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FL: Opioids, Wildfires, PTSD Among Florida Cabinet Priorities - WUSF News

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Medical marijuana compromise hits snags over timing, moratorium - Baltimore Sun

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:21

Baltimore Sun

Medical marijuana compromise hits snags over timing, moratorium
Baltimore Sun
If a diversity study now being done by the Hogan administration demonstrates African-Americans were at a disadvantage in getting into the medical marijuana business, the legislation would call for those five new licenses to be awarded in a race ...
Md. House panel weighs bill to improve minorities' medical marijuana licensingWTOP

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Man admits running cannabis farm to use drug to cope with agony of being too TALL - The Sun

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:42

The Sun

Man admits running cannabis farm to use drug to cope with agony of being too TALL
The Sun
A MICROBIOLOGIST who admitted running a cannabis farm claimed he used the drug due to the agony of being so TALL, a court heard. Omar Anwar, 29, grew 20 plants at a property while renovating it, but was arrested after cops raided it last July ...

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Why the Federal Cannabis Crackdown May Be a Blessing in Disguise for Legal Weed

Alternet - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:19
Don’t panic, legalization advocates say: Jeff Sessions’ anti-marijuana policy will have little impact and may even hasten the formal end of prohibition.

Now that the dust has settled around attorney general Jeff Sessions’ promise of harsher federal marijuana enforcement, advocates of legalization have largely exchanged their initial disappointment over the move for one of long-term optimism.

“I think there was a knee-jerk reaction of something approaching panic, but once everyone calmed down, they’ve come to realize that practically this is going to have little impact,” said Patrick Moen, a former Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent who now works as council to an investment firm in the nascent legal marijuana industry.

Some, like Moen, even believe the decision could be the best thing for the growing marijuana movement, hastening the formal end of weed prohibition in the US.

“There will probably a short term chilling effect, but this could ultimately be the best thing that’s ever happened to accelerate the pace of change,” Moen said.

The markets have reflected this somewhat counterintuitive sentiment. The United States Marijuana Index, which tracks 15 leading publicly traded legal marijuana-related companies, initially dropped 21% on the heels of the Department of Justice (DoJ) announcement, but it turned out to be a blip. By early this week the index had rebounded to within a few points of its one-year high.

Sessions’ announcement formally rescinded guidance, known as the Cole Memo, issued by the Obama-era DoJ that essentially told federal prosecutors to respect state laws with regards to marijuana. Importantly, though, Sessions’ decision did not direct or incentivize US attorneys to pursue marijuana cases, it just allowed them to if they so choose.

“The Cole Memo guidance was eminently reasonable and was a common sense good policy,” Moen said. “I think that despite the fact that it’s been formally rescinded, federal prosecutors will effectively continue to abide by it.”

One of the primary reasons concern has been tempered is that Sessions announcement is not actually likely to ensnare individual marijuana users into the criminal justice system.

Federal prosecutors almost never pursue simple possession charges against recreational users, whether in states where it is legal or not.

According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, 99% of those serving federal sentences for marijuana-related crimes were convicted of trafficking offenses, which typically relate to quantities far in excess of what individual recreational users would have.

"It is unlikely that this will affect them in any tangible negative way, other than depriving of the ability to buy marijuana legally,” said Justin Strekal, Political Director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Norml).

The Sessions memo is unlikely to trigger a nationwide dragnet of marijuana users, and is also unlikely to cause wide-scale disruptions to legal cultivators, Moen notes.

“If federal prosecutors decide to ‘go rogue’ and start charging otherwise compliant state businesses, there’s going to be repercussions with regard to their relationships with the local [law enforcement],” Moen said.

Strekal notes, however, that because of civil-forfeiture laws, local law enforcement would have one very good reason to work with federal agents seeking to enforce marijuana laws on legal weed businesses. Although local law enforcement can’t bust those businesses on their own – they aren’t breaking any state or local laws – by joining with feds to enforce federal law, they get to claim a portion of any assets seized in a potential drug raid.

