Colorado legislators adopt one strategy to protect cannabis industry, reject another

Published: May 3, 2017, 3:29 pm • Updated: May 3, 2017, 3:50 pm By The Associated Press DENVER — Colorado’s House has endorsed a bill to allow recreational pot growers and retailers to reclassify their product as medical marijuana if federal marijuana policy changes. The House voted 58-5 on Wednesday…

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California bill to protect recreational marijuana industry and users from federal crackdown moves ahead

Published: Apr 19, 2017, 4:50 pm • Updated: Apr 19, 2017, 4:54 pm By Katy Murphy, Bay Area News Group California is considering another step to protect its interests — specifically, its weed — from Washington meddling. The proposal — the first of its kind in the nation — would…

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Bipartisan “Path to Marijuana Reform” bills introduced to decriminalize, protect, regulate cannabis industry

Published: Mar 30, 2017, 9:14 am • Updated: Mar 30, 2017, 11:56 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff U.S. lawmakers on Thursday introduced a package of marijuana reform bills aimed at protecting and preserving existing state-based programs while creating a framework for the federal regulation of cannabis. Related: Federal…

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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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Oregon lawmakers rush to protect weed consumers’ info from feds

Published: Mar 3, 2017, 8:06 am • Updated: Mar 3, 2017, 8:06 am By Kristena Hansen, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers worried about a nationwide crackdown on legal marijuana under President Donald Trump’s administration are rushing to protect the personal information of pot customers in case federal agents…

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House bill seeks to protect individuals in legal marijuana states from the feds

Published: Feb 10, 2017, 1:10 pm • Updated: Feb 10, 2017, 1:10 pm By Daniel M. Jimenez, The Cannifornian Could Congress step into the breach and prevent the federal government from shutting down states’ efforts to legalize cannabis? A new bill by a California representative seeks to do exactly that.…

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California’s Prop. 64 in Humboldt County: Does it protect small pot farms or favor big biz?

Published: Oct 5, 2016, 8:16 am • Updated: Oct 5, 2016, 8:17 am By Will Houston, Eureka Times-Standard Proponents of California’s second attempt to legalize recreational marijuana through Proposition 64 say they have righted the wrongs of its predecessor and included provisions to protect small farmers like those in Humboldt…

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Medical Marijuana Research Act Removes Barriers For Research But Doesn’t Protect State Programs And Patients

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is encouraged by the introduction of the bicameral and bipartisan medical cannabis (marijuana) research bill, the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2016. The original sponsors in the House; Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Sam Farr (D-CA), Andy Harris (R-MD), and Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and in the Senate; Brian…

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Why Legalizing Marijuana Will Help Protect Children

Why legalizing marijuana is “thinking about the children” We’ve heard it time and time again, “Think about the children” as your typical Helen Lovejoy shouts from the back of the room when talking about marijuana legalization. The notion that legalizing marijuana today will increase child consumption of the substance has been debunked…

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