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The Joint Blog | June 7, 2018
 Canada Senate Gives Approval to Marijuana Legalization

A bill to legalize marijuana, proposed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has been passed by the Senate through its third and final reading.
The legislation C-45 has already been passed by the House of Commons, but will go back for one final vote on Senate amendments before being sent to the Governor General for Royal Assent final approval. It was passed by the Senate 56 to 30. Once the law takes effect, the possession and cultivation of personal amounts of marijuana will be legal for those 18 and older. The law authorizes licensed marijuana businesses to sell marijuana and marijuana products, and also allows online sales which will be handled similarly to how the country currently allows online medical marij....
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The Joint Blog | June 7, 2018
 New York Assembly Votes to Seal Over 800,000 Marijuana Convictions

Anthony Martinelli
Assembly Bill 2142 would seal the conviction of those arrested for the simple possession of marijuana in public view. This would make such charges not appear on criminal background checks. This would effect over 800,000 people charged over the past 20 years. A companion measure in the Senate SB 03809 recently passed the Codes Committee and is currently in the Judiciary Committee. If the Senate approves the companion measure, it will be sent to the Assembly. If the Senate passes the Assembly-approved measure, it will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for consideration. Cuom....
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Smell The Truth | June 4, 2018
 North Carolina lawmakers consider decriminalizing marijuana

Oscar Pascual
The new North Carolina bill would allow citizens to possess certain amounts of marijuana without having to face major legal consequences. The states Senate Bill 791 and companion House Bill 994 would allow adults to possess up to four ounces for personal use, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. The bills primary sponsor, Sen. Paul Lowe D-Forsyth, introduced the bill in an effort to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. This is heading in the right direction. Currently, North Carolina considers possession of half an ounce or less of a controlled substance to be a Class....
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The Weed Blog | 6/7/2018
 Senate Panel Approves Medical Marijuana for Veterans

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the amendment, offered by Sen. Steve Daines and Sen. Jeff Merkley.
Just one day after the House Rules Committee, led by prohibitionist Representative Pete Sessions R-TX, blocked multiple amendments related to cannabis from receiving consideration by the full House, a U.S. Senate panel voted on Thursday to allow doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs VA to issue medical marijuana recommendations to military veterans. Senate Appropriations Committee approved the amendment, offered by Sen. Steve Daines R-MT and Jeff Merkley D-OR, on a voice vote, reported the Marijuana Moment. The measure simply allows veterans to discuss that opti....
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NORML | June 5, 2018
 Study: Majority Of Chronic Pain Patients Replace Opioids With Cannabis

Paul Armentano
More than two-thirds of chronic pain patients registered to legally access medical cannabis products substitute marijuana for prescription opioids, according to data published in The Journal of Headache and Pain. Investigators from the United States and Canada assessed the use of medical cannabis and prescription drugs in a cohort of over 2,000 Canadian patients licensed to access marijuana products. Among those patients with a primary diagnosis of chronic pain, 73 percent reported substituting cannabis in place of opioids. Among those patients diagnosed specifically with ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | June 1, 2018
 Provincial Preview: Newfoundlands cannabis entrepreneurs temper expectations
Matt Lamers
Entrepreneurs are tempering their once sky-high expectations to capitalize on Newfoundlands regulated cannabis sector. The province is the only place east of Manitoba where privately owned businesses will be allowed to sell recreational cannabis. But prospective retailers face a major hurdle: Theyre restricted to an 8 percent markup. Smaller businesses will have a hard time given the strict regulations and high compliance costs, according to Vaughn Hammond, director of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business CFIB. What weve done in this province is shut out small....
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The Joint Blog | June 6, 2018
 Study: CBD Induces Fast and Sustained Antidepressant-Like Effect

Anthony Martinelli

The findings of a new study published in the journal Molecular Neurobiology support a promising therapeutic profile for CBD as a new fast-acting antidepressant drug.
Currently available antidepressants have a substantial time lag to induce therapeutic response and a relatively low efficacy, states the studys researchers, noting that The development of drugs that addresses these limitations is critical to improving public health. Cannabidiol CBD, a non-psychotomimetic component of Cannabis sativa, is a promising compound since it shows large-spectrum therapeutic potential in preclinical models and humans. However, its antidepressant properties have not been completely investigated. Therefore, the aims of this study were to investigate i....
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The Joint Blog | May 31, 2018
 California Senate Approves Bill to Establish Marijuana Banks and Credit Unions

Anthony Martinelli

Legislation that would allow for the creation of a special class of state-chartered banks and credit unions that could service Californias legal marijuana industry has been passed by the full Senate.
The status quo for our growing legal cannabis industry is unsustainable, says SenatorRobert Hertzberg D, who filed Senate Bill 930. Its not only impractical from an accounting perspective, but it also presents a tremendous public safety problem. This bill takes a limited approach to provide all parties with a safe and reliable way to move forward on this urgent issue. The measure was approved by the full Senate yesterday in a 29 to 6 vote. The vote sends the bill to the House of Representatives, where passage would send it to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown. The proposed....
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Smell The Truth | June 1, 2018
 Oregon marijuana prices plummet due to massive oversupply

