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24 May

Arizona Governor Vetoes Hemp Bill

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey approved a whole bunch of new laws in the Grand Canyon state, but the Republican leader thought hemp farming would be too expensive, apparently. On Monday, May 22, he vetoed SB 1337 which passed with a overwhelming majority through the legislature.

That was the only reason he gave for the veto. The bill provided no direct funding to the state Department of Agriculture top administer the new program. Under federal guidelines passed in 2014, hemp farming can occur in a state when they regulate the crop under their department of agriculture or for research purposes.

The law was introduced earlier this year by Republican Sen. Sonny Borrelli. The bill would have legalize the cultivation, distribution and sale of industrial hemp under state oversight for licensing and regulation.

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24 May

Jeff Sessions Could Use Chemical Analysis To Crackdown On Legal Weed

With recent advances in science and technology, it is now possible for the U.S. Department of Justice to use chemical analysis to determine which legal marijuana states are supplying the black market.

In a study published in a November 2009 issue of the Journal of Forensic Science, researchers from Texas A&M found that the geographic origins of cannabis could be determined through an examination of the strontium isotopes absorbed by the plant.

Strontium is a stable isotope that is formed by the radioactive decay of rubidium, a soft metal that is sometimes used in fireworks to give off a purple color. Strontium itself is known as an “Alkaline Earth Metal,” estimated to be absorbed by the human body on an average of 2 mg per day. It has similar properties to calcium and exists naturally in human blood and bone.

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23 May

American Legion calls on Trump to take cannabis off Schedule I to help vets

America’s largest veterans service organization has a message for President Donald Trump: Reschedule marijuana to permit research into its medical efficacy for treating vets suffering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The appeal by the American Legion was included in a letter sent to the White House last month. The letter requests a meeting with Trump to discuss critical veterans’ issues including opiate addiction and suicide, and calls on the Trump administration to “clear the way for clinical research in the cutting edge areas of cannabinoid receptor research,” according to portions of the draft letter shared with The Cannabist.

“It’s time the federal government took action to remove barriers to scientific research on this very important subject,” said Joe Plenzler, American Legion Director of Media Relations, in an email to The Cannabist.

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19 May

The People Have Spoken: U.S. Citizens Want More Marijuana Than Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for – marijuana? According to a report from Marijuana Business Daily, the recreational ganja business is booming, so much so, that its demand as surpassed that of ice cream in the United States. In fact, the total demand for marijuana in 2017 is estimated to reach $45-50 billion.

If the industry succeeds, that will be a nearly $40 million increase in sales. By comparison, annual ice cream sales are projected to hit $5.1 billion. The sales for snacks (or munchies) like Doritos and Cheetos is $4.9 billion, according to the report. It even beats paid music streaming services at $2.5 billion and girl scout cookies at $776 million. The influx in demand is probably linked to the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana in various states throughout the nation. As of Jan. 2017, twenty-six states have legalized the drug in some form, Business Insider reports. Where that translates into dollar signs is that for every $1 consumers spend utilizing national dispensaries, another $3 in economical benefits are created nationwide, according to MBD.

The need for weed hasn’t only shown economic benefits, it also shows promise in regards to employment. According to the report, the cannabis industry now employs between 165,000 to 230,000 full and part-time employees. To put that in perspective, there are now more people who work in the marijuana business than there are reportedly bakers in the United States. Additionally, the success of the marijuana business is projected to spark a boom in real estate, entertainment, and tourism, the report states.

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19 May

Marijuana legalization supporters ready to collect signatures after state approves ballot language

A group pushing to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan scored a victory Thursday when the State Board of Canvassers approved the wording of a ballot proposal the group wants to place before voters in 2018.

The group, known as the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, can now begin collecting the 252,523 signatures from registered Michigan voters needed to get the measure on the ballot. The signatures must be collected by May 30 of next year to put the proposal on the November 2018 ballot.

“We’ve got petitions printed. We’re ready to go,” said Josh Hovey, a spokesman for the group.

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19 May

How the Trump administration is affecting the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry

The pot industry is one of the fastest growing in the country — projected sales this year are in the billions. But with a new administration at the helm in Washington, D.C., one that is potentially less friendly to legalization, marijuana entrepreneurs and investors alike are dealing with uncertain times.

