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Marijuana Business Daily | 5/23/18
 New Zealand voters soon will weigh in on cannabis legalization
A measure to legalize recreational cannabis will be on the ballot in New Zealand in 2019 or 2020, according to a government official. Justice Minister Andrew Little said lawmakers are deciding whether to hold a stand-alone referendum next year or concurrently with the countrys elections in 2020, Radio New Zealand reported. The governing Labour Party agreed to hold the referendum to get the Green Partys support to form a coalition government after the 2017 election. Meanwhile, a bill to lay the groundwork for a regulated medical cannabis industry is in the works. If the ....
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The Weed Blog | 5/22/18
 Bernie Sanders Announces Hell Seek a Third Term in the Senate

Some polls show Sanders to be the most popular politician in the country. Bernie Sanders noted that the 2018-midterm elections would be pivotal in our country`s history. Following his unsuccessful bid for the 2016 presidential nomination, Sanders has used his popular influence to champion issues such as healthcare, raising the minimum wage, corporate influence on the electoral process and legalizing marijuana, which Sanders endorses. We are spending $80 billion locking people up. Think about what it would mean if we invested that money in our people instead of more jails....
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The Oregonian | May 18
 Feds will target marijuana black market, overproduction in Oregon

Noelle Crombie
Federal prosecutors will target the illicit marijuana market, organized crime, outlaw grows and operations that ``pose a substantial risk of violence`` under new guidelines for cannabis enforcement in Oregon made public Friday. Billy Williams, the U.S. attorney for Oregon, issued the guidelines in response to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions` decision earlier this year to scrap an Obama-era policy that largely tolerated marijuana in states where the drug is legal. The memo represents the first marijuana policy announcement by a U.S. attorney in a state that`s home to a....
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Marijuana Business Daily | May 15, 2018
 Four state marijuana ballot initiatives likely on tap in 2018, with Oklahoma first up

Jeff Smith
If 2016 signaled a high-water mark for state ballot initiatives to legalize cannabis, then this year portends a slow, but steady, flow. A medical marijuana measure will go before Oklahoma voters in June, and similar initiatives are poised to make the November ballots in Missouri and Utah. On the recreational side, an adult-use cannabis measure has been certified by a state board for Michigans November ballot. The four measures, if they pass, will infuse easily hundreds of millions of dollars in business opportunities into what is already a multibillion-dollar industry in....
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| May 18, 2018
 Study: THC May Safely and Effectively Treat Anorexia Nervosa Symptoms

Anthony Martinelli

THC may be a safe and effective treatment for the psychological symptoms of anorexia nervosa, according to a new study published by The Israeli Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences.
For the study, researchers at Hebrew University and the Eating Disorders Institution at the University of Haifa evaluated the effect of low doses of oral Δ9-THC on self-reported symptoms of patients suffering from chronic anorexia nervosa AN. Nine female subjects over 18 years of age participated in the study. Six were diagnosed according to DSM-IV criteria with AN restrictive type and three with active AN binge-purge type. Their mean age was 45.03.2 years and their BMI was 16.11.6 kg/M2. They completed questionnaires before and after treatment with Δ9-THC 1 mg/d....
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The Joint Blog | May 18, 2018
 Ohio Ballot Board Certifies Initiative to Legalize Marijuana for Those 21

Anthony Martinelli

The Ohio Ballot Board has officially certified the Marijuana Rights and Regulations Act, giving proponents the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures.
The Ballot Boards approval of the initiative comes roughly a week after Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the initiatives language as being fair and truthful. Advocates of the measure must now collect 305,591 signatures from registered Ohio voters in order to put it to a vote of the people. If the signatures are collected by July 4 of this year unlikely, the initiative will be voted on this November. If they are collected prior to July, 2019, it will be placed on the November, 2019 general election ballot. If placed on either ballot and voted into law, the possession,....
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Marijuana Business Daily | May 9, 2018
 Exclusive: US marijuana sales may reach $10 billion this year, $22 billion by 2022

Eli McVey, John Schroyer and Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier
Retail sales of medical and recreational cannabis in the United States are expected to hit $8 billion-$10 billion this year a nearly 50 percent increase from 2017 and rise as high as $22 billion by 2022. Thats according to exclusive projections from the 2018 edition of the Marijuana Business Factbook released Wednesday at the start of MJBizConNEXT in New Orleans. The anticipated explosive industry growth is a backdrop for MJBizConNEXT, which is hosted by Marijuana Business Daily. The industry conference is expected to draw 3,000 marijuana professionals and 280-plus exhi....
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 Salt Lake County DA Backs Utah Bid to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Associated Press
The top prosecutor in Utahs largest city is speaking out in support of an effort to legalize medical cannabis. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says using medical cannabis should be a decision between a patient and a doctor, rather than a criminal matter. He spoke at a news conference Tuesday, May 8, 2018, as supporters of a medical-marijuana ballot initiative fend off opponents increasing efforts to keep them off the ballot. The Utah Patients Coalition has submitted enough signatures to qualify for the ballot by a comfortable margin, but opponents of the measu....
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The Joint Blog | May 10, 2018
 Ohio AG Certifies Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Anthony Martinelli

