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Utah cannabis patients turning to voters

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 14:19

Utah Patients Coalition got the green light from Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to begin gathering signatures to qualify a voter initiative for the November 2018 ballot. After meeting with various state departments and stakeholders and holding 10 public hearings across the state, the group will next proceed to collect the more than 113,000 valid signatures […]

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Environmental Report: Legalization not harmful

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 22:24

The Bureau of Cannabis Control announced the conclusion of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Proposed Program study on September 6, 2017 regarding implementation of Proposition 64, and the news so far is good for the legalization movement. As the lead agency under CEQA, the Bureau prepared an Initial Study/Proposed Negative Declaration (IS/ND) for its […]

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County to pay cannabis patients $250K, halt warrantless raids

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:27

Scenic Lake County, California, has agreed to pay a group of medical marijuana patients $250,000 in damages and change its policy to prevent future unconstitutional, warrantless raids on the sick and elderly. After years of litigation in federal court and a scathing injunction issued against the County, it fulfilled its court-ordered obligation to abide by […]

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Beloved California cannabis patient group closes

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 14:58

You might never have heard of them but if you are a cannabis patient, chances are good that this group has had an effect on your life. Sonoma Alliance for Medical Marijuana retired this spring after more than 20 years of commitment and activism in protecting patients’ rights to grow and use this valuable medicine. […]

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Trump offers local police banned federal weaponry

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 18:45

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 […]

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NORML hosts national cannabis conference, federal lobby day

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:35

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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Consumers still prefer bud to edibles or extracts

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:55

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 […]

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Conference of State Legislatures asks to de-schedule cannabis

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 19:58

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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NFL players consider cannabis for concussions

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:54

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? […]

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Federal DOJ taskforce leak: Leave cannabis law to states

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:36

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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Oaksterdam U offers minority cannabis scholarships

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:20

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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