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The Oregonian | August 16, 2017 | SALEM, Ore.
 Oregon makes drug possession a misdemeanor

The Associated Press
A bill signed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday makes personal-use possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs a misdemeanor, not a felony. Oregon joined just a handful of other U.S. states in defelonizing drugs under the new law, which was supported by law enforcement groups and takes effect immediately. Jo Meza, owner of Amazing Treatment, a rehab center in Salem, applauded the move. She has seen the damage caused by drug addiction in her 30 years in the field. ``There`s a huge crisis out there, and locking people up is not going to work,`` Meza s....
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Marijuana Business Daily | August 14, 2017
 Chart: Wholesale marijuana sales spike in Alaska tied to increased production

Eli McVey
Sales of wholesale marijuana have skyrocketed in Alaska, driven by new cultivators coming online and existing growers expanding their production to alleviate a supply shortfall. The jump in sales comes as retailers and infused product manufacturers which had been hit by the supply crunch are buying up all the cannabis that cultivators can produce to ensure their retail shelves are adequately stocked. Retailers and infused product manufacturers purchased a record 860 pounds of cannabis in June, an 87 percent increase from May. It marks the strongest month of wholesale m....
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Marijuana Business Daily | August 16, 2017
 Several factors led to Hawaiis flawed medical marijuana launch
Aloha Green is one of two medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii whose shelves were empty only days after opening to the public.
Aloha Green is one of two medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii whose shelves were empty only days after opening to the public.
(image: Associated Press file photo)
Bart Schaneman
When Hawaiis two operational medical marijuana dispensaries were forced to close just days after opening, a laboratory bottleneck was blamed for a supply disruption. But participants in the fledgling MMJ program said the states only functioning lab isnt at fault. Instead, they pointed to a number of other factors for their problems, including: A surge of patients who have waited years for the program Too few dispensaries Restrictions on products labs can test A lack of preparation Maui Grown Therapies and Oahus Aloha Green opened for business a day apart last week. By S....
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Marijuana Business Daily | August 17, 2017
 Washington state rule change expands business options for marijuana cultivators
Bart Schaneman
Washington state recently eased restrictions on how many producer licenses marijuana businesses can own, a move that could lead to more competition, an uptick in mergers and acquisitions and possibly increased supply. Under the states revised policy, business owners can up their licenses from one to three, effective immediately. But they must draw from the current pool of 1,154 producer licenses; no new permits have been created. The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board LCB originally planned to allow businesses up to three licenses to cultivate marijuana but tabled that....
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The Joint Blog | August 17, 2017
A federal report has determined that there is currently no evidence-based method of detecting marijuana-impaired driving, despite numerous states having laws in place that find someone guilty of a DUID if they test above a certain THC level.
 Federal Report: No Evidence-Based Methods to Detect Marijuana-Impaired Driving

Anthony Martinelli
A number of states have set a THC limit in their laws indicating that if a suspects THC concentration is above that level typically 5 ng/ml of blood, then the suspect is to be considered impaired, states the report conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA . This per se limit appears to have been based on something other than scientific evidence. Some recent studies demonstrate that such per se limits are not evidence-based. In addition the report also calls into question sweat, hair, saliva and urine testing, stating that there are currently no ....
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The Joint Blog | August 17, 2017
Marijuana is often effective in treating the symptoms of both Parkinsons disease and multiple sclerosis, and can help those with these conditions reduce their use of prescription drugs.
 Study: Marijuana Often Effective at Treating Symptoms of Parkinsons Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
Anthony Martinelli
This is according to a new study published by the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health. Cannabis has been used for medicinal purpose for thousands of years; however the positive and negative effects of cannabis use in Parkinsons disease PD and Multiple Sclerosis MS are mostly unknown, begins the studys abstract. Our aim was to assess cannabis use in PD and MS and compare results of self-reported assessments of neurological disability between current cannabis users and non-users. For the study; An anonymou....
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Smell the Truth | August 7, 2017
 Jeff Sessions used inaccurate facts to criticize pot legalization, state officials say

