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Facebook considers loosening cannabis restrictions (Newsletter: March 5, 2019)

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Bernie Sanders talks marijuana on campaign trail; Beto O’Rourke starts cannabis petition; Texas holds decrim hearing

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, spoke about marijuana reform and ending the war on drugs in the first two rallies of his campaign. In a radio appearance, he also discussed the  need for communities targeted by the war on drugs to have equity in the legal cannabis industry.

The Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee took more than two hours of testimony on a marijuana decriminalization bill. Just before the hearing, four committee chairs signed on as cosponsors.

Facebook is considering loosening the site’s restrictions on marijuana-related content, an internal company presentation says. Cannabis sellers would be able to list their prices for the first time under changes being weighed by a working group.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) sent an email to his list with the subject line, “End the prohibition on marijuana.” The message, which links to a petition he can use for list building and fundraising, comes as many political observers expect him to announce a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

/ FEDERAL

The Department of Agriculture released registration information about the hemp implementation listening session it is hosting next week.

White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway spoke at two conferences about fentanyl-laced marijuana.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) seemed to downplay the prospects that marijuana legislation would move through his committee, saying, “We’re trying to sit down and think of a legislative agenda where we can find common ground, and I’m not so sure that one brings us together.” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) agreed, saying. “I’d be surprised if [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell] would want to spend a lot of time on that, particularly with the issues that involve the difference in the way the federal government looks at this issue and the way the state governments are beginning to look at this issue. We are likely to deal with it somewhere, but I think that would be more likely in the appropriations bills.”

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) said she supports legalizing marijuana and investing the revenue in communities harmed by the war on drugs. She tweeted, “Proud to support marijuana legalization at state and federal levels. The time has come for our country to make this change. Justice demands it.”

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) his hosting a conference about ending the war on drugs in Houston in May.

/ STATES

Political observers expect South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) would likely veto medical cannabis legislation were it to arrive on his desk.

Florida’s House speaker said his chamber will pass legislation allowing adult patients, but not children, to smoke medical cannabis.

Rhode Island’s Senate president said he doesn’t currently support legalizing marijuana.

New Jersey’s Senate Republican minority leader said he is not whipping his caucus to vote against marijuana legalization. Meanwhile, the state Election Law Enforcement Commission reported that spending on cannabis lobbying in the state more than quadrupled from a year ago.

The New Mexico Senate approved a bill to make medical cannabis certifications last for three years instead of one year.

The Colorado House Finance Committee approved a bill to let publicly traded companies and private investment firms hold marijuana business licenses.

Georgia lawmakers referred a medical cannabis expansion bill back to a committee instead of bringing it to the floor.

Idaho lawmakers approved funding for testing equipment that police can use to determine whether cannabis crops are hemp or marijuana.

Kentucky lawmakers are moving to create another task force to study medical cannabis, possibly signaling that legalization legislation isn’t likely to be enacted this year.

The Massachusetts Commission on Harm Reduction is uring the state to allow supervised consumption facilities for illegal drugs.

Louisiana regulators accused a university and its medical cannabis cultivation partner of breaking the law by improperly expanding their operation.

New Mexico regulators enacted an emergency rule allowing medical cannabis producers to grow up to 2,500 plants. Meanwhile, some Republican lawmakers are slamming former U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), now the chair of the state Republican Party, for opposing marijuana legalization.

Maine regulators are seeking bids for a new a seed-to-sale marijuana tracking system.

California regulators announced enforcement actions against unlicensed marijuana businesses.

Alaska regulators are considering changes to rules on marijuana testing lab ownership, license denial, violation fine schedules and handler permit courses. Meanwhile, the House Labor & Commerce Committee advanced the nomination of one of the governor’s picks to sit on the state cannabis regulatory board. Separately, the lieutenant governor still hasn’t signed off on regulations to allow on-site consumption at marijuana retail operations.

Oklahoma regulators reported that they have approved 61,997 medical cannabis patient, caregiver,  dispensary, grower and processor licenses.

Wisconsin regulators say they are seeing an increase in hemp cultivation applications.


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The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania City Council Committee on Law and Government held a hearing on a proposal to place a measure on the May 21 ballot that would call on the state to legalize marijuana.

