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NORML | September 4, 2018
 Im stepping up, will you?


Rick Steves

I will match dollar for dollar every donation our NORML supporters can give before the midterm elections, up to $50,000
Dear fellow freedom enthusiasts, Many of our political leaders continue to take regressive actions when it comes to addressing drug policy reform, fighting mass incarceration, and upholding the civil liberty of adults who enjoy smoking pot responsibly. Rather than being frustrated and angry, I want action. Thats why Im inspired to challenge like-minded citizens like you, I hope to join me in an exciting initiative. In the coming weeks, I will match dollar for dollar every donation our NORML supporters can give before the midterm elections, up to $50,000 to empower NORML t....
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 Delaware Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law


Anthony Martinelli

Delaware Governor John Carney has signed into law legislation that provides mandatory expungement eligibility to those convicted of a marijuana offense that is now decriminalized.
Senate Bill 197 passed the House of Representatives in July by a unanimous 40 to 0 vote, just a few weeks after passing the Senate, also unanimously 20 to 0. Now, Governor Carney has signed the measure into law; it takes effect immediately. According to the official synopsis of Senate Bill 197, This Act provides mandatory expungement eligibility to individuals who were convicted of the possession, use or consumption of marijuana prior to Delawares decriminalization of these offenses. To be eligible for the mandatory expungement, the marijuana conviction must be the applica....
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The Joint Blog | August 28, 2018
 Legislation Allowing Medical Cannabis to Replace Opioids to be Signed Into Law by Illinois Governor
Anthony Martinelli

Legislation to allow those who have been or could be prescribed opioids to join the states medical cannabis program will be signed into law today by Governor Bruce Rauner.
Governor Rauner is scheduled to sign Senate Bill 336 today at the Chicago Recovery Alliance. Filed by Senator Don Harmon along with a bipartisan group of 47 other lawmakers, the measure was passed by the Senate in April in a 44 to 6 vote, and in June was passed by the House of Representatives 77 to 38. The proposed law includes in the definition of debilitating medical condition any other medical condition for which an opioid has been or could be prescribed by a physician based on generally accepted standards of care. It Provides that within 30 days after the effective da....
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The Joint Blog | August 28, 2018
 Legislation Allowing Medical Cannabis to Replace Opioids to be Signed Into Law by Illinois Governor
Anthony Martinelli

Legislation to allow those who have been or could be prescribed opioids to join the states medical cannabis program will be signed into law today by Governor Bruce Rauner.
Governor Rauner is scheduled to sign Senate Bill 336 today at the Chicago Recovery Alliance. Filed by Senator Don Harmon along with a bipartisan group of 47 other lawmakers, the measure was passed by the Senate in April in a 44 to 6 vote, and in June was passed by the House of Representatives 77 to 38. The proposed law includes in the definition of debilitating medical condition any other medical condition for which an opioid has been or could be prescribed by a physician based on generally accepted standards of care. It Provides that within 30 days after the effective da....
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The Weed Blog | 8/27/18
 First Saliva Screening Roadside Test for Cannabis Approved in Canada



First Saliva Screening Roadside Test for Cannabis Approved in Canada
The quest for a cannabis breathalyzer to keep stoned drivers off the road is still meandering down its own long road with little to show for its journey. In early in August 2018, a California company, Hound Labs, claimed it has made a major breakthrough with its a disposable cartridge breathalyzer that would show indicator bars when it detected any THC on the persons breath and could accurately detect whether a person had smoked weed within the last two hours. Now, in Canada, which is about five weeks away from legalizing cannabis, the Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybou....
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The Weed Blog | 8/16/2018
 Last Ditch Lawsuit Claims Utahs MMJ Ballot Violates Mormons Religious Beliefs


A second lawsuit has been filed to block legalization by members of the Church or Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, now filing their second lawsuit to block voters from legalizing medical cannabis, are attempting to prove that the ballot initiative, Proposition 2, violates their religious beliefs. Proponents of the measure have called the lawsuit a wacky attempt to stop Utahns from voting on it this coming November. The group leading the lawsuit say the MMJ legalization measure would violate the religious beliefs of one Walter J. Plumb, an attorney and active member of Mormon Church who also happens to be the primary financier....
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The Joint Blog | August 13, 2018
 Study: Cannabis Terpenes have Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant, Analgesic, Anticonvulsive, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Anticancer, Antitumor, Neuroprotective, Anti-Mutagenic, Anti-Allergic, Antibiotic and Anti-Diabetic Attributes


