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Supreme Court postpones marijuana case for Antonin Scalia memorial ceremony

The Supreme Court was scheduled to confer over a major marijuana case Feb. 19 but has postponed the meeting due to late Justice Antonin Scalia’s memorial ceremony at the Supreme Court falling on the same day, according a SCOTUS Blog report.

The Supreme Court was set to weigh in on a challenge to Colorado’s marijuana legalization law launched by Nebraska and Oklahoma.

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22
Feb

California Considers Marijuana 'Track and Trace' System for Cannabis Industry

As the state of California ventures into a new regulatory effort to track all marijuana grown and sold in the state, one of the key decisions before state officials is what kind of system it should deploy.

The Board of Equalization last week held a stakeholder hearing in Sacramento to explore the different systems currently being used by Colorado, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and Illinois to regulate the cannabis industry.

“As a taxing agency, we’re concerned that taxes are applied correctly, and there’s really no way for us to do that correctly if we don’t have the ability to trace,” board member George Runner said at the hearing.

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22
Feb

Senator Elizabeth Warren Asks The CDC To Research Marijuana To Alleviate The Opioid Epidemic

American political leaders around the country are searching for a policy response to the widespread abuse of opioid painkillers.

But progressives don’t want to replicate the mistakes of the war-on-drugs’ punitive approaches to drug use and addiction.

Now, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) is using her influence and popularity to push for a solution that both underscores and addresses the injustices of the war on drugs over the past several decades.

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21
Feb

THE UK’S FIRST STEP TOWARDS THE LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS

The prohibition of cannabis will surely be consigned to the history books, just like the prohibition of alcohol.

Tim Farron MP, the leader of the Liberal Democrats party is the first party political leader to publicly call for the legalisation of cannabis for recreational users.

“The War on Drugs is Over”

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21
Feb

Virginia State Senate Passes Marijuana Reform Law, Allows Oil for Epileptics

The Virginia Senate passed a bill that will allow the production and manufacturing of two different marijuana oils for patients with epilepsy. It's called the Medical Marijuana Program Improvement bill.    

Last year, two bills gave epilepsy patients a defense if found in possession of cannabis oils. But, the law provided no way for patients to actually obtain the oils without breaking federal and state laws.

That's where this latest bill would change things.

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21
Feb

Boulder County prepares possible changes to its marijuana regulations

Boulder County is studying the county's Land Use Code to see whether it adequately addresses concerns about people cultivating marijuana plants and making pot-infused items in their own homes.

Colorado voters' legalizations of medical and recreational marijuana have "presented numerous land use challenges as the new laws have been implemented," county officials said in a news release.

They said Boulder County has tried to have its current Land Use Code contain "sensible regulations to address the impacts while allowing the various associated uses" of marijuana in unincorporated areas.

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21
Feb

Ashland Man Sentenced for Laundering Marijuana Money

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon U.S. Attorney's Office says an Ashland man was sentenced to two years in prison for laundering the money he made from selling marijuana.       

U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken sentenced 35-year-old Jonathan Robert Quaccia last week. She also ordered him to serve three years of supervised release once he's out.       

Prosecutors say between 2012 and 2014, Quaccia shipped marijuana from California to New York and Georgia for sale. Money from those sales was deposited in bank accounts held by Oregon residents.       

Those residents were recruited by Quaccia and co-defendant Matthew Correa. They would withdraw the funds and give the money to Correa who would pass it on to Quaccia. 

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21
Feb

The road to legalization: Marijuana as medicine

The uses of marijuana on both a medical and industrial level exemplify the unscientific and impractical nature of cannabis prohibition. Classified as a Schedule I drug, federal law considers cannabis to have no medical use and to have a high potential for addiction. Yet, this classification seems to have no bases in reality. While marijuana remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, 23 states have legalized marijuana for medical use, along with the District of Columbia and Guam. 

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21
Feb

SB73 is Utah's best hope for a limited, humane medical marijuana law

When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced its opposition to SB73, Sen. Mark Madsen’s bill legalizing medical marijuana, it cited concern about “unintended consequences.”

Madsen responded by amending the bill to eliminate whatever uncertainty it originally contained. He crafted a sharply defined law to end the chronic suffering of thousands of Utahns — without opioids.

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21
Feb

The UK's first step towards the Legalization of Cannabis

Tim Farron MP, the leader of the Liberal Democrats party is the first party political leader to publicly call for the legalisation of cannabis for recreational users.

“The War on Drugs is Over”

Following the example set by a growing number of States in America, the recreational use of cannabis is following on from the successful legalization of cannabis for medical use.

New findings suggest the link between the use of marijuana and mental illness may not be as prevalent as first thought.

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