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Hemp gains powerful ally to free it from marijuana ties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Hemp advocates have a powerful ally in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky Republican said he will introduce legislation to legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity by removing the plant — prized for its oils, seeds and fiber —from the list of controlled substances. A …

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California’s marijuana edibles makers are going extinct

By Elise McDonough Gina Golden stirs up a batch of her “Island Queen” cannabis-infused granola from her home kitchen in Oakland. It’s a far cry from the commercial kitchen she used when making her 12 year-old Golden Goddess line of edibles. In 2017, the city of Oakland deemed Golden’s rented …

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Get ready for massive expansion of N.J.’s medical marijuana program

By Payton Guion and Susan K. Livio An audit of New Jersey’s limited medical marijuana program will recommend that Gov. Phil Murphy launch a massive expansion of the program, NJ Advance Media has learned. The suggested changes would loosen the program’s requirements and add medical marijuana shops across the state, according to people with direct knowledge of …

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Maine just became the first state to protect cannabis use outside work

By Steve Elliott Employers in Maine can no longer discriminate against employees based on marijuana use during off-time. Workers are now protected from getting fired or disciplined based solely on their use of cannabis in their off-time, attorneys at Littler Mendelson report. In a refreshing display of “if it’s legal, it’s legal,” the …

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Legal pot business owners ponder the possibility of death row after Trump administration policy shift

By Dennis Romero In a move apparently designed to appease President Trump’s recent promise to execute narcotics traffickers, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week released a memo urging federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for “dealing in extremely large quantities of drugs.” Smarting from Sessions’ opposition to state-legal marijuana in places like …

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