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Cannabis decrim OKed by Pennsylvania lawmakers (Newsletter: Oct. 10, 2018)



The marijuana election has already started; Canadian legalization 1 week out: Differences by province; NJ lawmakers talk legalization plans

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The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to decriminalize marijuana.

The marijuana election has already started via early voting in some states. Marijuana Moment put together a guide to where voters can already make their voices heard on cannabis ballot questions.

Canada’s legalization of marijuana goes into effect one week from today. Here’s a look at the differences in how provinces and territories plan to implement the end of prohibition.


Pennsylvania congressional candidates debated marijuana policy reform.

New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “How do you turn out young voters? Same way you turn out any other electorate. Champion the issues that matter to us:…✅ Legalize Cannabis…”

Colorado congressional candidates agree on ending federal marijuana prohibition.


New Jersey lawmakers held meetings to discuss the details of pending marijuana legalization legislation. The Senate president said he wouldn’t support cannabis taxes higher than 12%.

New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham tweeted, “Opioid addiction is an epidemic that is tearing New Mexico families apart. As my third Leadership in Action Initiative, I will immediately direct the Department of Health to add opioid addiction as a condition to qualify for medical cannabis treatment.”

Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist wants to pay for water quality control programs with legal marijuana tax revenue.

California regulators are developing a second provisional marijuana business licensing system to deal with a backlog in applications.

Michigan advocates released three video ads in support of the state’s marijuana legalization ballot measure.

North Dakota prohibitionists launched a new committee to oppose the state’s marijuana legalization ballot measure.

Alaska regulators are changing the way marijuana is taxed.

A Massachusetts regulator said it will likely be a matter of years before marijuana social use areas are allowed.

Wisconsin regulators approved the use of FDA-regulated CBD medicines.

The Los Angeles Times looks at efforts to expunge marijuana convictions in states across the country.


The Lawrence, Kansas City Commission is considering a proposal to lower marijuana penalties.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s mayor held a press conference to tout this month’s Cannabis Opportunity Conference.


The Canadian government will hold a technical briefing on marijuana legalization on Wednesday. Separately, the Canadian Police Association is criticizing moves by law enforcement agencies that restrict officers’ off-duty use of marijuana.

The New Zealand Police Association discussed marijuana issues at its conference.

The UK’s Royal College of Psychiatrists is reconsidering its opposition to marijuana legalization.


The Marijuana Policy Project added three new members to its board of directors.

The National Cannabis Industry Association released a congressional scorecard.


A review concluded that “CBD was shown to have anxiolytic, antipsychotic and neuroprotective properties” and it is a “useful and promising molecule that may help patients with a number of clinical conditions.”

A study is examining the effects of cannabis-infused vaginal suppositories on menstrual pain.


A poll found that Georgia voters support legalizing marijuana, 55%-33%, and 72% support allowing state-regulated cultivation of marijuana in order to produce legal cannabis oil.


Canopy Growth Corporation completed its first legal medical cannabis export from Canada to the U.S.

Walmart Canada is investigating the possibility of selling cannabis products but doesn’t have any plans to begin doing so yet.

Nevada generated $7.9 million in marijuana tax revenue in July, the biggest monthly haul since legalization went into effect.

The High Times Cannabis Cup scheduled for later this month in Sacramento has been postponed due to a failure to secure a permit for on-site marijuana consumption.


Rapper Kanye West is expected to discuss employment prospects for formerly incarcerated individuals with President Trump at the White House on Thursday.

Game of Thrones actresses Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams smoke marijuana and take baths together.

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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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