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California cities impose requirements for growing marijuana at home

One in seven California cities requires residents to get a permit to grow marijuana at home for their personal use.

To get that permit, some of those same cities want residents to submit to background checks and in-home police inspections. Other cities want personal-use cannabis growers to submit notarized forms and scaled site plan drawings. Some charge permit fees that can run up to $1,420.

All of these city rules are being imposed upon citizens who, under California’s Proposition 64, have as much right to grow cannabis for personal use as they do to make their own beer.

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Is New Mexico too "poor" to legalize weed?

According to Representative Steve Pearce, New Mexico can't afford "to pay for more drug addiction, more jails, and more law enforcement."

In a statement last week, Republican Congressman Steve Pearce of New Mexico — a candidate in the state’s current race for governor — suggested that relatively poor states could not afford to legalize marijuana. "I do not see how in combating poverty you can put one more obstacle in front of people who are struggling to get out of poverty," he said, "so I don't see where I would support recreational marijuana."

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Apr

Mitch McConnell has officially filed his promised hemp farming bill

Today, the Senate Majority Leader has made good on his words.

Mitch McConnell has officially filed his promised hemp farming bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has officially filed his promised hemp farming bill on Thursday.

This bill, if passed, would legalize the cultivation of hemp and remove the plant from the list of controlled substances banned under federal law. The move would make good on McConnell’s promise to farmers who view hemp as a potentially lucrative crop.

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Florida court rules that only one medical marijuana patient can grow his own pot

The decision applies to just one specific cancer patient, but it could set a precedent for expanding the state's restrictive medical marijuana laws.

A Florida court has ruled that one specific medical cannabis patient can grow his own marijuana to be used in a plant-juicing regimen recommended by his doctor.

The state's exceptionally strict medical marijuana laws forbid home grows, but Judge Karen Gievers ruled that 77-year-old Tampa resident and cancer patient Joe Redner could be personally exempted from this restriction.

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Apr

Feds create toxic mess by destroying marijuana grows

Pesticides from black market cannabis grows are poisoning public lands, but federal agents are failing to properly rehabilitate these sites after busting them.

A new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has found that federal agents tasked with busting illegal cannabis grows have been failing to properly clean up these sites, as reported by Marijuana Moment.

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Apr

Arkansas pauses marijuana dispensary applications' review

Arkansas officials have halted their evaluation of applications to sell medical marijuana after a judge struck down the state’s licensing process for businesses that want to grow the drug.

A spokesman for the Department of Finance and Administration on Wednesday said the Medical Marijuana Commission’s review of dispensary applications has been put on hold in response to last month’s ruling regarding cultivation facilities.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled the state’s licensing process for the cultivation facilities violated a 2016 voter-approved amendment legalizing medical marijuana.

The state has appealed Griffen’s ruling to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

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12
Apr

The threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states

The threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states, prompting health departments to go full force.

The number of people with severe synthetic weed-related illness keeps rising. Hospitals are reporting more and more cases of serious bleeding, seizures, hallucinations and violent behavior—all due to synthetic cannabis.

As of this week, the threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states, including Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana and Maryland.

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12
Apr

Cannabis scheduling: The FDA wants to hear from you

Between now and April 23, the US Food and Drug Administration is accepting public commentfrom “interested parties” regarding the classification of cannabis.

In case you need a quick refresher, cannabis is currently a Schedule I controlled substance—a category reserved for drugs with high abuse potential and no accepted medical use—meaning it’s more tightly regulated than opium or cocaine.

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Apr

Medical cannabis in Louisiana faces uphill battle against strict regulations

Advocates are pushing to expand the state's list of qualifying conditions, which could make its marijuana industry more sustainable by expanding the pool of patients.

As Louisiana's medical marijuana program is slowly ramping up, dispensary owners are beginning to have doubts about whether their businesses can succeed in the face of the state's restrictive regulations.

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12
Apr

Montana’s new voter-approved medical marijuana rules are now in effect

Montana’s new medical cannabis rules took effect yesterday, requiring providers to test, label, and track plants from seed to sale, the Associated Press reports.

The new rules were approved by voters in 2016 after lawmakers passed laws effectively gutting the state’s medical cannabis program.

Some rules have not been finalized. The Department of Health and Human Services is still tweaking some rules, including rolling back the 50-square-foot maximum per-patient on canopy size, claiming it is too much.

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