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Newsletter #154

San Francisco gets tech help in righting cannabis wrongs California’s Proposition 64 is known as the law that legalized recreational marijuana in the Golden State. What many don’t realize is that Prop 64 also authorized a pathway for Californians to have their prior cannabis-related convictions reduced or cleared. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón decided that his office would automatically apply the new law to all misdemeanor and felony cases from 1975 onward. It’s a mighty undertaking, and the DA’s office needed some help. Enter Code For America, a tech nonprofit working to develop an app that would help automate the conviction-clearing process. As

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Newsletter #153

Oncologists and medical marijuana A survey of hundreds of oncologists from around the U.S. found that roughly 80 percent discuss marijuana with their patients, but fewer than 30 percent feel knowledgeable enough to counsel them on its medical use. This is largely due to a lack of evidence regarding the efficacy of medical cannabis to treat cancer-related afflictions. As long as marijuana remains a Schedule I drug, it will be extremely difficult to conduct research into its medicinal benefits, and doctors will continue to struggle with providing relevant information to those who need it most. Dispensaries are giving bad advice to pregnant women A new study found that 70

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Newsletter #152

Maine lawmakers override governor’s veto on recreational marijuana Here’s a quick recap on legal cannabis in Maine: Voters approved a legal recreational marijuana market back in 2016. Lawmakers drafted a bill to regulate the market, which Governor Paul LePage vetoed in November 2017. Lawmakers drafted another, more restrictive bill, which Governor LePage also vetoed. Caught up? Good. On Wednesday, lawmakers decided to do right by their constituents and override the governor’s veto. Well done. NFL denies medical cannabis request Mike James, a current NFL free agent, was prescribed opioid painkillers following a broken ankle. After becoming addicted to the pills, James decided to

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Newsletter #151

Sessions may have changed his mind on marijuana Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently told a Senate panel that he believes that marijuana could be used medicinally and further research should be done. Given Sessions’ consistently hateful rhetoric regarding cannabis, these declarations come as a shock. One day before Sessions made these statements, Dr. Sanjay Gupta penned an open letter to him regarding the benefits of medical marijuana. Interesting timing, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. Fifth Avenue dispensary New York City’s Fifth Avenue is known for its luxury shopping, distinguished museums and upscale apartment buildings. As of last week, the infamous road is also home to one of the

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Newsletter #150

Chuck Schumer to introduce cannabis decriminalization bill Senator Chuck Schumer has announced legislation that would remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances, which would essentially legalize cannabis at the federal level. The bill would also provide funding to boost minority- and women-owned businesses. The legislation is expected to be released next week, so stay tuned. Trump promises no federal crackdown on legal marijuana Months ago, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado pledged that he would block all Justice Department nominees until President Donald Trump promised not to mess with Colorado’s legal cannabis industry. Trump just made that promise. Learn more about

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Newsletter #149

John Boehner joins cannabis corporation Former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner is joining the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, one of the U.S.’s largest marijuana companies. This strikes many as odd, given that Boehner had been vocally opposed to legal cannabis in the past. Boehner said he had a change of heart. Learn more about this surprising development here. Mormon church vs medical marijuana In an announcement that was not particularly surprising, the Mormon church stated its opposition to a medical cannabis ballot initiative in Utah. Come November, we’ll see how Utah voters feel. California’s cannabis sales Recreational marijuana has been legal

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