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NORML | January 14, 2020
 New Jersey: Court Affirms Employer Must Reimburse Worker for Medical Marijuana Expenses

Paul Armentano
The New Jersey Superior Court has affirmed that an employee is eligible to have his medical marijuana costs reimbursed by his employer. Justices rejected the contention that cannabis is ineligible for reimbursement under the states workers compensation laws because it is illegal federally, opining, Because we conclude the order does not require [employers] to possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana, but only to reimburse petitioner for his purchase of medical marijuana, we discern no conflict between the CSA federal Controlled Substances Act and MMA the New Jersey Com....
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Marijuana Moment | January 17, 2020
 Joe Biden Again Says No To Marijuana Legalization Without More Studies

Kyle Jaeger
Former Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed that hes opposed to legalizing marijuana without further studying its potential health risks. In an interview with The New York Times editorial board that was published on Friday, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate was asked to explain his more moderate approach to cannabis policy when nearly all of his primary opponents, as well as the public, have embraced broad legalization. Because I think science matters, he said. I mean one of the reasons Im running against the guy Im running against is science matters, not fiction.....
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Marijuana Moment | January 14, 2020
 Bernie Sanders Urges Marijuana Industry Workers To Unionize
Sen. Bernie Sanders I-VT is bringing his pro-union message to the marijuana industry.
Sen. Bernie Sanders I-VT is bringing his pro-union message to the marijuana industry.
Kyle Jaeger
The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said on Monday that workers in the cannabis industry deserve respect and fair wages, and he encouraged employees of a grow facility owned by the major marijuana company Cresco Labs in Joliet, Illinois to vote yes for the union on Tuesday. As president, I will lead the fight to double union membership in this country, he said. About 100 workers at the cannabis cultivation facility are eligible to vote on unionization in a state where retail marijuana shops opened just weeks ago. While much of the focus has been on Illinoiss massiv....
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NORML | January 13, 2020
 Congressional Committee to Hold Marijuana Legislative Hearing This Wednesday

Justin Strekal
This Wednesday, January 15th, at 10 am EST, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a legislative hearing entitled Cannabis Policies for the New Decade. This marks the first time that members of the Energy and Commerce Committee will hear and debate issues specific to marijuana policy reform. Now more than ever, congressional action is required to end the failed criminalization of marijuana and amend federal law to ensure that state-legal cannabis programs can operate as intended. The legislative hearing notice states that six bills will be discuss.......
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Marijuana Moment | January 14, 2020
  New Hampshire Lawmakers Take New Approach To Marijuana

Kyle Jaeger

New Hampshire Lawmakers Take New Approach To Marijuana Legalization For 2020
The New Hampshire legislature is set to once again take up the issue of marijuana legalization this sessionbut this time, theres a new strategy that lawmakers hope will overcome challenges theyve previously faced. A bill filed last week would allow adults 21 and older to possess and gift up to three-fourths an ounce of cannabis, and they could grow up to six plants. Missing from the legislation is a commercial sales element, which was intentionally left out to bolster its chances of passage. That means the proposal would essentially mirror the current marijuana model of .......
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The Joint Blog | January 13, 2020
 New York Governor Again Calls for State to Legalize Marijuana

For the second year in a row, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a pledge that his state would legalize marijuana for recreational use.
As noted by Reuters, Governor Cuomo made marijuana legalization a key priority as he outlined his agenda for 2020, saying taxes imposed by a regulatory scheme could bring some $300 million into the states coffers and confront injustices in enforcement of drug laws. For decades, communities of color were disproportionately affected by the unequal enforcement of marijuana laws. Last year we righted that injustice when we decriminalized possession, Cuomo said in his annual State of the State address. This year lets work with our neighbors New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylva....
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Times Standard | January 9 | IRVINE
 Weedmaps makes good on pledge to drop rogue cannabis shops
A marijuana dispensary listed on Weedmaps as Bud Bud & Beyond in Costa Mesa, CA, on Thursday, Jan 2, 2020
A marijuana dispensary listed on Weedmaps as Bud Bud & Beyond in Costa Mesa, CA, on Thursday, Jan 2, 2020
(image:Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Brooke Staggs
Facing massive fines from state regulators, Irvine-based Weedmaps has taken major strides toward fulfilling its pledge to drop ads for illicit cannabis shops from its online directory, cutting about 2,700 rogue stores from its site since the start of this year. The companys long-awaited move to follow state law is drawing praise from legal cannabis operators. Some licensed stores have seen an uptick in business since Jan. 1, a trend they attribute to Weedmaps making it more difficult for potential customers to find unlicensed competitors. But Weedmaps new filtering system....
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NORML | January 2, 2020
 Hawaii: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses to be Decriminalized Next Week

