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Florida appeals court refuses to allow smokable medical marijuana while legal fight continues

Chiding a judge who sided with sick patients and saying plaintiffs likely won’t win on the merits of the case, an appellate court on Tuesday refused to allow smokable medical marijuana while a legal fight continues to play out.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal came in a lawsuit initiated by Orlando trial attorney John Morgan and others who maintain that a Florida law barring patients from smoking their treatment runs afoul of a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

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How cheap can legal marijuana get?

The laws of supply and demand are creating the cheapest marijuana in North America… but is that good for the long-term viability of the industry?

When legal recreational marijuana sales began in the Pacific Northwest in 2014, prices were as high as $30 per gram for flower.

“My hope is on my home state of Oregon to ramp up production and bottom-out prices,” I wrote for High Times. “I want to see a $50 legal ounce before 2020, dammit!”

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Mexico's president-elect says he's open to drug legalization

On Sunday, political leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador won a landslide victory to become Mexico's next president, effective December 1st. Having proclaimed a desire to transition away from pursuing criminal charges for people who consume drugs and toward treatment-based programs, his government could be the one to finally repeal cannabis prohibition in Mexico.

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The use of high-cannabidiol cannabis extracts to treat epilepsy and other diseases

Although not every person who suffers from epilepsy considers using medical cannabis, there have been reports of reduction in seizures among those who have tried it. The effect is better when they used the CBD oil extracted from cannabis strains, writes Joseph Lama.

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Switzerland weighs relaxing marijuana ban

Switzerland, which permits low potency cannabis but bans most marijuana for recreational use, aims to allow pilot studies on ways to relax its laws, its government said on Wednesday.

It also proposed making it easier for people to access medical marijuana to treat conditions like multiple sclerosis or cancer.

Cannabis is now regularly used recreationally by about 200,000 people in Switzerland, the government said.

“Although current laws forbid its consumption and seek to punish it, this number is not declining,” the government said. “At the same time, the black market is flourishing, and the safety of consumers cannot be guaranteed due to a lack of quality control.”

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The DEA is rescheduling Epidiolex, but not (yet) cannabis or CBD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week made history: By giving approval for U.K.-based GW Pharmaceuticals PLC-ADR GWPH 0.75% application to market Epidiolex (to medically treat severe forms of epilepsy), it marked the FDA's groundbreaking admission that cannabis has medical value.

That said, despite some companies trying to leap into the fray of a perceived new CBD market, nothing else has (yet) changed. Cannabis and raw CBD remain federally illegal. For now, Epidiolex itself remains illegal for sale, pending the DEA's scheduling decision (likely as Schedule IV), due by September 23.

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Big growth is expected for retail cannabis sales

According to a research report provided by Marijuana Business Daily, cannabis retail sales growth-rates remain strong year-over-year as new markets emerge and more States legalize medical and recreational cannabis. Sales in 2018 are expected to increase by roughly 50% compared to last year, meaning sales value is on track to reach USD 8 Billion - USD 10 Billion by December of this year.

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Five years into marijuana legalization: What didn’t happen

Prohibitionists’ fears about legal weed didn’t materialize. In January of 2013, Kevin Sabet was facing a new dilemma.

Never before had any prohibitionist had to fight back against an actual legalization regime. For years, Sabet and his kind had issued dire forecasts of the bleak hellscape America would become under the seductive addiction to the devil’s lettuce. Now those predictions would be put to the test in the real world.

So, let’s take a look back to those halcyon days of 2013 when weed had barely been legalized and was not yet legally sold (that didn’t happen until 2014), to see how Sabet’s predictions panned out.

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The industries that oppose marijuana legalization

Despite great strides in marijuana-law reform, some industries continue to support prohibition.

Despite shifting attitudes and changing laws about cannabis, there remain people—and entire industries—that staunchly oppose marijuana legalization.

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The Industries That Oppose Marijuana Legalization

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Leaked emails show VA officials wanted to push cannabis for veterans but feared Trump administration wouldn't agree

In recent months Congress has debated and argued with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) about providing medical marijuana to former soldiers. But it turns out the Department wasn't their actual obstacle, writes Joseph Misulonas.

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