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Cannabis cash left out of budget, but New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says it's coming

New Jersey did not legalize recreational marijuana as part of the state's newly enacted budget, but Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and a key lawmaker say it will get done soon.

Advocates of legalization say they're trying to overcome decades of stigma as well as a federal prohibition in an effort to make New Jersey the latest state to legalize cannabis. But they say they remain optimistic that bills will pass the Democrat-led Legislature this year. Opponents point to the legalization effort's slow going as a sign the effort could stall out.

Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana.

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09
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'Our veterans deserve better,' congressperson calls on VA to allow medical marijuana research

As cannabis remains illegal federally, agencies like Veterans Affairs have little ability to provide medical marijuana to vets, but California Democrat Lou Correa is hoping to change. Congressman Correa has introduced legislation that would make it clear that VA can legally perform cannabis research and decide for itself what would be help veterans in need, writes Calvin Hughes.

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Oklahoma: Medical industry pushes for THC limits on medical marijuana

Although a large majority of public comments about State Question 788 urged the Oklahoma State Department of Health not to impose cannabinoid percentage limits for medical marijuana products, records show multiple medical industry officials support the proposed strict regulations.

However, a doctor who specializes in the scientific study of cannabis says limitations on product potency will diminish the spirit of the ballot measure approved last month that rightly gives wide latitude to medical professionals.

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09
Jul

Gov. LePage vetoes bill that would ease access to medical marijuana, listing 11 objections

About 42,000 Maine patients could benefit from legislation that revamps the caregiver system and removes some conditions for obtaining medical cards.

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a medical cannabis bill Friday that would allow doctors to certify patient use for any medical reason.

In a veto letter fired off late Friday afternoon, LePage, a staunch marijuana opponent, ticked off 11 reasons why he was vetoing the sweeping reform bill, ranging from complaints about the establishment of a medical marijuana research fund to licensing of dangerous extraction laboratories, noting his list of complaints was by no means exhaustive.

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09
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Smoking cannabis is not covered under religious freedoms law, says Indiana judge

Three years ago, the First Church of Cannabis filed a lawsuit against the state of Indiana for preventing the congregation from using cannabis as holy sacrament. Now, Superior Court Judge Sheryl Lynch has ruled that Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act doesn't allow church members to smoke-up, writes Calvin Hughes.

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The NCAA is quietly softening its ban on cannabis

Cannabis consumption continues to be heavily regulated in the world of professional sports. But, at the college level, things are changing, writes Calvin Hughes.

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09
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The rejection of this marijuana petition by the FDA could be a bigger deal than you realize

In just a few months, the legal cannabis industry will be turned on its head. Based on the passage of the Cannabis Act on June 19 in Canada, adults will be able to legally purchase marijuana beginning Oct. 17, 2018. That's right -- Canada will be the first industrialized country in the world to give the green light to recreational marijuana.

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09
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This Country's Chief Medical Advisor just recommended rescheduling marijuana

Hint: It's a global powerhouse, but it's not the United States.

This has truly been a year of marijuana firsts. A growing number of marijuana stocks previously traded over the counter made the move to reputable exchanges, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its first-ever cannabis-derived drug from GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH). Now Canada stands less than three months away from waving the green flag on recreational cannabis.

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09
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The Senate Appropriation Committee's must-see quote on marijuana's scheduling

This has turned into another banner year for the legal marijuana industry. Following the legalization of medical cannabis in Mexico last year, Canada has made good on its pledge to legalize recreational marijuana. As the first industrialized nation to do so, adult-use sales will become officially legal on Oct. 17, 2018, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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06
Jul

Battle of the Coasts: Marijuana legislation from east to west

It’s taken a long time for cannabis to come into the mainstream with still a long way to go. When it comes to cannabis policies, the West Coast of the United States has been incredibly influential in reducing associated stigmas.

Though cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, states like Oregon, Washington, Colorado and of course, California, have pushed those legal boundaries, resulting in flourishing legal markets.

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