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When Chicago police installed so-called “cannabis amnesty boxes” in the city’s airports earlier this month, the idea was to provide a safe repository for travelers to dump their weed.

But in that, one apparent thief saw an opportunity. Authorities in the Windy City said this week that someone snatched an item from a box located at Midway Airport. 

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Sun-Times that an individual “removed an unknown object from inside” from the box on Monday evening.

“Tampering with them, or attempting to remove anything placed inside, is a crime, and detectives are investigating this matter,” Guglielmi told the Sun-Times.

Local officials announced earlier this month that the cannabis amnesty boxes have been installed at O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport. Positioned at each airport’s TSA checkpoints, the boxes will serve as a receptacle for travelers who would like to ditch their marijuana products before boarding.

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Domestic travelers passing through Chicago airports like O’Hare and Midway won’t be arrested if they’re caught with cannabis in their carry-on, as TSA has said they would defer to local law enforcement on the matter should an agent find marijuana on a traveler. Chicago police

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A Vermont lawmaker wants to relax the laws surrounding psychedelics

In a bill introduced Wednesday, state Rep. Brian Cina took the first step toward decriminalizing psilocybin, peyote, ayahuasca and kratom, with the legislation alluding to them as “certain drugs commonly used for medicinal, spiritual, religious, or entheogenic purposes.”

The bill, which would take effect on July 1 if it were to pass and be signed into law, would remove those four substances from the state’s list of “regulated drugs,” a classification that includes narcotics, ecstasy, methamphetamine and marijuana. 

Cina, a member of the Progressive Party who was first elected to the Vermont legislature in 2016, promoted the bill in a tweet on Wednesday, arguing that plant-based substances like the aforementioned four should be free of regulation.

“Whether plant medicines are used for treating pain or whether they’re used for seeking pleasure, that is a health care choice, and it’s a waste of society’s resources to criminalize healing practices that go back to the very roots of our humanity,” Cina said on Twitter.

The bill’s ultimate prospects in the general assembly remain unclear, though Cina has three other co-sponsors for the legislation: state Reps. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman (Progressive), Annmarie Christensen (Democrat) and

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“Landscapes are changing, and the Cherokee Nation needed to modernize its HR policies to reflect those changes,” said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. in a January 15 press release. The communication was meant to inform the public that Hoskin’s tribal association would be leaving space for its employees to undergo medicinal cannabis treatment. No longer will the group’s 4,000 workers in its Talequah, Oklahoma government offices need to fear the results of on the job testing — or exams administered during the employment application process — for THC. 

“I am pleased to announce this change in policy, and I am committed to ensuring that we support all valid (physician-supported treatments),” Hoskin continued. 

Due to tribal sovereignty regulations, Native governments set their own laws when it comes to cannabis and marijuana production, consumption, and distribution. When Oklahoma legalized medicinal cannabis in 2018, Cherokee Nation officials made it clear that the drug would not enjoy a similar recognition on their land. 

Many Native governments have resisted the call to regulate cannabis, holding that legalizing the drug would only worsen grave addiction problems that already exist within Native communities. 

But the relationship between cannabis usage and other drug addictions requires more study — some

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It’s time for us to get off our high horses about parents who like to unwind with a little cannabis.

It’s been more than a year since recreational cannabis use became legal in Canada, yet parents who like to smoke a little marijuana to unwind after a long day of wiping boogers and taming tantrums say others look down on them for doing so.

That’s unfair given that so many of us engage in a socially sanctioned form of drug use — drinking alcohol.

That stigma is what prompted two Ontario moms to start a Facebook group called Canadian 420 Moms in November 2018. It’s since grown to more than 2,300 members. They’ve also started a website.

– Read the entire article at The Star.

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The gap between what Canadians pay for legal and illicit cannabis is widening — a sign experts say points to the need for the marijuana industry to make prices a priority this year.

Statistics Canada said Thursday that the average price of legal cannabis increased to $10.30 per gram in the period between October and December 2019 from $9.69 per gram the year before.

The change came as the average price of illegal cannabis fell to $5.73 per gram in that fourth quarter from $6.44 per gram a year earlier and as the overall average price of cannabis rose to $7.50 per gram, an increase from $7.46 per gram a year earlier.

The agency based its conclusions on price quotes gathered using its StatsCannabis crowdsourcing application between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. Out of 291 price submissions, 248 of were deemed plausible, it said.

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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A city council member has proposed that Detroit extend its decision to temporarily opt-out of Michigan’s newly legal recreational cannabis market while a plan to ensure local participation in the industry is created. The proposed ordinance, introduced by Councilman James Tate at a meeting of the council on Monday, would extend the city’s moratorium on commercial cannabis activity until March 31.

After Michigan voted to legalize the use of recreational cannabis in November 2018, local governments were given the opportunity to prohibit marijuana businesses from operating in their jurisdictions. Subsequently, the Detroit City Council passed a measure to opt-out of the legal cannabis industry until January 31, 2020. Tate’s proposed ordinance would extend that decision another two months.

Tate’s office said in a press release that the extension will allow his staff and local cannabis industry stakeholders more time to develop a social equity program that offers city residents an opportunity to participate in the newly legal marijuana market.

“It’s clear that Detroit’s medical marijuana industry is overwhelmingly owned and operated by individuals who don’t live in the city and take their dollars back to their communities,” said Tate. “It’s critical that we take the necessary time now to ensure

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