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The Joint Blog | February 15, 2018
 Berkeley Council Votes Unanimously to Become a Sanctuary City for Marijuana

Anthony Martinelli
The proposal, put forth by Mayor Jesse Arreguin along with two councilmembers, prohibits all local officials and city employees from assisting federal officials in the enforcement of federal marijuana laws. I believe we can balance public safety and resisting the Trump administration, says Mayor Arreguin. In a tweet made after the councils vote, Arreguin said the move was in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions misguided crackdown on our democratic decision to legalize recreational cannabis. According to Arreguin, the approved resolution doesnt prevent the city from....
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NORML | February 15, 2018
 New Federal Legislation To Protect Legal Marijuana States And Businesses

Justin Strekal
Representative Lou Correa D-CA has introduced the Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act which would essentially codify the protections that were outlined in the now-rescinded Cole Memo. Upon the introduction, Rep. Correa said, To date, eight states have legalized recreational cannabis, and twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia, representing more than half of the American population, have enacted legislation to permit the use of cannabis. Attorney General Sessions decision to rescind the Cole Memo created great uncertainty for these states and legal cannabis busine....
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NORML | February 14, 2018
 Update: Federal Judge Reserves Decision After Hearing Arguments In Washington, v. Sessions

Justin Strekal
Today, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York heard oral arguments on the motion to dismiss Washington, v. Sessions,, a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Schedule I classification of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act. The federal government argued to have the case dismissed. Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York reserved the decision. The lead attorney for the case, Michael Hiller released the following statement: First, we w....
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The Joint Blog | February 10, 2018
 Trump Administration Names Jim Carroll as New Drug Czar

Anthony Martinelli
Drug czar is the unofficial but often used term for director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy ONDCP. According to CNN, Carroll was named deputy director of the ONDCP on Friday, a position he will retain until confirmed by the Senate as director. We have full confidence in Jim to lead ONDCP to make significant strides in combating the opioids crisis, reducing drug use, and coordinating US drug policy, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a public statement. Fighting the opioid crisis and drug addiction is a priority for this administration. We grea....
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The Weed Blog | 2/14/18 | Washington, DC
 Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Announces Support To Legalize Marijuana

Support for Marijuana Legalization is at an All-Time High, With Nearly 60 Percent of Americans Supporting Legalization.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced she is cosponsoring the Marijuana Justice Act, landmark legislation that would legalize marijuana and help reverse decades of failed drug policy that has disproportionately hurt communities of color and low-income communities in New York and across the country. This legislation, introduced by Senator Cory Booker D-NJ, would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances, making it legal at the federal level. It would also expunge the records of Americans who have prior marijuana possession convictions. A record numbe....
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The Cannabist | Feb 9, 2018
 Recreational marijuana sales highest per capita in Colorados southern border towns
Alicia Wallace,

Las Animas County led the state with more than $3,100 of recreational cannabis sold for every adult and child
Colorados southern border communities led the state in 2017 per-capita cannabis sales by a country mile. While the bulk of Colorados $1.09 billion in 2017 recreational marijuana sales occurred in the states population hubs of Denver and Arapahoe counties, rural Las Animas County, population 14,083, led the state with more than $3,100 of recreational cannabis sold for every adult and child. The town of Trinidad, located in Las Animas County, Colorado, as seen on March 27, 2009. RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post Las Animas County, which is on the Colorado-New Mexico border and ....
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| February 9, 2018
 Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended, Again

Justin Strekal
After a brief government shutdown, congressional leadership voted to enact a six-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through March 23, 2018. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana. Without these protect....
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Marijuana Policy Project | February 6, 2018
 Fourth Corner Credit Union gets conditional approval from Federal Reserve for marijuana-related banking

Omar Sacirbey
fter a 40-month battle, a Colorado credit union thats determined to serve marijuana-related companies has finally won conditional approval from the Federal Reserve to launch its business. But the Fourth Corner Credit Union will not be serving plant-touching businesses as it originally had planned to do but will instead cater to advocacy groups, charities and ancillary companies such as accountants. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City informed The Fourth Corner Credit Union in a Feb. 2 letter that it would conditionally grant the Denver financial institution a so-cal....
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The Joint Blog | February 9, 2018
 Over $1.5 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sold in Colorado in 2017

