Oakland’s Marijuana Equity Permit Program: An On the Ground Update

By | Canna Law Blog™ | March 23, 2017
Tuesday night, in a continuation of more than ten months of contentious debate and revisions, the Oakland City Council revisited and reargued the terms of its yet-to-be-implemented Equity Permit program for cannabis businesses. The program aims to address inequity in the local cannabis industry by prioritizing permit issuance to those with roots in certain identified Oakland neighborhoods that have been historically impacted by disproportionate drug law enforcement, and to members of the Oakland community that have been arrested and convicted of cannabis crimes in Oakland in the last 20 years. View Full Post
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Raw Milk Still Looking for Wins As Legislative Season Nears End

By | Food Safety News | March 23, 2017
Legislatures in almost a dozen states this year are considering whether to permit sales in one form or another of raw milk, which public health officials say is dangerous because it has not been pasteurized to remove harmful pathogens. But as many of those sessions wind down, it doesn’t look like there will be many raw milk bill signings this spring. View Full Post
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USDA Beefs Up Scrutiny of Brazilian Beef Amid Bribery Scandal

By | Food Safety News | March 23, 2017
brazilfederalpolice_406x250None of the slaughter or processing facilities targeted by the Federal Police in Brazil have shipped meat products to the United States, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Nevertheless, FSIS immediately instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw and ready-to-eat beef products from Brazil once it heard a scandal was brewing. View Full Post
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Sustainable Organics Group Urges Support for Soil-free Growing

By | Food Safety News | March 23, 2017
In advance of the National Organics Standards Board meeting in April, the board’s Crops Subcommittee shared a draft proposal calling for the end of organic certification for hydroponic and aquaponic growers. This proposal, if enacted, will have far reaching and damaging effects on hundreds of producers, thousands of retailers and wholesalers and millions of consumers by significantly reducing the supply of organic produce in the United States. View Full Post
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USDA Warns Canada-EU Trade Agreement Could Impact US Alcohol Beverage Exports

US exporters of alcohol beverages to Canada will soon face stiffer competition from their European rivals. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is expected to come into force by June 1, 2017, and Canadian duties on EU wines, beer and other alcoholic beverages will go to zero immediately. View Full Post
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Oregon Considers Bill to Protect Patient Info from the Feds

By | Canna Law Blog™ | March 22, 2017
Oregon cannabis lawyersOregon lawmakers are considering legislation to protect Oregon cannabis consumers and patients against potential federal government enforcement actions. Proposed legislation, Senate Bill 863, would require marijuana retailers to purge patients’ personally identifiable information and would prohibit dispensaries from “record[ing] and retain[ing]” such information. View Full Post
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