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Georgia Senate bill would make pot possession a misdemeanor – Marijuana News

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ATLANTA | Possession of marijuana would no longer be a felony under legislation awaiting lawmakers when they return next week.

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New York to officially launch medical marijuana program Thursday – Marijuana News

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ALBANY — State officials will formally launch New York’s medical marijuana program on Thursday and at least one city pot dispensary expects to be ready.

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Congress Did Not Legalize Medical Marijuana – Marijuana News

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Contrary to what you may have read or heard, Congress did not quietly lift the federal ban on medical marijuana. Nor did it lift the ban loudly. It did not lift the ban at all. Here is what actually happened.

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Mass. Politicians plan to regulate recreational pot if voters OK in November – Marijuana News

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Massachusetts voters are expected to spark up a new legalized recreational marijuana industry this year, and state lawmakers are preparing for a regulation process that could be anything but mellow.

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Bernie Sanders Has a Plan That Could Revolutionize Nation’s Marijuana Industry Beyond Just Legalization – Marijuana News

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Bernie Sanders has a chance to make history in 2016, and not just by winning the presidential election. Sanders is poised to make some giant leaps toward ending the prohibition of marijuana, which has long been an aim of the left-leaning Vermont Senator.

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and colleagues press feds for more answers on medical marijuana research – Marijuana News

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BOSTON – A group of U.S. senators, including Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, is still seeking answers on federal barriers to research on medical marijuana and hit U.S. agencies for a lack of coordination with states on the issue. Warren, Markey and six other senators sent a letter in July asking for information on federal agencies' efforts on medical marijuana research.

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Ohio marijuana legalization debate far from over – Marijuana News

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohioans in November rejected a well-funded proposal to legalize marijuana, but the issue isn't going away anytime soon. More ballot issues are in the works, state lawmakers have vowed to act on medical marijuana, and activists across the state are working on local ballot measures that would allow people to possess marijuana without penalty.

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Medical marijuana battle continues in Georgia – Marijuana News

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ATLANTA -- The war on medical marijuana is over - that’s what some are saying following a decision Friday by the federal government to ease its stance on the drug.

But the fight continues in Georgia.

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South Carolina lawmaker pre-files bill to allow medical use of cannabis oil – Marijuana News

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A Landrum lawmaker has pre-filed a bill to allow physicians to prescribe CBD oil, also known as cannabis oil or cannabidiol, for some medical conditions.

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Obama administration asks high court to reject Colorado marijuana case – Marijuana News

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President Barack Obama's administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska seeking to block Colorado's voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana use by adults.

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Poll Shows Strong Support for Legalizing Medical Marijuana in Utah – Marijuana News

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Most Utahns favor legalizing medical marijuana prescribed by licensed doctors, a new UtahPolicy poll finds.

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Arkansas attorney general rejects marijuana amendment – Marijuana News

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Arkansas.

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Rand Paul finds unlikely support from marijuana advocates – Marijuana News

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WASHINGTON, D.C. Among the top contributors to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign are the usual suspects - a financial management firm, a real estate developer, a manufacturer of hand tools.

But Paul is also getting significant support from an unlikely source for a conservative Republican – the marijuana industry.

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Kentucky state senator pre-files bill to legalize cultivation, possession and sale of marijuana – Marijuana News

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A Louisville senator on Friday pre-filed the “Cannabis Freedom Act” to legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for people over 21 years old.

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Nebraska AG warns of consequences of legalizing marijuana in Nebraska – Marijuana News

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LINCOLN — Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson urged the state to stand firm against the legalization of recreational marijuana, citing concern for the health of young people and public safety of all Nebraskans.

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Oregon’s emerging pot laws loose on billboards – Marijuana News

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Their only advertising guidelines now are dictated by the Oregon Health Authority

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — When Attis Trading Company advertises their marijuana shops on billboards around Portland, they follow a few basic rules.

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79-year-old questions Rubio on legalized marijuana during South Carolina visit – Marijuana News

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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio came to the College of Charleston to talk about the country’s future with its future leaders, only to find himself put on the spot by a 79-year-old woman who wanted to know where he stood on legalizing marijuana.

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Bill Allowing Stronger Medical Marijuana Advances in Florida – Marijuana News

A bill that would allow for stronger varieties of pot as medical marijuana in Florida unanimously cleared its second Senate review panel.

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Backers of legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts submit ballot signatures – Marijuana News

BOSTON — Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts said they submitted more than enough signatures Tuesday to the secretary of state's office to keep alive their hopes of putting the proposal before voters next year.

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Failed pot campaign in Ohio admits mistakes, says it will be back – Marijuana News

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The man who led the for-profit marijuana-legalization amendment that Ohioans soundly defeated on Nov. 3 says the campaign made two major mistakes: limiting growing sites to 10 owners and using the pot-head mascot Buddie.

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