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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Chair of Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board resigns, says Sessions’ move ends feds “looking the other way”

Published: Jan 5, 2018, 10:00 am • Updated: Jan 5, 2018, 10:00 am By Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young on Thursday ripped the U.S. Department of Justice over a shift toward tougher marijuana enforcement, calling the move a “direct violation of states’…

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Canada’s Tokyo Smoke makes a U.S. move with acquisition of Van der Pop

Published: Feb 9, 2017, 11:02 am • Updated: Feb 9, 2017, 11:02 am By Katie Shapiro, The Cannabist Staff In some cool cannabis collaboration news, on-the-rise lifestyle brands Tokyo Smoke and Van der Pop have officially joined forces. Tokyo Smoke, which is moving toward U.S. expansion from its Toronto headquarters,…

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Utah medical marijuana legislation unlikely to move forward this year

Published: Jan 27, 2017, 1:27 pm • Updated: Jan 27, 2017, 1:27 pm By The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers have decided to scale back their plans for medical marijuana legislation, opting to focus on research this year rather than making any policy decisions. Four Republican lawmakers…

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This lawmaker just made a serious chess move against Arkansas medical marijuana

Published: Oct 25, 2016, 9:48 am • Updated: Oct 25, 2016, 10:37 am By Andrew Demillo, The Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas lawmaker opposed to two medical marijuana ballot measures said Monday he’ll introduce legislation during next year’s session to make a more limited form of the…

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Massachusetts Officials Move to Allow Nurses to Recommend Medical Cannabis, Other Changes

The Massachusetts Department of Health has presented to the Public Health Council new suggested rules that would overhaul the state’s medical cannabis law to make it easier for patients and those wanting to become patients. The new rules will go through a public comment period this fall before being voted…

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Massachusetts Officials Move to Allow Nurses to Recommend Medical Cannabis, Other Changes

The Massachusetts Department of Health has presented to the Public Health Council new suggested rules that would overhaul the state’s medical cannabis law to make it easier for patients and those wanting to become patients. The new rules will go through a public comment period this fall before being voted…

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