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Advocates for Utah Medical Cannabis Legalization Launch Signature Drive

Advocates for Utah Medical Cannabis Legalization Launch Signature Drive

Advocates for Utah Medical Cannabis Legalization Launch Signature Drive

Utah medical cannabis legalization has taken a critical step forward. After earning the approval of state election officials last week, volunteers with the Utah Patients Coalition started gathering signatures to get medical cannabis on Utah’s ballot in 2018.

Canadian Mental Health Association Wants Restraints on Recreational Marijuana

Canadian Mental Health Association Wants Restraints on Recreational Marijuana

On Aug. 14, 2017, the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association released a report that calls for wide ranging rules and restrictions to be placed on the province’s recreational marijuana market once it becomes legal in 2018.

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Cannabis Legislation Should Increase Mental Health Funding, Educate Youth and Promote Zero Tolerance in Cars

TORONTO, Ontario, Aug. 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — A new report by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario Division offers the provincial government wide-ranging recommendations to reduce the health risks and harms associated with the legalization and regulation of cannabis.

Is Big Pharma for or Against Legalizing Medical Marijuana? Maybe Both

Is Big Pharma for or Against Legalizing Medical Marijuana? Maybe Both

People growing their own marijuana is a significant concern to Big Pharma. As state legalization of cannabis-derivatives spreads, the drug companies contemplating the potential of medical marijuana see a threat from both homegrown and professionally harvested medical-grade marijuana.

Top Trump Advisor Roger Stone on What Changed His Mind on Marijuana

Top Trump Advisor Roger Stone on What Changed His Mind on Marijuana

Roger Stone is a top Republican strategist, lobbyist, and longtime advisor to Donald Trump. He’s known for getting down and dirty in his lobbying, and in fact, is the subject of the popular Netflix documentary, Get Me Roger Stone, that explores the life and career of strategy and public policy. Recently however, Stone has had a change of heart on one hot-button issue in modern politics: Marijuana.

Huff, Puff, Pass? AG’s Pot Fury Not Echoed by Task Force

Huff, Puff, Pass? AG’s Pot Fury Not Echoed by Task Force

The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing. But the task force Sessions assembled to find the best legal strategy is giving him no ammunition.

Sen. Cory Booker Says Marijuana Should be Legal in America

Sen. Cory Booker Says Marijuana Should be Legal in America

In a Facebook live address, Cory Booker introduced legislation that would legalize pot at the federal level citing that current drug laws “are badly broken” and disproportionately hurt minority communities.

Ardent LLC Founder and CEO Shanel Lindsay Appointed to Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board

BOSTON, July 29, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced Friday that Ardent LLC founder and President Shanel Lindsay will be one of five members appointed to the newly-created Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board.

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Drug Policy Alliance to Host 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Atlanta, October 11– 14

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — More than 1,500 people will gather in Atlanta, Georgia, October 11 – 14 for DPA’s biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference (#Reform17) at the Omni Atlanta Hotel @ CNN Center to discuss these issues and much more.

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Uruguay, First Country in the World to Legally Regulate Marijuana, Begins Retail Sales Today

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Uruguay will begin sales of legal marijuana for adult residents. The marijuana legalization proposal was put forward by former President José Mujica in 2012 as part of a comprehensive package aimed at improving public safety.

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Uruguay, First Country in the World to Legally Regulate Marijuana, Begins Retail Sales Next Week

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Next week, Uruguay will begin sales of legal marijuana for adult residents. The marijuana legalization proposal was put forward by former President José Mujica in 2012 as part of a comprehensive package aimed at improving public safety.

Australia Cautiously Enters Medical Marijuana Market

Australia Cautiously Enters Medical Marijuana Market

At a secret location in Australia’s southeast, Peter Crock delicately tends to a two-month-old cannabis cutting. Barely knee high, it is one of about 50 government-sanctioned “mother plants” to be cloned for future generations of crops for the country’s fledgling medicinal marijuana industry.

First Look at Wisconsin Marijuana Legalization Bill Aimed at Jumpstarting Economy

First Look at Wisconsin Marijuana Legalization Bill Aimed at Jumpstarting Economy

Wisconsin marijuana legalization has been given new life. On July 13, 2017, Wisconsin Rep. Melissa Sargent held a press conference to announce the introduction of a bill aimed at legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana in the state, marking the third time a marijuana legalization bill has been introduced in the Wisconsin State Legislature.

Ontario Seeking Public Input on Federal Plan to Legalize Cannabis

TORONTO, Ontario, July 12, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The province is asking for your thoughts on how Ontario should approach cannabis legalization in a way that protects youth, prevents harm and ensures that Ontario’s roads continue to be among the safest in North America.

