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California Wants You for the Cannabis Advisory Committee

Last Friday, the California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR) announced in a press release that it has begun seeking applicants to participate in a Cannabis Advisory Committee. The role of the Committee will be to help the Bureau and other state agencies – the Department of Food and Agriculture (DFA) and the Department of

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Does Marijuana Policy Spark Activism?

President Trump’s actions have sparked massive activist energy from progressives. His Executive Order on immigration created waves of protests at cities and airports across the country. Those protests have been significant in getting lawmakers that oppose Trump’s actions to take stands where possible. Without massive protests, Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson may never have brought

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California Cannabis and Limited Vertical Integration under Prop 64

California lawmakers have been tasked with the difficult challenge of reconciling the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), which legalized commercial medical marijuana activities, with Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana use for all adults and is set to begin licensing commercial recreational businesses by January 1, 2018. We’ve previously blogged about this challenge and

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXLV

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch points to one of the major issues posed by a federally illegal substance being state legal in some states. Though it is for the most part true that dispensaries (in Colorado and other states with legal cannabis) will not be raided by the Feds simply for legally distributing marijuana, they

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXLIV

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)’s recently proposed taking a “less punitive” approach to players’ “recreational” cannabis use, DeMaurice Smith astutely points out that a player’s cannabis use should not simply be assumed to be for “recreational use.”  In a recent survey, 42% of surveyed NFL players stated they knew a teammate who became a painkiller

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXLIII

Musician and well known cannabis consumer Willie Nelson is right on the nose with this recent quote. Though legalizing marijuana has undoubtedly increased access to it (and in a multitude of forms that aren’t just smokable flower), making marijuana illegal again in all states would not cause all consumers to stop dead in their tracks

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXLII

Despite our strong dislike of Jeff Sessions’ views on cannabis, he actually makes a very good point here. It is indeed a concern that Congress has made the possession and distribution of marijuana an illegal act, as that is definitely not something “desired any longer.” With over half the country supporting legalization of recreational marijuana and far

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXLI

  Cannabis medicine maker and educator Chrystal Ortiz’ ideology on pot touches on two important points: that cannabis should be freed and that humans should be free to experience it. Cannabis grows naturally, but with stigma and misinformation attached; enough stigma and misinformation to keep it federally illegal and away from many who could benefit from

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State of Cannabis: Washington

This is proving to be a big year for cannabis. As a result, we are ranking the fifty states from worst to best on how they treat cannabis and those who consume it. Each of our State of Cannabis posts will analyze one state and our final post will crown the best state for cannabis. As is

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXXXX

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has a perspective on cannabis to which we all should subscribe: open-minded, supportive, and adverse to stigma (just the way Kerr coaches). Though Kerr himself has used marijuana medicinally and did not find it effective for his own pain, he is still able to identify that a) cannabis