New York City councilmembers are demanding that city officials explain their move to ban CBD-infused foods and drinks.

Denver, Colorado’s mayor tweeted about the city’s latest upcoming event to help people expunge marijuana records. Meanwhile, the city’s Cannabis Health and Safety Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The International Narcotics Control Board’s annual report slams national marijuana legalization and some medical cannabis laws.

The Canadian government released statistics about the size of the country’s legal marijuana market as compared to illegal supplies.

At least ten UK police chief constables are endorsing safe consumption facilities for illegal drugs.

/ ADVOCACY

The Republican Party of New York is launching an effort to defeat marijuana legalization. The party tweeted, “The NYGOP is turning good policy into action and slowing the rush of marijuana legalization/commercialization to study facts is critical to public health and safety. There are serious warning signs @NYGovCuomo and @nydems must not ignore.”

The Democratic Party of New Mexico tweeted, “Industrial hemp production is going to become a multibillion dollar business and New Mexico has the chance to lead this new industry — that’s why @GovMLG is supporting this proposal.”

The Cannabis Trade Federation announced its 24-member founding board of directors.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “those treated with nonsynthetic cannabinoids were 43% to 300% more likely to report a ≥30% reduction in chronic neuropathic pain compared with placebo.”

A review found that “the presence of cannabis resulted in an increased risk estimate for road traffic collisions.”

A study concluded that “marijuana use does not confer an anti-inflammatory effect and recency of use is not relevant.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll of Florida voters found that 87% support letting patients smoke medical cannabis and that 62% support legalizing marijuana.

A poll of Texas voters found that 60% think lawmakers should consider legalizing marijuana as a way to increase the amount of money that can be spent on public education, with 33% opposed.

/ BUSINESS

Leafly hired a former Amazon executive as its new CEO.

An analysis by Leafly concluded that there are now more than 211,000 cannabis jobs in the U.S.

The Associated Press looks at the growing number of colleges adding courses about cannabis.

Oklahoma retailers sold $7.2 million worth of medical cannabis products in February.

/ CULTURE

Miley Cyrus blamed “a lot of drugs” for the end of her Hannah Montana character.

The Onion had some fun with the fact that so many Democratic presidential candidates are endorsing marijuana legalization.

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CT legal cannabis bill approved in committee (Newsletter: March 26, 2019)

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Congressional banking bill amendment; NJ legalization stalls; TX marijuana decrim bill advances; POTUS candidate Pete Buttigieg on cannabis

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New Jersey legislative leaders pulled a marijuana legalization bill that had been scheduled for Monday votes from the calendar because it did not have enough Senate support to pass.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), the chief sponsor of a marijuana banking bill up for a congressional committee vote on Tuesday, is proposing an amendment that would require federal agencies to track diversity and inclusion in the cannabis industry, among other changes to the legislation.

The Connecticut legislature’s General Law Committee approved a marijuana legalization bill, with the Judiciary Committee expected to vote on related cannabis legislation on Thursday.

The Texas Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved a marijuana decriminalization bill.

Marijuana Moment’s latest candidate overview takes a comprehensive look at where Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg stands on cannabis.

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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a case seeking to overturn a Washington State Supreme Court ruling that determined regulators properly denied a marijuana business license to an LLC because of the criminal history of its sole member’s spouse.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is seeking a contractor to handle the incineration of seized marijuana, other illegal drugs and additional evidence materials.

Politico takes a look at the Food and Drug Administration’s difficulty in regulating CBD products.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate said that the war on drugs “is a war on American people.” He also tweeted, “It’s not enough to legalize marijuana—we should also: ✅ use tax revenue to reinvest in communities hurt by the failed War on Drugs ✅ penalize states that don’t change their marijuana laws & continue to disproportionately arrest people of color.”

A Maryland student pleaded guilty to charges of illegal wiretapping related to streaming a meeting about marijuana with a staffer for Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) on Facebook.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “New reports show legal marijuana to be the fastest-growing industry in the country: 65,000 full-time jobs added to the US job market in 2018 and 60% of voters supporting legalization. This underscores the fact that it’s time to decriminalize marijuana nationwide.”

PolitiFact ruled that a statement by former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), a presidential candidate, about marijuana use rates in his state following legalization is “Half True.”

