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The Oregonian | Nov 16 2018
 Oregon marijuana prices plunge and sales soar

Rampant overproduction in Oregons market for legal, recreational marijuana has produced a 50 percent decline in prices, according to state economists. That widely documented collapse has been hard on farmers and retailers but a boon for consumers. A new state analysis finds the price collapse sparked a big uptick in marijuana purchases and a corresponding increase in associated tax revenue. Lower prices are helping to drive the volume of sales higher and induce black and medical market conversions into the legal, recreational market, according to Josh Lehner of the Oreg....
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NORML | November 16, 2018
 US Senate: Leading Marijuana Prohibitionist Out As Senate Judiciary Chair

One of the US Senates leading marijuana prohibitionists, Iowa Republican Charles Grassley, will no longer be heading the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 116th Congress. Representative Grassley announced today that he is stepping down as Chair of the Committee. As Chair, Grassley refused to hold any hearings or votes on marijuana-related legislation, including bipartisan legislative efforts like the STATES Act. Virtually all Senate legislation specific to marijuana policy must pass through the Judiciary Committee. Representative Grassley received a D- grade on NORMLs 201....
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 Proposed rule changes could have big impact on Californias cannabis businesses

Joey Pea
The newest draft of Californias permanent marijuana business regulations could, if adopted, produce financial fallout and a licensing logjam for a variety of cannabis companies from edibles makers and retailers to delivery businesses and growers. In particular, the proposed rules released last month by state regulators could: Shrink the revenues of companies that make infused products and concentrates. Sharply reduce the amount of product that cannabis delivery operators can transport. That, in turn, could slow deliveries to the customers of MJ retailers that a....
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NPR | November 14, 2018
 Mexico Hopes To Legalize Marijuana

Carrie Kahn
The party of the incoming Lopez Obrador administration wants to legalize marijuana. The president-elect won`t say what he wants but his incoming interior minister says legalization will lower crime.....
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NORML | November 13, 2018
 Congress: New House Rules Chairman Pledges To Allow Floor Votes On Marijuana-Related Amendments

Paul Armentano
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern says that he will permit federal lawmakers to debate and vote on marijuana-related amendments when he assumes control of the House Rules Committee in 2019. Unlike my predecessor, Im not going to block amendments for marijuana, he said. Citizens are passing ballot initiatives, legislatures are passing laws, and we need to respect that. Federal laws and statutes are way behind. Representative McGovern replaces outgoing Rules Chair Pete Sessions R-TX, who lost his re-election bid to Democrat Colin Allred. Representative Sessions use....
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Stop the Drug | November 13, 2018
 Chronicle AM: Fed Sentencing Reform Bill Looms, HHS Recommends Kratom Ban, More... 11/13/18

Congress could move on both sentencing reform and industrial hemp in the lame duck session, HHS recommends banning kratom, Thailand moves to legalize and regulate both kratom and medical marijuana, and more. Despite spending $8 billion to suppress the poppy crop, the situation in Afghanistan is ``worse than ever,`` a new report finds. Sentencing Reform Federal Sentencing Reform Bill Set to Advance. Key senators have reached a tentative agreement on a major criminal justice reform bill that is being supported by presidential advisor and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. Th....
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Los Angeles Times | Nov 08, 2018
 Party of Mexico`s president-elect wants to legalize marijuana
Activists march along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City on May 6, 2017, demanding the legalization of marijuana.
Activists march along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City on May 6, 2017, demanding the legalization of marijuana.
(image:Yuri Cortez / AFP/Getty Images)
The party of Mexico`s president-elect submitted legislation Thursday that would legalize marijuana possession, public use, growing and sales. Sen. Olga Sanchez Cordero presented the measure, saying that everyone should have the right to carry up to 30 grams [1 ounce] of cannabis.`` People could carry more than an ounce if they obtained a permit to do so under the proposal. ``From the point of view of negative effects, there is no reason why marijuana should not be legal, if alcohol and tobacco are,`` according to the bill. Cordero has been picked as interior secretary ....
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Stop the Drug | November 09, 2018
 Good Riddance Drug Reformers Applaud Sessions Departure from DOJ
Jeff, we hardly knew ye.
Jeff, we hardly knew ye.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced out of office Wednesday after less than two years in office, and while there is intense concern about the impact the move could have on ongoing investigations of Trump campaign and administration misdeeds, for drug and criminal justice reform advocates, that concern is leavened by joy and relief at the forced exit of a man who staunchly promoted harsh and repressive drug and criminal justice policies. Jeff, we hardly knew ye. Even as marijuana reform spread across the land and support for the tough sentencing prac....
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Smell The Truth | November 8, 2018
 Legal marijuana advocates rejoice over Jeff Sessions resignation

Oscar Pascual
Marijuana legalization supporters and industry leaders are celebrating the recently announced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions resignation was announced on Wednesday in an announcement made by Donald Trump on Twitter. Jeff Sessions is one of the worst attorneys general weve ever had, Rep. Earl Blumenauer D-OR said in a statement released on Wednesday. Time and time again, he attempted to impose his own views which did not match the majority of the American people when it came to reforming our outdated marijuana laws. Sessions two-year stint as atto....
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Marijuana Business Daily
 Week in Review: Judge tosses NM medical cannabis plant cap, Sessions fired & MA adult-use sales expected to start soon

Bart Schaneman, Jeff Smith and Omar Sacirbey
A New Mexico judge strikes down the states cap on the number of plants medical marijuana producers can grow, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fired, and a top cannabis regulator in Massachusetts says adult-use sales are expected to begin soon in the Bay State. Heres a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry this week. New Mexico opens up A New Mexico judges decision to strike down the state-imposed limit on the number of plants medical marijuana producers can grow should be a boon for the states vertically integrated MMJ businesses. The judge....
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NORML | November 7, 2018
 US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced that he is resigning, effective immediately, from the office of the Department of Justice. In both his tenure in Congress and as Attorney General, Sessions was a longstanding, vocal opponent of marijuana policy reform, who once opined, Good people dont smoke marijuana. As Attorney General, his office rescinded the 2013 Cole memorandum which directed prosecutors not to interfere in state-sanctioned marijuana activity. However, that action encouraged numerous members from both parties to strongly criticize the offi....
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NORML | October 31, 2018
 Beware of this frightful marijuana menace
Its time exorcise this demon
Its time exorcise this demon
Its not the myth of marijuana-laced candy, devilish ghouls, or vampire bats that are terrifying Americans this Halloween. Its Jeff Sessions. This monster wants to lock up law abiding citizens who choose to responsibly consume marijuana. This fiendish freak shrieks good people dont smoke marijuana. This reefer madness zombie believes marijuana has no medical use and is as dangerous as heroin. And, this Department of Justice demon thinks marijuana is fueling the opioid epidemic, not helping to save lives. While youre enjoying your trick-or-treat haul, burn a few calories by....
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