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NORML | December 28, 2018
 NORML Chapters Prioritize a Wide Range of Reforms for 2019

Kevin Mahmalji
Looking back at 2018, it was another productive year for marijuana law reform advocates. In addition to advancing legislation in state houses around the country, NORML chapters played a significant role in passing marijuana law reform initiatives in Michigan and Missouri, and were instrumental in numerous municipal marijuana decriminalization victories. With more and more local and state governments taking steps to reduce the arrest and incarceration of marijuana patients and consumers, many are predicting 2019 to be a watershed year for marijuana law reform legislation. T....
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Cannabis Chronicles | SALEM, Ore.
 Oregon may look to export marijuana

The Columbian / Associated Press
Marijuana could take the next step toward joining pinot noir and craft beer on Oregons list of famous exports, under a proposal likely to go before state lawmakers in the new year. The Statesman Journal reports that the Craft Cannabis Alliance, a business association led by founder and executive director Adam Smith, is working with legislators to let Oregon start exporting pot to other legal-weed states by 2021. Among them is Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, who said he also plans to reintroduce provisions from Senate Bill 1042, a similar proposal that died in the statehou....
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| December 27, 2018
 2018 Year In Review: NORMLs Top Ten Events In Marijuana Policy

#1: Public Support in Favor of Adult Use Legalization at Historic Highs More adults than ever before believe that marijuana use by adults ought to be legal. An October poll conducted by Gallup reported that 66 percent of adults including majorities of Democrats, Independents, Republicans, and those over the age of 55 back legalization. The percentage is the highest level of support ever reported by the polling firm. A 2018 Pew poll similarly reported greater public support for legalization than ever before, while a June poll by the Center for American Progress reported th....
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The Joint Blog | December 25, 2018
 Thailand Lawmakers Unanimously Legalize Medical Marijuana

Anthony Martinelli
Following the vote Lawmaker Somchai Sawangkarn said that the passage of medical marijuana legalization could be considered as a New Year gift to Thais. The amendment on the Narcotics Bill was passed the second and third readings today. And will become effective once it is published on the Royal Gazette, said Sawangkarn. The National Legislative Assembly approved the change to the law by a vote of 153 to 0, with 13 members abstaining. This makes Thailand the first country in Southeast Asia to legally allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. As noted by CNN, the regi....
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The Joint Blog | December 27, 2018
 Oregon Approves Medical Marijuana Deliveries, Increases Purchase Limits

Anthony Martinelli

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has approved several changes to the states medical marijuana program.
The commission, which oversees Oregons medical marijuana law, has given approval to a change in the states law that allows the medicine to be delivered to patients or their caregiver. The commission also passed an increase in the amount of medical marijuana a patient can purchase to eight ounces in a single day and up to 32 ounces in a single month. In addition, the commission voted to allow wholesale license holders to provide retailers with samples. The change in law allowing medical marijuana to be delivered unfortunately doesnt apply to recreational marijuana. Oregon....
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The Weed Blog | 12/27/2018
 Israeli Parliament Approves Export of Medical Cannabis Hours Before Dissolving
Moira Feeney

Israel will join the Netherlands and Canada as nations that allow the legal export of medical cannabis.
The Israeli Knesset, or Parliament, gave its final approval to a long-awaited, controversial law to allow the export of medical marijuana abroad, joining the Netherlands and Canada as nations in allowing the legal export of medical cannabis. Among the countries eager to trade with Israel include Australia, Germany, Austria and Mexico, according to Forbes. Israel is perfectly positioned to enter and disrupt the medical cannabis market that is expected to soar to $33 billion worldwide in the next 5 years, Saul Kaye, CEO of iCAN, an Israeli medical cannabis company, said in ....
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NPR | December 19, 2018
 On New York Gov. Cuomo`s 2019 Agenda: Legalize Recreational Marijuana
Zack Fink
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out his policy agenda for the upcoming term. It includes legalizing recreational marijuana, which is a major shift for a governor who once called pot a ``gateway drug.`` Here & Now`s Jeremy Hobson talks with Zack Fink ATZackFinkNews, state house reporter for Spectrum News NY1.....
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The Oregonian | Dec 16 | SALEM, Ore.
 Marijuana pesticide contamination worries Oregon farmers