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) congratulated Connecticut’s new agriculture commissioner nominee, noting that they have worked together on hemp issues.

/ STATES

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he believes the legislature will be able to legalize marijuana even if the issue isn’t addressed in the budget.

South Dakota’s attorney general released a statement clarifying that hemp and CBD remain illegal under state law.

A number of state attorneys general met with Canadian law enforcement officials to discuss marijuana regulations.

The Kansas House of Representatives approved a hemp bill.

The North Dakota Senate did not produce a needed two-thirds majority to approve a bill allowing medical cannabis edibles, but it did pass hemp legislation.

The Connecticut legislature’s General Law Committee advanced a bill adding opioid withdrawal syndrome as a medical cannabis qualifying condition.

The Arizona House Committee on Regulatory Affairs approved legislation aimed at increasing the number of medical cannabis dispensaries in rural areas.

The Florida Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously advanced a hemp legalization bill. The state’s agriculture commissioner cheered the move.

The Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee approved hemp legislation.

The Missouri House Rules-Administrative Oversight Committee voted to approve a hemp expansion bill.

The Vermont House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill to decriminalize possession of buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction.

The Utah Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case seeking to overturn legislation lawmakers passed replacing the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis initiative.

The Guam Senate is expected to vote on a marijuana legalization bill soon.

The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee was scheduled hear a marijuana legalization bill and legislation to protect employment rights of cannabis consumers on Tuesday, but the proposal to end prohibition is being pulled back for revisions. The House Health, Education and Welfare Committee will hear a bill on Wednesday to add marijuana to laws covering second-hand smoke.

Washington State regulators released an updated list of pesticides that are allowed to be used in marijuana cultivation.

Louisiana regulators are being pressured to make medical cannabis available to patients by May 15.

New Mexico regulators will decide on Friday whether to add opioid addiction as a medical cannabis qualifying condition.

Nevada lawmakers filed a marijuana banking bill.


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District attorneys from Oklahoma counties disagree with one another about whether people should be able to use medical cannabis while on probation.

Los Angeles, California regulators are hiring someone to run the city’s marijuana equity program.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Kenyan government disputed an American company’s claim that it had been granted a license to cultivate medical cannabis there.

Liberian government officials are reportedly meeting with U.S. medical cannabis business interests.

/ ADVOCACY

The American Bankers Association and the Credit Union National Association sent letters urging Congress to approve marijuana banking legislation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study suggested that “THC use does not reduce immune function” in people living with HIV.

A study found that hospital “visits attributable to inhaled cannabis are more frequent than those attributable to edible cannabis, although the latter is associated with more acute psychiatric visits and more [emergency department] visits than expected.”

A review concluded that “randomised controlled trials of plant-derived cannabidiol for treatment of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two severe childhood-onset epilepsies, provide evidence of anti-seizure effects” but that “small clinical trials of cannabinoids in other neurological disorders such as Huntington’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dementia, have not found any effect.”

A study of mice suggested “CBD as a pharmacological tool to improve neurological dysfunctions caused by the trauma” associated with traumatic brain injury.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Guam Daily Post editorial board wants the territory’s voters to be able to decide on marijuana legalization via a ballot measure.

/ BUSINESS

Target said it doesn’t have any immediate plans to carry CBD products.

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GOP seeks to delay cannabis banking vote in Congress (Newsletter: March 25, 2019)

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Connecticut legalization hearings; Booker backs NJ legal marijuana bill; Advocates press industry to uphold social responsibilities

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Top Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee are calling on Democrats to delay a scheduled Tuesday vote on marijuana banking legislation.

Two Connecticut legislative committees held separate simultaneous hearings on marijuana legalization bills. A vote in the General Law Committee is scheduled for Monday.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) endorsed the marijuana legalization bill that lawmakers in his home state of New Jersey will vote on Monday, though it looks like a majority of state senators are now opposed to the legislation.

The Drug Policy Alliance released a memo pressing the marijuana industry to do more to uphold its social responsibilities and the principles of the legalization movement—the work of which allows cannabis businesses to exist in the first place.