Oscar Pascual
Washington state officials are calling out Jeff Sessions for using questionable facts about marijuana. Recent statements from Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson say that Sessions used unreliable statistics to judge the impact of cannabis legalization in Washington, reports Vice News. It is clear that our goals regarding health and safety are in step with the goals Attorney General Sessions has articulated, said Inslee in his personal statement. Unfortunately, he is referring to incomplete and unreliable data that does not provide the most accurate snapshot ....
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The Cannabist | JUL 17, 2017 | BOSTON
The agreement splits the difference: House proposal had envisioned 28 percent tax rate on Massachusetts recreational marijuana sales; Senate wanted to keep rate at 12 percent
 Massachusetts marijuana tax could be up to 20 percent in lawmakers new deal
Bob Salsberg
An agreement between House and Senate negotiators on changes to the states voter-approved marijuana law will allow for a tax of up to 20 percent on retail pot sales. Highlights of the deal were released Monday by the office of Sen. Patricia Jehlen, co-chair of a conference committee that spent several weeks trying to resolve differences between the two chambers. The compromise language mostly splits the difference between a House proposal to raise the total tax on marijuana to 28 percent, and the Senate version of the bill which called for keeping the tax at a maximum of....
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NORML | July 13, 2017
 Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Justin Strekal
Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the Veterans Equal Access amendment as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which would expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nations veterans. Presently, V.A. doctors in states where cannabis therapy is permitted are forbidden from providing the paperwork necessary to complete a medical cannabis recommendation, thus forcing military veterans to seek the advice of a private, out-of-network physician. Veterans are increasingly turning ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | July 17, 2017
  Wholesale marijuana prices surge in Nevada in response to new recreational program

Eli McVey
Wholesale marijuana prices in Nevada increased sharply around the July 1 rollout of the states new recreational program, a week in which businesses faced stronger-than-anticipated demand and supply shortages caused by hiccups in the distribution process. According to figures provided by Cannabis Benchmarks a Connecticut-based provider of wholesale marijuana pricing data the four-week trailing average price per pound of wholesale cannabis increased for the first time in months, suggesting that Nevada marijuana businesses significantly underestimated the demand for recrea....
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The Joint Blog | July 17, 2017
Drug-sniffing police dogs in Colorado may need new training if they can detect marijuana, after a ruling last week by the Colorado Court of Appeals that sets a new precedent for drug cases.
 Colorado Court Rules Smell of Marijuana Not Enough to Search Vehicle

Associated Press
A three-judge panel agreed that if a drug-sniffing dog is trained to alert officers to marijuana and other drugs, cops need more cause to search a vehicle without permission. The decision came out of a 2015 case in Moffat County, where a drug-sniffing dog named Kilo alerted officers to the presence of an illegal drug in a truck driven by Craig resident Kevin McKnight, The Grand Junction Sentinel reported. But because Kilo could not tell officers whether he smelled cannabis or other drugs, the search was illegal, judges wrote. The dog was trained to identify to detect cocain....
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The Washington Post | July 12
 New coffee pods promise a two-way buzz: From marijuana and caffeine
Your Keurig cup, kicked up a notch
Your Keurig cup, kicked up a notch
Maura Judkis
Want your morning coffee to come with a little extra buzz? Brewbudz just might do the trick. A company called Cannabiniers on Wednesday launched the Brewbudz, which is the worlds first cannabis infused coffee, tea and cocoa pods. The pods are compatible with all Keurig and Keurig 2.0 brewers, making your morning wake and bake as simple as pushing a button. Brewbudz are available in different dosing strengths from 10 mg to 50 mg of THC, the compound in marijuana that gets you high, in both sativa the strain of cannabis that picks you up or indica the strain that mellows yo....
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The Joint Blog | July 11, 2017
 Michigan: Over 100,000 Signatures Collected on Marijuana Legalization Initiative in Less than Two Months

Anthony Martinelli
The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol must collect 252,523 signatures by May 30th of next year in order to put their marijuana legalization initiative to a vote of the people during the November, 2018 election. They are clearly on track to reach this goal, having already collected 102,425 signature in less than a two-month period the group began collecting signatures in late May. The support we are seeing across the state has been fantastic says Josh Hovey, a spokesperson for the coalition. We are getting calls and emails everyday from people who understand that ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | July 7, 2017
 Week in Review: Massachusetts rec cannabis delay, Denver social use & West Virginia MMJ advisers
Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman
Massachusetts lawmakers table negotiations on the states recreational marijuana law, Denver finalizes rules for social cannabis use, and West Virginia creates an advisory board to help plan its MMJ industry. Heres a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. So close, yet so far In the annals of Massachusetts marijuana legalization, this week will be remembered as an excruciating episode of Mass delays. The six state lawmakers three each from the Senate and House who comprise the committee tasked with melding two vastly diff....
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