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The Joint Blog | April 19, 2018
 U.S. Senate Minority Leader Announces Measure to Decriminalize Marijuana

Anthony Martinelli

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer D announced today that he will soon be introducing legislation that would decriminalize marijuana across the United States.
In an interview with VICE News Schumer called the legislation long overdue, and said that too many people have been effected by the plants prohibiton. Ill be introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level from one end of the country to the other, said Schumer, who is the leading Democrat in the Senate. Schumers announcement comes just weeks after the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R announced legislation that would legalize hemp. Ive seen too many peoples lives ruined because they had small amounts of marijuana and served time in jail, muc....
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The Joint Blog | April 20, 2018
 Marijuana Now Decriminalized in New Mexicos Most Populated City Just in Time for 4/20

Anthony Martinelli

An ordinance decriminalizing the possession of personal amounts of marijuana has officially taken effect in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The new law coincidentally or maybe not takes effect on 4/20, the unofficial cannabis holiday the law officially took effect as the clocks hit midnight MDT. The law taking effect comes a little over two weeks after it was passed by the city council in a 5 to 4 vote, and eight days after it was signed into law by Mayor Tim Keller D. Under the new law, the possession of up to an ounce 28 grams of marijuana is a simple $25 ticket, rather than a misdemeanor punishable by jail time as it was before. The measure was filed by Councilmembers Pat Davi and Isaac Benton. At the end ....
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The Oregonian | April 15
 Trump administration abandons crackdown on legal marijuana
Evan Halper
The Trump administration is abandoning a Justice Department threat to crack down on recreational marijuana in states where it is legal, a move that could enable cannabis businesses in California and other states that have legalized pot to operate without fear of federal raids and prosecution. President Trump personally directed the abrupt retreat, which came at the behest of Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado. White House officials confirmed the policy shift Friday. Trump did not inform Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions in advance of the change in policy, an almost unheard ....
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NORML | April 13, 2018
 GOP Lawmaker: Trump Administration Pledges Non-Interference In Legal Marijuana States

Paul Armentano
Republican Senator Cory Gardner CO says that he has received a verbal commitment from President Donald Trump specifying that the administration will not take action to disrupt marijuana markets in states that legally regulate the substance. Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana, Gardner told the Associated Press. Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justices rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorados legal marijuana industry....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Apr 13, 2018
 Maine Legislature Passes Commercial Marijuana Regulations

This week, the Maine House and Senate overwhelmingly passed LD 1719, which would set up Maines adult-use marijuana market. MPP was neutral on the bill, as it removed social club licensing from the initiative voters passed in 2016. LD 1719 also reduced the number of plants adults can cultivate at home from six to three flowering plants. That said, its been 18 months since Maine voters passed Question 1, and it is time that adults had a legal place to purchase marijuana. Given the veto-proof margins that LD 1719 passed by, we are uncertain if Gov. LePage will veto the bill. ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | April 11, 2018
 Quebec inks bombshell supply deals for 359 tons of cannabis
Matt Lamers
Canadas second-largest province by population signed multiyear supply deals with six licensed cannabis cultivators for its recreational market, a move that provides much needed certainty for businesses and investors, analysts say. The six companies will supply an aggregate of approximately 325,000 kilograms 359 tons of cannabis over the life of the deals. Quebec-based Hydropothecary got the biggest share. Hydropothecary will supply 20,000 kilograms of products in the first year, 35,000 kilograms in year two and 45,000 kilograms in year three. Supply in the following two....
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Marijuana Business Daily | April 11, 2018
 Medical marijuana states experience wide spectrum of wholesale prices, supply

Bart Schaneman
The wholesale price and supply situation for various state medical marijuana markets is a mixed bag, with different regulations, patient counts and product availability generating diverse situations. In New Mexico, for example, medical marijuana business owners are experiencing increased demand and rising prices. Elsewhere, however, MMJ business owners are suffering the same fate as their recreational counterparts, namely bloated supplies and sliding prices. New Mexicos situation is unique. Regulators there have capped the number of plants an MMJ business can grow at 450....
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NORML | April 11, 2018
 NORML Responds as Ex-House Speaker Signs On With Marijuana Industry Leader

It has been announced that former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, along with former Republican Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld, have joined the Board of Advisors for Acreage Holdings, a multi-state corporation operating in the medical and recreational marijuana space. The company holds licenses for dozens of cannabis businesses in the United States. Boehner, in comments to the press, made it clear that he has reversed his long held opposition to marijuana legalization. In an interview with Bloomberg news wire, he stated: Over the last 10 or 15 years, the ....
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The Joint Blog | April 9, 2018
 Californias Chalice Festival to be First to Allow On-Site Recreational Marijuana Use and Sales
Anthony Martinelli

