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North Dakota Begins Study of Citizen Initiative Process

State lawmakers are examining the initiative process after being caught off-guard by voters who approved the use of medical marijuana in November.

A Brief Guide to Massachusetts’ New Cannabis Law

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a sweeping cannabis bill into law, marking a milestone in a battle that began when voters approved adult-use legalization in November.

‘Dear Justin’: A Loving Correspondence With the Prime Minister, Episode 1

To the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau: It feels like just yesterday you were campaigning with the promise to “legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana” —and now, here we are! However...

LA Proposals Would Ban Most Dabs, Create Cannabis Bank

Council President Herb Wesson wants to outlaw extraction using volatile chemicals. Bright side: He also wants to start a cannabis bank.

House Committee Blocks Move to Allow VA Doctors to Recommend Medical Marijuana

The House Rules Committee blocked Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s (D-OR) budget amendment yesterday to allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans.

Cannabis Charges Decline in Canada, But Montreal Bucks Trend

Cannabis-related charges across Canada continue to drop since peaking in 2011. But not in Quebec, police data show.

Maine Cannabis Law Could Change Employers’ Drug-Testing Practices

The Maine Department of Labor says the majority of businesses won't be able to fire an employee for a marijuana-positive drug test.

Maine Panel Mulls Doubling 10% Tax on Cannabis

As the legalization of recreational marijuana sales in Maine nears, a legislative panel has spent months pondering the best way to tax cannabis.

Massachusetts Cannabis Overhaul Could Prompt Legal Challenge

A top Senate Republican and some outside lawyers worry a key provision in the measure could be unconstitutional.

Sen. Positive Nelson Wants to Bring Medical Cannabis to the Virgin Islands

A senator in the US Virgin Islands is trying to bring medical marijuana to the islands.

The Cannabis Lawyer: An Interview with Jack Lloyd

Toronto cannabis lawyer Jack Lloyd looks more like a roadie for the Grateful Dead than a trial lawyer—a fact that’s helped him earn the trust of his clients, as he follows his self-professed goal of helping to “legalize cannabis through the judicial branch of the government in Canada.”

Can the Philippines Legalize Medical Marijuana Despite Duterte’s Violent Drug Crackdown?

Amid Duterte's brutal drug war lies a comprehensive bill to legalize medical cannabis in the Philippines. Surprisingly, it has widespread support and could easily pass. Will it?

Maine Wants Advice on How to Regulate Cannabis

Maine continues to take slow steps toward legalizing cannabis after voters in November passed an adult-use legalization.

Keep Canada’s Medical and Adult-Use Systems Separate, Researchers Say

As Canada works towards next year’s launch of an adult-use cannabis market, there are still some key regulatory issues to hammer out.

Confirmed: Canadian Cannabis Patients Love Their (Imperiled) Dispensaries

According to a new study by the University of British Columbia, Canada's imperiled dispensaries are beloved fixtures in the lives of medical marijuana patients, many of whom prefer procuring their medicine from such unlicensed dispensaries rather than taking the legal mail-order route.

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