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NORML | October 18, 2018
 Music Legend David Crosby: Join Me and NORML and Lets Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

David Crosby
Hello. My name is David Crosby. You might know me as a founding member of rock legends The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. But today Im wearing a very different hat. Today, I am writing to you to personally introduce myself as the newest member of NORMLs Advisory Board. Why have I decided to become involved with NORML? Its simple. Id like cannabis to be legal everywhere, and I like the good folks at NORML feel a responsibility to stick up for those people who have been punished as a result of this oppressive and senseless policy. That is why Im partnering with....
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NORML | October 19, 2018
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 10/19/18

Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative RoundupWe the People Some news from across the border to start off, this week Canada became the second nation to explicitly legalize the social use, possession, cultivation, and retail production and sale of cannabis. The new law will also include pardons of all criminal possession charges of less than 30 grams. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comments specific to whether changes ought to be recommended regarding the international classification of cannabis as a controlled substance. Member....
View more in new window | October 18th, 2018 | DETROIT
 U.S. Warns Canadians to not Cross Border with Marijuana

Associated Press
U.S. officials are reminding travelers that it remains illegal to bring cannabis into the United States at border crossings despite the Oct. 17, 2018, legalization of marijuana in Canada. U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP representative Christopher Perry says the implementation of the new Canadian law on Oct. 17 thus far has had little effect on the flow of traffic along the border. Perry, CBPs director of field operations in Michigan, talked to reporters at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, which connects Detroit with Windsor, Ontario. According to Perry, U.S. border ag....
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The Joint Blog | October 19, 2018
 Colorado Sets Marijuana Sales Record With Over $140 Million Sold in August

Anthony Martinelli

There was over $140 million worth of marijuana and marijuana products sold legally in Colorado in August, setting a new monthly record.
In total there was $141,322,108 in marijuana and marijuana products purchased legally in Colorado in August, according to the states Department of Revenue. This bests the previous record set the monthly prior $138.8 million. Of the $141 million in marijuana sold in August, $28.3 million came from medical marijuana sales, with recreational marijuana sales falling barely short of $113 million. These sales helped Colorado garner over $20 million in tax revenue for the month of August. The new data brings the states total marijuana sales for 2018 to $1,022,245,511. This puts....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Oct 17, 2018
 The fight for Measure 3 is heating up in North Dakota

With less than three weeks until Election Day, efforts to pass Measure 3, which would legalize marijuana for adults in North Dakota, are ramping up. While opponents rely on the standard prohibitionist fear tactics, the Yes on 3 team is sharing a positive message of personal freedom and criminal justice reform with their neighbors across the state. Please contribute here to help them reach and educate more voters. And if you live in North Dakota, commit to voting for Measure 3 and encourage friends, colleagues, and neighbors to do the same. In a sign of growing support, st....
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Marijuana Business Daily | 10/18/2018
 Southern California recreational cannabis firms struggle with product shortages, licensing and black market

Chris Casacchia
Growing pains is an understatement to describe Southern Californias tumultuous recreational marijuana marketplace. New regulations that took effect July 1, product shortages, slow license approvals and a thriving black market are rattling what was already a turbulent sector of the California MJ industry. Southern California adult-use cannabis businesses, for their part, are facing a variety of curveballs and headwinds, including: Sales at Blum, a recreational and medical marijuana facility in Santa Ana, are down about 20 percent compared to last year, according to De....
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CANN Media Group | October 16, 2018
 Canadian PSA Reminds Travelers Not to Enter the Country with Cannabis

Tom Hymes
As national cannabis legalization begins, the Canadian government is concerned enough about confusion among the public regarding international travel with cannabis products that it has issued a public service announcement reminding everyone but especially Americans that even after October 17, 2018, it remains illegal to take cannabis or any product containing cannabis across Canadas international borders. The warnings are no doubt warranted. With recent reports that airport police now permit travelers over 21 to carry legal amounts of cannabis in their carry-ons through LA....
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Smell The Truth | October 11, 2018
 High Times postpones Sacramento Cannabis Cup

Oscar Pascual
High Times is postponing its trademark Cannabis Cup festival just weeks before its scheduled date in Sacramento, the Sacramento Bee reports. After multiple discussions with state and city leaders and extensive deliberations with all stakeholders, Cannabis Cup organizers have determined it is in the best interests of all parties to postpone the event, wrote High Times organizers in an email statement. The postponement comes partly due to new legislation recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown approved AB 2020 on Sept. 26, allowing local governments to approve permits f....
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Forbes | Oct 17, 2018
 Congressman Issues Blueprint To Legalize Marijuana For Democratic House In 2019

