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Marijuana Moment | February 19, 2019
 Where Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Stands On Marijuana

Kyle Jaeger
Sen. Bernie Sanders I-VT is making another run for the Democratic presidential nomination, he announced on Tuesday. From his time as the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, to his years in the U.S. Senate, Sanders has established himself as a champion of drug policy reform, particularly when it comes to marijuana. NORML gave the senator an A+ grade based on his legislative track record. And it didnt take long for Sanders to incorporate drug reform into his latest presidential bid. In his announcement video, he reiterated that the government needs to end the destructive war on d....
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Los Angeles Times | Feb 18, 2019
 Californias black market for pot is stifling legal sales. Now the governor wants to step up enforcement
A warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife hacks down marijuana plants found growing in a deep ravine in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
A warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife hacks down marijuana plants found growing in a deep ravine in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
(image:Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Patrick McGreevy
Before he was elected governor, Gavin Newsom was instrumental in legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California. Now, as he settles into office, he faces the challenge of fixing a system that has been slow to bloom. Newsom has urged patience with sluggish growth in the number of state-licensed cannabis businesses, saying he expected that such a complex regulatory system would take at least five years to fully develop. But a new report from the state Cannabis Advisory Committee on the first year of legal pot sales in California says there is problem that require....
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Cannabis Chronicles | February 15th 2019
 State restrictions on cannabis packaging worry producers

The Columbian / Associated Press
Since starting Fairwinds, a Vancouver-based cannabis company, in 2014, James and Wendy Hull said theyve heard from customers whove praised their products for helping them with pain, anxiety and other ailments even cancer. Because of state regulations, the packaging for the companys infused tinctures, topicals, capsules and other products contains no information claiming any therapeutic effects. The couple are also cautious in how they describe their products. The products made in Fairwinds east Vancouver headquarters have names such as Deep Sleep, Digestify and AM Relief ....
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Marijuana Moment | February 16, 2019
 West Virginia House Passes Medical Marijuana Banking Bill

Kyle Jaeger
A bill that provides state protections for banks that deal with medical marijuana revenue was approved overwhelmingly by the West Virginia House of Delegates on Friday. Introduced by Del. Eric Nelson R, the legislation authorizes the state treasurer to open a bidding process for banks and other financial institutions that are willing to process the fees, penalties and taxes collected under the states medical cannabis program. It would also make it so the state government could not prohibit, penalize, incentivize, or otherwise impair financial institutions that accept acco....
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SeattlePI | December 16, 2018 | Seattle
  WSLCB approves new marijuana candy regulations

Zosha Millman

Candy edibles will be permitted in Washington state so long as they aren`t too colorful
Good news edible fans: Washington state will not ban pot-infused candies and gummies after all. But there will be some changes coming to the treats. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board finalized a policy on Wednesday which limits the colors and shapes that edibles can have, but doesn`t forbid pot-infused candies, like an earlier policy did. Recommended Video As expected, the new rules stipulate that pot companies to avoid bright colors, working instead with a ``standard pantone color book that sets the list of colors and specified ranges within those colors`` f....
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NORML | February 15, 2019
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/15/18
Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative Roundup This was a big week for marijuana in Congress. The House Financial Services subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions held a hearing Wednesday to address the lack of access to basic banking services by state-legal marijuana businesses. Also this week Senator Brian Schatz D-HI and Representative Barbara Lee D-CA introduced legislation, The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, to expand and facilitate medical cannabis access to military veterans suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, ....
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NORML | February 14, 2019
 Congressional Hearing On Marijuana Banking Held

