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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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Ferrioli discusses Oregon marijuana politics

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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.
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Is the President Discovering the Political Benefits of Cannabis?

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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.
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Pot lobby turns its back on Cheech & Chong

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Burgess Everett ~ Politico ~
 
Looking to shake the stoner stereotype, the marijuana industry drops famed smoker Tommy Chong as an activist.
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The cannabis debate drifts into the halls of Congress

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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.
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These Five States Could Legalize Marijuana in 2016

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Nevada's vote is set and advocates believe they can get similar measures on the ballot in four other states
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Medical Marijuana Bill Defeated in Utah Senate

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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
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Sen. Cory Gardner backs bill legalizing industrial hemp on federal level

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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.
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