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The Joint Blog | November 6, 2018
 Utah Voters Pass Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative
Anthony Martinelli
The Utah Medical Cannabis Act Proposition 2 was passed by a large majority of voters, showing that medical marijuana has strong support even in one of the most conservative and religious states in the country. The initiative legalizes the possession and use of marijuana and marijuana products for those who receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the state. The measure authorizes a licensed system of marijuana dispensaries, which will be allowed to sell up to two ounces of cannabis to a qualified patient. After January 1, 2021, individuals with medical ....
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Stop the Drug | November 07, 2018, 12:34am
 Green Wave: Marijuana Initiatives Go Three for Four in Midterms

The expansion of legal marijuana continued apace in Tuesday`s elections, with medical marijuana initiatives winning in Missouri and Utah and recreational marijuana winning in Michigan. The only loss for weed came in North Dakota, where voters had approved medical marijuana two years ago, but weren`t ready to take the next step this year. In Michigan, the Proposal 1 legalization initiative was winning with 57.2 percent of the vote with 48 percent of the vote counted. In Missouri, all three medical marijuana initiatives were winning with more than 2/3 of the votes counte....
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Denver Post | Nov 1, 2018
 First cannabis-based medicine approved by FDA arrives in the U.S.
GW Pharmaceuticals Epidiolex, a medicine made from the marijuana plant but without THC. The medicine reduced seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
GW Pharmaceuticals Epidiolex, a medicine made from the marijuana plant but without THC. The medicine reduced seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
Jessica Seaman
For the first time, a marijuana-based medicine approved by federal regulators is available for prescription in the United States. The medicine, called Epidiolex, is used to treat seizures related to Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes, two forms of epilepsy, which is a neurological disorder, according to a news release. Because these patients have historically not responded well to available seizure medications, there has been a dire need for new therapies that aim to reduce the frequency and impact of seizures, said Justin Gover, chief executive officer of GW Pharmaceuti....
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NORML | November 1, 2018
 Mexico: Supreme Court Strikes Down Marijuana Ban

Justices for Mexicos Supreme Court have ruled that laws criminalizing the private use and cultivation of cannabis by adults are unconstitutional. Justices opined, The effects caused by marijuana do not create an absolute prohibition on its consumption. In accordance with the ruling, lawmakers may enact regulatory policies governing adults personal marijuana use, but they must repeal those laws that broadly prohibit marijuana use per se. By contrast, neither commercial marijuana production or sales are addressed by the Courts ruling. In September, South Africas highest cou....
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NORML | November 1, 2018
 Missouri: Not All Medical Marijuana Efforts are Created Equal #YesOn2

Erik Altieri,
NORML Recommends: YES on Amendment 2 NO on Amendment 3 NO on Proposition C Voters this November have the opportunity to make Missouri the 32nd state to allow for the physician-recommended use of marijuana, and based on the latest polling data, they will likely do so. Therefore, the important question before voters is no longer if the Show-Me State should legalize medical cannabis access, but how Missouri will do so. That is because not one, not two, but three medical marijuana measures two constitutional amendments and one statutory measure will appear on the ballot on E....
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The Oregonian | Oct 31 2018 | TORONTO
 Canada plagued by pot shortage after legalizing marijuana

The name of the store is High North, but it might as well be named High and Dry because for all but about four hours of the first two weeks since marijuana was legalized in Canada, there was no pot to sell. Trevor Tobin, one of the owners of the Labrador City shop in Newfoundland and Labrador, said they went 10 straight days without supply. ``The producers keep saying there will be some bumps in the road, but right now it`s not a bump in the road. It`s a big pothole,`` he said. His mother, Brenda Tobin, is a part-owner and said that after she tells customers there`s noth....
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Marijuana Policy Project | November 1st, 2018
 New poll shows Rhode Islanders support legalization by 20-point margin

A new survey confirms that an overwhelming majority of Rhode Island voters support legalizing marijuana for adults. The poll, commissioned by WPRI 12 and Roger Williams University and conducted by Fleming & Associates, found that 56 percent of respondents favor ending marijuana prohibition, while only 37 percent were against the idea. Another 7 percent were undecided. Leaders in the General Assembly have consistently refused to allow legislators to vote on marijuana legalization in recent years. This new poll provides further evidence that these politicians are out of touc....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Oct 31, 2018
 West Virginia general election is less than one week away