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has officially certified the ballot language for a proposed initiative that would legalize marijuana for everyone 21 and older.
The petition language for the Marijuana Rights and Regulations act was certified as being fair and truthful by AG DeWine. This is the first step towards the proposal being put to a vote of the people. The measure now goes to the Ohio Ballot Board, which will determine if the measure constitutes one, or multiple ballot questions. Once approved by the Board, proponents of the measure will need to collect 305,591 signatures from registered Ohio votes to put initiative on the November, 2019 general election ballot they have the opportunity to put the measure on this Novembers ....
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Los Angeles Times | May 8, 2018
 Marijuana tax cut could be in jeopardy as revenue lags behind budget projections
Shant Damirdjian, left, assists customers at Cookies Los Angeles, which sells recreational marijuana under Proposition 64.
Shant Damirdjian, left, assists customers at Cookies Los Angeles, which sells recreational marijuana under Proposition 64.
(image:Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Patrick McGreevy
Money collected through Californias marijuana taxes may fall short of the $175 million budgeted for the first six months of this year. The less-than-expected haul could force the Legislature to shelve a bill that would reduce the excise tax on pot from 15 percent to 11 percent, state officials warned Tuesday. For the first three months of the year, the state collected $34 million in state excise taxes on cannabis. If the trend continues, revenue will be less than half of what was anticipated for the first six months, according to the Legislative Analysts Office. Were no....
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The Washington Post | May 7
 Don`t expect joints if the FDA ever approves medical marijuana
Cheyann Stevens smokes two joints at once on Hippie Hill in San Francisco for the annual 420 celebration, Friday, April 20, 2018.
Cheyann Stevens smokes two joints at once on Hippie Hill in San Francisco for the annual 420 celebration, Friday, April 20, 2018.
(image:AP Photo/Josh Edelson)
While past marijuana opponents like John Boehner are coming around to legal weed, the Food and Drug Administration isn`t likely to recommend that Americans light up a joint anytime soon. That doesn`t mean that cannabis will never be sanctioned by the FDA in some form, said Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. It`s just highly doubtful that the agency would ever approve it for smoking. ``I prescribed blood pressure pills and all kinds of other things to my patients when I was a practicing physician not too long ago,`` Gottlieb said in an interview at Bloomberg`s headquarters in Ne....
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Marijuana Policy Project | May 9th, 2018
 Missouri Medical Marijuana Measures On the Move

Its been quite a week for medical marijuana efforts in Missouri Last Tuesday, the Missouri House of Representatives voted 112-44 to approve a very limited medical marijuana measure. Then, on Friday and Sunday, campaigns handed in signatures for three different medical marijuana ballot measures. New Approach Missouri and Find the Cure submitted signatures proposing constitutional ballot measures, while Missourians for Patient Care turned in petitions for a statutory measure. Next, the secretary of state will review the signatures to see if enough are valid for the measures....
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NORML | May 8, 2018
 New York: Patients Using Fewer Opioids Following Enrollment In Medical Cannabis Program

Paul Armentano
Patients enrolled in New York states medical cannabis program reduce their use of opioids and spend less money on prescription medications, according to data published online in the journal Mental Health Clinician. Investigators from the GPI Clinical Research in Rochester and the University of Buffalo assessed trends in patients medical cannabis and prescription drug use following their enrollment into the states marijuana access program. On average, subjects monthly analgesic prescription costs declined by 32 percent following enrollment, primarily due to a reduction in ....
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NORML | May 8, 2018
 Marijuana Arrests Soar in Allentown and Bethlehem as Both Cities Consider Marijuana Decriminalization

Police in the Pennsylvania cities of Allentown and Bethlehem continue to arrest hundreds of residents for less than 30 grams of cannabis while opiate and cocaine arrests seem to be going down. Last year Allentown put 315 people into handcuffs and the courts over marijuana possession, while the city reported just 31 other drug possession arrests during 2017, according to data from the Pa. Uniform Crime Reporting System. Bethlehem police also favor arresting cannabis consumers, between 130 and 160 per year are caught up in the criminal justice system over a few joints. Data....
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