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The Oregonian | May 25, 2017
 Study: Marijuana compound helps some kids with severe epilepsy
Extensive clinical trials involving marijuana have been limited because of its federal classification as a controlled substance.
Extensive clinical trials involving marijuana have been limited because of its federal classification as a controlled substance.
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THE ASSOCI@ED PRESS
A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot`s possible health benefits. ``This is the first solid, rigorously obtained scientific data`` that a marijuana compound is safe and effective for this problem, said one study leader, Dr. Orrin Devinsky of NYU Langone Medical Center. He said research into promising medical uses has been hampered by requiring scientists to get special licenses, plus legal constraints and false notions of how r....
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NORML | May 23, 2017
 President Trump Compliments Leader Who Executes His Citizens for Drug Charges


Erik Altieri
If the latest comments and memos coming out of Attorney General Sessions Department of Justice didnt raise concerns about the Trump Administrations potential plans to reignite our nations failed war on drugs, his recent call with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should sound alarm bells. A reminder: President Duterte has extrajudicially executed thousands of his own citizens on drug charges during his tenure leading the country. The Washington Post received a transcript of the phone call and describes Trumps comments on Dutertes drug policy as follows: in their call....
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The Washington Post | May 12 | ST. PAUL, Minn.
 Iowa looks to team up with Minnesota for medical marijuana
Potter and Linley Sanders  AP
Top state lawmakers are trying to work out a system allowing Iowa residents to start buying medical marijuana oils and pills in Minnesota, a novel arrangement that could raise issues with the federal government. Iowa could join more than two dozen states with medical marijuana programs under a bill awaiting Gov. Terry Branstads signature. That legislation would expand a limited 2014 law, allowing more patients to buy the low-dose medication from in-state dispensaries by December 2018. But in the meantime, Iowa residents could look to Minnesota. A provision of the bill spe....
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Smell the Truth | May 12, 2017
 California AG ready to defend legal marijuana from feds


Oscar Pascual
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is ready to deal with any federal actions that would interfere with his states legal pot laws. In an interview with Politico Californias David Siders and Carla Marinucci on Wednesday, Becerra said he wont back down to the possibility of a federal crackdown, should U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions take any action against both the recreational and medical marijuana laws in place. I would love to see Jeff Sessions come to California and tell us were not going to move forward on cannabis. Something tells me that its not gonna happ....
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The Denver Post | MAY 9, 2017
The draft rules drew mixed reactions from industry professionals who are anxious to finally have uniform guidelines but believe the state included unnecessary testing that will drive up the price of cannabis
 What changes are coming to how California tests medical marijuana?
Brooke Edwards Staggs
The Bureau of Marijuana Control on Friday released a plan to make cannabis safer for patients, with rules for all medical marijuana legally sold in the state to be independently lab tested starting next year. The 46 pages of regulations lay out everything from what clothing lab technicians can wear when collecting cannabis samples to what level of pesticides marijuana can contain. The draft rules drew mixed reactions from industry professionals who are anxious to finally have uniform guidelines but believe the state included unnecessary testing that will drive up the pric....
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NORML | May 8, 2017
 Washington: Support For Marijuana Policy Reform Surges Post-Legalization


Paul Armentano
Public support for marijuana legalization has surged in Washington state in the years following the enactment of legislation permitting the commercial production and retail sale of the plant, according to survey data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Fifty-five percent of voters approved the voter-initiated measure in 2012. Investigators with the Public Health Institute in California assessed survey data from a geographically representative sample of those ages 18 and older. Survey data was collected every six months between January 2014 and April 2016 ....
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The Weed Blog | MAY 8, 2017
 What is the DUI Limit for Marijuana in States Where Its Legal?


