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The Joint Blog | May 9, 2018
 https://thejointblog.com/colorado-135-2-million-in-legal-marijuana-sold-in-march-new-monthly-record/


Anthony Martinelli

There was more legal marijuana sold throughout Colorado in March than any month prior, according to new data released by the Colorado Department of Revenue.
There was $135,183,956 worth of marijuana and marijuana products purchased legally in Colorado in March. This sets a new monthly sales record for the state, which began legal sales in 2014. Roughly $106 million of this came from recreational marijuana sales, with the additional $29.2 million coming from the sale of medical marijuana. The new data brings the states total for 2018 to $365 million, a 6 percent increase from the same period in 2017. This puts the state on track to sell around $1.6 billion in legal marijuana for 2018, which would be a slight increase from the ....
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The Joint Blog | May 8, 2018
  Canada Marijuana Sales to Outpace Liquor Sales by 2020, Predicts Imperial Bank of Commerce


Anthony Martinelli
We believe that by 2020, the legal market for adult-use cannabis will approach $6.5 billion in retail sales, claims the CBIC. For context, this is greater than the amount of spirits sold in this country, and approaches wine in scale. These numbers are based on the CBICs calculation that Canadians will purchase 800,000 kilograms of legal recreational marijuana annually by 2020, at an estimated price of $10 per gram. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party are working to have the legal marijuana industry underway by July. The bulk of the value generated from th....
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NORML | 5/4/18
 Weekly Legislative Roundup


Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative Roundup Lets talk about some new state-level developments. The Maine House of Representatives and Senate overrode Gov. Paul LePages R veto of marijuana legalization implementation legislation this week. The enactment of the legislation establishes a framework for the retail sale of marijuana to adults, but also amends numerous provisions of the 2016 voter-approved measure including those specific to home grow limits and taxation. The New Approach Missouri medical cannabis campaign submitted 372,483 petition signa....
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The Weed Blog | 5-4-2018
 Hired Canvassers Being Paid to Persuade Utah Voters to Remove Their Names- WTH?



According to the Salt Lake Tribune, documents show that a DEA task force is officially affiliated with Drug Safe Utah.
DEA task force is officially affiliated with Drug Safe Utah As county clerks are verifying thousands of voter signatures submitted for four potential medical marijuana initiatives, suddenly opposition groups are suggesting people have been misled and are urging them to remove their names before the May 15 deadline. What the? The Utah Medical Association, which opposed the initiative to expand MMJ, now seems to have co-founded a political issue committee with the conservative Utah Eagle Forum called Drug Safe Utah. And these phonies are paying canvassers to go door-to-do....
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The Seattle Times | April 27, 2018
 Seattle asks court to dismiss misdemeanor marijuana convictions from before legalization
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, left, looks on as Mayor Jenny Durkan speaks at a news conference announcing plans for the city to move to vacate misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions,
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, left, looks on as Mayor Jenny Durkan speaks at a news conference announcing plans for the city to move to vacate misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions,
(image:AP Photo/Elaine Thompson WAET102 WAET102 Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press)
Daniel Beekman
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes filed a motion Friday asking the Seattle Municipal Court to vacate all convictions and dismiss all charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession that were prosecuted in a period before pot was legalized statewide. In a statement, Holmes called the motion one small step to right the injustices of a drug war that has primarily targeted people of color. As we see marijuana sold in retail storefronts today, people who simply had a joint in their pocket a decade ago still have a red mark on their records, he said. The motion argues the court s....
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The Joint Blog | April 30, 2018
 California Committee Approves Measure to Make Employers Treat Medical Marijuana Like Prescription Drugs


Anthony Martinelli

Californias Assembly Labor and Employment Committee has given approval to Assembly Bill 2069, which is designed to end employer discrimination against medical marijuana patients.
The legislative proposal titled the Medical Cannabis Worker Protections Act would force employers to treat medical marijuana the same way they do legal prescription drugs such as but not limited to opioids. Employers would be required to give reasonable accommodation to medical marijuana patients under the states Fair Employment and Housing Act. The legislation, filed by Asemblymember Rob Bonta D along with Asemblymember Bill Quick D, was passed last week by the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee in a 5 to 1 vote. The bill exempts employers who may be subject to f....
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The Joint Blog | May 2, 2018
 Maine House Votes to Override Governor Veto of Marijuana Legalization Bill


