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Paving the way for global medical research, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted in December 2020 to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of their drug classification list. Schedule IV also includes dangerous and highly addictive drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. The reclassification, which garnered support from the U.S., was approved by a narrow margin, with only one nation abstaining from the vote. Notably, cannabis is still deemed a controlled substance by the…
How Cannabis Laws Impact Professional Sports Cannabis-focused law firm Cultiva Law looks at the the changes around sports and cannabis laws as the herb becomes increasingly more mainstream. This article first appeared in Cannabis Now. By Throughout history, professional athletes have been punished by teams, leagues and the law for cannabis consumption. Several high-profile examples are listed below, showcasing just how serious such actions were viewed within the world of professional sports. 2004:…
The island that is often known by foreigners as a haven for pot smokers is experiencing a shortage of marijuana due to heavy rains followed by an extended drought. Although still technically illegal, marijuana in Jamaica is typically bountiful and inexpensive due to lax enforcement and a culture that promotes the drug’s usage. COVID-19 Partially To Blame Although the heavy rains destroyed many of the viable marijuana fields, Jamaican marijuana farmers have reported difficulty tending…
Standing apart from virtually every other state that has legalized marijuana, Washington State’s lawmakers have consistently rejected proposed legislation that would allow residents to grow marijuana in their homes for personal use. House Bill 1019 (HB 1019) seeks to change that, as a renewed push for marijuana home cultivation begins to take root in the Washington State legislature. The proposed bill would allow adults 21 years or older to grow up to six marijuana plants…
On Monday, February 22, 2021, New Jersey became the fourteenth state to make cannabis legal when Governor Phil Murphy signed three bills into law that decriminalize marijuana and create a pathway for the legal recreational cannabis market. This comes on the heels of a statewide vote last year where New Jersey residents overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana. Despite the passage of the ballot measure and its January 1st effective date, the drug…
Oregon was one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2014, and the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in 1998.  While some barriers to licensing still exist, Oregon has taken steps to establish more user-friendly processes and applications to obtain a cannabis license. This article provides information to help navigate through those processes, but it is not a substitute for legal advice. The cannabis industry is highly regulated, with laws…
For many years, the efficacy of marijuana in treating various ailments went untested in the United States as researchers eschewed the drug due to its controversial legal status. As a result, much of the research on marijuana has been done by foreign nations. The State of Washington is hoping to change that by becoming one of the first jurisdictions in the country to offer a license to grow, process and test marijuana for the purpose…
The State of Oregon officially legalized marijuana in 2015 through a ballot initiative known as Measure 91. This allows for the recreational sale of cannabis by licensed dispensaries to those who are 21 years of age or older. Nowadays, Oregon’s Liquor Control Commission regulates the sale and licensing of recreational and medical cannabis businesses. Given the complexity of these laws and regulations, you probably have questions on what is permitted as it pertains to cannabis…
Since 2016, California has experienced a transformative landscape surrounding the legal cannabis market. Officially made legal by Proposition 206, the market for cannabis sale, manufacturing and cultivation has experienced a dramatic shift. While retailers get all of the publicity, an often-overlooked area of the legal cannabis market is cultivation: planting, growing, harvesting, drying, curing, grading, and trimming of cannabis. Read on to learn more about the cultivation business and some particularly important aspects of entering…
Those who are thinking about entering the cannabis industry often have questions about how California taxes the production, storage and sale of the popular drug. Fortunately, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) provides an in-depth guide on what is eligible to be taxed and what the effective tax rates of cannabis and cannabis-based products are. Cultiva Law provides you with this overview of California’s taxation of cannabis, and some helpful tips on understanding…