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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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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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The Joint Blog | May 7, 2019
 Illinois Bill Would Legalize Marijuana

Anthony Martinelli
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and several state lawmakers have introduced a long-awaited bill that would legalize and regulate the use and sale of recreational marijuana in the state next year, reports the Associated Press. Under the measure which can be found by clicking here was announced by Pritzker on Saturday and is expected to be introduced today. It would allow adults 21 and over tolegally purchase marijuana for recreational use from licensed retailers. Those 21+ would also be allowed to grow up to five plants for personal use, and would expunge the records of p....
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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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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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Stop the Drug | April 24, 2019
 With Marijuana Policy and Democratic Presidential Candidates, Joe Biden is the Odd Man Out
Joe Biden`s drug warrior past may come back to haunt him.
Joe Biden`s drug warrior past may come back to haunt him.
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The ever-swelling field of Democratic presidential contenders has plenty of things to disagree about and plenty of issues where candidates can try to set themselves apart from the pack. But on the issue of marijuana policy, support for some form of marijuana legalization is almost universal. Joe Biden`s drug warrior past may come back to haunt him. Creative Commons With one glaring exception: Joe Biden. The former vice-president already leads the polls even though he has not formally announced -- that is expected to happen this week -- but his history as a drug warrior and....
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Marijuana Moment | 4/23/2019
 Marijuana Legalization Bill Debated In New Hampshire Senate Committee

Kyle Jaeger
A New Hampshire Senate committee held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss a bill to legalize marijuana that was approved by the full House of Representatives earlier this month. Rep. Renny Cushing D, the chief sponsor of the legislation, kicked off the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with a presentation laying out details about how the proposed commercial cannabis system would operate. Its a really good bill that fits New Hampshire. As I mentioned, times are changing, Cushing said. We are surrounded by states and jurisdictions where cannabis is legal for adult, recreationa....
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NORML | 4/20/19
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/20/19

Carly Wolf
At the state level, Governor Brian Kemp R signed legislation into law to facilitate regulations governing the licensed production and distribution of oils and other products containing limited amounts of plant-derived THC. Governor Laura Kelly D of Kansas signed industrial hemp production legislation into law. A decriminalization bill was defeated in the Missouri House of Representatives this week. At a more local level, The city commissioners of Daytona Beach voted to decriminalize up to 20 grams of marijuana possession. Following are the bills that weve tracked this w....
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The Seattle Times | April 17 2019 | NEW YORK
 CBD Goes Mainstream
A customer tries a free sample of a pain cream that contains cannabidiol CBD for her arthritis
A customer tries a free sample of a pain cream that contains cannabidiol CBD for her arthritis
(image:Jean Pieri/Pioneer Press via AP, File)
Mainstream retailers embrace marijuanas less taboo cousin Retailers take advantage of booming CBD industry even as legal status and health benefits of a compound derived from hemp and marijuana remain murky By ANNE DINNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK AP Its showing up in everything from skin creams to bath balms to dog treats an elixir that can supposedly reduce anxiety and help you sleep. The ingredient? CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesnt cause a high. Mainstream retailers are taking advantage of a sudden boom in the indus....
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NORML | April 12, 2019
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/12/19

Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative Roundup At the state level, a bill to allow licensed social consumption spaces in Oregon was defeated for this year. A bill to allow patients to use medical cannabis while on probation or parole died in Montanas state Senate. At a more local level, the city council of New York City approved a pair of municipal bills this week limiting situations where those seeking employment or on probation may be drug tested for past cannabis use. Following are the bills that weve tracked this week and as always, check NORMLs ....
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The Joint Blog | April 9, 2019
 Bipartisan STA TES Act Reintroduced, Would Limit Federal Governments Ability To Interfere State-Legal Marijuana Businesses

Anthony Martinelli

The STA TES Act, which would protect marijuana businesses which are legal under their states law, has been reintroduced in the United States Congress.,
Senators Elizabeth Warren D-MA and Cory Gardner R-CO, along with Representatives David Joyce R-OH and Earl Blumenauer D-OR, have reintroduced The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States STATES Act of 2019, reports NORML. This Act amends the Controlled Substances Act to reduce the number of instances in which federal law enforcement agencies could carry out legal actions against state-licensed cannabis businesses or other related enterprises. The majority of states now regulate either the medical use or the adult use of marijuana. It is time for the fede....
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Stop the Drug War | April 12, 2019
 Chronicle AM: Bipartisan Federal Pot Banking Bill Filed, Texas MedMJ Hearings, More... 4/12/19


Some 20 senators sign on to a bill to solve legal marijuana`s banking problem, a Maine jail appeals a federal court ruling that it must provide Suboxone to a prisoner, and more.
Marijuana Policy Bipartisan Federal Bill Would Open Banks to Pot Businesses. Sens. Jeff Merkley D-OR and Cory Gardner R-CO, along with 18 other cosponsors, filed legislation Thursday that would shield banks that maintain accounts for marijuana businesses from being punished by federal regulators. The Secure and Fair Enforcement SAFE Act would stop federal agencies from being able to ``prohibit, penalize, or otherwise discourage a depository institution from providing financial services to a cannabis-related legitimate business or service provider or to a State, political s....
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