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NORML | July 11, 2018
 NORML Questions Police Tactics That Led to Mans Death Over Small Marijuana Grow
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NORML questions the excessive use of force used by Pennsylvania law enforcement, whose pursuit of a man suspected of growing a small amount of marijuana outdoors ultimately led to his death. The body of a suspect in the case, Pennsylvania resident Gregory A. Longenecker, was found earlier this week under a bulldozer operated by a Pennsylvania Game Commission worker. The bulldozer was carrying a Pennsylvania state trooper in pursuit of Mr. Longenecker, who was suspected to have been cultivating ten marijuana plants ....
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NORML | July 16, 2018
 House Rules Committee Blocks FY19 Marijuana Amendments

Justin Strekal
Late Monday night, the House Rules Committee led by prohibitionist Representative Pete Sessions R-TX blocked two amendments related to marijuana from receiving consideration by the full House, thus ending their consideration and silencing the ability for the lower chamber to offer protections from Attorney General Jeff Sessions when it comes to cannabis. The amendments included allowing the District of Columbia to implement adult-use sales program, originally passed by voters in 2014, and protections for banks to provide services to marijuana businesses. In a release sent....
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The Joint Blog | July 13, 2018
 Consuming raw, natural medical cannabis flower is associated with significant improvements in insomnia patients, finds a new study published by the open access journal Medicines.

Anthony Martinelli
For the study 409 people with a specified condition of insomnia completed 1056 medical cannabis administration sessions using the Releaf AppTM educational software during which they recorded real-time ratings of self-perceived insomnia severity levels prior to and following consumption, experienced side effects, and product characteristics, including combustion method, cannabis subtypes, and/or major cannabinoid contents of cannabis consumed. Within-user effects of different flower characteristics were modeled using a fixed effects panel regression approach with standard er....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Jul 01, 2018
 Legalization becomes reality in Vermont

Its a big day. July 1, 2018 will go down in Vermonts history as the day the state officially stopped punishing adults for consuming marijuana. Residents of Vermont are seeing the fruits of our movements tireless efforts to reform harmful and ill-conceived marijuana laws. Adults can now legally possess, consume, and grow limited amounts of marijuana. Read our summary of the law here. MPP was a primary driving force behind this victory and were currently on the front lines of legalizing marijuana in many other states, too. Days like these are powerful reminders of what we....
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The Joint Blog | July 1, 2018
 Nevada: Traffic Deaths Drop Over 10 Following Marijuana Legalization

Anthony Martinelli

Contrary to prohibitionist rhetoric, traffic deaths in Nevada dropped over 10 in the first year following the legalization of marijuana.
According to data collected and released by the Nevada Department of Public Safety, 277 people died in car crashes between July, 2017 and May 2018. This is a 10.6 percent decrease from the same period a year prior; 310 people were killed in traffic accidents between July 2016, and May, 2017. Marijuana officially became legal in Nevada on January 1, 2017. Legal marijuana sales began half a year later, on July 1. The law allows anyone 21 and older to possess marijuana, and purchase it from a licensed retail outlet. According to the Nevada Department of Taxation, there was....
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The Weed Blog
 The History of Wild Cannabis in Ancient Europe

The origins of the cannabis plant date back to the early BC days.
Cannabis dates back thousand of years and can even be found with links to European countries. Many have questioned the roots of cannabis and its culture. Whether its a leafy flower from the west coast of Canada, hash in Afghanistan, or oils created in the United States. Most consumers want to know the source of their product . And while there is a ton of history on the cannabis plant, some are unaware where it originated from. Those that are well-informed may not know that cannabis used to grow within Europe. When you take a look at history it is evident that cannabis has ....
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NORML | June 29, 2018
 Vermont: Law Legalizing Adult Marijuana Use Takes Effect Sunday, July 1
Adults in Vermont will be able to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis legally under state law, beginning this Sunday, July 1. Vermont joins Alaska, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington in legalizing the adult possession and use of marijuana. It is the first state to enact legalization via an act of the legislature rather than by the passage of a voter initiative. The majority of Vermonters, like the majority of the American public, desire to live in a community where responsible adults who ch....
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The Joint Blog | June 28, 2018
 United States Senate Passes Bill to Legalize Hemp

