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Vermont Governor Vetoes Historic Marijuana Legalization Bill

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:25

Gov. Phil Scott Offers ‘Path Forward’ for Compromise During Summer Veto Session Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday announced he is vetoing a bill that would have made marijuana legal for adults in Vermont, but offered a “path forward” for passing it later this year. He specified a handful of changes that would need to be made […]

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Medical Marijuana Poised To Take A Bite Out Of Pharmaceutical Industry

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:44

Medical marijuana could take a significant bite out of the pharmaceutical industry if adopted in all 50 states, according to a new study. In its latest study, From Prescription to Recommendation: How Cannabis Could Disrupt the Pharmaceutical Industry, the analysts at New Frontier Data  have found that if medical cannabis were legalized nationally, pharmaceutical expenditures on the […]

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Trump Praises Duterte For ‘Unbelievable Job’ In Bloody Drug War

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:01

Donald Trump, in a phone call with President Rodrigo Duterte, praised him for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem.” The Filipino president has overseen a brutal extrajudicial campaign encouraging the gunning down in the street — without trial — of thousands of accused drug dealers and users. Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama, had spoken out against the […]

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American Legion Wants Trump To Let Veterans Have Marijuana For PTSD and Brain Injuries

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 02:53

The largest veterans’ group in the United States wants Donald Trump to meet with them to discuss rescheduling marijuana. The American Legion said its objective is to open up cannabis research so medical studies can be done on its potential to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and other conditions. “The American […]

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Trump Budget Proposes More Money For DEA, Escalates War On Drugs

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 01:09

Trump Also Reverses Plan to Slash Funding for Drug Czar’s Office Advocates: White House Budget Further Confirmation that Trump Administration Escalating the War on Drugs Donald Trump’s FY 2018 budget, released on Tuesday, proposes to boost funding for the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement. It also proposes dramatic cuts to Medicaid. Medicaid has extended […]

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This One’s Real: Washington State University Enlisting Volunteers To Smoke Weed In Breathalyzer Study

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:59

Let’s get one thing out of the way upfront: Nobody is going to pay you $3,000 a week to smoke marijuana. If you’re like me, you’re sick to death of seeing that particular piece of fake news, seemingly propagated endlessly. It apparently started in late November 2015 on The Joint Blog, on social media by countless […]

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One-Third of Illinois Patients Stopped Using All Prescription Drugs After Starting Medical Marijuana

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:46

One third of Illinois medical marijuana patients responding to a new study said they stopped using all prescription drugs after starting medicinal cannabis. Ninety-two percent decreased the number of prescription drugs taken. That’s according to Aclara Research, which specializes in the development of patient and consumer insights within the medical cannabis industry. Aclara on Tuesday released the […]

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Willie Nelson Tells Jeff Sessions: Smoke Some Weed

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 21:55

Pot-hating Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently said marijuana is only “slightly less awful” that heroin. Music legend Willie Nelson has responded by saying that Jeff Sessions need to smoke some weed. “I wonder if he’s tried both of them,” Nelson, 84, said to Rolling Stone. “I don’t think you can really make a statement like that unless you […]

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I Scream, You Scream: Marijuana Sales Beat Ice Cream

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 20:25

Marijuana is more popular than ice cream. The Green Rush is on in the USA, with the cannabis industry exploding in size. A new report from the Marijuana Business Daily has calculated that the estimated total demand for marijuana, including the black market, is between $45 billion and $50 billion, reports Debra Borchardt at Forbes. Annual ice cream sales total […]

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250 Cannabis Business Leaders On Capitol Hill For Annual Lobby Days

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 21:34

Beginning Tuesday, May 16, cannabis industry leaders from across the country will fan out across Capitol Hill for the National Cannabis Industry Association‘s seventh annual Cannabis Industry Lobby Days. About 250 cannabis business professionals will take part in policy discussions and citizen lobby meetings to advocate for fair treatment of the legal cannabis industry. On Tuesday, […]

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Big Marijuana Legalization Rally Set For Tues., May 16, Rhode Island State House

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 21:21

Regulate Rhode Island will hold a large rally at the State House in Providence on Tuesday, May 16, to demand the Speaker of the House and the Senate President allow a vote on marijuana legalization legislation before the session ends in a few weeks. Hundreds of supporters are expected to attend the event, which will begin at […]

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Sessions Escalates Drug War; Calls On Prosecutors To Seek More Severe Sentences

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 22:29

Disastrous Move will Increase Prison Population, Exacerbate Racial Disparities and do Nothing to Reduce Drug Use Attorney General Jeff Sessions, pushing back on bipartisan momentum to reduce the amount of people behind bars, issued a memo to prosecutors, calling on them to push for the “most serious” charges against people, hoping to trigger mandatory minimum […]

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Feds Release Worker Safety Recommendations For Cannabis Farms

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 22:32

Talk about a momentous occasion. It’s the very first time the federal government has interfaced to this extent with a private citizen concerning cannabis — without an arrest or seizure being involved. After almost two years of preparation, a new report is out from a federal agency regarding worker safety in cannabis cultivation operations. And […]

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New Hampshire Senate Passes Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 20:42

HB 640 is headed back to the House, which is expected to concur with the Senate’s version The bill would remove the threat of arrest and jail time for possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday passed a bill 17-6) that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of […]

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Delaware House Committee Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 04:50

HB 110 Would Regulate and Tax Marijuana Like Alcohol The bill would make cannabis legal for adults 21 and older. It will now be considered by the full House of Representatives The Delaware House Revenue and Finance Committee on Wednesday approved a bill (9-2) that would make marijuana legal for adults and regulate it similarly to alcohol. HB 110, […]

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Vermont Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization; Headed To Governor’s Desk

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 20:09

Vermont has become the first state to have both chambers of its Legislature approve a recreational marijuana legalization bill. A bill that would make cannabis legal for adults in Vermont has received final approval from state lawmakers, and is now headed to the desk of Republican Governor Phil Scott. If Gov. Scott signs it or allows it to […]

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Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 20:06

S. 22 Would Eliminate Penalties for Adult Marijuana Possession and Cultivation, Create a Study Commission to Consider Regulating and Taxing Marijuana Senators amended a House-approved bill, S. 22, to include the language of H. 170, which the House approved earlier this week The Vermont Senate on Friday passed a bill that would make personal possession […]

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Bill To Fix Texas Medical Marijuana Program Advances With House Committee Approval

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 17:50

The Texas House of Representatives Committee on Public Health on Friday afternoon approved a bill (7-2) that would fix the state’s currently unworkable medical marijuana program and make the unnecessarily restrictive law more inclusive. The bill will now be considered by the Calendars Committee, which will decide whether it receives a full House vote. The […]

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Trump Is Devastating Trump Supporter’s Marijuana Business

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 02:02

James Lee, a Trump voter and the owner of a consulting firm that has been working for two years to sponsor a “The World’s First Cannabis Business Cruise” from Miami to Jamaica, says the latest administration move on marijuana is devastating his business, and could drive him out of the business entirely. “In the business, […]

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Attorney General Sessions Threatens A Trump Crackdown On Legal Marijuana

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 03:21

“I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana through any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.” ~ Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, Feb. 27, 2017 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday restated his fierce opposition to marijuana use, and offered what the […]

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