Medical Marijuana Legalized in Missouri

Missouri voters have said “Yes”, they want medical marijuana legalized.

Missouri has legalized medical marijuana through the initiative process, with voters approving Amendment 2 this evening. The measure, which was passed with over 65% in support, legalizes the possession and use of marijuana and marijuana products for medical purposes. Those wanting to use marijuana legally will first need to receive a recommendation from a physician.

The measure authorizes medical marijuana dispensaries, which will be allowed to sell marijuana to patients. Amendment 2 places a 4% tax on medical marijuana.

Missouri now joins over 30 other states that have legalized at least some form of medical marijuana.

For more information on Amendment 2, click here.

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Michigan Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Michigan voters have officially made their state the 10th in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.

Proposal 18-1 has been given approval this evening by Michigan voters, with over 55% in support. Put forth by the Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the initiative legalizes the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, or up to 10 ounces at a private residence, for those 21 and older. The measure also legalizes the personal cultivation of up to 12 marijuana plants.

In addition, the initiative legalizes a licensed and regulated system of marijuana retail outlets, which will be supplied by licensed cultivation centers. Marijuana will receive two taxes; a 10% excise tax plus the standard 6% sales tax.

With the passage of Proposal 18-1, Michigan joins nine other states that have legalized marijuana for all uses. Those states are Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maine, California, Nevada and Vermont. Of these states, only Vermont doesn’t allow marijuana retail outlets, and only Washington doesn’t allow marijuana to be cultivated for personal use.

For more information on Proposal 18-1, including the full text of the measure, click here.

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Mexican Marijuana Legalization: A View from South of the Border

The shocking news on Oct. 31 that the Mexican Supreme Court had struck down marijuana prohibition as unconstitutional has been tempered by the reality that it’s not so simple. While the Court determined that growing and distributing for personal use is legal, only those who successfully seek that right and and are approved by the government can do so.

After the Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Consumption (SMART) was turned down by the country’s drug regulatory agency when the group applied for a license to use cannabis, the Supreme Court overruled that decision, opening the door for legalization. Possession of up to five grams is currently decriminalized in Mexico.

Zara Snapp: “It’s definitely a step forward.”

Zara Snapp, co-founder of Instituto RIA and a member of Regulación Por la Paz, tells Freedom Leaf from Mexico City:

“We’re all very excited about the decision. It’s definitely a step forward. We hope that it will have a positive impact on drug-policy reform here in Mexico. What’s going to happen essentially is you still will have to go in front of a judge in order to to get an amparo – a permission to cultivate. There are two things that have to happen. One option is if they come and confiscate your plants or you’re found cultivating, then you have to go before a judge and ask for a motion for them to concede you should have the right. The other option is to go before the Secretary of Health in any state and ask for permission to cultivate for personal use. Either way, you have to go before a judge. But it’s a tedious, onerous process if you don’t have a lawyer or the funds to hire one.

Mexican Marijuana Legalization: A View from South of the Border

The shocking news on Oct. 31 that the Mexican Supreme Court had struck down marijuana prohibition as unconstitutional has been tempered by the reality that it’s not so simple. While the Court determined that growing and distributing for personal use is legal, only those who successfully seek that right and and are approved by the government can do so.

After the Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Consumption (SMART) was turned down by the country’s drug regulatory agency when the group applied for a license to use cannabis, the Supreme Court overruled that decision, opening the door for legalization. Possession of up to five grams is currently decriminalized in Mexico.

Zara Snapp: “It’s definitely a step forward.”

Zara Snapp, co-founder of Instituto RIA and a member of Regulación Por la Paz, tells Freedom Leaf from Mexico City:

“We’re all very excited about the decision. It’s definitely a step forward. We hope that it will have a positive impact on drug-policy reform here in Mexico. What’s going to happen essentially is you still will have to go in front of a judge in order to to get an amparo – a permission to cultivate. There are two things that have to happen. One option is if they come and confiscate your plants or you’re found cultivating, then you have to go before a judge and ask for a motion for them to concede you should have the right. The other option is to go before the Secretary of Health in any state and ask for permission to cultivate for personal use. Either way, you have to go before a judge. But it’s a tedious, onerous process if you don’t have a lawyer or the funds to hire one.

Missouri: Election day is here — vote YES on Amendment 2!

Have you voted yet? If not, look up your polling location and make a plan to get there before 7 p.m. when the polls close!

Voting is one of the most important tools we have to change marijuana laws. Sitting out an election is a great way to ensure that failed prohibitionist policies remain in place.

