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NORML | December 28, 2018
 NORML Chapters Prioritize a Wide Range of Reforms for 2019

Kevin Mahmalji
Looking back at 2018, it was another productive year for marijuana law reform advocates. In addition to advancing legislation in state houses around the country, NORML chapters played a significant role in passing marijuana law reform initiatives in Michigan and Missouri, and were instrumental in numerous municipal marijuana decriminalization victories. With more and more local and state governments taking steps to reduce the arrest and incarceration of marijuana patients and consumers, many are predicting 2019 to be a watershed year for marijuana law reform legislation. T....
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Cannabis Chronicles | SALEM, Ore.
 Oregon may look to export marijuana

The Columbian / Associated Press
Marijuana could take the next step toward joining pinot noir and craft beer on Oregons list of famous exports, under a proposal likely to go before state lawmakers in the new year. The Statesman Journal reports that the Craft Cannabis Alliance, a business association led by founder and executive director Adam Smith, is working with legislators to let Oregon start exporting pot to other legal-weed states by 2021. Among them is Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, who said he also plans to reintroduce provisions from Senate Bill 1042, a similar proposal that died in the statehou....
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The Joint Blog | December 25, 2018
 Thailand Lawmakers Unanimously Legalize Medical Marijuana

Anthony Martinelli
Following the vote Lawmaker Somchai Sawangkarn said that the passage of medical marijuana legalization could be considered as a New Year gift to Thais. The amendment on the Narcotics Bill was passed the second and third readings today. And will become effective once it is published on the Royal Gazette, said Sawangkarn. The National Legislative Assembly approved the change to the law by a vote of 153 to 0, with 13 members abstaining. This makes Thailand the first country in Southeast Asia to legally allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. As noted by CNN, the regi....
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The Weed Blog | 12/27/2018
 Israeli Parliament Approves Export of Medical Cannabis Hours Before Dissolving
Moira Feeney

Israel will join the Netherlands and Canada as nations that allow the legal export of medical cannabis.
The Israeli Knesset, or Parliament, gave its final approval to a long-awaited, controversial law to allow the export of medical marijuana abroad, joining the Netherlands and Canada as nations in allowing the legal export of medical cannabis. Among the countries eager to trade with Israel include Australia, Germany, Austria and Mexico, according to Forbes. Israel is perfectly positioned to enter and disrupt the medical cannabis market that is expected to soar to $33 billion worldwide in the next 5 years, Saul Kaye, CEO of iCAN, an Israeli medical cannabis company, said in ....
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NORML | December 21, 2018
 FDA Weighs In On Legal Status of Commercially Available Hemp-Derived CBD Products

Following yesterdays passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottleib issued a statement with regard to the agencys oversight of products commercially marketed as hemp-derived CBD. The FDA states: Were aware of the growing public interest in cannabis and cannabis-derived products, including cannabidiol CBD. This increasing public interest in these products makes it even more important with the passage of this law for the FDA to clarify its regulatory authority over these products. In short, we treat products containing cannabis or ....
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Cannabis Chronicles | December 21st 2018 | SEATTLE
 FDA casts shadow on hemp win, calling CBD items illegal

The Columbian / Associated Press
The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as an ingredient in food or dietary supplements despite the big farm bill President Donald Trump signed this week designating hemp as an agricultural crop. CBD oils have become increasingly popular in lotions, tinctures and foods, but their legal status has been murky and the Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to some companies making health claims for CBD. In a statement following Thursdays bill signing in Washington, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb res....
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The Joint Blog | December 20, 2018
 President Trump Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp Throughout The U.S

President Trump has signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law, which includes a provision that legalizes hemp.
The 2018 Farm Bill was passed last week by the House of Representatives by a vote of 369 to 47. The vote came just a day after the Senate approved the same bill 87 to 13. Today, President Trump signed the measure into law, making hemp legal for the first time in decades. The hemp provision, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, removes hemp from the federal list of controlled substances. This effectively legalizes it throughout the country, allowing farmers to grow it as they can any other agricultural commodity such as corn and soybeans. According to congr....
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The Joint Blog | December 17, 2018
 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Calls for Marijuana to be Legalized