Taking place July 13 to July 15, the California Chalice Festival will be the first in the state to allow recreational marijuana to be sold and consumed on-site.
The festival is slated to take place at the San Bernadino County Fairgrounds in Victorville starting July 13 and going through July 15. Launched in 2014, this years Chalice Festival will feature performances by Bassnectar, Ludacris, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Sizzla Kalonji, Curren$y, Cut Chemist, Pharcyde, and Thriftworks. notes that while past events have catered to medical marijuana users and paraphernalia aficionados, this years event will, for the first time, allow on-site marijuana consumption and purchases for adults aged 21 and older. On-site produc....
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The Joint Blog | April 9, 2018
 Feds Now Accepting Public Comments on Potential Rescheduling of Marijuana

Anthony Martinelli

Starting today, the federal government is accepting public comments regarding the potential rescheduling of marijuana as a schedule 1 controlled substances which puts it alongside drugs such as heroin.
In response to the United Nations World Health Organization announcing that they will soon review the current international classification of marijuana, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA is themselves starting a review, and are asking interested persons to submit comments regarding the potential rescheduling of marijuana. The public comment period will be open from today, to April 23. The FDA is seeking input on the abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use of marijuana and its c....
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The Washington Post | April 9 | ANNAPOLIS, Md.
 The Latest: Maryland lawmakers OK medical marijuana bill
Associated Press
The Latest on developments on the last day of the Maryland General Assemblys legislative session all times local: 11 a.m. The Maryland General Assembly has given final passage to a measure designed to help improve diversity in the states medical marijuana industry. The Senate gave the bill final approval on Monday, the last day of the states legislative session. The measure increases the number of grower licenses from 15 to as many as 22. Two of the licenses are set aside for two companies that sued over the licensing process. Four more licenses will be up for grabs. T....
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NPR | April 7, 2018
 Medical Marijuana`s `Catch-22`: Limits On Research Hinder Patient Relief
Marisa Taylor Melissa Bailey
By the time Ann Marie Owen, 61, turned to marijuana to treat her pain, she was struggling to walk and talk. She was also hallucinating. For four years, her doctor prescribed a wide range of opioids for transverse myelitis, a debilitating disease that caused pain, muscle weakness and paralysis. The drugs not only failed to ease her symptoms, they hooked her. When her home state of New York legalized marijuana for the treatment of select medical ailments, Owens decided it was time to swap pills for pot. But her doctors refused to help. ``Even though medical marijuana is l....
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HuffPost | 04/06/2018
 GOP Congressman: Only Wealthy States Can Afford To Smoke Weed
Eliot Nelson

Steve Pearce, who is running for governor in New Mexico, argues poor states cant handle legal marijuana
Rep. Steve Pearce R-N.M. said this week that his state shouldnt legalize recreational marijuana because it would hinder the economic fortunes of poor people. Wealthier states can better afford to handle the substance, he added. I do not see how in combating poverty you can put one more obstacle in front of people who are struggling to get out of poverty, Pearce said Thursday, so I dont see where I would support recreational marijuana. A wealthier state, the congressman added, could more easily absorb the allegedly deleterious effects of legal marijuana. People [point t....
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The Cannabist | Apr 6, 2018
 Google and Facebook wont advertise marijuana, even where its legal
Rachel Siegel The Washington Post
As the cannabis industry grows, generating an estimated $10 billion in annual sales, states are increasingly approving medical marijuana programs and passing adult-use laws. But for marketing agencies, marijuana dispensaries and cannabis brands, advertising the pot brings its own hurdles. Online platforms with prime advertising space like Facebook and Google do not allow drug, or drug-related promotions on their sites, leaving a large share of marijuana advertising to blogs and podcasts, newsletters and print media. And while experts say Facebook and Google which control....
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The Seattle Times | April 4, 2018 | SACRAMENTO, Calif.
 US seizes pot-growing houses tied to China-based criminals
McGregor Scott, ,right, the United States Attorney For the Eastern District of California, flanked by FBI Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan, discusses the months-long investigation that led to the law enforcement..
McGregor Scott, ,right, the United States Attorney For the Eastern District of California, flanked by FBI Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan, discusses the months-long investigation that led to the law enforcement..
(image:AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Hundreds of federal and local law-enforcement agents have seized roughly 100 Northern California houses purchased with money wired to the United States by a Chinese-based crime organization and used to grow massive amounts of marijuana illegally.
Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents have seized roughly 100 Northern California houses purchased with money wired to the United States by a Chinese-based crime organization and used to grow massive amounts of marijuana illegally, authorities said Wednesday. The raids culminated a monthslong investigation focusing on dozens of Chinese nationals who bought homes in seven counties. Most of the buyers were in the country legally and were not arrested as authorities investigate if they were indebted to the gang and forced into the work, U.S. Attorney McGregor S....
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