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The Drug Enforcement Administration said in a Federal Register filing that it is still reviewing applications for additional marijuana growers as part of a program first announced more than two years ago.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took the first step toward running for president by forming an exploratory committee. Here’s Marijuana Moment’s  comprehensive look at where she stands on cannabis, and how she has quickly evolved on the issue as 2020 approaches.

Oregon lawmakers will consider legislation to allow legal marijuana exports to other states in 2019. If it passes, it could potentially speed up the end of federal prohibition or trigger a Department of Justice crackdown.


Rep Don Bacon (R-NE) tweeted, “Thanks Sen. Justin Wayne & others who advocated for hemp as a legal crop to grow. Hemp-based goods include over 25k consumer goods. I studied the issue & lobbied House Ag Comm. to support Hemp provisions that made the final Farm bill signed by the Pres.”


Nevada Gov.-elect Steve Sisolak criticized how a county is handling a moratorium on marijuana business licensing.

Here’s a preview of Illinois’s 2019 marijuana legalization debate.

Ohio regulators announced that 4,964 medical cannabis patient and caregiver recommendations have been received in the first four weeks of the program.

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy released an overview of youth cannabis treatment and prevention programs.

California regulators included information about progress in marijuana business licensing in an annual report.

A West Virginia delegate said that legalizing marijuana and related energy needs can help boost the state’s coal industry.

Maine regulators still haven’t finalized marijuana testing rules.

Here’s a look at Montana’s medical cannabis tracking system.

States face various considerations when trying to set marijuana tax rates.

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The Dayton, Ohio City Commission will consider a proposed ordinance to decriminalize marijuana on Wednesday.

Rutherford County, Tennessee police are being sued for allegedly targeting stores with owners of Egyptian descent in a crackdown on CBD products.

Here’s a look at how Maine municipalities are preparing for the rollout of marijuana legalization.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, “In 2018, we kept our commitment to fight organized crime and keep our kids safer by legalizing and strictly regulating cannabis.”  The country’s health minister added, “In 2018, we legalized cannabis – turning the page on over eighty years of failed prohibition. I’m proud of our sensible, responsible and equitable plan, which will protect youth while displacing the illegal market.”

A Philippine representative is remaining hopeful about his medical cannabis bill as a legislative deadline approaches.


A survey concluded that “dermatology providers are interested in prescribing cannabinoids and patients are speaking about cannabinoids with their dermatologists” but that “providers’ fund of knowledge on this subject is lacking.”

A survey found that “law enforcement officers view Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana as having a negative impact on their enforcement duties” and “note an increase in potency, perceived juvenile use, and strain on their resources as major issues they are now having to deal with, while “departments further away from Colorado perceive less of an impact than counties closer to Colorado’s border.”


The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board says California needs to cut down on regulations and taxes on marijuana businesses and find a way for them to access banks.


Facebook reinstated the once-deleted page of a company that sells CBD oil.

Nevada  generated $31.72 million in marijuana tax revenue in the first four months of the fiscal year, which is more than 45 % of the total projected for the entire fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

Here’s a look at the challenges the marijuana industry and regulators are having in carrying out the promise of cannabis equity programs.


Former boxer Mike Tyson plans to host a marijuana-friendly music festival.

Kanye West says he is “drug free” heading into 2019.

Murder Mountain is a new docuseries on Netflix that looks at the effects of the marijuana business on Humboldt County, California.

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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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