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Pennsylvania bill gives medical cannabis patients DUI protection
Politics
A Pennsylvania bill approved last week by a legislative committee would protect registered medical cannabis patients from prosecution under the state’s zero-tolerance policy for THC. Pennsylvania medical cannabis patients would receive some protection from being convicted for driving under the influence if a bill making its way through the state le
Cannabis ads might soon be on TV and radio — here’s why
Politics
TV and radio stations operate under FCC licenses and federal law, which categorizes cannabis as a Schedule I drug with no accepted medical value and high abuse potential. The House Appropriations Committee recently passed a bill with a provision that would block the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from penalizing broadcasters for advertisin
8 marijuana laws so strange, you have to read them to believe them
Politics
In Maine, edibles are taxed at a higher rate because the state subjects them to a meal tax. Who knew gummy bears counted as lunch? Marijuana laws are changing more rapidly than ever as individual states navigate their paths towards (or away from) legalization. Thirty-eight states have legalized marijuana to some degree, which is a heap more than ju
Son of TikTok star 'Mama Tot' was selling marijuana before he was fatally shot: Police
Politics
"We found out a lot of stuff we just didn't know," TikTok star Ophelia Nichols, known to her followers as Mama Tot, said of her late son Randon Lee after he was fatally shot Police in Prichard, Alabama, are sharing more details after the son of Ophelia Nichols — known on TikTok as Mama Tot — was shot and killed at a local gas station. Prichard Dete
Supreme Court takes on abortion, guns, prayer in school—But not weed
Politics
An emboldened, conservative Supreme Court has churned out a torrent of seismic decisions in the last week. The United States Supreme Court last week declined to take up a pair of cases that challenged a state’s decision to not include medical cannabis in its workers’ compensation program. Given all of the seismic activity in the high court as of la
How will cannabis legalization factor into an uncertain Texas election cycle?
Politics
Depending on how you perceive the past few months, Texas may be heading towards a minor liberal reform, or the conservatives could be doubling down on its dominance. The past few months, ranging from gun tragedies to legal decisions to special elections, highlight a busy and somewhat unclear Texas political landscape heading into November. (Benzing
The uncertain state of cannabis rights for Native Americans
Politics
There is no single answer or solution for how to improve the current state of cannabis in indigenous Sovereign nations because the issue is complicated, and opinions and challenges vary from tribe to tribe throughout the land. Many lawmakers continue to say marijuana policy should be left up to individual states. Often, they then proceed to either
Bill Maher: 'It seems fair racial minorities jump the line for weed franchises'
Politics
“The drug war has been a horrendous instrument of prejudice and punishment for racial minorities.” Long-time talk show host and cannabis retail partner Bill Maher told his Real Time with Bill Maher audience last week that he gets why some people think those affected by the War on Drug should have first dibs on weed retail licences. Maher made the c
UN report dramatizes uptick in global cannabis use
Politics
In their latest report on the topic, the UN equates cocaine and heroin with cannabis use and creates boogeymen around every corner of the end of Prohibition. The UN has just issued a report about cannabis that will no doubt in the near future look as alarmist as it is dated. Namely, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has issued its annual wor
Missouri cop trying to help duck and ducklings cross busy highway busts driver for pot
Politics
Man in a skunky-smelling car pulled up right behind cruiser parked on side of roadway A Missouri driver is likely questioning his decision to pull up behind a parked cruiser after a cop sniffed out a suspiciously skunky smell coming from his vehicle and busted him for illegal cannabis. While on patrol earlier this month, an officer with the Smithvi
SAFE Banking Act dropped from China competition bill
Politics
A bill to allow financial services to businesses in the legal cannabis industry was dropped from a China competition bill after passing in the House of Representatives but failing to gain the approval of Senate negotiators. Federal legislation that would permit financial institutions to provide banking services to legal cannabis businesses has been
Democrats are looking for a weed deal
Politics
As this Congress enters its final months, lawmakers warm to the idea of cannabis banking “plus.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer doesn’t have the votes to pass a sweeping marijuana decriminalization bill — despite repeatedly touting his support for ending federal prohibition. That realization is leading Senate Democrats to look for a compromis
U.S. Supreme Court rejects cases seeking workers’ comp for medical cannabis
Politics
The Supreme Court declined to hear two cases challenging Minnesota’s denial of workers’ compensation for medical pot used to treat work-related injuries. The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday denied petitions to hear two cases challenging Minnesota’s refusal to allow coverage for medical cannabis through the state’s workers’ compensation progr
Federal cannabis arrests jump 25% under Biden
Politics
After a dip during the peak of the pandemic in 2020, federal law enforcement agents and their partners arrested 25% more people for cannabis-related crimes in 2021, during the first year of the Biden Administration.  But while a post-pandemic bump in arrests would have been fair to expect, the biggest jump in cannabis arrests in a decade was not. T
The CLIMB Act seeks to boost cannabis industry financing and capital access
Politics
Today, Rep. Troy A. Carter, Sr., a Democrat from Louisiana, and Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, a Republican from Pennsylvania, introduced a new bill called The Capital Lending and Investment for Marijuana Businesses (CLIMB) Act. If passed and signed into law, The CLIMB Act could give a significant boost to a cannabis industry that is currently struggling
The economics of legal weed don't work
Politics
  Ten years ago Colorado became the first state in the U.S. to fully legalize the recreational use of cannabis. Many other states followed, and several others already had sufficiently lax medical marijuana legislation, that now an estimated 40% of American adults can legally buy cannabis. Musicians, actors and sports stars have quickly jumped into

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