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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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South Dakota Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization Initiative Officially Confirmed For 2020 Ballot

South Dakota voters will have their say on whether to legalize and regulate adult-use marijuana in the November 2020 ballot. The South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office announced it...
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Bipartisan Bill Introduced To Include CBD Under FDA Regulations

CBD products derived from hemp could be legally marketed as a dietary supplement through a new bipartisan bill introduced last week. Though hemp and its derivatives have been federally...
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Legalized Marijuana In Michigan Doesn’t Mean Everyone Can Access It

Michigan’s legal adult-use marijuana market began on December 1, 2019, but that doesn’t mean it’s now easy for would-be customers to get their hands on some bud. Only five...
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Illinois Governor Pardons 11000 People The Day Before Legal Sales Begin

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker pardoned more than 11,000 people with low-level cannabis convictions the day before legal recreational marijuana sales began in the state on Jan 1, 2020. “Illinois...
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Chief Justice Reports Continuing Decline In Federal Marijuana Prosecutions

Federal prosecutions of cannabis-related crimes fell by 28 percent in 2019, according to an annual report signed off by Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. This comes in spite of...
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Virginia’s New Prosecutor Will Not Pursue Low-Level Pot Offenses

Two newly-elected Virginia prosecutors said they will not pursue low-level marijuana possession cases in their counties. Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano and Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Parisa Dehgani-Tafti...
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$3.2 Million Purchased On First Day of Illinois Marijuana Sales

Illinois’ first day of a legal recreational cannabis market saw dispensaries take in more than $3 million in sales. The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act went into effect on...
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Oklahoma Activists Initiate Process For Putting Marijuana Legalization Vote On State Ballot

A coalition of marijuana legalization advocates in Oklahoma are aiming to put the question to voters at the state’s 2020 ballot. The coalition of local groups, with the support...
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New Jersey Lawmakers Approve 2020 Marijuana Legalization Ballot Question

New Jersey voters will have their say on marijuana legalization next year, after lawmakers approved a proposed ballot question earlier this month with a super-majority. The Senate passed the...
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Virginia To Take Overdue Action On Marijuana Reform In 2020

2020 could shape up to be a defining year for marijuana reform in Virginia, one of the country’s most conservative states when it comes to cannabis laws. Both chambers...