Anthony Martinelli

Maines House of Representatives has voted to override a governors veto of legislation that would lead to the full implementation of a marijuana legalization law passed by voters in 2016.
Just a few days ago Governor LePages vetoed, for the second time, legislation that would have established a regulated system for legal marijuana cultivation and sales, in line with what voters approved in 2016. However, this time it looks like state legislators are taking the issue out of LePages hands by overriding his veto something possible with a 2/3rds majority. The House of Representatives voted 109 to 39 today to override LePages veto of LD 1719 The legislation, which must now receive a 2/3rds vote in the Senate before it can become law, would establish a system of....
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The Joint Blog | April 24, 2018
 Colorado Senate Passes Measure to Alter Food and Drug Act to Allow Products with Industrial Hemp


Anthony Martinelli

Legislation that would alter the Colorado Food and Drug Act to allow products containing industrial hemp has been passed through its second reading in the states Senate.
House Bill 1295 was passed today through its second reading in the Senate, roughly two weeks after it was passed unanimously 62 to 0 in the House of Representatives. The measure will need to be passed through one more reading in the Senate before it can be sent to Governor John Hickenlooper for consideration. According to its official summary; The bill establishes that food and cosmetics are not adulterated or misbranded by virtue of containing industrial hemp. The bill also sets forth the department of public health and environments powers with regard to applicants and re....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Apr 23, 2018
 Pennsylvania Health Dept. to Expand Medical Marijuana Program, Allow Flower Vaporization


The Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine announced the department will implement all of the advisory boards recommended changes to the medical marijuana program. They include: Allowing patients to use whole plant, flower cannabis via vaporization. Rewording the qualifying condition severe chronic or intractable pain to delete the phrase in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective. Allowing patients to qualify if they are undergoing addiction substitute therapy opioid reduction. Adding the follo....
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NORML | April 23, 2018
 NORML Delivers Over 10,000 Citizen Comments To The FDA Calling For The Reconsideration of Cannabis Prohibition


Justin Strekal
NORML today hand-delivered over 10,000 written comments from US citizens calling on federal and international agencies to amend the international prohibition of cannabis. The public comments, which were requested earlier this month by the US Food and Drug Administration, will be considered as part of the World Health Organizations ongoing review of the plants international classification. Under international treaties, the marijuana plant is classified in the most restrictive schedules available for controlled substances. NORML maintains that this scheduling does not accura....
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NORML | April 23, 2018
 NORML Delivers Over 10,000 Citizen Comments To The FDA Calling For The Reconsideration of Cannabis Prohibition
Justin Strekal
NORML today hand-delivered over 10,000 written comments from US citizens calling on federal and international agencies to amend the international prohibition of cannabis. The public comments, which were requested earlier this month by the US Food and Drug Administration, will be considered as part of the World Health Organizations ongoing review of the plants international classification. Under international treaties, the marijuana plant is classified in the most restrictive schedules available for controlled substances. NORML maintains that this scheduling does not accura....
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The Joint Blog | April 23, 2018
 Marijuana Legalization Initiative To Be On November Ballot In Michigan


Anthony Martinelli

Enough valid signatures have been gathered in Michigan to place a marijuana legalization initiative on this Novembers general election ballot.
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The Joint Blog | April 23, 2018
 Missouris full House of Representatives has passed legislation that would legalize medical marijuana.


Anthony Martinelli
The House approved House Bill 1554 today after hours of debate. Filed by Representative James Neely, the measure would expand the definition of investigational drug, biological product, or device so that it can include medical cannabis. Under this provision, a dispensing organization or manufacturer of an investigational drug, biological product, or device that has successfully completed phase one of a clinical trial but has not been approved for general use by the Food and Drug Administration FDA and remains under investigation in a clinical trial can be made available to ....
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NORML | April 19, 2018
 Senator Sanders Co-Sponsors The Marijuana Justice Act


Today, Senator Bernie Sanders joined Senator Cory Booker on a live stream for a conversation about ending prohibition and co-sponsoring the Marijuana Justice Act. But they cant do it alone. Right now, 33 members of Congress have put their name on the House and Senate versions of this legislation, but we still have a long way to go. Politicians are starting to realize that legalization is not only good policy, but good politics. Send a message to your federal officials and tell them to put their name on this legislation too. The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition....
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NORML | April 18, 2018
 Bipartisan Legislation Introduced To Facilitate Medical Cannabis Trials For Veterans


Paul Armentano
United States Rep. Timothy Waltz D-MN, along with over 30 bipartisan co-sponsors, has introduced legislation, HR 5520: The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018, to facilitate federally-sponsored clinical research into the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis among veterans. The legislation states: In carrying out the responsibilities of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary may conduct and support research relating to the efficacy and safety of forms of cannabis on the health outcomes of covered veterans diagnosed with chronic pain, post-traumatic str....
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