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Marijuana Business Daily | May 9, 2018
 Exclusive: US marijuana sales may reach $10 billion this year, $22 billion by 2022


Eli McVey, John Schroyer and Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier
Retail sales of medical and recreational cannabis in the United States are expected to hit $8 billion-$10 billion this year a nearly 50 percent increase from 2017 and rise as high as $22 billion by 2022. Thats according to exclusive projections from the 2018 edition of the Marijuana Business Factbook released Wednesday at the start of MJBizConNEXT in New Orleans. The anticipated explosive industry growth is a backdrop for MJBizConNEXT, which is hosted by Marijuana Business Daily. The industry conference is expected to draw 3,000 marijuana professionals and 280-plus exhi....
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NORML | 5/4/18
 Weekly Legislative Roundup


Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative Roundup Lets talk about some new state-level developments. The Maine House of Representatives and Senate overrode Gov. Paul LePages R veto of marijuana legalization implementation legislation this week. The enactment of the legislation establishes a framework for the retail sale of marijuana to adults, but also amends numerous provisions of the 2016 voter-approved measure including those specific to home grow limits and taxation. The New Approach Missouri medical cannabis campaign submitted 372,483 petition signa....
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The Joint Blog | April 30, 2018
 California Committee Approves Measure to Make Employers Treat Medical Marijuana Like Prescription Drugs


Anthony Martinelli

Californias Assembly Labor and Employment Committee has given approval to Assembly Bill 2069, which is designed to end employer discrimination against medical marijuana patients.
The legislative proposal titled the Medical Cannabis Worker Protections Act would force employers to treat medical marijuana the same way they do legal prescription drugs such as but not limited to opioids. Employers would be required to give reasonable accommodation to medical marijuana patients under the states Fair Employment and Housing Act. The legislation, filed by Asemblymember Rob Bonta D along with Asemblymember Bill Quick D, was passed last week by the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee in a 5 to 1 vote. The bill exempts employers who may be subject to f....
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NORML | April 19, 2018
 Senator Sanders Co-Sponsors The Marijuana Justice Act


Today, Senator Bernie Sanders joined Senator Cory Booker on a live stream for a conversation about ending prohibition and co-sponsoring the Marijuana Justice Act. But they cant do it alone. Right now, 33 members of Congress have put their name on the House and Senate versions of this legislation, but we still have a long way to go. Politicians are starting to realize that legalization is not only good policy, but good politics. Send a message to your federal officials and tell them to put their name on this legislation too. The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition....
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NORML | April 18, 2018
 Bipartisan Legislation Introduced To Facilitate Medical Cannabis Trials For Veterans


Paul Armentano
United States Rep. Timothy Waltz D-MN, along with over 30 bipartisan co-sponsors, has introduced legislation, HR 5520: The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018, to facilitate federally-sponsored clinical research into the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis among veterans. The legislation states: In carrying out the responsibilities of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary may conduct and support research relating to the efficacy and safety of forms of cannabis on the health outcomes of covered veterans diagnosed with chronic pain, post-traumatic str....
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The Joint Blog | April 19, 2018
 U.S. Senate Minority Leader Announces Measure to Decriminalize Marijuana


Anthony Martinelli

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer D announced today that he will soon be introducing legislation that would decriminalize marijuana across the United States.
In an interview with VICE News Schumer called the legislation long overdue, and said that too many people have been effected by the plants prohibiton. Ill be introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level from one end of the country to the other, said Schumer, who is the leading Democrat in the Senate. Schumers announcement comes just weeks after the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R announced legislation that would legalize hemp. Ive seen too many peoples lives ruined because they had small amounts of marijuana and served time in jail, muc....
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NORML | April 13, 2018
 GOP Lawmaker: Trump Administration Pledges Non-Interference In Legal Marijuana States


Paul Armentano
Republican Senator Cory Gardner CO says that he has received a verbal commitment from President Donald Trump specifying that the administration will not take action to disrupt marijuana markets in states that legally regulate the substance. Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana, Gardner told the Associated Press. Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justices rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorados legal marijuana industry....
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The Joint Blog | April 9, 2018
 Californias Chalice Festival to be First to Allow On-Site Recreational Marijuana Use and Sales
Anthony Martinelli

Taking place July 13 to July 15, the California Chalice Festival will be the first in the state to allow recreational marijuana to be sold and consumed on-site.
The festival is slated to take place at the San Bernadino County Fairgrounds in Victorville starting July 13 and going through July 15. Launched in 2014, this years Chalice Festival will feature performances by Bassnectar, Ludacris, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Sizzla Kalonji, Curren$y, Cut Chemist, Pharcyde, and Thriftworks. LiveforLiveMusic.com notes that while past events have catered to medical marijuana users and paraphernalia aficionados, this years event will, for the first time, allow on-site marijuana consumption and purchases for adults aged 21 and older. On-site produc....
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The Joint Blog | April 9, 2018
 Feds Now Accepting Public Comments on Potential Rescheduling of Marijuana


Anthony Martinelli

Starting today, the federal government is accepting public comments regarding the potential rescheduling of marijuana as a schedule 1 controlled substances which puts it alongside drugs such as heroin.
In response to the United Nations World Health Organization announcing that they will soon review the current international classification of marijuana, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA is themselves starting a review, and are asking interested persons to submit comments regarding the potential rescheduling of marijuana. The public comment period will be open from today, to April 23. The FDA is seeking input on the abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use of marijuana and its c....
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NPR | April 7, 2018
 Medical Marijuana`s `Catch-22`: Limits On Research Hinder Patient Relief
Marisa Taylor Melissa Bailey
By the time Ann Marie Owen, 61, turned to marijuana to treat her pain, she was struggling to walk and talk. She was also hallucinating. For four years, her doctor prescribed a wide range of opioids for transverse myelitis, a debilitating disease that caused pain, muscle weakness and paralysis. The drugs not only failed to ease her symptoms, they hooked her. When her home state of New York legalized marijuana for the treatment of select medical ailments, Owens decided it was time to swap pills for pot. But her doctors refused to help. ``Even though medical marijuana is l....
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The Cannabist | Apr 6, 2018
 Google and Facebook wont advertise marijuana, even where its legal
Rachel Siegel The Washington Post
As the cannabis industry grows, generating an estimated $10 billion in annual sales, states are increasingly approving medical marijuana programs and passing adult-use laws. But for marketing agencies, marijuana dispensaries and cannabis brands, advertising the pot brings its own hurdles. Online platforms with prime advertising space like Facebook and Google do not allow drug, or drug-related promotions on their sites, leaving a large share of marijuana advertising to blogs and podcasts, newsletters and print media. And while experts say Facebook and Google which control....
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The Joint Blog | April 6, 2018
 Over 11,000 Drug Convictions Vacated by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court


Anthony Martinelli
All of the chargers were dismissed due to evidence crossing paths with disgraced state chemist Sonja Farak, who was arrested in 2013 for stealing cocaine. Farak later admitted to spending nearly a decade stealing cocaine and other drugs that were meant as evidence. Farak also admitted to testing seized drugs all being used as evidence in criminal cases while under the influence of various drugs including LSD, MDMA, methamphetamine, amphetamine, phentermine and ketamine, among others. As an initial matter, the respondents the attorney general and the offices of the Massach....
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