Author Archive | Stephanie Bishop

cannabis in Costa Rica

Better Living Through Alchemy: Costa Rica’s First Cannabis Co-Op Paves The Way For Safe Access

Here in the Central American nation of Costa Rica, establishing regulatory laws allowing for the cultivation and distribution of cannabis to medical patients has proven to be a long, drawn-out process. Legislators have been debating the terms of regulatory legislation since 2014. In fact, more than 300 discussions have been filed in the legislative assembly […]

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cannabis prisoner

Let Freedom Grow: Cannabis Prisoners Have A Friend On The Outside

The current attitude toward cannabis in the United States appears to be mostly progressive, with 10 states and the District of Columbia regulating cannabis for recreational use, and 23 other states for medicinal use. Other states are pushing some form of decriminalization legislation, taking the first step in the direction of regulation. Agricultural hemp has […]

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global cannabis legalization

Does The UN’s Coming Review Of Cannabis Signify The Global Organization Is Finally Catching Up To The Rest Of The World?

On March 30, 1961, the United Nations adopted the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, a treaty to control and regulate certain substances considered to have medicinal value, while prohibiting the use of drugs and narcotics considered harmful to society and with no medicinal value. The treaty created four schedules of controlled substances and assigned the […]

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cannabis compassionate care

Crimes Of Compassion: How California’s New Cannabis Rules Hurt Those Who Need It Most

California was the first state in the US to initiate medical marijuana regulation. It took cannabis activists many years to get Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act, on the ballot for voters to approve in the November 1996 electoral session. The legislation was authored collectively by “the father of medical marijuana” Dennis Peron; registered nurse […]

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Tennessee medical marijuana

Diane Black Didn’t Back Bud — Is That What Cost Her The Tennessee Governor Race?

The scene early August at what would have been Congresswoman Diane Black’s victory party was bleak, with the candidate having lost the bid for the gubernatorial race to Republican Bill Lee in the state’s primary elections. Endorsed by the National Rifle Association, Vice President Mike Pence and the American Conservative Union, most Republicans in the […]

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Florida cannabis

The Florida Project: What’s In Store For The Sunshine State In 2019

The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative was passed by Florida voters during the 2016 electoral session. Amendment 2 allowed qualified patients permissible access to low-THC and CBD medicines. Once this amendment was passed, state legislators and lobbyists worked out the details of implementation, creating rules for cultivation and distribution for what’s expected to be the […]

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