Anthony Martinelli

According to data released by Colorados Department of Revenue, there was $1.51 billion in legal marijuana and marijuana products sold in 2017.
The $1.51 billion sold is an increase over the $1.3 billion sold in 2016. In 2015 there was $995 million sold, and in 2014 the first year of legal sales $683 million in marijuana was sold. According to the new data, which was released today, there was $1.09 billion in recreational marijuana sold in 2017. As for medical marijuana, licensed dispensaries sold $416 million worth. These sales resulted in roughly $250 million in new taxes for Colorado. In Washington State which legalized marijuana in the same election as Colorado at least $1.2 billion in legal marijuana was....
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Smell The Truth | February 6, 2018
 Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve medical marijuana bill

Oscar Pascual
Virginia is set to allow anyone in need to use cannabis for medical purposes. The Virginia state Senate on Monday passed Joint Commission on Health Care bill SB 726 with a 40-0 vote, reports the News Leader. The newly approved bill allows doctors to prescribe oils rich in CBD or THCa for any diagnosed condition or disease. Previous legislation only allowed medical access for intractable epilepsy. A companion bill was also passed unanimously in the Virginia House of Delegates last week. SB 726 will now head to the desk of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam D, who promised to leg....
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The Joint Blog | February 7, 2018 by Anthony Martinelli
 WA: Committee Approves Bill to Allow Marijuana Stores to Obtain and Sell CBD Products From Outside Sources
Anthony Martinelli

Washingtons House Appropriations Committee has approved a measure that would allow marijuana outlets to use cannabidiol products CBD products obtained from sources other than state licensed producer/processors.
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The Joint Blog | February 7, 2018
 Washington House Approves Measure to Establish New Residency Requirements for Marijuana Business Owners

Legislation that would establish new residency requirements on marijuana business owners has been given approval by Washingtons full House of Representatives.
House Bill 1151 passed the House today by a vote of 70 to 28. Filed by Representative Sharon Wylie D and cosponsored by Representatives Brandon Bick R and Brian Blake D, the measure must now be passed by the states Senate before it can be sent to Governor Jay Inslee for consideration. The proposed law; Requires that at least 75 percent of the interest in a licensed marijuana business owned by a business or nonprofit entity be held by one or more interest holders who have resided in Washington state for at least six months, Requires that all applicants residing out of state....
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Stop the Drug War | February 08, 2018
 Chronicle AM: Trump Nixed Israeli MedMJ Exports, Duterte Faces ICC Complaint, More... 2/8/18

sraeli Prime Minister says he barred medical marijuana exports because of Donald Trump, the International Criminal Court begins `preliminary examination`` of the Philippines` bloody drug war, and more. Israeli PM Netanyahu says he barred medical marijuana exports at Trump`s request. Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Medical Marijuana Florida Lawmakers Shame Regulators Over Medical Marijuana Program. A joint legislative oversight committee tore into state medical marijuana czar Christian Bax on Monday. The Joint Administrative Procedures Committee used four separate unanimous votes....
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Terpenes and Testing Magazine | 2/2/18
 Cannabis Testing Labs Audited in Alaska

Two potency results from the same product tested in different Alaska labs have conflicting results, causing an audit by the Department of Environmental Conservations Environmental Health Laboratory.
Last month, the Alaska Marijuana Control Office AMCO bought separately packaged four-gram lots of two types cannabis flowers from the same dispensary. They then brought the samples directly to Alaskas two operating cannabis testing labs. Steep Hill Alaska and Canntest revealed very different potency results, revealing a larger problem with testing in the most northwestern of the United States. The audit was recommended by the director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office Erika McConnell. Before the audit, a public service announcement was distributed throughout Alas....
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The Cannabist | Feb 5, 2018
 One month after Sessions marijuana memo, where do U.S. attorneys stand on legal weed?
Bruce Kennedy and Alex Pasquariello
Its been a month since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo, Obama-era Department of Justice guidance on enforcement of federal law in states that legalized marijuana in some form. Sessions marijuana policy shift didnt just inject uncertainty into the legal cannabis industry it empowered the Justice Departments U.S. attorneys to enforce or ignore federal marijuana laws. U.S. attorneys are the chief federal law enforcement officers within 93 districts throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands....
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