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Smell the Truth | November 13, 2017
 New York allows PTSD patients to use medical marijuana

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Oscar Pascual
New York military veterans and others diagnosed with post-traumatic stress will now be able to enter the states medical marijuana program. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Veterans Day signed legislation that adds PTSD to the list of qualifying health disorders for medical cannabis, according to an AP report. Our veterans risked their lives in order to defend the ideals and principles that this nation was founded upon and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them when they return home, Cuomo said. New York joins Arizona, Colorado, and Illinois as states that legally all....
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The Weed Blog | 11/13/17 | PORTLAND, Ore.
Everybody Loves Rep. Earl Blumenauer D-OR and the Cannabis Fund PAC
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Longtime marijuana advocate and congressman Rep. Earl Blumenauer D-OR has begun a PAC to fight lawmakers that are against legalizing weed. The new political action committee is called the Cannabis Fund.
Longtime marijuana advocate and congressman Rep. Earl Blumenauer D-OR has begun a PAC to fight lawmakers that are against legalizing weed. The new political action committee is called the Cannabis Fund.
Longtime marijuana advocate and congressman Rep. Earl Blumenauer D-OR has begun a PAC to fight lawmakers that are against legalizing weed. The new political action committee is called the Cannabis Fund. The Cannabis Funds goal is to change the stigma associated with medical marijuana and to turn voters to candidates that support legalizing marijuana. Blumenauer wants to use any revenue raised by the PAC to block anti-marijuana legislatures like Texas congressman, Rep. Pete Sessions. Sessions has stood in the way of legislation that would allow veterans to get medical marij....
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Marijuana Business Daily | November 8, 2017
 Leading US marijuana retailer LivWell takes significant ownership stake in Canadian producer

Matt Lamers
One of the largest marijuana retailers in the United States has acquired a significant equity stake in an Alberta cannabis producer, a move that could pave the way for other U.S. companies to enter the Canadian market. Denver-based LivWell Enlightened Health purchased the undisclosed stake in Lethbridge, Alberta-based 51st Parallel, Marijuana Business Daily has learned. The deal essentially makes the Canadian company a LivWell affiliate. Executives from the two privately held companies confirmed the transaction but declined to disclose the financial terms of the deal. ....
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The Joint Blog | November 8, 2017
New Jersey voters have elected Philip D. Murphy as their next governor.
 New Jersey Governor-Elect Vows to Legalize Marijuana in First 100 Days

Anthony Martinelli
The election of Governor-elect Murphy comes as amazing news to advocates of marijuana legalization; the former Wall Street banker says he has a plan to legalize marijuana in his first 100 days in office. If successful, New Jersey would become the 9th state to legalize marijuana for personal use. Governor-elect Murphys position on legalizing marijuana couldnt be further from the position of outgoing Governor Chris Christie, who staunchly opposes legalization and has done everything in his power to weaken the states medical cannabis program. Christie is leaving office with th....
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The New York Times | NOV. 4, 2017 | TIVERTON, Ontario
 Ready or Not, Recreational Marijuana Use Is Coming to Canada
John Fowler, the chief executive of Supreme Pharmaceuticals, inside the greenhouse complex where the company grows legal marijuana.
John Fowler, the chief executive of Supreme Pharmaceuticals, inside the greenhouse complex where the company grows legal marijuana.
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Behind a forbidding high-security fence topped with razor wire, Supreme Pharmaceuticals is busy preparing for the legal marijuana trade, with workers expanding a greenhouse complex where the lucrative crop grows. But while Supreme looks like it will be ready for the day when prohibition ends, Canadas governments still have a lot of work to do. Proposing legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana was the easy part for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. With about eight months to go before Canada becomes the second nation after Uruguay to take this step, the fede....
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The Joint Blog | November 6, 2017
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has announced that for the first time legal marijuana businesses in the state now have an insurance company willing to offer them commercial insurance.
 California Company Becomes First to Offer Commercial Insurance to Marijuana Businesses

Anthony Martinelli
According to Jones, legal marijuana businesses are now able to purchase commercial insurance from Golden Bear Insurance Company, the first company willing to offer such services to the marijuana industry. The insurer was given approval last week to began providing commercial insurance to marijuana businesses that are explicitly following state law. Consumers who visit cannabis businesses, workers who work there, businesses who sell products to or rent property to cannabis businesses, and the investors, owners and operators of cannabis businesses all should have insurance co....
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NORML | November 1, 2017
 Trumps Commission Denies Evidence That Cannabis Can Mitigate Opioid Abuse

