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Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL) held a roundtable event with military veterans and cannabis industry leaders to discuss his new legislation to shield federal employees from being fired for state-legal marijuana use.

You know that Marijuana Moment makes sure to note every bit of cannabis politics news so you don’t miss anything. But now we are doing entertainment reviews as well. The first piece by new freelancer Chris Wallis looks at Kevin Smith’s new marijuana show Hollyweed.

A study found that Pennsylvania teens have more favorable attitudes toward marijuana following legalization of medical cannabis in the state, but that their use rates are not increasing.

Marijuana Moment’s analysis of Washington, D.C. cannabis arrest data was picked up by a local TV news station in the nation’s capital.


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit remanded a marijuana grower’s case back to a lower court for consideration of whether he was in compliance with the state’s medical cannabis law and thus shielded from federal prosecution under a congressional appropriations rider.

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a U.S. Senate candidate, sent a press release about her support for marijuana reform legislation.

The U.S. House bill to regulate marijuana like alcohol got one new cosponsor, for a total of 26.

Minnesota Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Richard Painter tweeted a video of himself endorsing marijuana legalization.

Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidates differ on medical cannabis.

Connecticut Democratic congressional candidates debated marijuana policy.


The North Dakota Supreme Court agreed to hear a case concerning whether hemp-derived CBD is legal.

Massachusetts officials partnered with a medical cannabis company to launch a public education campaign focused on responsible marijuana use and discouraging impaired driving. Separately, a senator is looking into legislative options to provide greater employment protections for medical cannabis patients.

The head of New Jersey’s medical cannabis review panel indicated he supports allowing opioid addiction as a qualifying condition.

Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidates all agreed on legalizing marijuana during a debate.

Connecticut Democratic attorney general candidates debated marijuana policy.

An Indiana Republican representative took a marijuana fact-finding trip to Colorado and now plans to file a medical cannabis bill.

Colorado regulators sent a bulletin about implementation of legislation allowing marijuana businesses to give products to employees for quality control sampling.

California regulators scheduled a meeting to receive public comments on the marijuana rulemaking process for Tuesday in Los Angeles. Separately, lawmakers are considering legislation to allow medical cannabis at schools.

It’s expected that many Michigan medical cannabis business will have to shut their doors next month for missing a key licensing deadline.

Oklahoma lawmakers held another medical marijuana working group meeting, at which a top regulator said that the fastest way to implement the voter-approved law would be to hold a special legislative session. And 12 people were appointed to the Medical Marijuana Food Safety Standards Board. Meanwhile, activists submitted what will likely not be enough signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization ballot measure.

Ohio’s medical marijuana advisory committee will meet on Thursday.


Wesley Bell, the winner of the Democratic primary for St. Louis County, Missouri prosecuting attorney said, “My office would not prosecute misdemeanor amounts of marijuana. We’re not going to do it.”

St. Croix County, Wisconsin supervisors rejected a proposed marijuana legalization advisory ballot question.

A San Francisco, California supervisor proposed a government-funded job training program for the marijuana industry.

Los Angeles County, California supervisors won a court injunction against an unlicensed marijuana dispensary.

A Baltimore County, Maryland woman was reported to the state for testing positive for opioids during labor because she ate a poppy seed bagel.


Here’s a look at roadblocks to marijuana research in Uruguay.


The American Osteopathic Association called for marijuana rescheduling.


A review concluded that “recent studies have confirmed the ability of CBD to alter important aspects of aversive memories in humans and promote significant improvements in the symptomatology of PTSD.”

A study on marijuana cultivation and property values estimated “a slightly higher difference in the value of industrial space in areas with legal cultivation status.”


The Boston Herald editorial board is concerned about marijuana-impaired driving.


A California market analysis from Eaze found that nearly a fifth of consumers purchased marijuana from illegal market sources in the past three months, raising concerns that legal taxes may be too high.

GW Pharmaceuticals said it plans to charge about $32,500 per patient per year for its CBD-based medicine Epidiolex.

Lyft is pledging $50,000 worth of rides to combat impaired driving in Massachusetts as marijuana legalization comes online.


The Washington Post profiles the struggle of one young football player to convince college coaches to let him play even though he uses medical cannabis oil to treat epilepsy.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.


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