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Attorney General William Barr toured Drug Enforcement Administration headquarters on Friday just before receiving Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

The U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York is urging state lawmakers not to legalize marijuana.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Los Angeles office tweeted, “Outstanding work! Excellent investigation culminating in the arrest of a man suspected of putting poison – #marijuana – on our streets. #cannabis is illegal and highly addictive. Use #pot and go to #jail! Violent guns+#marijuana go hand in hand.”

Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted about more of his concerns with marijuana legalization.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “We need to invest in jobs and education for our kids, not more jails and incarceration. We need to end the destructive “war on drugs,” eliminate private prisons and cash bail and bring about major police department reform.” He also spoke about ending the drug war during a campaign rally in San Francisco.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “We can’t talk about legalizing marijuana unless we also talk about expunging the records of the millions of people who are unable to get a job—or any of the thousands of other collateral consequences—that come with having a marijuana conviction.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “We need to dismantle institutional racism. We need solutions both targeted and broad—like higher standards for maternity care, a national commitment to full employment, postal banking, ending cash bail and legalizing marijuana.” She also spoke about cannabis legalization at a campaign rally.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), a presidential candidate, spoke about the need for the federal government to allow marijuana businesses to access banks and to actively regulate cannabis. (About 45 minutes into the video.)

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), a presidential candidate, said he wants to visit Nevada marijuana stores to see what legalization looks like in practice.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted, “W/ the support of almost a third of my colleagues in the House, I look forward to advancing #SAFEBanking this week. With 97.7% of Americans living in a state where some form of cannabis is permitted, Congress can no longer just stick its head in the sand.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Cannabis prohibition has always unfairly targeted communities of color. It’s time to pass the #MarijuanaJusticeAct and invest in communities devastated by the failed #WarOnDrugs.”

The House marijuana banking bill got five new cosponsors, for a total of 143.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) tweeted, “Our adult-use marijuana legalization bill, with strong provisions for expungement and the ability to vacate sentences for those currently incarcerated, will promote social and racial justice and reduce disparities in our criminal justice system.” Assembly and Senate floor votes on legalization legislation are expected on Monday, but it is not clear that supporters have the votes to pass the bill.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) tweeted, “It’s time for #CT to legalize marijuana for recreational use. We should expunge criminal charges for simple possession. This will lead to a safer market, and some of the proceeds can be used to correct historical wrongs and support addiction services.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said that the best chance of passing marijuana legalization would be to do it through the budget.

The North Dakota Senate approved legislation to expand the state’s medical cannabis program.

The Arizona House of Representatives narrowly defeated a bill to clarify the legality of medical cannabis edibles.

The Guam Senate voted to approve additional fees on medical cannabis.

The Utah Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case challenging legislation lawmakers passed to replace the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis initiative on Monday.

The Alabama House Democratic caucus included medical cannabis in its legislative agenda.

Michigan regulators adopted a resolution on action against unlicensed medical cannabis businesses. They also sent a bulletin on intellectual property issues for marijuana products and released a fire plan checklist.

Oregon regulators upheld a judge’s denial of a marijuana business license application over false statements.

Louisiana regulators gave approval for Louisiana State University to move its medical cannabis growing operation into a larger facility.


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Here’s a look at the stalemate between Baltimore, Maryland prosecutors, who no longer charge marijuana possession, and the city’s police force, which continues to make arrests.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced plans to develop a medical cannabis industry.

/ ADVOCACY

The New York Medical Society, New Jersey Medical Society, Connecticut Medical Society and Delaware Medical Society issued a joint statement opposing marijuana legalization.

The Texas Medical Association is calling for marijuana to be federally rescheduled and to remove restrictions in state law on who can access CBD medical cannabis.

The president of the New Jersey NAACP published an op-ed urging lawmakers to legalize marijuana.

The Indiana Democratic Party tweeted, “How long will Hoosiers have to wait to join the — 33 other states– that have legalized medical marijuana in some form?”

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist tweeted, “There are always two ways presented to solve a ‘problem.; One increases liberty.  One increases state power. We first chose prohibition with liquor. It was expensive in lives. We chose prohibition with cannabis. Now we are giving people more options and reducing state power.”

The National Cannabis Roundtable made a number of lobbyist hires.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study looking at car accidents in the UK on 4/20 found that “on the average cannabis celebration day in Britain, there were an additional 23 police-reported collisions compared to control days, corresponding to a 17.9% increase in the relative risk of collision.”

