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The Canadian Press | April 23, 2019
 Albertans can now buy medical marijuana online from Shoppers Drug Mart


Medical cannabis users in Alberta can now get their therapeutic pot from Shoppers Drug Mart, with the retail giant opening its second online platform Tuesday in the western province as it pursues the growing market. The launch follows the January debut of Medical Cannabis by Shoppers Drug Mart in Ontario, where the company says uptake ``has been strong.`` As in Ontario, the Alberta platform touts ``expert advice and counsel from trusted health-care professionals,`` including tips on the purported health properties of various strains, proper dosages and titration techniq....
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Marijuana Moment | 4/23/2019
 Marijuana Legalization Bill Debated In New Hampshire Senate Committee


Kyle Jaeger
A New Hampshire Senate committee held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss a bill to legalize marijuana that was approved by the full House of Representatives earlier this month. Rep. Renny Cushing D, the chief sponsor of the legislation, kicked off the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with a presentation laying out details about how the proposed commercial cannabis system would operate. Its a really good bill that fits New Hampshire. As I mentioned, times are changing, Cushing said. We are surrounded by states and jurisdictions where cannabis is legal for adult, recreationa....
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Marijuana Moment | April 18, 2019
 People Could Use Marijuana In Public Housing Under New Congressional Bill
Kyle Jaeger
People living in federally assisted housing would be allowed to use marijuana in compliance with state law under a bill introduced by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton D-DC on Thursday. Current law prohibits those who use a federally illicit substance from being admitted into public housing, and landlords are able to evict such individuals. The congresswomans legislation is designed to protect people living in public housing or Section 8 housing from being displaced for using cannabis in states that have legalized for medical or adult use. Individuals living in federally funded ....
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NORML | 4/20/19
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/20/19


Carly Wolf
At the state level, Governor Brian Kemp R signed legislation into law to facilitate regulations governing the licensed production and distribution of oils and other products containing limited amounts of plant-derived THC. Governor Laura Kelly D of Kansas signed industrial hemp production legislation into law. A decriminalization bill was defeated in the Missouri House of Representatives this week. At a more local level, The city commissioners of Daytona Beach voted to decriminalize up to 20 grams of marijuana possession. Following are the bills that weve tracked this w....
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| April 17, 2019
 Alabama Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession


Anthony Martinelli
The Senate Judiciary Committee recently voted 11 to 0 to pass the marijuana decriminalization bill, sending it towards a vote by the full Senate. The vote marks a massive shift increase in support from just last year, when the committee passed the measure 6 to 4 though it eventually stalled in the House. If passed by the full Senate, the measure would then need to pass the House of Representatives before it can be sent to Governor Kay Ivey R for consideration. Under the proposed law, those caught possessing no more than an ounce of marijuana would be hit with, at most, a $....
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The Joint Blog | April 20, 2019
 Georgia Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Into Law


Anthony Martinelli
Governor Brian Kemp signed the measure on Wednesday, calling the new law a carefully crafted, balanced measure that would expand access for patients. Instead of crossing state lines, breaking numerous laws in the process, these families can now stay in our great state, said Kemp. We are ensuring that these families can purchase what works for their loved ones without creating a slippery slope. According to the Associated Press, the legislation allows the in-state production and sale of the marijuana oil and closes a loophole in a 2015 law that banned growing, buying and ....
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Stop the Drug War | April 19, 2019
 Chronicle AM: New CBS Pot Poll, CO Drug Defelonization Passes House, More...


