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Matt Brooks

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Based in San Francisco, Matt is a journalist who has specialized in marijuana policy for more than five years. He provides regular news coverage on marijuanaandthelaw.com and californiamarijuanamarket.com.
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New York Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Takes Effect

As of August 2019, individuals in New York State are subject to reduced marijuana possession penalties, and those with prior cannabis convictions are eligible for expungement. The new law...
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Oklahoma’s Expanded Protections For Medical Marijuana Patients Begin

In Oklahoma, new legislation took effect on August 30 which expands protections for the state's medical marijuana patients. House Bill 2612, otherwise known as the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and...
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Study: Cannabis Dispensaries Decreases Local Crime

Legal cannabis dispensaries may lead to decreased criminal activity in the surrounding area, according to new research published in the journal Regional Science and Urban Economics. The study, carried...
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President Trump Reiterates Support For State-Level Marijuana Legalization

The Trump administration will not stand in the way of states setting their own marijuana policies, according to the president's most recent statement on the issue. President Trump was...
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Federal Grant Funds Tech That Removes Pesticides From Marijuana

A biotech startup which is working on a way to remove toxic pesticides from various crops, including marijuana, has been granted $250,000 by a federal agency to help develop the technology.
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D.C. Now Accepting Medical Marijuana Cards From Other States

The mayor of Washington, DC said last month that dispensaries in the nation's capital will now accept valid medical marijuana cards issued in any of the 27 states with such programs in...
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What You Need To Know About Arizona’s Recreational Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure For 2020

Voters in Arizona may get the chance once again to decide on whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana, after legalization advocates submitted a ballot measure for the 2020 elections with the...
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New Mexico’s Marijuana Legalization Working Group Held First Hearing

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham convened the first in a series of public hearings detailing the outcomes of her marijuana legalization working group on August 14, 2019. She...
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Nebraska AG Argues Medical Marijuana Legalization Is Unconstitutional

Nebraska's attorney general said that ongoing efforts in the state to establish a legal medical marijuana program would be preempted by federal law, making it unconstitutional. Attorney General Doug...
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Texas State Police Instructed To Stop Low-Level Marijuana Arrests

The largest law enforcement agency in Texas instructed its officers to no longer arrest people for low-level marijuana offenses, as detailed in an interoffice memo dated July 10, 2019.