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The Joint Blog | June 11, 2019
 Oregon: Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Landlords From Discriminating Against Medical Marijuana Patients


Paul Armentano
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has signed legislation, Senate Bill 970, prohibiting landlords from taking discriminatory action against those who either use medical cannabis or possess cannabis-related convictions. The measure states that a landlord may not take into consideration an applicants status as a medical marijuana patient or whether they have a conviction based solely on the use or possession of marijuana. Often times patients are forced to choose between their health and well-being and suitable housing, said NORML State Policies Coordinator Carly Wolf. No human bei....
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| June 14, 2019
 Two Congressional Hearings Next Week On Marijuana


Next week, the two key committees will hold hearings on various aspects of federal marijuana policy. The first will be held on Wednesday, June 19th, in the Small Business Committee, entitled Unlocked Potential? Small Businesses in the Cannabis Industry. Currently, in the 10 states that have legalized adult use cannabis and the 33 states that have legalized medical marijuana programs, entrepreneurs and small businesses are unable to access the valuable programs and support of the Small Business Administration. Ultimately, this prohibition on access to resources hampers th....
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Stop the Drug War | June 13, 2019
 Chronicle AM: CO Hits $1 Billion in Cannabis Taxes, Pompeo Doubles Down on Colombia Crop Spraying, More... 6/13/18


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Colorado has raked in a billion dollars in cannabis tax revenues, Cincinnati decriminalizes, Bonaroo harm reduction protest, Pompeo pushes Colombia coca crop spraying, and more. Is this truck driver ``an illicit drug user``? A trucking group says hundreds of thousands are. Creative Commons Marijuana Policy Colorado Hits $1 Billion in Marijuana Tax Revenues. The state Department of Revenue reported this week that tax revenues from marijuana sales since legalization in 2014 have now topped the one-billion-dollar mark. The department reported tax, license, and fee revenues....
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Marijuana Moment | June 11, 2019
 Anti-Marijuana Lawmakers Shut Down By Congressional Committee


Kyle Jaeger
Marijuana reform advocates scored two victories on Tuesday after a key congressional committee approved a spending bill that included a cannabis banking provision and excluded another rider that previously impeded legalization in the nations capital. The moves came in spite of impassioned objections from a handful of Republican lawmakers. For the first time ever, the House Appropriations Committee passed spending legislation that would provide protections for banks that service marijuana businesses. And a longstanding provision prohibiting Washington, D.C. from using its o....
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Stop the Drug War | 6/11/19
 Chronicle AM: NJ Lawmakers Pass Pot Expungement Bill, Psychedelic Research Proposal Advances, More...


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Nevada is going to pilot a digital banking program for pot businesses, Alabama`s governor signs a medical marijuana study bill, chain pharmacies make recommendations on opioids, and more. MDMA and other Schedule I substances could be opened for more research under a successful amendment to an appropriations bill. Marijuana Policy Nevada to Test Limited Marijuana Banking System. Gov. Steve Sisolak D has signed into law a bill that creates a three-year pilot program where marijuana businesses can use an online system where digital currency can be sent and received. State....
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The Joint Blog | June 5, 2019
 


Anthony Martinelli

According to a new study, drivers who test positive for THC do not possess a significantly increased risk of being responsible for a non-fatal motor vehicle accident.
For the study, researchers at the University of British Columbia compared the likelihood of crash responsibility in drivers testing positive for THC and/or other substances as compared to drug-free drivers over a six-year period 2010 to 2016. As reported on by NORML, the state found that, In this multi-site observational study of non-fatally injured drivers, we found no increase in crash risk, after adjustment for age, sex, and use of other impairing substances, in drivers with THC<5ng/ml. For drivers with THC>5ngml there may be an increased risk of crash responsibility, b....
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The Weed Blog | Jun 7, 2019
 Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan for nationwide cannabis legalization this week.
Leah Maurer
Kirsten Gillibrand has been making waves in the political discussions happening in America, both as the U.S. Senator from New York and now as a Democratic Candidate for president. If you weren`t already taking a look at what she is working toward, you should be now as this week she revealed her plan to fully legalize cannabis nationwide, stating, ``It`s 2019. Let`s legalize it. Aside from fully legalizing recreational/adult-use and medical cannabis, Gillibrand`s plan would expunge all nonviolent marijuana convictions and work on the medical and economic opportunity of thi....
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Marijuana Moment | May 28, 2019
 Marijuana Banking Bill Has A Chance In The Senate, Republican Lawmakers Say


