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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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The Joint Blog | August 10, 2018
 Study: Legalizing Medical Marijuana Associated with a 33.7 Reduction in Workplace Fatalities Among Those Aged 25 to 44


Anthony Martinelli

According to a new study published by the International Journal of Drug Policy, the legalization of medical marijuana is associated with a large decrease in workplace fatalities .
According to its abstract, the aim of the study was to determine the association between legalizing medical marijuana and workplace fatalities. Using data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia between 1992 and 2015 obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, regression models were adjusted for state demographics, the unemployment rate, state fixed effects, and year fixed effects. Legalizing medical marijuana was associated with a 19.5 percent reduction in the expected number of workplace fatalities among workers aged 2544, states the study. This associated grew....
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The Joint Blog | August 10, 2018 Facebook Twitter Reddit Google Pinterest
 Study: Legalizing Medical Marijuana Associated with a 33.7 Reduction in Workplace Fatalities Among Those Aged 25 to 44
Anthony Martinelli

According to a new study published by the International Journal of Drug Policy, the legalization of medical marijuana is associated with a large decrease in workplace fatalities .
According to its abstract, the aim of the study was to determine the association between legalizing medical marijuana and workplace fatalities. Using data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia between 1992 and 2015 obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, regression models were adjusted for state demographics, the unemployment rate, state fixed effects, and year fixed effects. Legalizing medical marijuana was associated with a 19.5 percent reduction in the expected number of workplace fatalities among workers aged 2544, states the study. This associated grew....
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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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The Washington Post | August 6 | OKLAHOMA CITY
 Oklahoma governor signs revised medical marijuana guidelines
Associated Press
Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a revised set of emergency rules governing the use of medical marijuana in Oklahoma less than a week after they were approved by the state Board of Health. Fallin signed the regulations into law on Monday, describing them as very basic and the best option in developing a proper regulatory framework. State health officials adopted the rules on Wednesday to replace ones adopted on July 10 that were heavily criticized by Oklahomas attorney general and medical marijuana advocates. The new rules amend or revoke the previous guidelines, including el....
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The Washington Post | August 6 | OKLAHOMA CITY
 Oklahoma governor signs revised medical marijuana guidelines
Associated Press
Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a revised set of emergency rules governing the use of medical marijuana in Oklahoma less than a week after they were approved by the state Board of Health. Fallin signed the regulations into law on Monday, describing them as very basic and the best option in developing a proper regulatory framework. State health officials adopted the rules on Wednesday to replace ones adopted on July 10 that were heavily criticized by Oklahomas attorney general and medical marijuana advocates. The new rules amend or revoke the previous guidelines, including el....
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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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Marijuana Business Daily | 8/6/18
 Denver prosecutors hone in on cannabis company Sweet Leafs top brass, owners


Jeff Smith
Prosecutors dismissed the last of the charges against budtenders of the once high-flying Colorado marijuana retailer Sweet Leaf but said Monday the companys management and co-owners remain under investigation and that more criminal charges likely will emerge. While the budtenders were the point of sale in the distribution and possession of illegal amounts of marijuana, the larger scheme involving Sweet Leaf remains under investigation and is being considered by the Denver grand jury, Ken Lane, spokesman for the Denver District Attorneys Office, wrote in an email to Marijua....
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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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Marijuana Business Daily | August 1, 2018
 Molson Coors bets on growing cannabis industry with Canadian joint venture


Matt Lamers
Molson Coors Brewing Co. is teaming up with a cannabis company in Canada as beer companies look to fend off competition from North Americas growing marijuana market. Molson said Wednesday it will form a joint venture with Quebec-based licensed producer The Hydropothecary Corp. to develop nonalcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages for the Canadian market following legalization. Molson Coors Canada will have a 57.5 percent controlling interest in the joint venture, and Hydropothecary will control the rest. It is the latest signal that the beer industry is concerned that lega....
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| July 22, 2018
 Study: States Decriminalizing Marijuana Doesnt Increase Youth Usage Rates, Decreases Drug-Related Arrests by 75


Anthony Martinelli

In a study of five states that have decriminalized marijuana, it was found that decriminalization did not increase usage rates among children in any state, and it led to a massive decrease in drug arrests.
A number of public health professional organizations support the decriminalization of cannabis due to adverse effects of cannabis-related arrests and legal consequences, particularly on youth, begins the abstract of the study, published by the International Journal of Drug Policy. We sought to examine the associations between cannabis decriminalization and both arrests and youth cannabis use in five states that passed decriminalization measures between the years 2008 and 2014: Massachusetts decriminalized in 2008, Connecticut 2011, Rhode Island 2013, Vermont 2013, and Mary....
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The Joint Blog | July 30, 2018
 Oklahoma: Enough Signatures Gathered to Put Recreational Marijuana Initiative on November Ballot


Anthony Martinelli

A nonprofit organization aiming to put a marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot in Oklahoma announced Sunday that it has collected enough signatures to do just that.
Green The Vote says it has collected 132,527 for State Question 797, which would legalize marijuana for everyone 21 and older. This is over the 124,000 signatures required to put the initiative to a vote of the people this November 6. However, the group will be continuing to collect signatures in order to reach their goal of 150,000 in order to ensure that enough of the signatures are valid from registered Oklahoma voters. If the proposal is put on the ballot, and subsequently passed into law by voters, the possession of up to four ounces of marijuana, and the cultivation ....
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The Weed Blog | 8/2/18
 Dispensaries in Pennsylvania to Begin Selling Whole Leaf Cannabis



Medical marijuana in plant form will begin being sold in Pennsylvania dispensaries this week.
Nearly half of all Pennsylvania dispensaries will begin selling medical marijuana in plant form on August 1, 2018. Others will follow suit by August 8, according to a press release from PA Governor Tom Wolfs office, which states that 16 dispensaries will be expanded to 28 by next week. Pennsylvanias medical marijuana program had initially mandated that patients would only have access to non-herbal cannabis preparations, such as infused oils, wax or pills. However, in April Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine Rachel Levine approved a unanimous recommendation by the states 11....
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The Weed Blog | 8/1/18
 Cannabis Possession in Manhattan is Decriminalized



Its Official: Manhattan has decriminalized cannabis possession.
Starting on August 1, 2018, those who use or possess cannabis will no longer be prosecuted, according to a press release issued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., whose office says it intends to reduce cannabis prosecutions by 96 percent annually in New York City. Our research has found virtually no public safety rationale for the ongoing arrest and prosecution of marijuana smoking, and no moral justification for the intolerable racial disparities that underlie enforcement, said Vance. Tomorrow, our Office will exit a system wherein smoking a joint can ruin ....
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