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NORML | July 13, 2017
 Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Justin Strekal
Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the Veterans Equal Access amendment as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which would expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nations veterans. Presently, V.A. doctors in states where cannabis therapy is permitted are forbidden from providing the paperwork necessary to complete a medical cannabis recommendation, thus forcing military veterans to seek the advice of a private, out-of-network physician. Veterans are increasingly turning ....
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The Washington Post | July 7 | MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay
 In Uruguays marijuana experiment, the government is your pot dealer
Marijuana club operator Marco Algorta is seen growing a strain known as ``Colombian Red`` in a rooftop greenhouse on June 22 in Montevideo, Uruguay, the world`s first nation to fully legalize cannabis.
Marijuana club operator Marco Algorta is seen growing a strain known as ``Colombian Red`` in a rooftop greenhouse on June 22 in Montevideo, Uruguay, the world`s first nation to fully legalize cannabis.
(image: Nick Miroff)
Nick Miroff
In coming weeks, cannabis-seeking citizens in this small South American nation will be able to walk into a pharmacy and buy government-approved marijuana for the state-mandated price of $1.30 a gram. No questions asked. No doctors note required. If that sounds like an attempt to create a stoner republic on the South Atlantic, would-be tourists should know a few things. Uruguay is the worlds first country to fully legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. But under its strict rules, there will be no Amsterdam-style smoking cafes, and foreigners wont have ....
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The New York Times | JULY 7, 2017 | BELVIDERE, N.J.
 Marijuana Industry Gears Up After N.J. Candidate Backs Legalization
Marijuana plants in a grow room at Breakwater Treatment and Wellness Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Cranbury, N.J. Credit
Marijuana plants in a grow room at Breakwater Treatment and Wellness Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Cranbury, N.J. Credit
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Stacks of rsums from retired state troopers sit on a desk just outside the Terra Tech farm here, though the need for experienced armed security appears excessive amid the serene setting and the scent of basil and rosemary growing at the five-acre indoor farm. The troopers, however, are hoping to work for the companys next major agricultural expansion in New Jersey: marijuana. They told us, Keep us in mind for when you guys do get that cannabis permit, said Mike James, the chief financial officer for Terra Tech, which owns five marijuana farms and dispensaries around the c....
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NPR | July 8, 2017
 Colorado Employers Rethinking Drug Testing
Eight states and Washington, D.C. allow for recreational cannabis, but none have solved the problem of workforce drug testing. Zero tolerance polices are being reconsidered in light of legalized pot. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Even in marijuana-friendly Colorado, anyone can be denied employment for using the drug. In fact, there are few protections anywhere in the country for employees who fail a drug test, even in states where cannabis is legal. From Colorado Public Radio, Ben Markus reports. BEN MARKUS, BYLINE: In 2013, The Denver Post named Ricardo Baca its editor for marijua....
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The Cannabist | JUL 5, 2017
Cannabist Special Report: CBD, TBD Outcome of lawsuit pitting the hemp industry against the DEA could chart a new course for CBD and a booming new agricultural sector.
 With DEA digging in its heels on marijuana extracts, legality of CBD oil on trial in federal courts
Alicia Wallace
Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabis compound touted for its medicinal promise but marijuana- and hemp-derived extracts rich in CBD and low in intoxicating THC are facing a future yet to be determined. The Cannabists special report CBD, TBD explores a regulatory and legal landscape pockmarked by federal-state conflicts, and examines national drug policy, pioneering research efforts and disparate avenues toward the compounds full legalization. This is the third installment in an ongoing series. Part I Forbidden medicine: Caught between a doctors CBD advice and fede....
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Marijuana Business Daily | July 5, 2017
 A banner day as Nevada begins recreational marijuana sales
Bryce Tallitsch hangs a sign announcing the start of adult-use marijuana sales on July 1 at the NuLeaf dispensary in Las Vegas.
Bryce Tallitsch hangs a sign announcing the start of adult-use marijuana sales on July 1 at the NuLeaf dispensary in Las Vegas.
(image:John Locher, Associated Press)
Bart Schaneman
Nevada recreational marijuana sales began with a bang this past weekend, with store owners reporting that purchases far outpaced those of medical cannabis as the state became the fifth in the nation to offer adult-use products. After the doors opened at 12:01 am Saturday, dispensary owners reported, hundreds of customers flooded their stores each of the first two days of sales, with shoppers snapping up edibles, flower and vape pens. Residents, tourists and even shoppers from neighboring Utah participated in the buying spree, taking advantage of an early start to Nevadas ....
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The Daily Cronic | June 23, 2017
Survey Finds Overwhelming Support for Individual-State Marijuana Laws Rather Than Umbrella Federal Policy
 Poll: 3 of 4 Americans Want Trump to Respect State Marijuana Laws
Medical marijuana patients protest during a DEA raid on a medical marijuana dispensary in Hollywood, California in 2007.
Medical marijuana patients protest during a DEA raid on a medical marijuana dispensary in Hollywood, California in 2007.
Tom Angel
A new Survey USA poll commissioned by Marijuana Majority finds the strongest support yet for letting states legalize cannabis without federal interference. In the survey of 1,500 American adults, three out of four 76 percent say that states should be able to implement their own marijuana laws regardless of federal prohibition. In the new poll, just 14 percent say that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice should enforce federal prohibition and arrest people who are complying with state marijuana laws. There is strong majority support for respecting ....
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NORML | June 22, 2017
 Study: Adult Use Marijuana Laws Do Not Adversely Impact Traffic Fatality Rates

