Hashish Information 01/22/2021
Welcome back to another blog post from Cannabis News and Research. In case you missed last week, you can read it here. We also added a new article on our cannabis education page on how to talk to your doctor about cannabis. Give it a try if you haven’t yet made an appointment with a cannabis specialist for a medical marijuana card.
A company called Bazelet Oglesby has developed and patented a variety of cannabis containing 0.00% THC. The strain was called Panakeia and it doesn’t contain any CBD either. It’s a perfect candidate for industrial hemp and has been approved by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). This is the first time a strain has been developed without any THC. This will reduce the risk for hemp farmers who will have to destroy plants that have tested positive for greater than 0.3% THC, as required by federal law. Seeds will be available to hemp farmers from the 2021 planting season.
If you see this strain at your local pharmacy, it is probably best to shy away from …
No increase in canine cannabis overdoses in Canada
According to a recent study by Dr. Daniel Joffe in the Canadian Veterinary Journal. Concerns that after legalization of adult cannabis in Canada, dogs are at risk of eating and using their owners’ hideout, prompts researchers to investigate the issue, and it turns out that since cannabis legalization in the UK There was no increase in dog poisoning from cannabis in 2018.
Dogs are unlikely to be harmed by eating raw flowers, as they contain physiologically inactive THCA instead of the active THC produced by smoking or vaping flowers. However, edible products made with cooked cannabis contain THC and should not be given to animals as this can lead to an overdose. Treating pets with cannabis has not been adequately researched anyway, but it will be a fascinating avenue for veterinary medicine going forward. Right now, cats have catnip to get up high off of and dogs can wait.
United Nations (UN) remove cannabis from the narcotics list
Cannabis has been reclassified by the Narcotics Commission (CND), the organization that sets drug policy for the United Nations. For 59 years, cannabis has been on a list of narcotics that have been classified as highly dependent and dangerous without therapeutic use. This is similar to the U.S. Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which provides cannabis as a List 1 drug. Hopefully the US will follow suit soon and write off cannabis. Chuck Schumer, who is now the Senate majority leader, has announced that he will propose such a bill in the future.
With these changes, the United Nations paved the way for the use of cannabis for medical and research purposes. This is a big step for the future of cannabis, as it will allow scientists to determine how THC is beneficial to the body. This makes it easier for politicians to legalize it and lift restrictions on its use.
Interestingly, the US was one of the countries that voted to remove cannabis from the United Nations’ list of harmful narcotics. It’s time you did this with your own planning system!
Biden’s trade minister wants marijuana to be sold in government stores
With a new president, there are new cabinet members, and one of those members is Joe Biden’s election for Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. She wants cannabis to be legalized and sold in government-run stores. In her position, she will be responsible for promoting economic growth, and legalizing marijuana would be one way to do that.
For cannabis users, this would mean higher taxes on cannabis sales. Hopefully the government will pass a law that will allow marijuana users to grow their own cannabis so they don’t have to shop in government stores where the cannabis is taxed.
Rachel Levine elected HHS Assistant Secretary
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine was selected by Joe Biden for a role in the U.S. Department of Health (HHS) as Assistant Secretary. She was instrumental in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program and is likely to serve as a strong adviser to the President on changes to the marijuana law during his term in office.
Virginia Governor Unveils Marijuana Legalization Bill
Governor Ralph Northam has introduced a law to legalize marijuana that looks very appealing. It allows adults to use it for anyone over the age of 21 and for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. The cherry on top is that adults are allowed to grow up to four plants for personal use. This allows patients to grow cannabis instead of spending tons of money in pharmacies that raise prices and pay high taxes on cannabis sales.
One concern about this bill is that some plants produce more than an ounce of marijuana flower, so harvesting takes more than a drive to the house … What happens if someone harvests four ounces of cannabis from their plants? Will you be prosecuted for exceeding the one ounce possession limit? These questions need to be clarified.
The taxes that the state receives from the sale of cannabis in pharmacies flow, among other things, into preschool education. State cannabis tax is 21% on top of a 3% local tax and existing state sales taxes. This adds up to around 30% of taxes, so it’s good that people are allowed to grow their own cannabis.
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