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NORML | July 13, 2017
 Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment


Justin Strekal
Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the Veterans Equal Access amendment as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which would expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nations veterans. Presently, V.A. doctors in states where cannabis therapy is permitted are forbidden from providing the paperwork necessary to complete a medical cannabis recommendation, thus forcing military veterans to seek the advice of a private, out-of-network physician. Veterans are increasingly turning ....
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The Joint Blog | July 17, 2017
Drug-sniffing police dogs in Colorado may need new training if they can detect marijuana, after a ruling last week by the Colorado Court of Appeals that sets a new precedent for drug cases.
 Colorado Court Rules Smell of Marijuana Not Enough to Search Vehicle


Associated Press
A three-judge panel agreed that if a drug-sniffing dog is trained to alert officers to marijuana and other drugs, cops need more cause to search a vehicle without permission. The decision came out of a 2015 case in Moffat County, where a drug-sniffing dog named Kilo alerted officers to the presence of an illegal drug in a truck driven by Craig resident Kevin McKnight, The Grand Junction Sentinel reported. But because Kilo could not tell officers whether he smelled cannabis or other drugs, the search was illegal, judges wrote. The dog was trained to identify to detect cocain....
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The Joint Blog | July 6, 2017
Those convicted of marijuana-related charges, and those in neighborhoods that police have excessively targeted for drug crimes, will be given 50 of all marijuana business licenses distributed by the city.
 Reparations for Drug War: Oakland to Give 50 of Marijuana Licenses to Those Most Effected


Anthony Martinelli
Oaklands city council has unanimously given approval to the Equity Permit Program. The new law mandates that half of all licenses for marijuana businesses be given to Oakland residents who have either been imprisoned for a cannabis crime in the past 10 years, or live in one of several specific neighborhoods that cops have been shown to aggressively and excessively target in an attempt to arrest drug users. Communities of color have been negatively and disproportionately impacted by disparate enforcement of cannabis laws, states the ordinances WHEREAS section. It also notes ....
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The Washington Post | July 7 | MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay
 In Uruguays marijuana experiment, the government is your pot dealer
Marijuana club operator Marco Algorta is seen growing a strain known as ``Colombian Red`` in a rooftop greenhouse on June 22 in Montevideo, Uruguay, the world`s first nation to fully legalize cannabis.
Marijuana club operator Marco Algorta is seen growing a strain known as ``Colombian Red`` in a rooftop greenhouse on June 22 in Montevideo, Uruguay, the world`s first nation to fully legalize cannabis.
(image: Nick Miroff)
Nick Miroff
In coming weeks, cannabis-seeking citizens in this small South American nation will be able to walk into a pharmacy and buy government-approved marijuana for the state-mandated price of $1.30 a gram. No questions asked. No doctors note required. If that sounds like an attempt to create a stoner republic on the South Atlantic, would-be tourists should know a few things. Uruguay is the worlds first country to fully legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. But under its strict rules, there will be no Amsterdam-style smoking cafes, and foreigners wont have ....
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The New York Times | JULY 7, 2017 | BELVIDERE, N.J.
 Marijuana Industry Gears Up After N.J. Candidate Backs Legalization
Marijuana plants in a grow room at Breakwater Treatment and Wellness Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Cranbury, N.J. Credit
Marijuana plants in a grow room at Breakwater Treatment and Wellness Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Cranbury, N.J. Credit
(image:Bryan Anselm for The New York Times)
NICK CORASANITI
Stacks of rsums from retired state troopers sit on a desk just outside the Terra Tech farm here, though the need for experienced armed security appears excessive amid the serene setting and the scent of basil and rosemary growing at the five-acre indoor farm. The troopers, however, are hoping to work for the companys next major agricultural expansion in New Jersey: marijuana. They told us, Keep us in mind for when you guys do get that cannabis permit, said Mike James, the chief financial officer for Terra Tech, which owns five marijuana farms and dispensaries around the c....
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NPR | July 8, 2017
 Colorado Employers Rethinking Drug Testing
BEN MARKUS
Eight states and Washington, D.C. allow for recreational cannabis, but none have solved the problem of workforce drug testing. Zero tolerance polices are being reconsidered in light of legalized pot. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Even in marijuana-friendly Colorado, anyone can be denied employment for using the drug. In fact, there are few protections anywhere in the country for employees who fail a drug test, even in states where cannabis is legal. From Colorado Public Radio, Ben Markus reports. BEN MARKUS, BYLINE: In 2013, The Denver Post named Ricardo Baca its editor for marijua....
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The Cannabist | JUL 5, 2017
Cannabist Special Report: CBD, TBD Outcome of lawsuit pitting the hemp industry against the DEA could chart a new course for CBD and a booming new agricultural sector.
 With DEA digging in its heels on marijuana extracts, legality of CBD oil on trial in federal courts
Alicia Wallace
Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabis compound touted for its medicinal promise but marijuana- and hemp-derived extracts rich in CBD and low in intoxicating THC are facing a future yet to be determined. The Cannabists special report CBD, TBD explores a regulatory and legal landscape pockmarked by federal-state conflicts, and examines national drug policy, pioneering research efforts and disparate avenues toward the compounds full legalization. This is the third installment in an ongoing series. Part I Forbidden medicine: Caught between a doctors CBD advice and fede....
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NORML | July 5, 2017
 Study: Crimes Spike Following Closing of Dispensaries


