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Marijuana Policy Project | May 17, 2019
 Del.: Cannabis legalization bill has been introduced


Yesterday, Representative Ed Osienski introduced a bill to legalize, tax, and regulate cannabis for adults 21 and older in the First State. Email your state legislators today and urge them to legalize, tax, and regulate cannabis for adults 21 and older Last year, the legalization bill fell short of the needed supermajority 25 votes in the House of Representatives to pass though it did garner majority support. However, several new lawmakers were elected in the 2018 general election. Now, it is time for Delawareans to pressure the General Assembly this legislative session....
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NORML | May 19, 2019
 Massachusetts: State Regulators Grant Initial Approval To Social Use Spaces


Paul Armentano
Members of the states Cannabis Control Commission have decided to advance plans to regulate social marijuana use facilities. Regulators voted 3 to 2 in favor of the proposal, which seeks to establish a pilot program in up to a dozen self-selected cities throughout the state. However, implementing the plan will require additional legislative action from lawmakers. To date, only Alaska has enacted statewide regulations governing on-site marijuana consumption sites. Similar legislation to establish marijuana hospitality spaces is before the Governor of Colorado. Earlier this....
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Marijuana Business Daily | 5/17/2019
 Adult use in NJ a no-go for now, AR medical cannabis sales launch, new states allow edibles & more


New Jersey legislators abandon their current efforts to legalize recreational cannabis, Arkansas finally sees first medical marijuana sales, MJ-infused edibles expand into new states plus other important news from around the industry. No-go in NJ Garden State lawmakers conceded this week that legalizing adult-use marijuana isnt going to happen via a legislative move in the near term, setting the stage for a potential voter referendum in 2020. But the state has a Plan B: Expand a medical marijuana program that has gained plenty of traction since Gov. Phil Murphy took ....
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Marijuana Moment | May 15, 2019
 Oregon Senate Votes To Legalize Interstate Marijuana Imports And Exports


Kyle Jaeger
The Oregon Senate passed a landmark bill on Wednesday that would let the governor make agreements with other states to provide for the exportation and importation of marijuana products across state linesbut it will only go into effect if the federal government changes its own policies to allow such activity. Oregon senators approved the legislation in a 19 to 9 vote, and it now heads to the House. Producers, wholesalers and researchers would be able to take cannabis across state lines if the government forges an agreement with the receiving state. There would also be requ....
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The Joint Blog | May 14, 2019
 Arkansas First Ever Medical Marijuana Dispensary Now Open


Anthony Martinelli
It took 2.5 years after voters legalized the medicine, but Arkansas first medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors on Saturday, reports the Associated Press. Doctors Orders RX in Hot Springs was the first dispensary to be officially licensed by the state, and it is currently the only one operating. It sold marijuana to a patient Friday to test its software and officially opened Saturday. Two and a half years after Arkansans voted to legalize medical marijuana, qualifying patients could begin buying the product Saturday morning when the states first dispensary opened,....
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Smell The Truth | May 13, 2019
 Europe takes the lead in smokable hemp production


Oscar Pascual
Business Health Lifestyle Legal Activism Science Reviews Europe takes the lead in smokable hemp production By Oscar Pascual on May 13, 2019 at 8:44 AM While American cannabis production leans towards industrial use, a handful of European businesses are selling hemp as a low-THC alternative to smokable cannabis. Hemp farmers based in Switzerland are slowly supplying the rest of Europe with hemp flowers containing low percentages of marijuanas psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol THC. These hemp strains are cultivated to ensure the level of THC does not exc....
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The Washington Post | May 11 2019 | HOT SPRINGS, Ark.
 Arkansas first medical marijuana dispensary opens its doors
Hannah Grabenstein
Two and a half years after Arkansans voted to legalize medical marijuana, qualifying patients could begin buying the product Saturday morning when the states first dispensary opened, though the celebratory mood was dampened by confusion about operating hours and fears the dispensary wouldnt be able to serve all the patients by closing time. Doctors Orders RX in Hot Springs was the first dispensary to be officially licensed by the state and is currently the only one operating. It sold marijuana to a patient Friday to test its software and officially opened Saturday. Anothe....
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Marijuana Policy Project | May 09, 2019
 North Dakota becomes 25th state to eliminate jail time for marijuana possession


