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Eric Howard, who lives in Los Angeles, is a staff writer for Marijuana and the Law. His most recent book, Taliban Beach Party, appeared in 2017.
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Wyden and McConnell Encourage USDA To Implement Hemp Legalization ‘Expeditiously’

In a letter dated February 14, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urge Sonny Perdue, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C., to “move forward...
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Delaware Lawmakers Drafting New Marijuana Legalization Bill

A new legislative session has begun in Delaware, and lawmakers are poised to try another legalization bill after a narrow defeat in 2018. There are hopes that legalization bills may pass in...
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Hawaii Legislative Committee Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill

On February 7, the Judiciary Committee of the Hawaiian state senate unanimously approved S.B. 686, a bill to legalize adult use. The Drug Policy Forum of Hawai’i (DPFH) hailed this as a...
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Senator Files ‘420’ Bill To Federally Legalize Marijuana

On February 8, the office of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in Washington, D.C., announced that he had introduced S. 420, a bill to “legalize and responsibly regulate and tax marijuana.”
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A New Marijuana Banking Bill Is Finally In Motion

On February 13, the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services held a hearing on a bill that would permit access to banking services for cannabis-related businesses in legal states. While in previous...
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Industrial Hemp Cultivation In The U.S. Is Growing Fast, Report Shows

Industrial hemp production increased dramatically in the U.S in 2018, according to a report released last week by the free market hemp advocacy group Vote Hemp. Compared to the previous year, farmers...
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Mexico Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill

In July 2018, the liberal, reformist Morena party, led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, won the national presidential election. Its platform emphasizes anticorruption measures, which include drug policy reform. In November, then-Senator...
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Wisconsin Governor Supports Full Marijuana Legalization

On January 15, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) said that he would support full legalization of marijuana in the state. During his 2018 campaign against Republican incumbent Scott Walker, Evers stood in...
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Washington Lawmakers Introduce Home Cultivation Bill

In January, a bipartisan group of legislators introduced bills to the Washington legislature to legalize residential marijuana agriculture. Although recreational marijuana is legal to buy in the state, it is not legal...
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Tennessee Lawmakers Push To Legalize Medical Cannabis

This month, two state legislators in Tennessee announced plans to introduce legislation to legalize medical cannabis. Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) and Rep. Ron Travis (R-Dayton) are working on a “Tennessee-specific” bill that...