Paul Armentano
The closure of medical marijuana dispensaries is associated with an increase in larceny, property crimes, and other criminal activities, according to data published in the Journal of Urban Economics. Researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine assessed the impact of dispensary closures on neighborhood crimes rates in the city of Los Angeles. Investigators analyzed crime data in the days immediately prior to and then immediately after the city ordered several hundred operators to be closed. Authors reported an immediate incr....
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Marijuana Business Daily | July 5, 2017
 A banner day as Nevada begins recreational marijuana sales
Bryce Tallitsch hangs a sign announcing the start of adult-use marijuana sales on July 1 at the NuLeaf dispensary in Las Vegas.
Bryce Tallitsch hangs a sign announcing the start of adult-use marijuana sales on July 1 at the NuLeaf dispensary in Las Vegas.
(image:John Locher, Associated Press)
Bart Schaneman
Nevada recreational marijuana sales began with a bang this past weekend, with store owners reporting that purchases far outpaced those of medical cannabis as the state became the fifth in the nation to offer adult-use products. After the doors opened at 12:01 am Saturday, dispensary owners reported, hundreds of customers flooded their stores each of the first two days of sales, with shoppers snapping up edibles, flower and vape pens. Residents, tourists and even shoppers from neighboring Utah participated in the buying spree, taking advantage of an early start to Nevadas ....
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The Joint Blog | July 5, 2017
 Washington State Garners Over $300 Million in Taxes from Marijuana Sales in FY 2017


Anthony Martinelli
This is according to data from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board WSLCB. In total the state has earned $304,968,332 in fiscal year 2017, which began on July 1, 2016 and ended on June 30. These taxes come from $1.32 billion in legal marijuana sales all of this is as of June 20, meaning the total numbers for FY 2017 will end up slightly higher. By comparison, there was $786 million in total marijuana sales, resulting in $185 million in taxes, in FY 2016. In FY 2015, the first fiscal year with legal cannabis sales, $64.8 million in taxes was garnered from $259 mill....
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The Daily Cronic | June 23, 2017
Survey Finds Overwhelming Support for Individual-State Marijuana Laws Rather Than Umbrella Federal Policy
 Poll: 3 of 4 Americans Want Trump to Respect State Marijuana Laws
Medical marijuana patients protest during a DEA raid on a medical marijuana dispensary in Hollywood, California in 2007.
Medical marijuana patients protest during a DEA raid on a medical marijuana dispensary in Hollywood, California in 2007.
(image:Wikimedia)
Tom Angel
A new Survey USA poll commissioned by Marijuana Majority finds the strongest support yet for letting states legalize cannabis without federal interference. In the survey of 1,500 American adults, three out of four 76 percent say that states should be able to implement their own marijuana laws regardless of federal prohibition. In the new poll, just 14 percent say that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice should enforce federal prohibition and arrest people who are complying with state marijuana laws. There is strong majority support for respecting ....
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NORML | June 22, 2017
 The Smell Of Marijuana Should Not Be A Death Sentence


Justin Strekal
Philando Castile was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop last year. This week we learned that the officer rationalized his actions by claiming that the alleged smell of burnt marijuana made him fear for his own life. Here is how the officer recounted his actions, in his own words: I thought, I was gonna die and I thought if hes, if he has the, the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the five year old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front seat passenger doing the same thing the....
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NORML | June 22, 2017
 Study: Adult Use Marijuana Laws Do Not Adversely Impact Traffic Fatality Rates


Paul Armentano
The enactment of statewide laws regulating the adult use and sale of cannabis is not associated with subsequent changes in traffic fatality rates, according to an analysis of traffic safety data Crash fatality rates after recreational marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado published today in the American Journal of Public Health. Investigators from the University of Texas-Austin evaluated crash fatality rates in Colorado and Washington pre- and post-legalization. They compared these rates to those of eight control states that had not enacted any significant chan....
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The Cannabist | JUN 6, 2017
It`s the first new qualifying condition added under the state`s medical marijuana law since it was implemented in 2001
 After years of lobbying by veterans, Colorado adds PTSD as medical marijuana condition
Alicia Wallace
Post-traumatic stress disorder is now a qualifying condition for doctor-recommended medical marijuana in Colorado. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday signed Senate Bill 17 into law. The bill opens the doors for Colorado residents to receive a doctors OK to use medical marijuana in the treatment of PTSD symptoms. Its the first new qualifying condition added under the states medical marijuana law since it was implemented in 2001. The states eight other qualifying conditions are: cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, cachexia, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea, and se....
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