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Marijuana Moment | February 19, 2019
 Where Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Stands On Marijuana

Kyle Jaeger
Sen. Bernie Sanders I-VT is making another run for the Democratic presidential nomination, he announced on Tuesday. From his time as the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, to his years in the U.S. Senate, Sanders has established himself as a champion of drug policy reform, particularly when it comes to marijuana. NORML gave the senator an A+ grade based on his legislative track record. And it didnt take long for Sanders to incorporate drug reform into his latest presidential bid. In his announcement video, he reiterated that the government needs to end the destructive war on d....
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Los Angeles Times | Feb 18, 2019
 Californias black market for pot is stifling legal sales. Now the governor wants to step up enforcement
A warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife hacks down marijuana plants found growing in a deep ravine in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
A warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife hacks down marijuana plants found growing in a deep ravine in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
(image:Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Patrick McGreevy
Before he was elected governor, Gavin Newsom was instrumental in legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California. Now, as he settles into office, he faces the challenge of fixing a system that has been slow to bloom. Newsom has urged patience with sluggish growth in the number of state-licensed cannabis businesses, saying he expected that such a complex regulatory system would take at least five years to fully develop. But a new report from the state Cannabis Advisory Committee on the first year of legal pot sales in California says there is problem that require....
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Cannabis Chronicles | February 15th 2019
 State restrictions on cannabis packaging worry producers

The Columbian / Associated Press
Since starting Fairwinds, a Vancouver-based cannabis company, in 2014, James and Wendy Hull said theyve heard from customers whove praised their products for helping them with pain, anxiety and other ailments even cancer. Because of state regulations, the packaging for the companys infused tinctures, topicals, capsules and other products contains no information claiming any therapeutic effects. The couple are also cautious in how they describe their products. The products made in Fairwinds east Vancouver headquarters have names such as Deep Sleep, Digestify and AM Relief ....
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Marijuana Moment | February 16, 2019
 West Virginia House Passes Medical Marijuana Banking Bill

Kyle Jaeger
A bill that provides state protections for banks that deal with medical marijuana revenue was approved overwhelmingly by the West Virginia House of Delegates on Friday. Introduced by Del. Eric Nelson R, the legislation authorizes the state treasurer to open a bidding process for banks and other financial institutions that are willing to process the fees, penalties and taxes collected under the states medical cannabis program. It would also make it so the state government could not prohibit, penalize, incentivize, or otherwise impair financial institutions that accept acco....
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Smell The Truth | February 18, 2019
 New York bodega owners want in on selling legal marijuana
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Oscar Pascual
New Yorks minority-owned convenience stores are hoping to add recreational cannabis to their inventory after its legalized. Representatives from the group United Bodegas of America sent a statement to News 12 imploring city officials to allow New Yorks corner markets, known as bodegas, to be able to sell marijuana products once Gov. Andrew Cuomo follows through on plans to legalize recreational use later this year. There is no question that responsible, safe-haven bodegas should get first cracks at providing people that choose to smoke marijuana with a local place to buy ....
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SeattlePI | December 16, 2018 | Seattle
  WSLCB approves new marijuana candy regulations

Zosha Millman

Candy edibles will be permitted in Washington state so long as they aren`t too colorful
Good news edible fans: Washington state will not ban pot-infused candies and gummies after all. But there will be some changes coming to the treats. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board finalized a policy on Wednesday which limits the colors and shapes that edibles can have, but doesn`t forbid pot-infused candies, like an earlier policy did. Recommended Video As expected, the new rules stipulate that pot companies to avoid bright colors, working instead with a ``standard pantone color book that sets the list of colors and specified ranges within those colors`` f....
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Marijuana Moment | 2/18/19
 Wisconsin Governor Announces Marijuana Reform Plan Details

