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Recreational marijuana sales begin in California on Monday.


Ross Ulbricht, who is serving a life sentence for his role in running the online drug sales marketplace The Silk Road, has appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Congressional interference has created a flourishing unregulated marijuana market in Washington, D.C.


Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) will soon announce whether a medical cannabis initiative will appear on the June primary or November general election ballot.

A Maine legislative committee will consider a marijuana legalization implementation bill on January 5.

Colorado officials are using marijuana tax money to pay for programs that used to be supported by now-dwindling tobacco settlement fees. Separately, questions are being raised if a drafting error in cannabis tax legislation will be fixed soon.

Pennsylvania regulators approved eight companies to begin cultivating medical cannabis.

A Florida judge halted enforcement of a law that requires regulators to grant a medical cannabis cultivation license to a member of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association.

A Washington, D.C. councilmember, at the request of the mayor, introduced a bill to ban the use of butane or other explosive gases for marijuana extractions by home growers.


Denver, Colorado prosecutors filed charges against Sweet Leaf budtenders following raids on the dispensary’s locations this month.

Yuba County, California supervisors declared a state of emergency over illegal marijuana grows.

Los Angeles, California’s City Council president wrote a blog post about the city’s experience enacting legal marijuana regulations.

San Francisco, California regulators are launching a campaign to educate young people about the effects of marijuana.


Here’s a look at crucial questions about Canada’s implementation of marijuana legalization.


The National Rifle Association refused to comment about a federal policy that bans medical cannabis patients from being able to purchase guns.


A FiveThirtyEight analysis suggests that marijuana legalization hasn’t been a boon for small businesses.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepted for filing with priority review GW Pharmaceuticals’s  new drug application CBD drug epidiolex to treat severe seizure disorders.

A bank terminated the account of law firm Greenbridge Corporate Counsel because it would not provide information on its clients.

Employees of recently raided Sweet Leaf marijuana dispensaries say their already-deposited Christmas bonuses were taken from their bank accounts.

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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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