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TOP THINGS TO KNOW

New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy (D) says he will continue pressing for marijuana legalization despite concerns voiced by some legislators from his party.
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/11/cracks_emerge_in_democratic_party_before_murphy_ta.html

Indiana Gov. Doug Holcomb (R) directed state police to check stores for illegal CBD medical cannabis products.
https://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/28/gov-holcomb-retailers-have-60-days-remove-cbd-oil-shelves/900758001/

 

FEDERAL

Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) spoke on the House floor about illegal marijuana grows on public lands.
https://www.c-span.org/video/?437737-2/us-house-meets-legislative-business&start=532
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https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2017/11/28/house-section/article/h9440-3

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted his support for legalizing marijuana (again).
https://twitter.com/RepRoKhanna/status/935587095246020609

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) tweeted about legal marijuana’s role in reducing opioid issues.
https://twitter.com/TulsiPress/status/935644476567035905
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https://twitter.com/TulsiPress/status/935644977970913280

 

STATES

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) defend his past marijuana legalization comments in response to criticism from El Paso County officials.
http://www.krdo.com/news/top-stories/el-paso-county-commissioners-challenge-governor-on-marijuana/663751047

Connecticut gubernatorial candidates discussed drug policy at a debate hosted by pro-legalization organizations.
http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-marijuana-legalization-connecticut-20171128-story.html
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http://www.middletownpress.com/middletown/article/Drugs-main-topic-of-gubernatorial-debate-at-Yale-12390754.php

North Dakota activists submitted language of a proposed 2018 marijuana legalization ballot initiative.
http://www.inforum.com/news/government-and-politics/4366259-ballot-measure-petition-seeks-full-legalization-marijuana-nd

Illinois lawmakers held a hearing on marijuana legalization’s economic impact.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/rick-steves-marijuana-legalization-can-help-west-south-sides/
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-rick-steves-illinois-marijuana-legalize-20171127-story.html

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alec Ross is supporting marijuana legalization.
https://twitter.com/AlecJRoss/status/935533764553400320
Separately, the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries are expected to begin selling product within the next week.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/marylanders-are-days-away-from-being-able-to-legally-buy-medical-marijuana/2017/11/28/4e87a32e-d396-11e7-95bf-df7c19270879_story.html

California regulators submitted emergency marijuana rules to the Office of Administrative Law.
https://cannabis.ca.gov/2017/11/27/public-comment-period-for-emergency-rulemaking-action-related-to-cannabis-cultivation-licensing/

Iowa regulators licensed the state’s first CBD medical cannabis producer.
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/health/2017/11/28/iowas-sole-medical-marijuana-production-company-based-des-moines/903254001/

Oregon regulators issued guidance to marijuana businesses on participating in cannabis cup competitions.
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/oregon-regulators-issue-guidance-cannabis-cups/

Massachusetts regulators are partnering with community organizations to survey people about a marijuana equity program.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W8TF3F3

New Hampshire representatives prefiled a bill to create a cannabis control commission.
http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Bill_docket.aspx?lsr=2516&sy=2018&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2018&txtbillnumber=HB1768

Virginia senators prefiled a bill to raise the threshold for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+sum+SB40

Michigan regulators still haven’t released guidelines for medical cannabis business license applications.
http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/michigan/licensing-board-slow-to-provide-medical-marijuana-regulations/495262888

 

LOCAL

The San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors approved marijuana regulations.
http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/SF-supervisors-pass-recreational-marijuana-rules-12390773.php

The Sacramento, California City Council approved marijuana regulations, including an equity program.
https://twitter.com/Drew_CBS13/status/935758938296942592
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https://twitter.com/Erika_D_Smith/status/935738450107650049

 

INTERNATIONAL

Canada’s Senate began consideration of the government’s marijuana legalization bill.
https://twitter.com/SenateCA/status/935593403756236800

Ireland’s health minister granted a license to allow a girl with epilepsy to use medical cannabis.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/girl-7-granted-licence-for-use-of-medicinal-cannabis-1.3308582

Lawmakers in Spain created a commission to examine the possible legalization of medical cannabis.
https://www.consalud.es/politica/parlamentos/el-congreso-dice-si-a-unificar-criterios-para-reconocer-la-carrera-profesional_44584_102.html

 

SCIENCE & HEALTH

Researchers at the University of California — Davis are studying medical marijuana’s impact on pets.
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/video/3769610-uc-davis-researching-effects-of-medical-cannabis-on-pets/

 

OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board wants answers to some questions before Illinois legalizes marijuana.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/illinois-legalize-pot-marijuana-rick-steves-five-questions-steans-cassidy/

The Manila Bulletin editorial board said that it might not be the best time for Philippine lawmakers to push a medical cannabis bill in the midst of a bloody “drug war.”
https://news.mb.com.ph/2017/11/29/not-the-best-time-for-marijuana-bill/

 

BUSINESS

MJ Freeway disclosed another hack of its clients’ data, one that occurred about a year ago.
http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/11/28/mj-freeway-cyber-attack-november-2016/93423/

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company discussed marijuana legalization’s impact on its business in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • “We sell products, including hydroponic gardening products, that end users may purchase for use in new and emerging industries or segments, including the growing of cannabis, that may not grow or achieve market acceptance in a manner that we can predict. The demand for these products is dependent on the growth of these industries or segments, which is uncertain.”

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/825542/000154638017000042/smg930201710k.htm

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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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