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Washington State Releases Update On Legalization Findings – High Hopes Are Rewarded

Washington State Releases Update On Legalization Findings – High Hopes Are Rewarded

In their second formal assessment on the impact of legalization in the wake of the implementation of I-502, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) issued the next regularly scheduled report - and suffice to say, the news was very positive, unless you are still relying on tired and debunked prohibitionist talking points.

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American Legion’s National Commander Calls Out VA Secretary Shulkin

American Legion’s National Commander Calls Out VA Secretary Shulkin

For more than a year, The American Legion has been calling on the federal government – and specifically the Veterans Affairs Department – to support research into the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in treating veterans with PTSD. Now, the Legion is ramping up their efforts to convince VA Secretary Shulkin to expand research into...

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Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform

Earlier this month, citing racism, bigotry, and mass-incarceration, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party adopted a resolution to "support Democratic candidates and policies which promote the full repeal of cannabis prohibition by its removal from the Controlled Substances Act, and to support the creation of new laws which regulate it in a manner similar to other...

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2017 NORML Conference and Lobby Day In Brief

2017 NORML Conference and Lobby Day In Brief

By the numbers: - 140+ attendees - 21 speakers - 5 members of Congress - 150+ congressional meetings - 1 goal: End marijuana prohibition.

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Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation – Marijuana Protections Included

Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation – Marijuana Protections Included

In a quick deal between President Trump and Congress, a three-month budget continuing resolution will be in effect until December 8, 2017, maintaining current spending levels. While this seems mundane (it is), it is important for marijuana policy because it guarantees a temporary extension of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer protections for lawful medical marijuana programs from Attorney...

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House Rules Committee Blocks Marijuana Amendments

House Rules Committee Blocks Marijuana Amendments

Late Wednesday night, the House Rules Committee led by prohibitionist Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX) blocked multiple amendments related to marijuana from receiving consideration by the full House, thus ending their consideration and silencing the ability for the lower chamber to offer protections from Attorney General Jeff Sessions when it comes to cannabis.

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FDA Seeking Public Comments On CBD

FDA Seeking Public Comments On CBD

On Regulations.Gov, right now, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soliciting public comments with regard to the therapeutic utility and abuse liability of various controlled substances, including cannabidiol (CBD).

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Medical Marijuana Protections Offered Again, But Will They Receive A Vote?

Medical Marijuana Protections Offered Again, But Will They Receive A Vote?

This week, Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, Earl Blumenauer, and allies in the House of Representatives have again offered the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment to protect lawful state medical marijuana programs from the federal government. Now, Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions may deny the democratic process and not allow the amendment to be considered for a full vote...

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Spreads Marijuana Myths

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Spreads Marijuana Myths

Giving remarks to the Native American Housing Association, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson strayed into the marijuana reform debate. Unfortunately, the doctor did not know his facts.

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Court Case Highlights Need For Continued Federal Protections

Court Case Highlights Need For Continued Federal Protections

Last week, a US District Court blocked federal prosecutors from continuing a case against a medical marijuana cultivation company as a result of the current, albeit limited, congressional protections from the Department of Justice.

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