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Will Team Trump bust the marijuana business?

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-8-18-43-am11/11/16--During the campaign, Trump argued that marijuana legalization should be decided on a state-by-state basis, without being more specific. But, in addition to the vice president-elect Mike Pence, some of Trump’s closest advisers are no “friends of marijuana reform,” according to the Drug Policy Alliance. Nick Kovacevich, CEO of Kush Bottles, expressed, "It would be difficult for the Trump administration to get rid of legal marijuana given the windfall the states have earned in tax revenue." Read

#StopThePot: Trump trolls launch anti-pot campaign

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-8-11-03-pm11/7/16--Launched by members of a pro-Trump Reddit community, the premise of the #StopThePot campaign is to suppress support for Clinton among young, liberal, pot-friendly voters. The campaign inspired heated discussions among users on how best to confuse 420-friendly Clinton voters. #StopThePot does not appear to be connected to the Trump campaign, but the campaign and the Republican National Committee have been subject to numerous lawsuits in recent weeks over alleged efforts to intimidate voters or suppress votes in several states. Read

Barack Obama talks media, marijuana, Trump with Bill Maher

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-27-27-pm11/4/16--President Barack Obama sat down with Bill Maher for an extensive interview that touched on several topics, including marijuana legalization. The president admitted that his reluctance to move on the issue is tied to the "public health problem" that is smoking in general. During the segment, he expressed, "I don't think legalization is a panacea, but I think that we're going to need to have a more serious conversation about how we're treating marijuana and our drug laws generally." Read

A majority of medical marijuana users in CA support Hillary Clinton

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-10-40-54-pm10/27/16--A majority of Americans believe cannabis should be legalized for recreational use. In data exclusively shared with Mic, California-based cannabis technology company Eaze shed light on which presidential candidate the state's medical cannabis users support. Eaze found a large majority of California medical marijuana users support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Read

McClintock endorses marijuana legalization and more transparency

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-11-38-19-pm10/14/16--Among the 17 ballot measures that Californians will decide on November 8, Congressman Tom McClintock is in support of four. He is endorsing Proposition 53, which requires a public vote for revenue bonds; Proposition 54, which mandates bills be in print for 72 hours before a vote; Proposition 64, which would legalize marijuana for recreational use; and Proposition 66, which is a pro death penalty measure sponsored by law enforcement and victim organizations. Read

Utah candidate’s wife still faces drug charges after feds decline to pursue

screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-8-42-56-pm10/12/16--A prosecutor intends to file misdemeanor drug charges against Donna Weinholtz, wife of the Democratic candidate for governor, after federal investigators found about 2 pounds of marijuana at the couple’s home. Weinholtz had used medical marijuana to alleviate arthritis pain. The U.S. attorney’s office didn’t believe federal charges were warranted and forwarded the case to Salt Lake County prosecutors several weeks ago. Read

White House weed

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-10-08-10-am10/6/16--A long-circulating image seen often on social media claims that President John F. Kennedy (JFK) habitually smoked cannabis in the White House during his presidency to alleviate back pain and the symptoms of Addison's Disease. However, although medical records of JFK's hidden health struggles included use of unconventional drugs, marijuana was not listed among them. Read

Meet the senators and congressmen who support marijuana legalization

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-10-42-05-am9/29/16--The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) released its 2016 congressional scorecard on marijuana policy. Twenty U.S. representatives and two senators received an 'A' grade, indicating that this member has publicly declared his/her support for the legalization and regulation of marijuana for adults. Read

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump on marijuana

fb-square-english-spanish9/21/16--As voters have shifted opinions on marijuana in recent years, so have government officials, as well as the leading presidential candidates. Clinton appears to have a more specific stance on marijuana than Trump and doesn't view it with much stigmatization. Whereas, Trump has offered a more cautious opinion on marijuana. Read

DOD Secretary tells tech experts: ‘we can be flexible’ on marijuana use

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-8-46-55-pm9/14/16--Defense Secretary Ash Carter strives to build bridges between the military and technology experts, and believes that with changing times, laws, and attitudes about marijuana, the DOD can also be flexible with marijuana as it relates to past drug use. Read

As more states consider legalizing, questions about pot and the brain

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-10-23-44-am9/13/16--Five states are voting this fall on whether marijuana should be legal for recreational use, and questions are emerging about what is known and unknown about marijuana's effect on the brain. Read

Democrats hope marijuana will help elect Hillary Clinton

but marijuana ballot initiatives might attract voters of both parties this fall. Read

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says substance should be safely regulated in Mass.

and says Massachusetts should learn from other states that have legalized marijuana. Read