Illinois House Speaker Backs Governor-Elect on Legalization

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By Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives said he supports Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s plans to legalize recreational cannabis and create a graduated income tax. Democratic Rep. Michael Madigan of Chicago said Nov. 13, 2018, that he’s had several “very friendly and very productive” conversations with Pritzker since… Read more »

Sharpton Jokes About Attention Paid To Warren Marijuana Bill

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By Marijuana Moment At a conference focusing on legislation in the next Congress on Nov. 13, 2018, civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton joked about the particular attention some attendees paid to a marijuana bill sponsored by Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Warren described the bipartisan legislation — which would let states… Read more »

House Bills Would Protect Veterans’ Marijuana Use, VA Access

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By Marijuana Moment A bipartisan team of lawmakers planned to introduce a package of bills Nov. 14, 2018, aimed at reforming marijuana policies at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Just days after Veterans Day, Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida are filing three pieces of legislation… Read more »

Q+A: How Can Marijuana be a Safe Pain Medicine for Seniors?

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By Shelley Levitt Question: I’ve got a very hip grandma and she wants to share my weed for relief from her aches and pains. Is marijuana safe for seniors? Answer: Grandma’s not alone. Marijuana use is booming among the baby boomer generation. According to one demographic analysis, consumption of marijuana by Americans 65 and older… Read more »

Canadians, Get Ready for Vape Pens, Edibles to Elevate You

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By Jon Hiltz Think back to a moment in your life when you tried something spectacular for the very first time. This could be chocolate, getting your first paycheck, or even sex. The feelings that accompanied the event were almost as intoxicating as the act itself: palpable anticipation, unbridled excitement, and in many cases, extreme… Read more »

Texas Lawmaker Files Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

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By Marijuana Moment Possessing small amounts marijuana would no longer come with the threat of jail time if a Texas Democratic representative — and the state’s Republican Party — have their way. The pre-filing period for the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January 2019, kicked off Nov. 12, 2018, and one of the first… Read more »

Michelle Obama Recounts Her Teen Marijuana Use In New Memoir

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By Marijuana Moment Former first lady Michelle Obama got candid in her new memoir, “Becoming,” which includes a brief admission that she smoked marijuana as a teen. In the book, released Nov. 13, 2018, Obama reminisces about her youthful transgressions, at one point writing that she and a high school boyfriend named David “fooled around… Read more »

With Pete Sessions Out, Veterans May Get Marijuana They Need

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By Monterey Bud It’s one of the most pressing questions coming out of the Nov. 6, 2018, election: Now that Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions has been defeated by Democrat Colin Allred in North Texas, will the House Rules Committee finally get back to passing meaningful cannabis legislation? Before Sessions lost in the 2018 midterm… Read more »

Texas Medical Marijuana Advocates Send Pete Sessions Packing

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By Maureen Meehan Something remarkable for the future of cannabis is happening in the Lone Star state. Texas Republicans and Democrats moved together in unusual harmony to put cannabis reform in a place it’s never been before: on the table. The Nov. 6, 2018, election put the change in real terms: 19 female African-American judges… Read more »

U.S. Government Seeking Research into Cannabinoids, Terpenes

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By Marijuana Moment Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the marijuana compound known for getting you high — is the most well-know cannabis constituent. In recent years, cannabidiol (CBD) has garnered attention for its non-intoxicating medicinal properties. Now, the federal government is recruiting researchers to investigate how the dozens of other lesser-known cannabinoids and terpenes work and whether… Read more »