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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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Idaho Police Seize 7000 lbs Of What Is Claimed To Be Legal Hemp

Idaho State Police say they seized nearly 7,000 pounds of illegal marijuana from a truck passing through the state on its way to Colorado last month. The truck driver, Denis Palamarchuk, is...
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Maryland Lawmakers File Marijuana Legalization Bills

State lawmakers in the House and Senate filed legislation last week that would end cannabis prohibition in Maryland. The bills, sponsored by Sen. William C. Smith Jr. and Del....
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World Health Organization Recommends Rescheduling Cannabis Under International Law

Marijuana and its key components should be formally rescheduled under international drug treaties, according to global health experts at the United Nations. The World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending...
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New Senate Bill Would Force Increased Research On Medical Marijuana For Veterans

The first Senate marijuana bill of the new Congress would direct the U.S. Department for Veteran Affairs (VA) to carry out research on the medical benefits of cannabis for the treatment of...
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Florida Governor Wants To End Ban On Smokable Medical Marijuana

Newly-elected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) wants a new law by mid-March that will end a smoking ban on medical marijuana and loosen limits on treatment center licenses. Florida...
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Bipartisan Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced In Minnesota

Marijuana could be legalized in Minnesota this year, lawmakers said last week. Sens. Melisa Franzen (D) and Scott Jensen (R) introduced a bill in the Senate outlining the use...
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New Jersey Adds Opioid Addiction To Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

Opioid addiction now qualifies for medical marijuana treatment in a move that Gov. Phil Murphy (D) believes will help tackle the opioid epidemic, which claimed 3,000 lives last year in New Jersey.
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Survey: Veterans Strongly Support Legalization and Research into Marijuana

Military veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars strongly support legalizing marijuana and increasing research into the medical uses of cannabis, according to a new survey. Iraq and Afghanistan...
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Ohio Medical Marijuana Sales Are Finally Underway

After nearly a two-and-a-half year wait and a four month delay, Ohio residents are finally able to legally purchase medical marijuana. Ohio legalized the sale of medical marijuana in...
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Israeli Lawmakers Approve Bill Allowing Exports of Medical Marijuana

Israel's parliament (the “Knesset”) has voted in favor of a long-awaited and controversial law to allow exports of medical marijuana. Lawmakers voted 21-0 for the bill late on Tuesday,...