Startups, analysts and investors convened this week at Marijuana Business Daily’s Conference and Expo right outside the nation’s capital in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The topic on everyone’s minds: what the marijuana industry looks like under a Trump presidency, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Press Secretary Sean Spicer have signaled the potential for stricter enforcement at the federal level, where marijuana is technically illegal. The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to request for comment.

“I am concerned about what I am hearing, but we’ve been through several administrations at this point, and this is a matter of states’ rights,” says Christie Lunsford, COO of Pro MAX Grow, which sells LED horticultural lighting for licensed marijuana growers and is based in Tappan, N.Y.

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19 May

Federal bills from Colorado legislators seek to shield state marijuana laws, open banking

Colorado federal lawmakers this week amplified efforts to protect state-enacted marijuana laws and cannabis businesses.

Reps. Diana DeGette and Mike Coffman on Thursday introduced the Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2017, which would add a provision to the Controlled Substances Act that would prevent federal preemption of state law. A day earlier, Colorado’s two senators threw their support behind banking legislation for the marijuana industry.

DeGette, a Democrat, and Coffman, a Republican, said in interviews Thursday that they resurrected their legislation — it previously was introduced in 2012, 2013 and 2015 — because of the saber-rattling that’s coming from the new administration around drugs, crime and marijuana enforcement.

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18 May

Washington State Law Paves Way For Sale Of Certified Organic Marijuana

Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed a bill that paves the way for the state to create what is believed to be the first system in the United States to certify marijuana as organic.

The sponsor of the bill, Republican Senator Ann Rivers, said marijuana certified as organically grown is likely to be on sale in Washington in about a year and a half.

Washington is among a handful of U.S. states where voters approved the sale of recreational marijuana. Washington was the second state to begin legal recreational pot sales, in mid-2014, after its voters in 2012 approved it.

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18 May

Liberal Democrats: we would raise £1bn in tax by legalising cannabis

Legalising cannabis would raise £1bn in tax revenues, according to the Liberal Democrat manifesto, which backs a regulated market for the drug.

The document calls the war on drugs “a catastrophic failure” in which billions were flowing into organised crime rather than the Treasury’s coffers.

The Lib Dems said a legal, regulated market for cannabis would bring in £1bn for the government, based on Treasury figures commissioned by Nick Clegg while he was deputy prime minister.

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15 May

Cannabis Could Soon Be Decriminalized in All of New England

After the state Senate and House both passed bills to drastically reduce the probability cannabis can lead to jail time in New Hampshire, many residents no longer have to say the state motto “Live Free or Die” sarcastically. Language in the bill states that no one may be arrested by law enforcement for simply possessing small, personal amounts of cannabis.

Currently in New Hampshire, marijuana possession of any quantity is punishable by up to one year in jail. If House Bill 640 becomes law, anyone over the age of 18 who is found guilty of possessing up to three-quarters of an ounce of cannabis or five grams of hash will be subject to a $100 penalty — even on the second offense. The fine escalates to $300 on the third offense, and a fourth will net the offender a Class B misdemeanor. The revenue derived from the possession penalties will help fund the state’s fight against substance abuse.

The Granite State Senate had been rock-steady in their resistance to reform, rejecting House-approved decriminalization bills on three separate occasions over the last ten years.

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15 May

Pa. voters’ view on marijuana: Legalize it, dude

Pennsylvania voters have done a sharp about-face on marijuana, with a majority, 56 percent, now saying the drug should be legal, according to the latest Franklin and Marshall Poll, being released Thursday.

Just under two years ago, 54 percent of F&M poll respondents were opposed to legalizing pot, with 40 percent in favor. And when the college first asked about the issue in a 2006 poll, just 22 percent thought recreational pot use should be permitted.

“It’s a fast attitudinal change,” said pollster G. Terry Madonna. “There is a growing cultural acceptance of marijuana use. Maybe it’s inevitable.”

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15 May

President Trump Gives Marijuana Stocks a Reason to Celebrate

With few exceptions, everything has seemingly gone right for the marijuana industry, and marijuana stocks for that matter, over the past couple of years.

The legal marijuana industry is budding before our eyes

Last year was a prime example of the momentum present in the pot industry. We witnessed five new states legalizing the use of medical cannabis for select ailments, bringing the total number of states to have done so to 28. Interestingly, two of these five states (Ohio and Pennsylvania) wound up legalizing medical pot entirely through each states’ legislature and without taking a vote to the people. That represents a previously uncommon method of legalization that may now grow in popularity for the two dozen states that don’t have the initiative and referendum process.

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