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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Filed in Arizona

A group called Arizonans for Responsible Legalization has filed an initiative with the state to legalize recreational cannabis, with a goal of putting the issue to a vote next year. “Arizonans for Responsible Legalization is committed to common sense regulation of the marijuana industry and ensuring the greatest benefit to taxpayers,” says Gina Berman, an …

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Willie Nelson Launching Own Brand of Cannabis Strains and Stores

County-singer and activist Willie Nelson has announced plans to launch a chain of recreational cannabis stores around the United States, which will feature his own brand of cannabis strains and smoking accessories. The new line will be labelled Willie’s Reserve. “Willie has spent a lifetime in support of cannabis, both the industrial hemp side and …

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New Jersey Assembly Approves Medical Cannabis Improvement Bill

A measure to improve upon New Jersey’s medical cannabis program has passed the state’s Assembly with a 44 to 20 vote. The proposal – ACR 224 – would add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a condition that qualifies someone to become a legal medical cannabis patient. Currently nine states – Michigan, California, Connecticut, Delaware, …

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Justice Department: DEA Agents had ‘Sex Parties’ with Prostitutes Paid for by Drug Cartels

By John Bresnahan and Lauren French, Politico.com Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday. In addition, Colombian police officers allegedly provided “protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during …

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Virginia Governor Signs Hemp Legalization Bills Into Law

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed into law legislation to legalize the production and cultivation of industrial hemp. House Bill 1277 and Senate Bill 955 would redefine hemp as an agricultural commodity and allow for the plant’s cultivation by licensed growers as part of a university-managed research program. “Hemp is good for agriculture, it is …

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Study Finds Cannabis Use Linked With Lower Diabetes Risk In HIV/HPC Patients

By Paul Armentano, NORML Marseille, France: A history of cannabis use is positively associated with a lower risk of insulin resistance (IR) in HIV/Hepatitis C co-infected patients, according to a longitudinal analysis published online ahead of print in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Insulin resistance is a leading cause of type 2 diabetes. French investigators …

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Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Approved by Iowa’s Senate Ways and Means Committee

A proposal to legalize the medical use of cannabis, and to establish a system of dispensaries to distribute the medicine, has been approved by Iowa’s Senate Ways and Means Committee. The measure was approved earlier this month by the state’s Senate Human Resources Committee. If approved into law, the Senate Study Bill 1243 would allow …

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Ohio: Advocates Begin Collecting Signatures on Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

ResponsibleOhio, a group attempting to put an initiative to legalize cannabis on this year’s general election ballot, has officially starting collecting signatures for their proposal. The group is required to submit 305,591 signatures from registered voters by July 1st, with the signatures gathered from at least 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties; in each of the …

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California to Hold Public Forums on Legalizing Cannabis

By Daniel Wallis, Reuters (Reuters) – California officials will hold forums starting next month across the most populous U.S. state to seek public input on proposals to legalize marijuana under a strict tax and regulatory system, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday. California became the first U.S. state to allow medical marijuana at a …

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D.C. Hosting Nation’s Largest Legal Cannabis Giveaway Today, Another Saturday

Today, March 26th, the D.C. Cannabis Campaign will be holding the nation’s largest legal cannabis giveaway. At the event, titled Spring Seed Shares, the group will be distributing over 16,000 cannabis seeds to celebrate the district’s one-month anniversary of cannabis legalization taking effect. “Since Ballot Initiative 71 passed last November, the DC Cannabis Campaign has …

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Hawaii Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Hawaii’s Senate Public Safety Committee has voted to unanimously approve a bill to legalize the distribution of medical cannabis through state-licensed dispensaries. The proposal would mark the first time the state has allowed medical cannabis safe access points, despite the medicine being legalized by voters nearly 15 years ago. House Bill 321, which has already …

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Georgia Governor Will Sign Bill Legalize Medical Use of Cannabis Extracts

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal confirmed Thursday morning that he will soon sign into law legislation to legalize the medical use of cannabis extracts, which was recently approved overwhelmingly by the state’s Legislature. House Bill 1, which was approved by the House of Representatives with an 160 to 1 vote, and by the Senate with a …

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