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Senator Booker said he wants to correct an “unjust system” that largely impacts communities “of color.”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billions of dollars are expected to flow through California’s legitimate marijuana industry next year when recreational pot becomes legal, but most of those businesses won’t be able to use banks.

Nearly 100 groups and businesses in North Dakota have shown interest in producing or dispensing medical marijuana.

The venerable lawn-and-garden giant’s leap into hydroponics, an ancillary sector of the cannabis industry, continues to bolster its top line.

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GOP lawmakers stripped an amendment from a bill Wednesday that would have allowed doctors in the Department of Veteran Affairs to recommend medical marijuana to veterans for pain treatment in states where it’s legal.

An 11-year-old girl who suffers from epileptic seizures, former New York Jets player Marvin Washington and an Iraq war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder are among five plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed this week against the federal government.

Los Angeles’ City Council president wants to establish a municipal bank to serve marijuana businesses, including providing financing.

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Colorado has made more than half a billion dollars from taxing marijuana since recreational sales became legal in the state three years ago.

Next week, Uruguay will begin sales of legal marijuana for adult residents.

The first municipality in Arkansas has granted formal approval to local rules that will govern medical marijuana companies that operate within its borders, setting the stage for the rest of the state to follow suit.

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On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”), the highest state court in Massachusetts, held that an employer could be liable for disability discrimination by declining employment based on an individual’s off-duty medical marijuana use. This is a landmark decision, which has major implications for employers with drug testing programs and drug-free workplace policies. Continue Reading Is Medical Marijuana A Reasonable Accommodation? Mass. Court Says … Possibly

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Because having zero licensed distributors could kill the industry’s high projections.

If Massachusetts legislators are unable to reach a compromise over regulations for the state’s recreational marijuana industry, it may be time to implement the voter-approved law as it currently stands, Gov. Charlie Baker said.

Cannabist Special Report:  “I’ll try whatever I can to help her.” Veterinarians at Colorado State University and beyond are spearheading clinical studies on the effectiveness of cannabidiol in treating canine ailments.

And in honor of Bastille Day:

It is not the election of a centrist president that has the French breathing a bit easier. Marijuana reform is finally coming to France.

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On May 23, 2017, in Callaghan v. Darlington Fabrics Co., a Rhode Island Superior Court issued a unique decision regarding employer obligations to medical marijuana users.  The Judge who penned the decision began his analysis by quoting a 1967 lyric from The Beatles’ song “With A Little Help From My Friends”: “I get high with a little help from my friends.”  In the 32-page opinion following this witty opening, the Court held that an employer’s refusal to hire an individual based on her medical marijuana use violated Rhode Island’s medical marijuana statute, and the employer’s conduct may have amounted to disability discrimination under the Rhode Island Civil Rights Act (“RICRA”).  Continue Reading Refusal to Hire Medical Pot Users Just Got Riskier–At Least In Rhode Island

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Recreational marijuana becomes legal to buy Saturday in Nevada, but that doesn’t mean anything goes in the place where most people think anything goes.

The nation’s first licensed marijuana clubs likely will roll out in Denver in a few months after regulators finalized rules governing the pilot program.

It’s meant to complement the possible passage of House Bill 110. The 23-person task force will hold its first meeting by Sept. 7.

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As of January 2017, 29 states have legalized medical marijuana.  However, marijuana remains a Schedule l substance under the Controlled Substances Act.  Substances in Schedule l are determined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to have no medical use, and states that allow the use of marijuana for medical use violate federal law. Continue Reading Food and Drug Administration’s Regulation of Cannabis

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A Colorado credit union aiming to serve cannabis businesses won a partial victory Thursday after a U.S. appeals court ruled the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City cannot block access to a special account Fourth Corner Credit Union needs to do business.

A six-member Massachusetts House and Senate conference committee has begun work behind closed doors trying to hammer out a compromise bill making changes to the recreational marijuana law.

A San Francisco-based marijuana delivery startup surveyed its customers.

Our neighbors to the north and south see the war on drugs as a failure and legal cannabis as an opportunity.

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New York state’s Medical Marijuana Program historically has been one of the most restrictive in the United States with strict limitations on the number of licensed producers and various barriers preventing patients from accessing medical cannabis. However, recent expansions to New York’s qualifying conditions and changes to the licensing requirements for medical professionals will allow more patients to participate in the program.   Continue Reading New York Medical Marijuana: Can the Fire Keep Burning?