Drug-Centric Federal Agencies and Colorado Springs Officials Hold Secret Meeting

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Officials from the Department of Justice, the White House Office of National Drug Policy and the DEA held a secret meeting on Wednesday with Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, members of the Colorado Springs Police Department, and the resident agent with the DEA, KKTV-11 reports. A local physician and a school district’s disciplinary director were […]
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Bill Allowing Use of Federal Water for Hemp Cultivation Approved as Part of Spending Measure

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A water reservoir, which stores water temporarily before it is used for agricultural purposes.The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the fiscal year 2018 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill which includes the Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act. This measure would allow federally-controlled water to be used for hemp cultivation, according to a Westword report. Currently, the Bureau of Reclamation prohibits water under its jurisdiction from being used for […]
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Police in Wichita, Kansas Silence Cannabis Activists’ Signature Collecting Efforts

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A clipboard, commonly used by petitioners to hold the necessary information and documents related to a citizens petition.Activists in Wichita, Kansas collecting petition signatures to reduce cannabis possession penalties were thwarted by police at City Hall who cited court decisions that interior spaces in public buildings are not unlimited forums for First Amendment activity, according to a Wichita Eagle report. The activists usually collect signatures on the sidewalk outside of the building, […]
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California Communities Create Cannabis Offices to Handle Recreational Rollout

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Skyline view of downtown San Francisco.California communities have begun laying the groundwork for the rollout of the recreational cannabis industry as San Francisco and Sonoma County take steps to create cannabis advisory panels within the government. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to create an Office of Cannabis to oversee the permit process in the city, while Sonoma […]
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Massachusetts Marijuana Conference Bill Would Nearly Double Rec. Market Taxes

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Skyline view of Boston, Massachusetts on a cloudy day.The Massachusetts Marijuana Conference Committee is seeking to raise the tax rate on the voter-approved recreational cannabis industry to 20 percent – a compromise with their colleagues who want the rate to remain at the 12 percent called for in November’s initiative, according to a report from Boston Business Journal. The committee’s proposal also keeps […]
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Puerto Rico Gov. Signs More Comprehensive MMJ Bill

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The San Juan Colorado Beach in Puerto Rico.Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has signed a bill legalizing a more comprehensive medical cannabis system in the U.S. territory, which will allow people with cancer and 14 other qualifying conditions broader access to medical cannabis products, MedicalXpress reports. The previous governor, Alejandro García Padilla, legalized medical cannabis through an executive order; however, Rosselló said […]
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Register for the 2017 NORML Conference

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NORML’s 2017 Conference at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, DC and Congressional Lobby Day at the United States Capitol is scheduled for September 10th-12th. Hundreds of marijuana consumers, activists, patients and business owners are expected to attend a day-long training and informational conference on Monday and re-convene on The Hill Tuesday to personally lobby their elected members of the House of Representatives and Senate.
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