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The Joint Blog | March 12, 2019
 Smokeable Medical Marijuana Bill Passed by Florida Senate

Anthony Martinelli
The Senate passed Senate Bill 182 by a vote of 34 to 4, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The measure would allow medical marijuana patients to smoke marijuana, which was legalized by voters before being prohibited by lawmakers. Marijuana is now medicine in the state of Florida and how that medicine is administered should be between their doctor and that patient, said Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Lighthouse Point. As noted by the Sentinel, lawmakers in 2017 passed a law carrying out the legalization of medical marijuana approved by 71 percent of voters in 2016, but it barred patients ....
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Stop the Drug War | March 13, 2019
 Chronicle AM: AK Okays Pot Social Consumption, Trump Slashes Drug Czar Budget, More... 3/13/19

Alaska gives final approval for on-site consumption at pot shops, San Francisco approves pot smoking at events where people like to smoke pot, President Trump ponders designating Mexican cartels as terrorists, South Dakota legislators come up short in a bid to override the veto of a hemp bill, and more. The drug czar`s office is on the budgetary cutting block again. Marijuana Policy Alaska Social Consumption Gets Final Approval. Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer R Tuesday signed off on new regulations allowing on-site marijuana use in retail pot shops, the final step in approving so....
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SFGATE | March 13, 2019
 Alaska approves rules to allow marijuana use in licensed shops

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marijuana dispensaries to apply for licenses to allow on-site consumption
Alaskas licensed cannabis shops will soon be safe havens for anyone looking for a place to smoke a joint, blunt, or bong. Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer approved a set of regulations on Tuesday to let marijuana dispensaries apply for licenses to allow on-site consumption, according to the Associated Press. Dispensary owners can register for a special onsite use endorsement beginning April 11. Businesses will be required to adhere to a certain set of guidelines before gaining approval of the Marijuana Control Board, including factors such as proper security and ventilation. Vendors....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Mar 08, 2019
 New Mexico`s House of Representatives passes legalization bill

Kate Zawidzki
If you live in New Mexico, contact your senator today asking them to end marijuana prohibition. Yesterday, in a 36-34 vote, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed HB 356, which would legalize marijuana for adults. The bill is a product of a last-minute compromise and incorporates parts of the Republican-sponsored bill. It now heads to the Senate, where any vote is expected to be close. If enough New Mexicans reach out to their state senators, there is a chance the state will legalize marijuana this year Ask your state senator to make marijuana legal for adults tod....
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NORML | March 8, 2019
 Marijuana Legalization Measures Gaining Momentum In Several States

Paul Armentano
Lawmakers in several states have recently moved forward legislative proposals to either legalize or decriminalize marijuana-related activities. Here is a look at where some of these efforts currently stand. LEGALIZATION New Hampshire: By a margin of 209 to 147, House members voted late last week in favor of House Bill 481, which legalizes the possession and cultivate of personal use quantities of cannabis by adults, and establishes a licensed system of commercial production and retail sales. The measure awaits action in the Senate and faces opposition from Republican Gov.....
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NORML | March 8, 2019
 The SAFE Banking Act Reintroduced

Justin Strekal
A bipartisan coalition of more than 100 co-sponsors has reintroduced legislation in Congress, The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act SAFE Banking Act, HR 1595, to allow state-licensed marijuana-related businesses to engage freely in relationships with banks and other financial institutions. Click here to send a message to your member of Congress and urge them to cosponsor the bill. If enacted, banks would no longer face the threat of federal sanction for working with marijuana-related businesses and entrepreneurs. Currently, hundreds of licensed and regulated busine....
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NORML | March 7, 2019
 Bipartisan Legislation To End Marijuana Prohibition Filed

Representatives Tulsi Gabbard HI-02 and Don Young AK-AL introduced today two landmark bipartisan marijuana bills. Introduced was The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019, to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances list and allow states the freedom to regulate marijuana as they choose, without federal interference. In the previous Congress, The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act became the first bill in American history to end the federal policy of criminalization that earned bipartisan support. The Ending Federal Prohibition Act is about....
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Marijuana Moment | March 8, 2019
 New Mexico House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill

Tom Angell
New Mexicos House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize marijuana for adult use on Thursday. After getting a favorable report from two House committees last month, the legislation cleared the full chamber in a narrow 36-34 vote, but not before being significantly amended from its original form. Sponsored by Reps. Javier Martinez D and Antonio Maestas D, the bill would establish a retail cannabis system in the state and would automatically seal previous records of individuals with convictions for marijuana offenses that are made legal by the bill. Before final pass....
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The Weed Blog | 3/7/19
 An Unlikely Pair find common ground in cannabis and launch The U.S. Weed Channel

