Americans support federal bill to shield legal cannabis states: new poll

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner has said he likes his odds of getting a bill through Congress to protect state-legal marijuana operations. And a new npoll released Thursday shows that it’s a popular bet with the American people. Nearly three-quarters of American voters surveyed by Qunnipiac University say they would support…

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Texas voters support legal marijuana: new Quinnipiac poll

Lone Star State voters support legal marijuana almost 2-1, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll. By a margin of 61 – 34 percent Texas voters favor allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, according to the poll. Republican voters opposed legalized marijuana 51-43 percent…

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Trump says he’ll support protections for legal marijuana. Here’s what politicians and cannabis insiders are saying.

Politicians and cannabis industry insiders, alike, were surprised Friday morning by Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s announcement that he has struck a deal with President Donald J. Trump that would protect states’ marijuana laws from federal interference. In a statement that summarized much of the reaction, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the…

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Maine House passes new compromise on legal marijuana sales

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers cast a pivotal vote Tuesday in favor of allowing retail marijuana sales, signaling strong support for enacting a law change approved by voters that has been held up by politics. The Maine House of Representatives approved a new compromise with a veto-proof majority needed to…

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States move to ban fake urine, a new challenge for drug testing in age of opioid epidemic, legal marijuana

As part of a routine drug test, Adam Randall handed a vial of yellow liquid to a probation officer. Although it looked like a urine sample from the 31-year-old – who was required to submit to testing after a previous conviction – authorities in Queensbury, New York, say it was…

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Why Did Trump Extend The Federal Spending Bill That Protects Legal MMJ From The Feds?

Why Did Trump Extend the Federal Spending Bill That Protects MMJ Programs? Last Friday, POTUS Donald Trump just enacted a $ 1.3 trillion federal spending bill that would include the extension of protections for state-legal MMJ operations from the Department of Justice. Why? Trump is looking at a 2020 re-election…

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Google and Facebook won’t advertise marijuana, even where it’s legal

As the cannabis industry grows, generating an estimated $ 10 billion in annual sales, states are increasingly approving medical marijuana programs and passing adult-use laws. But for marketing agencies, marijuana dispensaries and cannabis brands, advertising the pot brings its own hurdles. Online platforms with prime advertising space like Facebook and…

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New studies link legal marijuana to fewer opioid prescriptions under Medicaid and Medicare

NEW YORK — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some research suggests…

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