure will benefit thousands of patients suffering from chronic pain and other illnesses: “People nearing the end of their lives should not have to worry about being arrested or imprisoned for trying to manage their pain. This is compassionate and caring legislation that will make a real difference to people … they can use illicit cannabis without fear of prosecution.” And just like Luxembourg, medicinal legislation was just the first step to legalize nationwide recreational marijuana.

During the 2020 general elections, citizens will also vote in a referendum to legalize recreational use of cannabis. First medicinal, then recreational. Not bad, right?

Luxembourg

Legalization in Luxembourg is the perfect example of how a step by step approach is a good way to convince people of cannabis benefits. It started back in 2017, when Health Minister Lydia Mutsch drafted a bill to start a two year pilot program for medicinal cannabis. After this period, the Government will review how many patients benefited from cannabis treatment and then make further decisions or modify the law.

The Congress approved the Bill in June 2018. According to Luxembourg News, the cannabis that will be used to treat patients all over Luxembourg will come from Canada and it will only be available upon prescription from a hospital pharmacy.

However, legalization didn’t stop here. On December 5th, the re-elected Government announced that they are moving forward to legalize recreational marijuana. If approved, Luxembourg will become the first country in the European Union to legally allow and regulate adult use of recreational marijuana.

Will Mexico join the club in 2019?

Mexico is facing a war against drug cartels. The elected president Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador is going to take a big step ahead where the drug wars are concerned. How? By legalizing recreational marijuana. His political party, National Regeneration Movement, has submitted a bill to legalize possession, public use, growth and sale of marijuana.

Mexico could be the third country, after Canada and Uruguay, to fully legalize recreational marijuana. For instance, it will also allow Mexicans to home grow up to 20 plants and produce 17 ounces per year.

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Marijuana Legalization: the big winner in these Midterm Elections!

Michigan has become the 10th state to legalize marijuana for all adults. Utah and Missouri said “Yes!” to medical marijuana and the House flips to the Democrats.

Cannabis is one of the big winners during these Midterm Elections. Recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan. Also, citizens of Utah and Missouri said yes to medicinal marijuana. Furthermore, the Democrats are a majority in the House. This means a federal cannabis law has a bigger chance of passing.  It’s a good day for marijuana legalization.

Let’s start with the good news.

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Michigan goes green

Michigan citizens voted in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana for adults. It’s the 10th state to legalize cannabis. Proposal 1 passed with 57% of the votes. What follows is a full legal and regulated system of cultivation and sales of marijuana.

Proposal 1 will allow adults (21 and over) to use, posses and grow marijuana. Also, the state will give license to private dispensaries to grow, process and sell it as well.

Steve Hawkins, executive director of Marijuana Policy Project, told Forbes:“Marijuana is now legal for adult use in one out of every five states and medical use in three out of every five, so it is safe to say federal law is in need of an update.”

This measure is set to take effect during next month.

Also, Gretchen Whitmer (Democrat) has defeated Bill Schuette (Republican) in the race for Governor. Whitmer is in favor of adult-use marijuana and a firm supporter of Proposal 1.

In conclusion, Christmas has come early to the Great Lake State.

Utah and Missouri legalize medicinal marijuana

Utah’s Proposition 2

On November 6th 2018, Utah said yes to medical marijuana. Proposition 2 had a 54.1%-49.5% lead. Those in favor and against the measure will come together during next month to prepare a new bill.

“The governor would convene a special session of the legislature immediately after the election to craft a more limited medical marijuana bill, regardless of the ballot item’s outcome”. Wrote Christopher Ingraham, a Washington Post journalist.

Therefore, the medical marijuana system in Utah will be a restricted one. The state only allows 6 dispensaries. Five of them will be private. In the new measure, edibles and flower are not allowed. The only allowed products will be: “capsules, tablets, concentrated oils, tinctures, topicals, sublinguals, chewable or dissolvable pills, skin patches, or, in rare cases, extracts like wax or rosin”, as explained by Leafly. Home grown cultivation is not allowed.

Missouri’s Amendment 2

With 61% of the votes, Missouri citizens legalized medicinal marijuana on Tuesday night. It became the the 32nd state in United States to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Amendment 2 had more votes than Amendment 3 and Proposition C.

So, when the medical marijuana system is up and running, patients will be able to buy medical cannabis from licensed dispensaries. Although, they will have to present a doctor’s prescription and a state identification card. It is prohibited to sell marijuana without a license.

