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NORML | July 16, 2018
 House Rules Committee Blocks FY19 Marijuana Amendments

Justin Strekal
Late Monday night, the House Rules Committee led by prohibitionist Representative Pete Sessions R-TX blocked two amendments related to marijuana from receiving consideration by the full House, thus ending their consideration and silencing the ability for the lower chamber to offer protections from Attorney General Jeff Sessions when it comes to cannabis. The amendments included allowing the District of Columbia to implement adult-use sales program, originally passed by voters in 2014, and protections for banks to provide services to marijuana businesses. In a release sent....
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The Joint Blog | July 13, 2018
 Consuming raw, natural medical cannabis flower is associated with significant improvements in insomnia patients, finds a new study published by the open access journal Medicines.

Anthony Martinelli
For the study 409 people with a specified condition of insomnia completed 1056 medical cannabis administration sessions using the Releaf AppTM educational software during which they recorded real-time ratings of self-perceived insomnia severity levels prior to and following consumption, experienced side effects, and product characteristics, including combustion method, cannabis subtypes, and/or major cannabinoid contents of cannabis consumed. Within-user effects of different flower characteristics were modeled using a fixed effects panel regression approach with standard er....
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NORML | June 29, 2018
 Vermont: Law Legalizing Adult Marijuana Use Takes Effect Sunday, July 1
Adults in Vermont will be able to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis legally under state law, beginning this Sunday, July 1. Vermont joins Alaska, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington in legalizing the adult possession and use of marijuana. It is the first state to enact legalization via an act of the legislature rather than by the passage of a voter initiative. The majority of Vermonters, like the majority of the American public, desire to live in a community where responsible adults who ch....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Jun 28, 2018
 Delaware House majority votes to legalize cannabis, but bill fails

On the evening of June 27, the Delaware House of Representatives voted 21-15 with five not voting to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults. This was only the third time that the majority of a state legislative chamber voted to legalize and regulate marijuana Unfortunately, however, a majority was not enough. A three-fifths supermajority 25 votes is required for any Delaware bill that includes taxes and fees. While we are disappointed that this will not be the year Delaware legalizes marijuana, together weve made tremendous progress. This is an election year, ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | 6/28/18
 July 1 could be extinction event for some California cannabis businesses

Joey Pea
Starting July 1, licensed operators in Californias marijuana market must be in compliance with the states readopted and updated emergency regulations. Retailers will no longer be able to sell product that hasnt passed testing lab standards mandated by regulators. They were given six months to exhaust their supplies of cannabis products made before the new requirements, and the deadline is now looming. July 1 might even prove an extinction event for businesses struggling to comply, observed Pamela Epstein, founder of Los Angeles-based Green Wise Consulting. Consultants, ....
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The Weed Blog | 6/28/18
 Senate Democratic Leader Introduces Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Maureen Meehan

Senator Chuck Schumer introduced a bill that would remove cannabis from the controlled substances list.
Chuck Schumer D-NY introduced a bill on Wednesday June 27th that would remove marijuana from the DEAs list of controlled substances, which would allow states to determine their own cannabis policies without fear of federal interference. Schumer, who announced his intention to file the bill in late April, was surely spurred on by recent midterm elections in which fellow ten-term, incumbent Democrat, Joe Crowley, was ousted by an independent 28-year-old Latina from Bronx, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The legislation, cosponsored by Sens. Bernie Sanders I-VT, Tim Kaine D-VA and....
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NORML | June 25, 2018
 FDA Approves Marketing Of Plant-Derived Marijuana Medicine

Regulators at the US Food and Drug Administration today granted market approval for Epidiolex, a prescription medicine containing a standardized formulation of plant-derived cannabidiol CBD, for the explicit treatment of two rare forms of severe epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. The FDAs decision was not unexpected, as the proprietary extract formulation developed by the British biotechnology firm GW Pharmaceuticals had previously demonstrated safety and clinical efficacy at reducing seizure frequency in several placebo-controlled trials. Epidiolex h....
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NORML | June 27, 2018
 Senate Democratic Leader Introduces Far-Reaching Marijuana Descheduling Bill

