Mississippi marijuana ballot dispute: No ruling before vote

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Supreme Court will wait until after next week’s election to consider whether a medical marijuana initiative got onto the ballot through proper procedures.
Chief Justice Mike Randolph filed a one-page order Wednesday giving Secretary of State Michael Watson a Nov. 6 deadline to respond to written arguments filed Tuesday by Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler. That deadline is three days after the election. Watson’s arguments originally were due by Wednesday.
Butler argued that the number of signatures gathered for Initiative 65 does not meet standards outlined in the state constitution. Watson’s predecessor as secretary of state, Delbert Hosemann, said the initiative qualified for the ballot months ago.
Supporters of Initiative 65 said their petition process met the requirements set by the constitution and by a 2009 attorney general’s opinion. They also accused Butler and the city of Madison of trying to undermine the initiative.
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Mississippi marijuana ballotdispute: No ruling sooner than vote

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Supreme Court will wait until after next week’s election to consider whether a medical marijuana initiative got onto the ballot through proper procedures. Chief Justice Mike Randolph filed a one-page order Wednesday giving Secretary of State Michael Watson a Nov. 6 deadline to respond to written arguments filed Tuesday…

New York proposes regulations for hemp-derived CBD products

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York regulators have proposed quality control standards and a licensing program for hemp-derived CBD products that have gained widespread popularity in products such as tinctures, salves and lotions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.
The state Department of Health proposed the regulations in accordance with legislation passed earlier this year establishing a Cannabinoid Hemp Program. There are federal regulations for growing hemp but not for processing cannabinoid products. New York’s proposed regulations require laboratory testing and labeling to ensure consumers are getting what they pay for, without harmful contaminants.
“These regulations are the next step toward regulating the growing hemp industry in New York in a way that protects consumers and helps ensure the industry’s long-term viability,” Cuomo said in a statement announcing the proposal.
The regulations have been anxiously awaited by industrial hemp farmers and processors acros..

Unique York proposes regulations for hemp-derived CBD merchandise

Getty Images ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York regulators have proposed quality control standards and a licensing program for hemp-derived CBD products that have gained widespread popularity in products such as tinctures, salves and lotions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. The state Department of Health proposed the regulations in accordance with legislation passed earlier this…

12 Mouth-Watering CBD Recipes That Promise Stress Relief for Every Occasion

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Tired of tinctures? There are tastier ways to take your CBD.
A quick search on Pinterest yields hundreds of delectable, CBD-infused recipes. (That’s right, Pinterest moms have gone green.) And the best part? The writers say you can still experience health benefits you’d get from a CBD tincture by indulging in these scrumptious delights.
We pulled the most mouth-watering CBD recipes on Pinterest for this ultra-chill, super anti-inflammatory menu. Whether you’re battling pain, insomnia, or anxiety (we could go on), there’s a CBD delicacy here for you.
1. CBD Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Treat your Valentine’s taste buds AND inflammation levels with this mood-setting desert.
2. CBD Elderberry Smoothie
A pandemic essential.
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3. CBD Cocktails
Does the CBD cancel out the hangover? Asking for a friend.
4. CBD Eggnog
Guaranteed to make the season brighter.
5. CBD Peppermint Brownies
A perfect treat for the whole family..

Hemp-Based Building Material Takes Green Living to New Highs

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You’ve probably had a fever dream about living in a cannabis house (don’t lie.) But what if you actually could?
Seriously, there’s a way to build a house with weed, and it doesn’t involve sewing leaves together at a hemp farm.
It’s done with hempcrete – a mix of hemp hurds (the core of the plant’s stalk), lime, and sand (or pozzolans) which acts as a construction and insulation material (like concrete, but so much more interesting.)
Hempcrete is nothing new. The first known use of it was roughly 1,500 years ago, when, in India, it was used to create Buddhist places of worship, and the Romans built a mortar bridge from a 6th-century version of the material.
If you haven’t heard of hempcrete before, though, you wouldn’t be the only one. Hempcrete only recently reentered the construction market in the United States, since, from 1970 until the 2018 Farm Bill passed, it was illegal to produce hemp. Even today, hemp growth is highly restricted ..

‘SMOKE,’ Marijuana Documentary Executive-Produced and Narrated by Nas, to Air on BET (EXCLUSIVE)

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BET has announced a new original documentary, “SMOKE: Marijuana + Black America,” executive-produced and narrated by Nas. The two-hour film will provide a closeup look at marijuana culture and its impact on both American society and especially the Black community. It’s set to air on Nov. 18.
“The world has finally begun opening up to the cannabis industry the way I feel it should have years ago,” says Nasir “Nas” Jones. “Even still, hate exists in this business for black people, and that is something that sickens me and should be recognized for its blatant evil. The people that have been locked up for marijuana should not only be freed but receive restitution for the damage done to them by outdated laws. It’s important to spread awareness on this, and that’s why everyone needs to make sure they tune in and watch the documentary ‘SMOKE!'”
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Mississippi mayor challenges medical marijuana initiative

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi mayor on Tuesday challenged the petition process that put one of two medical marijuana proposals on the statewide ballot, arguing that the number of signatures gathered does not meet standards set in the state constitution.
Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler filed papers with the state Supreme Court one week before the Nov. 3 general election, more than a month after the start of absentee voting in Mississippi and several months after the secretary of state’s office said the initiative qualified for the ballot.
Supporters of Initiative 65 said their petition process met the requirements set by the constitution and by a 2009 attorney general’s opinion. They also accused Butler and the city of Madison of trying to undermine the initiative.
“The Secretary of State properly qualified Initiative 65 under the same constitutional procedures used for every other successful voter initiative,” Jamie Grantham, spokeswoman for Mississippians for Compass..

Mississippi mayor challenges medical marijuana initiative

Getty JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi mayor on Tuesday challenged the petition process that put one of two medical marijuana proposals on the statewide ballot, arguing that the number of signatures gathered does not meet standards set in the state constitution. Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler filed papers with the state Supreme Court one…

Is Smoking Marijuana Unsuitable for Your Coronary heart?

It’s common knowledge that when it comes to vices, smoking marijuana generally isn’t as bad for you as smoking tobacco is – but as a new New York Times piece points out, that doesn’t mean that smoking weed doesn’t pose any health risks at all. As the article points out, marijuana may pose risks to…

Is Smoking Marijuana Bad for Your Heart?

It’s common knowledge that when it comes to vices, smoking marijuana generally isn’t as bad for you as smoking tobacco is – but as a new New York Times piece points out, that doesn’t mean that smoking weed doesn’t pose any health risks at all.
As the article points out, marijuana may pose risks to cardiovascular health. According to a study published in January in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, “marijuana is becoming increasingly potent, and smoking marijuana carries many of the same cardiovascular health hazards as smoking tobacco.”
Researchers also analyzed 36 studies and found that among people who had suffered heart attacks, the top three triggers were using cocaine, eating a heavy meal and smoking marijuana. Beyond that, 28 of 33 systematically analyzed studies linked marijuana use to an increased risk of acute coronary syndromes – a reduction of blood flow to the heart which can cause severe chest pain, shortness of breath or a heart attack.
“In settings of..