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A potential federal government shutdown this week could allow U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch a crackdown on medical cannabis patients and providers. If Congress fails to pass a budget extension the current rider protecting state medical marijuana laws would expire but, since DEA agents and federal prosecutors are exempt from furloughs, they would be empowered to go after state-legal operators.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor briefly raised the issue of marijuana during an oral argument on a gambling case that could have implications for state cannabis legalization.



In a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) questioned Kellyanne Conway’s apparent new role leading the federal response to opioid issues.

A federal judge rejected a California Native American tribe’s request to resume hemp cultivation.

Federal officials are investigating an unlicensed Oregon marijuana processing facility that exploded.

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted that “smart marijuana policy can lead to economic growth and boost job creation.”  



Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) needs some education about marijuana, lawmakers sponsoring legalization legislation say.

Michigan regulators released emergency medical cannabis rules.,4669,7-192-47796-453904–,00.html

Virginia’s Senate majority leader announced additional details about marijuana decriminalization legislation he intends to introduce next year.

Colorado regulators certified that four industrial hemp seed varieties passed a low-THC validation.

Ohio regulators began accepting applications for private medical cannabis testing licenses.

Alaska regulators rejected a proposed rule to restrict lease agreements between marijuana businesses and landlords.

Missouri representatives prefiled bills to legalize marijuana and to allow CBD medical cannabis for more conditions.



San Francisco, California officials are considering launching a public bank to serve the marijuana industry.

Here’s a look at marijuana regulations the Los Angeles, California City Council is expected to consider on Wednesday.



Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte ordered police to resume drug war operations.



A study suggested that “adolescent cannabis use may be an independent risk factor for future hypomania, and the nature of the association suggests a potential causal link.”



A poll found that 60% of New York voters support legalizing marijuana. When given several policy options, 40% supported legalization, 26% wanted to keep current policy (decriminalization and medical cannabis), 22% wanted to repeal medical cannabis and keep decrim and 11% wanted to make marijuana completely illegal.

The Mercury editorial board is urging U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) to cosponsor medical cannabis research legislation.



GW Pharmaceuticals says it expects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to rule on its CBD medical cannabis drug Epidiolex by mid-2018.

Canadian pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart made a deal with Aphria to supply medical cannabis products.

Maryland medical cannabis dispensaries already ran out of product.

Adweek looks at branding for marijuana companies.

A survey found that more than a quarter of Nevada adults purchased marijuana in the last six months.

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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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