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Israel is on its way toward decriminalizing marijuana, with a vote before the full Knesset expected this week.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration released its annual list of new slang terms for marijuana and other drugs. New cannabis entries include “Shoes,” “Pink Panther,” “My Brother” and “Plant.”

A new study ranks the most and least marijuana-friendly newspapers in the U.S.


U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) briefly addressed former House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) joining the advisory board of a marijuana company.

Congressman Ron Estes (R-KS) said he opposes marijuana legalization.


Maine lawmakers overrode Gov. Paul LePage’s (R) veto of medical cannabis expansion legislation.

North Dakota activists submitted what they believe are enough signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization measure for the November ballot.

Michigan regulators added autism, chronic pain, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, Tourette’s syndrome and ulcerative colitis as medical cannabis qualifying conditions. Several other conditions, including anxiety, were denied.

California felony marijuana arrests dropped 74% in 2017, following the enactment of legalization.

Wisconsin’s Republican attorney general is criticizing Democratic gubernatorial candidates’ criminal justice and marijuana reform campaign pledges.

Some legal experts say New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is at risk of federal prosecution for her campaign’s raffling off a bong.

Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear, currently the attorney general, said he thinks voters should be able to decide on medical cannabis.

Vermont lawmakers and advocates are gearing up for a push to legalize marijuana sales in 2019.

Tennessee’s Department of Health is urging people not to share marijuana to avoid the risk of contracting hepatitis A.

Here’s a look at the prospects for medical cannabis legalization in Indiana.


A Brown County, Wisconsin county committee voted in favor of adding a marijuana legalization advisory question to the November ballot.


Toronto, Canada public health officials are calling on the federal government “to decriminalize the possession of all drugs for personal use and increase prevention, harm reduction and treatment services.”

The prime minister of the Bahamas supports legalizing marijuana for medical and scientific use.

France’s minister of solidarity and health is open to legalizing medical cannabis.


The American Medical Association adopted a resolution urging officials to “to take the necessary steps including regulation and legislation to reschedule U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved cannabidiol products, or make any other necessary regulatory or legislative change, as expeditiously as possible” and saying that “FDA-approved cannabidiol medication should be governed only by the federal and state regulatory provisions that apply to other prescription-only products, such as dispensing through pharmacies, rather than by these various state laws applicable to unapproved cannabis products.”

The New Mexico Democratic Party is attacking the state’s Republican gubernatorial nominee over his opposition to marijuana law reform.

The Oklahoma State Medical Association wants regulators to ban the smoking of medical cannabis and enact other restrictions, and is considering a lawsuit to accomplish it.


Thomas Jefferson University created the nation’s first university-based, graduate-level certificates in cannabis education for healthcare and industry professionals.

The Los Angeles Times examines the sometimes dubious health claims made about marijuana products.


CBD producer Innovative Neutraceuticals is suing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection over the seizure of its products.

Cannabis producer Tilray Inc. is expected to be valued between $1.3 billion and $1.5 billion when it begins trading on the Nasdaq.

Adweek looks at how marijuana companies distinguish themselves through packaging.


Musician Damien Marley is pressing UK lawmakers to legalize medical cannabis.

The Los Angeles Times looks at issues related to traveling with marijuana.

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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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