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Maine medical marijuana veto overturned by lawmakers standing up to Governor

State lawmakers in Maine overwhelmingly voted Monday to override Republican Governor Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that will allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients for any medical reason. 

The House voted 119-23 and the Senate 25-8 to overturn LePage’s veto with support from Democrats and Republicans.

Wed
11
Jul

Board approves rules for medical marijuana; prohibits dispensing of smokable marijuana

In a controversial decision, the Oklahoma State Board of Health approved the rules for medical marijuana with a couple of exceptions.

On Sunday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health released an updated version of emergency rules for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority program. The 76-page document comes nearly two weeks after voters approved State Question 788, legalizing the use of medical marijuana.

However, the Oklahoma State Medical Association said the rules should also include three additional recommendations like banning smokable cannabis and limiting the number of dispensaries.

Wed
11
Jul

Marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, but the feds are still looking to prosecute cases here in these three areas

US Attorney Andrew Lelling, the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, on Tuesday pointed to three marijuana-related areas his office plans to focus on as the state keeps moving into the era of legal pot.

The Cannabis Control Commission, the new state agency tasked with overseeing the burgeoning industry, has started issue the licenses needed for retail pot shops to open in Massachusetts.

Wed
11
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Synthetic marijuana flooding Florida prisons

Synthetic cannabis is flooding Florida prisons, causing inmates to suffer severe health consequences—and even death.

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11
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Federal law? State law? Which takes precedence when you want to travel with cannabis?

You can’t take it with you. Actually, you can. But it’s not a good idea when you’re traveling, especially for the risk-averse.

We speak, of course, of cannabis; its use was approved by 57% of California voters in November 2016. Proposition 64, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, allows the recreational use of marijuana in the Golden State; medical marijuana had been legal for about a decade before that.

Legal, it should be noted, in California. Not legal according to federal law, although President Trump has signaled his willingness to support legislation that, according to an L.A. Times article, would “end the federal ban on marijuana.”

Tue
10
Jul

Israel moving to decriminalize marijuana use this week

This week, the Knesset will vote upon the issue of marijuana decriminalization

The Israeli Knesset, the country’s legislative body, is moving to decriminalize marijuana with a vote set for this week. If the new law passes, it would replace jail time for most of those guilty of cannabis possession with civil fines. The Labor, Welfare and Health Committee approved the bill Monday and has advanced it to the full Knesset for consideration. The final vote on the measure is expected as soon as Tuesday.

Tue
10
Jul

A sneak preview of one of Canada’s first legal marijuana stores

Adult use recreational marijuana will be legal in Canada on October 17, 2018.

As we write this, every Canadian province is working to get ready. But one province is leading the pack: the Maritime province of New Brunswick, writes Neil Bonner.

Tue
10
Jul

Holding weed? Your Uber driver can get you banned from the app

Your Uber driver is not your friend. In fact, they may very well be narcing on you right now — and you could get banned from the ride-hail app as a result.

The company's Community Guidelines strictly prohibit "bringing open containers of alcohol or drugs into the car," and that apparently includes weed. Marijuana, of course, is recreationally legal in nine states and the District of Columbia, but that doesn't mean Uber is cool with it. 

Tue
10
Jul

Soon, cannabis companies may be able to sell CBD legally across the U.S.

This would transform the booming CBD market.

Soon, you could be able to buy CBD products derived from the cannabis plant even in states where cannabis is illegal. At least that’s what a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) public affairs officer recently told Business Insider.

This would be made possible as a result of the first-ever cannabis-derived product, Epidiolex—a CBD-based pharmaceutical drug aimed at treating rare forms of epilepsy—which recently received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

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10
Jul

Recreational cannabis petition comes to new Hampshire, and early polls look promising

Support for cannabis legalization is starting to grow in New Hampshire. After the legalization movement stalled earlier this year, Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn (D) has introduced a petition he hopes will put cannabis on the state's November ballot, writes Calvin Hughes.

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