Paul Armentano
Despite the growing body of scientific evidence showing that cannabis access is associated with reductions in opioid use and mortality, the Chairman of the White Houses Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis today called upon the President to reject any efforts to acknowledge marijuanas promising role in mitigating opioid abuse and dependency. In a letter sent today to President Donald Trump by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Chairman of the Committee, he writes: The Commission acknowledges that there is an active movement to promote the use of marij....
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Marijuana Business Daily | November 2, 2017
 Washington state cannabis businesses enter unknown territory with no official seed-to-sale system

Bart Schaneman
Washington state marijuana licensees are incurring added costs in man hours and paperwork now that theyre operating without a contracted state seed-to-sale system. Nov. 1 marked the first day licensed Washington state marijuana businesses have operated without a traceability program, and its raising questions about the necessity of such systems. BioTrackTHC, which had the contract with the state for three years, failed to reach an extension with Washingtons Liquor and Control Board LCB, and the agreement ended at midnight Oct. 31. The LCB selected MJ Freeways Leaf Data S....
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The Joint Blog | November 1, 2017
The Food and Drug Administration FDA has sent warning letters to multiple companies involved in the distribution of products containing cannabidiol CBD.
 FDA Sends Warning to CBD Companies

Anthony Martinelli
fdaThe FDA sent warning letters today to four CBD-related companies claiming them to be making unsubstantiated claims related to more than 25 different products spanning multiple product webpages, online stores and social media websites. The companies are Natural Alchemist California, Greenroads Health Florida, Thats Natural Marketing & Consulting Colorado, and Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises LLC also Colorado. As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations ongoing efforts to protect consumers from health fraud, the agency today issued warning letters to four compani....
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The Joint Blog | November 1, 2017
The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court has ruled that the state must consider reclassifying marijuana due to the fact that marijuanas health benefits are abundantly and glaringly apparent now.
 Court Rules New Jersey Must Consider Reclassifying Marijuana

Anthony Martinelli
The court ruled that Steve Lee, former director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, had the legal authority to reclassify marijuana away from Schedule 1 when he denied a request in 2014. The ruling says states that since New Jersey has now had a long-running medical marijuana program, the government must revisit the issue and again consider whether marijuana should be removed as a Schedule 1 drug, which indicates it has no medical value and is as dangerous as substances such as heroin. According to Attorney Joseph Linares of Newark, who brought forth the case on behalf of ....
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The New York Times | OCT. 29, 2017, | LOS ANGELES
 Confusion Coming With California`s Legal Marijuana
Ready or not, California kicks off recreational marijuana sales on Jan. 1. And, mostly, it`s not. Los Angeles and San Francisco are among many cities still struggling to fashion local rules for pot shops and growers. Without the regulations, there could be limited options in many places for consumers eager to ring in the new year with a legal pot purchase. ``The bulk of folks probably are not going to be ready Jan. 1,`` conceded Cara Martinson of the California State Association of Counties. In general, California will treat cannabis like alcohol, allowing people 21 and ....
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The Joint Blog | October 29, 2017
 Theres Now More Marijuana Shops in Colorado than Starbucks or McDonalds

Anthony Martinelli
There are nearly 500 stores in Colorado that are licensed to legally distribute cannabis and cannabis products to anyone 21 and older, according to figures released by the state. This is considerably more than the number of Starbucks in the state 392, and well over twice the number of McDonalds 208. Clearly, times are changing. The large number of marijuana stores have results in over $1 billion in legal marijuana being sold in the first 8 months of the year. These sales have resuled in over $162 million in taxes for the state. Since legal marijuana sales began in Colorado ....
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NORML | October 26, 2017
 Colorados Top Doc Debunks Legalization Fears

Paul Armentano
Contrary to the claims of many marijuana prohibitionists, regulating the adult use of cannabis in Colorado has not been associated with any significant adverse effects on public safety. So affirmed Colorados top doctor, Larry Wolk, Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health, in an interview Tuesday with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Specifically, Dr. Wolk said that legalization has not negatively impacted teen use or traffic safety. He also expresses skepticism at the suggestion that legalization may stimulate the greater use of other contr....
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The Joint Blog | October 25, 2017
 Belize House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

Anthony Martinelli
The approved legislation would remove criminal penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana throughout all of Belize the exception is if possession occurs on the premises of a school or other educational institution. I think this act will also allow for law enforcement personnel and the ministry to focus and concentrate more on the serious crimes that are affecting and plaguing our societies and our communities across this country and like the leader of the opposition said he would have wanted to see the whole legalization of marijuana, but I believe that it is p....
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