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A craft marijuana brand is turning a famous California winery into a Wonka Factory for weed

“A craft cannabis brand called Flow Kana is building a marijuana processing and manufacturing hub on the site of a former winery in Mendocino County” writes Melia Robinson for businessinsider.com. On January 1, recreational marijuana became fully legal in the Golden State, where medical use has been legal since 1996. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Vermont’s governor is expected to sign a bill legalizing marijuana before Monday

“Vermont’s Republican governor, Phil Scott, is expected to sign a bill legalizing marijuana in the state before Monday’s deadline, according to the Associated Press” writes Jeremy Berke for businessinsider.com. The House of Representatives in New Hampshire – Vermont’s neighbor — passed a similar marijuana legalization bill on Tuesday.Activists in favor of marijuana legalization are cheering the state’s move. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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House Democrats introduce a bill to legalize marijuana and provide ‘restorative justice’ to communities impacted by the war on drugs

“Lee called the legislation, “a bold proposal to reverse decades of discriminatory drug enforcement and to bring federal marijuana policy in line with the wishes of the American people.”” writes Jeremy Berke for businessinsider.com. A group of House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level and expunge the federal arrest records of those incarcerated for marijuana use and possession. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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VA says it won’t study medical marijuana’s effect on veterans

“President Trump said during the campaign that he supports making medical marijuana available to the very sick” writes Katie Zezima Is for washingtonpost.com. Last month the Veterans Health Administration urged patients to discuss medical marijuana use with their doctors.Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said VA’s ability to research medical marijuana is hampered by the fact that the drug is illegal federally.A spokesman for Shulkin pointed to the secretary’s past comments on medical marijuana.Shulkin cited a VA analysis of existing research, which found “insufficient evidence” that…

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My guns or my ganja? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice

“The federal government says grass and guns don’t mix, and that is putting gun owners who use marijuana in a potentially uncomfortable position” reports foxbusiness.com. The existence of medical marijuana registries in some states, including Pennsylvania, has some patients concerned. Marijuana activists predict a backlash if federal prosecutors begin going after gun owners who use the drug to treat medical conditions.It’s unclear whether anyone using state-legalized medical marijuana has been prosecuted for owning a gun.Federal law prohibits marijuana users from owning or even possessing guns or ammunition. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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The Vermont Senate just passed a bill legalizing cannabis — a rebuke to Jeff Sessions’ crackdown on marijuana

“The Vermont Senate just approved a measure allowing the possession and recreational consumption of marijuana for adults over the age of 21” writes Jeremy Berke for businessinsider.my. But it will make Vermont the first state to legalize marijuana via the legislature, rather than through a ballot initiative, provided Republican Gov.The previous eight states to legalize marijuana, along with Washington D.C., have all done so through a statewide vote. Source: businessinsider.my Share This:

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What Jeff Sessions doesn’t understand about medical marijuana

“But the research on medical marijuana is clear: Marijuana has legitimate medical uses” writes C Michael White for marketwatch.com. Doctors are required to certify that potential medical marijuana users have a disease for which there is adequate medical evidence for marijuana’s benefit.That would leave patients in the 29 states with legal medical marijuana without their treatments and at risk of prosecution.There isn’t much human research on medical marijuana, thanks to the product’s illegal status and a lack of federal research funding.There are approximately 1.2 million users of medical marijuana in…

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BROWN: Pritzker betting the pot on legalizing marijuana in governor’s race

“Kennedy has taken a more cautious position, supporting marijuana decriminalization but seeking more studies on the effect of outright legalization, while Rauner has said legalizing marijuana would be a mistake” writes Mark Brown for suntimes.com. Pritzker sidestepped a question on whether he would establish a specific set-aside for minority involvement in licensed marijuana facilities.The marijuana issue also allowed Pritzker to remind voters of Rauner’s continued reticence to speak out regarding President Donald Trump, even over federal policies with important implications for the state. Source: suntimes.com Share This:

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It is too late to dismantle the marijuana industry

“That is why it was surprising to wake up last week to the news that the Justice Department, without advance notice, rescinded the nationwide guidance regarding marijuana enforcement” reports washingtonpost.com. Frankly, it is too late for the federal government to step in and dismantle this burgeoning industry.For better or worse, legalized marijuana has become more accepted around the country, with 29 states and the District now having some form of cannabis legalization.But in Colorado, we remain committed to improving the laws and regulations governing marijuana businesses.Right now, federal law forces…

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California might make it easier to clear your criminal record of cannabis

“A bill introduced in the California Assembly on Tuesday would make it easier to clear your record of past marijuana crimes” writes Greenstate Contributor for greenstate.com. Past marijuana blemishes on one’s criminal record can result in ongoing lost job opportunities and other hardships.Between 1915 and 2016, California law enforcement made 2,756,778 cannabis arrests, California NORML found.Should the state of California pay to update folks criminal records to reflect new cannabis law, or should people pay themselves?. Legalization Proposition 64 allows anyone convicted of past marijuana crimes to petition the courts…

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