Sen. Cory Booker intros marijuana bill focused on racial justice, descheduling, funding

Published: Aug 1, 2017, 10:39 am • Updated: Aug 1, 2017, 2:26 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is introducing a comprehensive bill on Tuesday to deschedule marijuana, provide incentives for states to legalize, and create mechanisms to address racial justice concerns. The federal…

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Much-contested bill on Massachusetts marijuana regs finally OK’d by legislature

Published: Jul 19, 2017, 5:05 pm • Updated: Jul 19, 2017, 5:53 pm By Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers signed off Wednesday on a compromise bill that makes changes to the voter-approved law that legalized adult use of recreational marijuana and expressed confidence the revamped measure…

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Does branded marijuana merch attract teens? This California bill sponsor thinks so

Published: Jul 18, 2017, 10:54 am • Updated: Jul 18, 2017, 10:54 am By Will Houston, The Cannifornian To promote their brand and their award-winning marijuana strain “Zkittlez,” The Dookie Brothers from southern Humboldt County could be seen handing out T-shirts at The Humboldt County Cup in Redway in January…

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Op-ed: DEA position statement on CBD, hemp and Farm Bill “reckless and illegal”

Published: Jul 7, 2017, 4:29 pm • Updated: Jul 7, 2017, 4:51 pm By Joel Stanley, Special To The Cannabist Editor’s note: As part of The Cannabist’s special report, “CBD, TBD,” on July 5 we published a statement by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration addressing its policy position on cannabidiol oil. The DEA…

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Massachusetts top Dems argue over what to fix first: state budget or marijuana bill

Published: Jul 5, 2017, 7:25 pm • Updated: Jul 5, 2017, 7:25 pm By Steve Leblanc, The Associated Press BOSTON — The state’s top Democratic lawmakers clashed Wednesday over who’s to blame for the failure to pass two key pieces of legislation: an overdue state budget and a highly-watched bill…

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Massachusetts House passes bill to “repeal and replace” voter-approved recreational marijuana law

Published: Jun 22, 2017, 8:10 am • Updated: Jun 22, 2017, 8:10 am By Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press BOSTON — A bill that would repeal and replace the recreational marijuana law approved by the state’s voters in November cleared the House late Wednesday. Critics who lashed out at the…

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Jeff Sessions could have power to unilaterally write federal drug policy say critics of new bill

Published: Jun 16, 2017, 12:00 pm • Updated: Jun 16, 2017, 12:06 pm By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post Congress is considering a bill that would expand the federal government’s ability to pursue the war on drugs, granting new power to the Attorney General to set federal drug policy. The…

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Federal bill would protect medical marijuana states, provide access to vets

Published: Jun 15, 2017, 4:59 pm • Updated: Jun 15, 2017, 6:07 pm By Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff A bipartisan group of senators and representatives has reintroduced legislation to protect patients in states where medical marijuana has been legalized. The bill introduced Thursday is known as the Compassionate Access,…

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Colorado gov signs civil asset forfeiture bill, vetoes medical marijuana changes

Published: Jun 12, 2017, 7:44 am • Updated: Jun 12, 2017, 8:19 am By Jesse Paul, The Denver Post Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday signed into law a controversial bill that changes how state law enforcement seize money and property suspected of being linked to crimes, despite pressure from Colorado sheriffs and…

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