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Despite cannabis wins, advocacy for truth, reason and reform is still necessary

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Smokers are used to being the butt of jokes, (though we stoners tend to prefer roaches — thank you very much, I’ll be here all week, and don’t forget to tip the waitstaff). With put-downs like “pothead” and campaigns like D.A.R.E. painting us as shiftless slackers without direction, passion, or purpose beyond the reefer madness-driven urge to consume cannabis, there have long been negative associations ascribed to those who dance with Mary Jane.

Despite the decades-old propaganda campaigns aimed at skewing the public’s view of marijuana and its users, many advocates have fought the good fight against the demonization of the dank and all those who imbibe, even when doing so would likely put them directly in the crosshairs of law enforcement.


Cone Denim first to launch US-grown hemp in BastCore collaboration


US-based Cone Denim has unveiled a new US-grown hemp denim collection in collaboration with hemp processing innovator, BastCore.

Cone Denim is the first to partner with BastCore in a move it says expands its sustainable denim offerings and increases its support of the American agriculture industry, featuring denim made with Alabama hemp and US cotton and dyed with natural indigo grown in Tennessee.

BastCore has created patent-pending technology and a proprietary process that produces clean, mechanically processed, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified and USDA bio-preferred hemp fibre out of its operation in Montgomery, Alabama.


Hemp advocacy group meets with McConnell to push legislative agenda



Representatives of a hemp advocacy group met with members of Congress including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last week to rally support for legislation drafted to promote hemp agriculture. The day of meetings with senators and members of the House of Representatives was coordinated by the U.S. Hemp Roundtable to advocate for Food and Drug Administration regulation of cannabidiol (CBD) and to support pending legislation including provisions of the Hemp Advancement Act and the SAFE Banking Act.


Senators Rick Scott, James Lankford and Ted Cruz openly against federal cannabis legalization, here's why

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The House of Representatives approved the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, H.R. 3617 on April 1, sending it to Senate. The MORE Act removes cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act, allowing states to legalize cannabis, its production, and sale, free from federal interference. (Benzinga)

Reaching the Senate is an accomplishment in itself after many attempts, the legislation now needs bipartisan approval in the body and then President Biden’s signature. That said, let's look at where some senators stand on federal legalization of marijuana. 


New poll: Parents are open to giving CBD to their children



With its reputed ability to manage medical issues like chronic pain and mood disorders, cannabidiol (CBD), has become an informal cure-all for life’s curveballs. Yet given its unregulated status by the Food and Drug Administration, there is a lack of research about the safety of CBD, its medicinal benefits, and its side effects.

The problem is even more pronounced for CBD products consumed by children, and for a growing number of parents wondering if those products can help their kids.


10 Great US cities for weed lovers in 2022



Thanks to a never-ending pandemic and more opportunities to telecommute, many Americans are picking up and moving. If you’re a weed lover, you may want to consider these cities.

The last few years have proven to be times of change for many Americans, whether it’s  starting a new job or starting over in a new city. Because of this, along with the growing legality of marijuana, previously under-the-radar cities have skyrocketed in popularity.

Moving is not always enjoyable, but if you happen to love weed and are looking for somewhere new to live, there are several cities in the U.S. that might be a good fit.

Here are 10 of them. 


Democrats face tough climb on winning Senate approval of legal marijuana



Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is facing significant obstacles in his legislative push to legalize marijuana, with resistance from Republicans and members of his own party threatening chances of passage in the upper chamber.

Schumer has said that his aim is to bring a comprehensive marijuana reform bill forward later this month, weeks after the House passed a bill that would remove marijuana from the federal controlled substances list.

“We hope to do that towards the end of April,” Schumer said in remarks last week, noting discussions with Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who are involved in the push. He also added that he has been reaching out to “a few Republicans to see what they want.”


Chuck Schumer explores what Republicans need in cannabis legalization bill to support it

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) confirmed this week that together with his colleagues he is planning to consult with Republican senators to find out what “they want” to see included in a bill to federally legalize cannabis, which he should present this month. (Benzinga)

The news comes on the heels of the U.S. House of Representatives approving a different bill to end federal cannabis prohibition, the MORE Act, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).


Will Biden keep his word and pardon federal cannabis offenders?


Running for president, Joe Biden promised he’d decriminalize marijuana and pardon federal offenders. So why is Daniel Muessig about to go to prison for five years?

In the fall of 2020, Daniel Muessig was urging everyone he knew to get out and vote. He lived in the swingiest of swing states and, while he’d supported Bernie in the primaries, he was now convinced of the importance of carrying Pennsylvania for Joe Biden.

Millions of people who share Daniel’s politics had come to the same conclusion. The difference is that Daniel was facing a federal prison sentence—and he had every reason to believe that a Biden presidency would save him.


Legal states collected nearly $4 billion in legal marijuana revenue in 2021

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States where weed is legal generated over $3.7 billion in cannabis tax revenue from adult-use sales in 2021—a 34% increase in revenue compared to 2020.

A new report reveals some big numbers when it comes to cannabis tax revenue generated from legal weed states, which collected more than $3.7 billion in 2021. This is a 34% increase when compared to 2020.

The updated report, compiled by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and published on Wednesday, also found that, as of March 2022, legal marijuana has earned over $11.2 Billion in tax revenue since 2014, when marijuana was first legalized in Colorado and Washington.


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