Today Missourians have an opportunity to vote on not one, but three different medical marijuana initiatives. MPP encourages voters to say “YES” on Amendment 2, because it will enshrine a sensible and compassionate medical marijuana program in the state constitution, making it harder for state politicians to undermine it later.

Today, be one of the millions of Americans voicing their support for humane and rational marijuana policies through the ballot box. Grab a few friends and get out there and VOTE!

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Utah: If you haven’t already — go vote YES on Prop 2!

Election Day is here. Have you voted yet?

If you haven’t, look up your polling location and go vote YES on Prop 2 right now!

Your vote matters! It’s important that Utah sends a message to the political establishment that there is strong support for a medical marijuana policy.

After you vote, if you’re near Salt Lake City, join the Utah Patients Coalition for their election night celebration! The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the Infinity Event Center (26 East 600 South). You can register here with Facebook or here without it.

Patients and their families in Utah deserve a compassionate medical cannabis program. Please, don’t sit this one out. Go vote YES on Prop 2 and send the message that it’s time to move forward!

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Today’s the day, North Dakota: Go vote YES on Measure 3!

Election Day is finally here. For many months, the YES on 3 team has worked tirelessly to educate North Dakotans about the benefits of ending the wasteful and destructive policy of marijuana prohibition.

Now, all that’s left is to go out and VOTE! Look up polling locations here and set a time to go.

By passing Measure 3, North Dakota could send a powerful message about the strength of the legalization movement in this country. It all comes down to today. Be part of this historic reform effort and vote YES on Measure 3!

We’re eagerly waiting for the results to start coming in. Tonight could represent incredible progress for our movement. Go be part of it and vote!

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Michigan: It’s all up to you now — get out there and vote for Prop 1!

Election Day is finally here. With the help of hundreds of volunteers and thousands of supporters across the state, the YES on 1 campaign has done all it can to educate the voters of Michigan about the benefits that Proposal 1 will bring to the state.

Now, all that’s left is to go out and VOTE! Find your polling location and set a time to go there today. Polls close at 8:00 pm ET tonight.

Having trouble finding your polling location? Please email us and we would be happy to help.

Michigan is poised to become the tenth state in the country to officially end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition. Be part of this historic reform effort and vote YES on Prop 1!

This has been a long campaign, stretching back for two years. Now is when we bring it over the finish line. VOTE TODAY!

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It’s Election Day – vote like our marijuana policies depend on it!

If you haven’t voted yet, look up your polling place and check out our Election 2018 page and voter guides.

Over the years, our movement has made significant progress through the ballot box. This year will be no different. Be part of the wave of change today and go vote!

Voters are weighing in on adult-use legalization initiatives in Michigan and North Dakota and medical marijuana measures in Utah and Missouri. Some residents of Ohio and Wisconsin, too, have a chance to voice their support for local measures ending punitive marijuana policies. Go here for information about this year’s ballot questions.

Voters in states without marijuana-related ballot initiatives can play a huge role in changing marijuana laws, too. Visit MPP’s website to find out where candidates stand on marijuana policy in every gubernatorial race, along with in-depth state legislative voter guides for nine states. Roughly half the country lacks a ballot initiative process. The only way we can change marijuana laws in those states is to support thoughtful elected officials and oppose those who aren’t.

If you haven’t voted yet, make a plan right now. Look up your polling location and set a time to go. Spread the word on social media and urge your friends to vote, too!

There’s too much at stake to sit it out.

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N.H.: Study commission proposes legalization framework

After you vote tomorrow, you are welcome to attend a marijuana legalization debate at New England College in Henniker!

Last week, New Hampshire’s study commission on marijuana legalization published its final report. The commission did not take a position on legalization, but it did make 54 recommendations to the legislature, including the following:

  • Marijuana should be referred to as cannabis in any future legislation.
  • If cannabis is legalized for adults’ use, limited home cultivation should be allowed.
  • If cannabis is legalized, a Cannabis Commission should be created to license and regulate cannabis cultivators, testing labs, product manufacturers, and retail stores.

You can read the full report here. Overall, this is a much more useful report than we originally expected from the study commission, which was stacked with prohibitionists. Although it does contain some problematic language, the report will help to inform the legislature about the issue when it convenes in January.

We expect that your calendars are already marked for Election Day tomorrow. If you are available tomorrow evening after you vote, you’re welcome to join me and other panelists for a cannabis legalization debate at New England College.

WHAT: Debate: Should New Hampshire Legalize Cannabis?