Kyle Jaeger
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers D released details about his plan to enact far-reaching marijuana reforms in the state on Monday. Under a budget proposal set to be formally submitted to lawmakers later this month, the governor is calling for medical cannabis legalization and the elimination of penalties for low-level marijuana possession, manufacturing and distribution for amounts less than 25 grams. People with past cannabis convictions could apply to have their records expunged. Watch the governors press conference below: Evers said during the press conference that the propo....
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NORML | February 15, 2019
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/15/18
Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative Roundup This was a big week for marijuana in Congress. The House Financial Services subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions held a hearing Wednesday to address the lack of access to basic banking services by state-legal marijuana businesses. Also this week Senator Brian Schatz D-HI and Representative Barbara Lee D-CA introduced legislation, The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, to expand and facilitate medical cannabis access to military veterans suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, ....
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Stop the Drug War | 2/14/19
 Chronicle AM: William Barr Confirmed as US AG, Congress Hearing on Pot and Banking, More...

The Senate has confirmed old drug warrior William Barr as attorney general, Congress holds a hearing on marijuana and banking, Ted Cruz wants El Chapo to pay for the wall, and more. CA Gov. Gavin Newsom D is sending the National Guard after what are likely mythical cartel pot grows. Creative Commons Marijuana Policy Congress Urged to Open Banks to Marijuana Industry. At a House hearing Wednesday, bank officers and state officials urged Congress to fully open the US banking system to the legal marijuana industry. California Treasurer Fiona Ma said allowing access to bank....
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NORML | February 14, 2019 | Richmond, Va
 Bill to Provide Greater Access for Virginia Medical Cannabis Patients Succeeds

enn Michelle Pedini
Virginia Senator David Marsdens SB1719 has passed unanimously through both the House of Delegates and the Senate, and is headed to the governors desk for signature. SB1719 allows registered agents for those patients physically unable to pick up or receive delivery of their medical cannabis, like those in hospice, assisted living facilities, and those who rely on home healthcare providers. This law will ensure that patients who may be physically incapable of picking up these life-changing medicines on their own will have access to them from throughout the Commonwealth, sa....
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NORML | February 14, 2019
 Congressional Hearing On Marijuana Banking Held

Justin Strekal
The House Financial Services subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions held a hearing Wednesday to address the lack of access to basic banking services by state-legal marijuana businesses. Currently, state-licensed marijuana businesses face a web of conflicting regulations and federal prohibitions largely prohibit these businesses from partnering with financial institutions, processing credit cards, and taking standard business deductions. NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano submitted written congressional testimony, which you can read here. NORML P....
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Marijuana Moment | February 13, 2019
 Key Moments From The First Marijuana Hearing Of The New Congress

Kyle Jaeger
The first marijuana hearing of the 116th Congress kicked off on Wednesday. A House financial subcommittee asked witnesses about how banking access can improve public safety, how operating on a cash-only basis inhibits transparency and, at one point, whether the cash at these businesses smells like cannabis. The absence of a broader, permanent regulatory framework continues to keep nearly all banks out of this growing industry despite a clear interest, Rep. Gregory Meeks D-NY, chair of the subcommittee, said at the start of the session. Todays hearing will allow us to begin....
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Stop the Drug War | February 14, 201
 In Bid to Blunt Black Market, California Eyes Marijuana Tax Cuts
Steve DAngelo was prescient. As the era of legal recreational marijuana in California began just over a year ago, the East Bay medical marijuana maven expressed concerned that taxes on the newly legal industry were too high. Its going to mean that a significant number of people, less affluent consumers are going to turn to the lower prices of the underground market, he told KPIX 5 on January 1, 2018, the day it became legal in the state. A year later DAngelos concerns have been borne out. The state had estimated that retail marijuana sales would exceed the $3 billion in 2....
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Smell The Truth | February 13, 2019
 Congress looks into allowing banking for marijuana businesses

Oscar Pascual
U.S. lawmakers are once again exploring efforts to allow legal cannabis businesses access to banks. The Democratic-controlled House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday held a hearing to discuss the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019, also known as the SAFE Banking Act, reports Yahoo Finance. Were trying to examine how outdated banking regulations on the federal level are hindering reform on the state level when it comes to marijuana, said Democratic Congressman Gregory Meeks, chairman of the Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions subcommittee. H....
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