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Legal marijuana reduces police harassment of drivers

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 08:02

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 legislature ends year with a bong

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 14:21

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 […]

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Detailed analysis of California SB 94 changes

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 00:46

California Governor Edmund Brown’s office submitted a bill to the state legislature to clarify, consolidate and modify the state’s ever more complex set of cannabis laws and regulations. His bill was introduced as Senate Bill 94 and adopted by the legislature. The following is the California State Legislative Counsel’s explanation of changes made to state […]

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San Fran expands City access to cannabis

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 14:47

It’s easy to get medical cannabis in San Francisco — if you live in the right area. Not so much if you live in other areas. That situation will improve soon, thanks to a forward-looking vote at a recent Planning Commission meeting; despite a convergence of NIMBY opponents. After over six hours of public testimony […]

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Merger shows medical marijuana growth in Arizona

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 14:10

  Harvest, a national medical marijuana operator, has merged with Modern Flower, a leading Arizona cultivator and wholesale cannabis supplier, making it the largest cannabis supply operation in the state. The merger gives the company more dispensary licenses and cultivation facilities than any other provider in Arizona. Harvest is one of only a handful of […]

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Vast majority favor States’ Rights on marijuana laws

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 14:53

Amid rumors of a pending crackdown on legalized marijuana by a bloated federal Drug War bureaucracy overseen by self-admitted drug warrior Attorney General Jeff Sessions, most U.S. citizens want President Trump to honor his promise to legalize medical marijuana federally and let the states decide on non-medical adult use and regulations. For more information, contact […]

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Streamlined Hempfest at the crossroads of legalization

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 14:55

As we stand at the threshold of the 26th annual Seattle Hempfest, I find myself thinking about our American freedoms. Like Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of petition. Our freedoms under the Bill of Rights allows us the right to protest US cannabis laws. Editor’s Note: The 2017 Seattle Hempfest, set for August […]

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Sixty groups oppose Fed plans to amp up Drug War

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 20:47

More than 60 civil and human rights, faith and criminal justice reform organizations, including the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, NAACP, FAMM, Drug Policy Alliance, and the Sentencing Project, have sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee opposing HR 2851, the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017. The proposal signals […]

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Review finds 140 controlled clinical trials of cannabis

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 14:23

Cannabis has met the “gold standard” of scientific review. Scientists have conducted more than 140 controlled clinical trials since 1975 assessing the safety and efficacy of either whole-plant cannabis or specific cannabinoids, according to a literature review published in the journal Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences. Thousands more studies have met lesser standards and, throughout […]

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GOP targets addicts with prison, treatment cuts

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:45

The Trump administration’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions is calling for the next federal budget to include a private prison expansion and — most recently — asked Congress to fund a drug war beginning in September that targets state-legal medical marijuana patients and providers. Sessions has already issued a memo to federal prosecutors to enforce the […]

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Driving safety unimpaired by cannabis legalization

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 01:46

The enactment of statewide laws regulating the adult use and sale of cannabis is not associated with subsequent changes in traffic fatality rates, according to an analysis of traffic safety data published June 22 in the American Journal of Public Health. Investigators from the University of Texas-Austin evaluated crash fatality rates in Colorado and Washington […]

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Fox: Cannabis should be traded under NAFTA

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:46

“Cannabis absolutely should be part of the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement ) agreement,” former President of Mexico Vincente Fox told thousands of participants gathered in Oakland CA for the National Cannabis Industries Association. “The world cannot look to your nation for leadership under this Trump administration, but your people cannot separate from the […]

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New York bill could regulate marijuana for adults

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 14:36

A coalition of New York community advocates led by Drug Policy Alliance joined Senator Liz Krueger (NYC) and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes (Buffalo) to support a bill that would establish a legal market for cannabis in New York State. The newly reintroduced Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA, S.3040A/A.3506A) would effectively end marijuana prohibition in New […]

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California’s proposed cannabis regs border on unworkable

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 17:08

The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulations (BMCR), the California Department of Public Health under the guise of the Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety (OMCS), and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CalCannabis) released hundreds of pages of proposed regulations on the medical cannabis industry April 28. It is important to note that these regulations only […]

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As comment period ends, cannabis regulations hearing set

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 00:07

In the closing days of its public comment phase, California’s cannabis regulatory board will hear from people at an event in San Jose, south of San Francisco, on Tuesday June 13 from 1-6 pm. There are several other opportunities for input by those who cannot attend the afternoon event. This is the current stage of […]

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Somatik: Amazing synergy of cold-brewed coffee, cannabis

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:20

  I love cannabis, but one of the few drugs out there I love nearly as much is caffeine, more often than not in the form of coffee. While cannabis has been a daily part of my life for several years now, I have been a bit more successful at limiting how much coffee I […]

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Hemp History Week: Soap maker sponsors PA research

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 20:12

The Rodale Institute, the nation’s leading organic farming research institution, has one of only 16 research projects to be awarded a state permit to participate in the first hemp planting in Pennsylvania in more than 80 years. The Institute’s four-year research project, part of the Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Pilot Project, focuses on using […]

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Cannabis regulation fight moves to California Senate

Sun, 06/04/2017 - 14:54

The California State Assembly passed a raft of new marijuana laws May 31 and handed it  to the State Senate, where a new round will be fought over its flaws and merits. Since a supermajority is required to modify most pf the voter initiative passed last November, Proposition 64, the AB 64 modification bill has […]

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Coalition seeks fast action, smooth transition in cannabis policy

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 14:13

The largest, most inclusive cannabis industry trade organization in Southern California led its members, along with backers, supporters, and endorsers of Proposition M in sending a letter calling on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council to begin taking immediate steps to implement Proposition M’s framework while simultaneously halting any further […]

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Good neighbor cannabis company helps feed the poor

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 20:48

A San Francisco-based medical cannabis company, as part of its ‘good neighbor’ program, donated its 500,000th healthy meal to state nonprofit food banks in April. For every Bloom Farms product sold, the one-for-one cannabis business donates money to food banks across the state to cover the cost of sourcing and distributing a healthy meal to […]

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