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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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Marijuana Business Daily | 5/17/2019
 Adult use in NJ a no-go for now, AR medical cannabis sales launch, new states allow edibles & more


New Jersey legislators abandon their current efforts to legalize recreational cannabis, Arkansas finally sees first medical marijuana sales, MJ-infused edibles expand into new states plus other important news from around the industry. No-go in NJ Garden State lawmakers conceded this week that legalizing adult-use marijuana isnt going to happen via a legislative move in the near term, setting the stage for a potential voter referendum in 2020. But the state has a Plan B: Expand a medical marijuana program that has gained plenty of traction since Gov. Phil Murphy took ....
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Marijuana Moment | May 15, 2019
 Oregon Senate Votes To Legalize Interstate Marijuana Imports And Exports


Kyle Jaeger
The Oregon Senate passed a landmark bill on Wednesday that would let the governor make agreements with other states to provide for the exportation and importation of marijuana products across state linesbut it will only go into effect if the federal government changes its own policies to allow such activity. Oregon senators approved the legislation in a 19 to 9 vote, and it now heads to the House. Producers, wholesalers and researchers would be able to take cannabis across state lines if the government forges an agreement with the receiving state. There would also be requ....
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Smell The Truth | May 13, 2019
 Europe takes the lead in smokable hemp production


Oscar Pascual
Business Health Lifestyle Legal Activism Science Reviews Europe takes the lead in smokable hemp production By Oscar Pascual on May 13, 2019 at 8:44 AM While American cannabis production leans towards industrial use, a handful of European businesses are selling hemp as a low-THC alternative to smokable cannabis. Hemp farmers based in Switzerland are slowly supplying the rest of Europe with hemp flowers containing low percentages of marijuanas psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol THC. These hemp strains are cultivated to ensure the level of THC does not exc....
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NORML | May 10, 2019
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/10/19


Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative Roundup Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries announced their intentions to introduce legislation known as the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act CSA, thus ending the nearly century-long federal policy of criminalization and prohibition. Governor Doug Bergum R of North Dakota signed a bill into law that will remove the threat of jail time for the possession of up to a half ounce of marijuana. Governor ....
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NPR | May 9, 2019
 38 Attorneys General Ask Congress To Bring Marijuana Money Into Banking System
A bipartisan group of attorneys general is urging Congress to pass legislation that would make it easier for banks to handle money involved in the legal cannabis industry.
A bipartisan group of attorneys general is urging Congress to pass legislation that would make it easier for banks to handle money involved in the legal cannabis industry.
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Laurel Wamsley
The attorneys general of 38 states and territories sent a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday, urging them: Please, let us bank the money generated by the country`s booming cannabis business. Most states and several U.S. territories have legalized medical marijuana, and 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized adult recreational use. But federal law still considers marijuana illegal, which exposes banks to legal risk if they handle weed-related money or transactions. ``This is simple: Not incorporating an $8.3 billion industry into our banking system....
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Stop the Drug War | May 09, 2019
 In Historic Come-from-Behind Victory, Denver Magic Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative Passes
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psmith
Hours after numerous media outlets including us had the Denver magic mushroom initiative going down to defeat Tuesday night, it managed a near-miraculous last-minute comeback to squeak out a victory by a margin of 50.56 percent to 49.44 percent, late Wednesday afternoon, according to unofficial Denver Election Division results. Magic mushrooms Greenoid/Flickr Election officials tweeted that ``the results remain unofficial`` until the city certifies them on May 16. If they hold, Denver will become the first locality in the United States to effectively decriminalize the us....
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Marijuana Moment | May 1, 2019
 Bills Allowing Marijuana Deliveries And Tasting Rooms Head Toward Colorado Governors Desk


Kyle Jaeger
A bill that would allow marijuana deliveries in Colorado is heading to the governors desk following a final vote in the Senate on Wednesday. And separate legislation providing for cannabis tasting rooms could be soon to follow. If signed into law, the two bills would represent some of the most significant expansions of the states legal cannabis program since voters approved legalization in 2012. The Senate votes on the House-passed legislation came just days before the end of the 2019 legislative session. The cannabis home delivery bill passed the Senate in a 20 to 14 vote....
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The Joint Blog | April 30, 2019
 The New York City Council has passed landmark legislation that would allow most job-hunters to avoid a drug test for marijuana.


