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And the Winner of the 2016 US Election Is…

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Millions of people, not only in the USA but also around the world, watched the 2016 US presidential election with bated breath. The vast majority were anxious to see whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would become the next US president, but some were waiting for a different sort of victory.

On November 8, some Americans were voting for something else besides who would be the next president. California, Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts and possibly Maine were deciding on whether or not cannabis should be fully legal, allowing it for recreational use1. Florida, Montana, North Dakota and Arkansas were deciding on whether it should be used for medical use only. All four states with proposed medical use-only legalisation voted in favour of the herb; while all states voting on recreational use approved their measures except for Arizona.

So what does this mean for each state where cannabis “won” the election, considering that their laws are different? In California2, as in others, different aspects of the new cannabis laws come into effect at different times. Since November 9, the day after the vote, residents have since been able to legally grow up to six plants for personal use, possess and give away up to 28.6 grams of flower or 8 grams of concentrate, and consume these privately. Commercial licenses will begin to be issued from January, 2018. However, public use, possession with the intent to sell and underage (under 21) consumption will stay illegal.

Like California, possession, private use and home-growing will be the first things to become legal in

Legality of cannabis by country, before US Election

A few changes will need to be made to this map.

Nevada3, but this will not come into effect until January 2017. Residents of Nevada are limited to possession of up to 1 ounce of flower and up to 1/8 of an ounce (3.5 grams) of concentrate, but are allowed up to 12 plants (6 per person) in each house. The first commercial licenses will also be given in January 2018.

 

The law in Massachusetts4 begins to take effect on December 15. From then, adults over the age of 21 are able to possess up to 10 ounces of flowers at home, and one ounce in public, as well as 5 ounces of concentrates at home. However, public consumption will be forbidden, like other states. Each household is also able to grow up to 6 plants each. License applications for dispensaries and other establishments will be accepted until October.

Maine5 is less certain, with their measure only getting the majority of votes by a fraction and opponents pushing for a recount. If it is approved, those living in Maine will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces/70 grams of cannabis, and grow up to 6 flowering plants, 12 immature plants and any number of seedlings (which will all need to carry the person’s name and driver’s license number). They will also be able to give away cannabis and plants, and consume the herb in private places. Retail stores would open from mid-2017 at the earliest.

What does this mean for Elixinol, where we only sell extracts made from hemp, which does not contain psychoactive levels of THC? Although legal in all 50 states, the legalisation of even psychoactive cannabis may improve perceived accessibility of our extracts. Some people under prohibition may fear seizure or arrest if they even attempt to order hemp products because of misunderstandings. And besides, and end to cannabis prohibition is a win for personal freedom.

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References

1: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/election-2016-live-cannabis-news-coverage

2: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/california-just-legalized-cannabis-now-comes-hard-part

3: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/legalization-nevada-heres-happens-next

4: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/massachusetts-just-legalized-now

5: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/ayuh-maine-probably-just-legalized-cannabis-now-what-happens

The US Election May Have Been Legalisation Inspiration

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The US Election May Have Been Legalisation Inspiration.

A few weeks ago, four states in the USA legalised cannabis for adult recreational use, while four more states voted to approve medical-only use. We considered this to be a big win not only for personal freedom, but also for the hemp industry, as this wave of legalisation could also change attitudes towards hemp. This wave doesn’t seem to be over yet, as other regions look keener to legalise cannabis after the results of the election.

One of these states, unexpectedly, is Texas1. Soon after the nationwide election

, lawmakers submitted five proposals on changing cannabis laws. Three of these were about reducing the penalties for cannabis use, one would allow voters to decide on medical-only use and another would allow a vote on legalisation for recreational use. The most liberal of these2, House Bill 2165, would regulate cannabis as if it were “tomatoes, jalapenos or coffee”. Whether or not any of these will pass is unknown, as Texas is still a very conservative state. New Jersey3 has been another unexpected state, because of their very anti-cannabis Governor, Chris Christie. As he will no longer be governor from January 2018, looming loss of the “only impediment” to legalisation has led some lawmakers to Colorado for fact-finding. Senator Nick Scutari, like many others, is interested in the economic benefits, such as more jobs, and social benefits such as fewer people in prison.

Cannabis laws updated after the US election

Cannabis laws worldwide. Blue indicates legality for adult use.

 

Additionally, Washington DC has also eased restrictions on medical dispensaries1. The District of Columbia Council voted to allow patients with permission to use medical cannabis in other states to visit dispensaries in the district. The now-approved Act also allows patients to visit more than one dispensary and removes the limit on the number of plants that cultivators can grow. The possession limit has been increased too, from two ounces every 30 days to four.

Change may also be coming internationally. In Italy4, there has been a recent campaign to allow cannabis social clubs and to decriminalise possession and cultivation. The last days of the official campaign saw 17,500 petition signatures collected, which sends a strong message of support to the government. This included the mayors of Parma, Torino and Naples; meanwhile, the council of Sicily’s capital approved a motion to send a strong message to all MPs in support of the possible new laws. Much of this support comes from a desire to cut down the power of the Mafia. Things are looking up for Germany and the Czech Republic too5. In Germany, the Green and Left parties have secured an agreement with the Social Democratic Party to have legalisation and drug policy revisions included in the next coalition agreement. In the Czech Republic, a campaign by two minor parties has been launched to fight for legalisation. Once their petition reaches 10,000 signatures, it qualifies for presentation to the Chamber of Deputies. During the Cannafest weekend alone, it obtained 1,500 signatures.

Around the world, cannabis laws are changing for the better at a rapid pace, which can also change attitudes towards hemp. While none of these possibilities are yet certain, it looks like a bright future is ahead for those whose health depends on legalisation.

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References

1: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/state-leaf-cannabis-election-texas-reform-proposals

2: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/texas-yes-texas-has-multiple-marijuana-legalization-bills-in-cons

3: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/cannabis-farms-new-jersey-turnpike-maybe-sooner-think

4: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/despite-obstacles-italian-cannabis-supporters-optimistic-legalization

Elixinol™ CBD Oil in Japan – First Lady Ushers In New Era by Purchasing CBD Hemp Oil by Elixinol

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I thought you’d like to hear some of the positive progress we have been making with Elixinol™ CBD Oil in Japan. Besides being a speaker at the 2016 Cannabis Entrepreneur Summit  in California I recently met with the First Lady of Japan (Akie Abe) whose husband, the Prime Minister of Japan (Shinzō Abe) is now using our Elixinol CBD products. See attached press release. Feel free to share on your blog and social media.

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Will I Pass A Drug Test If I Take CBD Hemp Extracts?

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The difference between many medicinal hemp products and recreational cannabis is that these can contain little to no THC, which is the psychoactive component of cannabis.   A common concern among many who use hemp extracts is the possibility of testing positive for cannabis use in a workplace or roadside drug test, and facing legal action or unemployment. But are these fears unfounded, or must we wait for legalisation before starting any form of medicinal hemp? Read More

The Australian Senate Passes Medical Cannabis Legislation

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 On Wednesday, the 24th of February, the Australian Senate passed new changes to the Narcotic Drugs Act1, which will allow the legal cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes. Greens leader Richard Di Natale said the changes were an “important first step” to legalising medicinal cannabis, but more work was needed to deal with how cannabis would be prescribed and distributed. While this is progress, however, these new changes will not make Australia the next Colorado. It is still illegal to grow cannabis, or hemp, for personal use, and as one woman has stated, “There’s no guarantee that what the government offers will be suitable for their type of condition”2.

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