Michigan Marijuana Campaign Reaches Significant Milestone

A Michigan marijuana campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in the state has reached a significant milestone. On July 10, 2017, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced that its petition to put legalization on the 2018 ballot had earned more than 100,000 signatures.

Puerto Rico Medical Cannabis Legalization Enacted by Governor

Puerto Rico Medical Cannabis Legalization Enacted by Governor

Puerto Rico medical cannabis legalization has become a legislative reality. On July 9, 2017, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares signed the Law to Improve the Study, Development and Research of Cannabis for Innovation, Applicable Norms and Limits, also known as MEDICINAL Law, to regulate medical cannabis on the Caribbean island.

Betting on Pot in the Stock Market - Canadian Cannabis

Betting on Pot in the Stock Market

Since Justin Trudeau’s election, the Canadian cannabis space has seen significant growth both in public and private sectors. The industry is gearing up for its entry into the legal recreational cannabis market set to open up by July 1, 2018.

Governor Rosselló Nevares Signs the Medicinal Law for the Use of Medical Cannabis

LA FORTALEZA, P.R., July 9, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares today signed the Law to Improve the Study, Development and Research of Cannabis for Innovation, Applicable Norms and Limits (MEDICINAL Law), which regulates the use of medicinal cannabis in Puerto Rico, in order to comply with one of the commitments contained in the Plan for Puerto Rico.

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Dixie Elixirs Partners with Tricorbraun Under an Aggressive Six-Month Timeline to Meet the Latest Cannabis Regulations with a Custom Packaging Design Solution

OAK BROOK, Ill., June 28, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Dixie Elixirs has worked with TricorBraun for stock packaging but this is the first time they would engage with them for an innovative, custom packaging solution.

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CBA Statement: More Research and Proper Coding Needed to Determine the True Impact of Legal Cannabis in Traffic Incidents

DENVER, June 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Cannabis Business Alliance (CBA) has released a statement in response to a recent insurance study by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) linking the legalization of recreational marijuana with an increase in car crashes reported to insurers.

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Statement from the Minister of Health on the ‘Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines’

OTTAWA, Ont., June 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — I welcome the publication of the “Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines” today in the American Journal of Public Health. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research supported the development of these Guidelines through funding provided to the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse.

Vermont Legalization Bill Blocked by House of Representatives

Vermont Legalization Bill Blocked by House of Representatives

Vermont will have to wait another year until recreational marijuana is legalized. During a special veto session, which took place on June 21, 2017, the Vermont House of Representatives voted to block consideration of a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana.

Report: Crown Corporation Should Sell New Brunswick Recreational Cannabis

Report: Crown Corporation Should Sell New Brunswick Recreational Cannabis

Canada’s recreational cannabis legalization is planned for a rollout in July 2018, but provinces and territories are in charge of drafting and establishing jurisdiction-specific rules, so they’ve been working hard to create rules that fall within the country’s legalization framework.

New Jersey Recreational Marijuana Bill Gets Committee Hearing

New Jersey Recreational Marijuana Bill Gets Committee Hearing

Democratic lawmakers in the Garden State are making moves on a New Jersey recreational marijuana bill. On June 19, 2017, the state Senate Judiciary Committee held a formal hearing on S-3195, a bill that would legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in the state.

Massachusetts Senate Introduces Proposal to Preserve Current Recreational Marijuana Tax Rate

Massachusetts Senate Introduces Proposal to Preserve Current Recreational Marijuana Tax Rate

On June 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate introduced an outline to a bill that preserves the current tax rate on retail marijuana sales. The proposal is in stark contrast to the measure put forth by the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Vermont Governor Thinks Legalization Deal Still Achievable Before Veto Session

Vermont Governor Thinks Legalization Deal Still Achievable Before Veto Session

Vermont just might get another chance at legalizing recreational marijuana. According to the Associated Press, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has said that he still thinks it’s possible to reach a legalization deal before the legislature meets for a special two-day veto session.

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NJ Marijuana Legalization Hearing on New Legislation

TRENTON, N.J., June 15, 2017 / Weed Wire/ — On Monday, the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 3195 at 11:00 am in Committee Room 4 in the New Jersey Statehouse. Senate Bill 3195, introduced last month by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari (D-Middlesex, Somerset, Union), would legalize small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 years and older.

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Drug Policy Alliance Launches Marijuana Legalization Campaign in New Jersey Focused on Racial and Social Justice

TRENTON, N.J., June 12, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, the New Jersey Office of the Drug Policy Alliance launched its racial justice focused marijuana legalization campaign with a video produced by Brave New Films.

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Libertarians Object to Proposed Marijuana Regulations

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 12, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Libertarian Party of California strongly supports legal marijuana, for either medical or recreational use. However, we oppose the increase in new laws and regulations that has accompanied this trend.


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