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Proposed pot bills include decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana

Lawmakers in Springfield will consider several marijuana bills this session, including at least one that would decriminalize small amounts of pot.

Other proposed laws would:

  • Extend the now-delayed medical marijuana pilot program.
  • Add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that make a patient qualified to use medical marijuana.
  • Allow adults to possess or grow small amounts of marijuana.

Several other marijuana-related bills also are proposed.

And proponents of legalized marijuana see this influx of legislation as “baby steps” on the way to legalization.

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2015 Canadian Medical Marijuana Outlook: Foggy With Sunny Patches

The Canadian Medical Marijuana experience for investors has for the most part been a tremendous letdown thus far. When Tweed Marijuana Inc. (TSX.V:TWD) lost 10 percent on its first day open of $3.32, and as of Friday last week accumulated a total YTD loss of 41 percent, the writing was on the wall.

Of course, that does not apply to insiders and early stage investors. Tweed founders paid as little as $0.15 a share, and their instant wealth came at the direct expense of retail investors.

But that is the game, and anybody who cries about it has no business investing in it.

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Chromatography And Cannabinoid Potency Testing

In order to give Lift readers a better understanding of the Quality Assurance and testing practices that go into producing medical marijuana under the MMPR, we’ve enlisted the services of Emily Kirkham, the lead analytical chemistry consultant at Signoto, in Vancouver, BC. A professional chemist with a B.Sc. in Chemistry from McGill University, she brings over 15 years of experience working in analytical laboratories, with an emphasis on quality control procedures and method development. Signoto provides quality control consulting services to the Canadian medical cannabis industry.

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Going to Pot? TX Lawmakers to Vote on Legalizing Medical Marijuana

AUSTIN – Medical marijuana has got a lot of folks buzzed in the Lone Star State. Lawmakers will have their chance to vote on House Bill 3785 this session, which would give Texans a shot at using the drug for medicinal purposes.

Will this bill go up in smoke?

Well, maybe. We’re still in Texas, folks. But a recent poll showed nearly 60% of Texans support medical legalization.

So, does this mean pot shops will sprout like weeds in DFW like they did in Colorado?

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Pro-Marijuana Group Warns Against "Excessive" Taxation in Massachusetts

A group pushing for a 2016 ballot question on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana is warning against imposing excessive taxation or fees on the sale of pot.

Bay State Repeal on Wednesday released a statement saying it welcomes a bill filed by more than a dozen Massachusetts lawmakers that would allow marijuana to be taxed and regulated like alcohol. The bill also would let adults 21 years or older possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana.

But the pro-marijuana group says if taxes and fees are too high that will force up the cost of pot and help maintain a black market in the state. It says that could have the unintended consequence of giving minors the ability to continue obtaining marijuana illegally.

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Survey Finds Strong Majority In Support Of Marijuana Legalization And Decriminalization

A new national survey of American voters has found a strong majority in support of marijuana legalization and an even larger majority in support of decriminalization of the drug.

The "Beyond the Beltway" report released Wednesday by Democratic-affiliated Benenson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker found 61 percent of Americans in favor of marijuana legalization and 72 percent in favor of decriminalization. The drug remains illegal under federal law.

Graph appears courtesy of Benenson Strategy Group/SKDKnickerbocker.

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She's 85. She's a Texas Republican. And she's a marijuana activist

WASHINGTON—Ann Lee, a Republican precinct chairman in southwest Houston, had her first marijuana epiphany around her 60th birthday.

A workplace fall paralyzed her son Richard from the waist down. When he began to use marijuana to treat his pain, she decided her lifelong opposition to the drug was wrong.

Her second epiphany came after her 80th birthday. NORML, the marijuana advocacy group, invited her to be part of a five-person panel discussion at a conference in 2012. “As we all talked,” she says, “we realized that three of us were Republicans!”

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Consistency Key When Testing Edibles

In Oregon, edible labels seem to say one thing, while potency testing seems to say another. As the state’s marijuana testing industry suffers from a lack of regulation, edible packaging may not always reveal the truth about how much THC is contained within a marijuana-infused treat.

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US scientists can soon run experiments on stronger marijuana

Scientists who study medical marijuana will soon have access to a wider variety of strains. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) — the federal "dealer" that supplies the drug to scientists — has received numerous complaints from researchers that the drug they supply is too weak compared with what's sold on the streets, legal or otherwise. But the complaints aren't responsible for the change, Nature reports. NIDA's willingness to expand the types of plants available to researchers is tied to the fact that legal marijuana is becoming increasingly available.

"We want to be able to evaluate the claims that marijuana is therapeutically beneficial," Nora Volkow, director of NIDA in Rockville, Maryland, told Nature.

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Canada: Court ruling could send odor producing private grow-ops up in smoke

There were days when David Kralik would arrive at his landscaping and snow-removal business in Mississauga and stay just a few minutes – the heady odour of marijuana from the grow-op next door was too powerful.

“You open the door to come in, go into my office, and I just sit down, fire up the computer and – ” He lets out an expletive. “And you just leave. It’s that bad.”

Mr. Kralik couldn’t call the police to complain about the grow-op, or another in the same building, because they’re both legal and under federal jurisdiction.

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