“In an area where you have a prohibitionist minded sheriff or a law enforcement agency, they will look at state-lawful marijuana facilities and see a big pile of money,” Strekal said.

The 4 January move by Sessions was sandwiched by two major wins for legalization advocates. On the first of the month, recreational weed became legal in California, after more than a decade of a quite lax medical marijuana program. Then on 10 January, Vermont became the first US state to legalize the substance with an act of legislation, rather than a popular referendum, as has been the case in states like California, Colorado and Oregon.

The decision may ultimately precipitate another win, as Moen observed. Within hours of Sessions’ announcement, a bipartisan group of legislators had come out against the decision and some, including Hawaii senator Brian Schatz, announced that legislation was already being crafted that could overrule Sessions, by changing the extent to which Marijuana is classified as illegal at the federal level.

“It’s great that we’ve had a number of members of Congress over the course of the last six days last week step up and say what the attorney general did is wrong. Now time for every single one of those members of Congress to put their names on the pending legislation,” Strekal said.

 

Jamiles Lartey is a reporter for Guardian US. Click here for Jamiles' public key. Twitter @JamilesLartey

 

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Canada needs to clear the air – and wipe away criminal records for marijuana - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:25

Forbes

Canada needs to clear the air – and wipe away criminal records for marijuana
The Globe and Mail
Legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada is only a few months away, but it's going to take a lot longer than that to clean up the mess left behind from almost a century of prohibition. One of the most pressing issues has to be to wipe the slate ...
Bipartisan REFER Act Targets Sessions' War On Cannabis In High StyleForbes
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2018 Is The Year To Make Great Gains In Crypto And CannabisSeeking Alpha

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Aphria buying Broken Coast Cannabis for $230M in stock and cash ... - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:55

CBC.ca

Aphria buying Broken Coast Cannabis for $230M in stock and cash ...
CBC.ca
Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. has signed a deal to buy Broken Coast Cannabis Inc., a cannabis producer on Vancouver Island, in a transaction it valued at $230 million in cash and stock.
Aphria buys Broken Coast Cannabis for $230-million in cash, stockThe Globe and Mail
Vancouver Island marijuana producer bought by Aphria in $230M dealAgassiz-Harrison Observer
Aphria Buys Broken Coast Cannabis In Deal Valued At C$230 MillionGreen Market Report (blog)

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Cannabis stocks struggle as Canadian regulators to review policy - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:31

The Globe and Mail

Cannabis stocks struggle as Canadian regulators to review policy
The Globe and Mail
Some cannabis stocks with U.S. assets retreated early on Monday, the first day of trading after Canadian securities regulators said they are reviewing their policy that allows these companies to go public north of the border. CannaRoyalty Corp. fell 5 ...

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Marijuana legalisation causing violent crime to fall in US states, study finds - The Independent

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:27

The Independent

Marijuana legalisation causing violent crime to fall in US states, study finds
The Independent
While some of these potential impacts can be negative – house prices can sometimes fall in areas with high cannabis use – others, such as a falling crime rate, can be extremely positive, Professor Rasul explained. Individual US states could soon lose ...
Medical Marijuana Legalization in These States Has Helped Decrease CrimeComplex

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Sessions crackdown could derail California's marijuana banking plan - CNBC

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:15

CNBC

Sessions crackdown could derail California's marijuana banking plan
CNBC
California has the potential to be America's largest cannabis market — and with Sessions' actions, one of the most under-served.
Nevada marijuana businesses moving forward despite federal moveLas Vegas Review-Journal

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Medical marijuana - Harvard Health (blog)

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:41

Harvard Health (blog)

Medical marijuana
Harvard Health (blog)
There are few subjects that can stir up stronger emotions among doctors, scientists, researchers, policy makers, and the public than medical marijuana. Is it safe? Should it be legal? Decriminalized? Has its effectiveness been proven? What conditions ...

