So, picture the scene. You arrive in California on vacation and check into your hotel. You’re aware that cannabis is now fully legal in the Golden State, so one night you decide to re-live a bit of your youth and pick up a couple of edibles at an award-winning dispensary.
Lesotho, with just 2 million citizens, is the smallest country by size in Africa but it leads the continent in medical marijuana cultivation. Rows of greenhouses are taking shape in the highlands of the kingdom, and drawing a dozen investors from Canada, South Africa and the US.
Long gone are the days of tie-dyed clad hippies preaching peace and love from the pulpit of the plant. Their long wavy hair and baggy clothes replaced with trendy haircuts and fitted business suits. Their old mantras of love and equality have given way to those of legislation and equity.
Introduction to the current situation in California by third-generation Emerald Triangle Farmer Casey O’Neill:
California could be the first State to conduct a research study on medical uses for marijuana under the “Medical Research Act of 1999”. S.B. 847 would authorize a three-year program, administered by the University of California, to study which methods of ingesting marijuana are most effective in treating pain and side effects of treatments for AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and seizures.
This study confirms what we’ve been seeing on the ground for years now
The bill would give veterinarians the same protections as doctors who recommend marijuana for human patients.
The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified all forms of cannabis as a Schedule I drug, making it illegal to grow it in the United States.3
State-licensed banks would finally allow the cannabis industry access to basic banking services
Marijuana is legal, but the laws regarding drug testing are slow to change.