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Americans have been concerned for decades about the federalization of law enforcement through “task force” arrangements and military style weapons being placed in the hands of local police that could support a federal occupation of localities. Responding to those fears, the last popularly-elected US President Barack Obama signed an executive order that limited the Pentagon’s ability […]
With a focus on expanding recent legalization gains, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws announced the schedule of its 2017 NORML Conference, expected to bring hundreds of cannabis reform advocates to Washington DC September 10 and 12. The conference is set for September 12. Early bird pricing ends soon, so right now […]
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Herbal bud remains far more popular among cannabis consumers than are edibles or extracts; at least, according to an analysis of retail sales data in Washington state. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA and from the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica CA reviewed sales data from over 36 million separate retail cannabis transactions […]
State lawmakers from around the nation called for a new federal law to de-schedule cannabis, allow financial institutions to provide banking services to state-legal marijuana businesses and give states control of their cannabis policies without federal interference. A recent federal review also suggested leaving cannabis policy up to the states. National reform resolution passed The […]
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As the NFL awaits the response of the NFL Players Association, determining whether they will accept their offer to work together to study the potential use of medical marijuana as a pain management tool for players — marking a possible change in the NFL’s attitude toward marijuana—questions about the drug’s safety remains. Is it safe? […]
Ever since US Attorney General Jeff Sessions took power, one big question has been how his anti-cannabis bigotry would affect marijuana reform. Those concerns intensifed when Sessions surrounded himself with hand-picked prohibitionists. He then lobbied Congress to fund a new war on medical marijuana and revealed that his agency plans to step up property seizures […]
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The first and still preeminent cannabis college in the USA launched its $25,000 Big Rock Minority Scholarship fund on August 3. The Oaksterdam University scholarship focus is on Latino students via The Jim Gonzalez Award; on Veterans via The Bruce Scott Award; on African Americans via The Alice Huffman Award, and on Seniors with The […]
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Do you have money in the bank but have not been charged with any crime? Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new Department of Justice policy that increases the ability of state and local law enforcement to take your money via civil forfeiture for profit, also known as legalized theft. His July 2017 policy memo […]
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Everybody knows that getting older is a pain, but seniors know that a lot of that pain becomes chronic. New information suggests that “chronic,” a term for strong cannabis, can help with those age-related ailments. Even when it doesn’t get you high, like when using cannabidiol (CBD) based remedies. One of California’s leading medical cannabis […]
Congressional delegates as far to the right as Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell have backed the return of hemp as an American farm crop, but obstacles persist. Many of these problems come from federal and local failure to implement the existing hemp laws and from the confusing definitions of hemp and marijuana. A new bill has […]
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a new law July 18 that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana in the state. The bill, HB 640, officially takes effect in 60 days, making New Hampshire the 22nd state in the nation — and the final New England state — to eliminate the possibility of jail time […]
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has introduced legislation to take cannabis out of the controlled substances list, end federal marijuana prohibition and reinvest public resources into communities that have been most devastated by the war on drugs. His move comes as eight states have acted to legalize adult cannabis use and the bipartisan national support for […]
A Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that an alert from a dog that’s been trained to detect the odor of cannabis does not justify a warrantless vehicle search. The ruling, Colorado v. McKnight, reversed a lower court decision. For decades, dogs have been used to nose out drugs — most often cannabis — during routine […]
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One of the great ironies of medical marijuana is how ignorant most medical professionals are about it. In the 19th Century, cannabis was among the most common medical compounds but, due to prohibition, it was dropped from medical curricula early in the 20th C. Today, despite the great work of groups like Patients Out of […]
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A popular cannabis info app is expanding its effort to bring consumers and retailers into their feedback loop. Releaf launched a dispensary partnership earlier this year to disseminate information patterns that are appearing on their app and expand their tool from the individual user to a wider audience. Releaf is an app that allows users […]
Uruguay has finally begun selling legal marijuana for adult residents, the first nation to do so. The legalization proposal was put forward by former President José Mujica in 2012 as part of a comprehensive package aimed at improving public safety. Uruguay’s parliament gave final approval to the measure in December 2013, making theirs the first […]
The US Senate Appropriations Committee has just renewed an amendment that blocks the Justice Department from undermining state medical marijuana laws. The amendment passed by voice vote so individual votes were not recorded. Voice votes are normally used for non-controversial issues. The amendment was sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) but the Senate Appropriations Committee […]
“Beleaguered” Attorney General Jeff Sessions was named a defendant today in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Controlled Substances Act as it pertains to Cannabis (Marihuana). In a 90-page Complaint, attorneys representing five plaintiffs maintain that the CSA, in classifying Cannabis as a “Schedule I drug,” is so irrational that it violates the […]
Does legal marijuana mellow out law enforcement? Could be. Police are less likely to initiate searches for drugs or weapons during a traffic stop following the enactment of adult use marijuana laws, according to an analysis conducted by The Marshall Project and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Researchers analyzed the frequency of traffic stop-related searches […]
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Delaware lawmakers spent time on the last day of their legislative session preparing for the future passage of legislation to end marijuana prohibition. The State General Assembly passed a concurrent resolution on July 1, 2017 creating a task force to study regulating and taxing cannabis for legal adult use in Delaware. The Delaware Cannabis Coalition […]