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Walker Sacks Industry Advocate from Alaska Marijuana Control Board

Bruce Schulte at a press conference held by the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation in February 2015. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)

One of the state’s key regulators on commercial cannabis has been unexpectedly ousted by the governor.

Bruce Schulte was active in the 2014 ballot initiative legalizing commercial marijuana in Alaska. He then served as chair of the Marijuana Control Board, a position with tremendous influence in crafting regulations for the new industry.

Recently though, he’d been voted out of the chairmanship. And last Friday, Schulte — who is a commercial pilot — landed after a flight to find an unexpected voicemail.

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03
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Hillary Clinton Has Strong Support In The Cannabis Industry

Hillary Clinton has solid support from cannabis industry executives even though she isn't a strong supporter herself of legalization, according to a new survey by Marijuana Business Daily (MBD).

In fact, as you can see from the MBD chart below, she has greater support from them (43 percent) than does from the national polls of the general population (39.8 percent).

According to the MBD poll, Clinton has even stronger support from cannabis industry investors (45.9 percent).

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Targeting Cannabis, Czech Republic Takes Aim at… Gardening Stores?

Michal Otipka one of the Czech Republic’s most influential cannabis entrepreneurs. He’s also a self-defense instructor. But when it comes to taking on the country’s court system, he’s powerless.

Otipka runs Czechia’s largest grow stores, which offer an array of wares such as cultivation media, nutrients, and lighting systems. The goods are legal, but perhaps due to Otipka’s success he’s become the fall guy in the country’s war on drugs — or, more specifically, the nation’s war on indoor gardening shops.

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Miami Dislikes Marijuana More Than Any Other City in America, Study Says

Pot is everywhere in Miami. Its scent wafts from bus stops, floats through open windows, and cascades out from under lifeguard stands on the beach at night. Spend more than a week here and you will, at least once, wonder if the server delivering you overpriced cocktails is stoned out of his mind. 

Which is why it's so surprising that, according to one of the most respected marijuana-usage surveys in America, roughly half the residents in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties think smoking weed once a month is "harmful" and should be avoided. That's the highest rate in the nation.

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65% Say Cannabis Enforcement "Not Worth The Cost"

Sixty-five percent of Americans ages 18 and older believe that "government efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth" and 55 percent of respondents say that it should be legal to consume the herb, according to national polling data compiled by YouGov.com.

Those living in the western region of the United States (65 percent), Hispanics (64 percent), Democrats (63 percent), and those under 30 (63 percent) were most likely to endorse legalizing marijuana use. Republicans (45 percent), African Americans (44 percent), and those over the age of 65 (40 percent) were least likely to be supportive. 

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43 Percent of Marijuana Entrepreneurs Would Vote For Hillary Right Now

After Bernie stepped aside in the race for president of the United States, the closet ally the industry has is Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton is no hero for the marijuana industry, but after the Democratic party endorsed moving marijuana from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule II to allow for more research, 43 percent of cannabis industry executives and professionals said they'd vote for Clinton for president.

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03
Aug

DEA's Marijuana Rescheduling Announcement May Not Come in 2016

It's unofficially official. A senior executive at the Drug Enforcement Administration has confirmed that the DEA will not be rescheduling marijuana in 2016, says a local attorney who spoke with him late last week. "The DEA is not going to reschedule marijuana this year.... They aren't issuing a public announcement about the change," the attorney adds

Many marijuana advocates — and the legislators who support them — have been hoping that the DEA would reschedule marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II substance. The reclassification would acknowledge that the drug holds medical value and allow for more research. 

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03
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Evolution of the Cannabis Situation in Mexico

Mexico Even though the cannabis movement is weak and marihuana growing is a crime, there are already in Mexico authorized growers, grow-shops, social clubs and politicians proposing regulation. What could happen now in a country so strongly affected by the power of illegal drug trade? Find out in this article.

For many years there has been in Mexico a promising but modest cannabis movement. The Marihuana World March has completed its 16th edition, and political debate on the issue of cannabis has always been ongoing, not for nothing is this the country where the term marihuana was coined. Since 2011 in Mexico City, debate about regulation of marihuana use has been present at the Federal District parliament.

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03
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Canada: Restrictions on Pot-Safety Testing Put Public at Risk, Scientists Warn

Health Canada’s restrictive approach to marijuana safety testing is putting the public at risk, a growing chorus of scientists and activists warns – saying consumers are potentially being exposed to contamination in products that are widely accessible since the federal Liberals took power promising legalization.

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03
Aug

Christie to Decide If Marijuana Can Be Used to Treat New Jersey PTSD Patients

Republican Gov. Chris Christie will decide whether New Jersey residents with post-traumatic stress disorder can be treated with medical marijuana after lawmakers approved a measure Monday.

The state Senate on Monday approved the measure previously approved by the Assembly that allows marijuana to be used to treat PTSD - if it’s not treatable with conventional therapy.

Lawmakers say the measure is meant to help military veterans diagnosed with PTSD.

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