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Marijuana ads don’t increase use; OR winery lawsuit against cannabis grower; NH & VT study commissions

 

TOP THINGS TO KNOW

Nevada gaming officials will discuss potential overlap between the marijuana industry and casinos on Wednesday.
https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/business-columns/inside-gaming/gaming-policy-panel-to-look-at-recreational-marijuana/
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http://gaming.nv.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=12519

As a tribute, I compiled videos of former Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), who died last week, debating the medical marijuana protection amendment he initially sponsored and which is now federal law.
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/federal-medical-marijuana-amendment-author-dies-79/

A new study indicates that marijuana dispensary advertisements don’t convince significantly more people to try cannabis.
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/marijuana-ads-dont-increase-use-study-indicates/

 

FEDERAL

The Washington Post looks at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s efforts to transform crime policy.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/while-eyes-are-on-russia-sessions-dramatically-reshapes-the-justice-department/2017/11/24/dd52d66a-b8dd-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) is happy that local officials in his district rescinded a ban on marijuana businesses.
https://twitter.com/RoKhanna/status/934519308754882565

Democratic Arizona congressional candidate Billy Kovacs supports amending federal marijuana laws to let states implement their own medical cannabis policies.
https://www.kovacsforcongress.com/16498-2/

 

STATES

John Morgan, the attorney who largely funded Florida’s medical cannabis ballot measure, says he won’t run for the state’s Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article186315233.html

An Oregon judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit that a vineyard filed against a neighboring marijuana grower over “foul-smelling particles” that could allegedly damage grape crops.
http://www.capitalpress.com/Oregon/20171124/judge-no-blanket-immunity-for-aspiring-pot-growers-facing-lawsuit

New Hampshire’s marijuana legalization study commission will hold its third meeting on Monday.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-hampshire/articles/2017-11-27/marijuana-legalization-study-panel-to-hold-third-meeting

The Vermont marijuana legalization study commission’s taxation and regulation subcommittee meets on Thursday.
http://marijuanacommission.vermont.gov/event/taxation-and-regulation-subcommittee-meeting-11302017

Due to a change in tax policy, Colorado marijuana revenues are expected to dip for the 2018-19 budget.
http://gazette.com/colorados-marijuana-tax-spending-could-hit-a-bump-next-year/article/1616019

A California senator is pushing to enact size limits for marijuana farms to prevent “mega industrial-scale operations.”
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Wiener-hopes-to-head-off-marijuana-mega-farms-12375887.php

A California political consultant who has campaigned against marijuana legalization sued an opponent who disclosed his medical cannabis use.
https://www.bakersfield.com/news/high-profile-cannabis-foe-with-medical-marijuana-card-sues-pair/article_46e9a150-cf20-11e7-b1ff-83143a3665ba.html

Here’s a look at how California is leading the way in allowing people to expunge past marijuana convictions from their records.
https://www.themarshallproject.org/2017/11/27/how-do-you-clear-a-pot-conviction-from-your-record

Guam officials will hold a public hearing on proposed medical cannabis regulations next week.
http://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2017/11/27/feedback-medical-marijuana-rules-sought/896495001/

The Associated Press looks at the growing number of states allowing PTSD as a medical cannabis qualifying condition.
https://apnews.com/a70c3afbd48042e399f0578ec61896c6

 

INTERNATIONAL

The Canadian House of Commons is expected to dispense with an opposition amendment and vote on third reading passage of the government’s marijuana legalization bill on Monday.
http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/house/projected-business

A South African Parliament committee rejected a medical cannabis bill.
https://www.iol.co.za/sundayindependent/analysis/medical-marijuana-bill-rejected-but-12157890

Colombian coca farmers are resisting U.S.-backed efforts to eradicate their crops.
http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-colombia-cocaine-2017-htmlstory.html

 

ADVOCACY

NORML Women of Washington shares its experience having content blocked on Facebook.
https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/profit-vs-access-on-facebook-our-digital-town-square/

 

SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “marijuana use is associated with sensitization to specific allergens, including molds, dust mites, plants, and cat dander.”
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376871617305550

 

OPINION & ANALYSIS

The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board supports a ban on marijuana advertisements on public transit.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-A-marijuana-prohibition-that-makes-12382341.php

 

BUSINESS

Marijuana testing labs in Alaska appear to be getting different results for the same products.
http://www.ktva.com/story/36902629/marijuana-testing-lab-flags-concerning-discrepancy-in-potency-results

Here’s a look at how marijuana legalization boosts ancillary businesses.
https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/nov/27/legalization-a-boon-to-more-than-just-marijuana-ma/

 

CULTURE     

Hockey officials should discuss updating league marijuana policies in light of Canada’s impending legalization law, the NHL Players Association says.
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/former-nhler-riley-cote-wants-hockey-embrace-cannabis/

Green Bay Packers player Lance Kendricks was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
http://www.tmz.com/2017/11/25/lance-kendricks-busted-for-weed/

A video appears to show former first daughter Malia Obama blowing smoke rings — unclear what kind of smoke — in a bathroom.
http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/23/watch-leaked-video-alleges-to-show-malia-obama-blowing-smoke-rings/

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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 Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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