Despite 40 amendments, ND medical marijuana backers say proposed regs are flawed

Published: Mar 31, 2017, 8:01 am • Updated: Mar 31, 2017, 8:08 am By James Macpherson, The Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. — Backers of a successful North Dakota citizen initiative to allow marijuana to be used as medicine said Thursday they still aren’t happy with new rules governing its use,…

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Nevada continuing to plan for July marijuana sales, despite federal crackdown warning

Published: Feb 24, 2017, 11:24 am • Updated: Feb 24, 2017, 2:03 pm By Alison Noon, The Associated Press CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada still plans to launch recreational marijuana sales in July despite warnings this week of a federal crackdown by the administration of President Donald Trump, state officials…

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South Dakota hemp bill advances despite Public Safety warning that hemp sends “mixed messages” to kids

Published: Feb 16, 2017, 2:48 pm • Updated: Feb 16, 2017, 2:48 pm By James Nord, The Associated Press PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota residents who pass background checks and get a license from the state agriculture department would be allowed to cultivate industrial hemp under a measure a House…

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Are lawmakers moving legalization along despite Gov. Christie?

Published: Jan 16, 2017, 7:09 am • Updated: Jan 16, 2017, 8:33 am By Michael Catalini, The Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. — Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s warning to the Democrat-led Legislature not to move forward with legalizing marijuana is going mostly unheeded. Christie, a longtime opponent of legalizing the recreational…

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Congress Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendment Despite House And Senate Approval

On Thursday, news broke that the Veterans Equal Access Amendment had been stripped from the House Conference Report of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. The provision was removed from the conference version of the bill, despite passing in the Senate Appropriations Committee…

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Despite Philadelphia Marijuana Decriminalization African Americans Still Taken Into Custody At Much Higher Rate

The City of Philadelphia passed a measure that decriminalized possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana. However, issuing a ‘code violation’ instead of taking the person into custody is at the discretion of the officer. While most issue a code violation, some still do not. And those that do…

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Oklahoma To Pursue Marijuana Lawsuit Against Colorado Despite No Federal Support

About a year ago Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsuit against the State of Colorado. The lawsuit alleged that Colorado’s marijuana legalization law was harming Oklahoma and Nebraska. Marijuana reformers were quick to point out that Colorado doesn’t have a legalization problem – Nebraska and Oklahoma have a prohibition problem.…

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