Paul Armentano
The enactment of statewide laws regulating the adult use and sale of cannabis is not associated with subsequent changes in traffic fatality rates, according to an analysis of traffic safety data Crash fatality rates after recreational marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado published today in the American Journal of Public Health. Investigators from the University of Texas-Austin evaluated crash fatality rates in Colorado and Washington pre- and post-legalization. They compared these rates to those of eight control states that had not enacted any significant chan....
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The Joint Blog | June 19, 2017
A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Mexico has officially been passed into law, according to President Enrique Pea Nieto.
 Mexico Legalizes Medical Cannabis

Anthony Martinelli
The new law directs the Ministry of Health to draft and implement regulations, with public policies regulating the medicinal use of pharmacological derivatives of cannabis sativa, indica and Americana or marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinol, its isomers and stereochemical variants, as well as how to regulate the research and national production of them. The new law was passed by the nations lower house of parliament in April with an overwhelming vote of 371 to 11. The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijua....
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Smell the Truth | June 19, 2017
 Lawmakers reintroduce federal bill to protect medical marijuana

Oscar Pascual
A group of bipartisan lawmakers are supporting legislation to protect medical marijuana patients from the likes of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other drug warriors appointed by the Trump administration. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States CARERS Act was reintroduced on Thursday, which would prevent federal interference with states that have established their own marijuana policies, reports Rolling Stone. The bill would stop federal law enforcement from prosecuting any patients, doctors, or caregivers abiding by state marijuana laws. State....
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The Cannabist | JUN 6, 2017
It`s the first new qualifying condition added under the state`s medical marijuana law since it was implemented in 2001
 After years of lobbying by veterans, Colorado adds PTSD as medical marijuana condition
Alicia Wallace
Post-traumatic stress disorder is now a qualifying condition for doctor-recommended medical marijuana in Colorado. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday signed Senate Bill 17 into law. The bill opens the doors for Colorado residents to receive a doctors OK to use medical marijuana in the treatment of PTSD symptoms. Its the first new qualifying condition added under the states medical marijuana law since it was implemented in 2001. The states eight other qualifying conditions are: cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, cachexia, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea, and se....
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The Oregonian | June 5, 2017 | WASHINGTON
 Medical pot might be helpful for veterans, says Veterans Affairs chief

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After Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin delivered his State of VA speech, his problem-plagued department was, unexpectedly, connected to two highly contentious political issues - medical marijuana and climate change. Shulkin didnt mention either controversy during his prepared remarks, delivered in the White House briefing room Wednesday for increased exposure, but they were raised in back-to-back questions from reporters. Each is a delicate issue for the physician Shulkin. Hes a scientist devoted to improved care for veterans and a top official in a Trump administr....
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Marijuana Business Daily | June 6, 2017
 Prosecution of marijuana attorney could impact industry, fellow lawyers say

John Schroyer
he week before Memorial Day, California lawyer Jessica McElfresh was charged with multiple felonies by the San Diego County district attorney. Her alleged wrongdoing? Conspiracies to commit a crime and obstruct justice and manufacturing a controlled substance. But a number of cannabis industry attorneys have another word for the charges: retaliation. The reason, they say, is simple. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis was embarrassed that her office lost in court to McElfresh when a judge ruled the DA must return $100,000 to James Slatic and his family. The money was confis....
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Smell the Truth | May 31, 2017
 New York could soon allow women to use medical marijuana for period pain

Oscar Pascual
New York lawmakers believe its time to let women treat menstrual cramps with the help of cannabis. The New York Assemblys Health Committee passed an initiative last week to add dysmenorrhea the medical term for severe period pain to the states list of approved conditions that qualify for medical marijuana use, reports Newsweek. This is a womans health issue and for years women have suffered in silence. Theres Midol. You can take Advil, but really nothing more, said Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal to Newsweek. Men have really been [the ones] whove run state hous....
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