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Matt Brooks

Matt is a journalist from San Francisco who has specialized in marijuana policy for more than six years.
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House Committee Approves Bill that Would Allow Research on Dispensary-Sourced Cannabis

A comprehensive bipartisan bill that would allow scientists to source marijuana from state-legal dispensaries, among other provisions to facilitate research on the plant, has cleared a House committee. The...
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7 Shot Dead at Large-Scale Illegal California Marijuana Operation

Local law enforcement report seven people were shot dead at an illegal cannabis growing operation in Aguanga, a rural Southern Californian town. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said the...
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Marijuana Advocacy Group Contributes to Impaired Driving Prevention Bill in Congress

A new bipartisan bill to help prevent drug-impaired driving has been filed in Congress, and was drafted with the input of one’s the country’s leading cannabis reform advocacy organizations.
Congress Would Pursue Federal Marijuana Social Equity Programs Under Biden Presidency

Congress Would Pursue Federal Marijuana Social Equity Programs Under Biden Presidency, Senator Says

If the Biden-Harris ticket wins the presidential election in November, Congress would look to support minority-ownership of state-legal marijuana businesses, according to Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). Sen. Markey, who...
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Virginia Legislature Approves Multiple Marijuana Reform Bills, Considers Broader Legalization

Virginia lawmakers have been busy approving a raft of limited marijuana reform legislation during a special summer session, with full cannabis legalization also under consideration. So far in the...
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Nebraskan Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative Faces a Legal Challenge in The Supreme Court

State officials in Nebraska confirmed a measure to legalize medical marijuana garnered enough verified signatures to qualify for the November ballot but the proposal is now subject to a legal challenge by...
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House Lawmakers Prepare for Historic Vote to Federally Decriminalize Marijuana

The US House of Representatives will hold a vote this month on a bill to remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances. This will mark the first time a congressional...
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What Trump Could Gain (And Lose) By Legalizing Marijuana

President Trump has rarely commented publicly on marijuana legalization unless prompted. When asked his administration’s position on the issue, he generally says he’s happy to let states decide for themselves. His actions...
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VP Pick Harris Confirms Biden Administration Will Decriminalize, Not Legalize, Marijuana

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s announcement of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his vice presidential running mate fueled speculation as to whether the former California attorney general could convince the former vice...
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DEA Delay in Finalizing Research License Rules Is Costing Americans Jobs, Bipartisan Lawmakers Say

The Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) delays in approving applications to grow marijuana for research purposes are having a detrimental impact on people’s health and job prospects, according to a bipartisan coalition of...