Natalie Fertig
Some Republican senators say there is a chance that Sen. Mike Crapo R-ID, who chairs the Senate Banking Committee, will schedule legislation aimed at increasing marijuana businesses access to financial services for a hearing in his panel if it passes the House of Representatives. Sens. Kevin Cramer R-ND and Rand Paul R-KY both told Marijuana Moment they discussed the cannabis banking legislation with Crapo and are hopeful he will bring the bill forward. Ive talked with Senator Crapo about it, said Sen. Paul. I think theres a good chance theyre going to bring it up. The p....
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Marijuana Moment | May 27, 2019
 TSA Updates Marijuana Rules To Allow Hemp-Derived CBD On Flights


Kyle Jaeger
The Transportation Security Administration TSA updated its policy on cannabis over the Memorial Day weekend, changing the medical marijuana section of its What Can I Bring? webpage from reading no to yes with special instructions. Specifically, the agency is clarifying that hemp-derived CBD products may now be carried on planes under certain circumstances. Previously, TSA made no distinction between marijuana and hemp-derived preparations and warned on its website that cannabis products cannot be taken as carry-on items or in checked bags. But since the 2018 Farm Bill fed....
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NORML | 5/24/19
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/24/19


Carly Wolf
An activist group in North Dakota filed paperwork to begin petitioning for another adult use marijuana legalization ballot initiative in 2020. The group then withdrew the measure so they can amend the language. Members of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission have decided to advance plans to regulate social marijuana use facilities. Governor Jared Polis D of Colorado signed legislation into law that allows physicians to recommend medical cannabis for any condition for which an opiate would otherwise be prescribed. Legislation that would have removed the threat of....
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Marijuana Moment | May 24, 2019
 GOP Congressman Exposes Flaws In VA Marijuana Research Projects


Kyle Jaeger
Rep. Matt Gaetz R-FL emphasized the importance conducting clinical trials on medical marijuana at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VA on Tuesday, a topic on which he has often focused. He also criticized the catch-22 of VA cannabis research, arguing that while the department is able to conduct clinical trials on marijuana, it doesnt effectively publicize those studies, leaving veterans who might be interested in participating in the dark. The congressman started by asking whether Mike Colston, director of mental health policy and oversight at the Department of Defe....
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The Joint Blog | May 22, 2019
 California is Moving Forward With a Plan to Establish Marijuana Banks


Anthony Martinelli

The Associated Press is reporting that California is quickly moving forward with a plan to establish a system of banks to work with the marijuana industry which is legal under state law, but illegal under federal law.
Given that legal marijuana businesses are shut out of the traditional banking system by federal laws, proponents of the new push argue that they would benefit if the state approves a measure creating a special class of banks to handle pot money. The state Senate voted 35 to 1 on Tuesday to pass a bill that would allow people to start banks and credit unions that could accept cash deposits from marijuana retailers. Those banks could issue special checks to the retailers that could only be used for certain purposes, including paying taxes and California-based vendors. Stat....
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The Joint Blog | May 20, 2019
 Vermont and New Hampshire May Delay Votes on Marijuana Proposals


Anthony Martinelli

Marijuana legalization measures in both Vermont and New Hampshire have hit a roadblock, reports the Associated Press.
In Vermont, marijuana has been legal since July 1, 2018, when a lawmaker-approved measure took effect. However, the law established no legal means of actually purchasing marijuana they are the only state to legalize marijuana without allowing marijuana retail outlets. The Vermont Senate passed a tax and regulate proposal earlier this session, as noted by the AP, but it wont be acted upon in the House before January. Meanwhile, a legalization bill in New Hampshire could end up similarly delayed. We need to get a tax and regulated system as soon as possible, not necessarily....
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NORML | May 19, 2019
 Massachusetts: State Regulators Grant Initial Approval To Social Use Spaces


Paul Armentano
Members of the states Cannabis Control Commission have decided to advance plans to regulate social marijuana use facilities. Regulators voted 3 to 2 in favor of the proposal, which seeks to establish a pilot program in up to a dozen self-selected cities throughout the state. However, implementing the plan will require additional legislative action from lawmakers. To date, only Alaska has enacted statewide regulations governing on-site marijuana consumption sites. Similar legislation to establish marijuana hospitality spaces is before the Governor of Colorado. Earlier this....
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