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CONGRESS PROTECTS MEDICAL MARIJUANA BUSINESSES FROM FEDS, BUT NOT REC SHOPS

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Congress voted on two amendments to a Department of Justice spending bill Wednesday that would protect marijuana businesses in states where they're legal, but only one of them passed.
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Medical marijuana regulation measure clears California Assembly

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California’s latest attempt to regulate medical marijuana advanced off the Assembly floor on a 50-5 vote Thursday.
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Marijuana and hemp growers duke it out in Oregon Legislature

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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.
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Update: Third Time's A Charm? Second Attempt at Recreational Marijuana Bill Dies in Florida House

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Revised recreational marijuana bill SB 1176, died in the Regulated Industries Committee
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U.S. anti-legalization group urges more access to marijuana research

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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.
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Bobby Jindal says he'll sign medical marijuana, pot penalties legislation

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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.
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Bill to reduce marijuana penalties in Louisiana passes full Senate

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A proposal to soften Louisiana's harsh marijuana laws by reducing penalties for possession continues to gain steam in the Louisiana Legislature.
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Seattle medical-pot plan: License the good actors, crack down on violators

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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.
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State's medical-marijuana law clears legal hurdle

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Florida's noneuphoric-medical-marijuana law cleared a major legal hurdle Wednesday when a judge in Tallahassee upheld it, which allows the state to begin licensing marijuana growers this summer.

Senate panel votes to end VA ban on medical marijuana

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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.
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Medical marijuana use in Pa. debated at governor's residence

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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.”
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Legalizing medical marijuana will be an issue in 2016, S.C. senators say

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Because she has seizures every day and slams into the ground, 18-year-old Dixie Pace has worn a helmet since November.
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Illinois marijuana industry pins hopes on skeptical governor

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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.
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Gov. Herbert says he's considering legalizing medical marijuana

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SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he's open to legalizing marijuana in Utah for medical use.
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Marijuana laws pose dilemma for Republican presidential hopefuls

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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.
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Here is Where The GOP 2016 Presidential Contenders Stand On Marijuana Legalization

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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.
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Lawmakers Encourage Obama To Select A Progressive New DEA Chief

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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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New England states racing to legalize recreational pot

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Five state legislatures are working on legalization bills, and two states could put the question to voters.
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Legislators Say Marijuana Reform Could Ease Tensions In Baltimore And Beyond

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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.
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Parents urge lawmakers to support hospital use of medical marijuana

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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.
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