Rhode Island Considers Legalization to Solve Budget Crisis

Many liberal, New England states have turned to recreational or medical cannabis to bring in some extra revenue, and now, in light of the budget deficit in the state, Rhode Island is talking about legalization as well.   Currently, the state is projecting a possible $ 114.4 million deficit in the…

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Colorado budget proposal calls for new task force to target illegal marijuana ops

Published: Nov 1, 2017, 6:35 pm • Updated: Nov 1, 2017, 6:35 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Colorado aims to establish a state law enforcement unit dedicated to investigating and, ideally, eradicating illegal marijuana grow operations that have cropped up throughout the state. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s $…

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Congressman proposes budget amendment to protect marijuana research from DOJ

Published: Sep 1, 2017, 10:00 am • Updated: Sep 1, 2017, 10:11 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff A Republican congressman has proposed an appropriations amendment to provide safe harbor for medical cannabis research in the majority of U.S. states. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a freshman lawmaker representing the western…

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Massachusetts top Dems argue over what to fix first: state budget or marijuana bill

Published: Jul 5, 2017, 7:25 pm • Updated: Jul 5, 2017, 7:25 pm By Steve Leblanc, The Associated Press BOSTON — The state’s top Democratic lawmakers clashed Wednesday over who’s to blame for the failure to pass two key pieces of legislation: an overdue state budget and a highly-watched bill…

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“He lied to me”: Trump’s budget lets down families hit by drug addiction crisis

Published: May 26, 2017, 12:02 pm • Updated: May 26, 2017, 12:03 pm By Steve Peoples and Carla K. Johnson, The Associated Press NEW YORK — He slept next to his son’s ashes most nights back when Kraig Moss first met Donald Trump. In a hall packed with Iowa voters,…

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Connecticut GOP not on board for Dems’ proposal to legalize marijuana to balance budget

Published: May 16, 2017, 2:14 pm • Updated: May 16, 2017, 2:14 pm By The Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. — Democratic legislative leaders are proposing to legalize the retail sale of marijuana, authorize at least one new casino and “pave the way for tolls in Connecticut” as ways to balance…

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