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New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy (D) says he will continue pressing for marijuana legalization despite concerns voiced by some legislators from his party.

Indiana Gov. Doug Holcomb (R) directed state police to check stores for illegal CBD medical cannabis products.



Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) spoke on the House floor about illegal marijuana grows on public lands.

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted his support for legalizing marijuana (again).

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) tweeted about legal marijuana’s role in reducing opioid issues.



Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) defend his past marijuana legalization comments in response to criticism from El Paso County officials.

Connecticut gubernatorial candidates discussed drug policy at a debate hosted by pro-legalization organizations.

North Dakota activists submitted language of a proposed 2018 marijuana legalization ballot initiative.

Illinois lawmakers held a hearing on marijuana legalization’s economic impact.

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alec Ross is supporting marijuana legalization.
Separately, the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries are expected to begin selling product within the next week.

California regulators submitted emergency marijuana rules to the Office of Administrative Law.

Iowa regulators licensed the state’s first CBD medical cannabis producer.

Oregon regulators issued guidance to marijuana businesses on participating in cannabis cup competitions.

Massachusetts regulators are partnering with community organizations to survey people about a marijuana equity program.

New Hampshire representatives prefiled a bill to create a cannabis control commission.

Virginia senators prefiled a bill to raise the threshold for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Michigan regulators still haven’t released guidelines for medical cannabis business license applications.



The San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors approved marijuana regulations.

The Sacramento, California City Council approved marijuana regulations, including an equity program.



Canada’s Senate began consideration of the government’s marijuana legalization bill.

Ireland’s health minister granted a license to allow a girl with epilepsy to use medical cannabis.

Lawmakers in Spain created a commission to examine the possible legalization of medical cannabis.



Researchers at the University of California — Davis are studying medical marijuana’s impact on pets.



The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board wants answers to some questions before Illinois legalizes marijuana.

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.”



MJ Freeway disclosed another hack of its clients’ data, one that occurred about a year ago.

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.”

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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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