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Quebec Police Continue Zero-Tolerance Policy for Medical Dispensaries

Never mind that cannabis will be recreationally legal in nine months—right now it’s against the law, and the law is the only thing Quebec police care about.

Blumenauer Calls for Cannabis Research to Combat Opioid Crisis

Rep. Earl Blumenauer took the floor during a Committee hearing to make an impassioned plea for medical cannabis research.

Holder: Sessions’ ‘Almost Obsession’ With Cannabis Puts DOJ in ‘Strange Place’

Former US Attorney General Eric Holder took aim at current AG Jeff Sessions this week, saying Sessions has an “almost obsession” with cannabis.

Two Cannabis Proposals Head to the Ballot in Michigan

Michigan will be one of the select US states with cannabis on the ballot next month, as two separate proposals make their way to voters on Nov. 7.

With Plans to Sell CBD Nationwide, Lucky’s Market Charts Legal Gray Area

“This is just about the grayest of gray areas as far as federal law and policy,” said Vincent Sliwoski, a cannabis attorney and law professor. “I think the DEA’s even confused about it.”

California Governor Vetoes Smoking Ban at Beaches and Parks

“If people can’t smoke even on a deserted beach, where can they?” Brown asked in his veto message.

DEA Report: Cannabis Seizures Climbed by Nearly 20% Last Year

According to the DEA, authorities confiscated more than 5.3 million cannabis plants in 2016—nearly twice what was seized a year earlier.

Leaked Document Reveals Ontario’s Conflicted Path to Legalization

The official government document—leaked to Vice last week—is full of contradictions with Ontario policy.

‘Marijuana Was Maybe Present at Those Parties’: The Week in Cannabis Quotes

A Supreme Court justice makes a surprising cannabis analogy, Bernie Sanders praises protests for criminal justice reform, Stephen Colbert cracks jokes about bongs, and more.

Cannabis in a Distinct Society: Quebec’s Idiosyncratic Grapple With Legalization

In spite of its late-night joie-de-vivre image, Quebec has significantly less enthusiasm toward legal cannabis than anywhere else in Canada, with only 40% of the population in favour of legalization.

Trudeau Proposes a $1-a-Gram Tax on Canadian Cannabis

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has brought forth his most detailed proposal yet for Canada’s impending recreational cannabis market.

Alberta’s Cannabis Guidelines: 18 to Buy, Liquor Commission in Control

Unlike Ontario, which plans to create retail stores run by the provincial government, Alberta will allow private retailers to enter the market.

California’s Cannabis Priestess Arrested on Felony Charge

Heidi Grossman-Lepp wanted to protect cannabis growers under the legal shield of religious freedom. Then a shooting drew the attention of the police.

Iowa Man Faces Deportation for a Single Gram of Cannabis

Luis Alvarez took the rap for his friends in the car. He didn't know it would lead to this.

Given a Monopoly on Ontario Store Product, Licensed Producers Push for Online Sales

Ontario's proposed regulations give licensed cannabis producers a monopoly on commercial product sold in stores. Should LPs also be permitted to sell directly to consumers online?

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