WHERE: New England College, Simon Center Great Room, 98 Bridge Street, Henniker

WHEN: 6:30 to 7:30pm

WHO: Six panelists including Richard Van Wickler, Superintendent of Cheshire County Department of Corrections, Kate Frey, vice-president of advocacy at New Futures, and MPP’s New England Political Director Matt Simon

Finally, please click here to learn where candidates on your ballot stand on marijuana policy! Then, please share this information with your family and friends and remind them to vote on November 6!

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New Study “Confirm the Anxiolytic-Like Properties of CBD”

A new study published by the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry “confirm the anxiolytic-like  [anti-anxiety] properties of CBD”.

“Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the non-psychotomimetic compounds of Cannabis sativa, causes anxiolytic-like effects in animals, with typical bell-shaped dose-response curves”, states the study’s abstract. “No study, however, has investigated whether increasing doses of this drug would also cause similar curves in humans. The objective of this study was to compare the acute effects of different doses of CBD and placebo in healthy volunteers performing a simulated public speaking test (SPST), a well-tested anxiety-inducing method.”

A total of 57 healthy male subjects were allocated to receive oral CBD at doses of 150 mg, 300 mg, 600 mg or placebo in a double-blind procedure. “During the SPST, subjective ratings on the Visual Analogue Mood Scale (VAMS) and physiological measures (systolic and diastolic blood pressure, heart rate) were obtained at six different time points.”

Compared to placebo, pretreatment with 300 mg of CBD s”ignificantly reduced anxiety during the speech. No significant differences in VAMS scores were observed between groups receiving CBD 150 mg, 600 mg and placebo.”

Researchers conclude; “Our findings confirm the anxiolytic-like properties of CBD and are consonant with results of animal studies describing bell-shaped dose-response curves. Optimal therapeutic doses of CBD should be rigorously determined so that research findings can be adequately translated into clinical practice.”

The full text of the study, conducted by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and Hebrew University in Israel, can be found by clicking here.

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Michigan’s legalization vote is a defining moment for the legalization movement

Bringing legalization to the Midwest would be a game changer — support the YES on 1 campaign today

It’s incredible to see the progress we have made in recent years. Marijuana has been legalized for adults in nine states and Washington, D.C., and polls show two out of three Americans want to end the failed policy of prohibition.

But our opponents think they can stop our momentum — and they’re spending a lot of money to defeat Prop 1 in Michigan.

A win in Michigan would demonstrate the strength of our movement. But imagine the headlines if Prop 1 fails. Project SAM and their prohibitionist allies will claim that the tide is turning. Politicians in Congress would take note, and if they think voters are changing their mind, our reform efforts at the federal level could be jeopardized.

We have to prove the anti-legalization voices wrong. Make a donation to the YES on 1 campaign to help them fight back against their opposition’s fear tactics.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol produced a series of powerful ads. These TV and digital ads tell the truth about legalization, and they are the perfect antidote to the opposition’s demonstrably false attack ads. Your contribution will go directly towards helping the campaign share these messages with more Michigan voters.

There’s not much time left. Election Day is just a few days away. We can’t emphasize enough how important Prop 1 is for the future of our legalization movement. Please, get in the fight and support the campaign today.

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Connecticut’s race for governor may determine state’s future on marijuana policy

Democrat Ned Lamont strongly supports ending marijuana prohibition, while Republican Bob Stefanowski says the issue shouldn’t be a priority.

The Connecticut general election will take place next Tuesday, November 6. If you’re not sure how or where to vote, please visit the Secretary of State’s website for more information.

Voters who care about marijuana policy reform should know that there is a very clear contrast between the candidates for governor:

  • Democratic candidate Ned Lamont strongly supports legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana. “It’s an idea whose time has come, and I’m going to push it in the first year,” he said.
  • Republican candidate Bob Stefanowski does not currently support legalization. “Maybe at some point we should look at legalizing marijuana … but we’ve got so many fundamental problems in this state… Let’s fix the economy first,” he said.

Please share this information with your friends and family and remind them to vote on Tuesday, November 6!

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Georgia: Early voting ends Friday, November 2; Election Day is Tuesday

For supporters of sensible marijuana policies, the choice for governor couldn’t be more clear.

