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The world has watched the success of Canada’s Bill C-45 and the spread of cannabis regulation across 30 US states. From an outside perspective, it seems Mexico would be soon to follow. But for those living there, general access to dispensaries and regulated cannabis is murky. The country’s population continues to witness the highly publicized arrests of small-time marijuana producers and activists. TV audiences are pounded by hysteric anti-drug moralizing on the news. Despite the progress of recent years, true legalization of mexa-marijuana often seems like a pipe dream.

Mexico’s legalization movement may have begun in 1985 with sociologist Juan Pablo García Vallejo’s Manifesto Pacheco (or, the Stoner’s Manifesto). The text linked the plant to Mexican counterculture and anti-capitalist forces. By the ‘90s, cultural luminaries like novelist Octavio Paz were among those calling for its acceptance. Many cited legalization as a way to reduce the power of drug cartels, whose bloody battle for US market share began to cost even more Mexican lives with the advent of President Felipe Calderon’s War on Drugs. It’s estimated that 120,000 Mexicans were killed in the government-cartel crossfire that took place between 2006 and 2013.

Still, activists were largely unable to sway—or interest—the country’s

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Please consider voicing your support for expanding Minnesota’s medical marijuana program! 

On Wednesday, a medical marijuana review panel will meet to discuss the petitions to add opioid use disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, panic disorder, and psoriasis as qualifying conditions to the state’s medical cannabis program.

What: Public meeting on adding conditions, including an opportunity for public comment

When: Wednesday, October 24, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Where: Room 300N, State Office Building, 100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155

You can check out MPP’s letter in support of adding opiate use disorder here, in case you want to make any of the same points.

If you are unable to attend, you may also submit written comments in support of adding one or more conditions.

Separately, Election Day is fast approaching! You can vote early in person until Monday, November 5. You can also register and vote on Election Day!

Here’s a look at where gubernatorial candidates stand on marijuana policy reform: Tim Walz (D) is supportive of legalizing and regulating marijuana for adults’ use, while Jeff Johnson (R) opposes legalization but supports medical marijuana.

Don’t miss this opportunity to voice your support for marijuana policy reform, and be sure

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The state’s choice of governor will likely have a huge impact on state cannabis policy

Vote counting officially begins today, October 22, for the upcoming general election, which takes place on November 6. Many voters received ballots over the last several days by mail. The race for governor includes noted cannabis policy champion Congressman Jared Polis, whom MPP rates with an A+ grade.

Current Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is term-limited and must step down, and between the major party candidates, Jared Polis (D) has the clear advantage when it comes for support for good cannabis policy. He is the only candidate who supported the legalization initiative in 2012 and has been a strong advocate for improving federal law as Congressman for U.S. House District 2. Among other achievements in Congress, he started the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

By contrast, current State Treasurer Walker Stapleton (R) offers only limited support at best for cannabis policy reform. He voiced support for stricter regulations for medical marijuana during a recent public forum and referred to Polis’ stance as a “radical extreme plan.” MPP gives him a C.

The positions of two other candidates, Bill Hammons of the Unity Party of Colorado and Scott Helker

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Walk through the aisles of any grocery store, and it’s evident. How a product is branded and packaged can affect sales and protect consumers. Similarly, the packaging for marijuana products matters. It should be designed to keep users safe, informed, and of course, buying. But unlike Frosted Flakes or Pepperidge Farm cookies, cannabis packaging isn’t controlled by the cannabis retailers or manufacturers in Canada. Instead, Health Canada has set rules and regulations around how legal weed must be packaged for sale.

The organization has set forth reasonable guidelines for mandating tamper-resistant and child-resistant containers. These containers also keep the product dry, and have seals to prevent contamination. However, even though Health Canada has issued these essential standards for packaging, provinces and licensed producers determine how they will adhere to them. Like buying weed itself, packaging regulations vary from province to province.

The regulations seek to protect consumers. But many who have purchased cannabis in Canada since federal legalization took effect on October 17 find the amount of packaging excessive for their freshly legal product.

Protections for Cannabis Consumers

Health Canada issued detailed regulations for the packaging of products. In fact, the organization even standardized the font from label to label. While labels

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This morning, police reports began surfacing of a coordinated drug bust at a home along Kentucky 229 in southeast Laurel County. Both the Kentucky State Police and the FBI cooperated in the Saturday enforcement action. Information is still forthcoming about who police arrested and their charges, but authorities in Laurel County have arrested one 16-year-old in connection with the raid. Now, that teenager is behind bars in a juvenile detention facility in Breathitt County, facing multiple drug and firearm offenses.

Police Seize Gummies, Guns and Other Cannabis Products in Pre-Dawn Raid

As part of an ongoing investigation into narcotics trafficking along a major state highway in Kentucky, local, state and federal law enforcement groups raided a home in Laurel County on Saturday. The investigation turned up a cache of weapons and more than 60 pounds of cannabis products. According to the FBI, agents seized 11 pounds of hash oil, 16 pounds of flower that appears to have originated in California, 30 pounds of weed gummies and approximately 350 vape pens with pre-filled cartridges.

