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The Connecticut General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee approved a marijuana legalization bill.

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a congressional prohibition on Department of Justice interference with state medical cannabis laws doesn’t protect operations on federal lands.

/ FEDERAL

U.S. Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue said he’s looking “very closely” at proposals to legalize hemp.

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration official spoke at an anti-legalization conference hosted by Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) met with military veterans pushing for medical cannabis access.

Potential jurors in the federal case against “El Chapo” are being asked about their views on legalizing marijuana and other drugs.

/ STATES

The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee approved legislation to add PTSD, intractable pain and glaucoma as  medical cannabis qualifying conditions. During the debate, one representative unknowingly cited a fake news story claiming that marijuana legalization caused deaths in Colorado. Separately, lawmakers introduced bills to require minimum proportion of the state’s marijuana pharmacy licenses be granted to minority-owned businesses and to extend or eliminate the program’s expiration date.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) spoke about his marijuana conversations with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Separately, the House Health Insurance and Environment approved a bill to let school nurses administer medical cannabis. The committee also approved legislation to add autism spectrum disorders and acute pain as medical marijuana qualifying conditions.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) says she’s not inclined to accept a $5 million offer from a medical cannabis dispensary in exchange for not licensing additional competitors.

Michigan officials are expected to say this month whether a proposed marijuana legalization ballot measure got enough signatures.

Ohio regulators said that not all medical cannabis businesses will be operational by the September 8 statutory deadline.

Pennsylvania regulators opened applications for medical cannabis clinical research center licenses and also expanded cultivation, processing and dispensary licensing. Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “Medical marijuana offers patients possibilities that were never there before.”

South Carolina lawmakers are being urged by a former U.S. attorney and other advocates to place a medical cannabis advisory referendum on the November ballot.

The New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee heard a bill to remove limits on the amount of medical cannabis that may be dispensed at one time and expand access to edible forms and oils.

Oregon regulators rejected a request from a county sheriff and prosecutor for a list of medical cannabis grow sites. Separately, regulators will meet next week to discuss prevention of marijuana sales to minors.

Florida regulators will hold a medical cannabis rulemaking workshop next week.

Here’s a look at Kentucky’s prospects for passing medical cannabis in the future.

The activist behind Arkansas’s successful medical cannabis ballot initiative is already planning ahead for a potential recreational marijuana measure.

/ LOCAL

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said he’s “not there yet” on legalizing marijuana. First Lady Chirlane McCray said she supports legalization but thinks it should be done with heavy regulations.

An analysis suggests that Turner, Oregon voters mistakenly opted to allow marijuana businesses.

A San Diego, California councilman is proposing restrictions on marijuana advertising.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Canadian senators revealed more details about their marijuana meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Mexican presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya is open to considering marijuana legalization.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

The New York Times looks at cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome and how it can be relieved by hot showers.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board slammed delays in issuing medical cannabis cards to Illinois patients.

/ BUSINESS  

High Times acquired Green Rush Daily.

Businessman Mark Cuban said his stance on marijuana is, “Smoke up, smoke away.”

The Washington Post looks at the marijuana industry’s marketing challenges.

/ CULTURE     

Actor Seth Rogen and TV host Jimmy Kimmel discussed who they’d most like to smoke marijuana with.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 15-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he serves as chairman of the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. (Organization citations are for identification only and do not constitute an endorsement or partnership.)

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