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NORML | October 18, 2018
 Music Legend David Crosby: Join Me and NORML and Lets Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

David Crosby
Hello. My name is David Crosby. You might know me as a founding member of rock legends The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. But today Im wearing a very different hat. Today, I am writing to you to personally introduce myself as the newest member of NORMLs Advisory Board. Why have I decided to become involved with NORML? Its simple. Id like cannabis to be legal everywhere, and I like the good folks at NORML feel a responsibility to stick up for those people who have been punished as a result of this oppressive and senseless policy. That is why Im partnering with....
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NORML | October 19, 2018
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 10/19/18

Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative RoundupWe the People Some news from across the border to start off, this week Canada became the second nation to explicitly legalize the social use, possession, cultivation, and retail production and sale of cannabis. The new law will also include pardons of all criminal possession charges of less than 30 grams. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comments specific to whether changes ought to be recommended regarding the international classification of cannabis as a controlled substance. Member....
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Marijuana Moment | October 19, 2018
 Missouri Campaign Finance Records Show Medical Marijuana Ballot Battle Heating Up

Polly Washburn
Politics Missouri Campaign Finance Records Show Medical Marijuana Ballot Battle Heating Up Published 7 hours ago on October 19, 2018 By Polly Washburn Share Tweet New quarterly campaign finance documents from Missouri medical marijuana ballot committees, covering activity from July 1 to September 30, show some coalescing of support for one of three measures on the ballot, while a recently created committee that opposes all of the medical cannabis options has yet to report any financial support. Heres what the fundraising and expenditures for the key committee....
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 U.S. Warns Canadians to not Cross Border with Marijuana

Associated Press
U.S. officials are reminding travelers that it remains illegal to bring cannabis into the United States at border crossings despite the Oct. 17, 2018, legalization of marijuana in Canada. U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP representative Christopher Perry says the implementation of the new Canadian law on Oct. 17 thus far has had little effect on the flow of traffic along the border. Perry, CBPs director of field operations in Michigan, talked to reporters at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, which connects Detroit with Windsor, Ontario. According to Perry, U.S. border ag....
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The Joint Blog | October 19, 2018
 Colorado Sets Marijuana Sales Record With Over $140 Million Sold in August

Anthony Martinelli

There was over $140 million worth of marijuana and marijuana products sold legally in Colorado in August, setting a new monthly record.
In total there was $141,322,108 in marijuana and marijuana products purchased legally in Colorado in August, according to the states Department of Revenue. This bests the previous record set the monthly prior $138.8 million. Of the $141 million in marijuana sold in August, $28.3 million came from medical marijuana sales, with recreational marijuana sales falling barely short of $113 million. These sales helped Colorado garner over $20 million in tax revenue for the month of August. The new data brings the states total marijuana sales for 2018 to $1,022,245,511. This puts....
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Smell The Truth | October 18, 2018
 Legal marijuana in Canada: A day one recap
Thomas Cook, right, one of Canadas first cannabis consumers.
Thomas Cook, right, one of Canadas first cannabis consumers.
(image:Vince Sharpe)
Oscar Pascual
Canada has celebrated its first day of cannabis legalization, which was quite remarkable. The country on Wednesday became the first country with a major world economy to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use, the New York Times reports. The countrys new weed laws marks a historic moment for residents such as Montreals Tonino Ruggiero, who told the Washington Post, This is better than the Olympics. Not as good as the Rolling Stones, but close. A group of Newfoundland residents have the distinction of being the countrys first pot consumers, purchasing packs of Auror....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Oct 17, 2018
 The fight for Measure 3 is heating up in North Dakota

With less than three weeks until Election Day, efforts to pass Measure 3, which would legalize marijuana for adults in North Dakota, are ramping up. While opponents rely on the standard prohibitionist fear tactics, the Yes on 3 team is sharing a positive message of personal freedom and criminal justice reform with their neighbors across the state. Please contribute here to help them reach and educate more voters. And if you live in North Dakota, commit to voting for Measure 3 and encourage friends, colleagues, and neighbors to do the same. In a sign of growing support, st....
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Marijuana Business Daily | 10/18/2018
 Southern California recreational cannabis firms struggle with product shortages, licensing and black market

Chris Casacchia
Growing pains is an understatement to describe Southern Californias tumultuous recreational marijuana marketplace. New regulations that took effect July 1, product shortages, slow license approvals and a thriving black market are rattling what was already a turbulent sector of the California MJ industry. Southern California adult-use cannabis businesses, for their part, are facing a variety of curveballs and headwinds, including: Sales at Blum, a recreational and medical marijuana facility in Santa Ana, are down about 20 percent compared to last year, according to De....
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CANN Media Group | October 16, 2018
 Canadian PSA Reminds Travelers Not to Enter the Country with Cannabis