TWB
What is the DUI limit for marijuana in states where its legal? As everyone is aware, recreational cannabis is now fully legal for adults up and down the West coast, as well as in Colorado, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine, and D.C. Psychoactive marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes in twenty other states, and counting. Critics of legalization have complained that there will inevitably be a spike in drugged driving in these green states, due to increased availability and reduced social stigma. The numbers do not necessarily prove naysayers predictions correct at least n....
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Associated Press | May 5
 National Judge blasts ridiculous 18-year sentence for marijuana
Michael Kunzelman 
Is 18 years in prison without the possibility of parole too harsh for a man arrested with 18 grams of marijuana? The Louisiana Supreme Courts chief justice thinks so, and she blasted her colleagues for upholding the punishment. In a withering dissent Wednesday, Chief Justice Bernette Johnson called it outrageous and ridiculous that the states highest court affirmed the lengthy prison sentence for such a small amount of marijuana enough for at least 18 marijuana cigarettes. A jury convicted Gary D. Howard of marijuana possession with intent to distribute and a Caddo Paris....
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The Washington Post | MAY 5, 2017
ONDCP oversees drug addiction treatment efforts in communities, raising questions about whether federal approach to opioid epidemic will be focused on public health or law enforcement
 Report: White House plans to slash funding for fed Drug Control Policy office
Peter W. Stevenson
On Friday, Politicos Dan Diamond reported that the White House will gut funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the executive branch agency coordinating efforts to fight the opioid epidemic that has swept through rural areas of America over the last few years. And if you navigate to the Office of National Drug Control Policy website, its not much of a website. The homepage reads: Check back soon for more information. Diamond reports that Trumps proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for the office by 95 percent, drastically cutting staff and completely ....
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The Daily Cronic | May 4, 2017
 Congress 2017 Budget Plan Reauthorizes Protections for State Medical Cannabis Programs


Paul Armentano
Spending legislation approved in the past 24 hours by members of the US House and Senate reauthorizes language protecting state-sanctioned medical marijuana and industrial hemp programs. The President is expected to sign the budget bill into law imminently. Specifically, Section 537 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, states that no federal funds may be appropriated to prevent any [state] from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.. That language, initially passed by Congress in 2014, i....
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Smell the Truth | May 2, 2017
 Congress blocks feds from interfering with state marijuana laws


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A bipartisan group of House Democrats and Republicans recently hashed out a $1 trillion budget for government spending, but none of which will be used to crack down on legal pot. A new government funding bill will block the Department of Justice from using federal funds to prosecute law-abiding medical marijuana companies operating in legal states, reports the Orange County Register. The budgets full text of the marijuana provision is as follows: None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Al....
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Marijuana Business Daily | May 2, 2017
 Medical cannabis businesses get breathing room after Congress extends key protections


Bart Schaneman
Congress decision to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes key protections for legal medical marijuana businesses is a clear sign the federal government will take a hands-off approach to the MMJ industry at least in the near term. As a result, medical cannabis businesses can enjoy a level of certainty for at least six months. Thats welcome relief for medical marijuana operators given the new Trump administrations mixed messages about cannabis policy. But recreational marijuana businesses are still operating in limbo, as the protections dont extend to the adul....
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Marijuana Business Daily | May 2, 2017
 Medical cannabis businesses get breathing room after Congress extends key protections
Bart Schaneman
Congress decision to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes key protections for legal medical marijuana businesses is a clear sign the federal government will take a hands-off approach to the MMJ industry at least in the near term. As a result, medical cannabis businesses can enjoy a level of certainty for at least six months. Thats welcome relief for medical marijuana operators given the new Trump administrations mixed messages about cannabis policy. But recreational marijuana businesses are still operating in limbo, as the protections dont extend to the adul....
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NORML | April 14, 2017
 Trump Should Abolish the Drug Czars Office


Erik Altieri
The Trump Administration is widely expected to pick Representative Tom Marino for Drug Czar. Representative Marino is a longtime, rabid drug warrior who has a consistent record of voting against marijuana law reform legislation a position that runs counter to that of the majority of voters and his own constituents. His appointment to this office highlights the fact that this administration remains committed to the failed 1980s war on drugs playbook. The Trump administration promised to eliminate bureaucratic waste. It should start by eliminating the office of the Drug Cz....
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