Georgia’s general election is coming up on Tuesday, November 6, and there is national attention on Georgia’s choices for governor. Before you vote, we want to let you know about the stark differences between the candidates’ stances on marijuana policy reform.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) opposes in-state cultivation of medical marijuana, even though thousands of medical cannabis patients in Georgia lack reasonable access to the low-THC oils they are allowed to possess. Kemp would perpetuate the harmful contradiction in the state program, treating seriously ill patients like second class citizens. Turning to adult-use, his website says he “is not in the camp of being pro-recreational marijuana.” MPP gives Brian Kemp an F for failing the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

Stacey Abrams, former House minority leader, has been clear in her support improving state cannabis laws. Not only does she support in-state cultivation and oversight in a well-regulated program, she also supports removing criminal penalties for possession as Atlanta did last year, and will even consider ending marijuana prohibition once the other reforms are made. In stark contrast to her opponent, MPP rates Stacey Abrams with an A for the support she offers for sensible cannabis policy.

You can find a summary of Georgia’s current low-THC law, Haleigh’s Hope Act, here.

For more information on early voting and Election Day voting, including where you can cast your ballot and when voting locations will be open, check out the state’s elections website here.

Please forward this to your network, and be sure to get out and vote!

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Penn.: Election Day is almost here!

Do you know where your candidates stand on marijuana policy?

Pennsylvania’s General Election Day is set for Tuesday, November 6. If you are registered to vote, find your polling location here, and please be sure to go cast your ballot!

Here’s a look at where gubernatorial candidates stand on marijuana policy: Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who signed the state’s medical marijuana legislation, is supportive of statewide decriminalization. He has said Pennsylvania is not yet ready to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults’ use. Scott Wagner (R) is opposed to legalization and regulation and believes marijuana is a gateway to other drugs.

You can find more information on Pennsylvania’s current marijuana policies here.

Please forward this message to your network in Pennsylvania, and don’t forget to get out and vote!

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Marijuana Use Helps Some Patients Alleviate Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, Finds New Study

A new study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University and McLean Hospital has found that marijuana use may help patients with bipolar disorder to alleviate their symptoms.

The study, titled Joint Effects: A Pilot Investigation of the Impact of Bipolar Disorder and Marijuana Use on Cognitive Function and Mood, was published by the journal PLoS One, as well as the National Institute of Health.

“Marijuana is the most widely used illicit substance in those diagnosed with bipolar I disorder”, states the study’s abstract. “However, there is conflicting evidence as to whether marijuana may alleviate or exacerbate mood symptomatology. As bipolar disorder and marijuana use are individually associated with cognitive impairment, it also remains unclear whether there is an additive effect on cognition when bipolar patients use marijuana.”

With this in mind, the current study “aimed to determine the impact of marijuana on mood in bipolar patients and to examine whether marijuana confers an additional negative impact on cognitive function.”

For the study, “Twelve patients with bipolar disorder who smoke marijuana (MJBP), 18 bipolar patients who do not smoke (BP), 23 marijuana smokers without other Axis 1 pathology (MJ), and 21 healthy controls (HC) completed a neuropsychological battery. Further, using ecological momentary assessment, participants rated their mood three times daily as well as after each instance of marijuana use over a four-week period. ”

Results revealed that “although the MJ, BP, and MJBP groups each exhibited some degree of cognitive impairment relative to HCs, no significant differences between the BP and MJBP groups were apparent, providing no evidence of an additive negative impact of BPD and MJ use on cognition.”

Additionally, “ecological momentary assessment analyses indicated alleviation of mood symptoms in the MJBP group after marijuana use; MJBP participants experienced a substantial decrease in a composite measure of mood symptoms. ”

The study concludes by stating that “Findings suggest that for some bipolar patients, …

Sploof: A Muffler For Your Marijuana

Nothing announces the fact that you’re smoking marijuana like the smell of the smoke. It’s instantly recognizable and can seemingly be smelled from miles away (it can’t, we’re just exaggerating for effect).

Thankfully, some ganja genius somewhere came up with a way to mask the scent of weed smoke by passing it through a DIY-filter. This nifty little device became known as a sploof.

joint smokeSource:  CollectiveEvolution.com

But what exactly is a sploof? Where did the term come from? And how can you make your own? Let’s find out.

What Is A Sploof?

Think of a sploof as a muffler for your marijuana. If you’ve ever heard a car with a malfunctioning muffler, you know that they’re damn noisy. You can hear them coming from miles away (we’re not exaggerating this time).

