Here’s what just changed in Washington state marijuana laws

Published: May 23, 2017, 12:10 pm • Updated: May 23, 2017, 12:19 pm By Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff A week ago, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed an omnibus marijuana bill, containing many changes to the regulations put in place in 2013, after Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana sales in…

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Colorado representatives intro bill to shield state marijuana laws from feds

Published: May 18, 2017, 12:59 pm • Updated: May 18, 2017, 1:43 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Colorado Reps. Diana DeGette and Mike Coffman have introduced a bill to protect states’ marijuana laws from federal enforcement. The Respect States and Citizens Rights’ Act of 2017 aims to insert…

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Georgia legislator helps get CBD oil to patients, skirting laws he helped pass

Published: Apr 28, 2017, 9:16 am • Updated: Apr 28, 2017, 6:06 pm By Ezra Kaplan, The Associated Press MACON, Ga. — Once a month, a cardboard box from Colorado appears at the office of a conservative Christian lawmaker in central Georgia, filled with derivatives of marijuana, to be distributed…

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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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