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Former House of Representatives member Rob Curbelo, a Republican from Florida, has signed on as a senior advisor with the Cannabis Trade Federation, it was announced on Thursday. Curbelo said in a press release that his experience as a legislator with the non-profit cannabis industry advocacy group led to him joining its executive team.

“During my time in Congress, I worked closely with the Cannabis Trade Federation,” Curbelo said. “Today, I am joining CTF’s team because I know that they are the most effective cannabis industry lobby and that they have the resources, talent, and professional acumen needed to pass game-changing reform at the federal level.”

Curbelo served two terms in the House representing Florida’s 26th congressional district, until losing his bid for re-election in last year’s midterm contests to Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. During his tenure as a representative, Curbelo supported cannabis policy reform, including an unsuccessful attempt to exempt cannabis companies with state licenses from tax code section 280E, which denies firms deductions common in most industries. He was also a co-sponsor of the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, which would protect states with cannabis regulation from interference by the federal government.

“In my home state of Florida,

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The district attorney’s office of New York’s Erie County will be dismissing 35 outstanding bench warrants for low-level charges of possession of marijuana, it was announced Friday. The decision was compelled by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s announcement that the city’s police department would no longer be enforcing low-level cannabis-related crimes.

“As legalization discussions continue in Albany, I am relieving a burden on those individuals who may have these charges hanging over their heads in the interest of justice,” District Attorney John Flynn said at a Friday press conference. “I do not believe people should find themselves in the criminal justice system and unable to apply for employment, student loans, or other services because of a low-level marijuana charge.”

Flynn said his next step will be his office staff going to “every town and village court” in Erie County to get their list of outstanding low-level cannabis bench warrants in order to dismiss them.

Though the district attorney told reporters he was unwilling to voice an opinion on marijuana legalization, he was appreciative of the fact that there is a “social justice component” to ending cannabis prohibition.

“The evidence is clear and the numbers are there,” he said. “You can’t hide

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There are plenty of awesome cannabis edibles recipes on the internet. You can make brownies or cookies or even pastas or other dishes. And since making edibles isn’t really that hard, there are recipes to add cannabis to just about any food dish you can imagine. Even some weird ones.

Here are six of the weirdest marijuana edibles recipes out there:

1. CannaMayo

Usually when you think of edibles, you think of a nice chocolate brownie or something like that. Not a spoonful of mayo. It’s pretty simple to make, just use any homemade mayo recipe and use cannabis oil instead of regular oil. It just doesn’t seem like the most delicious way to consume your cannabis.

– Read the entire article at News.

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All licence holders, managers, employers will need to take 4-hour online course.

The groups behind Ontario’s first cannabis retail training certification revealed details of the program in Toronto on Wednesday.

The CannSell certificate will be mandatory for all managers, employees and licence holders planning to work in one of the province’s 25 brick-and-mortar pot shops when their doors open on April 1.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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A Pennsylvania lawyer and cannabis enthusiast dressed in a pot leaf suit came to the rescue on Wednesday, helping to push a stuck neighbor’s car up a snowy hill. Criminal defense attorney Cary McClain was outside his Gladwyne, Pennsylvania home after a snowstorm so his son could shoot some video of him wearing his new suit in the snow for his social media accounts. That’s when he noticed a nearby white Mini Cooper, stuck in the snow and spinning its tires as it struggled to get up a hill. McClain went to see if he could help and his son kept the camera rolling as the attorney approached the car.

“All I could see around me was white snow, and then all of the sudden, this angelic man in a green suit comes knocking on my window,” said the stranded driver, Zach Calilung, who is new to the neighborhood. He recently moved to the suburb of Philadelphia from Southern California, and it was his first time driving in the snow. Calilung said he was about to call a friend for assistance when McClain came and offered his help. Calilung said that when he first saw McClain’s outfit that he stared “in disbelief.”

After

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Dasheeda Dawson (CEO of MJM Strategy), Jeff Brown (Assistant Commissioner of New Jersey Department of Health, Oversight of Medical Marijuana Program) and Ellie Siegel (CEO of Longview Strategic) speaking at Accelerate Cannabis at NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey on February 19.

New Jersey cannabis supporters received good news this week: adult-use legalization passed another hurdle.

Sen. Nicholas Scutari, author of Senate Bill 2703, said on Feb. 15 that legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Murphy agreed to impose a $42 per ounce tax rate on recreational marijuana. Senate President Steve Sweeney had wanted a 12% levy while Murphy supported a 25% rate.

