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Idaho medical marijuana proposal cleared for signatures; Study examines cannabinoids’ anti-cancer potential; Marijuana-friendly colleges ranked

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The text of an Arizona marijuana legalization measure that advocates hope to place on the state’s 2020 ballot was filed with the secretary of state.

Idaho’s secretary of state cleared a proposed 2020 medical cannabis initiative for signature gathering.

A scientific review examined marijuana components’ “tumor inhibiting and suppressing properties” and concluded the results “warrant reconsidering legality of the substance.”

  • “THC and CBD exhibit effective analgesic, anxiolytic, and appetite-stimulating effect on patients suffering from cancer.”

The Princeton Review compiled a list of what it says are the most and least marijuana-friendly colleges in the U.S.


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a presidential candidate, touted her legislation to deschedule marijuana during an appearance at the Iowa State Fair.

Former Housing and Urban Development Sen. Julian Castro (D), a presidential candidate, spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana during a campaign stop in Iowa.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), a presidential candidate, said that his state has shown marijuana legalization can work.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R), a presidential candidate, spoke about CBD during a speech in Iowa.

The Congressional Black Caucus Institute hosted a panel on equity in the marijuana industry.

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) tweeted about visiting a hemp farm.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “While investors make millions from marijuana, people in many states are still put in jail or get a criminal record for use. Legalization of marijuana on the federal level should be a no-brainer.”


New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a hemp bill into law.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) toured a hemp farm.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) tweeted, “DC: It’s time to legalize marijuana. For years, marijuana possession has been a pipeline to prison for people of color. We must replace that pipeline with jobs, equity, and pathways to prosperity.”

Iowa’s attorney general tweeted about the legality of CBD products.

Two separate Florida hemp advisory boards are locked in a power struggle.

Missouri regulators awarded a contract to a company to review and score marijuana business license applications.

Three companies not awarded Utah medical cannabis cultivation licenses are asking the state’s Procurement Policy Board to consider appeals.

A Michigan working group is examining areas of potential reform in the state’s marijuana laws.

Marijuana business owner Wanda James was appointed to the Colorado Tourism Office board. Separately, the state’s Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee will meet on August 19.

New Mexico regulators are considering per-producer medical cannabis plant caps. Separately, officials released data about marijuana-related incarceration.

Ohio regulators reported updated medical cannabis patient and caregiver numbers.

Here’s a look at the rapid growth of Oklahoma’s medical cannabis program.

Lawmakers from states around the country attended a National Conference of State Legislatures session on marijuana tax revenue.

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The Miami-Dade County, Florida state’s attorney will no longer prosecute low-level marijuana offenses.

The district attorney for Murray and Whitfield Counties, Georgia is postponing misdemeanor marijuana cases until tests to distinguish illegal cannabis from legal hemp are available.

The Boston, Massachusetts City Council is refusing to confirm appointees to the Zoning Board of Appeal until they reveal their stances on a buffer rule for marijuana businesses.

An Atlantic City, New Jersey city councilmember appeared to post on Facebook about ingesting marijuana edibles.


Jersey officials granted a license to harvest hemp for CBD extraction.

A Kenyan politician was spotted apparently smoking marijuana in public.

Ontario, Canada launched an ad campaign aimed at deterring marijuana-impaired driving.


The Illinois Municipal League is asking lawmakers to clarify aspects of the state’s marijuana legalization law.


A study found that  an oral formulation containing highly purified cannabidiol “was safe and tolerable for use and demonstrated a potent seizure-reducing effect among pediatric patients with [treatment-resistent epilepsy].”

A study involving mice and THC-infused dough found that “dough was well-consumed, but consumption decreased at the highest THC concentrations” and that “edible THC produced dose-dependent decreases in locomotor activity and body temperature in both sexes, and these effects were more pronounced in male mice.”


The Tulsa World editorial board opposes sharing Oklahoma medical cannabis patient information with law enforcement.

The Post and Courier editorial board is calling on Congress to enact CBD regulations.


CannTrust Holdings Inc. revealed that its auditor is withdrawing a report on several company financial statements, saying they can no longer be relied on.

Canopy Growth Corp. is acquiring research firm Beckley Canopy Therapeutics.

Kevin Matthews, who led Denver’s psilocybin decriminalization effort, joined the strategic advisory board of Roadman Investments Corp.


Actor Nicholas Cage spoke about a “peaceful and beautiful” experience he had on psychedelic mushrooms.

The video game DayZ is facing a ban in Australia over its depiction of marijuana use.

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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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