The DEA on Cannabis, Sonoma Cultivation Raided and New Zelands Cannabis

On the domestic front, the National Institute on Drug Abuse is set to grow the largest marijuana research crop in five years, producing over 4,000 pounds of cannabis, at the University of Mississippi. Although the DEA has said they’ll allow other producers besides the college to grow for research purposes, the applications have yet to be processed.

In California, cannabis manufacturer WellGreensCA, who do business as Trade Street, are being charged with dumping fifteen hundred pounds of toxic waste, violating EPA regulations. The company hired an unlicensed hauler to dispose of drums of ethanol, which were then left at five sites around San Diego County. Officials at the company claim a consultant is to blame, and they knew nothing of the criminal activity.

Also in California, a 9,000-plant cannabis grow with a history of code violations, is raided in Sonoma County. Officials there have closed down 863 unlicensed cultivators in the past two years, as part of an effort to crack down on the state’s thriving black market.

In New Hampshire, Governor Chris Sununu vetoed legislation that would have eliminated the controversial requirement that patients have a three month relationship with their health care provider before obtaining MMJ certification. Supporters believe the rule is necessary to ensure providers know their patients’ past health issues, although critics say it’s excessive and delays access to patients in immediate need or with financial limitations. Let us know what you think online at Cannabis Broadcast Station.

In finance, Florida-based marijuana company Jushi agrees to acquire Franklin Bioscience for 63 million dollars in cash, debt, and stock. Franklin holds licenses for 12 medical marijuana dispensaries in Pennsylvania, where they’re based, and aid in Jushi’s expansion by way of procuring licenses in states where they’re hard to obtain.

In Canada, Canopy Growth’s medical division, Spectrum Therapeutics, partner with the Canadian Mental Health Association to launch an educational component of the CMHA’s Not Myself Today workplace mental health program. The partnership aims to raise awareness and spark conversation about medical cannabis and mental illness, and bring relief and support to the twenty percent of Canadians suffering from mental health issues in a given year.

Overseas, New Zealand reveals proposed medical cannabis regulations concerning distribution and licensing requirements and fees, quality standards, and establishment of an agency to manage the program’s rules and enforcement. The highly-anticipated MMJ program rules are intended for a 2020 launch, as the country hopes to become a medical cannabis innovation, cultivation, and production hub.

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