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How Coloradans Could Slowly Lose Access to Recreational Weed

Colorado was among the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana, but that doesn’t mean the state is without its marijuana detractors. Since 2012, when Coloradans overwhelmingly voted to add Amendment 64 to their constitution, the state has faced a number of battles with groups trying to limit or eliminate recreational usage. If Coloradans want to continue to have access …

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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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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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More People Want Legal Weed Than Lower Taxes (12 Crazy Popular Things With Less Support Than Cannabis Legalization)

In 2016, support for cannabis legalization was at an all time high, with 58 percent of respondents supporting decriminalization. In 2017, the number grew to 64 percent. And with this year’s data now available, Americans in support of legalizing cannabis has peaked yet again, with an incredible 2 out of every 3 citizens in favor of decriminalizing marijuana. With such …

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Hemp Legalization: Senate Approves Hemp Cultivation in U.S.

On Thursday, Jun 28, 2018 the Senate voted overwhelmingly (86-11) to pass a bill that would legalize the cultivation, processing and sale of hemp. While the biggest impact of hemp legalization would be seen in the agricultural industry, the move could be a first step toward legalizing cannabidiol (CBD) and opening the door for more extensive research. And that would …

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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 …