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Trump’s anti-pot attorney general choice rattles legal marijuana movement

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

DENVER – Legal pot's future is in a haze, thanks to President-elect Trump's nomination of a staunchly anti-marijuana lawmaker for attorney general.

“Good people don't smoke marijuana," said Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions in an April Senate hearing.

That view from the nation's incoming top cop, a sharply different tone than President Obama's, has cast a pall over an industry that's recently celebrated a watershed moment. Voters in eight states relaxed their marijuana laws on Nov. 8, raising to 29 the states that now permit medical use of marijuana, and eight with legal recreational laws on the books.

Read More:http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2016/12/01/trumps-anti-pot-attorney-general-choice-rattles-legal-marijuana-movement/94679328/


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Warriors’ Steve Kerr takes up torch for marijuana to help manage pain

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

Somewhat lost in the Golden State Warriors’ run to a league-record 73 wins last season was the fact that Coach Steve Kerr missed the first 39 of them. Kerr sat out roughly five months recovering from multiple back surgeries after the Warriors won the NBA championship in 2015. On Friday, while discussing his recovery, Kerr became the latest high-profile sports figure to advocate for the use of marijuana as a way to deal with chronic pain.

“I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but I’ve actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when I’ve been going through this chronic pain that I’ve been dealing with,” Kerr told The Warriors Insider Podcast on Friday. “[After] a lot of research, a lot of advice from people and I have no idea if maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don’t even know if I’m subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA.”

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/12/02/warriors-steve-kerr-takes-up-torch-for-marijuana-to-help-manage-pain/?utm_term=.c597108ec5ff


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Legal Medical Cannabis Doesn’t Increase Youth Usage Rates [Study]

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

The legalization of medical cannabis is not associated with an increase in youth marijuana usage rates, and may actually decrease usage among adolescents. This is according to a new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

The study’s objective was to “assess the association between U.S. state medical marijuana laws (MML), the most liberal category of marijuana policies before legalization, their specific provisions, and adolescent past-30-day use and heavy marijuana use.”

The quasi-experimental study used state Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data collected during 1991-2011 from 45 states to examine the effects of MML on youth usage of cannabis.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/medical-cannabis-increase-youth-marijuana-usage-rates-study/


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Florida Pols in No Hurry to Enact Medical Marijuana Regulations

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

Marijuana reform proved to be wildly popular in Florida, where six million people—71 percent of voters—approved an initiative allowing for increased access to medical cannabis. Currently, Florida residents can get their hands on low or no-THC oil for epilepsy—and if someone is terminally ill, they’re allowed “full-strength” marijuana.

That’s all supposed to change starting sometime after Jan. 3, when the state is supposed to start setting up a medical-marijuana industry. Emphasis on “supposed to,” because as the Tampa Bay Times points out, Florida state lawmakers have many other things they’d rather do. Getting rules for cannabis together is simply “not a top priority” for any of the state’s three most-powerful elected officials, the according to the newspaper.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/florida-pols-in-no-hurry-to-enact-medical-marijuana-regulations/


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Q&A: Can My Employer Fire Me for Legally Using Pot?

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 3rd 2016 by THCFinder

BOSTON (AP) — Changing marijuana laws aren’t necessarily making weed more welcome in the workplace.

For now, many employers appear to be sticking with their drug testing and personal conduct policies, even in states where recreational marijuana use is now permitted. Others are keeping a close eye on the still evolving legal, regulatory and political environment.

Voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voted Nov. 8 to approve the use of recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, where it had previously been legalized. (A recount of Maine’s close result is scheduled.) More than two dozen states have medical marijuana programs.

But the drug is still against federal law.

A closer look at what it all means for workers and businesses:

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/qa-can-my-employer-fire-me-for-legally-using-pot/


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California backers of legalized marijuana fear possible battle with attorney general pick Jeff Sessions

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 2nd 2016 by THCFinder

Backers of laws allowing marijuana use in California are girding for a possible political and legal battle against President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, a staunch foe of pot legalization.

Marijuana industry leaders in the state and around the U.S. have launched an opposition campaign to the Senate confirmation of the Republican senator from Alabama and are appealing to the Trump camp to make sure the president-elect’s policies are consistent with his campaign comments that he favors allowing states to decide how to enforce marijuana laws.

Read More:http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-marijuana-legalization-jeff-sessions-snap-20161201-story.html


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