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Smell the Truth | November 13, 2017
 New York allows PTSD patients to use medical marijuana


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Oscar Pascual
New York military veterans and others diagnosed with post-traumatic stress will now be able to enter the states medical marijuana program. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Veterans Day signed legislation that adds PTSD to the list of qualifying health disorders for medical cannabis, according to an AP report. Our veterans risked their lives in order to defend the ideals and principles that this nation was founded upon and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them when they return home, Cuomo said. New York joins Arizona, Colorado, and Illinois as states that legally all....
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Marijuana Business Daily | November 8, 2017
 Leading US marijuana retailer LivWell takes significant ownership stake in Canadian producer


Matt Lamers
One of the largest marijuana retailers in the United States has acquired a significant equity stake in an Alberta cannabis producer, a move that could pave the way for other U.S. companies to enter the Canadian market. Denver-based LivWell Enlightened Health purchased the undisclosed stake in Lethbridge, Alberta-based 51st Parallel, Marijuana Business Daily has learned. The deal essentially makes the Canadian company a LivWell affiliate. Executives from the two privately held companies confirmed the transaction but declined to disclose the financial terms of the deal. ....
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The Joint Blog | November 6, 2017
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has announced that for the first time legal marijuana businesses in the state now have an insurance company willing to offer them commercial insurance.
 California Company Becomes First to Offer Commercial Insurance to Marijuana Businesses


Anthony Martinelli
According to Jones, legal marijuana businesses are now able to purchase commercial insurance from Golden Bear Insurance Company, the first company willing to offer such services to the marijuana industry. The insurer was given approval last week to began providing commercial insurance to marijuana businesses that are explicitly following state law. Consumers who visit cannabis businesses, workers who work there, businesses who sell products to or rent property to cannabis businesses, and the investors, owners and operators of cannabis businesses all should have insurance co....
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Marijuana Business Daily | November 2, 2017
 Washington state cannabis businesses enter unknown territory with no official seed-to-sale system


Bart Schaneman
Washington state marijuana licensees are incurring added costs in man hours and paperwork now that theyre operating without a contracted state seed-to-sale system. Nov. 1 marked the first day licensed Washington state marijuana businesses have operated without a traceability program, and its raising questions about the necessity of such systems. BioTrackTHC, which had the contract with the state for three years, failed to reach an extension with Washingtons Liquor and Control Board LCB, and the agreement ended at midnight Oct. 31. The LCB selected MJ Freeways Leaf Data S....
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The Joint Blog | November 1, 2017
The Food and Drug Administration FDA has sent warning letters to multiple companies involved in the distribution of products containing cannabidiol CBD.
 FDA Sends Warning to CBD Companies


Anthony Martinelli
fdaThe FDA sent warning letters today to four CBD-related companies claiming them to be making unsubstantiated claims related to more than 25 different products spanning multiple product webpages, online stores and social media websites. The companies are Natural Alchemist California, Greenroads Health Florida, Thats Natural Marketing & Consulting Colorado, and Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises LLC also Colorado. As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations ongoing efforts to protect consumers from health fraud, the agency today issued warning letters to four compani....
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The Joint Blog | November 1, 2017
The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court has ruled that the state must consider reclassifying marijuana due to the fact that marijuanas health benefits are abundantly and glaringly apparent now.
 Court Rules New Jersey Must Consider Reclassifying Marijuana


Anthony Martinelli
The court ruled that Steve Lee, former director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, had the legal authority to reclassify marijuana away from Schedule 1 when he denied a request in 2014. The ruling says states that since New Jersey has now had a long-running medical marijuana program, the government must revisit the issue and again consider whether marijuana should be removed as a Schedule 1 drug, which indicates it has no medical value and is as dangerous as substances such as heroin. According to Attorney Joseph Linares of Newark, who brought forth the case on behalf of ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | October 31, 2017
 Public banks offer hope for marijuana businesses, but will they arrive in time?


Omar Sacirbey
With most private institutions and credit unions still avoiding the legal cannabis industry, many marijuana businesses remain without bank accounts. But one idea is gaining acceptance among MJ entrepreneurs and a growing number of cities and states: the formation of public banks to serve the cannabis industry. The problem? Itll be a while before any open their doors. Cities that are looking into creating such financial institutions include Los Angeles, Oakland and Santa Rosa in California; Philadelphia, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The states of Arizona and Maryland are als....
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The New York Times | OCT. 29, 2017, | LOS ANGELES
 Confusion Coming With California`s Legal Marijuana
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Ready or not, California kicks off recreational marijuana sales on Jan. 1. And, mostly, it`s not. Los Angeles and San Francisco are among many cities still struggling to fashion local rules for pot shops and growers. Without the regulations, there could be limited options in many places for consumers eager to ring in the new year with a legal pot purchase. ``The bulk of folks probably are not going to be ready Jan. 1,`` conceded Cara Martinson of the California State Association of Counties. In general, California will treat cannabis like alcohol, allowing people 21 and ....
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NORML | October 24, 2017
Protections for the medical marijuana markets that are now legal in 30 states are set to expire on December 8th.
 #ACT: Medical Marijuana Could Be On The Line
Justin Strekal
After that, over 2 million registered patients continued access to their medication will rely on the prohibitionist whims of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been lobbying aggressively for the ability to use the full force of the Justice Department to interfere with their operations. But your member of Congress could make the difference. Were targeting key elected officials who we need to publicly support these continued protections and need your Representatives to speak up and encourage them to stand with patients. Send a message to your Representative NOW Here i....
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Marijuana Business Daily | October 24, 2017
 MJ Freeways issues mount with more outages, delayed seed-to-sale program


Bart Schaneman
MJ Freeway, one of the leading technology companies in the cannabis industry, continues to experience security and performance issues with its inventory tracking software. The companys point-of-sale system failed multiple times over the past few days, forcing marijuana retailers nationwide to log transactions by hand or in some cases even close temporarily. And just last week, Washington state regulators announced that MJ Freeways seed-to-sale tracking program Leaf Data Systems wont be fully functional by Oct. 31. Thats the date when MJ Freeway is scheduled to take ove....
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NORML | October 16, 2017
 ACLU Pennsylvania: Blacks Eight Times More Likely Than Whites To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession


Justin Strekal
African Americans in Pennsylvania are over eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU Pennsylvania report reviewed arrest data for all 67 counties from 2010 to 2016. Excluding Philadelphia, which decriminalized cannabis possession offenses in 2014, adult marijuana possession arrests increased 33 percent during this time period at a cost of $225.3 million to taxpayers. Black adults were 8.2 times more likely than their white c....
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The Daily Chronic | October 18, 2017
 Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill


Phillip Smith
A bipartisan group of Senate heavy-hitters have filed a bill aimed at reducing the swollen federal prison population by moving away from harsh mandatory minimum drug sentences, among other reforms. But its not completely reformist. The measure is a mixed bag, a product of lengthy discussions among senators seeking a compromise that could actually pass the Senate. While it has a number of progressive sentencing reform provisions, it also includes new mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes, including some drug offenses. Those provisions will provide political cover to c....
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