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New York judge says he will not send people back to prison for cannabis

He said cannabis use can trap people in the criminal justice system when they’ve improved every other aspect of their lives.

A federal judge for the Eastern District of New York, Jack B. Weinstein, says that he will no longer send those under supervised release back to jail if their probation officers catch them smoking marijuana.

In a 42-page decision which came down on June 5th, Judge Weinstein admitted that he had been too harsh on marijuana users in the past and vowed to be more lenient with people who have shown improvement in every other aspect of their lives after leaving prison.

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Canada: Pediatricians need more information on medical marijuana for kids, study says

About half of Canadian doctors surveyed have child or adolescent patients who have used cannabis.

About half of pediatric doctors surveyed about cannabis say they've encountered a young patient who had used marijuana for a medical reason.

The questionnaire for the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program found 419 of 835 respondents had a patient who had used either authorized or unauthorized cannabis for some sort of medical relief.

The one-time study did not detail how many cases involved unauthorized use, the nature of the condition being treated or the ages of the patients.

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Ohio now has 185 doctors certified to recommend medical marijuana

Licenses for growers, producers and dispensaries are still pending and the state’s patient database isn’t set up yet.

Ohio is still months away from opening medical cannabis dispensaries to patients. But the state is taking steps to ensure that when sales begin, every aspect of the program is in place.

Since April, the Ohio State Medical Board has been reviewing applications from physicians seeking approval to recommend medical marijuana. So far, the board has approved 185 physicians, adding 46 doctors to the growing list on Wednesday

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13 Powerful people who changed their mind about cannabis

Politicians aren’t the only ones who flip-flop.

Changing your opinion can invoke a lot of scrutiny. And if you happen to have power, people will inevitably put your words and position under a microscope. If your changed opinion is on the hot topic of weed, then it’s bound to make headlines. Powerful people change their mind all the time. Here’s an important list of powerful people who changed their mind about weed, for better or worse.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Doctor and TV personality

13 Powerful People Who Changed Their Mind About Weed

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The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937

Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. What it was and how it has shaped the legal and cultural landscape of cannabis.

The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is often cited as the origin of the US federal government’s ban on cannabis. Sure, the language of prohibition has changed over the years, but this is the law that set the precedent for the ongoing policies we live with today—or so the story goes. Yet few know that The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 is neither the beginning nor the end of the story of the federal government’s divisive dealings with the drug.

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Democrats are attacking a republican congressman for supporting marijuana legalization

While the Democratic Party may be more open to marijuana legalization compared to Republicans, they have not yet fully embraced the issue as a party platform. And it turns out they're willing to even attack members of the GOP who support cannabis, writes Joseph Misulonas.

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Oregon's medical marijuana program riddled with problems

The agency overseeing Oregon's legal medical marijuana industry conceded in a report Thursday it has not provided effective oversight of growers and others in the industry, creating opportunities for weed to be diverted to the black market.

The blunt internal review echoes complaints from federal authorities that Oregon hasn't adequately controlled its marijuana businesses, and that overproduction of pot is feeding a black market in states that haven't legalized it.

Oregon was one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana in 1998, and in 2014 voters approved allowing recreational use. The state's struggles to move what had for decades operated illegally in the shadows into a regulated industry set an example for other states moving toward legalization.

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What Michigan needs to learn from Colorado's legalized marijuana

Ashley and Ryan picked Denver as the perfect spot for their weed-infused honeymoon.

Robert, a well-to-do contractor from Houston, mixed a little R&R — reefer and recreation — with his latest business trip to Colorado. And Tyrell Towle, a chemist from Washington state, chose Denver as the spot for his home and job after getting a master's degree in chemistry in Iowa.

The four have little in common, but there is one key thing that ties them together: marijuana.

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Recreational cannabis is making Canadian-U.S. border crossing more difficult than ever

Recreational adult-use cannabis is set to be legal across Canada on October 17, a move that has created tension between Canada and The U.S., especially at the border.

Canadians admitting to previous cannabis use or who are remotely involved with the cannabis industry have been receiving harsh penalties upon attempting to enter the States. Many people are being turned around and receiving lifetime bans from entering the states.

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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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