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NFL Marijuana Policy (and How It May Change)

Earlier this year, the NFL formed a committee to address pain management. While the NFL isn’t always known for its willingness or ability to adapt to change, their initiatives around mental health and pain management (and the potential implications on the NFL marijuana policy) are worth a closer look. What Is The Current NFL Marijuana Policy? The 2011 Collective Bargaining …

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U.S. House Approves Landmark Cannabis Banking Legislation

(From the archives) In a stunning show of bipartisanship, the U.S. House of Representatives voted last week 321-103 to approve legislation that would allow financial institutions and insurance companies to serve legal marijuana businesses without fear of reprisal from the federal government. The SAFE Banking Act (H.R. 1595) marks the first time either the House or Senate has voted to …

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World Health Organization Recommends Rescheduling Cannabis

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued recommendations to the United Nations to reschedule cannabis. Ever since the 1961 international drug convention, the UN has classified cannabis and cannabis resin as a Schedule IV drug – the most restrictive category (in the U.S., Schedule I controlled substances are the most restricted). And that international marijuana policy has stood as a …

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Boulder Program Makes It Easier to Seal Marijuana Convictions

In 2012, Colorado voters legalized the use and sale of recreational cannabis. Now, thanks to a new push by Colorado prosecutors, thousands of Colorado residents in Boulder and Denver are eligible to have their marijuana possession convictions dismissed and sealed. Prior arrests can negatively impact someone’s ability to secure a new job, housing, and educational opportunities. The “Moving on from …

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These States Are Working to Legalize Recreational Cannabis in 2019

The 2018 midterms saw three more states join the marijuana revolution. Michigan legalized recreational cannabis, while Missouri and Utah voted to legalize medical marijuana. The U.S. now has 10 states with recreational weed and 33 with medical cannabis. And 2019 is set to be an even bigger year in the movement to end cannabis prohibition. Here are the states most …

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Marijuana Banking Reform Blocked By Senate

A marijuana banking amendment has been blocked by the Senate. Colorado Senator Cory Gardner (R) was confident his plan to allow marijuana banking had the votes to pass, but the First Step Act – a sweeping criminal justice reform bill – will proceed without the CO Senator’s measure. So why was the amendment blocked? What would it have accomplished if …

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Mids & Midterms: Marijuana Wins Big in 2018

On Tuesday night, the nation sat in front of their laptops, phones, and televisions awaiting election results. With so many questions about the House, Senate, and other important issues, it’s easy to forget how significant an impact this year’s voting will have on the cannabis industry. Now that the votes have been tallied, the clear winner in this year’s voting …

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FDA Approves First Ever Marijuana-Based Drug

(From the 2018 Archives) On June 25, 2018, the FDA approved the first ever drug derived from marijuana. The news caught many cannabis consumers off guard. After all, isn’t marijuana federally illegal? How could a federal entity like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve a drug derived from a federally illegal substance? For many consumers, this feels like hypocrisy… …

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Canada Leads the Way as the First Nation to Legalize Weed

This week, Canada’s Parliament voted to legalize recreational marijuana by a nearly two-to-one margin. It’s pretty big news. I mean… it’s HUGE news. With the vote—and the final go-ahead from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—Canada is set to become the first G-20 nation in the world to legalize recreational marijuana (Uruguay ended pot prohibition in 2017). The law will go into …

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Colorado Cannabis May Become Federally Legal

(From the 2018 Archives) Last week, Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) introduced a new bill that would protect state marijuana laws from federal interference. And on Friday, President Trump said he “probably will end up supporting” the measure. For many lawmakers, the issue was never really about cannabis—it boiled down to states’ rights. If state voters approve …