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Illinois lawmakers have 21 days to legalize marijuana. Madigan says it might not happen.

Illinois lawmakers have 21 days to legalize marijuana. Madigan says it might not happen.

A 532-page proposal to legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois by Jan. 1, 2020, was filed in the state Senate on Monday, but the state’s powerful House speaker said its passage is “not guaranteed today.” Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 7, carried by Chicago Democratic state Sen. Heather Steans, allows Illinois residents to possess 30 grams of cannabis, five grams of cannabis concentrate and 500 milligrams of THC contained in cannabis-infused products. Visitors from other states could possess half of those amounts. Up to five home-grown plants would also be allowed, provided certain safety conditions are met. Adult-use legalization coupled with criminal justice reforms were campaign promises of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, whose office said in a press release Saturday that the proposal “will be a starting point” for debate.
Congressional Committee Cancels Votes On Marijuana Bills For Veterans

Congressional Committee Cancels Votes On Marijuana Bills For Veterans

House committee votes on two bills concerning medical marijuana and military veterans that were scheduled for Wednesday have been cancelled, with the chair of the panel planning to hold a later hearing on the legislation instead. The reasoning behind the cancellation isn’t entirely clear, nor is it known at this point when the hearing will be held. One of the bills would have allowed U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors to recommend medical cannabis to patients in states where it is legal and also codified into law a current administrative policy that protects veterans from losing their VA benefits over marijuana use The other proposal would require VA to conduct clinical trials on the benefits of cannabis in the treatment of conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.
Great-grandmother with CBD oil arrested at Disney World

Great-grandmother with CBD oil arrested at Disney World

Disney World may be the most magical place on Earth, but it turned into a legal nightmare for a great-grandmother with arthritis. A 69-year-old woman was arrested at a Disney World checkpoint when an Orange County Deputy found CBD oil in her purse. She then spent 12 hours behind bars before being released on a $2,000 bond. Hester Jordan Burkhalter, a great-grandmother from North Carolina, began using CBD oil for her arthritis after her doctor recommended it, Fox 35 in Orlando reported. She even had a note from the medical professional in her purse at the time of arrest, but it didn’t matter.
With Hemp Legalized by 2018 Farm Bill, Patent and Trademark Office Issues New Guidelines

With Hemp Legalized by 2018 Farm Bill, Patent and Trademark Office Issues New Guidelines

The guidelines caution, however, that despite changes to the CSA, not all goods for CBD or hemp-derived products are lawful following the 2018 Farm Bill. On May 2, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) made available a new examination guide aimed at clarifying the examination procedure for trademarks used in connection with cannabis and cannabis-derived goods and services. These guidelines are a direct response to the signing of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) into law on December 20, 2018. The 2018 Farm Bill changes certain federal authorities relating to the production and marketing of “hemp,” defined as “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
Chernobyl nuclear fallout zone mapped by drones

Chernobyl nuclear fallout zone mapped by drones

British scientists have used drones to create the most comprehensive radiation maps ever of the fallout zone from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The Red Forest, just 500 metres from the site of the reactor in the Ukraine, is one of the most radioactive places on the planet. The area is considered too dangerous for humans to spend any more than a few hours. But by using drones fitted with radiation detectors a team from the UK's National Centre for Nuclear Robotics was able to survey the contaminated area in complete safety.
CBD and DVDs: Family Video goes all in on hemp products in Michigan

CBD and DVDs: Family Video goes all in on hemp products in Michigan

The latest new release at Family Video isn’t a movie: it’s CBD, or cannabidiol. More than 70 Family Video stores in Michigan -- and 250 nationwide -- are now carrying CBD products. CBD is a derivative of the cannabis plant that can be used as an alternative remedy for pain relief and anxiety, and is free of the psychoactive effects that come with the THC in marijuana. “There are a lot of people that use CBD to relax, and guess what, that’s what a lot of people use movies for,” said Levi Dinkla, president of enterprise development for Highland Ventures Ltd., the parent company of Family Video.
Apple teams up with SAP to help clients develop iPhone business apps

Apple teams up with SAP to help clients develop iPhone business apps

(Reuters) - Business software maker SAP and Apple are teaming up to help clients develop their own mobile business applications using Apple’s machine-learning technology. This will make it possible, with the help of augmented reality, to use iPhones or iPads for a range of business tasks, such as accurately stocking store shelves or machinery repairs. Germany’s SAP partnered with Apple in 2016 to rebuild mobile apps for its existing product lines, including human resources and expense management, to run natively on Apple’s iOS operating system. Native apps are developed specifically for the device’s hardware and software, meaning they run more smoothly than web or cloud-based apps designed to work across multiple platforms.
Microsoft Botched Its First HoloLens Demo of Build 2019

Microsoft Botched Its First HoloLens Demo of Build 2019

Anything can happen during a live event. Or not happen. As it just so happens, Microsoft Build 2019 opened up with a whole lot of nothing thanks to a botched HoloLens 2 demo. To kick things off, John Knoll, the chief creative officer at Industrial Light and Magic, and Andy Chaikin, a space historian and author, took the stage wearing HoloLens 2 headsets. They rattled off some prepared lines about showing us the power of the Unreal Engine and HoloLens 2 to recreate the Apollo 11 moon landing. What followed was a fancy galactic background, some cosmic space whale music, some camera panning, and a sheepish admission from Chaikan that “doing a live demo is harder than landing on the moon.”
Purplebricks boss moves out as expansion scaled back

Purplebricks boss moves out as expansion scaled back

The low cost online estate agency said it was to leave its Australia business behind and review its operations in the US, admitting it had attempted to grow the firm too quickly and made a series of mistakes. It said that Mr Bruce, who founded Purplebricks with his brother Kenny in 2014, was to be replaced by chief operating officer Vic Darvey with immediate effect. A company source suggested that Mr Bruce was leaving as he had taken the firm as far as he could. He retains an 11% shareholding.
How the Apple Store Lost Its Luster

How the Apple Store Lost Its Luster

Web Smith’s recent experience at his local Apple store in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, has been an exercise in frustration. There was the time he visited the Easton Town Center location to buy a laptop for his 11-year-old daughter and spent almost 20 minutes getting an employee to accept his credit card. In January, Smith was buying a monitor and kept asking store workers to check him out, but they couldn’t because they were Apple “Geniuses” handling tech support and not sales. “It took me forever to get someone to sell me the product,” says Smith, who runs 2PM Inc., an e-commerce research and consulting firm. “It’s become harder to buy something, even when the place isn’t busy. Buying a product there used to be a revered thing, now you don’t want to bother with the inconvenience.”


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