A lesson in erasing marijuana convictions

Many cities and counties around the U.S. are trying to find ways to expunge low-level cannabis convictions from people’s records. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez found one innovative way to tackle this. A new program is hosting community-based sessions where those convicted of a misdemeanor marijuana possession offense in Brooklyn will meet with a defense lawyer (for free!) and fill out a motion asking to erase that conviction. Next, the Kings County District Attorney’s Office will consent to those motions and ask a judge to vacate the convictions. Take note, other cities and counties.

2018 Farm Bill moves forward

Congress just passed the 2018 Farm Bill, and it’s now awaiting President Trump’s signature. Cannabis enthusiasts are excited because the Farm Bill removes industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and eliminates many restrictions around growing and selling hemp. Many believe this bill will be a boon to the hemp and hemp-derived CBD industries. Additionally, U.S.-based hemp companies may be able to list on U.S. stock exchanges soon. All in all, this bill’s passage is a pretty big deal.

Africa’s first marijuana expo

Africa recently had its very first cannabis exposition in Pretoria, South Africa. While the expo had a pretty good turnout, one key item was missing: marijuana. Cannabis use and cultivation in private spaces is decriminalized in South Africa, but an expo is definitely not a private space. As a result, exhibitors creatively used other objects in lieu of cannabis. Maybe within the next few years, actual marijuana plants will be permitted.

Cannabis convenience store

If you’re in Portland, Maine, and you need gas, snacks and weed, then you should probably swing by Gas N’ Grass. A group of enterprising individuals recently founded this gas station/convenience store/medical marijuana dispensary hybrid. Impressive!

Marijuana industry boosts Canada’s employment rate

Canada’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent last month, which is the lowest rate in decades. This is partially attributed to the nation’s fast-growing cannabis industry. Get the details here.