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Banking for Pot Industry Hits a Roadblock

Banking regulators just said no to a financial institution that aims to be the first to serve the expanding marijuana industry in Colorado.

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Jul

D.A.R.E. Published an Op-ed Calling for Marijuana Legalization

UPDATE: The op-ed that D.A.R.E published was done by accident, updated article here.

D.A.R.E., the organization designed to plant a deep-seated fear of drugs in the minds of every late-20th-century middle schooler, published an op-ed calling for marijuana legalization.

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Jul

Congress’ Summer Fling With Marijuana: How Congress turned on the DEA and embraced weed

It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, voted in favor of legal, recreational marijuana.

Last Thursday, the Appropriations Committee voted 16-14 on an amendment to allow marijuana businesses access to federal banking services, a landmark shift that will help states like Colorado, where pot is legal, fully integrate marijuana into their economies. As significant as the vote was, it’s only the latest vote in a remarkable run of success marijuana advocates have had this year on Capitol Hill.

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Jul

Big Vote On Autism And Medical Marijuana Today In Michigan

Multi-talented Michigan attorney Michael Komorn is calling on families of children with autism to attend a crucial vote of the Medical Marihuana Review Panel on July 31st.

The Panel is considering whether to recommend approval of a petition to add autism to the list of medical conditions that can qualify a patient for the use of medical marijuana in Michigan.

Under Michigan’s rigorous standards, a child must obtain two certifications from physicians that the patient may receive palliative care from the application of marijuana medicines.

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31
Jul

Health officials discussed legalization of marijuana across BC

As Vancouver struggled to regulate its explosion of marijuana dispensaries, top provincial health officials considered how they could legalize the recreational use of the drug across British Columbia.

In a series of e-mails released through a Freedom of Information request, the health officials acknowledged there would likely be little progress toward legalization while the staunchly anti-drug Conservatives hold power in Ottawa, instead suggesting such a radical change would likely come about only if the Liberals win the fall election.

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Jul

Jamaica: No place for ganja in school, says Thwaites

EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites has made it clear that decriminalisation of a small amount of marijuana does not mean smoking of the weed will be allowed in schools.

Thwaites, speaking this week at a back-to-school conference for administrators at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, charged school managers to be more vigilant as there is no place for ganja in these institutions.

"When the law was changed I got an indication from several school principals that a number of young persons were saying now that it is free [they will be able to use substance] to help them have a clear mind and stronger exam performances," Thwaites told the Jamaica Observer.

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31
Jul

ResponsibleOhio Under Special Investigation for Fraud

By Noelle Skodzinski

People often say that no publicity is bad publicity, but the latest news around ResponsibleOhio—which recently submitted signatures to get an initiative on the November election ballot to legalize and regulate marijuana in The Buckeye State—does not seem to bode well for ResponsibleOhio’s already contentious legalization efforts. ResponsibleOhio, however, is crying foul, suggesting it’s being “punished.”

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31
Jul

Two step down from marijuana group leadership in Alaska

FAIRBANKS — A pair of leaders of an organization looking to influence pot policy in Alaska stepped down owing to a conflict of interest because they both belong to the state Marijuana Control Board.

Brandon Emmett, executive director and founding member of the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation, and coalition spokesman Bruce Schulte have both resigned from the coalition, the group announced in a statement on Wednesday.

Kim Kole, the new spokeswoman for the coalition, said the group had been excluding them from discussion anyway since they joined the new marijuana control board. The coalition decided to make it official.

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31
Jul

Oregon governor OKs early sales of recreational-use marijuana

Oregon residents will be able to buy marijuana for recreational use starting in October, about a year earlier than originally expected, under a new law backers hope will help curb the black market, state officials said on Wednesday.

The law, signed Monday by Democratic Governor Kate Brown, will effectively let adults visit existing medical-use marijuana dispensaries in the state to buy certain strains just to get stoned.

Possessing and growing pot became legal in July after voter approval in a November referendum, and the state expects to start accepting applications in January for recreational pot retail stores likely to open by the fall.

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31
Jul

Ex-Kansas governor defends NY marijuana bidder

A New York medical marijuana bidder whose principal was the subject of a damning audit in Kansas was the target of a political vendetta, a former Kansas governor and ally of the bidder claims.

The Times Union reported Wednesday on the critical 2012 audit concerning the Kansas Bioscience Authority and its former leader, Tom Thornton. Thornton now runs North Shore Ventures, a New York company that's part of a bidding team seen as having a good shot at landing one of five lucrative marijuana licences in New York.

The decision by the New York Department of Health is expected this week.

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