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Governor of New Mexico decriminalizes marijuana possession

One month after policymakers failed to pass a bill legalizing marijuana in the state, New Mexico has signed into effect a law to decriminalize cannabis. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham authorized the legislation, which will reduce the punishment for possession of up to a half ounce of weed from up to 15 days in jail to a fee of $50.

The Senate passed SB 323 in March by a vote of 30 to 8. The House took its time deliberating over some Judiciary Committee amendments, eventually approving the legislation mere hours before its session concluded.

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Michigan impaired driving committee recommends not setting limits for THC levels

A group commissioned in Michigan to study the effects cannabis has on driving has told the state that it should not impose limits on the amount of THC found in a driver’s body.

The Impaired Driving Safety Committee, made up of six members appointed by then Governor Rick Snyder, made the recommendation last week in a report following two years of research and conducting roadside tests with the Michigan State Police. The committee included forensic toxicology, cannabis pharmacology, and traffic safety professionals as well as a medical cannabis patient and law enforcement.

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2 legal marijuana workers in Denver were denied citizenship because of their jobs

U.S. immigration authorities blocked two immigrants’ applications for citizenship because of their work in Colorado’s marijuana industry, their attorneys and Denver officials said, accusing the Trump administration of quietly targeting immigrants seeking jobs in the growing field.

Oswaldo Barrientos said he began working in the marijuana industry in 2014, inspired by the research he had done into medical products after his mother’s skin cancer diagnosis. He was brought to the U.S. from El Salvador as an infant and was granted a green card when he was 13.

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States move to legalize CBD to end confusion over U.S. rules

CBD oil-infused gummy bears, lattes and other food, drinks and dietary supplements are selling quickly even though the U.S. government says they’re illegal and local authorities have forced some retailers to pull products. The confusion has the nation’s two largest states and others moving to legalize the cannabis compound that many see as beneficial to their health.

Lawmakers in Texas and California are often in opposition, but they’re both pushing bipartisan legislation to sidestep federal law and allow sales of the compound found in hemp and marijuana. Republicans and Democrats in Congress also are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change its stance.

The FDA announced Tuesday that it will hold a public hearing in May to gather more information.

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The unique challenges to recycling vapes in the cannabis industry

When cannabis vapes first came onto the market now several years ago, some budtenders thought they would be just a fleeting trend. But they endured, then caught on in a big way, writes Danielle Simone Brand. Today, the vape market is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the legal cannabis economy, accounting for 22 percent of all dispensary sales in California, Oregon, Colorado, and Arizona in 2018.

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Managing medical marijuana in the workplace

With a majority of states in the country enacting medical marijuana laws, cannabis in the workplace has become a hot button issue for business owners seeking to fashion appropriate workplace regulations for lawful cannabis users. These issues become particularly tricky for employers to navigate because cannabis remains illegal under federal law, and each state has different laws addressing the treatment of medical marijuana users in the workplace.

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Big money is about to get access to marijuana stocks

Here’s a crazy scenario that’s still a harsh reality for marijuana stocks: Imagine running a legal business — one approved by the state — and generating millions of dollars in revenue…but not being able to deposit it in a bank account.

Crazy, huh?

Think about paying the bills. Instead of writing a check or sending money electronically, you need to deliver cold, hard cash.

Grab your briefcase filled with wads of $100s to go pay the electric bill to keep the lights on.

I’m exaggerating a bit to make a point, but the feeling is all too familiar for the marijuana industry.

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Retail experiments with cannabis

If there is one deal that symbolized the most recent chapter of the “green rush” into marijuana investing, it was Constellation Brands Inc.’s $3.8 billion bet last year on Canopy Growth Corp.

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Georgia on cusp of legalizing medical marijuana

Georgia is on the verge of legalizing medical marijuana after the state assembly passed a bill that would allow for the in-state sale and production of the drug for medicinal purposes.

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Colorado Governor signs Bill approving medical cannabis for Autism treatment

Flanked by a kid wearing a “420 Autism” tee, on Tuesday Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into effect House Bill 1028, which legalizes medical marijuana treatment for autism. “OK kids, that’s how we make a law,” he told the families and advocates who had gathered for the occasion.

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