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Group fighting Trudeau’s legal marijuana bill targets pot ads

11/2/17--The group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is claiming victory in its battle to squelch what it says are illegal pot ads on prominent billboards. SAM co-director Pamela McColl wants cities across Canada to remove billboards promoting Weedmaps, a website that advertises the locations of marijuana dispensaries. Read

George Soros still quietly buying district attorneys’ seats

5/18/17--The left-wing billionaire George Soros has turned the Philadelphia district attorney’s race on its head by giving $1.45 million to fund a super PAC in support of his preferred candidate, Larry Krasner. The influx of money from Soros gave Krasner a significant leg up over his opposition. Despite splitting votes with six other candidates, Krasner, who was not a favorite to win before Soros’ investment, finished 18 points ahead of the second-place finisher. Read

Marijuana industry relieved after Sessions signals no looming pot crackdown

4/29/17--The marijuana industry is feeling some relief after Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and signaled he will leave state pot laws alone. Despite harsh rhetoric against marijuana since his confirmation as Attorney General, Sessions allegedly implied federal marijuana enforcement in legal states is not a real priority for the Department of Justice. Read

Investigators find contaminated weed in California medical marijuana supply

4/1/17--Marijuana dispensaries in California are pulling products off their shelves after a recent investigation found a majority of the medical products tested from stores contained dangerous contaminants. Approximately 93 percent of the products contained high levels of pesticides exceeding many safety limits in other states with legal marijuana. While patients may assume medical marijuana in California is already stringently tested, there are no current requirements for lab testing of products. Read

Veterans groups fight for marijuana access to curb opioid abuse

4/1/17--States with medical marijuana programs are beginning to open access to the drug for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, under mounting pressure from veterans groups advocating marijuana as an alternative to opioids. Many are unable to get relief from painkillers or traditional treatments allowed under current federal law, leaving them at the mercy of their particular state’s policy. Read

NFL players petition league to look at marijuana as painkiller

11/24/16--A group of retired football players and medical professionals are petitioning the NFL to consider marijuana as an alternative to prescription painkillers. The player’s union is currently forming a committee devoted to exploring pain management issues for current and retired athletes. The effort comes at a time when marijuana is more widely available across the country. Read

America’s college students are getting stoned out of their gourds

9/11/16--Over a third of America’s college students admit to getting stoned out of their gourds at least once in 2015, according to a recently released national study. Also, approximately two-thirds of U.S. college students say they see no problem with using marijuana occasionally. Read