Colorado’s marijuana industry would get bank access, federal OK under bill from Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren. But what are its chances?

WASHINGTON — The federal government would be forced to respect state laws on marijuana under a bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren. The measure, which is welcomed by the cannabis industry but faces a tough path to becoming law, wouldn’t legalize the drug in states…

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Alaska House votes to limit access to marijuana convictions

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska House has passed legislation restricting access to records showing past convictions for simple marijuana possession. The measure is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Harriet Drummond. She says Alaskans should not be passed up for jobs or promotions for possessing something that is now legal. Alaska voters…

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Senators to U.S. Treasury: Preserve marijuana banking access

Published: Jan 19, 2018, 1:01 pm • Updated: Jan 19, 2018, 1:11 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff A bipartisan group of 15 senators on Thursday joined the chorus of Congress members calling on the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s to keep intact marijuana banking guidance. FinCEN guidelines…

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Louisiana’s medical marijuana patients could get access by mid-2018

Published: Sep 18, 2017, 2:12 pm • Updated: Sep 18, 2017, 2:12 pm By Melinda Deslatte, The Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana State University has completed its contract with the company that will grow medical marijuana for the school and said Monday the drug is expected to reach…

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Plants in ground for Maryland, but when and where can patients access medical marijuana?

Published: Sep 5, 2017, 3:01 pm • Updated: Sep 5, 2017, 3:01 pm By Fenit Nirappil and Aaron Gregg, The Washington Post At long last, Maryland’s first legal marijuana crop is growing. With 19 companies cleared to grow, process and sell the plant, the seeds of the medical marijuana program…

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These college students lost access to legal weed — and started getting better grades

Published: Jul 25, 2017, 3:01 pm • Updated: Jul 25, 2017, 3:08 pm By Keith Humphreys, Special To The Washington Post The most rigorous study yet of the effects of marijuana legalization has identified a disturbing result: College students with access to recreational cannabis on average earn worse grades and…

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Drive to get veterans access to medical marijuana hinges on House committee vote

Published: Jul 24, 2017, 1:27 pm • Updated: Jul 24, 2017, 3:03 pm By Nikki Wentling, Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON – A measure allowing veterans easier access to medical marijuana garnered bipartisan support in Congress last year and nearly became law. A vote Monday could be the end of the…

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Will this be the year Congress expands veterans’ access to medical marijuana?

Published: Jul 14, 2017, 3:21 pm • Updated: Jul 14, 2017, 5:30 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday amended must-pass legislation to add language expanding access to medical marijuana for military veterans. Again. The Veterans Equal Access Amendment to the 2018 Military…

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