Study: National medical marijuana laws would save lives — and a billion taxpayer dollars

Published: Apr 21, 2017, 10:56 am • Updated: Apr 21, 2017, 1:10 pm By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post A fascinating study in Health Affairs last year by a father-daughter pair of public policy researchers found that Medicare prescriptions for things like painkillers, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications dropped sharply in…

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Police chief says marijuana laws difficult and expensive to enforce

Published: Apr 19, 2017, 1:24 pm • Updated: Apr 19, 2017, 1:24 pm By John Jackson, Special To The Denver Post The Denver Post opinion pages solicited commentary from various marijuana policy and industry leaders, as well as the public, for a special cannabis-themed edition of the Sunday Perspective section…

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Cannabis companies flock to Canada as US laws keep them off stock exchange

Published: Apr 6, 2017, 11:17 am • Updated: Apr 6, 2017, 11:17 am By Jack Kaskey, Bloomberg When Hadley Ford created a company for investing in the fast-growing business of legal marijuana, the former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. investment banker left New York and headed north of the border. While…

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Clock ticking for California to unify medical and recreational cannabis laws

Published: Apr 5, 2017, 8:11 am • Updated: Apr 5, 2017, 8:13 am By Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — California is one step closer to resolving tricky legal conflicts on its path to becoming the nation’s largest marijuana economy. Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration released documents outlining…

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Powerhouse cannabis firms form lobby group to protect state-based weed laws

Published: Mar 23, 2017, 12:50 pm • Updated: Mar 23, 2017, 1:27 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Some big-name firms in cannabis have formed a national advocacy and lobbying organization with an aim of turning big bucks into big changes for marijuana on Capitol Hill. Denver-based dispensary powerhouse…

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Map: How do state medical marijuana laws compare? Advocates give report card

Published: Mar 15, 2017, 8:12 am • Updated: Mar 15, 2017, 8:31 am By Alicia Wallace and Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff The majority of U.S. states now have a medical marijuana law in place, but the laws don’t yet go far enough, a national medical marijuana patient advocacy group…

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Arkansas Medical Marijuana Laws See Amendments to Original Legislation

While Arkansas remains the first state in the Deep South to approve medical marijuana, obstacles remain as Arkansas medical marijuana laws see amendments to the original legislation being debated. This month, two such medical marijuana-related bills were finally approved. They bring with them amendments to the original version, passed by 53 percent…

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Respect States Marijuana Laws Act of 2017 Introduced by Republican Congressman

Cannabis advocate, Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), introduced the Respect States Marijuana Laws Act of 2017 this week. The bill is aimed at protecting individuals in the cannabis industry against threats of federal prosecution. The bill, HR975 was introduced by the longtime Congressional ally to the cannabis industry, and Trump…

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States’ fight against Colorado marijuana laws on tap in fed court

Published: Jan 17, 2017, 5:42 am • Updated: Jan 17, 2017, 5:43 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff A bid to stamp out Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry is scheduled to go before a federal appeals court Tuesday morning. The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver will hear…

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