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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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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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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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Denver Post | April 11, 2019
 Colorado issues public health advisory after pesticide found on certain marijuana products

Sam Tabachnik

Affected products include: marijuana flower, trim, concentrates, and infused-products
The Colorado Department of Revenues Marijuana Enforcement Division on Thursday warned that marijuana products from a local retailer could potentially contain harmful chemicals, calling the products a threat to public safety. State health and marijuana departments issued an immediate health and safety advisory on medical and retail marijuana cultivated by MMJ America Uptown, the department of revenue said in a news release. The advisory cited potentially unsafe pesticide residue on marijuana flower, trim, concentrates and infused-products. Consumers who have these affecte....
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Stop the Drug War | April 03, 2019
 Medical Marijuana Update


An Arizona Walmart worker wins a drug testing case, CBD bills are on the move, no edibles for North Dakota, and more.
Alabama Alabama Medical Marijuana Bill Filed. More than a dozen legislators have filed HB 243, the CARE Act, which would create the Alabama Cannabis Commission, establish a patient registry system, and extend an earlier law that allowed the University of Alabama-Birmingham to study the effects of CBD on epileptic patients. This bill would allow for the use of medical marijuana, not just CBD. Arizona Arizona Federal Judge Rules for Medical Marijuana-Using Walmart Worker. An Arizona federal district court judge ruled March 19 that Walmart wrongfully fired a long-time emplo....
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NORML | April 1, 2019
 New York Governor Cuomo Leaves Marijuana Legalization Out of State Budget
Sixty-five percent of New York residents support the legalization of cannabis. Democrats control the Governors office as well as majorities in both the Assembly and the Senate for the first time in a decade. After repeated calls over by politicians to pass adult-use as part of New Yorks budget, New Yorkers are waking up on April 1st to find out that theyve been the subject of, what looks like, an April Fools Day prank, several months in the making. Cannabis legalization was not included in the 2019 2020 New York State Budget. Both the legislature and the Governors office,....
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Marijuana Business Daily | April 1, 2019
 Marijuana Business This Week: Ontario opens for business, Texas deschedules hemp, NH bill moves to full House & more

GRAND OPENING: Ontarios first legal cannabis retail shops can open for business Monday, but it is unclear how many of the Canadian provinces initial 25 license holders are ready to open their doors. Thats because, as of last week, some remained stuck in the approval process, The Canadian Press reported. Ontario, Canadas largest province by population, is the last in the country to open brick-and-mortar cannabis stores since the country legalized recreational marijuana Oct. 17. Until now, marijuana could be legally purchased in the province only through Ontarios governmen....
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Marijuana Moment | March 27, 2019
 House Will Vote To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Within Weeks, Key Chairman Says

Kyle Jaeger
The chair of a critical House committee said on Wednesday that his panel and the larger body will take up legislation to protect states with legal marijuana from federal intervention in a relatively short time, within the next several weeks, and I think we will have a very strong vote. We will guide it to the House floor for a vote, which I think it will pass with an overwhelming voteDemocrats and I think a lot of Republicans as well, said Rep. Jim McGovern D-MA, whose Rules Committee decides how legislation is handled on the chambers floor. If we have a strong bipartisan ....
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The Joint Blog | March 31, 2019
 Federal Legislation to Allow Banks to Work with State-Legal Marijuana Businesses Advances in the House

Anthony Martinell

Federal legislation that would allow banks and other financial institutions to provide services to marijuana businesses that are legal under their states law has been passed by a key House panel
According to Reuters, the bill would provide sought-after clarity to banks across the country that want to do business with the growing marijuana industry, where companies have struggled to gain access to the financial system. The issue is especially relevant now that 10 states in the U.S. have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes; over 30 have passed some form of medical marijuana legalization. The measure was broadly backed by a mixture of Democrats and Republicans. It now proceeds to the full House, where it is expected to be passed by the Democrat-led chamber ....
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The Joint Blog | March 26, 2019
 Connecticut Marijuana Legalization Bill Approved by Committee

Anthony Martinelli

Legislation to legalize marijuana was passed recently by the Connecticut Joint Committee on General Law.
House Bill 7371 was passed by the committee in a 10 to 8 vote, reports High Times. The measure must now be passed by the full Senate and House before it can go to the governors desk. If the measure is passed into law it would legalize and regulate commercial marijuana cultivation, processing, and sales in the state, while companion measures to tax cannabis and allow for expungements of past convictions are being considered by different committees. A supporter of the bill, Democrat Rep. Juan Candelaria, said that regulating marijuana will provide a source of new revenue t....
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NORML | March 22, 2019
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/22

Carly Wolf
The U.S. House Financial Services Committee has scheduled to convene a markup on The Safe Banking Act, HR 1595 on Tuesday, March 26th. Activists in Oregon have filed a 2020 ballot initiative with the Secretary of State that, if approved, would allow social cannabis consumption sites and protect consumers from employment discrimination. Similarly, activists in Arizona are attempting to qualify a 2020 legalization ballot initiative. Governor Ron DeSantis R of Florida signed legislation into law to restore patients right to smoke medical cannabis. Governor Ralph Northam D o....
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SFGATE | March 22, 2019
 CVS stores to sell topical products containing marijuana compound CBD

Oscar Pascual
Residents from a handful of states will now be able to purchase CBD products at their local CVS store rather than a medical marijuana dispensary. CVS Pharmacy announced Wednesday that eight states will begin sales of products containing cannabidiol CBD, a medicinal compound found in marijuana, NBC News reports. We are carrying hemp-derived CBD products in select states to help meet consumer demand for alternative care options, said CVS Health Spokesperson, Mike DeAngelis, in a statement to news outlets. CBD has gradually gained notoriety in the scientific community as a ....
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