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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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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 1, 2017
 Mexico nears legalization of medical marijuana


(image:David Downs)
Oscar Pascual
Building from a series of rapid marijuana law reform sweeping Mexico, the countrys lawmakers have now voted to approve marijuana use for medicinal purposes. Mexicos Lower House of Congress passed a bill on Friday to legalize cannabis for both medical and scientific needs, reports the Associated Press. The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes, the Lower House stated on its website. The bill pa....
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The New York Times | APRIL 13, 2017 Continue reading the main storyShare This Page Share Tweet Email More Save | OTTAWA
 Trudeau Unveils Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Canada
Crowds celebrated National Marijuana Day last year on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Crowds celebrated National Marijuana Day last year on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
(image:Credit Chris Roussakis/Agence France-Presse Getty Images)
IAN AUSTEN
Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation on Thursday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada. Many nations have either decriminalized marijuana, allowed it to be prescribed medically or effectively stopped enforcing laws against it. But when Mr. Trudeaus bill passes as expected, Canada will become only the second nation, after Uruguay, to completely legalize marijuana as a consumer product. Criminal prohibition has failed to protect our kids and our communities, said Bill Blair, a lawmaker and former Toronto police....
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