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Earl Blumenauer Reacts to Medical Marijuana Protection Extension

Weed News - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 22:16
Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer has been one of Congress’ most prominent supporters of sensible cannabis laws, so it makes sense that the bipartisan amendment protecting medical...

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High Minded podcast by The Cannabist | S01E04

Cannabist - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 21:38
In episode 4 we examine CBD on the world stage and unpack how Colorado's marijuana seed-to-sale system works with the director of the state's department of revenue.

With Isaac Dietrich back at helm, MassRoots dismisses lawsuit against him

Cannabist - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 20:02
The dismissal comes a week after the company’s board of directors and interim chief executive resigned, and the 25-year-old founder was reappointed CEO and his trio of recommended board members were installed.

In newly-legalized states, marijuana is the "it" gift of the season

Cannabist - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 18:36
Gift-giving has long been a part of marijuana culture, and the drug's newly legal status is a source of Yuletide celebration in four states.

Trump signs stopgap spending bill extending federal medical marijuana protections a few more weeks

Cannabist - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 18:07
"Patients around the country who rely on medical marijuana for treatment--and the businesses that serve them--now have some measure of certainty," said Rep. Earl Blumenauer. "Our fight, however, continues to maintain these important protections in the next funding bill passed by Congress."

Jack in the Box to launch meal tailored to cannabis consumers with the munchies

Cannabist - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 17:49
The “Merry Munchie Meal,” will be available at three California Jack in the Box locations for a week in January for, you guessed it, $4.20.

How to review cannabis: a complete guide

Cannabist - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 17:11
Everyday, without fail, I get some variation of the following message: "Wuz up bro I want to smoke ganga for a livin how do I get yer job?" There are more articulate versions, but that's the aggregate. I'll admit I've had the benefit of working under several miracle workers/editors during…

Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended

NORML Blog - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:07

Congressional leadership voted to enact a four-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through January 19, 2018. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date.

The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

“Patients around the country who rely on medical marijuana for treatment—and the businesses that serve them—now have some measure of certainty. Our fight, however, continues to maintain these important protections in the next funding bill passed by Congress.”
– Congressman Earl Blumenauer, (D-OR)

Reps Rohrabacher and Blumenauer are both co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

Congressional leadership must reauthorize this language as part of the forthcoming budget in order for the provisions to stay in effect. In July, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) offered identical language before the Senate Appropriations Committee, which approved it. However, House Rules Committee Chair Peter Sessions (R-TX) has refused to allow House members to vote on similar language. The provision will now be considered by House and Senate leadership when the two chambers’ appropriations bills are reconciled.

Send a message to your federal lawmakers in support of continuing these protections beyond January 19th by clicking here. 

State Lawmakers Already Filing Marijuana Bills For 2018

Marijuana Moment - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 15:46

There is widespread anticipation among marijuana policy watchers that 2018 could finally be the year that states begin legalizing cannabis by acts of lawmakers.

All eight states that have ended marijuana prohibition to date have been directed to do so by voters at the ballot box.

But not all states allow for ballot initiatives, and so at some point the fight to legalize cannabis will shift in earnest to legislative chambers, just as lawmakers began taking medical marijuana reform into their own hands after the first wave of voter-enacted laws in the 1990s demonstrated the popularity of the issue.

There are growing indications that the shift for recreational legalization is happening now.

In Vermont, House and Senate leaders and Gov. Phil Scott (R) have signaled in recent weeks that they are prepared to legalize marijuana very soon after the legislature reconvenes on January 3. Because the state operates on a biennium, all that is needed is one more House vote in favor of a previously-Senate-passed bill that the governor has pledged to sign.

New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy (D) campaigned on legalization, and the Senate president says he’s ready to pass a bill in 2018.

While many observers of cannabis policy are already aware the the Green Mountain State and Garden State are vying to be the first to legalize marijuana legislatively, lawmakers in other states are already making moves to prepare for anti-prohibition efforts in 2018.

On Thursday, a New Mexico senator prefiled a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis.

Also on Thursday, New York lawmakers announced that three Assembly committees will hold a joint hearing on marijuana legalization in January.

In New Hampshire, an early January floor vote could breathe new life into a marijuana legalization bill that was voted down in committee this year.

