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Newsletter #118

House Rules Committee blocks vote on marijuana amendment The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment prohibits the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency from using federal funds to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. First enacted in 2014, the bipartisan amendment has been renewed twice. This is why it came as a surprise when the House Committee on Rules blocked a floor vote on this amendment. There’s a chance it could be included in the final spending bill, but marijuana supporters are understandably nervous. If the amendment is not renewed, Attorney General Jeff Sessions might get the cannabis industry crackdown he’s been craving. PTSD study

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Newsletter #117

Veterinarians want cannabis rescheduled The American Veterinary Medical Association may be joining the fight to get marijuana rescheduled. At the organization’s conference last month, they approved a resolution to begin exploring how to advocate for the rescheduling of marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II. This would allow more research into cannabis’s medical use for both humans and animals. Learn more about these allies here. China’s booming hemp industry When you think of countries with flourishing legal marijuana industries, you probably don’t think of China. Many would be surprised to learn that the nation is responsible for nearly half of the world’s legal hemp farming. In

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Newsletter #116

California’s legalization deadline When Californians voted to legalize recreational marijuana last November, a retail sales deadline of January 2018 was set. With four more months to go, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control is severely understaffed. The state has not started accepting applications for business licenses. Did we mention that full legalization hits in four months? Learn more about this bureaucratic mess here. The Shark Tank of cannabis If you love entrepreneurship and marijuana, you might want to check out The Marijuana Show. It calls itself “the Shark Tank of cannabis,” which seems like a pretty apt description. Marijuana entrepreneurs pitch their

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Newsletter #115

Nevada judge knocks down distribution restrictions Nevada’s legal marijuana industry has had lots of ups and downs since sales launched on July 1. Alcohol distributors were given exclusive rights to move marijuana from growers to stores. These distributors haven’t been able to keep up with demand, which has been hurting cannabis sales. The state adopted emergency rules to allow some shops to transport their own goods. Alcohol distributors sued, and a judge sided with the state. Checkmate. Pot state governors take on Sessions Attorney General Jeff Sessions has contacted states where marijuana is legal to voice his concerns about regulation. Alaska

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Newsletter #114

Gorilla Glue lawsuit You may know Gorilla Glue as your favorite hybrid marijuana strain. Your dad may know Gorilla Glue as a really strong adhesive. The company that produces the latter isn’t thrilled about sharing a name with a cannabis strain. The Gorilla Glue Company, maker of adhesive products, is suing GG Strains LLC, producer of pot. One thing is certain: cannabis is no longer an underground industry. Check out the lawsuit details here. Cards Against Humanity releases Weed Pack The company behind Cards Against Humanity recently released a “Weed Pack” addition, with all proceeds going toward the Marijuana Policy

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Newsletter #113

Cory Booker’s new legalization bill Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has introduced the Marijuana Justice Act, a bill that would both legalize cannabis and seek racial justice for those most impacted by its prohibition. The Marijuana Justice Act would remove marijuana entirely from the list of controlled substances. The bill would also cut federal funding for states where people of color and low-income individuals are disproportionately targeted by law enforcement. Learn more about this bill here. Ann Coulter hates weed Conservative columnist Ann Coulter made a whole lot of absurd claims about marijuana during a debate at the non-partisan political

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