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Vaughan, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Alex:

Rep. Jared Polis lauds Colorado marijuana industry during 4/20 grow op tour

Colorado Congressman – and gubernatorial candidate – Jared Polis is celebrating 4/20 by lauding his state's marijuana industry during a tour B Good dispensary and Llama Brand cultivation facility in Northglenn. → Read More

Texas voters support legal marijuana: new Quinnipiac poll

Texas voters support legal marijuana almost 2-1, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll. By a margin of 61 – 34 percent Texas voters favor allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, according to the poll. → Read More

Trump says he’ll support protections for legal marijuana. Insiders react.

Politicians and cannabis industry insiders, alike, were surprised Monday morning by Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner's announcement that he has struck a deal with President Donald J. Trump that would protect states' marijuana laws from federal interference. → Read More

"I'm a healer now": Ricky Williams launches his own marijuana brand

Ricky Williams, former college football star and pro running back, is launching his own marijuana brand called Real Wellness. → Read More

Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division unveils universal symbol for medical and retail cannabis

Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division unveiled a universal symbol for packaging and labeling for all medical and retail cannabis products. → Read More

Colorado Republican congressman wants to reschedule marijuana to allow medical research

In an interview with Colorado Public Radio, Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn came out in favor of rescheduling marijuana to allow medical research. → Read More

Mistrial declared for Denver cannabis church leaders charged with open and public marijuana consumption

During jury selection, potential jurors openly questioned prosecutor's legal theory that the defendants were complicit in fostering the open and public consumption of marijuana at the church's 2017 4/20 celebration. → Read More

Lawsuit challenging Sessions and DEA on marijuana’s Schedule I status dismissed by federal judge

The plaintiffs, including an Iraq War veteran, a child with a seizure disorder and an ex-NFL player, claimed that the CSA's classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance is so "irrational" that it violates the U.S. Constitution. → Read More

Colorado Girl Scouts can now sell cookies outside marijuana dispensaries

Girl Scouts of Colorado now permits Girl Scout Cookies to be sold outside approved "adult-oriented" businesses, such as marijuana dispensaries and bars. → Read More

Senators: Add protections for state marijuana laws to legislation funding federal government

A bipartisan group of 18 senators led by Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner want protections for state marijuana laws inserted into legislation funding the federal government. • Cannabis reviews: Products to enhance pleasure → Read More

One month after Sessions marijuana memo, where do U.S. attorneys stand on legal weed?

Sessions marijuana memo empowered U.S. attorneys. One month after the demise of the Cole Memo, where does your U.S. attorney stand on legal weed? → Read More

Colorado considering dismissing non-violent marijuana convictions: Gov. Hickenlooper

"It's roughly 40 cases (in Colorado) where we can be absolutely sure there was no violence involved in sentencing," Gov. John Hickenlooper said in an interview with Cheddar. → Read More

Senators to U.S. Treasury: Preserve marijuana banking access

A bipartisan group of 15 senators Thursday joined the chorus of Congress members calling on the U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's to keep intact marijuana banking guidance. → Read More

Colorado congressmen butt heads on spending bill amendment to protect state-legal marijuana

Colorado Reps. Jared Polis and Ken Buck butted heads in a House Rules Committee meeting over a proposed federal amendment protecting state-legal marijuana. → Read More

Rep. Barbara Lee introduces companion House bill to Marijuana Justice Act

The House version of the Marijuana Justice Act marks the first time that companion legislation has been introduced in both chambers of Congress to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. → Read More

18 state attorneys general back Colo. Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s marijuana banking bill

A bill introduced by Rep. Ed Perlmutter that would allow banks to serve marijuana-related businesses got a boost Tuesday from 18 state attorneys general. → Read More

Nearly 70 Congress members push spending bill amendment to protect state-legal marijuana

69 members of Congress signed a letter supporting the McClintock-Polis amendment that would protect state-legal marijuana from federal interference. → Read More

Sessions says DOJ just talked “at some length” about marijuana enforcement

Even as the DOJ and DEA make major moves to stem the opioid crisis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has marijuana enforcement on his mind. → Read More

Pro-legalization group Marijuana Policy Project overhauls leadership

Marijuana Policy Project announced Tuesday that Rob Kampia will transition from executive director to a new role focused on strategic development. → Read More

With Denver’s ban on 4/20 rally organizer upheld, lawyer vows to fight any similar marijuana event

If there's a 4/20 rally celebrating marijuana in Denver's Civic Center Park in April, 2018, it will likely be under new management. → Read More