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Marijuana and hemp growers duke it out in Oregon Legislature
Politics
Jeff Mapes  ~ The Oregonian ~   Depending on who's talking, a 20-acre hemp farm about 10 miles south of Grants Pass is either the harbinger of a new industry that could help save rural Oregon – or an existential threat to local marijuana farmers just as they're anticipating boom times.
Update: Third Time's A Charm? Second Attempt at Recreational Marijuana Bill Dies in Florida House
Politics
Bibi Patel ~ University Press ~   Revised recreational marijuana bill SB 1176, died in the Regulated Industries Committee
Bobby Jindal says he'll sign medical marijuana, pot penalties legislation
Politics
Kevin Litten ~ The Times-Picayune ~   Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday said he plans to sign legislation that would change the state's medical marijuana laws and soften penalties for marijuana offenders.
U.S. anti-legalization group urges more access to marijuana research
Politics
Alex Dobuzinskis ~ Reuters ~   A group opposed to pot legalization is unveiling proposals on Thursday for the U.S. government to ease restrictions on scientific research into marijuana's potential as medicine, in a first step for an organization of its kind.
State's medical-marijuana law clears legal hurdle
Politics
Seattle medical-pot plan: License the good actors, crack down on violators
Politics
Evan Bush ~ Seattle Times ~   A new proposal from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray would give Seattle tighter control of marijuana businesses. It could shut down more than 50 medical dispensaries while the state goes about folding medical-marijuana businesses into the state’s recreational system.
Bill to reduce marijuana penalties in Louisiana passes full Senate
Politics
Emily Lane ~ The Times - Picayune ~   A proposal to soften Louisiana's harsh marijuana laws by reducing penalties for possession continues to gain steam in the Louisiana Legislature.
Senate panel votes to end VA ban on medical marijuana
Politics
Rebecca Shabad ~ The Hill ~   The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a $77.6 billion funding bill for military construction and veterans benefits that includes an amendment allowing Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend the use of medical marijuana.
Legalizing medical marijuana will be an issue in 2016, S.C. senators say
Politics
Cassie Cope ~ The State ~   Because she has seizures every day and slams into the ground, 18-year-old Dixie Pace has worn a helmet since November.
Medical marijuana use in Pa. debated at governor's residence
Politics
Karen Langley ~ Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau ~   HARRISBURG — With the legalization of medical marijuana now before the House, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday hosted supporters at the governor’s residence for what he described as “a chance to get the facts out.”
Illinois marijuana industry pins hopes on skeptical governor
Politics
Pantagraph.com ~   CHICAGO (AP) — Advocates of Illinois' troubled medical marijuana experiment hope to reassure investors by pushing to have lawmakers extend it beyond 2017, when it expires, but the initiative faces an uncertain fate on Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk.
Gov. Herbert says he's considering legalizing medical marijuana
Politics
Lisa Riley Roche ~ KSL.Com ~   SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he's open to legalizing marijuana in Utah for medical use.
Marijuana laws pose dilemma for Republican presidential hopefuls
Politics
Kurtis Lee ~ LA Times ~   New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's response in a recent radio interview to a question about legal marijuana was in keeping with his tough-on-crime persona.
Here is Where The GOP 2016 Presidential Contenders Stand On Marijuana Legalization
Politics
Matt Ferner ~ Huffington Post ~   Here are the positions that each of the GOP's many 2016 presidential hopefuls -- from the definitely-running to the definitely-maybes -- has taken on marijuana legalization.
New England states racing to legalize recreational pot
Politics
Gillian Graham ~ Portland Press Herald ~   Five state legislatures are working on legalization bills, and two states could put the question to voters.
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.

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