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Edmonton company looks to boost local cannabis sector - Edmonton Journal

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 06:00

Edmonton company looks to boost local cannabis sector
Edmonton Journal
A new Edmonton company is raising million of dollars to invest in cannabis-related startup firms that could make the region into a major hub of the Canadian marijuana industry. NorthCanvas will be one of the country's first “accelerators” in this ...

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OR: Study blames pot farms for poisoning of threatened owls - KOIN 6

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:58
koin.com (US) A host of leftover Washington business is bottled up in C&hellip. Study blames pot farms for poisoning of threatened owls SAN FRANCISCO (AP) b Rat poison is contaminating threatened northern spotted owls in California forests. (Mon Jan 15 21:58:12 2018 PST)
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OR: KLDR - Local News

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:52
kldr.com (US) The non-compliant dispensaries were Hijinx Cannabis Company and Cannabiz Experience in Medford as well as Rogue River Herbal and Rogue River Cannabis in the City of Rogue River. (Mon Jan 15 21:52:00 2018 PST)
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OR: One Way Or Another, Oregonians Could Vote On Pot Legalization Next Year - KLCC

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:51
klcc.org (US) Oregon is in the running to legalize marijuana. (Mon Jan 15 21:51:21 2018 PST)
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OR: Medical Marijuana Conference Coming to Eugene - KLCC

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:51
klcc.org (US) Medical Marijuana Conference Coming to Eugene ! KLCC Medical Marijuana Conference Coming to Eugene Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference Johnson:B "Time will show that the marijuana industry creates jobs. (Mon Jan 15 21:51:21 2018 PST)
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OR: Out of the Shadows: An Emerging Cannabis Industry Seeks Respectability - KLCC

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:51
klcc.org (US) Out of the Shadows: An Emerging Cannabis Industry Seeks Respectability ! KLCC Out of the Shadows: An Emerging Cannabis Industry Seeks Respectability The Oregon Health Authority is accepting license applications for the first state-sanctioned medical marijuana dispensaries. (Mon Jan 15 21:51:21 2018 PST)
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OR: Newport City Councils Votes To Delay Medical Marijuana Dispensaries - KLCC

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:51
klcc.org (US) Councilors heard from local residents opposing any delay.B Carla Williams is trying to open a dispensary in Newport to help people like her son. (Mon Jan 15 21:51:21 2018 PST)
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OR: 500 Undocumented Portland Pot Plants in Custody - Salem-News.Com

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:23
salem-news.com (US) Undocumented Portland Pot Plants in Custody - Salem-News.Com Cannabis News 500 Undocumented Portland Pot Plants in Custody Salem-News.com Cannabis De-Classified Mature marijuana plants were confiscated weighing 2998.2 pounds (stalks and all). (Mon Jan 15 23:00:49 2018 PST)
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OR: 500 Undocumented Portland Pot Plants in Custody - Salem-News.Com

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salem-news.com (US) Undocumented Portland Pot Plants in Custody - Salem-News.Com Cannabis News 500 Undocumented Portland Pot Plants in Custody Salem-News.com Cannabis De-Classified Mature marijuana plants were confiscated weighing 2998.2 pounds (stalks and all). (Mon Jan 15 23:00:49 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(80%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $propaganda_theme5(80%), $propaganda_theme8(55%), $moral_imperative(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $secret_evidence(55%), $chemicals(75%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $depressant_intoxicant(75%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $alcohol(75%), $cannabis(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(70%), $youth(80%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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CANADA: Il sera difficile de juger les fautifs - JDM

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:17
journaldemontreal.com Ils veulent travailler dans l'industrie du pot Un expert en mC)decine db urgence vient C la dC)fense des conducteurs qui consomment de la marijuana mC)dicale Plusieurs personne... (Mon Jan 15 02:17:37 2018 PST)
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