Kate Zawidzki
Good news With Gov. Doug Burgums signature on House Bill 1050, weve reached a milestone: half the states in the country have eliminated jail time penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana It is encouraging to see lawmakers in a conservative state like North Dakota acknowledge and rectify the injustice of jailing people for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Politicians can no longer ignore public support for marijuana policy reform, which is growing quickly in every part of the country. North Dakotas new law goes into effect on August 1 of this year. I....
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NORML | May 10, 2019
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/10/19


Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative Roundup Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries announced their intentions to introduce legislation known as the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act CSA, thus ending the nearly century-long federal policy of criminalization and prohibition. Governor Doug Bergum R of North Dakota signed a bill into law that will remove the threat of jail time for the possession of up to a half ounce of marijuana. Governor ....
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Marijuana Moment | May 10, 2019
 Nebraska Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana


Kyle Jaeger
The Nebraska Legislatures Judiciary Committee passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana on Friday, and it will now head to the full legislature for consideration. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Anna Wishart D, would establish a system allowing patients suffering from a wide range of conditions to use, possess and purchase certain amounts of cannabis from licensed dispensaries. An amendment adopted by the committee scaled back the original proposal in several ways, including by prohibiting patients from smoking medical marijuana and from cultivating cannabis at home.....
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The Joint Blog | May 7, 2019
 Illinois Bill Would Legalize Marijuana


Anthony Martinelli
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and several state lawmakers have introduced a long-awaited bill that would legalize and regulate the use and sale of recreational marijuana in the state next year, reports the Associated Press. Under the measure which can be found by clicking here was announced by Pritzker on Saturday and is expected to be introduced today. It would allow adults 21 and over tolegally purchase marijuana for recreational use from licensed retailers. Those 21+ would also be allowed to grow up to five plants for personal use, and would expunge the records of p....
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NPR | May 9, 2019
 38 Attorneys General Ask Congress To Bring Marijuana Money Into Banking System
A bipartisan group of attorneys general is urging Congress to pass legislation that would make it easier for banks to handle money involved in the legal cannabis industry.
A bipartisan group of attorneys general is urging Congress to pass legislation that would make it easier for banks to handle money involved in the legal cannabis industry.
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Laurel Wamsley
The attorneys general of 38 states and territories sent a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday, urging them: Please, let us bank the money generated by the country`s booming cannabis business. Most states and several U.S. territories have legalized medical marijuana, and 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized adult recreational use. But federal law still considers marijuana illegal, which exposes banks to legal risk if they handle weed-related money or transactions. ``This is simple: Not incorporating an $8.3 billion industry into our banking system....
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Stop the Drug War | May 09, 2019
 In Historic Come-from-Behind Victory, Denver Magic Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative Passes
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psmith
Hours after numerous media outlets including us had the Denver magic mushroom initiative going down to defeat Tuesday night, it managed a near-miraculous last-minute comeback to squeak out a victory by a margin of 50.56 percent to 49.44 percent, late Wednesday afternoon, according to unofficial Denver Election Division results. Magic mushrooms Greenoid/Flickr Election officials tweeted that ``the results remain unofficial`` until the city certifies them on May 16. If they hold, Denver will become the first locality in the United States to effectively decriminalize the us....
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NORML | May 2, 2019
 New Hampshire: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Permitting Patients to Home Cultivate


Paul Armentano
Members of the House and Senate have approved versions of House Bill 364, which allows qualified patients the option to grow marijuana at home. Members of both chambers must now finalize the language in conference committee before sending the bill to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. The Governor has not publicly commented on the bill, but has previously spoken out against broader legalization efforts. The measure permits registered patients or their designated caregivers to cultivate up to three mature plants in a private location that it not subject to public view. An esti....
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