A study concluded that college “students in medical states were more likely to use marijuana compared to non‐legal states.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Boston Globe editorial board is urging Massachusetts lawmakers to do more to ensure an equitable marijuana industry.

/ BUSINESS

A Marijuana Business Daily analysis found that 93% of Canadian marijuana company board seats are held by men.

The Wall Street Journal looks at hiring and workplace issues related to marijuana.

/ CULTURE

Whoopi Goldberg authored an op-ed calling on New Jersey lawmakers to legalize marijuana.

Professional golfer Robert Garrigus was suspended over a positive marijuana test.

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Fed health agency slams cannabis’s Schedule I restrictions (Newsletter: March 22, 2019)

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Study: Marijuana consumers are less obese than non-users; Veterans orgs press Congress on cannabis research; More WI legalization ballot questions

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A federal agency under the National Institutes of Health is slamming marijuana’s restrictive Schedule I status as a reason for “slow” research on its medical benefits, and says it will spend money on studies examining cannabis as a pain treatment.

A number of military veterans advocacy organizations such as Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America have been pressing Congress on expanding medical cannabis research in a series of joint House-Senate hearings in recent weeks.

Voters in some Wisconsin localities will get the chance to decide on marijuana legalization and medical cannabis ballot questions during the state’s April 2 election.

A new study smashes stereotype about lazy stoners who are too busy stuffing their faces with munchies to exercise, finding that “actively cannabis-using subgroups were under-represented among newly incident cases of obesity.”

/ FEDERAL

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the driver of a truck that got stuck on railroad tracks and was collided into by a train carrying members of Congress last year was under the influence of marijuana and an anti-seizure medication.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “The drug pushers at Big Pharma have enough crooked politicians in their pocket to maintain the appearance of legality – that’s the only difference between them & every other global drug cartel. I’m for legalizing marijuana & holding Big Pharma accountable.”

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) touted his 95% Conservative Voting Record from Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, which is based, in part, on the Farm Bill’s hemp legalization provisions.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) held a press conference to build support for marijuana legalization votes on Monday, saying that he is “making progress, but we have a ways to go.” He also spoke about the reasons for ending prohibition in an MSNBC interview.

Alabama’s Republican House speaker is cosponsoring a medical cannabis bill.

A majority of Illinois House of Representatives members have cosponsored a resolution calling to slow down the process for marijuana legalization legislation. Separately, a representative filed a bill to make the state’s medical cannabis program permanent and to add new qualifying conditions.

The Connecticut legislature’s General Law and Judiciary Committees will hold hearings on marijuana legalization on Friday.

Guam lawmakers began debating a marijuana legalization bill.

Several large marijuana companies appear to be testing the limits of a Massachusetts law that allows firms to control no more than three retail cannabis outlets in the state.

The North Dakota Senate is expected to vote on legislation to expand the state’s medical cannabis program soon.

Maine officials hired a top regulator to run the state’s recreational marijuana program.

Michigan regulators are moving to shut down 50 unlicensed medical cannabis businesses.

Ohio regulators awarded certificates of operations to three more medical cannabis dispensaries.


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/ LOCAL

Boston, Massachusetts’s mayor published a letter in the New York Times about the city’s efforts to ensure equity in the marijuana industry.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The former presidents of Colombia, Mexico and Switzerland co-authored an op-ed calling for drug legalization.

A Guernsey senior deputy said the jurisdiction should consider legalizing marijuana.

/ ADVOCACY

The Connecticut Republican Party is conducting a survey on support for legalizing marijuana.

The Indiana Democratic Party tweeted, “33 other states have passed some form of medical marijuana- including our neighbors of Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. Hoosiers are ready to join them.” It also launched a petition on the issue.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “lifetime cannabis use is associated with better working memory and processing speed and worse real-world functioning in the area of socially useful activities in patients with schizophrenia-related disorders.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that Montana voters support legalizing marijuana, 51%-37%.

/ BUSINESS

Trulieve Tallahassee made Florida’s first legal sale of smokable medical cannabis flower.

SunTrust closed the bank account of the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida.

/ CULTURE

Travel writer Rick Steves gave the New York Times Magazine a look at some of the musings he has jotted down while high.

The New York Times looks at high-end marijuana-related jewelry.

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