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The big news this week is that hemp legalization is on its way to the President’s desk.  Noted hemp supporter Sen. Mitch McConnell even signed the bill with a hemp pen.

In other federal news, the Surgeon General has come out in favor of rescheduling cannabis.  He believes the current placement of marijuana in Schedule I has prevented research into the drug.

In California, the Bureau of Cannabis Control has finalized its regulations.  They will now make their way to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for review.  Marijuana Business Daily has a nice summary of the provisions and what they will mean for businesses in the state.

But the action on the state level is not just on the West Coast.  The inter-state rivalry between Michigan (which just legalized adult-use cannabis) and Illinois continues, as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks out in favor of legalizing marijuana.  In other Midwestern news, Minnesota might also consider legalization, but, don’t hold your breath, votes may not be taken until 2020.

And for the latest on the Utah situation, see Jinouth Vasquez’s post which describes the state of play there, at least as of yesterday afternoon!

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After last week’s dizzying amount of news, it’s nice to settle down a bit and have more of a “regular” news flow.  Not that things haven’t been happening; the elections have led to new initiatives surrounding marijuana.

For instance, there’s some speculation that the new governor of Illinois will seek to follow Michigan’s example and legalize cannabis.

And speaking of Michigan, politicians there are talking about expungement of criminal records related to marijuana use.

In Texas meanwhile,  there’s discussion of legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis.

But the news isn’t all with the states; things are happening on the federal level as well.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising that industrial hemp will appear in the farm bill.  And veterans interested in medical marijuana will be happy to know that proposed legislation to loosen restrictions at the Veterans Administration has been announced.

And for those of you thinking about changing careers, the National Institute on Drug Abuse is looking for some professional joint rollers.

See you next week!

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Legal recreational marijuana was on the ballot in Illinois this week, and Chicagoland is strongly pro-pot.

Cook County voters overwhelmingly came down in favor of making weed completely legal Tuesday.

Voters in the largest county in Illinois overwhelmingly approved a ballot question calling for the legalization of marijuana on Tuesday.

Voters in dozens of suburbs outside Chicago took on ballot questions Tuesday including sales tax increase requests, referendums on whether video gaming should be legalized and various school building proposals.

“Don’t Tread on Me” may be New Hampshire’s slogan, but the phrase can also apply to the Alaska House.

State legislators send a clear message to the Trump administration.

The Alaska House is asking the federal government not to interfere in state-authorized marijuana businesses.

 

 

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Probably the biggest news this week was the dismissal of the lawsuit over the scheduling of marijuana.

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit pitting a diverse cadre of cannabis advocates against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging federal laws criminalizing marijuana as unconstitutional, saying the five plaintiffs had failed to pursue changes in the drug’s legal status by first going through the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Here’s how the lawsuit fell short.

Nevada legalized recreational marijuana in July of 2017.  What’s the status of the industry?

Nevada lawmakers have green-lighted permanent rules for the state’s adult-use cannabis industry.

Since starting recreational marijuana sales six months ago, Nevada retailers have sold more than $195 million worth of cannabis, or more than $1 million a day.

Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport has installed “marijuana amnesty boxes” on the grounds for passengers who forgot to ditch their legal bud.

And finally, there’s a Illinois congressional hopeful who’s lighting up online.

It’s a true sign of the times when a congressional candidate smokes marijuana for campaign ad.

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The Democratic candidates hoping to take on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner next year gathered on a debate stage Wednesday for the second time in 12 hours, when most of them agreed they would support legalizing marijuana in Illinois.

During testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he supports “more competition” in cannabis research but that he isn’t inclined to grant permits to everyone who applied for permission to study the plant.

Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas has approved the sale of recreational marijuana nearly four months after sales began across the state.

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A federal judge from the U.S. Northern District of Illinois recently ruled that an Illinois state law banning (i) medical cannabis cultivation centers and dispensaries from making campaign contributions to any political committee established to promote a candidate for public office, and (ii) candidates and political committees from receiving such contributions, violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  The court took the position that because the law singles out medical cannabis organizations, it is another way of restricting or discriminating against content of speech or a particular viewpoint.  This ruling is timely in that Illinois lawmakers have recently introduced bills in the both the IL House and Senate to make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, grow, and purchase limited amounts of marijuana for medical or recreational use.  The Marijuana Policy Project, a national advocacy group, believes that “[b]y regulating adult use, the state can generate much-needed revenue for the state budget, replace the underground market with regulated businesses, and allow law enforcement to focus on serious crime.” A potential win-win all around.

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Lawmakers are proposing to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois but say the legislation probably won’t come up for a vote until next year.

There hasn’t been much of an increase of teen marijuana use in the state of Washington in nearly five years.

Cannabis-related companies in Alaska, Oregon and Washington seeking capital may find some investors through the Cannabis Investment Network, an organization launching this week that aims to connect marijuana firms with financial backers.

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Illinois patients legally purchased $2.9 million worth of medical marijuana products in July. State officials with the medical cannabis pilot program released the figures Wednesday. June sales had been $2.57 million.

 

Could Ohio wean the marijuana industry from its need to do business in cash? Ohio’s new medical marijuana law proposes a “closed-loop” payment processing system.

 

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is still considering whether to reschedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act, an agency spokesman said Tuesday.

 

And finally, because nothing says “all-American summer tradition” like a state fair,

In what might be a cannabis marketing first, marijuana plants will be displayed and judged at the Oregon State Fair – just like pumpkins, pigs and onions.

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There’s a good argument to be made that James Cole has had a bigger impact on the U.S. cannabis industry than any other single individual in modern history.

 

Even though Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, you can’t legally buy the stuff in more than 100 Oregon communities. That’s because some city and county governments have banned recreational marijuana businesses.

 

If signed, Illinois would be the 17th state — and third largest — to treat possession of marijuana in small amounts as a civil offense rather than a criminal one.

 

And finally, if you’re visiting Hugo, Colorado, feel free to drink the water.

Water in the town of Hugo is not contaminated with THC after all, state tests concluded Saturday morning.  The suspicion was first announced Thursday after county officials, using field test kits, got some positive tests results.

 

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