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A new CBS poll has record support for marijuana legalization, Vermont`s governor throws up an obstacle to the tax and regulate bill, the US immigration agency says using marijuana or even working in the state-legal industry makes immigrants ``morally unfit`` to become citizens, and more. Marijuana is all over the news today. Creative Commons Marijuana Policy New CBS Poll Has Support for Legalization at All-Time High. The latest annual CBS news poll on attitudes toward marijuana legalization has support at 65 percent -- an all-time high for the poll. Most respondents als....
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The Seattle Times | April 17 2019 | NEW YORK
 CBD Goes Mainstream
A customer tries a free sample of a pain cream that contains cannabidiol CBD for her arthritis
A customer tries a free sample of a pain cream that contains cannabidiol CBD for her arthritis
(image:Jean Pieri/Pioneer Press via AP, File)
Mainstream retailers embrace marijuanas less taboo cousin Retailers take advantage of booming CBD industry even as legal status and health benefits of a compound derived from hemp and marijuana remain murky By ANNE DINNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK AP Its showing up in everything from skin creams to bath balms to dog treats an elixir that can supposedly reduce anxiety and help you sleep. The ingredient? CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesnt cause a high. Mainstream retailers are taking advantage of a sudden boom in the indus....
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Democracy Now | Apr 05, 2019
 New Mexico Decriminalizes Minor Marijuana Possession Cases
New Mexicos governor has signed a measure decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana and the paraphernalia used to consume it. Previously, first-time marijuana users faced arrest and up to 15 days in jail; under the new law, those found with small amounts of the drug will face a penalty assessment, punishable by a $50 fine. A bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana cleared New Mexicos state House but has stalled in the Senate.....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Apr 15, 2019
 Ct.: Coalition will meet Thursday, April 18 in Hartford


Kate Zawidzki
The Connecticut Legislature has taken important steps to advance marijuana legalization this session, but we know that victory remains far from certain. The bills are still works in progress, and many legislators remain undecided on the issue, so its clear that our coalition will need to ramp up efforts in the coming weeks. Fortunately, legislative leaders have made it clear that the issue is a priority this session. They have also indicated that they will continue to consider policy details, including the equity provisions and whether or not to allow home cultivation, bef....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Apr 12, 2019
 N.H. Senate will vote soon on home cultivation of medical cannabis


In four of the last five years, the N.H. House has passed bills that would have allowed patients and caregivers to grow a limited supply of cannabis. Sadly, these bills have all failed to pass the Senate. Instead, all four were referred to so-called interim study and then completely ignored. This year, it appears that a home cultivation bill may finally have a good chance of passing the Senate. HB 364, which has already passed the House in a voice vote, is currently being considered by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The committee appears likely to vote on ....
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NORML | April 12, 2019
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/12/19


Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative Roundup At the state level, a bill to allow licensed social consumption spaces in Oregon was defeated for this year. A bill to allow patients to use medical cannabis while on probation or parole died in Montanas state Senate. At a more local level, the city council of New York City approved a pair of municipal bills this week limiting situations where those seeking employment or on probation may be drug tested for past cannabis use. Following are the bills that weve tracked this week and as always, check NORMLs ....
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Marijuana Moment | April 12, 2019
 Missouri Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Bill In Committee


Evan Johnson
On Thursday, a key Missouri House committee unanimously approved a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The House Special Committee on Criminal Justice voted 7-0 to approve the legislation, which would reduce the penalty for possessing fewer than 36 grams of marijuana from a felony to a class D misdemeanor, and and shift possessing 10 grams or fewer from a misdemeanor to an infraction. Rep. Shamed Dogan R, the lead sponsor of HB 1095, said in his newsletter the bill is part of an effort to push law enforcements focus onto more serious ....
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The Joint Blog | April 9, 2019
 Bipartisan STA TES Act Reintroduced, Would Limit Federal Governments Ability To Interfere State-Legal Marijuana Businesses


Anthony Martinelli

The STA TES Act, which would protect marijuana businesses which are legal under their states law, has been reintroduced in the United States Congress.,
Senators Elizabeth Warren D-MA and Cory Gardner R-CO, along with Representatives David Joyce R-OH and Earl Blumenauer D-OR, have reintroduced The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States STATES Act of 2019, reports NORML. This Act amends the Controlled Substances Act to reduce the number of instances in which federal law enforcement agencies could carry out legal actions against state-licensed cannabis businesses or other related enterprises. The majority of states now regulate either the medical use or the adult use of marijuana. It is time for the fede....
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