Missouri representatives have already prefiled two separate cannabis legalization bills.

These examples are just the earliest indications of what could be the busiest year on record for state cannabis lobbying efforts.

In 2017, Marijuana Moment tracked 59 separate marijuana legalization bills in state legislative chambers. (Overall, we tracked more than 300 marijuana bills ranging from penalty reforms to medical cannabis to licensing tweaks to nonbinding resolutions calling for federal action, and more.)

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Supporters get access to custom interactive maps and charts so they always know where key bills are in the legislative process — in Congress and in all 50 states. The tools include full bill text, sponsor lists, amendments, vote tallies and more — on an automatically updated basis

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Legislatures aside, five or more states could vote on marijuana legalization or medical cannabis ballot initiatives in 2018.

These States Will Probably Vote On Marijuana In 2018

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$150K worth of marijuana stolen from Anchorage business

Cannabist - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 15:19
A marijuana business in Anchorage had a large amount of freshly packaged pot stolen, police said.

Congress Extends Federal Medical Cannabis Protections Through January 19

Weed News - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 14:45
Once again, federal protections for medical cannabis faced elimination as Congress was on the verge of a government shutdown over spending. And once again temporary federal funding provisions were...

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Surveys Colorado uses to track youth marijuana use are flawed, critics say

Cannabist - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 13:20
While some point to "encouraging" data sources as evidence that teen use of marijuana has not increased, critics say the studies are flawed.

Where do teens get their marijuana? School cops say parents, other family members

Cannabist - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 13:20
Police officers who work in Colorado schools say in surveys that many students are getting marijuana from their parents' supply.

Colorado school police dispute notion that teen marijuana use is down

Cannabist - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 13:19
School resource police in Colorado say that marijuana use among students has increased in recent years, based on their observations, contradicting surveys.

Sessions rescinds old guidance — Cole memo safe for now (Newsletter (Dec. 22, 2017)

Marijuana Moment - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 12:44

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NY legalization hearing scheduled for Jan.; Congress extends state protection deadline; Former CA AG starts marijuana businesses


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Congress approved a short-term extension of federal funding levels — and policy riders like state medical cannabis protections — through January 19. It still hasn’t been determined whether the marijuana provision will be included in full Fiscal Year 2018 legislation. President Trump is expected to sign the continuing resolution on Friday, along with separate tax reform legislation.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded 25 previous federal guidance documents. Not among them is the Cole Memo, which lays out guidelines for states to avoid federal interference with their marijuana laws.

Three New York Assembly committees will hold a joint hearing on marijuana legalization on January 11.


Rolling Stone spoke to a number of members of Congress about federal drug policy reform in 2017 and 2018:

  • Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD): “If you look at medical marijuana, it’s still in a grey zone about on whether or not there’s going to be very strict enforcement. I think this Department of Justice is not going to take it lightly, when states have recreational use of marijuana legalized.”
  • Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA): “I don’t think they have actually established their marijuana policy yet. I think the president needs to pay personal attention to it, because he made commitments during the election that he would support the legalizing medical marijuana, it should be left to the states, to legalize it that way as well as personal use, adult use…. It’s a total waste of money. The states – the people across this country – are voting for it, and for [Sessions] to think that he can superimpose his control over what adults will consume is contrary to our Constitution and a violation of individual freedom.”
  • Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR): “This next year there will be more expressions of that support as it builds around the country – more markets open up and more and more people take a stand in support of it. I mean, the train’s left the station.”  

A bipartisan group of 17 members of Congress wrote a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb pushing back on the agency’s threats on kratom. In a related press release, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) said, “Like cannabis, it should be legal and available.”

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) decried congressional interference in Washington, DC’s marijuana laws in a House floor speech.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions created a new Department of Justice Director of Opioid Enforcement and Prevention Efforts role.

ProPublica looks at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s role in keeping silent the reasons for kidnappings conducted by a Mexican drug cartel.


California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) tweeted, “Legalizing marijuana is, at its core, about criminal justice reform. It’s about ending the failed war on drugs and fixing a broken system that has disproportionately affected low-income and minority communities.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) appears in an ad touting the state’s program to drug test food stamp recipients.

