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Newsletter #176

Alabama vs black marijuana users A new report details how black marijuana users in Alabama are disproportionately impacted by the state’s war on cannabis. The Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and the Southern Poverty Law Center pored over and analyzed arrest data from 2016. They found that that black people were about four times as likely as white people to be arrested for cannabis possession, and the disturbing statistics don’t stop there. Keep in mind that black people and white people use marijuana at roughly the same rate. Get more information about this important, eye-opening report here. Trump on cannabis reform President Donald

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Newsletter #175

Share your opinion on cannabis with the FDA The Food and Drug Administration has asked for public comments on marijuana and related policies. Officials are seeking this feedback in preparation of writing an official statement for the World Health Organization. This is happening because WHO is considering changing its recommendations regarding international marijuana laws, which could have huge implications for cannabis policies around the world. Get more information here. Mormon church and medical marijuana Utah voters will soon vote on an initiative to legal medical cannabis, which the Mormon church originally opposed. Now, the church has joined lawmakers and the governor in

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Newsletter #174

California’s new batch of marijuana laws Governor Jerry Brown of California had a busy week of signing marijuana bills into law. First up, we have the bill that will make it easier for people to erase their old cannabis convictions. Next, there’s a bill that establishes a program to help minorities take advantage of opportunities in the marijuana industry. Another bill allows veterinarians to discuss cannabis treatments for animals with their owners. Don’t forget about the bill that gives California the ability to approve temporary marijuana festivals. Go, Jerry, go! Epidiolex gets rescheduled Epidiolex made headlines when it became the first marijuana-derived

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Newsletter #173

Legal marijuana in the Northern Mariana Islands The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is a U.S. territory located in the Pacific Ocean. The tiny commonwealth just legalized cannabis, making history in the process. To begin with, CNMI is the first U.S. jurisdiction to go straight from marijuana prohibition to legalized recreational cannabis. There was no medical marijuana program as a middle step. Additionally, CNMI is the first location in the U.S. to legalize a recreational cannabis market not through a ballot initiative, but through the legislative process. Learn more about this pioneering event here. Cannabis arrests on the rise Despite more and more U.S. states

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Newsletter #172

Aurora Cannabis plans U.S. listing Canadian company Aurora Cannabis, currently listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, is planning to list its shares on a major U.S. exchange next month. It’s worth noting that recreational marijuana will be legal in Canada starting October 17th. Coincidence? We think not. Pot stocks have been going crazy, and we can assume this will only add to that hysteria. Invest wisely, friends. Insuring marijuana businesses With a lack of banking and conflicting state and federal laws, marijuana businesses have to put up with a lot. An issue that receives less attention is that cannabis enterprises are

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Newsletter #171

The Clean Slate Act A group of lawmakers reached across the aisle to introduce the Clean Slate Act, which would tackle a major issue faced by people convicted of non-violent marijuana crimes. The bill would seal the records of qualifying offenders who remain crime-free one year after their completed prison sentences. Consequently, those impacted could stop being penalized by their criminal records. This criminal justice reform bill came about from a partnership between the Congressional Black Caucus and the Freedom Caucus, two groups rarely aligned on any issues. Get the details on the Clean Slate Act here. Elon Musk and the infamous blunt

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