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NORML | September 20, 2019
 Congress To Vote On Cannabis Banking Bill Next Week

Majority Leader Hoyer on Friday announced that members of the House are anticipated to hold a floor vote next week on The SAFE Banking Act HR1595, which explicitly permits banks and other financial institutions to work directly with state-legal marijuana businesses. The upcoming banking vote is an important first step by Congress, but in no way should it be the last, said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. Much more action will still need to be taken by lawmakers, in particular efforts to move forward and pass comprehensive reform legislation like The MORE Act which....
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The Joint Blog | September 19, 2019
 Report: Over a Third of CBD Vape Oils Have Synthetic Marijuana

According to a new, detailed report by the Associated Press, a significant number of CBD vaping oils on the market also contain synthetic marijuana, and some contain no CBD at all. Jay Jenkins tells the AP that he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. Itll relax you, the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didnt relax him, and after two puffs he ended up in a coma.Thats because what he was vaping didnt have any CBD. Instead, the oil was spiked with a powerful street drug. Some operators are cashing in on the CBD craze by substituting cheap and illegal ....
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NPR | September 7, 2019
 Colombia Is Turning Into A Major Medical Marijuana Producer

John Otis
Patricia Santiago and her family were forced to flee their home near Colombia`s Caribbean coast after complaining about neighborhood dope dealers who, in turn, threatened to kill them. But in an odd twist, Santiago now works in the drug trade at a medical marijuana facility. At first, Santiago felt like she was breaking the law as she pruned and clipped cannabis plants on a plantation run by a Colombian firm called Clever Leaves. However, the government legalized medical marijuana in 2016 and now Clever Leaves is exporting cannabis-based products to Canada and the United ....
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Marijuana Moment | September 5, 2019
 Washington, D.C. Enacts New Employment Protections For Medical Marijuana Patients

Kyle Jaeger
Government workers in Washington, D.C. cannot be punished simply because theyre medical marijuana patients under a local law that was enacted on Wednesday. The legislation, which must still undergo a standard 30-day congressional review before taking effect, stipulates that a public employer may not refuse to hire, terminate from employment, penalize, fail to promote, or otherwise take adverse employment action against an individual based upon the individuals status as a qualifying patient unless the individual used, possessed, or was impaired by marijuana at the individua....
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Marijuana Moment | September 5, 2019
 Medical Marijuana Will Likely Be On Mississippis 2020 Ballot Following Signature Submission

Kyle Jaeger
Mississippi voters will likely have the opportunity to vote on a measure to legalize medical marijuana after activists submitted more than the required number of signatures to qualify for the states 2020 ballot on Wednesday. Though the signatures must still be verified by the secretary of state, Mississippians for Compassionate Care MCC said that after collecting more than 214,000 signatures, county clerks have already certified 105,686which is about 20,000 signatures more than required to qualify. The medical marijuana petition, No. 65, was filed yesterday, a spokesperso....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Sep 03, 2019
 N.H.: Medical program flunks audit, bolstering case for home grow
Kate Zawidzki
Patients have expressed dissatisfaction with New Hampshire`s therapeutic cannabis program from the outset, so it should come as no great surprise that the program has flunked a legislative performance audit. On Sunday, the Union Leader reported that the medical cannabis program received a ``failing grade,`` in part because ``nearly 100 percent of patients fail to receive cards... within a mandated time frame.`` The opponents of allowing home cultivation have frequently argued that the state`s medical cannabis program is fine the way it is, but the performance audit tells a....
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The Joint Blog | September 2, 2019
 Washington State Officials Consider Massive Overhaul of Legal Marijuana Program

Rishi Madan

Washington State legalized marijuana in 2012, and now, nearly seven years later, state officials are proposing laws that would overhaul the legal marijuana system, including legalizing home delivery for patients and boosting minority ownership of marijuana businesses.
Rick Garza, director of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, told the Associated Press that the overhaul is being dubbed Cannabis 2.0. Weve typically been so challenged with the issues of the day we havent been looking out long-term to determine what the future looks like, says Garza, who notes that Cannabis 2.0 is meant to give the state a clearer image of what the marijuana industry will look like in five years and beyond. One issue the board is considering is abandoning the states seed-to-sale marijuana tracking program in favor of a system where businesses ....
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NORML | Paul Armentano
 New York: New Law Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalties Takes Effect Today
Paul Armentano
Legislation reducing marijuana possession penalties and facilitating the expungement of past cannabis convictions took effect today. Assembly Bill 8420-A reduces the penalty for minor marijuana possession violations up to one ounce to a $50 fine. It also amends penalties for offenses involving the possession of more than one ounce but less than two ounces of cannabis from a criminal misdemeanor formerly punishable by up to three months in jail to a non-criminal violation punishable by a $200 fine regardless of an offenders prior criminal history. The new law also amends ....
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NORML | August 30, 2019
  Cannabis Retailers Associated with Drop in Localized Crime
Paul Armentano
The establishment of regulated cannabis retailers is associated with a decrease in localized criminal activity, according to data published in the journal Regional Science and Urban Economics. A pair of senior economists affiliated with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia assessed the local effects of retail dispensaries on neighborhood crime in Denver, Colorado. They determined, [A]n additional dispensary in a neighborhood leads to a reduction of 17 crimes per month per 10,000 residents, which corresponds to roughly a 19 percent decline relative to the average crime ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | August 31, 2019
 Craft cannabis is the marijuana industrys small-batch sector

Omar Sacirbey

August 31, 2019
The cannabis industry is becoming increasingly dominated by big firms, but there still is room for small, craft marijuana producers who peddle high-end products ranging from flower to edibles. In fact, according to advocates of small cannabis businesses, if the sector evolves under the right conditions, craft will be the future of the marijuana sector. Conversely, they say, under the wrong conditions, craft will perish and leave the space to a handful of cannabis conglomerates. We are in danger of rushing into implementation of this large industry so quickly and in such ....
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