Author Archive | Sarah Ratliff

Puerto Rico hemp

Hemp Hemp Hooray: Legalization Of Super Plant To Revitalize Puerto Rican Agriculture

Puerto Rico might have one of the most underdeveloped agricultural sectors on the planet. According to statistics provided by the US Department of Agriculture, Puerto Rico farming income has decreased by two-thirds since 1964, a result traceable to the implosion of the sugar cane industry that once formed the backbone of the island’s economy. Sugar […]

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Uruguay legalized cannabis

Progress Made, Progress Still To Come: Uruguay’s Historic Cannabis Legalization, Five Years Later

Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis in 2013. But it wasn’t until July 2017 that cannabis products officially went on sale to the public. In the US, when state voter referendums first began legalizing cannabis, most territories moved quickly to create legal and regulatory structures to get their cannabis […]

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INSYS Cannabis

The Truth About INSYS Therapeutics And Big Pharma’s Battle To Take Down Legal Cannabis

The 2016 US presidential election cycle was a productive one for pro-cannabis activists. Voters in California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine approved referendums that legalized recreational cannabis. In Arizona, however, a similar referendum (Proposition 205) was defeated, seemingly in defiance of pre-election polls that indicated it would pass. Political analysts credited a strong last-minute push by […]

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Cannabis Amendment

The New Prohibition Battle: True Cannabis Legalization Is A Constitutional Matter

Federal law prohibits the cultivation, sale and consumption of cannabis products within the borders of the United States. The majority of states have passed laws in contradiction to this edict (33 states and two territories have legalized medical marijuana; 10 others and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational cannabis), but the federal government can […]

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Cannabis and depression

CBD And Depression: Unlocking Further Benefits Of Cannabidiol

As researchers gain a better understanding of the utility and versatility of cannabidiol (CBD) and it’s increasingly accepted by the general public, the role of this cannabinoid in treating depression has become a significant topic of interest both inside and outside the cannabis community. Frustrated with erratic results and undesirable side effects of conventional antidepressants, […]

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Veterans Day

The Truth About Veterans And Medical Marijuana

Every year on November 11, in celebrations both large and small, the nation comes together to thank veterans of all wars the United States has participated in. Veterans Day is one of the few instances where we can put our politics and ideology aside to acknowledge the sacrifices these men and women have made for […]

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Mexico cannabis

Mexican Supreme Court Declares Cannabis Prohibition Unconstitutional: Is Legalization On The Horizon?

The full legalization of cannabis in Mexico moved one step closer to reality on October 31, when the National Supreme Court of Justice, the highest court in the land, issued a ruling declaring the country’s existing ban on recreational cannabis unconstitutional. In its findings in favor of two complainants in separate cases, the court called […]

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