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Nebraska Lawmaker Justin Wayne pushes for reform of drug laws

A Nebraska lawmaker is pushing for a change in the state’s drug laws that he says are outdated, according to a report in the Lincoln Journal Star. Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha has introduced two bills that would adjust penalties for some drug possession and distribution offenses. At a meeting of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Wayne said current laws were putting people who were not involved in the distribution of drugs in prison for trafficking and creating overcrowding in state prisons and county jails.

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New Mexico Lawmakers expand protections for medical cannabis patients

Lawmakers have approved a pair of bills amending the state’s medical cannabis program to expand patients’ access to the plant and to provide additional legal protections.

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Calgary leads the country in cannabis retail as city grapples with costs

Calgary is leading the country in cannabis retail with 24 licensed pot shops — more than twice as many outlets as the next highest jurisdiction — despite the province’s decision last fall to stop issuing further store licences.

“We’ve had remarkably little problem with the retailers here,” Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Thursday. “We have 24 private retail outlets in Calgary, which is by far the largest in the country.”

The mayor said that despite the city’s free-market approach to regulation, the province’s decision last November to halt licensing due to a shortage of cannabis supply has left some Calgary entrepreneurs in limbo.

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Puerto Rico should legalize cannabis

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There is no one solution for all of Puerto Rico’s problems. Currently the disaster stricken island needs everything from an entirely new infrastructure to a program to dig itself out of its 70-billion-dollar debt. To make matters worse, its population is fleeing to the mainland US in hopes of carving out a better life.

But should the government of Puerto Rico consider legalizing recreational marijuana?

Absolutely.

Say I currently lived in NYC. Where can I go on vacation that I know I can walk around to a dispensary and get an 1/8th of lemon haze? The west coast and pacific north west? The Netherlands? Canada?

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Religious leaders in South Carolina voice support for medical marijuana

Lawmakers in South Carolina are currently considering a new bill that would legalize medical marijuana. So far, the bill has seen support both among legislators and the general public.

And now, the bill has formally received support from a potentially important social group. This week, a group of leaders from a number of different religious organizations voiced their support for South Carolina’s Compassionate Care Act.

The support could help propel the state’s bill forward. And more generally, it could signal growing acceptance of medical marijuana among some religious groups.

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Michigan medical marijuana board inundated with applications before deadline

There was a mad scramble at the Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board meeting Thursday, as about 50 unlicensed medical marijuana businesses have just 10 days before the state orders them to shut down.
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Black Lawmakers threaten block of New York legalization sans racial justice measures

In New York, the process of getting marijuana legalized has uncovered some deep divides in the cannabis movement. Some of the state’s Black lawmakers say that unless racial justice is prioritized, they will withdraw their support of Governor Mario Cuomo’s legalization bill, which has also raised alarm over what some see as its over-reaching influence of medicinal marijuana conglomerates.

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Cannabis community is not impressed with OrganiGram CEO's latest comments

Greg Engel, CEO of licensed producer OrganiGram Holdings Inc., has infuriated the cannabis community with comments published earlier this week on Yahoo! Finance Canada in which he called on the federal government to take action to eradicate the illicit cannabis market.

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For the first time, the majority of Republicans favor marijuana legalization

As if the U.S. marijuana movement needed a sign beyond the constant yammering about pot stocks and pet-friendly CBD to show that weed is really just becoming another cleanly shaven product of popular culture, a new poll released this week finds that the majority of Republicans is now pledging unwavering support for the herb. That’s right – the same party that has continued to sandbag the progress of legalization for the past several decades is now prepared to give the cannabis industry a shoe shine, a $50 haircut and a good old fashion lesson in capitalism.

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City in Kansas considers reducing first- and second-time marijuana possession fines to $1

The city of Lawrence, Kansas, is looking to make it so that a marijuana possession fine costs less than

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