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NORML | July 11, 2018
 NORML Questions Police Tactics That Led to Mans Death Over Small Marijuana Grow
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NORML questions the excessive use of force used by Pennsylvania law enforcement, whose pursuit of a man suspected of growing a small amount of marijuana outdoors ultimately led to his death. The body of a suspect in the case, Pennsylvania resident Gregory A. Longenecker, was found earlier this week under a bulldozer operated by a Pennsylvania Game Commission worker. The bulldozer was carrying a Pennsylvania state trooper in pursuit of Mr. Longenecker, who was suspected to have been cultivating ten marijuana plants ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | July 11, 2018
 Marijuana M&A activity spikes as some cannabis pioneers cash out


Lisa Bernard-Kuhn
Merger and acquisition activity is accelerating across the cannabis industry as more companies land multimillion-dollar capital infusions and ink deals aimed at growing market share. The momentum is giving more company founders an opportunity to cash out at an attractive price or leverage the deals to launch their next venture. The flurry of activity is a strong signal that the legal marijuana market is maturing as the industrys early pioneers begin to exit. As the first half of 2018 came to an end, more than 145 mergers and acquisitions had been announced since Jan. 1, ....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Jul 01, 2018
 Legalization becomes reality in Vermont


Its a big day. July 1, 2018 will go down in Vermonts history as the day the state officially stopped punishing adults for consuming marijuana. Residents of Vermont are seeing the fruits of our movements tireless efforts to reform harmful and ill-conceived marijuana laws. Adults can now legally possess, consume, and grow limited amounts of marijuana. Read our summary of the law here. MPP was a primary driving force behind this victory and were currently on the front lines of legalizing marijuana in many other states, too. Days like these are powerful reminders of what we....
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The Joint Blog | July 1, 2018
 Nevada: Traffic Deaths Drop Over 10 Following Marijuana Legalization


Anthony Martinelli

Contrary to prohibitionist rhetoric, traffic deaths in Nevada dropped over 10 in the first year following the legalization of marijuana.
According to data collected and released by the Nevada Department of Public Safety, 277 people died in car crashes between July, 2017 and May 2018. This is a 10.6 percent decrease from the same period a year prior; 310 people were killed in traffic accidents between July 2016, and May, 2017. Marijuana officially became legal in Nevada on January 1, 2017. Legal marijuana sales began half a year later, on July 1. The law allows anyone 21 and older to possess marijuana, and purchase it from a licensed retail outlet. According to the Nevada Department of Taxation, there was....
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NORML | June 29, 2018
 Vermont: Law Legalizing Adult Marijuana Use Takes Effect Sunday, July 1
Adults in Vermont will be able to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis legally under state law, beginning this Sunday, July 1. Vermont joins Alaska, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington in legalizing the adult possession and use of marijuana. It is the first state to enact legalization via an act of the legislature rather than by the passage of a voter initiative. The majority of Vermonters, like the majority of the American public, desire to live in a community where responsible adults who ch....
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The Joint Blog | June 28, 2018
 United States Senate Passes Bill to Legalize Hemp


Anthony Martinelli

The full United States Senate just overwhelmingly passed a farm bill that includes a provision to legalize hemp.
The Senate voted 86 to 11 today to give approval to a farm bill which includes a provision to legalize industrial hemp across the United States. Championed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R, the proposal would end a decades-long prohibition on a plant that congressional research shows can be used to make over 25,000 various products. The same research shows that the U.S. imports over half a billion dollars each year in hemp products, yet retains a law that makes it illegal for farmers to grow it. During a speech on the Senate floor, McConnell said that Consumers across....
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Marijuana Business Daily | 6/28/18
 July 1 could be extinction event for some California cannabis businesses


Joey Pea
Starting July 1, licensed operators in Californias marijuana market must be in compliance with the states readopted and updated emergency regulations. Retailers will no longer be able to sell product that hasnt passed testing lab standards mandated by regulators. They were given six months to exhaust their supplies of cannabis products made before the new requirements, and the deadline is now looming. July 1 might even prove an extinction event for businesses struggling to comply, observed Pamela Epstein, founder of Los Angeles-based Green Wise Consulting. Consultants, ....
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The Weed Blog | 6/28/18
 Senate Democratic Leader Introduces Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition


