Cory Booker wants to legalize marijuana nationwide (video)

Now This Politics Cory Booker wants to legalize marijuana nationwide “to heal the savage effects of the war on drugs.” Click here to watch the full video!

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Judge Halts Feds’ Cannabis Case, Citing Rohrabacher-Blumenauer

Leafly By Ben Adlin Still need a reason to care about that obscure federal spending provision known as the Rohrabacher–Blumenauer amendment? Here’s one: The congressional measure, currently set to expire next month, may be the only thing keeping a pair of California cannabis growers out of prison. Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against the growers,… Read more »

Benzodiazepines linked to higher mortality among drug users than heroin, cocaine, say health experts

Vancouver Sun By Stephanie Ip Health professionals are sounding the alarm over the heightened risk of death linked to the use of psychiatric drugs – particularly benzodiazepine – which was highlighted in a pair of Vancouver-based studies published this month. Benzodiazepine (BZD) is a class of psychiatric medications known as “tranquillizers” which can reduce the body’s drive to breathe… Read more »

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Marijuana’s Popularity Among US Adults Continues to Grow. Here’s Why

Live Science By Cari Nierenberg Marijuana’s popularity among American adults is on the rise — and use of the recreational drug is expected to continue to increase, according to several surveys. The increase in popularity, along with more permissive attitudes toward marijuana use, may be due in part to its changing legalization status in many parts of… Read more »

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Florida grants two more medical cannabis business licenses

Marijuana Business Daily Florida has approved two more business licenses for medical marijuana treatment centers, increasing to 11 the number of companies authorized to grow, process and distribute MMJ. The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday issued approval letters to the Sun Bulb Company in Arcadia and Treadwell Nursery in Eustis. A week earlier, regulators issued approval… Read more »

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Indiana lawmaker pushes for medical marijuana to curb opioid epidemic

RTV 6 ABC By Katie Heinz and Victoria Davis INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana republican lawmaker plans to file a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in hopes it could curb the state’s opioid epidemic. Rep. Jim Lucas said he has heard from several people in his district who believe they could benefit from the drug. “People… Read more »

National Conference of State Legislatures Call for Cannabis’ Removal from CSA

Ganjapreneur By TG Branfelt The National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan non-government organization, has passed a resolution calling for the removal of cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, “thus enabling financial institutions the ability to provide banking services to cannabis related businesses.” “The National Conference of State Legislatures acknowledges that each of its members will have… Read more »

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Bank risks federal scrutiny, does business with marijuana growers

My Palm Beach Post By Jeff Ostrowski Bankers and marijuana go together like arachnophobes and spiders, which is to say financial institutions studiously avoid any whiff of weed-related deposits. That’s why First Green Bank’s new strategy is so striking. The Orlando-based financial institution is aggressively courting Florida’s marijuana businesses. “It’s our understanding we’re the only one… Read more »

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And AltMed Makes Nine… Florida Marijuana Companies

Florida Cannabis Coalition Blog Two Florida-based companies will form AltMed Florida: AltMed Enterprises’ and Plants of Ruskin. AltMed Florida is one of only 9 current Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) licensees in Florida. “As a Sarasota based company, serving Florida patients has always been our intent. Through years of research and the diligent efforts of our experts… Read more »

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Huff, puff, pass? AG’s pot fury not echoed by task force

Associate Press By Sadie Gurman WASHINGTON (AP) — The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing. But the task force Sessions assembled to find the best legal strategy is giving him no ammunition, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The Task… Read more »