Whoever Replaces Trump Will Probably Like Marijuana

The never-ending campaign mode that long ago swallowed American politics and turned elected officials into full-time development directors (their foundation’s goal this season: themselves) in search of the best billionaire to serve as their ATM has at least one benefit in the age of Trump: It’s campaign season!

People are planning for life after Trump, and so should you (provided there is life on earth, at all, after 2020. No promises!). And with a solid majority of Americans signaling time and again their preference for an America with legal weed, as POLITICO’s Carla Marinucci predicts, whomever succeeds Donald Trump and takes over the renovated White House will almost certainly be sympathetic to legalization.

Barring indictment by grand jury, a change in temperament and a preference for playing golf in Russia, or the end of civilization as we know it, Donald Trump will face some currently well-known Democrat in just slightly more than three years time in the 2020 election.

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Police Try Out New Database for Documenting Opioid Overdoses

BY JENNIFER MCDERMOTT

ASSOCIATED PRESS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are testing a new database for documenting opioid overdoses they hope will help departments share information in real time and get people into treatment.

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Hawaii Says ‘Aloha’ to Legal Medical Marijuana Sales

Hawaii was the first state to pass a medical marijuana law through the legislature — now it’s finally getting dispensaries and legal sales: Registered patients in Hawaii may now purchase up to eight ounces over a 30 consecutive day period.

Seventeen years after the state passed trailblazing medical cannabis laws in the legislature — and not through the ballot box — Hawaiian patients now have access to a regulated market, with the first two dispensaries now open.

After officially passing their final inspection from the Department of Health, Maui Grown Therapies transacted the first sales in the state for preregistered patients — narrowly edging out Aloha Green of Oahu (which opened August 9) for the claim to “first Hawaiian dispensary, even though Maui Grown didn’t officially open until August 14.

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Can Legal Weed Rescue West Virginia?

When a bill was introduced in West Virginia to legalize medical marijuana this past spring, MMJ patients were pleased and so were some Republican politicians who are not normally known for such displays of support.

“I think we all know someone who has benefited from some application of marijuana or certainly could benefit based on the research that’s available today,” said John Shott, West Virginia’s Republican Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

Another governmental organization that also perked up its collective ears was the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

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Officials Seize 1,200 Pounds of Pot off San Diego Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard seized 1,200 pounds of marijuana off the coast of San Diego, after a sailor sent out an SOS distress signal last week, due to the boat’s broken battery.

The distress call came in over the radio, to the Coast Guard from a crew member on the boat, who reported they were having battery trouble. When members of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter arrived, they discovered much more than an issue with a battery.

Upon inspection of the vessel, 50 bundles of marijuana, totaling 1,200 pounds, were discovered on board.

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Feds to Study Curbing Opioid Epidemic with Medical Pot

The underbelly of the capitalist beast that is the United States government is working to get to the bottom of the claims that have surfaced over the past couple of years, suggesting that medical marijuana is effective at reducing opioid consumption in adults suffering from chronic pain.

It was revealed last week that the National Institutes of Health recently awarded a $3.8 million grant to the scientific minds at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System to conduct a five-year investigation to determine whether cannabis medicine could be used as an alternative to prescription painkillers.

This is the first time Uncle Sam has ever coughed up a single cent to delve deeper into an increasing body of evidence pointing to cannabis as the trapdoor out of the opioid epidemic.

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Nevada County Warns Pot Industry Against Promoting Public Use

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials in Las Vegas are warning the recreational marijuana industry against any advertising that can be considered promoting public consumption.

Las Vegas marijuana business owners last week received a letter from Department of Business License Director Jaqueline Holloway reaffirming marijuana regulations.

The letter issued Monday threatens to suspend or take away licenses of dispensaries for any involvement with non-licensed pot businesses and anything “that promotes public consumption.”

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Utah Activists Push for Medical Marijuana on Ballot

Medical marijuana supporters in Utah received a green light from state election officials on Thursday to start gathering the 113,143 signatures required to qualify their MMJ measure for the November 2018 ballot.

The political issues committee Utah Patients Coalition’s spokesperson said they will begin collecting signatures next week—with a stated goal of gathering all the signatures required before the beginning of the legislative session in January 2018.

According to UTP, in 2014 HB 105 made it legal for patients to possess and use low-THC cannabidiol when directed by a doctor. Since this initial victory for patients, cannabis legislation has barely progressed.

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Nevada Opens Pot Distribution to Non-Liquor Wholesalers

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s marijuana regulators have decided to start issuing pot distribution licenses to businesses other than liquor wholesalers to keep up with overwhelming demand since legal recreational sales began July 1.

The Nevada Department of Taxation voted Thursday to open up the market previously limited to liquor distributors under the state ballot measure voters approved in November.

Department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said they’ll begin reviewing about 80 applications they received in May from other businesses.

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