Learn where candidates stand on marijuana policy before you vote on Tuesday, November 6 West Virginias general election will take place next Tuesday, November 6. The outcome of state legislative races will be critical in determining the future of marijuana policy in West Virginia. There are also strong contrasts between the candidates in races for U.S Congress: State Sen. Richard Ojeda D, who championed West Virginias medical cannabis bill and strongly supports federal reforms, is running for an open Congressional seat in District 3. His opponent, Del. Carol Miller R, vo....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Oct 31, 2018
 New Mexico: Election Day is less than one week away

Do you know where your candidates stand on marijuana policy? New Mexicos General Election Day is less than one week away, and early voting has already begun If you are registered to vote, you may cast your ballot early through Saturday, November 3. Heres a look at where gubernatorial candidates stand on marijuana policy: Michelle Lujan Grisham D has said she would support legalizing and regulating marijuana for adults use under certain circumstances, while Steve Pearce R remains unsupportive. Both candidates are supportive of New Mexicos medical marijuana program. Check....
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Marijuana Policy Project | October 31st, 2018
 Minn.: Election Day is less than one week away

Minnesotas General Election Day is less than one week away You can vote early in person until Monday, November 5. You can also register and vote on Election Day The Minnesota Campaign for Full Legalization MCFL has put together a state legislative voter guide with results of their candidate survey and incumbents voting records. Note that an F grade may not mean the candidate is opposed; they may simply not have responded to the survey. Here are a handful of competitive races where candidates differ on marijuana prohibition: House District 3A International Falls: Incumbe....
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NORML | November 1, 2018
 NORML Submits 10,000 Written Comments to the FDA for the Reconsideration of International Marijuana Prohibition
Carly Wolf
On October 31, NORML hand delivered over 10,000 comments written by YOU, recommending that the World Health Organization WHO re-think their current prohibition of marijuana. Along with two of our fantastic interns, I drove to the US Food and Drug Administration FDA building in Rockville, Maryland. Earlier this month, The FDA put out a request for public comments on the international scheduling of cannabis. Theyre going to use the comments as a response to the WHO as they review the abuse potential, medical efficacy, and other aspects of 16 controlled substances, one of the....
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NORML | October 31, 2018
 Beware of this frightful marijuana menace
Its time exorcise this demon
Its time exorcise this demon
Its not the myth of marijuana-laced candy, devilish ghouls, or vampire bats that are terrifying Americans this Halloween. Its Jeff Sessions. This monster wants to lock up law abiding citizens who choose to responsibly consume marijuana. This fiendish freak shrieks good people dont smoke marijuana. This reefer madness zombie believes marijuana has no medical use and is as dangerous as heroin. And, this Department of Justice demon thinks marijuana is fueling the opioid epidemic, not helping to save lives. While youre enjoying your trick-or-treat haul, burn a few calories by....
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Cannabis Industry Journal | October 31, 2018
 Steep Hill Expands Hawaii Operations

Aaron G. Biros

The Company is opening a laboratory on the Big Island, their second location in the state.
According to a press release published yesterday, Steep Hill Hawaii announced the opening of their second location on the Big Island. Their first location located on Oahu and operating for a little over a year, was the first cannabis-testing laboratory to be certified by the State of Hawaii Department of Health HDOH. Its also the first ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited cannabis testing lab in the state. steep-hill-labs-logoOwner and CEO of Steep Hill Hawaii, Dana Ciccone announced the second location yesterday. We are thrilled to open up our new location in Kailua Kona, Hawaii....
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Marijuana Moment | October 31, 2018
 Young Advocates Launch Marijuana Legalization Phone Bank To Get Out The Vote

Kyle Jaeger
Youve probably heard that marijuana legalization is on the ballot in several states in November. But if you havent heardand you live in one of those statesyou might soon be receiving a call from a volunteer with Students for Sensible Drug Policy SSDP. The national advocacy group recently launched a legalization phone bank to help get out the vote ahead of the midterm elections. Volunteers can use a tool on the groups website to register to call voters in Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota and Utah and make sure they know that cannabis reform is on the ballot. To help caller....
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Marijuana Moment | October 31, 2018
 Mexican Supreme Court Strikes Down Marijuana Prohibition

Tom Angell
By issuing rulings in two separate cases on Wednesday, Mexicos Supreme Court set binding precedent that the countrys ban on consuming marijuana is unconstitutional. The move comes as the nations incoming presidential administration has been considering legalization. Earlier this month, designated members of President-elect Andrs Manuel Lpez Obradors future cabinet discussed legalizing cannabis with Canadian government officials on a trip to that county, which ended prohibition of the drug this month. The two new high court judgements follow three similar previous rulings....
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