Oscar Pascual
Oregons marijuana consumers are currently enjoying historically low prices, but the future of the states small businesses have become uncertain. The states marijuana prices have fallen dramatically as the legal market has produced a considerable surplus of products, reports CBS News. A study by the states Office of Economic Analysis found that the average price of a gram fell by more than 50 percent in the past year, from $14 in 2015 to $7 in 2017. Oregon currently carries nearly 1 million pounds of marijuana to serve over 4 million people. Data from the Oregon Liquor Co....
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The Washington Post | May 30 | PORTLAND, Ore.
 Oregon to pause accepting marijuana license applications
FILE - In this May 25, 2016, file photo, Oregon Liquor Control Commission member Marvin Revoal, left, moves an artificial marijuana plant during a hearing at the OLCC in Portland, Ore. Faced with a backlog of applications for recreational marijuana licenses, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission says it will set aside any applications received after June 15, 2018, until the pileup is cleared.
FILE - In this May 25, 2016, file photo, Oregon Liquor Control Commission member Marvin Revoal, left, moves an artificial marijuana plant during a hearing at the OLCC in Portland, Ore. Faced with a backlog of applications for recreational marijuana licenses, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission says it will set aside any applications received after June 15, 2018, until the pileup is cleared.
(image:Andrew Selsky, File/Associated Press)
Associated Press
Faced with a backlog of applications for recreational marijuana licenses, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission says it will set aside any applications received after June 15 until the pileup is cleared. The commission says it has issued almost 1,900 recreational marijuana licenses since April 2016 as well as almost 29,000 marijuana worker permits. The agency says the pace of application submissions has not eased, causing the review process to lengthen. To power through the backlog, the agency says it will temporarily shift employees to focus on renewals and applications ....
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Marijuana Policy Project | May 31, 2018
 Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition Releases General Assembly Voter Guide, Grades Candidates Marijuana Policy Positions Ahead of June Primary

The Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition released a General Assembly voter guide that documents and grades candidates positions on cannabis policy. The release comes exactly two weeks before early voting begins in the 2018 primary election June 14. The web-based voter guide can be found at In March, the Marijuana Policy Project released a separate guide to the Democratic gubernatorial primary candidates. The General Assembly voter guide is based on a questionnaire that was sent to the 550 official House and Senate candidates contending in the Jun....
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Marijuana Business Daily | 5/31/2018
 Five reasons why lighting giant Osrams acquisition of Fluence is a big deal for cannabis

Lisa Bernard-Kuhn
One of the marijuana industrys largest lighting suppliers, Fluence Bioengineering, is about to go global, and marijuana industry watchers are taking note. The deal signals increased interest from international businesses and investors in well-positioned U.S. ancillary cannabis companies. Fluence, an Austin, Texas-based company that makes LED-based lighting systems for commercial farming, was recently acquired by Osram for undisclosed terms. Munich-based Osram is a 4.1 billion euro international lighting manufacturer that trades as OSR on the European exchanges. The move....
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NORML | May 29, 2018
 Utah: Medical Access Initiative Certified For 2018 Ballot

Paul Armentano
State regulators today certified a voter-initiated medical cannabis access measure for the 2018 ballot. Officials announced that proponents gathered nearly 154,000 validated initiative signatures from registered voters far exceeding the total necessary to place the measure before a statewide vote. The Utah Medical Cannabis Act permits qualified patients to obtain either herbal cannabis or cannabis-infused products from a limited number state-licensed dispensaries. Both the Utah Medical Association and Republican Gov. Gary Herbert have publicly opined against the measure.....
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The Joint Blog | May 28, 2018
 Connecticut Democratic Party Makes Marijuana Legalization, Release of Nonviolent Drug Offenders, Party Platforms

Anthony Martinelli

The Connecticut Democratic Party has passed a resolution making the legalization of marijuana and the prison release of nonviolent drug offenders an official party platform.
At the Partys annual convention last week a majority of the over 1,900 delegates in attendance approved making marijuana legalization an official party platform one of around 30. The platform reads: The time for legalization of Marijuana has come. Doing so will raise revenue, which can be used to benefit those suffering from the disease of addiction to prescription pain medications and other opioids. The resolution states that Connecticut should follow Best Practice for other states to detect and prevent impaired driving. However, this is not enough. We must immediately mo....
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The Joint Blog | May 29, 2018
 Canada Senate Committee Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill

Anthony Martinelli

Legislation to legalize marijuana, which has already been passed by Canadas House of Commons, has been given approval by a key Senate committee.
The Senate committee passed 40 amendments Monday to Bill C-45, including one that would allow provinces and territories to ban homegrown marijuana. Most of the other amendments were technical in nature and didnt fundamentally change the measure 29 of the 40 were actually introduced by the bills primary sponsor. Bill C-45 was passed by the House of Commons in November by a vote of 200 to 82. In March the Senate voted 44 to 29 to pass it through its 2nd reading. The measure must now be passed through a third reading in the Senate before it can be sent to the Governor General....
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