Consequently, the tax on cannabis will be at 4%, and the veterans of Missouri are the ones destined to benefit from this income.

North Dakota said “No” to recreational marijuana

Measure 3 lost with 59.4% votes against. If it were approved, Measure 3 would’ve legalized recreational marijuana in the State. The measure would’ve removed marijuana from the Schedule I list, and il would’ve allowed adult use and grow of the plant

Pro-cannabis elected Governors

Democrat Jay Robert Pritzker won against Republican Bruce Rauner in the Illinois Governor race. Pritzker won with 54% of the votes. Pritzker campaigned on a platform that included the legalization of adult-use marijuana, as explained by Marijuana Business Daily

Further more, Democrat is Jared Polis is now Colorado’s new Governor. Leading 51% to 45%, Polis defeated Republican candidate Walker Stapleton. Polis, a 43 year old politician, is in favor of marijuana legalization. Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, and Polis was one of the politicians who supported the bill. As said in his official campaign website, “Colorado has proven that allowing responsible adults to marijuana gives money to classrooms, not cartels. Creates jobs, not addicts. And boosts our economy, not our prison population”.

Another victory for the cannabis industry comes from California. The elected Governor of the Golden State is Gavin Newsom. The Democrat candidate supported and contributed to the recreational marijuana legalization in 2016. Newsom will expand and strengthen the cannabis industry in the state.

However, the bad news came from Florida. Democrat and marijuana advocate Andrew Gillum lost with a tight margin the Governor seat against Republican Ron DeSantis.

U.S House Flips to Democrats

As predicted, Democrats won the majority in the U.S House. Democrats now have 219 seats (50.3%), while Republicans have 193 seats (44.4%). Consequently, industry leaders claim this result as a win. Different bills such as the STATES Act are likely to pass.

“The debate over should we legalize is over, and it’s now how should we legalize”, Michael Collins, interim director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, told NBC News.

Pete Sessions and Dana Rohrabacher lost their seat

One of the big wins in marijuana legalization during this midterm elections came from a defeat in Texas 32nd District. Rep. Pete Sessions lost against Democrat and ex-NFL player Colin Allred. Sessions has fought against cannabis legalization, blocking federal cannabis reforms to reach the Congress.

However, Representative Dana Rohrabacher from California’s 48th District, lost his seat to Democrat Harley Rouda in a tight race (50.7% to 49.3%). Rohrabacher has been one of marijuana’s legalization defenders in the House. He was one of the 29 members of the House to support the STATES Act.

In general, marijuana legalization was one of the big winners during this midterm elections. Not only 3 states legalized, but also pro-cannabis Governors in key states, like California and Colorado, were elected. Democrats regaining control of the House will also mean that a federal law, like the STATES Act, is more likely to pass.

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10 Things You Must Know about CBD

Cannabis has at least 113 different cannabinoids – but the only one on the tip of everyone’s tongue is CBD. This beneficial compound can be derived from hemp and made into an oil. With the development of CBD oil, many people started to discover its amazing mental and physical health benefits. To this day, organic CBD oil continues to amaze those who are using it – or paying attention to the all the newly discovered benefits. You can decide if CBD pure oil from hemp is right for you by learning the 10 following facts about this awesome compound:

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1. CBD is a Non-Psychoactive Cannabis Compound

CBD oil comes from the leaves and stalks of the cannabis plant. The type of plant used is usually hemp, as it is not as strictly regulated as marijuana. Despite its origins, CBD does not have any of the psychoactive properties found in THC. Instead, this compound promotes calm, relaxed feelings without the high. When ingested, the CBD compounds bind to the receptors that control the chemicals in the brain. Its impact on brain activity helps CBD control your mental and physical health symptoms

2.  Studies Have Proven the Pain Management Benefits of CBD Oil

Through many different studies, scientific research has shown us how well organic CBD oil controls pain. The positive results from these studies have pushed the FDA to approve CBD treatments for certain health conditions. CBD medications are used to control pain caused by serious health conditions. These conditions include multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Organic CBD oil can provide the same benefits without all the extra processing.

3.  CBD Oil Can Help Manage Mental Health Conditions

Researchers have found that CBD can help deal with mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.  With a small dose of CBD, participants with social anxiety were much less anxious than normal during public speaking. With CBD, depression symptoms decrease as well. This is especially true for the physical ways anxiety and depression manifest. Symptoms like sleeping difficulties and nausea are reduced or eliminated with a single dose of pure CBD oil.

