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LedeTree Cannabis News Roundup – September 21, 2017

Good afternoon. Here’s today’s top cannabis news

By David Royse | LedeTree.com

Power’s Back – Now Check On The Pot

The Miami Herald did just that. As soon as the winds died down, and the power was back up, the Herald checked to see how marijuana fared during Hurricane Irma.

The conclusion: relax – everything’s pretty much OK.

Miami Herald

New Application Process Kicks Off For Selling Medical Marijuana In Fla

A new rule, published Wednesday and effective immediately, turns over the evaluation of applications for selling medical marijuana in Florida to outside experts.

The rule also takes on parts of a new law passed earlier this year by the Legislature, aimed at broadening what kinds of businesses can get licenses for medical marijuana.

More from The News Service of Florida, via the Miami Herald

Sessions: Marijuana Still Illegal

While several states may have legalized some form of marijuana use, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday issued a reminder and warning: the federal law prohibiting its use and sale remains in effect.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Attorney General Jeff Sessions

During a news conference in San Diego announcing U.S. Coast Guard narcotics seizures, Sessions said he doesn’t think states should make the drug legal.

“I’ve never felt that we should legalize marijuana,” Sessions said in response to a question, according to a report by the Reuters wire service.

“It doesn’t strike me that the country would be better if it’s being sold at every street corner,” Sessions said.

Sessions more generally used the appearance in San Diego to discuss the Trump Administration’s intent to renew the “war on drugs.”

“I never felt that we should legalize marijuana… It doesn’t strike me that the country would be better if it’s being sold at every street corner.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions

“We are facing a tremendous challenge,” he said, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. “In 2015, 52,000 people died from drug overdoses in this country, numbers the like of which we’ve never, never, ever seen before.”

Canadian College Offers Credential in Cannabis Production

Niagara College in Ontario, Canada says it will offer a post-secondary credential in the production of commercial cannabis.

Niagara says the graduate certificate program will launch in the fall of 2018 and aims to prepare students to work in the licensed production of cannabis, which includes marijuana, hemp fibre and hemp seed.

More From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Marijuana News From the States

Maine may make buying small amounts of pot as easy as buying beer. The state’s legislatures is considering rules allowing drive-thru purchases and buying marijuana online. More from the Portland Press Herald

About David Royse

David Royse
David Royse is the Editor-in-Chief of Ledetree.com. He has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, including stints with The Associated Press and The News Service of Florida. He enjoys writing about health and medical science, and hopeful stories about scientific breakthroughs and new technology.

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