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Joe Biden Backs Decriminalizing Marijuana

CNN reports: Joe Biden supports decriminalizing marijuana, a Biden campaign spokesman told CNN, but the former vice president isn’t going as far as calling for the drug to be legalized on the federal level. “Nobody should be in jail for smoking marijuana,” Biden told voters at a Tuesday house party in Nashua, New Hampshire. Asked by CNN if the former …

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US To Deny Citizenship For Immigrants That Have Ties To Marijuana Industry, Even In States Where It’s Legal

CBS News reports: As people around the country mark 4/20 — the unofficial holiday celebrating marijuana — U.S. officials have released new guidance around marijuana for immigrants hoping to earn U.S. citizenship. Officials said Friday that immigrants involved with cannabis in any way — even in states where it has been legalized — could disqualify them from naturalization. New guidance …

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POLL: Record 65% Back Legalization Of Marijuana

CBS News reports: Sixty-five percent of Americans now think marijuana should be legal — a record high in CBS News polling. Most view marijuana as less harmful than alcohol and believe it is less dangerous than other drugs. Many opponents of legalization, however, think it leads to a rise in crime and most favor the federal government taking action to …

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NYC Moves To Ban Pot Use Testing For Job Applicants

The New York Times reports: Most employers in New York City would no longer be able to force job applicants to take drug tests for marijuana use, under a bill overwhelmingly approved this week by the City Council. If the drug-screening law is enacted, it would put New York in relatively uncharted territory. Several drug policy and employment experts said …

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New Mexico Moves Towards State-Run Weed Stores

The Associated Press reports: New Mexico took a step toward legalizing recreational marijuana when its House approved a bill that would allow state-run stores and require customers to carry a receipt with their cannabis or face penalties. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has expressed guarded support for recreational marijuana legislation that addresses concerns about child access, road safety and safeguarding …

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Beto Backs Legal Weed Nationwide, Expunging Records

The Hill reports: Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on Monday expressed support for the federal legalization of marijuana as he mulls a potential presidential bid in 2020. O’Rourke sent an email to supporters in which he backed the repeal of the federal criminalization of marijuana and called for the records of those jailed over marijuana possession to be expunged. “Giving …

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Martha Stewart To Develop Line Of Weed Products

Reuters reports: Marijuana producer Canopy Growth has roped in lifestyle guru Martha Stewart as an adviser to help develop and launch a line of pot-based products for both humans and animals, it said on Thursday. Stewart, a 90s icon who became a household name through her cooking and lifestyle shows, co-hosts a show with rapper Snoop Dogg, who made headlines …

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Cory Booker Intros Bill To Legalize Weed Nationwide

CNBC reports: Sen. Cory Booker introduced a bill on Thursday to legalize marijuana nationwide as he mounts his presidential campaign. Co-sponsors of the bill, known as the Marijuana Justice Act, include fellow 2020 contenders Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand. Booker first introduced the bill in 2017, but it was not taken up for a vote. Currently …

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Harris: I’ve Smoked Pot, It Gives A Lot Of People Joy

Sen. Kamala Harris appeared on New York City’s popular Breakfast Club radio show this morning, where she revealed that she smoked marijuana “a long time ago” and that she “definitely inhaled.” Last year Harris came out for legalizing marijuana on the federal level, co-sponsoring Sen. Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act. She has also called for more research into the drug’s …

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Baltimore To End All Arrests For Marijuana Possession

The Baltimore Sun reports: Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby [photo] announced Tuesday her office would cease prosecuting people for possessing marijuana regardless of quantity or criminal history. Calling the move a monumental policy shift, Mosby said she has asked the courts to vacate marijuana convictions against nearly 5,000 people. These convictions have saddled thousands of Baltimore residents with criminal records …

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Cuomo Forecasts $300M Annually In Legal Weed Taxes

The Buffalo News reports: Adult recreational use of marijuana will be legalized under a plan advanced today by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo along with the creation of three new taxes – eventually passed on to consumers – that will total $300 million annually. The Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act will regulate marijuana from cultivation to retail sales “for the purposes …

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CALIFORNIA: Legal Weed Was The Hot Holiday Gift

San Francisco’s NBC affiliate reports: Customers have been lining up and packing into Bay Area cannabis dispensaries to buy holiday gifts including gummies, chocolates, cartridges and flowers. “From the moment we were open at 9 o’clock we had a line,” Magnolia assistant general manager Kysa Butler said. “We’ve been knocking the lines out quickly but they’ve been steady, too.” Pot …

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Brooklyn DA Vacates Low-Level Weed Convictions

AM New York reports: More than two dozen people with criminal records for misdemeanor marijuana possession received new leases on life Wednesday as the Brooklyn district attorney moved to erase the cumbersome convictions. District Attorney Eric Gonzalez agreed to vacate 28 convictions in court Wednesday morning as well as 1,422 outstanding warrants related to misdemeanor marijuana possession cases, which he …

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Andrew Cuomo To Push For Legal Weed Early In 2019

ABC News New York reports: New York Governor Cuomo announced that he would push to legalize recreational marijuana early next year. He made the announcement as he laid out the upcoming legislative agenda for the first 100 days of 2019 at the New York City Bar Association on Monday. New York would join 10 other states and Washington, D.C. have …

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MICHIGAN: Legal Marijuana Use (But Not Sales) Begins

The Detroit Free Press reports: At 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Michigan turned green and became the 10th state in the nation to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. But the old saying, “Smoke ’em if you got ’em,” carries many, many caveats. Marijuana won’t be commercially available for sale until state regulators draft rules and regulations for the recreational market. They …

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Fox News Guest: Weed Is Killing Americans Every Day

Mediaite reports: A Florida sheriff who appeared on Fox News this morning claimed — without evidence — that marijuana is both “killing people every day across the United States” and causing overdoses. After co-host Brian Kilmeade seethed about the supposed extreme addictiveness of weed — based on anecdotal evidence from his “friends” — the sheriff called use of the drug …

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MASSACHUSETTS: Long Lines As Legal Pot Sales Start

The Boston Globe reports: Hundreds of customers hoping to purchase marijuana on the first day of recreational sales in Massachusetts were waiting for hours in long lines Tuesday, despite the cold temperatures and rainy, overcast weather. At the New England Treatment Access shop in Northampton, the wait time as of 11 a.m. appeared to be around two and a half …

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Dem Rep. Joe Kennedy: Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy writes for STAT News: Legalization would restore the federal government’s ability to regulate a powerful new industry thoroughly and thoughtfully. It would allow us to set packaging and advertising rules, so marketing can’t target kids. It would help set labeling requirements and quality standards, so consumers know exactly what they’re buying. It would ensure that we …

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Marijuana Stocks Spike Upon News Of Sessions’ Firing

CNBC reports: Shares of major marijuana companies rallied after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday after months of public criticism from his boss, President Donald Trump. Canada-based Tilray closed up 30 percent while Canopy Growth and Aurora Cannabis rose 8.1 percent and 9 percent respectively. Cronos Group added 8.4 percent. “You’re happy if you’re long the cannabis stocks. He was …

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MEXICO: Supreme Court Inches Towards Legalizing Pot

Axios reports: Another U.S. neighbor is moving closer to approving the use of recreational marijuana after a ruling from Mexico’s Supreme Court last week that establishes a precedent for courts across the country. Fernando Belaunzarán, a former Mexican congressman and drug legalization activist, told Axios that the court’s ruling that three plaintiffs must be allowed to use marijuana recreationally provides …

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