The muffler works to dampen the extreme noise by passing the sound waves through a set of perforated tubes. The perforations reflect the sound waves in such a way that they effectively cancel each other out. This makes the engine noise all but undetectable to the outside observer.

image showing inside of a vehicle mufflerSource:  Dynomax.com

The sploof works on the same principle only with smell instead of hearing. Instead of simply releasing the smoke from your joint or bong into the air, you’re going to exhale through the sploof. Inside the sploof, the smoke passes through a filtering agent (we’ll get to that shortly) where it loses its tell-tale odor.

It sounds like high science, but don’t worry, the sploof is nowhere near as complicated or high-tech as your car’s muffler. We’ll show you just how low-tech a sploof can actually get in a section below.

But first, it would behoove us to talk about the etymology of the word sploof (that’s where the word came from for those of you tripping balls right now).

Where Did The Term Come From?

The omniscient internet is decidedly vague about where exactly the term sploof came

Marijuana Medicine Now Officially Available by Prescription in U.S.

By Nick Lindsey, HighTimes.com

The first FDA-approved, cannabinoid-based pharmaceutical drug is now for sale in the U.S.

After clearing all regulatory requirements, GW Pharmaceuticals’ CBD-based drug Epidiolex is now available in all 50 states. Although the U.S. government is now allowing this drug to be sold, the federal government still classifies actual cannabis as a Schedule I illegal substance.

Epidiolex Available by Prescription

Epidiolex is a seizure medication derived from cannabinoids that are naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. In particular, the drug is designed for patients 2-years-old and up. It is meant to treat two specific types of epilepsy: Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

Now that Epidiolex has received all necessary approvals, it is essentially treated as any other pharmaceutical drug. That means that patients with a prescription will be able to buy it. And GW Pharmaceuticals expects the drug to be covered by most insurance plans.

Notably, the drug will now be available to all patients regardless if they live in a medical marijuana state.

This is not the first time Epidiolex has made headlines. In fact, the drug’s move through the regulatory process has attracted a decent amount of attention.

For starters, an advisory committee recommended Epidiolex for approval back in April. That approval came relatively quickly when the FDA approved it in June.

Then, Epidiolex cleared the last remaining roadblocks in September. That month, the U.S. Department of Justice and the DEA both gave the drug the approvals needed to move it into the market.

In particular, the law enforcement agencies classified Epidiolex a Schedule V drug. Under that classification, the product is allowable as a prescription drug.

Interestingly, while Epidiolex was given Schedule V status, actual marijuana–from which Epidiolex is derived—remains a Schedule I drug. That category is reserved for “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

Raising Questions in Medical Marijuana Community

For many in the medical …

Freedom Leaf’s November-December Cannabis Events Calendar

November

Hemp Industries Association Conference

2-4: 25th Annual Hemp Industries Association ConferenceHilton Los Angeles Airport, Los Angeles, CA

2-4: Cannafest 2018, PVA Expo, Prague, Czech Republic

3: An Evening with Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, Humble Healings, Haverhill, MA

3-4: THC Fair, Oregon State Fair & Expo, Salem, OR

3-4: Viva Las Hempfest, ReBar, Las Vegas, NV

8: Maryland Medical Cannabis Forum, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel, Baltimore, MD

9-10: Lisbon Medical Cannabis, Hotel Jupiter, Lisbon, Portugal

9-11: Herban Expo, Rio Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

Missouri Cannabis Conference

10: Missouri NORML Fall Cannabis Conference, University of Missouri, Columbia

10: Chromic Con, Speakeasy Vape Lounge & Cannabis Club, Colorado Springs, CO

13: NJ Cannabis Media Inaugural Cannabis Summit, Meadowlands Hilton, East Rutherford, NJ

13: Women of Cannabis Conference, The Enclave, Las Vegas, NV

13-15: Food Safety Consortium Conference & Expo, Renaissance Schaumberg Convention Center, Schaumberg, IL; featuring a “Cannabis Quality” track

14: Criminal Justice Reform Summit, Jeremy Hotel, West Hollywood, CA

MJBizCon

14-16: MJBizCon, Las Vegas Convention …

New poll shows Rhode Islanders support legalization by 20-point margin

A new survey confirms that an overwhelming majority of Rhode Island voters support legalizing marijuana for adults. The poll, commissioned by WPRI 12 and Roger Williams University and conducted by Fleming & Associates, found that 56% of respondents favor ending marijuana prohibition, while only 37% were against the idea. Another 7% were undecided.

Leaders in the General Assembly have consistently refused to allow legislators to vote on marijuana legalization in recent years. This new poll provides further evidence that these politicians are out of touch with the Rhode Island people.

