Biden’s cannabis pardons leave people behind
Biden’s announcement that he will be pardoning federal cannabis offenses has been largely welcomed, however, Marijuana Moment reports that advocates are highlighting that the move is limited in scope and will leave many victims of the war on cannabis behind.
With the pardons only applying to federal offenses, people incarcerated at a state level – including military service members, non-citizens and those with records for selling cannabis – will still be facing the consequences of criminalization.
The publication emphasizes that advocates are continuing to push for a broader recognition of the failures and consequences of the drug war, noting that:
- Some are arguing that the presidential pardon should have extended to people with non-violent federal cannabis sales convictions.
- It should be extended to those who’ve been charged with unrelated offenses following a cannabis prosecution.
- Pardoning people with mere possession convictions won’t result in anyone being freed from behind bars.
- There are thousands of people serving time in federal prisons for selling cannabis even as a growing number of states enact legalization.
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Bright Green appoints five new members to its Scientific Advisory Board
Bright Green Corporation is currently one of the few companies selected by the U.S. government to grow, manufacture and sell cannabis and cannabis-related products legally under federal and state laws.
The company has now announced that it has expanded its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), which will work cohesively with the company’s senior management to advance its long-term business growth and position it for future success.
Additionally, the board will provide guidance related to ongoing construction at its agricultural complex in Grants, New Mexico, as Bright Green prepares to ramp up its operations to meet the demand for federally approved cannabis for the U.S. and international markets.
The SAB members include:
- Colin Stott, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board
- Guy Webber
- Dominic Schiller
- Tamás Bíró
- Brian Thomas
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The first big-league CBD sponsorship signed by a Major league baseball team
Benzinga reports that the MLB is the first big-league sports property to officially have a CBD sponsor.
The move will give the league a piece of the growing CBD market in the U.S., estimated to be worth $4.9 billion worldwide this year.
A deal has been signed to make the “Official CBD of MLB” sponsor Charlotte’s Web, which will be launching a line of CBD products featuring the MLB’s logo, running electronic signage during the playoffs and World Series, and is planning a World Series sweepstakes promotion. The deal will also see the MLB receive shares in Charlotte’s Web Holdings.
High Tide to open ‘high street’ adult-use cannabis stores in Germany
North American cannabis retailer, High Tide, will be establishing a footprint on the German high street, reports BusinessCann.
With discussions amongst German officials currently underway to work out how legislation for an adult-use market in the country will be implemented, High Tide has confirmed its plans to establish the company as one of the market leaders.
CEO and Executive Chairman, Raj Grover, told BusinessCann: “We are the largest non-franchised retailers with 140 locations in Canada and we are keeping a very keen eye on German legislation.
“We are very excited to be able to bring our retail store Canna Cabana concept to Germany.”