A 16-year-old boy was caught up in the raid. According to police, the teen allegedly trafficked more than five pounds of assorted cannabis products. Additionally, the boy

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In a move that’s thrown patients and dispensary owners into confusion, Arizona’s attorney general Mark Brnovich posited in court filings that only dried marijuana should be available for medical consumption. The filings suggest that possession of hashish be deemed a crime—an idea that, if enforced, could have dire consequences for those who use oils, extracts, or any food product made with the plant.

At the crux of Brnovich’s argument is his position that the voters who okay’d Arizona’s 2010 Medical Marijuana Act were authorizing the use of “usable marijuana,” which he defines as “the dried flowers of the marijuana plant, and any mixture or preparation thereof.” Extending this definition to include extracts is an “unreasonable” interpretation of the law, he says.

Of course, not everyone is on board with this interpretation of the eight-year-old law. “It started with the marijuana flower and ended up with hashish,” Will Humble, former state health director, told Capitol Media Services.

Humble headed the team that wrote Arizona’s medical marijuana regulations and says he doesn’t share Brnovich’s vision that cannabis products should illegal for the state’s patients. Furthermore, he noted that his previous department continues to regulate the sale of edible cannabis products.

In a

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A new survey has found that many prominent leaders in North Carolina support marijuana policy reform. The survey of 60 influential North Carolinians focusing on criminal justice is part of an ongoing series by newspapers the News & Observer, the Herald-Sun, and the Charlotte Observer.

Although many of the political, business, and society leaders expressed an interest in changing cannabis laws, they did not agree on how far reform should go. Some favored legalizing marijuana for medical or even recreational use, while others believed it should remain illegal but be decriminalized.

Former Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue believes that medical marijuana should be legalized and that recreational pot should be decriminalized. Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl said that decriminalizing marijuana is the one action that could have the most impact on reducing crime. Some business leaders suggested that marijuana should be legalized and taxed.

Pat McCrory, a former Republican governor, wants the state to educate the public on the potential dangers of marijuana before decriminalizing or legalizing pot.

“First, we need to educate the public on long-term addiction, safety and mental health issues related to all drugs including marijuana,” McCrory said.

Bias In Marijuana Prosecutions

Some of those surveyed, including Duke University School

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A Canadian psychotherapist is seeking government approval to use psilocybin mushrooms to treat anxiety in patients facing the end of life. Bruce Tobin, who is also an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, recently announced that he has formed a group to help him get the permission he needs.

The group, Therapeutic Psilocybin for Canadians, maintains that psilocybin shows potential in helping patients with a terminal disease.

“The strength and consistency of the clinical research to date indicates a strong likelihood that psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy is a low-risk and effective treatment for end-of-life anxiety,” according to the group’s website.

Tobin told Vice that he is also receiving pro bono assistance from two cannabis attorneys. The legal team plans to argue that there is a legitimate medical need for the treatment and thus a constitutional right for patients to have access to it. It’s a strategy that was used successfully for medical cannabis in Canada after a struggle of many years. But with a more clearly defined focus, Tobin said he expects that the fight to legalize the medicinal use of psilocybin won’t take as long.

“I expect the timeline is going to be much shorter,” Tobin said. “My basic attitude toward

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The Idaho general election is set for Tuesday, November 6. Early voting begins today, October 22, and ends November 2. You can also register and vote on Election Day!

Here’s a look at where gubernatorial candidates stand on marijuana reform: Paulette Jordan (D) is supportive of decriminalization and medical marijuana, and is also supportive of moving toward legalization and regulation for adult-use. Brad Little (R) opposes legalization and opposes even a limited CBD medical marijuana bill.

Here you can find more information on Idaho’s current marijuana policies.

Check out the state’s website for more information on voter registration and where to cast your ballot.

Please forward this message to your network, and be sure to get out and vote!

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new Gallup poll released Monday has found that support for legalizing marijuana in the U.S. has reached a record high of 66%, with just 32% opposed.

The poll found majority support spans the political spectrum, with majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and independents in favor. Support among Republicans grew to 53%, up from 51% last year, with opposition dropping to just 45%. Approximately two out of three voters support legalization in each of the four major geographic regions of the country.

The poll results come as voters in two states, Michigan and North Dakota, are considering ballot initiatives to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use. Nine U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and one U.S. territory, the Northern Mariana Islands, have enacted laws making marijuana legal for adults 21 and older. Eight of those states and the Northern Marianas have also established systems for regulating commercial cultivation and sales.

“There is a growing sense among the U.S. population that it is time to end our nation’s failed experiment with marijuana prohibition”, says Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “People are sick and tired of adults being treated like criminals simply for consuming a substance that is, by

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