Justin Strekal
The House Financial Services subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions held a hearing Wednesday to address the lack of access to basic banking services by state-legal marijuana businesses. Currently, state-licensed marijuana businesses face a web of conflicting regulations and federal prohibitions largely prohibit these businesses from partnering with financial institutions, processing credit cards, and taking standard business deductions. NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano submitted written congressional testimony, which you can read here. NORML P....
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Stop the Drug War | February 14, 201
 In Bid to Blunt Black Market, California Eyes Marijuana Tax Cuts
Steve DAngelo was prescient. As the era of legal recreational marijuana in California began just over a year ago, the East Bay medical marijuana maven expressed concerned that taxes on the newly legal industry were too high. Its going to mean that a significant number of people, less affluent consumers are going to turn to the lower prices of the underground market, he told KPIX 5 on January 1, 2018, the day it became legal in the state. A year later DAngelos concerns have been borne out. The state had estimated that retail marijuana sales would exceed the $3 billion in 2....
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Smell The Truth | February 13, 2019
 Congress looks into allowing banking for marijuana businesses

Oscar Pascual
U.S. lawmakers are once again exploring efforts to allow legal cannabis businesses access to banks. The Democratic-controlled House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday held a hearing to discuss the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019, also known as the SAFE Banking Act, reports Yahoo Finance. Were trying to examine how outdated banking regulations on the federal level are hindering reform on the state level when it comes to marijuana, said Democratic Congressman Gregory Meeks, chairman of the Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions subcommittee. H....
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NORML | February 13, 2019
 Businesses Need Bank Accounts; Marijuana Shops Included

Justin Strekal
Imagine operating a business without a bank account. Or having to pay each of your employees and vendors in cash. Imagine being forbidden from letting your customers pay for purchases with a credit card, or being able to ask a bank for a small business loan. This is the reality of hundreds of small and medium-sized business owners throughout the country who are engaging in the emerging cannabis marketplace. To date, nine states Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington permit retail sales of recreational marijuana to ad....
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Marijuana Moment | February 11, 2019
  Politics Where Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar Stands On Marijuana

Kyle Jaeger
Sen. Amy Klobuchar D-MN announced on Sunday that shes running for the Democratic Partys 2020 presidential nomination. The former prosecutor has not been especially outspoken about marijuana, but her support for certain reform legislation has earned her a B grade from NORML. Heres more on where she stands on the issue: Legislation And Policy Actions Klobuchar hasnt introduced any cannabis bills herself, but she has signed onto four pieces of marijuana legislation that her colleagues have filed. Shes a cosponsor of the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting S....
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CANN Media Group | February 8, 2019 | WASHINGTON, D.C.
 Wyden Bill Deschedules Cannabis, Ends 280E, Adds 25 Fed Excise Tax

Tom Hymes

The bipartisan legislation introduced today by Sen. Wyden and Rep. Blumenauer trades regulation and taxation for an end to the federal war on state-legal cannabis.
Senator Ron Wyden D-OR today introduced S. 420 as part of a bipartisan package of legislation offered in tandem with fellow-Oregonian and Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer that seeks to preserve the integrity of state marijuana laws and provide a path for responsible federal legalization and regulation of the marijuana industry. The announcement was made via the newsroom of the Senate Committee on Finance, of which Wyden is the ranking member. It was a fitting move considering the financial bent of the three-bill package, which, in addition to descheduling cannabis, does away ....
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Stop the Drug | February 06, 2019
 In Historic First, Denver Will Vote on Decriminalizing Magic Mushrooms

Its official: Voters in Denver will go to the polls in May to decide whether to allow residents to use and possess magic mushrooms and psilocybin, the hallucinogenic substance that makes those mushrooms so magic, without fear of criminal penalty. The city`s Election Division confirmed last Friday that an initiative petition to decriminalize the mushrooms had received enough signatures to qualify for the May 7 municipal ballot. magic mushrooms Creative Commons That will mark the first time any jurisdiction in the United States has taken up the issue. A California statewide ....
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NORML | February 8, 2019
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/8/19

Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative Roundup This week, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden introduced legislation in the Senate The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. A subcommittee of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on cannabis business banking issues next week. At the state level, activists in Texas, Maryland, and Kentucky gathered in their state capitols alongside state and local NORML chapters to lobby for sens....
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