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The UFC will no longer punish fighters for using marijuana in most cases, making a major change to its anti-doping policy.

The world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion confirmed Thursday that it will no longer worry about positive tests for carboxy-THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, unless it believes a fighter used it intentionally to enhance performance.

All other cannabinoids derived naturally from marijuana are no longer prohibited substances, said Jeff Novitzky, the UFC’s senior vice-president of athlete health and performance.

– Read the entire article at SportsNet.

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Under the new policy, MMA fighters will no longer be penalized for off-duty cannabis use.

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An Indiana lawmaker is making another push for cannabis law reform.

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Everyone’s favorite comedian and outspoken feminist and social rights activist Chelsea Handler just announced she has launched a new, Inauguration Day-themed cannabis kit titled “America is Back.” Proceeds of the kit will benefit the nonprofit Cage-Free Repair. 

“Donald Trump sent me to cannabis,” Handler said in a phone interview with WWD. “I used to be a drinker. I used to drink and not be into cannabis and then after the election in 2016, I just couldn’t — anger and alcohol are not a good match. I had to pivot when I realized I had to deal with him being the president for four years.”

Chelsea Handler, like many Americans who aren’t fans of Donald Trump, is really looking forward to January 20 and the inauguration of President Elect Joe Biden. To celebrate this exciting day, she is releasing her new cannabis products bundles which will be sold through Sweet Flower and The Apothecarium. 

The nonprofit to which Handler is donating the proceeds from the sale of these boxes, Cage-Free Repair, helps those from communities that have been the most marginalized and impacted by the war on drugs

“There are things you take to go to sleep,” said Handler in the

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CANNABIS CULTURE – A look back to the mid 19th Century when cannabis extract (AKA ‘Rick Simpson Oil’) was being administered in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Scotland is making a return to growing cannabis, with medical production starting at Hilltop Leaf Ltd in Dumfries and Galloway, and the developments of farmers in Angus and Aberdeenshire working alongside the Scottish Hemp Association , Rowett Institute , SAOS and Rural Innovation Support Services to start growing hemp in 2021, this article takes a look back to the early days of cannabis being used as a medicine in Scotland. While evidence exists of cannabis being grown for industrial purposes in Scotland from around the 11th Century, the records of medicinal use start in the mid 19th Century, with the West being introduced to cannabis extract by Dr. O’Shaughnessys 1839 publication ‘On the preparations of the Indian Hemp, or ‘Gunjah’ (Cannabis indica), their effects on the animal system in health, and their utility in the treatment of tetanus and other convulsive diseases’. At the time Doctors had no idea what the active constituents of cannabis were, but that didn’t prevent cannabis being used successfully as a therapeutic. Knowledge was built up

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In October, Ecuador’s agriculture ministry (MAG) released hemp regulations, in the form of Acuerdo Ministerial No. 109 (English). This follows the National Assembly’s 2019 decriminalization of cannabis with a THC content of less than 1.0% THC (which entered into forced on June 21, 2020).

The regulations distinguish between industrial hemp (cáñamo para uso industrial) and hemp (cáñamo), also referred to as non-psychoactive cannabis (cannabis no psicoactivo). Both are legal, but their regulation is slightly different. Frankly, the regulations could be a little clearer when it comes to defining both categories. In essence, however, industrial hemp is that used for activities such as fiber production, while “plain” hemp is used to make consumer products.

Under the regulations MAG is tasked with the licensure of entities that wish to participate in the hemp industry. These entities must be either incorporated or domiciled in Ecuador.

MAG will issue seven types of licenses:

License 1: importation and commercialization of hemp seeds and cuttings (including seeds for industrial use) License 2: sowing and production of hemp seeds and cuttings (including seeds for industrial use) License 3: hemp cultivation License 4: industrial hemp cultivation License 5: hemp processing and production of hemp derivatives License 6: plant

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One of California’s largest dispensaries has helped launch a first-of-its-kind recycling program in which cannabis packaging will be converted into fuel to help power delivery vehicles.

Airfield Supply Co., a San Jose storefront that bills itself as the largest single-site dispensary in the state, is the first dispensary to sign on for the pilot program that could prevent as many as 5,000 plastic items from entering the state’s waste stream each day. CannaCraft, a Sonoma County manufacturer, and Resynergi, Sonoma County company that converts plastics into oils, are partners in the program.

Marc Matulich, CEO of Airfield Supply Co., said his company is excited to join the effort. The firm plans to place Resynergi recycling bins throughout its facilities and to also provide customers with special “exit bags” they can use to store their plastics ahead of recycling.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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It should come as no surprise that a number of musicians have gravitated toward the cannabis industry and are actively aligning themselves with weed brands.

The music business has always had a strong connection to cannabis. While its ties to artists have mainly been recreational, indelibly linked with decades-ago photos of icons like Jerry Garcia, Bob Marley and Willie Nelson, the industry has clearly changed.

The natural fit between pop culture and cannabis remains as strong as ever, but the legalization of adult-use weed in Canada has contributed to a dramatic cultural shift that has expanded the reach well beyond rock ’n roll.

– Read the entire article at Edmonton Journal.

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Kyle Kazan is pleading the case of Parker Coleman, Jr.

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Adults in Virginia will be able to legally purchase marijuana for recreational use in two years, under a proposal unveiled Wednesday by the governor of the commonwealth.

Under the proposal offered up by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, according to local television station WRIC, adults aged 21 years and older would be able to purchase pot as of January 1, 2023. 

Citing a spokesperson for the governor, the station reported that sales of recreational pot would not begin until that day, but implementation “would have a quick timeline of roughly 20 to 22 months after the bill is passed.”

Moreover, WRIC reported that the governor’s proposal “would put limits on possession, no more than an ounce of “marijuana plant material,” and on the concentration of businesses.”

Northam is expected to elaborate further on the proposal during his State of the State address on Wednesday in that capital city of Richmond.

In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, Northam, a Democrat, said he was proud to have worked with the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to “equitably legalize marijuana in Virginia.”

Northam said his bill “expunges prior marijuana convictions, reinvests money in over-policed communities, and promotes diverse ownership in the industry,” a restorative justice

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