Tom Angell
A key Democratic congressman has a step-by-step plan to enact the end of federal marijuana prohibition in 2019 if his party takes control of the House, and he`s laying it all out in a new memo. TOM SYDOWTOM SYDOW ``Congress is out of step with the American people and the states on cannabis,`` Rep. Earl Blumenauer D-OR writes in the eight-page document addressed to House Democratic Leadership. ``We have an opportunity to correct course if Democrats win big in November. Theres no question: cannabis prohibition will end. Democrats should lead the way.`` House Republican lea....
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NORML | October 17, 2018
 Canadian Legalization Day Is Here

Today, Canada becomes the second nation to explicitly legalize the social use, possession, cultivation, and retail production and sale of cannabis. The new law marks the culmination of an effort led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who promised in 2015, shortly after taking office, to legalize and regulate the marijuana market. Further, the new law will include expungements of all possession criminal charges of less than 30 grams. Trudeau was not always in favor of legalization. In fact, for many years he opposed it. That was until he met face-to-face with NORML Canada a....
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The Weed Blog | 10/17/2018
 Legalization Day: Canadian Government to Announce Pardons for Simple Possession

Moira Feeney

A government announcement on legalization day is expected to lay out the plan to expunge possession of 30 grams or less.
Sources have confirmed to CTV News that the Canadian government intends to issue pardons, and not record expungements or amnesty, for cases of possession of 30 grams or less, as the countrys cannabis legalization policies go into effect. An announcement from the government on Wednesday morning, just after legalization has gone into effect, is expected to lay out the plan. The Public Safety Minister, Justice Minister, Health Minister, and Border Security and Organized Crime Minister are expected to speak with reporters on the morning of Canadas historic legalization day an....
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The Washington Post | October 17 | TORONTO
 Canada now worlds largest legal marijuana marketplace
Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton, left to right, poses with the receipt for the first legal cannabis for recreation use sold in Canada to Nikki Rose and Ian Power at the Tweed shop on Water Street in St. Johns N.L. at 12:01 am NDT on Wednesday Oct. 17, 2018.
Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton, left to right, poses with the receipt for the first legal cannabis for recreation use sold in Canada to Nikki Rose and Ian Power at the Tweed shop on Water Street in St. Johns N.L. at 12:01 am NDT on Wednesday Oct. 17, 2018.
(image:Paul Daly/The Canadian Press Associated Press)
Rob Gillies and Gene Johnson
Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada but he has no plans to smoke it. He plans to frame it. Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. Power was first in line at a store in St. Johns, Newfoundland. I am going to frame it and hang it on my wall. Im not even going to smoke it. Im just going to save it forever, Power said. And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the countrys easternmost provinc....
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The Washington Post | October 16 | OTTAWA
 Marijuana becomes legal in Canada on Wednesday, but barriers remain for consumers
Employees collect cuttings from cannabis plants at Hexo Corp`s facilities in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, on Sept. 26.
Employees collect cuttings from cannabis plants at Hexo Corp`s facilities in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, on Sept. 26.
(image:Chris Wattie/Reuters)
Alan Freeman
Canada becomes the first major industrialized country to fully decriminalize cannabis for recreational use on Wednesday, fulfilling a 2015 election pledge from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a process that has proven massively complex and remains fraught with uncertainty. Concerns abound. Already there are worries about a shortage of legal cannabis for sale in the early months of legalization and a lack of retail outlets, leading to a possible boom in the illicit marijuana trade the new law is designed to thwart. Canadas 12 provinces and territories are tasked with regul....
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The Weed Blog | 10/16/2018
 Canadian Police Ready for Legalization No Major Issues But Dont Drive Stoned

Moira Feeney

Enforcing laws around legal weed will be ``a work in progress,`` but police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
With cannabis legalization happening in just one day October 17 Canadian police say no sweat, theyre ready to roll. The head of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police CACP, Adam Palmer, held a press conference on the eve of Canada`s historic cannabis legalization wherein he outlined the CACPs plans. While the legal recreational use of cannabis will be new for Canadians come Wednesday, enforcing laws around impaired driving, and the illegal production, distribution, and consumption of cannabis will not be new to police, said Palmer, who is also the chief of the Van....
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