Anthony Martinelli

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today called for marijuana to be legalized in his state as part of a true justice agenda.
Lets legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all, said Cuomo. He said that he plans to push for the measure within 100 days, reports NBC New York. Cuomo didnt provide a specific timeline for when he believes legalization would become a reality. Cuomos comments marks the first time hes ever stated support for legalizing marijuana; he shied away from the issue almost entirely during his first two terms he won reelection last month, and once referred to cannabis as a gateway drug. In July he said that the situation on marijuana is changing, which was the....
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Cannabis-Chronicles | December 17th 2018 | SEATTLE
 Washington State pot officials: Candy can stay

Associated Press
State regulators have walked back a plan to crack down on certain cannabis-infused candies, instead issuing specific color and shape guidelines they say will prevent candies from being overly enticing to children. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board sent the legal-pot industry into a panic in early October, when the board announced it would review all edibles. Although the state has long barred products that are too appealing to kids, the agency said it had received complaints about candies on store shelves that shouldnt have been approved. In a presentation, t....
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NORML | December 17, 2018
 New York: This is not a Green Rush, This is a Justice Rush
Mary Kruger
Roc NORML was in the news earlier this week talking about what consumers and activists want to see included in the legislation currently being drafted to frame New Yorks adult-use cannabis market. The legislation is being drafted by a work group, put together by Governor Cuomo, and were anticipating a first draft of the legislation will be introduced during the state of the state in January with the executive budget. So, what does this mean exactly? This means we are also anticipating the legislation will be on the trajectory to pass with the 2019 Budget Bill in April, wit....
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The Joint Blog | December 14, 2018
 Medical Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Opioid Use In Pain Patients, Finds Stud

Anthony Martinelli
The study, titled Opioid dose reduction and pain control with medical cannabis, was published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology. It was conducted by researchers at the Kymera Independent Physicians medical group. For the study, A retrospective cohort was evaluated to understand the pattern of care and QOL [quality of life] outcomes with MC [medical cannabis] use across rural multidisciplinary practices in New Mexico. QOL questionnaire included a graded pain scale, and morphine equivalent ME dose was used to estimate changes in opioid dose. ODR was defined as any reducti....
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The Joint Blog | December 13, 2018 Facebook Twitter Reddit Google Pinterest
 Study: Marijuana Stores Associated With Increased Home Values

Anthony Martinelli

Medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries are associated with a significant increase in home value, according to a new study published by the journal Contemporary Economic Policy.
For the study, titled The effect of marijuana dispensary openings on housing prices, researchers evaluated the effect of medical and recreational dispensary openings on housing prices in Denver, Colorado. Using an event study approach, they found that the introduction of a new dispensary within a half‐mile radius of a new home increases home prices by approximately 7.7 percent on average. The study notes that this effect diminishes for homes further from new dispensaries but is consistent over time. Researchers conclude by stating that Our results provide important a....
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Smell The Truth | December 12, 2018
  Smell the Truth Business Health Lifestyle Legal Activism Science Reviews New York governor plans to legalize recreational marijuana in 2019

Oscar Pascual
Smell the Truth Business Health Lifestyle Legal Activism Science Reviews New York governor plans to legalize recreational marijuana in 2019 By Oscar Pascual on December 12, 2018 at 4:11 PM New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo D is taking steps to make New York the next state to legalize recreational cannabis use for adults. Cuomo on Thursday announced plans to include marijuana legalization as part of his executive budget for 2019, reports the New York Post. As we work to implement the reports recommendations through legislation, we must thoroughly consider all aspec....
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NORML | December 7, 2018
 A NORML Statement on William Barr as Attorney General Nominee

Washington, DC: Today, President Trump announced his intention to nominate former Attorney General William Barr to be considered by the Senate to replace former Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. With every move by the Department of Justice facing intense public scrutiny, maintaining Jeff Sessions policy of reefer madness would be self-defeating, said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. The movement to end the failed and cruel policy of marijuana criminalization is larger and stronger than ever, supported by a majority of Democrats, Republicans, and non-p....
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