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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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The Joint Blog | June 28, 2018
 United States Senate Passes Bill to Legalize Hemp


Anthony Martinelli

The full United States Senate just overwhelmingly passed a farm bill that includes a provision to legalize hemp.
The Senate voted 86 to 11 today to give approval to a farm bill which includes a provision to legalize industrial hemp across the United States. Championed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R, the proposal would end a decades-long prohibition on a plant that congressional research shows can be used to make over 25,000 various products. The same research shows that the U.S. imports over half a billion dollars each year in hemp products, yet retains a law that makes it illegal for farmers to grow it. During a speech on the Senate floor, McConnell said that Consumers across....
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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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Marijuana Business Daily | June 26, 2018
 $100M-$150M annual market projected as Oklahoma legalizes medical marijuana


Jeff Smith
Oklahoma voters on Tuesday approved an open-market medical marijuana program: no caps on the number of business licenses, and doctors can recommend MMJ for any patient ailment. Marijuana Business Daily projects that such an unrestricted MMJ market, if it sticks in its current form, could generate $100 million to $150 million in annual sales several years after the launch. Voters supported the measure by a double-digit margin despite a strong, last-minute opposition effort by a coalition that included the Oklahoma State Medical Association, religious leaders, law enforceme....
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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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NORML | June 27, 2018
 NORML PAC Endorsed Jared Polis Scores Resounding Victory in Colorado


Erik Altieri
Representative Jared Polis, who was endorsed by NORML PAC, scored a resounding victory in Colorados Democratic primary for governor. The results from the Democratic gubernatorial primary are not just a victory for Jared Polis and supporters of sensible marijuana policy, they are a victory for anyone who believes that our prohibition on marijuana is a failure and that states should be free to set their own policies when it comes to cannabis, free from federal incursion. Jared Polis has been the preeminent champion for ending our nations failed federal prohibition on marijua....
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Marijuana Policy Project | June 20th, 2018
 Canada legalizes marijuana


Marijuana prohibition is history in Canada. Last night, after months of negotiations, Parliament approved a bill to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adults. After one formality Royal Assent Canada will become the second nation to end marijuana prohibition and the first G7 country to do so. Regulations vary by province, but most set age limits at 18 or 19 to match the legal age for alcohol and tobacco in Canada. Once the law takes effect, adults can possess up to 30 grams and grow up to four plants in their homes. Read more about this historic legislation. Prime....
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The Joint Blog | June 26, 2018
 Oklahoma Voters Legalize Medical Cannabis


Anthony Martinelli
he initiative allows those with a recommendation from a physician to possess and use up to three ounces of cannabis eight ounces at home, and up to 72 ounces of cannabis-infused products such as tinctures, edibles and topicals. Patients will also be allowed to grow up to six mature cannabis plants, and six seedlings. State Question 788 which passed with around 56 percent support legalizes a licensed and regulated system of marijuana cultivation centers and retail outlets, with the latter authorized to sell medical cannabis to any qualified patient. Below are some furthe....
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The Oregonian | Jun 14 | SALEM
 Pot growers win another round in fight against ban in southern Oregon


The Associated Press
The Oregon Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal by administrators of a prime marijuana-growing county who had been foiled in their attempt to restrict commercial pot production. The court dismissed the Josephine County commissioners` appeal Wednesday. The county commission in December tried to ban commercial pot farming on smaller rural residential lots and to drastically reduce larger grow sites. The state Land Use Board of Appeals put those restrictions on hold, saying the county failed to properly notify landowners. It was that ruling that led the county commission....
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Marijuana Business Daily | June 12, 2018
 California cannabis market transition period about to end; price spikes, shortages may occur


John Schroyer
The end of the beginning is coming. The formal end of the six-month transition period for Californias newly regulated marijuana market, that is and it could be a bumpy ride for some MJ business owners. Come July 1, retailers will no longer be able to sell product that hasnt passed testing lab standards mandated by regulators, which will be a serious shift for many companies and could be a major disruptor for retailers, growers and other businesses, such as edibles manufacturers. Some retailers in particular could face supply shortages if: They didnt line up reliable....
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The Joint Blog | June 14, 2018
 Oregon Brings in Nearly $9 Million in Taxes from Legal Marijuana in April


Anthony Martinelli
According to Oregons Department of Revenue, the state garnered $8,868,932 in marijuana sales taxes in April of this year. This marks an over 70 percent increase from April, 2017, when the state brought in a little over $5 million in marijuana taxes. Of the $8.8 million in taxes garnered in April, the vast majority $7.6 million came from Oregons 17 percent state tax on marijuana. The remaining $1.2 million came from local taxes, which can be up to 3 percent. Based in the new figures for April, Oregon is on tract to garner around $100 million in marijuana taxes for 2018, ....
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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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