Defense lawyer argues marijuana prohibition laws unconstitutional

Published: Jul 17, 2017, 9:13 am • Updated: Jul 17, 2017, 9:13 am By Dave Collins, Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut lawyer is hoping his arguments in a drug case eventually are used by attorneys across the country to fight marijuana charges and bans on pot possession. Aaron…

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Majority of Americans Want Trump to Respect State Cannabis Laws

The new presidential administration in the United States under the leadership of Donald Trump has certainly made cannabis advocates and cannabis industry professionals a bit nervous.  They have appointed an Attorney General who is outwardly opposed to marijuana, and have made some comments about not respecting states who have legalized…

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Forbidden medicine: Caught between a doctor’s CBD advice and federal laws

Published: Jun 20, 2017, 2:33 pm • Updated: Jun 20, 2017, 4:26 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabis compound touted for its medicinal promise–but marijuana- and hemp-derived extracts rich in CBD and low in intoxicating THC are facing a future yet to be determined.…

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The Lowdown on Nevada’s New Marijuana Laws

Nevada is nearing the expected July 1st start date for it’s newly passed recreational/adult-use marijuana program and regulations.  Seemingly, cannabis advocates and consumers walked away from this year’s legislative session with more ups than downs, despite the social cannabis consumption bill not passing. A recent article from RJG goes over…

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Fed appeals court quashes bids to unravel Colorado marijuana laws, but door still open for RICO suits

Published: Jun 7, 2017, 4:09 pm • Updated: Jun 7, 2017, 5:46 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff A three-judge panel for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Wednesday largely upheld lower courts’ dismissals of several cases seeking to overturn major parts of Colorado’s marijuana…

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What Do Legalized Marijuana Laws Mean for HR Professionals?

As more states legalize cannabis with either medical or adult-use/recreational laws, the topic of cannabis use in the workplace is increasingly more timely.  What do legalized marijuana laws mean for HR professionals?  We recently posted an article about this that was specific to mental health professionals, but let’s explore what…

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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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