Legislation takes effect on Saturday, January 11, decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. The new law, which was passed in July, reduces penalties involving the possession of up to three grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a criminal record, to a non-criminal violation punishable by a $130 fine. It also provides procedures for the courts to grant an expungement order for those previously convicted of a marijuana possession offense involving no more than three grams. The law was enacted absent....
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The Denver Post | Dec 27, 2019
 Starting Jan. 1, Coloradans will have more options for consuming cannabis in public. But will we catch up to California?
A client lights a joint for his friend while they smoke and relax at the Tetra Private Lounge and Garden in Denver on December 1, 2019. The lounge allows open smoking and consumption of cannabis, vaporizing and dabbing.
A client lights a joint for his friend while they smoke and relax at the Tetra Private Lounge and Garden in Denver on December 1, 2019. The lounge allows open smoking and consumption of cannabis, vaporizing and dabbing.
(image:Helen H. Richardson)
John Wenzel

Once a pioneer, Colorado has fallen behind California in letting citizens consume legal weed
From eye-level, Tetra Lounge looks like an upscale coffee shop rolled into a nightclub. Brick walls, painted white, box in DJ booths and a bar, while attractive glass cases and furniture dot the 2,000-square-foot space at 3039 Walnut St. in the River North Art District. But look down and youre suddenly in a weed dealers apartment from the black-market era of cannabis: plush but worn couches, video game controllers, scattered bits of bright-green leaves, and a friendly, roaming Rottweiler named Kena. That feeling is intentional. The vibe is supposed to be more like your ....
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Forbes | Dec 26, 2019
 Marijuana On The 2020 Ballot: These States Could Vote

Tom Angell
Marijuana On The 2020 Ballot: These States Could Vote Tom Angell Tom Angell Contributor Policy I cover the politics and policy of cannabis here and at Marijuana Moment. Ever since Colorado and Washington became the first two states to approve marijuana legalization initiatives in 2012, additional states have joined them in each biennial election that has followed. And 2020 could be a banner year for cannabis on the ballot. There are at least 16 states where advocates believe marijuana measures could go before voters next yearsome considering full-scale recreational legali....
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The Joint Blog | December 23, 2019
 Oregon Officials Ban Marijuana-Infused Alcohol

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has ruled that starting January 1, 2020, its prohibited for any alcoholic benerage to contain THC or CBD, which are bothcompounds found in marijuana. According to Reuters, Mark Pettinger, spokesman for the agency, cited concerns raised by the U.S. Food and Drug of potential liver damage from CBD, also known as cannabidiol. Weve wanted to address the issue of CBD getting into alcohol and because there are a lot of unknown unknowns about the effect of taking CBDs, Pettinger said Friday. Theres very little scientific evidence. People are ....
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The Joint Blog | December 28, 2019
 Initiative to Legalize Marijuana Filed in Oklahoma

Activists seeking to legalize marijuana for all adults in Oklahoma have officially filed an initiative to do just that. Michelle Tilley and Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, filed State Question 807 with the Oklahoma Secretary of States Office this week. Once the language of the initiative passes through a review as well as a challenge period where it can be challenged on its legal viability, they will have 90 days to collect 178,000 signatures from registered Oklahoma voters. This is the second time the pair has filed such ....
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NORML | December 16, 2019
 New Jersey: Lawmakers Approve Measure to Place Marijuana Legalization Question on the 2020 Ballot

Super-majorities of the New Jersey Assembly and Senate decided today to place a marijuana legalization ballot question before voters in 2020. Commenting on todays legislative action, Garden State NORML Executive Director Charlana McKeithen said: We support any move beyond prohibition. Now marijuana consumers and anyone who supports reform can cast a vote for freedom. The question will appear as a constitutional amendment on the November election ballot. Senators voted 24 to 16 in favor of the effort, while members of the Assembly voted 49 to 24. State law requires that th....
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Marijuana Moment | December 17, 2019
 USDA Gives Public More Time To Comment On Hemp Regulations

Tom Angell
The U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA is extending the public comment period on proposed hemp regulations that was initially set to expire at the end of December. USDA is committed to issuing the final rule expeditiously after reviewing public comments and obtaining additional information during the initial implementation, the department wrote in a notice set to be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. In response to requests by commenters to [the Agricultural Marketing Service] and executive departments and agencies that the public comment due date for this ru....
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