Florida Gov. Signs Industrial Hemp Bill

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A hemp plant located on a pilot hemp plot.Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed the Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects bill, allowing hemp-growing plans by the University of Florida and Florida A&M to move forward, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. The universities plan to partner with private companies to conduct and pay for the research, which must be registered with the state Department of Agriculture […]
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Canadian Finance Minister Announces Cannabis-by-Mail Plan for Provinces Not Ready for Legal Cannabis Sales

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A Canadian flag (with a red cannabis leaf instead of the normal maple leaf) blowing in the wind.Canada’s federal government has announced a plan that would permit adults to obtain cannabis products through the mail if their province has not yet established a regulated retail regime by the time the government begins allowing legal sales, according to a Globe and Mail report. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that while the government is […]
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CARERS Act Reintroduced Following Sessions’ Attempt to Undo MMJ Protections

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A young cannabis plant soaking up the output of an LED grow light in a legal California medical grow operation.In light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recently revealed attempt to restore Congressional funding for the prosecution of state-legal cannabis operations, a group of bipartisan U.S. Senators has reintroduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act, according to a Rolling Stone report. The CARERS Act, originally introduced in 2015, was the first piece of federal legislation […]
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Utah Advocates Pushing to Put MMJ to Voters in 2018

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Skyline view of Salt Lake City, the capital city of Utah, with the State Capitol building on the right.Advocates in Utah hoping to put a comprehensive medical cannabis question to voters in 2018 have begun the petitioning process, basing the language of their initiative on legislation that died before lawmakers last year, the Daily Herald reports. Although smoking would be prohibited under the measure, it would allow whole-plant access. Currently, the state permits […]
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Massachusetts House Speaker Pulls Rec. Bill for ‘Clean Up’

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Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo pulled the recreational cannabis bill from consideration yesterday, following pushback from advocates that the proposal would, in fact, raise cannabis taxes 56 percent, according to a MassLive report. On the surface, the bill appeared to double taxes on recreational cannabis products from 12 percent to 28 percent; however the measure […]
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Empire State NORML in Albany with the Start SMART Campaign

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Dozens of activists from all around the state took buses, drove cars and rode trains to Albany to join the campaign in launching and lobbying for the substantially amended bill. After the excellent citizen lobby day training provided by the Drug Policy Alliance, the group split up to divide and conquer before the press conference hitting as many offices as they could as well as attending scheduled meetings.
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Los Angeles Releases Rec. Industry Draft Rules

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A nighttime time lapse of Highway 110 in downtown Los Angeles, California.The city of Los Angeles, California has released the draft rules to regulate the forthcoming recreational cannabis industry, imposing restrictions on where cannabis businesses can operate, outlining application requirements, and prohibiting cannabis from being consumed on site, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of the proposal. The draft rules limit cannabis companies to operating […]
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