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Walmart Announces Plans To Stop Selling E-Cigarettes
The fallout over the spate of vaping-linked deaths continued on Friday, as Walmart announced that it will stop selling e-cigarettes.  In a memo to local managers, the world’s largest retailer cited “regulatory complexity” and industry “uncertainty” as its reasoning behind the decision. “Given the growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes,… View Article

SAFE Banking Act Heads To House Of Representatives Next Week
We’re hovering on the brink of the first pro-marijuana federal legislation in an age. On Friday morning, the House confirmed that the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act will be put to a vote next week. The proposed legislation is only the third piece of potential cannabis law to make it out of committee,… View Article

Wisconsin Legislators Introduce Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana
A bipartisan group of state legislators has introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin, according to media reports. The bill, from Republican Sen. Patrick Testin and Democrats Sen. Jon Erpenbach and Rep. Chris Taylor, was being circulated among lawmakers for cosponsors on Friday. Testin said in a statement that for him, legalizing the… View Article

Missouri Health Officials Announce State’s First Vaping-Related Death
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man in his mid-40s who died at a St. Louis hospital succumbed to a vaping-related illness, Missouri health officials announced Thursday. The Missouri man is the state’s first death related to an outbreak of lung disease linked to e-cigarettes or other vaping-related devices, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior… View Article

Beto O’Rourke Would Use Marijuana Taxes To Help Expunge Possession Convictions
On Thursday, Beto O’Rourke updated his campaign platform’s position on cannabis with specific, targeted proposals addressing legalization, taxation and social justice. As a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, O’Rourke has continued his long-standing fight to end the prohibition of cannabis. On the campaign trail, O’Rourke has called for federal cannabis legalization as part… View Article

Canadian Health Officials Now Investigating Vaping-Related Hospitalization
One of the bizarre parts about the recent string of vaping related illnesses and deaths is that it has been restricted to the United States. So far there have been 380 likely cases of vaping-correlated lung disease in 36 states and one US territory, but not a peep from the rest of the world. That… View Article

Federal Government Funds Nine Research Grants To Study CBD
The U.S. government will spend $3 million to find out if marijuana can relieve pain, but none of the money will be used to study the part of the plant that gets people high. Nine research grants announced Thursday are for work on CBD, the trendy ingredient showing up in cosmetics and foods, and hundreds… View Article

Federal Judge Says Indiana’s Ban On Smokable Hemp Is Unconstitutional
A federal judge in Indiana ruled last week that the state’s law banning smokable forms of hemp is unconstitutional and has issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting enforcement of the statute. In a ruling issued on September 13, Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the Southern District of Indiana said that Indiana’s law prohibiting the manufacturing, financing, delivery,… View Article

Legislators Have Approved Changes To Utah’s Medical Cannabis Law
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators approved changes to the state’s medical marijuana law, an issue that has faced fierce criticism from people on both sides of the debate. The Utah Senate and House of Representatives voted unanimously Monday evening during a special session to send the proposal to Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s desk…. View Article

Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Program Interrupted Due to Software Glitch
Patients in Pennsylvania were denied access to medical marijuana on Tuesday, the result of a crash in the system used to track sales.  All such transactions in the state are processed through a tracking software system called MJ Freeway, which is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health under the medical cannabis law there.  But… View Article