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Lawmakers Encourage Obama To Select A Progressive New DEA Chief
Politics
Matt Ferner ~ Huffington Post ~   In a letter sent Friday, lawmakers are urging President Barack Obama to select a more progressive head of the DEA, following the embattled current chief will resign in May.
Legislators Say Marijuana Reform Could Ease Tensions In Baltimore And Beyond
Politics
Matt Ferner & Elise Foley ~ Huffington Post ~   WASHINGTON -- Multiple members of Congress suggested Wednesday that the misguided policies of the drug war have played a central role in brewing tensions between police and residents in Baltimore that exploded into chaos after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
Parents urge lawmakers to support hospital use of medical marijuana
Politics
Gilliam Graham ~ Portland Press Herald ~   But Maine hospitals say they face federal penalties if they allow patients, including children, to use nonsmokable forms of medical marijuana prescribed by their doctors.
Ferrioli discusses Oregon marijuana politics
Politics
Larry Meyer ~ The Argus Observer ~   ONTARIO — Marijuana took up most of the discussion on the April 23rd Legislative Hotline, with state Sen. Ted Ferrioli expressing frustration with the slow pace of rule-making.
Is the President Discovering the Political Benefits of Cannabis?
Politics
Margaret Talev ~ Bloomberg ~   Late in his term (and on the eve of a visit to Jamaica), the former Choom Ganger finally seems to be softening toward his old friend.
Pot lobby turns its back on Cheech & Chong
Politics
Burgess Everett ~ Politico ~   Looking to shake the stoner stereotype, the marijuana industry drops famed smoker Tommy Chong as an activist.
The cannabis debate drifts into the halls of Congress
Politics
Leland Rucker ~ Boulder Weekly ~   Last week I wrote about a bill that was then being debated in the Utah state legislature. S.B. 259 would have amended a law passed last year that allowed Utah citizens to use certain strains of CBD-dominate cannabis to treat medical conditions but mandated no legal way that patients could obtain them.
These Five States Could Legalize Marijuana in 2016
Politics
Katy Steinmetz ~ TIME   Nevada's vote is set and advocates believe they can get similar measures on the ballot in four other states
Medical Marijuana Bill Defeated in Utah Senate
Politics
William Sumner ~ MJI News ~   Senate Bill 259, a bill aimed at legalizing medical marijuana in the state of Utah, has been narrowly defeated in the state Senate. 
Ted Cruz's Cannabis Conversion Reflects The Political Prudence Of Marijuana Federalism
Politics
Jacob Sullum ~ Forbes   At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week, Ted Cruz responded to a question about marijuana legalization in Colorado by endorsing a federalist approach to the issue.
Sen. Cory Gardner backs bill legalizing industrial hemp on federal level
Politics
Kieran Nicholson ~ The Denver Post   Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner announced Thursday he is co-sponsoring the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which would legalize industrial hemp for commercial use.
Texas Republican Mounts Pro-Marijuana Campaign, Bible in Hand
Politics
Arit John ~ Bloomberg   State Representative David Simpson says God made cannabis, and the government doesn’t need to fix that.
Mitch McConnell has a Love Affair with Hemp
Politics
JAMES HIGDON ~ Politico   How the Kentucky senator picked a fight with the DEA and became one of Washington’s top drug policy reformers.
The Republican argument to end marijuana prohibition
Politics
Niraj Chokshi ~ The Washington Post   Texas Republican Rep. David Simpson wants to end marijuana prohibition.
The Conservative Case for Legalizing Marijuana
Politics
Lily Rothman ~ Time   American conservatives haven't always opposed legalizing pot
Georgia House passes bill legalizing cannabis oil to treat 9 major illnesses
Politics
Bill Hendrick ~ Jacksonville.Com   Passage is nearly certain in Senate although numer of covered diseases could be cut

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