Anthony Martinelli

The full United States Senate just overwhelmingly passed a farm bill that includes a provision to legalize hemp.
The Senate voted 86 to 11 today to give approval to a farm bill which includes a provision to legalize industrial hemp across the United States. Championed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R, the proposal would end a decades-long prohibition on a plant that congressional research shows can be used to make over 25,000 various products. The same research shows that the U.S. imports over half a billion dollars each year in hemp products, yet retains a law that makes it illegal for farmers to grow it. During a speech on the Senate floor, McConnell said that Consumers across....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Jun 28, 2018
 Delaware House majority votes to legalize cannabis, but bill fails

On the evening of June 27, the Delaware House of Representatives voted 21-15 with five not voting to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults. This was only the third time that the majority of a state legislative chamber voted to legalize and regulate marijuana Unfortunately, however, a majority was not enough. A three-fifths supermajority 25 votes is required for any Delaware bill that includes taxes and fees. While we are disappointed that this will not be the year Delaware legalizes marijuana, together weve made tremendous progress. This is an election year, ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | 6/28/18
 July 1 could be extinction event for some California cannabis businesses

Joey Pea
Starting July 1, licensed operators in Californias marijuana market must be in compliance with the states readopted and updated emergency regulations. Retailers will no longer be able to sell product that hasnt passed testing lab standards mandated by regulators. They were given six months to exhaust their supplies of cannabis products made before the new requirements, and the deadline is now looming. July 1 might even prove an extinction event for businesses struggling to comply, observed Pamela Epstein, founder of Los Angeles-based Green Wise Consulting. Consultants, ....
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The Weed Blog | 6/28/18
 Senate Democratic Leader Introduces Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Maureen Meehan

Senator Chuck Schumer introduced a bill that would remove cannabis from the controlled substances list.
Chuck Schumer D-NY introduced a bill on Wednesday June 27th that would remove marijuana from the DEAs list of controlled substances, which would allow states to determine their own cannabis policies without fear of federal interference. Schumer, who announced his intention to file the bill in late April, was surely spurred on by recent midterm elections in which fellow ten-term, incumbent Democrat, Joe Crowley, was ousted by an independent 28-year-old Latina from Bronx, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The legislation, cosponsored by Sens. Bernie Sanders I-VT, Tim Kaine D-VA and....
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NORML | June 25, 2018
 FDA Approves Marketing Of Plant-Derived Marijuana Medicine

Regulators at the US Food and Drug Administration today granted market approval for Epidiolex, a prescription medicine containing a standardized formulation of plant-derived cannabidiol CBD, for the explicit treatment of two rare forms of severe epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. The FDAs decision was not unexpected, as the proprietary extract formulation developed by the British biotechnology firm GW Pharmaceuticals had previously demonstrated safety and clinical efficacy at reducing seizure frequency in several placebo-controlled trials. Epidiolex h....
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NORML | June 27, 2018
 Senate Democratic Leader Introduces Far-Reaching Marijuana Descheduling Bill

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with Senators Bernie Sanders, Tim Kaine, and Tammy Duckworth, just introduced legislation, the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and to provide funding for the expungement of criminal records for those with past marijuana convictions. Passage of descheduling legislation is necessary to resolve the existing and ever-growing state/federal divide over marijuana policy. Thirty-one states regulate medical marijuana use and nine states regulate the plants use, production, an....
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NORML | June 27, 2018
 NORML PAC Endorsed Jared Polis Scores Resounding Victory in Colorado

Erik Altieri
Representative Jared Polis, who was endorsed by NORML PAC, scored a resounding victory in Colorados Democratic primary for governor. The results from the Democratic gubernatorial primary are not just a victory for Jared Polis and supporters of sensible marijuana policy, they are a victory for anyone who believes that our prohibition on marijuana is a failure and that states should be free to set their own policies when it comes to cannabis, free from federal incursion. Jared Polis has been the preeminent champion for ending our nations failed federal prohibition on marijua....
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