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New Poll Shows Missouri Voters Want Legalization, Health Canada Says CBD is Safe For Mainstream Retail Stores, and Denver Removes U.S. Residency from Requirements for Cannabis Business Owners

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New Poll Shows Missouri Voters Want Legalization

A recent poll from SurveyUSA found that the majority of voters in Missouri want to see cannabis legalized in their state. The poll results came as Missouri marijuana activists wait for state officials to verify the signatures they submitted to get legalization on the ballot this November. SurveyUSA polled 2,000 registered voters and asked them about a variety of issues, including cannabis legalization. The survey results show that 62 percent of those polled are in favor of cannabis legalization for their state, while only 26 percent said they thought the plant should remain illegal. Almost half of the respondents who identify as Republican (47 percent) were in favor, as well as 78 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of independent voters. 

Health Canada Says CBD is Safe For Mainstream Retail Stores

Currently it is legal to purchase cannabis in Canada, but you can only buy CBD through adult-use cannabis stores or with a doctor’s recommendation. Three years ago, Health Canada appointed an advisory panel to study CBD and determine its safety so they could decide whether or not to change this policy. The team of nine experts, officially referred to as the Science Advisory Committee on Health Products Containing Cannabis found that CBD is “safe and tolerable” and therefore can be sold in mainstream retail stores. Experts value Canada’s somewhat illicit CBD market at around $4 billion annually. With the policy change, the hope is that any store that sells vitamins and supplements will now be able to sell CBD. 

Denver Removes U.S. Residency from Requirements for Cannabis Business Owners

Denver has removed a barrier to entry for those that wish to become cannabis business owners in the state. The policy change will allow those that are not yet U.S. residents to own marijuana businesses, making space for immigrants to participate in the legal cannabis market in Denver. The move is a direct result of a state law change earlier this year that repealed a 2006 statute that mandated proof of legal U.S. residency for cannabis business owners. The change in state law was a critical first step that allowed Denver to make the policy change that will now allow individuals in the immigrant community to access the opportunities the legal cannabis market has to offer.