Maureen Meehan

Senator Chuck Schumer introduced a bill that would remove cannabis from the controlled substances list.
Chuck Schumer D-NY introduced a bill on Wednesday June 27th that would remove marijuana from the DEAs list of controlled substances, which would allow states to determine their own cannabis policies without fear of federal interference. Schumer, who announced his intention to file the bill in late April, was surely spurred on by recent midterm elections in which fellow ten-term, incumbent Democrat, Joe Crowley, was ousted by an independent 28-year-old Latina from Bronx, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The legislation, cosponsored by Sens. Bernie Sanders I-VT, Tim Kaine D-VA and....
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NORML | June 25, 2018
 FDA Approves Marketing Of Plant-Derived Marijuana Medicine


Regulators at the US Food and Drug Administration today granted market approval for Epidiolex, a prescription medicine containing a standardized formulation of plant-derived cannabidiol CBD, for the explicit treatment of two rare forms of severe epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. The FDAs decision was not unexpected, as the proprietary extract formulation developed by the British biotechnology firm GW Pharmaceuticals had previously demonstrated safety and clinical efficacy at reducing seizure frequency in several placebo-controlled trials. Epidiolex h....
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NORML | June 27, 2018
 Senate Democratic Leader Introduces Far-Reaching Marijuana Descheduling Bill


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with Senators Bernie Sanders, Tim Kaine, and Tammy Duckworth, just introduced legislation, the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and to provide funding for the expungement of criminal records for those with past marijuana convictions. Passage of descheduling legislation is necessary to resolve the existing and ever-growing state/federal divide over marijuana policy. Thirty-one states regulate medical marijuana use and nine states regulate the plants use, production, an....
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Marijuana Policy Project | June 20th, 2018
 Canada legalizes marijuana


Marijuana prohibition is history in Canada. Last night, after months of negotiations, Parliament approved a bill to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adults. After one formality Royal Assent Canada will become the second nation to end marijuana prohibition and the first G7 country to do so. Regulations vary by province, but most set age limits at 18 or 19 to match the legal age for alcohol and tobacco in Canada. Once the law takes effect, adults can possess up to 30 grams and grow up to four plants in their homes. Read more about this historic legislation. Prime....
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MG | June 15, 2018 | WASHINGTON, D.C.
 Congressional Committee Declines to Approve Cannabis Banking Regulations


Danny Reed
A congressional committee decided against amending banking rules for the cannabis industry. If enacted, the new regulations would have prevented the U.S Department of Treasury from attempting to penalize a financial institution solely because the institution provides financial services to an entity that is a manufacturer, producer, or a person that participates in any business or organized activity that involves handling marijuana or marijuana products in compliance with state and local law. After considerable debate, the House Appropriations Committee rejected the regula....
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NPR | June 8, 2018 |
 Trump Signals Possible Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Legislation
President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One as he arrives for the G-7 summit in Canada on June 8.
President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One as he arrives for the G-7 summit in Canada on June 8.
(image:Evan Vucci/AP )
Sarah McCammon
President Trump is signaling hes willing to support a move toward the legalization of marijuana, which would be a departure from the position of his attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Sessions has been known for his vocal opposition to marijuana legalization, calling it a very real danger during his Senate confirmation hearing, and saying, Good people dont smoke marijuana. Speaking to reporters as he left the White House Friday morning for the G-7 summit in Canada, Trump said, I probably will end up supporting bipartisan legislation that would give states wide latitude over....
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The Joint Blog | June 7, 2018
 Canada Senate Gives Approval to Marijuana Legalization



A bill to legalize marijuana, proposed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has been passed by the Senate through its third and final reading.
The legislation C-45 has already been passed by the House of Commons, but will go back for one final vote on Senate amendments before being sent to the Governor General for Royal Assent final approval. It was passed by the Senate 56 to 30. Once the law takes effect, the possession and cultivation of personal amounts of marijuana will be legal for those 18 and older. The law authorizes licensed marijuana businesses to sell marijuana and marijuana products, and also allows online sales which will be handled similarly to how the country currently allows online medical marij....
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