Shane Doull of The U.S. Weed Channel and Kim Easton of KEI Connects announce the partnership of their two companies.
Shane Doull of The U.S. Weed Channel and Kim Easton of KEI Connects announce the partnership of their two companies to strengthen their impact, reach, and ability to serve the cannabis community together as a united team. The US Weed Channel promises to be a platform for the many voices of the cannabis community. Shane Doull founder and CEO of The U.S. Weed Channel is a long time cannabis consumer and supporter. Doull comes from an entrepreneur background developing business for the past 29 years. After inventing and running the first mobile pot store GranDaddy Phoenix, ....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Mar 06, 2019
 New Mexico Senate passes decriminalization

Yesterday, the New Mexico Senate overwhelmingly passed SB 323, a bill that would decriminalize the possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana. However, there is no guarantee that the House will schedule a vote on the bill. Reach out to your lawmakers today in support of both marijuana decriminalization and legalization in New Mexico. Marijuana decriminalization will allow for law enforcement to better prioritize their resources. It also means that otherwise law-abiding adults won`t face jail time and criminal records for using a substance safer than alcohol. Last year....
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Stop the Drug War | March 06, 2019
 Chronicle AM: Beto, Bernie Talk Criminal Justice Reform; FDA Oks Ketamine for Depression, More... 3/6/19
Bernie Sanders talks criminal justice reform, but he`s not the only Democratic doing so.
Bernie Sanders talks criminal justice reform, but he`s not the only Democratic doing so.
Democratic presidential contenders begin staking out criminal justice reform positions, yet another poll has a national majority for marijuana legalization, the FDA approves ketamine for depression, and more. Bernie Sanders talks criminal justice reform, but he`s not the only Democratic doing so. Marijuana Policy Quinnipiac Poll Has Strong Support for Legalization. A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday has support for marijuana legalization at 60 percent nationwide, with only 33 percent opposed. An even larger number of respondents 63 percent said old....
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SFGATE | March 6, 2019
 Hawaii will allow visitors to access medical marijuana
Medical marijuana on display.
Medical marijuana on display.
Oscar Pascual
Medical cannabis patients can soon travel to Hawaii without having to worry about receiving medicine. The state Department of Health announced Tuesday that the state will begin allowing out-of-state visitors to register for medical cannabis, the Associated Press reports. According to the states Health Department, visitors who qualify as medical marijuana patients from other U.S. states will now be able to register online for a temporary card that allows them to purchase medical cannabis products during their visit. Out-of-state patients can register before arriving in Haw....
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HawaiiNewsNow | Updated March 5 | HONOLULU
 Out-of-state patients now able to get legal medical marijuana in Hawaii

HNN Staff
With $12.6 million in sales last year and more than 1,500 pounds of medical marijuana sold, Hawaiis medical cannabis industry is growing quickly ― and there are no signs of shortages. And business is set to pick up even more. On Tuesday, the state opened Hawaiis medical cannabis registration program to out-of-state patients. Medical marijuana is legal in 32 other states, and state officials say the change will ensure residents from those states who come to visit or live part-time in the islands can now register to buy cannabis products in Hawaii. Its the no. 1 fre....
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NORML | March 5, 2019
 Legal Marijuana Industry Employs Over 200,000 Full-Time Workers
Paul Armentano
The state-licensed cannabis industry gained over 64,000 new employees in 2018, and now employs over 200,000 full-time workers, according to data compiled by Whitney Economics and the online content provider Commenting on the new findings, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said, The federal government needs to deschedule marijuana to allow states to better and more fully benefit from the economic growth engine that is the legal marijuana industry. Further, state regulators need to ensure as this sector expands its economic benefits are shared by all, includi....
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Marijuana Moment | March 5, 2019
 Where Presidential Candidate John Hickenlooper Stands On Marijuana

Kyle Jaeger
The latest Democrat to join the race for the partys 2020 presidential nomination is the former governor of one of the first states to legalize marijuana. John Hickenlooper of Colorado announced that he was running on Monday. Hickenlooper has gone through as significant evolution when it comes his views on cannabis, though hes stopped short of endorsing legalization outright. His record has earned him a B grade from NORML. Heres a comprehensive look at where he stands on marijuana. Legislation And Policy Actions Colorado voters approved a marijuana legalization ballot mea....
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