“We’re closer than we’ve ever been before,” Scutari stated. “However, if I thought we were all done, I’d be the first person calling a press conference.

This was a major topic of discussion at Accelerate Cannabis four days later on February 19 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. About 150 business people, officials, activists, lawyers and service providers gathered to share ideas about legalized pot in the Garden State. Speakers on a series of panels discussed a wide range of topics from dealing with municipalities to developing new products.

The tax issue had become a

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Perhaps you recall Senator Kamala Harris’ interview on NYC radio show “The Breakfast Club” last week? The one where the presidential candidate captured headlines when she answered host Charlamagne Tha God’s question about whether she supported legalization by reminding everyone that half her family is from Jamaica. “Are you kidding me?” Harris laughed, amused at the prospect of never having smoked marijuana, even as an ex-California attorney general. “Listen, I think [it] gives a lot of people joy, and we need more joy.”

Turns out, her Jamaican father didn’t feel all that happy upon hearing of her remarks.

Donald J. Harris, a Stanford University emeritus professor of economics, wrote to a site for which he had recently penned an essay outlining the steps he took to instill pride of her Jamaican heritage in Kamala, in order to express displeasure with the implications of what she shared about her family.

“My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent

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Critics of Canada’s proposed cannabis edibles regulations say the rules would result in unappetizing and over-packaged products, according to media reports. When marijuana was legalized in Canada last year, initial regulations only allowed cannabis flower and oil to be sold. Since then, regulators have been creating rules for cannabis edibles, extracts, beverages, and topicals.

Health Canada released the draft regulations in December and has been accepting feedback during a consultation period that ended on Wednesday. The federal health agency expects to have the final version of regulations in place by October 17, the first anniversary of legalization.

But provisions in the draft regulations require that products not be appealing to children and prohibit packages from advertising dessert or confectionary flavors. They also must be shelf-stable and not “encourage overconsumption.” Although Health Canada has confirmed that ingredients such as chocolate and sugar will be allowed, edibles must not feature ingredients, shapes, colors, flavors, packaging, or labeling that would appeal to children. Jessika Villano, the owner of Buddha Barn dispensary in Vancouver, fears that the rules will mean tasty products won’t be permitted.

“They’re proposing that we sell sand,” Villano said. “I think a lot of adults would like to have cannabis

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Marijuana laws in North Dakota have undergone considerable changes over the past couple years. Most recently, an attempt to decriminalize recreational weed failed by a relatively narrow margin. At the same time, however, the state is making progress on the medical marijuana front, as North Dakota’s first-ever medical marijuana dispensary is slated to open shop next week.

Decriminalization Bill Fails

Yesterday, lawmakers in the North Dakota House voted on a new bill that called for the decriminalization of cannabis. Unfortunately for marijuana advocates in the state, the bill did not pass. It lost in a 47-43 vote.

The bill would have made some significant changes to state laws. Of course, it would not have made recreational weed legal. But lawmakers supporting the bill saw it as a chance to reduce the social harm caused by prohibition, without going as far as full scale legalization.

The proposed change would have made it so that possession of an ounce or less of weed would be a non-criminal offense. The maximum penalty would have been a $200 fine.

But since the bill failed, nothing has changed when it comes to North Dakota’s laws against recreational weed. Under these longstanding rules, possession of less

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After a decade of working on the first FDA-approved trial examining the effects of THC and CBD on the symptoms of PTSD in war veterans, a team of researchers has declared their clinical trial complete. The process, however, was not simple.

“We are proud to have persevered through these regulatory hurdles independently of hospitals, universities, or the VA system,” commented site principal investigator Dr. Sue Sisley in a press release.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) received approval from the U.S. Public Health Service to start the study back in 2014. Research began in January 2017 at Phoenix, Arizona’s Scottsdale Research Institute, and was slated to also take place at Johns Hopkins University, until the school dropped out of the experiment in March 2017.

The trial tested marijuana with varying cannabinoid makeups, experimenting with high-THC, high-CBD and equal THC-CBD (1:1) ratio cannabis. Subjects were able to use up to two grams per day during periods of self-dosing, which rotated with phases in which they were required to consume randomly assigned quantities of cannabis.

Brad Burge, a MAPS spokesperson, tells High Times about some of the challenges they had to overcome, which involved serious struggles recruiting vets needed for a robust study

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