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Cannabis, No Longer So Divisive, Draws More Conservative Support
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Cannabis, No Longer So Divisive, Draws More Conservative Support

As Americans head to the polls more divided than ever on social and economic issues, there's one thing they're actually coming together on: cannabis. Much has been made of whether a victory for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, or a potential liberal... Read More

House Postpones Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana Until After Election
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House Postpones Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana Until After Election

WASHINGTON — House Democrats’ plan to vote on legislation decriminalizing marijuana before the November election went up in smoke Thursday, as leadership decided to postpone consideration of the measure amid concerns about the political optics. Some of the more moderate... Read More

Altered Mindsets: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Red States
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Altered Mindsets: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Red States

When Tamarack Dispensary opened in the northwestern Montana city of Kalispell in 2009, medical marijuana was legal but still operating on the fringes of the conservative community. Times have changed. Owner Erin Bolster no longer receives surprised or puzzled looks... Read More

Marijuana, Discrimination Bills on House’s September Agenda
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Marijuana, Discrimination Bills on House’s September Agenda

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer laid out the chamber’s agenda for September, including marijuana legislation and anti-discrimination bills, but in a letter to colleagues Monday he acknowledged that there is no appropriations deal in sight as the... Read More

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research
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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research
2020-07-22 12:43:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance establishing rules for lawfully researching cannabis. The guidance is limited to the development of drugs and does not cover other FDA-regulated products. Nevertheless, the release of the document and... Read More

Policing Protests Propel Marijuana Decriminalization Efforts
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Policing Protests Propel Marijuana Decriminalization Efforts

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s strict drug laws encourage police officers to search for drugs during otherwise routine interactions, such as traffic stops, said Georgia state Sen. Harold Jones II, a Democrat and former prosecutor. That increases the odds of encounters escalating... Read More

States Turn to Unenforced Federal Law to Slow Medical Marijuana Legalization
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States Turn to Unenforced Federal Law to Slow Medical Marijuana Legalization

WASHINGTON — Since 2014, Congress has protected patients and cannabis programs from federal marijuana prosecutions in states that allow it for medical use. Medical marijuana’s unique legal status involves a little-known provision called the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment that Congress renews every... Read More

llinois’ Recreational Marijuana Sales Brought $10 Million in Tax Revenue in January
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llinois’ Recreational Marijuana Sales Brought $10 Million in Tax Revenue in January

CHICAGO — Recreational marijuana sales in Illinois generated more than $10 million in tax revenue in January, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue. The state collects sales tax and a cannabis excise tax on recreational marijuana sales. January sales... Read More

Hot Hemp Pits States Against Feds
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Hot Hemp Pits States Against Feds

New federal regulations would make it harder for hemp growers to prove their plants are not marijuana, in what could be a major setback to a promising industry legalized just two years ago, farmers and state officials say. The U.S.... Read More

Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.
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Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.

CHICAGO — Since recreational weed went on sale in Illinois three weeks ago, long lines have formed outside dispensaries, stores have established buying limits, and some have run out of product. All that was expected, based on what’s happened as... Read More

Cannabis Confusion Pushes States to Ban Smokable Hemp
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Cannabis Confusion Pushes States to Ban Smokable Hemp

WASHINGTON — Hemp plants can be made into anything from rope and insulation to granola. But today, most U.S. hemp farmers are growing hemp to produce cannabinoids, such as CBD — which means they’re growing plants that look like marijuana,... Read More

Will Virginia Legalize Marijuana Now That the Democrats Are the Majority?
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Will Virginia Legalize Marijuana Now That the Democrats Are the Majority?

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Democrats managed to flip the Virginia House and Senate in November’s election, taking control of state government for the first time in more than two decades. What does that blue map mean for legalizing marijuana? Attorney... Read More

High Time: Michigan Begins Recreational Marijuana Sales 13 Months After Vote
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High Time: Michigan Begins Recreational Marijuana Sales 13 Months After Vote

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s first legal recreational sales began around 10 a.m. Sunday, 13 months after voters approved a ballot measure allowing it. Consumers from across Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania lined up outside provisioning centers to kick off... Read More

House Advances Bill to Remove Marijuana from Controlled Substances Act
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House Advances Bill to Remove Marijuana from Controlled Substances Act

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee took the first step Wednesday to legalizing marijuana in the U.S., advancing a bill to remove pot from the Controlled Substances Act and create a tax to fund programs to heal damage from the... Read More

Farmers Struggle as Hemp Harvest Winds Down
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Farmers Struggle as Hemp Harvest Winds Down

PHOENIX, Ore. — Ajit Singh strode across his 16-acre hemp field toward a broken-down harvester. He’d been hoping all day that the mechanic now crouched beside the machine could get it back up and running. It was late October and... Read More

Rural Medical Marijuana Users Often Have Long Treks to Ohio Dispensaries
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Rural Medical Marijuana Users Often Have Long Treks to Ohio Dispensaries

