Alabama tries again.
The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission awarded 24 medical cannabis licensed at its Thursday meeting, replacing its original awards in June. As we previously reported in Cannabis Wire Daily, the Commission cited scoring issues for putting its original awards on pause, and conducting a re-evaluation. Also, Commission chair Steve Stokes stepped down.
One major entity that lost its license? Verano.
Australia: Greens introduce first adult use bill to Parliament.
For months, the Greens Party has been pushing for adult use legalization across Australia. In January, the party commissioned an estimate on adult use revenues from the Parliamentary Budget Office. And, at the state level, for example, NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann in March outlined her vision for adult use legislation.
Now, they’ve brought a bill before Parliament. It will allow for regulated sales as well as home cultivation, if passed.
“We just made history! The first ever bill to legalise cannabis across the country was introduced to Parliament – thanks to everyone who helped us make this the best possible bill we could present. It’s time to get this done,” Senator David Shoebridge, who is backing the bill, tweeted on Thursday.
Gallup: more Americans say they consume cannabis than ever before.
Gallup’s data collection around cannabis continues to become more multi-pronged, yielding useful insights.
Gallup collected data throughout July for its yearly survey of Consumption Habits, and found, unsurprisingly, that 50% of Americans say they have tried cannabis.
Here’s what particularly struck us: it took from the late 1970s to the end of 2012 (when Colorado and Washington were first to legalize cannabis for adults) — in other words, around 30 years —for that percentage to rise the same amount as it has in just the last decade.
However, there is a noticeable divide between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to having tried cannabis: 57% to 39% respectively.
In recent years, Gallup also started to ask about current consumption, which has also risen, from 7% in 2013 to 17%.
To that end, Gallup asked about concerns with regard to regular use. While only 45% of respondents said they were “very” or “somewhat” concerned about regular consumption among adults, 75% said they were when it came to young adults and teens.