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Boehner joins cannabiz; Mormon Church slams UT medical cannabis measure; ME legalization bill OKed

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A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector general’s report found that law enforcement often fails to clean up marijuana grow sites on public lands after raids, which puts people, animals and the environment at risk.

UPDATE: After two days, 2,527 public comments have already been submitted to the Trump administration about rescheduling marijuana per a recent Federal Register notice. The deadline for weighing in is April 23.

Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R), together with former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld (R), endorsed descheduling marijuana and joined the board of advisors of cannabis company Acreage Holdings.

/ FEDERAL

Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) again tweeted about how “amazing” his state’s legal marijuana is.

Members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation weighed in on plans to legalize marijuana in the state.

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “Legalizing marijuana isn’t only an important criminal justice issue, but also a way to create a new industry with millions of jobs that can put communities back to work and create needed tax revenue.”

/ STATES

The Maine House of Representatives approved a bill to implement marijuana legalization.

Montana rules requiring testing, labeling and tracking of medical cannabis products took effect.

Questions are being raised about whether Massachusetts regulators violated open meeting laws by voting on priority marijuana business license applicants without first revealing their names. Separately, regulators released information on marijuana taxes.

Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidates discussed marijuana legalization at a debate.

New York Reform Party gubernatorial candidate Joel GIambra is stepping up his push for marijuana legalization.

It’s still unclear whether the Connecticut House of Representatives will vote on a marijuana legalization bill this year.

South Carolina’s medical cannabis bill died as time ran out in the legislative session.

Oklahoma activists are collecting signatures for a pair of proposed constitutional amendments to legalize marijuana and allow medical cannabis.

Hawaii lawmakers are considering allowing medical cannabis edibles.

A Guam senator is introducing a bill to allow medical cannabis home cultivation amid delays in launching a regulated industry.

Texas officials are cracking down on CBD products.

/ LOCAL

Lansing, Michigan police removed several activists from a contentious City Council meeting amidst a dispute about proposed ballot measure to overturn the city’s restrictive medical cannabis ordinance.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Key Israeli Cabinet ministers reached an agreement on allowing medical cannabis exports.

/ ADVOCACY

Leaders of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement expressing concern about a proposed Utah medical cannabis ballot measure.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study examined online marketing practices of marijuana dispensaries, finding that they are “easily accessible to youth” and that “only a small amount of the websites advised consumers about possible side effects or contraindications.”

A study detected “low concentrations” of THC in marijuana-consuming mothers’ breast milk.

/ BUSINESS  

An analysis from BDS Analytics found that California retailers are selling 50% less product than state projections indicated.

Canadian marijuana stocks fell to their lowest point in four months.

A survey found that 67% of employers said they had workplace policies addressing medical use of marijuana.

The head of the Associated Press’s new marijuana beat team spoke about plans for coverage.

/ CULTURE     

CNN looks at celebrities’ interest in joining the marijuana industry.

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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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