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Ohio doled out medical marijuana dispensary licenses, state officials took location into account. The idea was to grant licenses to a geographically diverse set of applicants so all patients, regardless of their hometown, had access to... Read More

Governors Hold Summit on Regional Approach to Cannabis and Vaping Legislation
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Governors Hold Summit on Regional Approach to Cannabis and Vaping Legislation
2019-10-18 21:07:24
by Dan McCue

The governors of five northeastern states came together for a summit on Thursday to discuss the outlines of a joint regional approach to cannabis and vaping policies. "This issue is complicated, controversial and consequential. It is probably one of the... Read More

Cannabis Banking Challenges Go Beyond Marijuana
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Cannabis Banking Challenges Go Beyond Marijuana

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Kat Merryfield was ready to share her farm-to-home oils, chocolates and creams with the rest of the country. But banks and credit card processors weren’t ready to work with her small business. “We started out our website... Read More

Most Californians Want Marijuana Stores in Their Communities, Poll Shows
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Most Californians Want Marijuana Stores in Their Communities, Poll Shows

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three years after California legalized the sale of recreational marijuana, most voters want municipalities to permit pot shops in their communities even though the vast majority of cities have outlawed them, according to a University of California,... Read More

House Passes Bill Granting Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking
Economy
House Passes Bill Granting Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking
2019-09-27 20:59:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passed a bill earlier this week that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, resolving a longstanding challenge for the growing industry. The bill, called the SAFE Banking Act, passed 321-103 on the strength of... Read More

Shalala, Gaetz Seek to Reschedule Cannabis and Develop National Research Agenda
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Shalala, Gaetz Seek to Reschedule Cannabis and Develop National Research Agenda
2019-09-20 21:57:02
by Sean Trambley

Reps. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introduced the Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act, bipartisan legislation that would facilitate research into the potential medical benefits and public health impacts of marijuana.  The bill would develop a national... Read More

Maryland Marijuana Case Sets Standard For Police Searches Of Crime Suspects
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Maryland Marijuana Case Sets Standard For Police Searches Of Crime Suspects
2019-08-21 18:19:03
by Tom Ramstack

A ruling last week by Maryland’s highest court is likely to help redefine the criminal law of marijuana possession as states nationwide search for new legal standards. A unanimous Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that police who smell marijuana can... Read More

Where Doctors Can Recommend Marijuana to Replace Opioids
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Where Doctors Can Recommend Marijuana to Replace Opioids

DENVER — A car accident 17 years ago shattered Ashley Weber’s spine and left her confined to a wheelchair. After the accident, she said, she was prescribed strong opioids, developed an addiction to them and spent her days in a... Read More

Bags Stuffed With Cash Add to Pressure for Cannabis Banking Law
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Bags Stuffed With Cash Add to Pressure for Cannabis Banking Law

NEW YORK — Sen. Jeff Merkley once shadowed a cannabis grower and dispenser as he tried to pay his state taxes. He stuffed a backpack with $70,000 in $20 bills and drove 50 miles -- unguarded -- with the bulging... Read More

Marijuana Legalization Goes Mainstream With Forum in Capitol Complex
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Marijuana Legalization Goes Mainstream With Forum in Capitol Complex

WASHINGTON — Cannabis industry investors, business owners and legalization advocates had met before to discuss the legal and regulatory headaches of operating in a world that is licensed and regulated by states but is illegal under federal law. But what... Read More

As Legal Weed Stalls in New Jersey, Voters May Get a Say at the Polls
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As Legal Weed Stalls in New Jersey, Voters May Get a Say at the Polls

TRENTON, N.J. — It was a gaffe, but it was telling. Hours after a well-orchestrated push to pass a bill legalizing marijuana died in the New Jersey statehouse, Gov. Phil Murphy announced to the clicking of cameras that a “postmortem”... Read More

Illinois Governor Proposes Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Use
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Illinois Governor Proposes Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Use

CHICAGO — A proposed law to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Illinois would allow possession of up to 30 grams of the plant for residents 21 and over, a $20 million low-interest loan program to promote “social equity” in... Read More

Would This California Town Have Become so Pro-Cannabis if not for a Councilwoman’s Pot Industry Ties?
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Would This California Town Have Become so Pro-Cannabis if not for a Councilwoman’s Pot Industry Ties?

LOS ANGELES — Few local politicians have championed marijuana as loudly as Aide Castro. She says the drug was crucial to treating a thyroid condition. And as a Lynwood city councilwoman, she was the driving force behind the city’s decision... Read More

Bipartisan Quartet Reintroduces Bill To Protect State-legal Cannabis Businesses
Economy
Bipartisan Quartet Reintroduces Bill To Protect State-legal Cannabis Businesses
2019-04-08 20:49:45
by Dan McCue

A bipartisan quartet comprised of lawmakers from both the House and Senate have reintroduced a bill intended to protect state-legal cannabis businesses from federal interference. The bill, also known as the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act,... Read More

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