Anthony Martinelli

The City Council passed the measure, which would ban pre-employment testing for marijuana, on Tuesday, reports the Associated Press. The measure now moves to the desk of Mayor Bill de Blasio. According to supporters of the measure , which would be the first proposal of its kind to be passed into law, would knock down a barrier that blocks people from jobs because of private behavior, not professional ability. Supports also note that marijuana can show up on a drug test days, or sometimes longer, after the high wears off. If you ingest weed in whatever manner a month ago,....
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Seeking Alpha | Apr. 30, 2019
 Florida`s Marijuana `Cartel` Ends With Issuance Of 57 More Licenses
James V. Baker James V. Baker
Summary During his gubernatorial campaign Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has called Florida`s seed-to-sale system a state-sponsored ``cartel`` that must end. Florida`s 2nd Judicial Circuit ruled that restrictions imposed in the 2017 state marijuana law thwarted the will of the people and was unconstitutional. As of April 26, 2019 Florida had 213,871 qualified patients with ID cards to receive medical marijuana. On the above date there were 14 approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers or MMTCs in Florida authorized to grow, process and sell medical marijuana. On April....
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NORML | April 26, 2019
 Michigan: State Supreme Court Rules Police Search Of Passengers Personal Property Is Unconstitutional


Paul Armentano
The warrantless search of a passengers personal property during a traffic stop is unconstitutional, according to a ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court. The judgement overturns a 2007 decision that barred passengers from challenging similar searches by members of law enforcement. Justices unanimously opined that the drivers voluntary consent to allow the police to search her vehicle did not extend to the passengers personal belongings. They determined: In this case, defendant had a legitimate expectation of privacy in his backpack. Defendant asserted a clear possessory int....
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The Joint Blog | April 29, 2019
 According to Canadian law enforcement agencies, there has been no noticeable increase in arrests for driving under the influence of marijuana since the nation legalized the plant for everyone 18 and older.


Anthony Martinelli

According to Canadian law enforcement agencies, there has been no noticeable increase in arrests for driving under the influence of marijuana since the nation legalized the plant for everyone 18 and older.
A survey by the Canadian Press of the countrys police forces has found that most have seen no rise in DUI cannabis arrests, reports High Times. [M]ost police departments are still really focusing on the drugs that we know that are killing people, the opiates and methamphetamines that are causing major concerns across the country, says Chief Constable Mike Serr, who is co-chairperson of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Polices drug advisory committee. Many departments which took part in the survey said they had actually recommended less charges for driving while und....
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Marijuana Moment | April 24, 2019
 Alabama Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill


Kyle Jaeger
An Alabama Senate committee approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana on Wednesday, the second major victory for cannabis reform supporters in the state within the span of a week. The legislation would allow patients 19 and older who are suffering from one of 33 conditions to qualify for medical marijuana and obtain it at licensed dispensaries. It would also establish a commission responsible for licensing cultivators, distributors and retailers and also approving medical cannabis cards for patients. Conditions that qualify patients for legal marijuana access include ....
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The Canadian Press | April 23, 2019
 Albertans can now buy medical marijuana online from Shoppers Drug Mart


Medical cannabis users in Alberta can now get their therapeutic pot from Shoppers Drug Mart, with the retail giant opening its second online platform Tuesday in the western province as it pursues the growing market. The launch follows the January debut of Medical Cannabis by Shoppers Drug Mart in Ontario, where the company says uptake ``has been strong.`` As in Ontario, the Alberta platform touts ``expert advice and counsel from trusted health-care professionals,`` including tips on the purported health properties of various strains, proper dosages and titration techniq....
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