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Hip-hop artist Action Bronson was arrested for smoking weed at a music festival in Kosovo Saturday, according to media reports. Bronson was on stage performing at the Sunny Hill Festival over the weekend when he fired up a joint on stage. After taking a few hearty puffs, he shared his weed with his fans by flicking the joint into the crowd. A video of Bronson lighting and hitting the joint was posted to Instagram.

The display apparently did not sit well with police, who arrested Bronson at the venue. After being taken into police custody, he was subsequently released. The terms of his release or details of any charges or potential prosecution are not clear at this time.

A police spokesman released a statement following Bronson’s release.

“Following the interview with the competent prosecutor’s order the same was released,” the spokesman said, according to a translation of his statement.

The Sunny Hill Festival was billed as the largest music festival to ever be held in Kosovo. The festival was held August 10-12 at Germia National Park in Pristina, the capital city of the southeastern European state that declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Other artists performing at the Sunny Hill Festival

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Stephen Sweeney, New Jersey Senate President and co-sponsor of an ambitious bill to expand medical cannabis access and legalize marijuana for adult use, told reporters that he expects the state Senate to hold a vote on legalizing cannabis as early as September. But exactly what lawmakers will be voting on is still unclear. The current proposal, a combined medical and adult-use bill, still needs revision and debate in committee before it can come to a vote. Senate President Sweeney, however, says that despite the long odds and polarized opposition, lawmakers are “getting much closer” to voting on legal marijuana.

New Jersey Lawmakers Struggle To Draft Legalization Bill

Given the progress Gov. Phil Murphy has made on marijuana since taking office, you wouldn’t think the state legislature has been the scene of several delayed negotiations and bitter debates over the prospect of legal adult-use cannabis.

Governor Murphy campaigned on legalizing marijuana and expanding access to medical cannabis. Earlier this year, Murphy delivered on the latter promise, adding more qualifying conditions and growing the program to nearly 25,000 patients.

Yet Gov. Murphy seems to be deferring to lawmakers on the adult-use question. Back in June, State Sen. Nicholas Scutari introduced a bill

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An initiative to legalize marijuana in North Dakota has officially qualified for the November general election ballot.

According to the North Dakota secretary of state’s office, Legalize ND submitted more than the 13,500 valid signatures required to place their marijuana legalization initiative on the November 6 ballot.

The proposal, if passed, would give North Dakota one of the least restrictive legalization laws in the country. It would allow those 21 and older to possess, cultivate and distribute marijuana for recreational purposes. The initiative would legalize all forms of marijuana, including oils and hash,

In addition, the initiative establishes a 3-step system for marijuana expungements:

Step 1.) The state begins to analyze all those currently in prison with charges that would be applicable under the law and flags them for expungment. Step 2.) 30 days after their release from prison, the state shall automatically expunge their records. Step 3.) The state then has 10 additional days to send via certified mail notification of such an event occurring.

If that state fails to expunge a record that qualifies, the person has a right to a court appeal. If the person wins the court appeal, they can sue the state for fiscal

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Cannabis is becoming a cooking ingredient in its own right – like a grown-up pot brownie – and chefs are creating elaborate cannabis tasting menus at private dinners.

For most Americans, eating marijuana has long been about function over flavor. Think of the dish that inevitably comes to mind: pot brownies. Less a delicious dessert than a discreet delivery mechanism for THC (the drug’s primary psychoactive ingredient), brownies can be smuggled to places where cannabis isn’t welcome. Chocolate, meanwhile, does an adequate job of disguising the plant’s taste – which is reminiscent of dandelion leaves growing from cracks in the sidewalk.

But with legalization and the attendant push to gentrify the drug, a small but vocal contingent have become champions of cannabis as a cooking ingredient in its own right. In cities where it’s legal, cannabis catering services now offer “elevated” dining experiences. On the new Netflix show Cooking on High, teams compete to make the most tempting ganja-infused dishes.

– Read the entire article at The Guardian.

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An Australian trial which used a marijuana extract to treat 40 children with severe epilepsy found the drug has a manageable side effect profile, but only shows extensive symptom relief for a select number of patients.

Following treatment with cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana, about one in
five were described as much or very much improved from their baseline, while around half reported
none, or a very slight improvement.