Massachusetts regulators unanimously voted to approve draft marijuana legalization implementation rules.

A Missouri representative prefiled a marijuana legalization bill.

Florida lawmakers filed legislation to expand medical cannabis retail licensing.

New Ohio legislation to increase penalties for drug trafficking exempts marijuana.Here’s a look at states’ efforts to test marijuana products.

The Associated Press looks at how people in legalized states are taking advantage of marijuana gifting provisions in laws during the holiday season.


Los Angeles County, California health officials will conduct inspections of marijuana businesses.


The Australian government is launching an online medical cannabis information portal for doctors.


The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia successfully pressured a Georgia sheriff over his deleting marijuana comments from his Facebook page.

Cannabis Wire noticed that Marijuana Policy Project Founder Rob Kampia is no longer listed as a member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Advisory Council.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 63,600 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2016, the highest annual toll on record. More than 42,200 were linked to opioids.

A study of medical cannabis dispensaries in Colorado and Washington found that those in areas of that voted against recreational legalization ballot measures subsequently “accentuated the medical orientation of their identities,” whereas there was a “blurring of medical/recreational identity in communities where voters demonstrated support for recreational-use legalization in the state-level ballot.”

A study suggested that “cannabis use relates to reduced neural activity underlying attention to motion stimuli.”


The Los Angeles Times editorial board wants California and federal officials to solve the marijuana industry’s banking access issues.


Former California Attorney General Bill Lockyer (D) co-founded a marijuana concentrates and edibles company.

Jack In The Box and Merry Jane are partnering on a “Merry Munchie Meal” to celebrate California’s legalization of marijuana.

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Country musician Michael Ray was arrested for possession of cannabis oil.

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CN AB: Pot Shops Shut Down

MAP - Cannabis - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:00
Edmonton Sun, 22 Dec 2017 - Cops close two cannabis dispensaries, multiple charges pending City police have shut down two south Edmonton cannabis dispensaries, but the owner of one says he was just trying to help medical marijuana patients fill their prescriptions.

CN ON: Up In Smoke

MAP - Cannabis - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:00
Cape Breton Post, 22 Dec 2017 - Medical users fear legalized recreational pot may leave them behind For Mandy McKnight, the benefits of cannabis oil to treat her son Liam's debilitating seizures seem almost miraculous - the nine-year-old has gone from being wracked daily by dozens of the life-threatening episodes to having days now when he experiences none.

Action Alert: Federal Medical Cannabis Protections Are In Danger

Weed News - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 00:11
I received the following very important information: Once again, it’s down to the wire. Tomorrow, the deadline for approving a federal spending bill in Congress arrives, and along with it comes...

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New York Lawmakers Holding Marijuana Legalization Hearing

Marijuana Moment - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 00:03

New York lawmakers will hold a joint session on marijuana legalization early in the new year.

“This hearing will examine the potential for allowing regulated sale and adult possession of marijuana in New York and how it would affect public health and the criminal justice systems,” a notice posted on Thursday by the chairs of the Assembly Committees on Codes, Health and Alcoholism and Drug Abuse says.

Under current New York law, marijuana possession is decriminalized. But a loophole that allows police to bust people for cannabis seen in public view has led to robust arrest rates.

“Forty years ago, New York decriminalized non-public possession of small amounts of marijuana, making such possession a non-criminal violation punishable only by a fine. However, a significant number of people are arrested for public possession of a small amount of marijuana every year,” the hearing notice says. “Studies have repeatedly shown that those arrested are disproportionately African American and Latino. Existing laws expose many of these nonviolent offenders to possible imprisonment and a lifelong and unnecessary criminal record that can prevent gainful employment and full participation in society.”

The state also has a relatively limited medical cannabis laws that has gradually expanded over the years to allow greater patient access and qualifying conditions.

The three-committee joint hearing on legalization will be held on January 11.

Information on how to submit testimony is online here.

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Mexico To Allow Marijuana-Based Product Imports Next Year

Weed News - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 23:15
Huge news was reported yesterday out of Mexico, with Mexico’s health regulator announcing that the country will start allowing ‘marijuana-based products’ to be imported from other...

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