4.  CBD Oil Helps Prevent Relapse

CBD oil promises to change the addiction recovery field by reducing the risk of drug and alcohol relapse. In a recent study, participants only received one dose of CBD every day for a week. Despite the low dose and short duration, they were able to resist relapse for five full months afterward. A reduction in addict-like characteristics were virtually eliminated as well. The lasting effects of organic CBD oil helped these people stop having strong cravings for drugs and alcohol. As a result, they were able to better focus on recovery.

5.  Negative Side Effects of CBD Oil are Minimal

As with any substance you put in your body, CBD pure oil does have minimal side effects to consider. Although they are minor, common CBD side effects include dry mouth, dizziness and drowsiness. You will need to weigh the pros and cons to determine if the benefits of CBD oil outweigh the risks. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should never consume CBD oil. The substance has the chance of passing through the mother’s body to the child.

6.  CBD Oil is Not Likely to Cause a Positive Drug Test

Modern drug tests are only looking for substances that have mind-altering effects. When it comes to cannabis, drug tests are only looking for THC, not CBD. Organic CBD oil from hemp only contains a max of 0.3 percent THC, which is likely undetectable on these tests. While taking organic CBD oil, you likely do not need to worry about failing any drug tests.

7.  You Cannot Actually Get High from CBD Oil

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8.  There are No Addictive Properties in CBD Oil

CBD oil does not have any addictive properties to consider. This substance has been cleared of causing addiction by a World Health Organization study. As a result, there is little to no risk of creating dependence or abuse, even after ingesting CBD daily for a long period of time. CBD does not cause cravings nor withdrawal symptoms, if stopped.

9.  CBD Oil Has Nothing to Do with Weed

Although they both come from the cannabis family of plants, marijuana and hemp have very little in common. As a result, pure CBD oil does not have anything to do with marijuana. Instead, organic CBD oil comes from the hemp plant to harness the power of this substance without loading up on the THC content. Weed and CBD remain worlds apart when using hemp for the extraction process.

10. Organic CBD Oil from Hemp Provides the Best Results

When organic CBD oil is derived from the hemp plant, it offers the greatest benefits and poses a minimal risk of side effects. The organic oil goes through the extraction process to isolate the CBD, which helps to purify the oil mixture. The lack of THC in CBD pure oil keeps this substance legal to own and consume in many, but not all, areas. New laws on the books promise to put the federal legalization of hemp products, including CBD oil, at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

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Marijuana legalization: what’s at stake in these Midterm Elections?

Four states will decide on medical marijuana legalization, while Florida and California have to choose between pro-legalization and against-legalization candidates for Governor.

On November 6th, United States citizens will once again face the ballots. And, like it was in 2016, marijuana legalization is one of the main characters. Four states will vote on marijuana legalization in some way, while California and Florida will choose new Governors that will define the cannabis future within its borders.

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As you can see, there is much at stake. We’ve prepared a quick review on what you need to know about marijuana legalization in Election day.

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Legalizing marijuana: Can a change in US House make it happen?

Cannabis is one of the most trending topics in the US. A recent Gallup report says that “66% of Americans support legalizing marijuana”. The tides are definitely changing.

The United States is currently facing an opioid addiction crisis, and cannabis can be the answer for chronic pain patients. Also, veterans are vowing for cannabis as a treatment for PTSD. And if health isn’t enough, tax revenue in states like California and Colorado is over 2 billion dollars. This is all happening before these midterm elections, in which cannabis has a mayor role.

Now, political experts think that next Tuesday we will witness a change in the U.S House. Rep. Earl Blumenauer told Marijuana Business Daily that “if Democrats are in charge of the House, the momentum will be unstoppable”.

The STATES Act

But when it comes to legalization, representatives from both parties have shown support. The STATES Act, currently in Congress, is a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (Republican) and Elizabeth Warren (Democrat). This act will decriminalize marijuana on a federal level.

Currently, the bill has support of 29 member of Congress of both parties (see table below). All of them will be facing reelection during this midterm.

Neal Levine, chief executive officer for the Cannabis Trade Federation, told MJD that this is an excellent chance of passing the Act “no matter who controls the House”.

Ending federal marijuana prohibition is beyond parties and ideals.