Tom Hymes
As national cannabis legalization begins, the Canadian government is concerned enough about confusion among the public regarding international travel with cannabis products that it has issued a public service announcement reminding everyone but especially Americans that even after October 17, 2018, it remains illegal to take cannabis or any product containing cannabis across Canadas international borders. The warnings are no doubt warranted. With recent reports that airport police now permit travelers over 21 to carry legal amounts of cannabis in their carry-ons through LA....
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Smell The Truth | October 11, 2018
 High Times postpones Sacramento Cannabis Cup

Oscar Pascual
High Times is postponing its trademark Cannabis Cup festival just weeks before its scheduled date in Sacramento, the Sacramento Bee reports. After multiple discussions with state and city leaders and extensive deliberations with all stakeholders, Cannabis Cup organizers have determined it is in the best interests of all parties to postpone the event, wrote High Times organizers in an email statement. The postponement comes partly due to new legislation recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown approved AB 2020 on Sept. 26, allowing local governments to approve permits f....
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NPR | October 17, 2018
 Its Legal. In Canada, Recreational Marijuana Gets Green Light
A planter trims medicinal marijuana plants in Ontario in 2016. After months of preparation, Canada legalized recreational use of the drug on Wednesday.
A planter trims medicinal marijuana plants in Ontario in 2016. After months of preparation, Canada legalized recreational use of the drug on Wednesday.
(image:Lars Hagberg/AFP/Getty Images)
Starting Wednesday, the sale of recreational marijuana begins in Canada following a law passed over the summer. The law says anyone in Canada over the age of 18 is allowed to possess marijuana, provided its less than 30 grams just over an ounce. Canadians can also grow up to four marijuana plants in their home and buy from a provincially regulated retailer. The country had months to prepare for the laws launch. The House of Commons and the Senate approved legalization in June, and later scheduled the law to go into effect on Wednesday. Keeping the drug illegal in the ye....
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Forbes | Oct 17, 2018
 Congressman Issues Blueprint To Legalize Marijuana For Democratic House In 2019

Tom Angell
A key Democratic congressman has a step-by-step plan to enact the end of federal marijuana prohibition in 2019 if his party takes control of the House, and he`s laying it all out in a new memo. TOM SYDOWTOM SYDOW ``Congress is out of step with the American people and the states on cannabis,`` Rep. Earl Blumenauer D-OR writes in the eight-page document addressed to House Democratic Leadership. ``We have an opportunity to correct course if Democrats win big in November. Theres no question: cannabis prohibition will end. Democrats should lead the way.`` House Republican lea....
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NORML | October 17, 2018
 Canadian Legalization Day Is Here

Today, Canada becomes the second nation to explicitly legalize the social use, possession, cultivation, and retail production and sale of cannabis. The new law marks the culmination of an effort led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who promised in 2015, shortly after taking office, to legalize and regulate the marijuana market. Further, the new law will include expungements of all possession criminal charges of less than 30 grams. Trudeau was not always in favor of legalization. In fact, for many years he opposed it. That was until he met face-to-face with NORML Canada a....
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Marijuana Business Daily | October 17 2018
 Canadas Landmark Day: Country launches the industrialized worlds first recreational cannabis market

Marijuana Business Daily reporters are on the ground in Canada, providing live coverage of the nations historic launch of its recreational cannabis market. Our staff will be filing updates throughout the day to give you a front-row seat for the opening of recreational shops and to get insights on sales, challenges, successes and breaking news from the largest country to legalize adult-use cannabis. All entries are in Eastern Time. 9 a.m. Wednesday Prince Edward Island: The first legal marijuana sale on Prince Edward Island, Canadas smallest province with about 150,000 pe....
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The Weed Blog | 10/17/2018
 Legalization Day: Canadian Government to Announce Pardons for Simple Possession

Moira Feeney

A government announcement on legalization day is expected to lay out the plan to expunge possession of 30 grams or less.
Sources have confirmed to CTV News that the Canadian government intends to issue pardons, and not record expungements or amnesty, for cases of possession of 30 grams or less, as the countrys cannabis legalization policies go into effect. An announcement from the government on Wednesday morning, just after legalization has gone into effect, is expected to lay out the plan. The Public Safety Minister, Justice Minister, Health Minister, and Border Security and Organized Crime Minister are expected to speak with reporters on the morning of Canadas historic legalization day an....
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