Legal marijuana sales will start in Massachusetts any day now, and the new Rhode Island legislative session begins in January 2019. With the public solidly on the side of reform, there is no excuse for delay, and there is no excuse for the General Assembly to not vote on legalization in this upcoming year.

The Marijuana Policy Project and Regulate Rhode Island are planning to mobilize constituents and organize an effective campaign to call on the General Assembly to vote on a legalization bill during the upcoming session.

Stay tuned for more updates soon!

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Alaska: It’s not too late to submit written comments supporting on-site cannabis consumption rules

Written comments can be submitted by email until 4:30 tomorrow, November 1

The Marijuana Control Board is still accepting written comments on proposed rules for on-site use, which may be submitted by email until 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, November 1. Oral comments may also be submitted at a hearing to be held on Wednesday, December 19.

A link to the state’s announcement on the public comment period is available here, and the proposed rules are available here. Those who would like to submit comments by email may direct them to amco.regs@alaska.gov.

Under the proposal, a retailer could obtain an endorsement allowing it to sell adults 21 or over up to a gram of cannabis, which could be consumed at the premises. Products containing THC or other cannabis ingredients could also be sold, in addition to non-cannabis food and non-alcoholic beverages. Concentrates would be prohibited. Significant security and access provisions would apply, but these seem reasonable, and local communities would have final say.

Adoption of the proposed rules would be a significant step forward and a solution to a pressing challenge, and it is likely these rules would provide a model for other states considering on-site use.

Please consider contributing to the discussion and submitting your comments in support, and please forward this message to those in your network!

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Mexico Supreme Court Rules Marijuana Prohibition is Unconstitutional

Mexico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the nation’s ban on recreational marijuana is unconstitutional, effectively leaving it to lawmakers to regulate consumption of the plant, reports the Associated Press.

In its ruling he court found that adults have a fundamental right to personal development which lets them decide their recreational activities without interference from the state.

“That right is not absolute, and the consumption of certain substances may be regulated, but the effects provoked by marijuana do not justify an absolute prohibition of its consumption,” the ruling said.

The high court ordered the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk to authorize the complainants to consume marijuana, though not to commercialize it or use other drugs.

The two rulings Wednesday followed three similar ones between 2015 and 2017, and under Mexican law five decisions on a related issue set a standard that applies more broadly.

“With the existence of five precedents in the same vein on the subject, the judgment will be mandatory for all courts in the country,” the high tribunal concluded.

The Associated Press noted that the ruling technically doesn’t legalize recreational use, but establishes “that courts must allow it, but it is still up to each individual to press his or her case in the judicial system.”

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West Virginia general election is less than one week away!

Learn where candidates stand on marijuana policy before you vote on Tuesday, November 6!

West Virginia’s general election will take place next Tuesday, November 6. The outcome of state legislative races will be critical in determining the future of marijuana policy in West Virginia. There are also strong contrasts between the candidates in races for U.S Congress:

• State Sen. Richard Ojeda (D), who championed West Virginia’s medical cannabis bill and strongly supports federal reforms, is running for an open Congressional seat in District 3. His opponent, Del. Carol Miller (R), voted for the medical cannabis bill, but she also voted to dramatically restrict it, and she won’t commit to supporting federal medical cannabis legislation.

• District 1 candidate Kendra Fershee (D) has expressed strong support for medical cannabis. Her opponent, incumbent Rep. David McKinley (R), has not supported marijuana policy reforms.

• In District 2, incumbent Rep. Alex Mooney (R) has voted to protect state medical cannabis programs from federal interference. His opponent, Talley Sergent (D), has expressed strong support for medical cannabis.

Before you go to the polls, please take time to review MPP’s voter guide, which includes survey responses, votes cast by incumbent legislators, and candidates’ public statements.

After you read our West Virginia voter guide, please share it with your friends and remind them that next Tuesday is Election Day!

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New Mexico: Election Day is less than one week away

Do you know where your candidates stand on  marijuana policy?

New Mexico’s General Election Day is less than one week away, and early voting has already begun! If you are registered to vote, you may cast your ballot early through Saturday, November 3.

Here’s a look at where gubernatorial candidates stand on marijuana policy: Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) has said she would support legalizing and regulating marijuana for adults’ use under certain circumstances, while Steve Pearce (R) remains unsupportive. Both candidates are supportive of New Mexico’s medical marijuana program.

Check out the state’s website here for more voting information, including where you can cast your ballot. You can find more information on current marijuana policy in New Mexico here.

Please forward this to your family and friends, and be sure to get out and vote!

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