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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 23, 2023: Here are the cannabis headlines making marijuana news globally and in the Caribbean and Latin America this week in less than 60 seconds:

Get ready to smoke weed freely at The St. Kitts Music Festival. The Caribbean island of Saint Kitts is on the verge of breaking barriers and setting new standards in the live music industry. Tourism Minister Marsha Henderson revealed that plans are afoot to have the 25th staging of the annual event be marijuana-friendly for the first time in its history. This followed the successful passing of the islands’ Smoking Bill.

A Republican-led Congressional committee approved amendments in a massive defense bill to fund research and a pilot program to study the effects of medical cannabis and psychedelics. The US House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday approved the measures from GOP Reps. Nancy Mace of South Carolina and​ Morgan Luttrell of Texas.

A National Collegiate Athletic Association panel is calling for the removal of marijuana from the organization’s list of banned drugs, suggesting that testing should be limited to performance-enhancing substances. Committee members recommended halting cannabis tests at such events until a final decision is made, likely this fall.

The Colombian Senate voted against a measure that would have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana and put an end to prohibition policies. The efforts to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana through a series of votes in the Chamber of Representatives and Senate have been curtailed. A recent Senate vote has effectively buried the reform that aimed to end the war on marijuana in the South American country.

The Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee has approved three bills designed to reform Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law. Senate Bill 835 would outline a “comprehensive set of reforms to Pennsylvania’s existing medical marijuana law,” including eliminating a list of qualifying conditions and enabling a patient’s doctor to determine if their ailment can be treated with medical marijuana.

Another man in Singapore has been jailed for weed. Mohammad Asyrafuddin Jupri, a mosque worker, was sentenced to a year’s jail for one count each of drug possession and consumption, with another three charges taken into consideration.

And two cannabis stocks to watch this week are: TRUL, Trulieve Cannabis Corp. and HMLSF, Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF.

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