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The states most likely to legalize cannabis in 2019 (Newsletter: Dec. 27, 2018)



Veterinarians want more training on marijuana for pets; “Strains” is a misnomer when it comes to cannabis; CA treasurer’s banking report

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Marijuana Moment’s latest analysis takes a look at the states that are most likely to legalize cannabis in 2019.

A survey of veterinarians finds that most think marijuana and CBD have medical benefits, but that they aren’t getting enough guidance from state veterinary associations about how to recommend these products for pets.

A new scientific paper makes the case that the term “strain” is being used incorrectly to describe what are actually different “chemovars” of cannabis.


Massachusetts regulators have asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for help addressing the marijuana industry’s banking access issues.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) said, “I have been working on [marijuana] for decades, and this was the year that the movement crested. It’s clear that this is all coming to a head.”


California’s treasurer will release the results of a feasibility study on marijuana business banking on Thursday.

Massachusetts’s top marijuana regulator said his commission will release a timeline for allowing marijuana delivery and social use areas on January 10.

Indiana legislative leaders say medical cannabis will be debated in 2019.

A New Hampshire representative plans to file a marijuana legalization bill.

A Tennessee senator is optimistic about medical cannabis legislation in 2019.

A New York senator is hosting an event called “Safe Roads in the Age of Legalization” on January 7.

Here’s a look at a pending Florida lawsuit that could overturn the state’s medical cannabis regulations.

A Rhode Island judge rejected a request from people who want their seized marijuana returned because they say they use it for religious reasons.

A South Carolina senator filed a resolution urging the federal government to remove barriers to marijuana research.

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A Tulsa, Oklahoma City Council member also serves as director of public and strategic affairs of a cannabis company.

The first Oakland, California marijuana dispensary created under the city’s equity program has opened.


Germany’s medical cannabis program is experiencing another delay.

Ireland’s health  minister said medical cannabis is a “major priority for me and I really want to see this happen in 2019.”

Malaysian health officials are asking pharmaceutical companies to submit evidence on the efficacy and safety of medical cannabis.


The Kansas Democratic Party tweeted about the potential to legalize medical cannabis in the state.


The New York Post editorial board is skeptical of the marijuana legalization model put forth by Mayor Bill de Blasio (D).


Sanitas Peak Financial launched a fund dedicated to hemp industry investments.

The Denver Post examines the growth of ancillary businesses in the marijuana industry.

Here’s a look at where California’s marijuana market stands one year after legal sales began.


Here’s a look at how professional football players feel about marijuana.

The New Yorker talks to an illegal marijuana seller about the potential impact of legalization on his business.

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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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