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The Chicago Police Department has produced a video to explain the rules that will apply when recreational cannabis is legalized in Illinois next month. The video was posted to the police department’s Facebook page on Wednesday.

In the video, city police officers explain that beginning January 1, adults 21 and older will be allowed to consume marijuana recreationally. Adults will be permitted to possess and purchase up to 30 grams of cannabis, 5 grams of concentrate, and infused products containing up to 500 milligrams of THC.

The video notes that the home cultivation of cannabis will still be prohibited except for registered medical marijuana patients. Cannabis purchases will only be allowed at dispensaries licensed by the state. Private sales are illegal.

Police officers also explain that while recreational marijuana will become legal in the state on New Year’s Day, people won’t be permitted to light up or nosh on edibles anywhere they’d like. Under the new law, the consumption of cannabis products will be legal in private residences, although property owners and landlords will have the right to ban use by their tenants. Marijuana use will also be permitted in businesses that have been licensed by the state for

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Interest in medical marijuana use has far outpaced expectations only five months into Missouri’s new program.

Missouri issued close to 22,000 medical marijuana cards since July 4, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Researchers with the University of Missouri’s Economic and Policy Analysis Research Center previously estimated that the state wouldn’t reach that many patients until 2021.

“We have always predicted that the numbers would be far larger than the MU Economics study predicted,” said Dan Viets, who leads the Missouri Cannabis Industry Association.

Missouri voters in 2018 made medical marijuana legal in the state. Patients with cancer, HIV, epilepsy and other conditions can apply for state-issued medical marijuana cards with a doctor’s approval.

The Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association estimates that there could be at least 122,000 medical marijuana patients by the end of 2022.

Spokesman Jack Cardetti says that estimate is based on trends in states such as Colorado, where 2% to 3% of the population received cards after medical marijuana was approved.

The state health department plans to start awarding licenses for businesses to grow, dispense and make marijuana-infused products by January.

Nearly 700 groups filed a total of 2,163 marijuana businesses applications in

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In the world of country music, there is arguably no bigger cannabis consumer or advocate than Willie Nelson.

He’s been very public about his own personal love of marijuana. Similarly, he’s been an outspoken advocate of progressive cannabis legislation.

And he’s even entered the legal cannabis industry as a business person, launching his own line of strains and products.

But now, the music and cannabis legend is making some changes. He recently told the media that he no longer smokes marijuana.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean Willie Nelson has stepped back from cannabis altogether. His spokesperson, Elaine Schock, recently clarified to news sources that he still enjoys the plant in other forms.

Willie’s Big Announcement

News of Willie Nelson’s decision came during an interview he gave recently to San Antonio KSAT TV.

In the interview, Willie Nelson talked about a number of topics, including his personal health. And that’s when the question of marijuana came up.

“I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days and I have to be careful,” Nelson said. “I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever. And that almost

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MIAMI (AP) — Players who test positive for opioids would enter treatment and not be suspended under the change to Major League Baseball’s drug agreement being negotiated by management and the players’ association, according to union head Tony Clark.

Talks to add testing for opioids began following the death this year of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Players have been tested for performance-enhancing substances since 2004 and for banned stimulants since 2006.

“We believe wholeheartedly, as we always have, that the treatment option and not discipline is the best route to go,” Clark said Wednesday as the union’s executive board finished its annual meeting.

The union and MLB are in agreement that treatment would be warranted for opioids and not discipline, Clark said. He added the addition to the drug agreement likely be made this offseason.

“I’m pretty confident that’s where we’re going,” Clark said.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 before the start of a series against the Texas Rangers. A medical examiner’s office said the 27-year-old died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the painkillers fentanyl

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The Home Office is to be asked to try to break the deadlock over securing a medicinal cannabis prescription for a severely epileptic boy.

A High Court judge made the announcement in the case of County Tyrone boy Billy Caldwell on Tuesday.

The Department of Health will also be invited to take part in proceedings aimed at obtaining the treatment for the 14-year-old on the NHS.

