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Newsletter #162

Broad City, a bong and a governor’s race The women behind the hit TV show “Broad City” are giving their support to New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon in an unusual way. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are offering a signed bong to help raise money for Nixon’s campaign. The three New Yorkers support legalizing cannabis, so there’s some context for the bong. Kind of. U.S. is banning Canadians in legal cannabis industry U.S. border agents are reportedly issuing travel bans to those involved in Canada’s marijuana industry. Reminder: Canada recently legalized recreational cannabis. Apparently, U.S. border agents consider Canadians

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Newsletter #161

Destroying $350 million worth of cannabis Quick recap: California businesses had six months after the start of legal recreational marijuana sales to become fully compliant with the state’s regulations. The recreational market kicked off on January 1st of this year, so July 1st was the big deadline. Dispensaries had massive sales throughout June, attempting to clear out non-compliant products. They weren’t able to sell everything. Now, cannabis businesses have to destroy an estimated $350 million worth of non-compliant marijuana products. Oh, and they have to capture the destruction on video. Seriously. Senator Schumer’s marijuana bill If you’ve been waiting for Senator

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Newsletter #160

Oklahomans say yes to medical marijuana In a recent statewide election, Oklahoma voters approved a medical cannabis initiative. This initiative does not include a list of qualifying conditions, which is unique. Doctors will be able to decide if their patients may benefit from using medical marijuana. Welcome to the medical cannabis club, Oklahoma. We’re happy to have you. FDA approves first cannabis-derived drug This week, the FDA approved Epidiolex, a marijuana-derived drug used to treat two severe forms of pediatric epilepsy. This is the first cannabis-derived drug the FDA has approved. For many marijuana advocates, this affirmation that cannabis has medicinal

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Newsletter #159

Medical marijuana takes on opioids Two states are seeking to battle the deadly opioid epidemic by offering medical cannabis as a safer alternative to prescription painkillers. The New York Department of Health will permit anyone with an opioid prescription to use medical marijuana as an alternative treatment. Lawmakers in Illinois recently passed a bill that would allow those with opioid prescriptions to be part of the state’s medical cannabis program. Medical marijuana is being taken seriously as an alternative to opiates, which is welcome news to cannabis advocates nationwide. Canada legalizes cannabis Canada legalized recreational cannabis this week, and it’s

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Newsletter #158

California’s marijuana regulations When recreational cannabis became legal in California on January 1st of this year, regulators provided a six-month grace period for businesses to become compliant with the new laws. That point is now just two weeks away, and many marijuana enterprises aren’t ready for the change. Get more information about how this might impact the California cannabis market here. Uruguay dealing with cannabis shortage Uruguay, the first nation to legalize marijuana, is facing cannabis supply troubles. The government has only licensed two cultivators to provide the marijuana sold at pharmacies, and they aren’t producing close to the amount

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Newsletter #157

Congress’s new cannabis bill A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill that aims to protect state-legal cannabis industries. The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act is sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Gardner, and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and David Joyce announced a companion bill in the House. If passed, the STATES Act would protect states with legal marijuana from federal interference by amending the Controlled Substances Act. Get the details here. Canada is getting closer to legal marijuana Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is dedicated to making marijuana legal by this summer. Now, he’s

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