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IndustryDevelopments | International & State
MAP LEGEND
High level of medical development/implementation
Medium level of medical development/implementation
Low level of medical development/implementation
Other - federally illegal but unique circumstances
Recreational
Countries included have passed legislation at the federal level
and must fulfill at least one of the following criteria:
* Cultivation, manufacture or sale of medical and/or
recreational cannabis allowed.
* Doctors can prescribe medical cannabis.
* Import and/or export of medical cannabis allowed.
High: Countries at the forefront of the global industry.
Frameworks are established, and adoption is well underway.
Medium: Implementation has begun but is still limited or
restricted; lots of room for the market to develop.
Low: Legislation has been passed, but implementation is very
limited or nonexistent. Decriminalization is not included.
National &
International News
U.S. House Passes MORE Act
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would
remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and
end the federal government's decades-old prohibition on
the plant.
Lawmakers in effect voted to legalize marijuana by
approving the social justice-focused Marijuana Opportunity,
Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act by a margin of
228-164 after an hour of debate.
In the likely event that the MORE Act dies in the
Senate during the current legislative session, it would
have to start over in the House in January, when the new
Congress convenes.
24 Marijuana Business Magazine | January 2021
Even with a new Congress, the more conservative Senate
might be resistant to such a major change in federal
marijuana policy. Opponents of the MORE Act criticized
Democrats for prioritizing marijuana during the coronavirus
crisis and voiced concerns about health risks for youth.
United Nations Approves WHO Recommendation
to Reschedule Cannabis
The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs
(CND) accepted a recommendation by the World Health
Organization to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from
Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic
Drugs.

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