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Nebraska: Activists Submit Signatures for Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative

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By Michael Bachara, Hemp News

Members of the coalition Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana submitted over 182,000 signatures from registered voters with the hopes of qualifying a medical cannabis legalization measure for the November 2020 ballot.

State officials must validate 121,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot. State rules also require that a minimum of five percent of voters in at least 38 of the state’s 93 counties be included in the signature tally.

Campaign co-chair, Nebraska State Senator Anna Wishart, said: “We are confident that we’ve met the requirements for ballot qualification, and after seeing the outpouring of support for our petition, we’re even more confident that Nebraska’s voters will approve this initiative in November.”

Michigan: Cannabis Industry Association Capitol Protests

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Lansing, MI – Today two sides of Michigan’s cannabis industry protested in front of the State Capitol Building in a debate over how the industry should move forward. The sides have been in court disputing whether the licensed dispensaries should be allowed to continue selling caregiver products as an interim solution until more growers and processors are operational.

While the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association is not taking sides in the debate, MICIA spokesperson Josh Hovey issued the following statement:

The First Obituary of Steven Hager

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By Paul Krassner

It’s a sad irony. When Steven Hager was the editor of High Times magazine, he was contacted by the Waldos -- a group of high school students who coined 4:20 as the time to toke at the intermission between their classes each day. He became the first journalist to interview them. However, he chose to commit suicide today, on Mount Tam, at 4:20 a.m. on the 20th of April, sort of like a contemporary marijuana boomerang.

Washington: Adult Cannabis Cultivation Bill, HB 2559, Seeking Public Comment

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HB 2559 would allow non-medical home cultivation of marijuana in Washington state

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

On Monday, January 15, the Washington state legislature will discuss the adult home grow bill, HB 2559, in the Commerce and Gaming Committee. The hearing, which is scheduled to be in House Hearing Rm C at 1:30pm in the John L. O'Brien Building in Olympia, WA, is sure to bring cannabis advocates from across the state to the Capitol.

U.S.: Former US Deputy Attorney General Cole’s reaction to Sessions’ Rescission

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By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Former US Deputy Attorney General and author of the Cole Memos, James Cole was recently a guest on Cannabis Economy Podcast with Seth Adler. In the conversation, Cole shared what the rescission of the Cole Memos and the Ogden Memo means for legal cannabis and the questions that the action raises.

“The FinCen memo may kind of die of its own weight because it is based on compliance with the Cole Memo. So there's a question about whether the FinCen memo, which has not been withdrawn still exists,” said Cole. The third Cole Memo was released in concert with the FinCen memo, which outlines guidance on banking expectations for state legal cannabis.

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