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States supporting Marijuana Legalization during these midterm elections

During these midterm elections, voters will decide marijuana legalization in several states. Michigan and North Dakota will vote for legalization of recreational marijuana. Utah and Missouri voters can approve medical marijuana legalization. Check out what each state is voting for on November 6th.

MICHIGAN

Michigan citizens will decide if they approve adult use of recreational marijuana. Proposal 1 will legalize marijuana for adults 21 and over. Also, it will allow marijuana possession, cultivation (up to 12 plants) and sale. If passed, flower, concentrates, and edibles will be aloud too.

Therefore, recent polls show that 67% of voters support legalization, 35% opposed it and 3% are still undecided. Medical marijuana is already legal in the state of Michigan. If Proposal 1 passes, it will mean a full marijuana legalization.

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota legalized medical marijuana in 2016. But Measure 3 is going all the way for full legalization. If approved by the voters, it will allow adults to use and grow marijuana. However, it didn’t set a limit on how much marijuana an adult can posses or cultivate and it doesn’t mention licensing.  Furthermore, Measure 3 will also remove marijuana from the state’s list of Schedule I substances.

Because it is such a progressive measure, recent polls don’t show a very good outcome. Only 26% are in favor and 65% are opposing it, as shown by Leafly.

UTAH

Utah’s Proposition 2 will allow patients with medical conditions access to medical marijuana. These medical conditions include cancer, HIV, epilepsy, chronic pain, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, MS, PTSD, and autism. In particular, medical marijuana prescriptions will be handled by the State. Proposition 2 only allows 5 privately owned and 1 public dispensary. Recent polls show a 64% support.

MISSOURI

Missouri has 3 measures to consider in these midterm elections. Amendment 2 will tax medical marijuana at 4%. The tax revenue will go to healthcare services for veterans, among others. It will also allow patients to grow medical marijuana.

Amendment 3 will tax medical marijuana at 15%. This tax revenue will be used for a cancer research institute. However, this institute will be chaired by Brad Bradshaw, who is the lawyer pushing the bill. Bradshaw will also choose the board of the institute. In contrast, it wont allow patients to grow their own cannabis

Finally, Proposition C will tax medical marijuana at 2%. In contrast from the other two measures, this one will allow licenses for medical dispensaries. These dispensaries will cultivate, produce, test and dispense medical cannabis. However, it doesn’t allow patients to grow their own cannabis. Similar to Amendment 2, Proposition C will use tax revenue for veterans, drug treatment, and education.

OHIO

The state of Ohio has struggled to legalize medical marijuana. In 2015, Buckeye State voters turned down Issue 3. This measure would have created a monopoly in the state for medical marihuana. In midterm election 2018, the ballot will face decriminalization.

Issue 1 will “convert drug possession and drug use crimes to misdemeanors with no jail time”, as described in Dayton Daily News. This means that if you buy or consume marijuana, you won’t go to jail. Nevertheless, drug trafficking crimes are still considered as felonies.

Regarding Issue 1, felony offenders won’t go back to jail for “small drug-related violations”. So, the funds saved from prison expenses will go to drug treatment programs.

The measure has powerful supporters. For example, Chan Zuckerberg Foundation donated 3 million dollars to favor de initiative. Priscilla Chan, Mark Zuckerberg’s wife, is the founder of the organization. Also, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made a 1 million dollar contribution.

Ohio’s politicians are against approving Issue 1, including current Governor  John Kasich. The state will vote for his successor on November 6th. Ohio Attorney General, Mike De Wine, is running for Governor and opposes the measure. Democrat candidate Richard Cordray supports Issue 1.

California and Florida choose Governors

It all points to California continuing green. The Golden State became full legal when recreational marijuana was legalized earlier this year. The race for Governor is between Gavin Newsome, Democrat, and Jhon Cox, Republican. Newsome is the political face of marijuana legalization. “We moved towards legalization to get people into the daylight and into the sunshine of a regulated environment”, he told Newsweek.

On the other hand, Cox is in favor of medical marihuana, but is against full legalization. In the recent polls, Newsome has a two digit margin over Cox.

In Florida, the position of both candidates is clear and far opposite. Andrew Gillum, Democrat, is in favor of full adult use legalization. Gillum thinks that full adult-use legalization is the future for Florida. Republican candidate Ron Desantis opposes legalization and has even voted against allowing veterans access cannabis for PTSD. The race for the Governor seat is very tight, with Gillum only leading over one point.

There you go. Now that you have all the facts, it’s time to exercise your constitutional right. On November 6th, vote!

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