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with Senators Bernie Sanders, Tim Kaine, and Tammy Duckworth, just introduced legislation, the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and to provide funding for the expungement of criminal records for those with past marijuana convictions. Passage of descheduling legislation is necessary to resolve the existing and ever-growing state/federal divide over marijuana policy. Thirty-one states regulate medical marijuana use and nine states regulate the plants use, production, an....
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MG | June 15, 2018 | WASHINGTON, D.C.
 Congressional Committee Declines to Approve Cannabis Banking Regulations

Danny Reed
A congressional committee decided against amending banking rules for the cannabis industry. If enacted, the new regulations would have prevented the U.S Department of Treasury from attempting to penalize a financial institution solely because the institution provides financial services to an entity that is a manufacturer, producer, or a person that participates in any business or organized activity that involves handling marijuana or marijuana products in compliance with state and local law. After considerable debate, the House Appropriations Committee rejected the regula....
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The Weed Blog | 6/7/2018
 Senate Panel Approves Medical Marijuana for Veterans

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the amendment, offered by Sen. Steve Daines and Sen. Jeff Merkley.
Just one day after the House Rules Committee, led by prohibitionist Representative Pete Sessions R-TX, blocked multiple amendments related to cannabis from receiving consideration by the full House, a U.S. Senate panel voted on Thursday to allow doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs VA to issue medical marijuana recommendations to military veterans. Senate Appropriations Committee approved the amendment, offered by Sen. Steve Daines R-MT and Jeff Merkley D-OR, on a voice vote, reported the Marijuana Moment. The measure simply allows veterans to discuss that opti....
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NORML | June 5, 2018
 Study: Majority Of Chronic Pain Patients Replace Opioids With Cannabis

Paul Armentano
More than two-thirds of chronic pain patients registered to legally access medical cannabis products substitute marijuana for prescription opioids, according to data published in The Journal of Headache and Pain. Investigators from the United States and Canada assessed the use of medical cannabis and prescription drugs in a cohort of over 2,000 Canadian patients licensed to access marijuana products. Among those patients with a primary diagnosis of chronic pain, 73 percent reported substituting cannabis in place of opioids. Among those patients diagnosed specifically with ....
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The Joint Blog | June 6, 2018
 Study: CBD Induces Fast and Sustained Antidepressant-Like Effect

Anthony Martinelli

The findings of a new study published in the journal Molecular Neurobiology support a promising therapeutic profile for CBD as a new fast-acting antidepressant drug.
Currently available antidepressants have a substantial time lag to induce therapeutic response and a relatively low efficacy, states the studys researchers, noting that The development of drugs that addresses these limitations is critical to improving public health. Cannabidiol CBD, a non-psychotomimetic component of Cannabis sativa, is a promising compound since it shows large-spectrum therapeutic potential in preclinical models and humans. However, its antidepressant properties have not been completely investigated. Therefore, the aims of this study were to investigate i....
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The Joint Blog | May 31, 2018
 California Senate Approves Bill to Establish Marijuana Banks and Credit Unions

Anthony Martinelli

Legislation that would allow for the creation of a special class of state-chartered banks and credit unions that could service Californias legal marijuana industry has been passed by the full Senate.
The status quo for our growing legal cannabis industry is unsustainable, says SenatorRobert Hertzberg D, who filed Senate Bill 930. Its not only impractical from an accounting perspective, but it also presents a tremendous public safety problem. This bill takes a limited approach to provide all parties with a safe and reliable way to move forward on this urgent issue. The measure was approved by the full Senate yesterday in a 29 to 6 vote. The vote sends the bill to the House of Representatives, where passage would send it to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown. The proposed....
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Smell The Truth | June 1, 2018
 Oregon marijuana prices plummet due to massive oversupply

Oscar Pascual
Oregons marijuana consumers are currently enjoying historically low prices, but the future of the states small businesses have become uncertain. The states marijuana prices have fallen dramatically as the legal market has produced a considerable surplus of products, reports CBS News. A study by the states Office of Economic Analysis found that the average price of a gram fell by more than 50 percent in the past year, from $14 in 2015 to $7 in 2017. Oregon currently carries nearly 1 million pounds of marijuana to serve over 4 million people. Data from the Oregon Liquor Co....
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