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Traveling for 4/20? Brush up on state marijuana laws

Planning to hit the road for 4/20? Keep in mind these state-by-state cannabis laws before you travel so you can have a safe and fun celebration.

Alaska Adult-Use Marijuana Guidelines

Alaska is one of several states with an active legal retail cannabis market in addition to its medical marijuana program. If you’re traveling to Alaska for 4/20, keep in mind the following retail cannabis rules:

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Canadian cannabis legalization: A guide to laws by province

Scheduled for implementation in summer 2018, Canada’s Cannabis Act will legalize adult-use recreational cannabis across the country, allowing every adult Canadian the right to possess and share up to 30 grams of cannabis in public (though public consumption is, for now, forbidden).

Further specifics of legalization—from where cannabis can be sold to the minimum age for purchase—have been left to provinces to set for themselves. Here’s a province-by-province guide to cannabis regulations.

Alberta

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If Illinois legalizes marijuana, what happens to pot-sniffing dogs? The answer is unclear.

If Illinois legalizes marijuana for recreational use, law enforcement officials fear job losses for hundreds of officers — specifically, the four-legged ones.

Agencies spend thousands of dollars and months of training to teach their  dogs how to sniff out and alert officers to the presence of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and other drugs. If pot use becomes legal, the dogs would likely either have to be retrained — which some handlers say is impossible or impractical — or retired.

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80% of seniors support medical marijuana -- but there's a catch

Legal weed is currently among the fastest-growing industries in North America.

In just a span of two decades, this formerly taboo topic that few would discuss has become an industry expected to grow sales by 28% annually through 2021, according to ArcView Market Research. It's also expected to create a lot of jobs tied directly to growing and selling cannabis, as well as indirectly through financing, packaging, marketing, and consulting.

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Breaking: Donald Trump promises to protect states with legalized marijuana

By: Celia Carr, Staff Writer for 420 Intel

President Trump has promised Senator Cory Gardner that he will support efforts made to protect the states that have legalized marijuana.

Trump told Gardner in a call late Wednesday that the cannabis industry in Colorado will not be targeted, the Senator announced Friday.

Trump’s promise to the Senator diffuses the standoff that’s been taking place between Gardner and nominees for the Justice Department.

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Maine house passes new attempt at rules for retail marijuana market

The Legislature’s second attempt to setup the market and regulatory system for the retail sale of recreational marijuana is already faring better than its first.

The House voted 112-34 Tuesday to pass a major rewrite of the law voters approved nearly two years ago. Additional votes are needed, but the margin in the House suggests the votes are there to override a potential veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

Some legal cannabis advocates warn, however, that efforts to broaden political support for the proposal could have negative consequences.

For independent Rep. Kent Ackley of Monmouth, the Legislature’s latest bid to create a legal market for cannabis could resolve what has been a 17-month legislative odyssey marked by fits, starts and, so far, failure.

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Massachusetts is the new testbed for cannabis legalization

For the past several years, Colorado, Washington and Oregon have served as the testbeds for policies governing state-legal cannabis markets. But now it’s Massachusetts’ turn.

Massachusetts, whose residents voted in 2016 to legalize cannabis for adult use, is on the cusp of implementing experimental, never-before-seen rules that will be closely watched by both the cannabis industry and regulators around the country.

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House kills bill to allow eye tests for pot impairment

Unwilling to trust untested technology, state lawmakers voted Wednesday to block employers from firing workers based on their eye movements.

Current state labor law spells out the kinds of tests that companies can use to determine if current or prospective employees are impaired or under the influence of certain chemicals or alcohol. That includes testing urine, saliva, blood, breath, hair or “other substances from the person being tested.”

SB 1199 would amend that to include “eye movement data collected using software on an electronic device.”

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Canada: These junior marijuana stocks backed by TD Bank could be worth watching

Investors are taking a closer look at a pair of lesser-known cannabis stocks recently backed by Toronto-Dominion Bank in hopes of finding the next best bet in the marijuana market.

TD gave clearance for its investment advisers to recommend Emblem Corp. and Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc., which analysts and the companies’ executives believe is in part because they aren’t involved in the legally murky U.S. cannabis market. The two TSX Venture Exchange-listed companies also believe their strong operations and more modest valuations, compared with peers’, may have helped.

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Nevada pros share tips on marijuana edibles consumption

Open a pack of convenience store gummy candies and it's hard not to grab a handful at a time to satisfy your craving.

But doing the same for a tube of marijuana gummy candies purchased at one of Las Vegas' legal pot dispensaries could leave users on the floor.

Marijuana edibles have quickly become a hot seller in the first seven months of legalized pot in Nevada, with as much as 45 percent of all weed sales being edibles, according to figures from several dispensary owners.

The extreme potencies, however, have forced dispensaries and lawmakers to be proactive in educating many first-time Nevada users on how ingest pot properly.

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