Five Democratic Senators introduced the long-awaited Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act on July 21. The bill would legalize marijuana federally. Read the press release and the official summary.
In a 2018 recording released by his attorney Joseph Bondy, Russian-born businessman Lev Parnas talked to then President Trump about legalizing marijuana. Parnas has since been convicted of fraud and campaign finance crimes and on June 29 was sentenced to 20 months in jail.
Global cannabis use continues to rise as legalization takes effect in the U.S. and Canada. "Cannabis cultivation is nearly universal," the U.N. notes in its 2022 World Drug Report. More than 150 countries produce pot, ganja, cannabis, marijuana, herb, bud, weed - whatever you prefer to call it.
Pot promises to be hot at the ballot box this November. Legalization initiatives have qualified in Maryland and South Dakota, Several more are pending.
Thailand's new cannabis law goes into effect June 9. It allows residents to possess and grow low-THC ganja. It's essentially legal CBD, like in 11 U.S. states.