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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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Minnesotans: Our Current Cannabis System Does Not Work

Leading Minnesotan Democrat says he will submit “the best marijuana legalization bill in the country to date” within two weeks. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (DFL) first announced the...
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Federal Government Concerned International Cannabis Rescheduling Could Bolster Legalization Efforts

The international community is preparing for a vote that could lift certain restrictions on cannabis, and it seems the US federal government is concerned the vote could strengthen the arguments of marijuana...
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Vermont House Committee Approves Bill To Legalize Retail Cannabis Sales

Vermont lawmakers are set to vote on whether to regulate and tax marijuana sales in the state, following a House committee vote approving a Senate-backed bill. The House Ways...
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Majority Of Kentuckians Believe Marijuana Should Be Legal For Any Purpose

Almost 60 percent of Kentuckians believe marijuana use should be legal “under any circumstances,” while 90 percent are in favor of medical marijuana legalization, according to a new survey.
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Advocates Respond To Trump’s Claim That Cannabis Use Lowers IQ

Cannabis reform advocates responded to President Trump’s claim in a secretly recorded video that marijuana use leads to an “I.Q. problem.” “In Colorado they have more accidents,” the president...
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AOC: Colorado Is Doing A ‘Great Job’ With Marijuana Legalization

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) praised Colorado’s marijuana industry for generating tax revenues for public services such as schools. Ocasio-Cortez appeared at a series of Iowa town hall events at...
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Missouri Issues First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

The Missouri state regulator for medical marijuana issued its first licenses to successful applicants seeking to open up a dispensary, amid concerns about the process for assessing applications. The...
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Cannabis Retail Stores Approved For On-Site Consumption By Alaska State Regulators

On-site cannabis consumption is on its way to two retail dispensaries in Alaska after a landmark vote by the state Marijuana Control Board. Though there are cities in the...
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Tennessee Lawmaker Introduces Cannabis Legalization Legislation

A Tennessee lawmaker submitted a bill at the end of last month to legalize adult-use marijuana in the state. Sen. Raumesh Akbari’s (D-Memphis) proposed legislation would allow adults aged...
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Pennsylvania Cannabis Possession Arrests In Decline

Arrests for marijuana possession in Pennsylvania declined sharply in 2019, according to preliminary data released from the state’s Police Uniform Crime Reporting System. While the figures are subject to...