An estimated million people in California are still suffering from the consequences of cannabis convictions. Code for America is trying to change that by developing an algorithm that automates the process of expunging eligible criminal records.
The tool uses character recognition tech to analyze court files, looking for those eligible for expungement. It then automatically fills out the necessary paperwork and uploads the files in bulk to the court system for a judge’s signature. This saves time and money for the government and makes a return to a normal life a true reality for those affected by cannabis convictions.
During a pilot project in San Francisco, Clear My Record found 8,132 eligible criminal records in just minutes — far more than the 1,230 found manually. This test shows the benefits employing tech in the cannabis sector can create. There are people across the country who have suffered from the collateral consequences of past convictions, certain still incarcerated, and once marijuana is federally legalized we can hope tech companies can help people readapt to a new society.
As demand for cannabis grows, the need to satisfy that demand might need a hand from the known mass producer that is China. In two regions of the 5th biggest country in the world, production of cannabidiol (CBD) – the non psychoactive compound that can be found in creams and oils – has begun even though its consumption is not authorized.
The cannabis derivative hemp has been produced and consumed in China for thousands of years. Hempsoul produces hemp across 1600 acres of land and has begun extracting CBD. However, for a long time even the production of hemp was illegal in the country considering it had traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in marijuana.
Most of what is produced (like many products in China) will head overseas. Global expansion is in full swing. If cannabis can put a dent in the very strict policies in China hopes for, even more expansion to other traditionally strict countries is still in the air.
Source: The New York Times
As cannabis makes its way into the daily lives of many Canadians, common knowledge of the drug is important for many professions. In the past, people were hesitant to tell their pharmacist that they tended to use marijuana as it was illegal. However, with its legalization, more people are open to asking for help, recommendations and general advice on consumption of marijuana.
Now some places are taking it a step further. In Ontario pharmacists are obligated to take a course on marijuana if they want to continue to practice in the province. With legalization and soon, the arrival of legal edibles, more and more people will look to their pharmacists for educated help.
While marijuana’s benefits and effects are not as obvious and evident as certain medications, many pharmacists are not aware of the best ways to recommend its use or when it should. The general population can consume marijuana so for those in the health industry educating themselves is important. Other provinces have different policies about marijuana education but as more people consume cannabis, we can imagine those policies will change.
Source: CTV News