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U.S. Congressman is Seeking to Shield Marijuana Research from Feds Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

U.S. Congressman is Seeking to Shield Marijuana Research from Feds

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has come up with a proposal that would stop the Department of Justice (DOJ) from prosecuting medical marijuana researchers. “No one should be afraid to do research on medical cannabis,” Gaetz told the Cannabist. The proposal by Gaetz is a budget appropriations amendment similar to Rohrabacher-Blumenaeur (previously known as Rohrabacher-Farr) which defunds the DOJ from using any resources to pursue state legal medical marijuana businesses. Rohrabacher-Blumenauer is seen by many as the best protection medical marijuana business owners have from federal intervention. If the bill…

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Anti-Marijuana Group Urges Sessions to Take Action Against Industry Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

Anti-Marijuana Group Urges Sessions to Take Action Against Industry

Recently, United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, sent letters to Washington, Colorado, Alaska, and Oregon criticizing how the states are overseeing recreational marijuana programs. The governor’s of these states sent their own letters to Sessions defending their recreational marijuana. They also stood by the Cole Memo, which protects state legal medical marijuana businesses from being targeted by federal authorities. Read the full article

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CA Bill 162 Awaits Appropriations, Would Restrict Cannabis Merchandising Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

CA Bill 162 Awaits Appropriations, Would Restrict Cannabis Merchandising

SACRAMENTO—California Senate Bill 162 on Thursday was placed in suspense, awaiting review by the California State Assembly Appropriations committee. If passed through by Appropriations, the bill would then go on to be voted on in the House. SB 162, authored by state Senator Ben Allen (D-26th District), would restrict cannabis industry advertising and marketing of promotional merchandise; according to the bill’s language, “A licensee shall not advertise medical cannabis or medical cannabis products through the use of branded merchandise, including, but not limited to, clothing, hats, or other merchandise with…

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2017 Cannabis Sustainability Symposium Agenda Released Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Politics 

2017 Cannabis Sustainability Symposium Agenda Released

DENVER, Aug. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Cannabis Certification Council (CCC) has released the agenda for the second annual Cannabis Sustainability Symposium, which will be held on October 17 and 18, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown. “We’re looking forward to taking a deeper dive into environmental and social sustainability topics at this year’s expanded symposium,” said Ashley Preece, Executive Director of the CCC. “The expertise of the speakers will appeal to a variety of industry members, from facility operators to CEOs.” Read the full article

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Candid Coaches: Getting real on marijuana legalization, testing in college football Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Sports 

Candid Coaches: Getting real on marijuana legalization, testing in college football

Following in the footsteps of our college basketball brethren here at CBS Sports, college football writers Dennis Dodd, Chip Patterson and Barrett Sallee spoke with one-fifth of the 130 active coaches leading FBS teams entering the 2017 season. They asked for honest opinions on everything from NCAA rules to social issues to their peers in the profession. We will be sharing their candid thoughts over a two-week period leading into the season. Read the full article

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Weedmaps brings pro-marijuana billboards to Michigan Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Politics 

Weedmaps brings pro-marijuana billboards to Michigan

Lansing – A marijuana-related firm called Weedmaps is bringing its own “weedfacts” to Michigan during an ongoing petition drive seeking to put a marijuana legalization question on the 2018 statewide ballot. The California-based “technology and marijuana discovery service” company is paying for 22 pro-pot billboards in the Lansing region, 12 around Ann Arbor and six in Metro Detroit as part of an international campaign also targeting six other states and Canada. Read the full article

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Indiana Republican Determined to Get Medical Marijuana Legalized Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

Indiana Republican Determined to Get Medical Marijuana Legalized

Medical marijuana is already legal in 29 states. While the bulk of states to legalize may be on the coasts, other regions, known for their conservative values are starting to embrace the idea. The newest example comes from Indiana, where Republican lawmaker Jim Lucas plans on introducing a bill to legalize medical marijuana. Though he has yet to submit the bill, Lucas has “every intention of introducing a bill that legalizes medical marijuana,” according to the Indy Star. Read the full article

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Charges Dropped Against D.C. Activist Handing Out Joints Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

Charges Dropped Against D.C. Activist Handing Out Joints

April 20 is known for festive marijuana celebrations across the world. In Washington D.C., eight marijuana activists were arrested for handing out free joints on this year’s marijuana holiday. Of the eight individuals arrested, only two were charged with a crime. This week that number was cut to one as Adam Eidinger was notified that he would not face prosecution by the U.S. attorney’s office. Eidinger is known for his efforts in getting Initiative 71 passed. He drafted the ballot language and is seen as instrumental in getting voter support….

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