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The U.S. Border Patrol says it will continue to seize marijuana found at checkpoints in California, where cannabis is legal.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) will meet with lawmakers to discuss marijuana legalization implementation legislation on Friday.


Congress approved a bill to equip U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents with scanning devices to detect synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) tweeted, “It is time that Congress gives marijuana businesses security and stability by passing laws that provide access to banking.”


Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) announced that more than 10,000 patients have already registered for the state’s medical cannabis program.

Nebraska Republican gubernatorial candidate Krystal Gabel says she would decriminalize marijuana and pardon people with existing cannabis records.

One candidate in the race for chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party is criticizing another for her role in drafting a letter that warned GOP lawmakers not to vote for medical cannabis legislation.

Missouri advocates say they have collected nearly 150,000 signatures in support of a medical cannabis ballot measure.

New Hampshire lawmakers are expected to consider bills to help people clear past marijuana convictions from their records and to allow patients to grow their own medical cannabis.

California law enforcement officials launched a public education campaign to discourage marijuana-impaired driving. Separately, a California Highway Patrol officer arrested licensed marijuana delivery personnel.

Minnesota law enforcement officials are being accused of witness intimidation in a case concerning alleged illegal shipment of medical cannabis oils from Vireo Health’s Minnesota dispensary to its New York facility.

Michigan regulators released information on how patients can register for the state’s medical cannabis program.

A Vermont senator filed an industrial hemp bill.

Here’s a look at the prospects for marijuana law reform in Texas in 2018.


Clark County, Nevada commissioner candidate Tick Segerblom, currently a state senator, is asking for $4.20 campaign donations from marijuana law reform supporters.

A shooting at a Detroit, Michigan medical cannabis dispensary left one man dead.

The El Paso County, Colorado sheriff says he will prioritize going after illegal marijuana grows in 2018.

San Francisco, California’s Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District banned marijuana ads on buses and ferries.

A Ukiah, California man bit off a relative’s ear over a “disagreement regarding a marijuana product.”


A Chinese anti-drug official claimed that U.S. state marijuana legalization has contributed to the opioid crisis and the demand for the fentanyl.


Marijuana stocks are soaring ahead of California’s implementation of marijuana legalization on January 1.

Investment firm Edward Jones issued a skeptical projection of the Canadian marijuana market’s future growth.

The New York Times looks at how marijuana startups are using incubators and private investors for help.

California’s legalization of marijuana is expected to shrink the state’s medical cannabis market.


Scientist Bill Nye said that “marijuana was made schedule 1 to oppress or suppress poor people.”

The Cannabist takes a look at marijuana-related Google search trends.

A vehicle belonging to Tampa Bay Buccaneers player DeSean Jackson was found crashed with marijuana and bullets inside.

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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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