The court heard that current arrangements could end.

– Read the entire article at BBC News.

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Border Patrol agents in San Diego arrested a 16-year-old boy early Sunday morning and have accused him of using a remote-controlled car to smuggle more than 55 pounds of meth across the U.S.-Mexico border. The boy was found by agents hiding in the bushes near the international border with the car and 50 parcels of methamphetamine valued at about $106,000.

The boy was discovered approximately one mile north of the Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego at about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. Law enforcement officials believe that the unidentified teen was working with an accomplice on the south side of the U.S. border with Mexico.

Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco told reporters that it is believed that the unknown accomplice loaded the packages of drugs onto the remote-controlled car before slipping it through a four-to-five-inch gap in the border fence. The vehicle was then driven several times to the teen, who was hiding nearby.

The car “would have had to make multiple runs and go back and forth a few times,” Francisco said. “There is no way he would have been able to do it in one trip.”

Not the First Time

This isn’t the first time that

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The New Zealand government has a plan to legalize and regulate cannabis, and it wants to know what the public thinks. Next year, it will be up to voters to decide whether they’re for or against recreational legalization as proposed in the draft legislation. Lawmakers plan to introduce a final, more detailed draft of the bill at the start of 2020. That final version will take into account public feedback on the draft released December 3. At the moment, New Zealand wants the public to consider the basic parameters of the legalization proposal. Government officials hope the early release of the draft bill will encourage public awareness and debate on the issue of recreational legalization.

New Zealand Encourages Public to Participate in the Legalization Process

Next year, New Zealand voters will have the chance to vote on a referendum asking whether the recreational use of cannabis should be legal or not. The referendum question is a simple yes or no: do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?

To make that decision, New Zealanders will need to be informed about the core elements of the draft bill. While still a work in progress, particularly concerning regulatory details, the

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Brazil policymakers have approved the sale of medical cannabis in the country, making it the largest medical marijuana market in Latin America. The country’s FDA-like governmental agency Anvisa said on Tuesday that its full regulations regarding cannabis-based products will be published shortly in Brazil’s federal gazette, and that the new laws will come into effect three months following that announcement.

The policy shift is momentous for a country that previously banned all use of cannabis, and is currently governed by the far-right administration of Jair Bolsonaro. But Brazil’s regulations have a key omission that many will see as indicative of the government; production of non-hemp cannabis will remain illegal in the country, requiring the involvement of foreign corporations in the new industry.

Forbes reports that an Anvisa spokesperson encouraged Brazilian companies to “import the semi-finished raw material, not the cannabis plant or parts thereof.”

That decision — which warranted its own vote apart from the general body of cannabis regulations — could set back the Brazilian marijuana industry. In Colombia, medical marijuana regulations have allowed for a burgeoning wave of cannabis companies while Brazil’s neighbor Uruguay became the first country in the world to allow for recreational cannabis usage and

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E-cigarette makers have long billed their products as a safer alternative to smoking, a way for consumers to wean themselves off the real thing. The American Lung Association is challenging that approach. 

On Wednesday, the nonprofit health organization launched a campaign urging smokers to “quit, don’t switch.”

“One of the biggest problems with e-cigarettes is that many people have switched to e-cigarettes believing it will help them quit tobacco products, which it doesn’t,” said Albert A. Rizzo, the American Lung Association’s chief medical officer. “Many of them become dual users, meaning they smoke cigarettes when they can and use vaping devices at other times.

“E-cigarettes have not been found to be safe and effective in helping smokers quit,” Dr. Rizzo added. “They were designed to appeal to people who wanted to use something besides a cigarette, or in addition to a cigarette. Instead of helping smokers quit, e-cigarettes have rapidly created another generation addicted to tobacco products by marketing products that appeal to kids, including flavored products like gummy bear, unicorn blood, and bubble gum – even apple juice.”

More Pushback on Vaping

Vaping devices came under intense scrutiny this year, as thousands of individuals across the United States fell

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