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10K+ Marijuana Convictions Qualify for Expungement in Denver, Industrial Hemp in New Mexico, Conference Targets UN to Change Cannabis Policy

This Week in Review

Over 10,000 Marijuana Convictions Qualify for Expungement Under Hancock Order

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has announced a new citywide effort to expunge low-level marijuana convictions that occurred in Denver before recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado. According to the mayor's office, more than 10,000 convictions for low-level marijuana crimes from 2001 to 2013 are now eligible for expungement. Read more

Conference Targets UN to Change Cannabis Policy

This is significant because it is the last meeting of Member State countries, focusing on cannabis policy, before a UN session in March where Cannabis Treaty scheduling and the 2019-2029 plan of action will be debated and voted on. So it’s now or never for external stakeholders to contribute to the debate and the organisers of the International Cannabis Policy Conference want to rally the cannabis scene with a resounding call: “NOW is the right time to show up!” Read more

New Mexico approves rules for industrial hemp cultivation

Farmers in New Mexico will be allowed to grow hemp beginning next year, setting the stage for a new industry that agricultural officials and others say could boost economic development in the state. The rules were crafted over the course of a few months. The state agriculture department held a series of public meetings and the New Mexico State University Board of Regents signed off on the final draft during a special meeting Thursday. Read more

Employers forecast challenges in age of recreational cannabis

Part of the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network South meeting at Stockton's Atlantic City Campus Center, it was led by Bridget Hill-Zayat, a lawyer who focuses mainly on the energy and cannabis industries. She works with the Hoban Law Group of Philadelphia and teaches a cannabis law class at Stockton. Read more

The Green Industry Goes White Collar

With marijuana legalization spreading to Michigan, Utah and Missouri this fall, the cannabis industry is starting to become one of the nation’s top employers. It’s happening quickly. Sales of marijuana in 2017 already exceeded sales of Oreo cookies, tattoos and organic produce. Read more

Just How Lax Is LAX's New Marijuana Policy?

So you’re living in a state where marijuana is legal. Whether it’s medical or recreational there’s a few things you need to know before you before you take a ride - on a plane that is. Read more