South Korea legalizes medical marijuana
Last week, South Korea’s legislature amended the nation’s Narcotics Control Act to allow for medical cannabis. This makes South Korea the first country in East Asia to legalize medical marijuana. The next step is for the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety to establish regulations for this medicinal market. While the law is very restrictive, its approval in a relatively conservative nation is still seen a big win for cannabis advocates across the globe.
Legal cannabis in Michigan is coming soon
Even though Michigan voters opted to legalize recreational cannabis just last month, the law takes effect this week. Starting December 6th, Michigan residents over the age of 21 will be permitted to grow up to 12 plants in their homes. It will likely be another year before regulations are sorted out and the recreational business licensing process begins. In the meantime, you’ll need to grow your own.
Buggy bud in Ontario
The legal marijuana situation in Canada seems pretty incredible to many of us, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. The Ontario Cannabis Store, which is the only legal retailer in the province, hasn’t been doing so hot. Between a major customer privacy breach and bug-contaminated cannabis, some Ontarians are going to back to their former dealers. Learn more about these issues here.
Drug-sniffing dogs are retiring early
As more states legalize cannabis, some law enforcement agencies are retiring their drug-sniffing dogs. Dogs who were trained to sniff out marijuana cannot be retrained to stop smelling for the plant. As a result, these dogs are retiring early. We hope their days are filled with long walks and endless treats.
Massachusetts dispensaries are raking in millions
There are only two recreational cannabis dispensaries open in Massachusetts, and they’re both doing quite well. In fact, in their first five days of recreational sales, customers spent $2.2 million on marijuana products. That’s a lot of cannabis.