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Newsletter #184

A lesson in erasing marijuana convictions Many cities and counties around the U.S. are trying to find ways to expunge low-level cannabis convictions from people’s records. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez found one innovative way to tackle this. A new program is hosting community-based sessions where those convicted of a misdemeanor marijuana possession offense in Brooklyn will meet with a defense lawyer (for free!) and fill out a motion asking to erase that conviction. Next, the Kings County District Attorney’s Office will consent to those motions and ask a judge to vacate the convictions. Take note, other cities and counties. 2018

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Newsletter #183

Utah legalizes medical marijuana Governor Gary Herbert of Utah signed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act into law this week, shortly after state legislators made changes to the medical marijuana bill voters approved in November. The legislative tweaks made the law more restrictive, which many cannabis supporters aren’t happy about. For example, the initial bill allowed people to grow their own marijuana, and the revisions removed this right. Some legal cannabis is better than zero legal cannabis, right? Vaping vs smoking Vaping has become increasingly popular with cannabis users over the last few years. Many see vaping marijuana as a healthier alternative

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Newsletter #182

South Korea legalizes medical marijuana Last week, South Korea’s legislature amended the nation’s Narcotics Control Act to allow for medical cannabis. This makes South Korea the first country in East Asia to legalize medical marijuana. The next step is for the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety to establish regulations for this medicinal market. While the law is very restrictive, its approval in a relatively conservative nation is still seen a big win for cannabis advocates across the globe. Legal cannabis in Michigan is coming soon Even though Michigan voters opted to legalize recreational cannabis just last month, the law

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Newsletter #181

NASA to investigate pot-smoking Elon Musk Months ago, famed entrepreneur Elon Musk briefly toked up while being interviewed on a podcast. People made a huge deal out of it, and the fuss hasn’t died down. Now, NASA officials are taking their turn with Musk. Musk’s blunt puff has apparently caused NASA to be concerned with the safety protocols at SpaceX, Musk’s aerospace company. Consequently, NASA will be conducting a rigorous safety inspection of SpaceX starting early next year. Take it easy in 2019, Musk. Medical marijuana patient sues Trump administration over gun rights Matthew Roman, a Philadelphia-based doctor, went to a

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Newsletter #180

Ohio’s medical marijuana problems Ohio just began issuing medical cannabis licenses earlier this year, but there’s already a major issue with the nascent program. Three major healthcare providers in the state are prohibiting their doctors from making medical marijuana recommendations. As a result, patients using these providers will likely need to seek out-of-network doctors if they want a medical cannabis recommendation. Not only is it inconvenient, but those out-of-network visits can be prohibitively expensive. Bad call, providers. Sacramento considering lifting dispensary cap There’s a diversity issue with Sacramento’s cannabis economy, and city officials are working to address it. The city currently has

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Newsletter #179

Utah’s confusing medical cannabis situation Utah voters passed Proposition 2, a midterm ballot measure that will establish a statewide medical marijuana program. Many cannabis activists aren’t sure how to feel about this. While the initiative is set to become law December 1st, it could take years for cannabis to be available for sale. Additionally, many supporters are concerned that lawmakers will completely rewrite much of the measure. Get the details on Utah’s uncertain medical marijuana future here. Medical marijuana in Missouri When heading to the polls, Missouri voters had three different medical cannabis initiatives to choose from. Amendment 2 passed. This measure

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