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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Maryland lawmakers OK bill to boost diversity in state’s medical marijuana industry

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure to help improve diversity in Maryland’s new medical marijuana industry received final approval by the General Assembly on Monday, as lawmakers worked toward a midnight deadline when the legislative session is scheduled to end. Maryland lawmakers also will be working on measures designed 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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Marijuana-friendly states want meeting with Jeff Sessions

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California, Oregon and other marijuana-friendly states are seeking a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in hopes of resolving the conflict between federal and state laws that has left the nation’s cannabis industry in legal limbo. Marijuana is illegal at the federal level, even as…

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Arkansas judge tosses state’s medical marijuana licensing process

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas judge on Wednesday struck down the state’s decision to issue its first licenses to grow medical marijuana, ruling that the process for awarding the permits and the rankings of applicants were unconstitutional. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen granted a preliminary injunction preventing the…

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Alaska House to feds: Stay out of the state’s marijuana industry

Published: Mar 19, 2018, 5:30 pm • Updated: Mar 19, 2018, 5:31 pm By The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska House is asking the federal government not to interfere in state-authorized marijuana businesses. The House voted 38-0 Monday to pass a nonbinding resolution asking the feds to respect…

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Why Is The United Nations Warning Members States Against Recreational Cannabis?

Why Is The United Nations Warning Members States Against Recreational Cannabis? The United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), the organization’s drug enforcement body, warned international leaders of its member states to make sure cannabis stays illegal. Its 2017 annual report contains strict warnings to ensure that cannabis remains illegal.…

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Meet the New Jersey medical marijuana advocate schooling police on the state’s laws

Published: Mar 11, 2018, 2:06 pm • Updated: Mar 11, 2018, 2:07 pm By Kristie Cattafi, The Record of Woodland Park CLIFTON, N.J. — Edward “Lefty” Grimes was in pain. It had been an hour since he’d arrived at the Clifton police station with what should have been a straightforward…

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States mull ‘sanctuary’ status for marijuana businesses

Published: Mar 5, 2018, 10:07 am • Updated: Mar 5, 2018, 10:07 am By Becky Bohrer, Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — Taking a cue from the fight over immigration, some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed pot businesses, hoping to protect the fledgling…

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