Concerns about pesticide drift are nothing new in agriculture, but the issue has taken on new gravity for Oregon farmers with marijuana-growing neighbors. Due to Oregon`s pesticide testing regime for marijuana and its high value, growers of more conventional crops worry about getting blamed for contamination that renders the mind-altering flowers unsalable. ``I have neighbors growing marijuana, therefore I`m thinking about it,`` said Tim Winn, who farms in Benton County. The potential problem was recently discussed during the Oregon Farm Bureau`s annual convention, held ....
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The Washington Post | December 21 | DOVER, Del.
 Judge says fired medical marijuana user can pursue lawsuit
A Delaware judge has ruled that a medical marijuana user fired from his factory job after failing a drug test can pursue a lawsuit against his former employer. Jeremiah Chance was fired in 2016 from his job as a yard equipment operator at the Kraft Heinz plant in Dover. He claims his termination violated an anti-discrimination provision contained in Delawares Medical Marijuana Act. Chance also claims he was targeted for retaliation after pointing out safety issues with the facilitys railroad ties. The company argued that the anti-discrimination provision in Delawares law ....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Dec 17, 2018
 N.H.: Gov. Sununu declares war on legalization efforts

We will need two-thirds majorities to override his veto email your newly elected state legislators today On Friday, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu went on the offensive against efforts to legalize and regulate cannabis. He pledged to veto any legalization bill that reaches his desk, and he publicly asked the Governors Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery to join him in making a strong stand against reform efforts in the legislature. Gov. Sununu reportedly acknowledged that theres a good chance that veto could get overruled. He may be ....
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NORML | December 21, 2018
 FDA Weighs In On Legal Status of Commercially Available Hemp-Derived CBD Products

Following yesterdays passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottleib issued a statement with regard to the agencys oversight of products commercially marketed as hemp-derived CBD. The FDA states: Were aware of the growing public interest in cannabis and cannabis-derived products, including cannabidiol CBD. This increasing public interest in these products makes it even more important with the passage of this law for the FDA to clarify its regulatory authority over these products. In short, we treat products containing cannabis or ....
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Cannabis Chronicles | December 21st 2018 | SEATTLE
 FDA casts shadow on hemp win, calling CBD items illegal

The Columbian / Associated Press
The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as an ingredient in food or dietary supplements despite the big farm bill President Donald Trump signed this week designating hemp as an agricultural crop. CBD oils have become increasingly popular in lotions, tinctures and foods, but their legal status has been murky and the Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to some companies making health claims for CBD. In a statement following Thursdays bill signing in Washington, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb res....
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The Joint Blog | December 20, 2018
 President Trump Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp Throughout The U.S

President Trump has signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law, which includes a provision that legalizes hemp.
The 2018 Farm Bill was passed last week by the House of Representatives by a vote of 369 to 47. The vote came just a day after the Senate approved the same bill 87 to 13. Today, President Trump signed the measure into law, making hemp legal for the first time in decades. The hemp provision, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, removes hemp from the federal list of controlled substances. This effectively legalizes it throughout the country, allowing farmers to grow it as they can any other agricultural commodity such as corn and soybeans. According to congr....
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Stop the Drug | December 21, 2018
 Chronicle AM: AK OKs Pot Social Clubs, Vancouver Ponders ``Safe Supply`` of Hard Drugs, More... 12/21/18

Vancouver ponders another cutting-edge drug policy move, Alaska okays on-site pot consumption space rules, the president signs the farm bill legalizing hemp, and more. From Amsterdam to Alaska? Dutch-style on-site consumption spaces win approval in Juneau. Creative Commons Marijuana Policy Alaska Approves Rules for On-Site Marijuana Consumption. The state`s Marijuana Control Board on Thursday approved rules for businesses that want to offer on-site consumption of pot products. Now, businesses that want in will have to apply for a special onsite use endorsement and come ....
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