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Title: Majority of Republicans Now Support Cannabis Legalization

Author: ICBC

Date: 25 October 2017


Extract: Gallup just released its annual poll on marijuana legalization, and has shown yet again a substantial increase in support on the issue:

“The latest figure, based on an Oct. 5-11 Gallup poll, follows shifts in the U.S. legal landscape regarding marijuana since Gallup’s 2016 measure. While still illegal at the federal level, the issue was featured on a number of state ballot initiatives in 2016, and with eight states and the District of Columbia having fully legalized marijuana, more than one in five Americans live in a state where they can legally enjoy use of the drug….


Title:  Marijuana Legalization Hits All-Time High Support, Even From Republicans
(Referred By Andrew Sacks SWD)

Author: Newsweek

Date: 25 October 2017


Extract: A strong majority of Americans (64 percent) now say marijuana should be legal, according to a new Gallup poll—and even support from Republicans is suddenly blazing. It is the strongest public support for legal weed ever recorded in the survey and falls in line with a national trend of more love for bud. Views on legalizing pot have shifted drastically over the past decade. In 2001, only about a third of the U.S. public supported legalization, according to Gallup. But since 2013, a majority of U.S. adults have steadily been in favor of making ganja use OK in the eyes of the law.


Title: Just-Retired Top US Global Narc: Marijuana Rescheduling Likely

Author: Marijuana

Date: 24 October 2017


Extract: Brownfield, who previously served as U.S. ambassador to Colombia, Venezuela and Chile during the Bush administration, made headlines in recent years by shepherding along a new U.S. posture on drugs under President Obama. While the country historically pressured other nations into maintaining a prohibition approach, that became more difficult once U.S. states started legalizing marijuana.“How could I, a representative of the government of the United States of America, be intolerant of a government that permits any experimentation with legalization of marijuana if two of the 50 states of the United States of America have chosen to walk down that road?” Brownfield asked in 2014, when Colorado and Washington were the only states to have ended prohibition. That number has since quadrupled.


Title: Ten Reasons Why 2018 Will Be the Year of Cannabis

Author: Cannabis Business Executive

Date: 25 October 2017


Extract: We are quickly approaching the most important year of the cannabis industry since Colorado began selling recreational cannabis in 2014, or voters in Washington D.C. later that year approved an initiative for recreational sales in the District.. or maybe.. ever.

The east coast is slogging through setting up their regulatory structures, with re-dos and delays in Maryland and Florida still making news.

But these aren’t stories of the industry going backwards. These are stories of adjustments, of regulators feeling out what they are supposed to do based on what their communities want, and what law enforcement wants, and what doctors want.

These are times when the stigma of the plant, while still there, is being defeated through a calm education process conducted by sober, reasonable business people with money and influence.


Title: Here We Go Again: Medical-Cannabis Extracts at Arizona Dispensaries Deemed Illegal

Author: Phoenix New Times

Date: 23 October 2017


Extract: A Navajo County judge’s recent ruling about medical-marijuana extracts could lead to popular dispensary products like vape cartridges and edibles being taken off the shelves…./…But it’s possible, if a higher court ultimately agrees with the judge and rules that “cannabis” is not covered by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.Some cannabis advocates say patients should watch this case closely.”This is a big deal,” said Phoenix cannabis attorney Tom Dean, who’s worked on several prominent cases involving the state’s medical-marijuana law.


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