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Legal barriers will not stop CBD oil in Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the potential of the CBD oil market. In fact, CBD is one of the most popular new extracts in the state, with Dallas-Fort Worth the latest city to experience a surge in stores selling CBD oil.

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Illegal marijuana sites can’t hide from science

The problem of illegal marijuana farms on national forests is, pardon the pun, growing. Although marijuana is now legal in California and other parts of the U.S., illegal marijuana growing is still a billion dollar industry with international tentacles.

“Twenty years ago the people who planted and tended illegal pot farms were poor farmers from Mexico,” said Craig Thompson, a research wildlife ecologist with the USDA Forest Service.

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Former cop used misleading stats to ban pot shops in California

She publicized calls to police about dispensary crime, but many of them were pranks or related to businesses nearby.

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Amid much debate, Oklahoma implements a THC limit for its new medical program

Medical professionals in the state argued marijuana doesn’t need to be stronger than 12% THC, but patients are saying that’s not true.

On Tuesday (July 10), Oklahoma’s Board of Health decided to limit the amount of THC allowed in cannabis sold as a part of the state’s newly-approved medical marijuana program. The rules, which will be adopted by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, established to oversee the state’s new cannabis program, put a 12% THC limit on “medical marijuana products” which will be available in dispensaries. To put this in perspective, the average THC level of legal recreational cannabis in Colorado is 18.7%.

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US Attorney in Massachusetts will let legal market proceed

He issued his most reasonable statements yet on the new industry.

After inducing months of headaches for Massachusetts’ budding marijuana industry, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling has signaled he will get out of the way, saying in a statement that although the drug remains illegal at the federal level his office would avoid prosecuting state-legal pot companies in most cases.

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California marijuana legalization led to huge drop in arrests

Yes, you can still get busted for some cannabis-related offenses in California. But now that recreational use is legal, the number of such arrests is dropping quickly.

Those are two takeaways from a crime report issued this week by California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra. The data showed a huge drop in marijuana-related arrests last year, with all such arrests falling by 56 percent and felony arrests down 74 percent.

Overall, from 2016 to 2017, the number of people in California facing possible incarceration, hefty legal fees and criminal records as a result of cannabis crimes fell by nearly 8,000. Those findings pleased people who two years ago worked to pass Proposition 64.

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How legal marijuana could flip the senate to the democrats

This November Democrats are hoping to use anti-Trump sentiment to help win back the House of Representatives and the Senate. But it turns out they should maybe be using a strategy that incorporates a little ganja, writes Joseph Misulonas.

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Cynthia Nixon offering supporters chance to win bong — but contest's legality is in question

Cynthia Nixon is offering supporters high on her gubernatorial campaign the chance to win a bong to highlight her call to legalize pot. But there’s questions about whether the giveaway is legal. Nixon tweeted Sunday about the unusual contest prize for a political candidate.

The clear glass-looking bong contains the signature of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the stars of Comedy Central’s “Broad City.”

Famed defense attorney Ron Kuby called the contest a “technical violation of federal law” that prohibits the sale or offering for sale of drug paraphernalia. The term sale could include offering a bong as a contest prize even if there is no exchange of money, he said.

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Medicinal cannabis oil brought into UK legally for first time as mother of epileptic boy hails 'momentous occasion'

A woman has legally brought medicinal cannabis oil into the UK in the first-known successful attempt since the government paved the way for reforms.

Hannah Deacon, a mother of a boy with epilepsy, was allowed to pass through London City Airport on Tuesday carrying a five-month supply of the banned drug from Amsterdam. 

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The DEA has released this year’s drug slang handbook

This year’s version of “Slang Terms and Code Words: A Reference for Law Enforcement Personnel” is published and unclassified.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has updated its list of slang terms for 2018, with some amusing results.

The July 2018 DEA Intelligence Report, entitled Slang Terms and Code Words: A Reference for Law Enforcement Personnel, is a handbook of slang words for drugs including cannabis, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogenics, and more. It also lists jargon from drug culture including references to sales, smuggling, and interdiction.

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