Watch: Rep. Earl Blumenauer delivers the Cannabis State of the Union 2018

[embedded content] Editor’s Note: In advance of 4/20, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, released the following statement, published here in full, addressing his views on the state of marijuana in America. For the two decades after cannabis was listed as a Schedule 1 controlled…

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Dogs become sick after ingesting marijuana at Vermont state park

CHARLOTTE, Vt. (AP) — Two dog owners say their pets became sick after walking off-leash at Mount Philo State Park in Charlotte. One says her dog tested positive for THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. She says her dog became wobbly and incontinent after they returned home. She says her…

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County officials sue the state of Oregon, call marijuana farms a “nuisance”

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Officials in an Oregon county who have tried to restrict commercial marijuana production sued the state in federal court, asserting state laws that made pot legal are pre-empted by federal law that criminalize it. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court escalated a long-running battle…

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Alaska marijuana testing lab closes, leaving only 2 in state

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — One of only three marijuana testing labs in Alaska has shut down, leaving the state’s cannabis growers with only two options for state-mandated testing. Steep Hill Alaska, of Anchorage, declared in an Instagram post Thursday that the lab is “suspending cannabis testing operations on March 31,” the…

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Report: Patchwork of state laws leaving some medical marijuana patients behind

Published: Mar 15, 2018, 5:00 am • Updated: Mar 14, 2018, 10:22 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff None of the state medical marijuana laws adopted thus far in the U.S. can be considered ideal from a patient’s standpoint, and because of their patchwork nature, those laws do not…

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Ohio should continue medical marijuana program despite ‘multiple’ flaws, state auditor says

Published: Feb 21, 2018, 3:59 pm • Updated: Feb 21, 2018, 3:59 pm By The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state auditor says Ohio should continue its medical marijuana program despite “multiple” flaws in selecting grower applicants. Republican Auditor David Yost says the program’s flaws should be handled by…

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Will Massachusetts be the first state to allow social marijuana use?

Published: Feb 19, 2018, 8:32 am • Updated: Feb 19, 2018, 8:35 am By Bob Salsberg, Associated Press BOSTON — Could Massachusetts become the first U.S. state where adults can gather and use legal recreational marijuana at so-called “cannabis cafes?” The Cannabis Control Commission, the five-member panel set up to…

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Senators: Add protections for state marijuana laws to legislation funding federal government

Published: Feb 13, 2018, 4:06 pm • Updated: Feb 13, 2018, 5:09 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff A bipartisan group of 18 senators led by Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner want protections for state marijuana laws inserted into legislation funding the federal government. Precise language in…

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