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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW
Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a marijuana decriminalization proposal.
Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) acknowledged that his anti-marijuana views are out of step with his constituents and said he’s “not proposing a crackdown,” even as he has repeatedly voted to allow federal agents to interfere with state laws.
U.S. Army Sec. Mark Esper spoke about enlistment waivers for recruits who have used marijuana.
Republican Arizona U.S. Senate candidate Joe Arpaio, a former sheriff, voiced support for medical cannabis.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that a key part of anti-drug strategy should be to tell “young people and adults don’t get started” using drugs.
Former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan is considering running for Congress in New York, and his tentative campaign site says he supports decriminalizing drugs.
Colorado gubernatorial candidates spoke about marijuana legalization implementation.
California regulators sent hundreds of warning letters to unlicensed marijuana businesses.
The co-chair of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy is not happy about proposed rules that would allow cannabis social use areas and delivery services.
Utah’s House speaker spoke about efforts to enact medical cannabis legislation despite federal prohibition.
Here’s a look at where individual New Jersey lawmakers stand on legalizing marijuana.
Ohio regulators are offering to pause medical cannabis business licensing in light of a “critical flaw'” discovered in a recent audit.
Montana regulators released final medical cannabis rules.
A New York assemblymembers filed a bill to add autism as a medical cannabis qualifying condition. Separately, the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Conference held a panel discussion on marijuana legalization.
Colorado arrests for illegal marijuana manufacturing are reportedly on the rise.
The Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners will hear testimony about adding PTSD and chronic pain as medical cannabis qualifying conditions on Monday.
The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday.
The Seattle Times look at issues related to possible diversion of marijuana from Washington State.
A judge struck down a Detroit, Michigan voter initiative that allowed medical cannabis businesses to operate in more locations.
Nearly four percent of Denver, Colorado’s electricity use is devoted to growing marijuana, new data shows.
Alberta, Canada’s provincial government released marijuana regulations.
UK regulators denied a medical cannabis license for a six-year-old boy with severe epilepsy.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana in an appearance on Bill Maher’s HBO show.
The president of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys claimed that “nobody’s going to jail” for marijuana possession.
The executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law appeared to blame the Department of Justice’s focus on drug law enforcement for the FBI not preventing the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The Conservative Political Action Conference this month will feature a debate about marijuana legalization.
/ SCIENCE & HEALTH
A study concluded that policies allowing homegrown marijuana lead to “lower health and social risks.”
/ OPINION & ANALYSIS
A poll found that likely voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district support legalizing marijuana, 46%-43%.
The Girls Scouts of Colorado moved to treat marijuana dispensaries like any other business, allowing girls to sell cookies outside them.
The National Conference of Weights and Measures formed a Cannabis Task Group to develop uniform weights and measures standards for the industry.
New Hampshire medical cannabis sales are increasing.
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