“This was a statewide study in New South Wales and it involves the sickest children with epilepsy
in the state.

– Read the entire article at Punch News.

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This past weekend, we had our very first Alaska Cannabis Cup in the city of Wasilla. Dozens of growers and companies rose to the occasion and brought forth their best products for consideration. Here are the winners of the first Alaska Cannabis Cup:

Best Indica

1st Place: Strawberry Banana by 2 Bros Growin’

The judges said: “Trichome profile was fantastic. Smelled super sticky, [had a] very pleasant aroma, and smooth taste with no harsh, throaty feel. [It] burned nice and medium [and produced a] heady high.”

2nd Place: Frosted Cherry Cookies by Patrick Reagan Ak Legend Garden Center

3rd Place: Thunder Kats by Swamp Donkey Seeds

Best Hybrid

1st Place: Mac by Patrick Reagan Ak Legend Garden Center

The judges said: “All around good taste, good high, and excellent bud structure and trichome production. Very sticky with an even burn all the way down. Fruity, berry-like smell.”

2nd Place: Mimosa by Great Northern Cannabis

3rd Place: Platinum Huckleberry Cookies by Peace Frog Botanicals

Best Sativa

1st Place: Grapefruit Juice by The Frost Frontier

The judges said: “Dense, frosty, and gorgeous. Tastes like it smells: tangerines and oranges. Ash burned to white when finished.”

2nd Place: Citrus Sunshine by The House of Green in Collaboration with BAM Alaska

3rd Place: Skunk Haze by

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Chris Davis, 30, was drinking every night and taking anti-depressants to deal with his problems until he discovered the remedy.

A Birmingham fitness fanatic has revealed how CBD oil saved him from a downward spiral of ‘depression’.

Chris Davis, from Bournville, claims he lost all motivation and was drinking heavily almost every night to cope with his problems.

The 30-year-old, who now works as a personal trainer, says he was struggling to get out of bed some days and relied on alcohol to push back the ‘dark thoughts’.

– Read the entire article at Birmingham Mail.

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As weed’s legal status loosens across the US, the way cannabis is being marketed, sold and celebrated is evolving. An industry that has been dominated by men is finding a female voice in consumers and new business owners. Search #womenofweed on Instagram and you’ll find a female chef drizzling cannabis oil on to a soup, and a woman relaxing in a rose-petalled bath with a spliff in hand. These are women who are celebrating cannabis as an important part of their lifestyles – an aid to their health, as much as their creativity.

The legality of using cannabis differs from state to state (and within states) in the US. In California, you’re able to possess an ounce if you’re aged 21 or over. In Indiana, possessing any amount could land you up to 180 days in jail. (In the UK, being caught with cannabis in small doses comes with a fine or warning, but production and supply can lead to a prison sentence.)

Still, new business opportunities are emerging. There are now yoga retreats, workouts, day spas, parties, conferences – all for women who like weed. One female artist is making gold-trimmed porcelain hash pipes that look more sculptural than

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By the time she decided to try cannabis pills, Joanne Fiorito was in dire straits.

Fiorito could barely lift her feet when she walked and sometimes used an electric wheelchair to get around. Occasionally she’d wake up in the middle of the night, riddled with pain from her tensing muscles.

The 61 year old has lived with multiple sclerosis for most of her life and, despite her use of heavy doses of painkillers and muscle relaxants, the symptoms were only getting worse.

Last winter her neurologist suggested she take a chance and participate in a clinical trial on medical cannabis.

– Read the entire article at Montreal Gazette.

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Legal cannabis is now a multi-billion-dollar business. Let that sink in for a minute.

Once considered the domain of sloth-like figures in tie-dye shirts, legal marijuana is now a mega-industry firing on all cylinders. A hotbed of activity for pot capitalists looking to solve problems for the weed faithful, so-called “ganjapreneurs” are banking big profits. They’re also shattering worn out stoner stereotypes.

Now with a solid majority of Americans polling in favor of legal cannabis — and medical marijuana legal in 30 U.S. states — the timing is right for marijuana’s big debut on the world stage. So it should come as little surprise that there’s a reality series featuring industrious cannabis entrepreneurs hoping to become future marijuana millionaires.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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