Veterans group ratchets up pressure on White House and Congress to support medical marijuana research

Published: Feb 23, 2018, 12:12 pm • Updated: Feb 23, 2018, 5:21 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff Top officials at of The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization, on Friday stepped up their calls for the federal government to legitimize and invest in medical marijuana research. In…

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Select group of California marijuana stores prepare parties, stock shelves for start of sales

Published: Dec 28, 2017, 4:05 pm • Updated: Dec 28, 2017, 4:12 pm By Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Live music. Free T-shirts. A “Fweedom” celebration with mystery prize boxes worth up to $ 500, and a shot at a behind-the-scenes tour. Marijuana legalization arrives Monday in…

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Incoming NJ Gov. Murphy names head of cannabis trade group as chief of staff

Published: Nov 28, 2017, 9:31 am • Updated: Nov 28, 2017, 10:02 am By James Nash,  the Record TRENTON, N.J. — The Garden State could soon become a bit more green. Proponents of legalized marijuana in New Jersey are lining up in the aftermath of Phil Murphy’s election as governor,…

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Pro-legalization group Marijuana Policy Project overhauls leadership

Published: Nov 21, 2017, 1:06 pm • Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 4:05 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff The man behind more than half of the successful state-level medical and recreational marijuana legalization efforts is stepping down as leader of the marijuana law reform organization he helped found. The…

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Pro-legalization group submits 360K signatures to get on Michigan ballot

Published: Nov 20, 2017, 2:54 pm • Updated: Nov 20, 2017, 5:12 pm By David Eggert, The Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Organizers of a ballot drive to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in Michigan submitted 365,000 signatures to the state Monday, which appears to be more…

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Developmentally disabled man evicted from group home for using medical marijuana

Published: Sep 25, 2017, 2:59 pm • Updated: Sep 25, 2017, 2:59 pm By The Associated Press SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Maine family is searching for help after their developmentally disabled son was evicted from a federally funded group home for using medical marijuana to help calm seizures. The Portland…

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Group determines Washington state youth cannabis use hasn’t increased

Published: Sep 5, 2017, 8:42 am • Updated: Sep 5, 2017, 8:42 am By The Associated Press SEATTLE — Analysis by a group of Washington state marijuana experts has found that youth use of marijuana, and cannabis-abuse treatment did not increase after the state’s legalization of marijuana for adults. The…

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Anti-legalization group urges feds to “systematically shut down” cannabis industry

Published: Aug 30, 2017, 10:25 am • Updated: Aug 30, 2017, 12:04 pm By Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff Jeff Sessions has more reading about marijuana regs on his desk. Last week, governors from Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana, each sent letters…

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Update: Nevada liquor group loses appeal over marijuana transport rules

Published: Aug 29, 2017, 1:07 pm • Updated: Aug 29, 2017, 7:43 pm By Scott Sonner, The Associated Press CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada regulators said Tuesday they’ll open up the state’s cannabis distribution system to businesses other than alcohol wholesalers after rejecting an appeal by a liquor group that…

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Cannabis industry group says Texas gov undermined long-awaited medical marijuana program

Published: Aug 24, 2017, 1:54 pm • Updated: Aug 24, 2017, 1:58 pm By Neal Pollack, The Cannabist Staff A “private edict” issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott “substantially weakened” the state’s nascent medical marijuana program, according to a cannabis business trade group. The accusation was leveled by the Texas…

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