Anthony Martinelli

A new study has found that cannabis terpenes have attributes that are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, anxiolytic, anticancer, antitumor, neuroprotective, anti-mutagenic, anti-allergic, antibiotic and anti-diabetic.
The study was published by the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Its abstract starts by stating that Cannabaceae plants Cannabis sativa L. and Humulus lupulus L. are rich in terpenes both are typically comprised of terpenes as up to 3-5 percent of the dry-mass of the female inflorescence. Some terpenes are relatively well known for their potential in biomedicine and have been used in traditional medicine for centuries, while others are yet to be studied in detail. With that in mind, The current, comprehensive review presents terpenes found in cannabis and hops. The....
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Marijuana Business Daily | August 8, 2018
 Too much of a good thing in Oregon as cannabis businesses adapt to flooded market


Bart Schaneman
Theres one major pain point for Oregon marijuana business owners that eclipses all others: a supply glut caused by too much cannabis and insufficient demand. The surplus of wholesale cannabis has shifted the dynamics of the states MJ industry. It has forced growers to cut costs and eliminate staff. And it has created a buyers market for retailers stocking up on low-priced product. It used to be a growers market, said Shane McKee, chief cultivator of vertically integrated company Shango, based in the Portland area. But with todays supply glut, the leverage has shifted in f....
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The Joint Blog | August 9, 2018
 Recently the United States Food and Drug Administration FDA, for the first time ever, gave approval to a marijuana-based medicine. The company behind the medicine now says he expects the government to reschedule cannabis within 90 days.


Anthony Martinelli
We expect to make Epidiolex available to U.S. patients this fall, following rescheduling which is expected to occur within 90 days of FDA approval, said GW Pharmarceuticals CEO Justin Grover in a recent earnings call. We have been building commercial inventory in recent months and are in a position to ship product into the U.S. supply chain, once rescheduling is complete. In June, Epidiolex became the first marijuana-derived medicine to ever be approved by the FDA. According to Grover, roughly 1,200 people in other countries are currently receiving Epidiolex, mostly for Le....
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Smell The Truth | August 8, 2018
 Nearly one-fifth of Californians are still buying marijuana from black market, study finds


Oscar Pascual
Some cannabis consumers are still buying their products on a criminal level, despite Californias newly regulated legal market. A report published by the Bay Area-based cannabis delivery company Eaze found that 18 percent of Californias marijuana consumers are buying from unlicensed suppliers, reports Marijuana Moment. The report comes over a month after Californias Bureau of Cannabis Control BCC implemented a list of guidelines that all legal distributors must meet in order to sell products legally. The move towards a regulated market has also left few legitimate product....
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Marijuana Business Daily | August 6, 2018
 Study shows depth of Oregons cannabis glut, illegal transport
A new report on Oregons marijuana industry sheds more light on the massive oversupply there and the huge illegal trade across state lines, issues that need to be addressed immediately, the states top federal law enforcement official said. The report confirms what we already know the industry is out of control, Oregon U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said in a statement Thursday. The study, released by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area a coalition of local, state and federal agencies found: As of 2018, only 31 percent of available cannabis inventory....
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Marijuana Business Daily | August 6, 2018
 Study shows depth of Oregons cannabis glut, illegal transport
A new report on Oregons marijuana industry sheds more light on the massive oversupply there and the huge illegal trade across state lines, issues that need to be addressed immediately, the states top federal law enforcement official said. The report confirms what we already know the industry is out of control, Oregon U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said in a statement Thursday. The study, released by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area a coalition of local, state and federal agencies found: As of 2018, only 31 percent of available cannabis inventory....
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NORML | August 3, 2018
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 8/3/18


Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative RoundupLegalize marijuana Congressman Charlie Crist D-FL and Congressman Drew Ferguson R-GA filed a new bill in the US House of Representatives this week to shield federal employees from being fired for marijuana use that is legal in the state in which they live. The Oklahoma Board of Health reversed course this week and revoked their previous set of proposed rules that went against the intent of SQ 788, which voters approved in the June special election. This reversal comes shortly after the states Attorney Gener....
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