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Unlike every other state to legalize REC, Illinois passed a 600+-page cannabis law at the time it legalized, and it's causing problems for some of the state's largest players.
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Acreage Holdings CEO Kevin Murphy predicts Congress will pass cannabis banking reform this year.
Murphy is less bullish on the States Act bill which would protect state legal cannabis businesses from federal interference. He doesn't think anything similar will pass before 2021.
Related: Bloomberg profiles Dan Murphy, a conservative cannabis lobbyist. “If we had ten Don’s, cannabis would be legal by now,” NCIA lobbyist and fellow Republican Michael Correia said.
The American Bar Association says states should be able to set their own marijuana laws.
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Dozens of young people have been hospitalized across the country for severe respiratory problems after vaping cannabis or nicotine.
Illegal vape cartridges tainted with a potentially deadly lung toxin have hospitalized seven with pneumonia-like symptoms in Hanford, Calif.
Seven years after legalization, Colorado's illicit market is thriving. Suburban Denver prosecutor George Brauchler said, “I’ve only been doing this for 25 years and I have never seen the black market as robust and as complicated and as expertly cultivated as this one right now.”
In the Washington Post, my friend Maura Judkis visits West Hollywood's first cannabis restaurant.
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Scientists are studying whether MDMA in combination with psychotherapy can help patients with severe non-responsive forms of PTSD.
The story describes the treatment thus:
"Tipton was given a dose of pure MDMA. Then she lay down in a quiet room with two specially-trained psychotherapists, one woman and one man.
"They sat next to Tipton as she recalled some of her deepest traumas, like discovering her mother's body after a murder-suicide.
"In the embrace of MDMA," as she describes it, Tipton could revisit this moment without the usual terror and panic.
"I was able to find such empathy for myself. I realized how much I was thinking this was my fault," she says."
The great N.Y. Times sportswriter John Branch profiles UFC fighter Nate Diaz:
"U.F.C. brands itself as the counterculture edge of the sports world: brash, bloody and unscripted. But as mixed martial arts have bulled into the mainstream, Diaz remains a reliable mutineer. He is the pot-smoking, straight-talking, Stockton-representing renegade who, at the top of his career, had the gall to essentially disappear for three years.
"Diaz stands out in a tent of circus performers by doing nothing but being himself. That much was on display when he strolled into his open workout on Wednesday smoking a CBD joint from his own cannabis business, and proceeded to pass more out to fans. He had planned to stop smoking marijuana a couple of weeks before his fight against Anthony Pettis on Saturday at U.F.C. 241 in Anaheim, because the compound in weed that causes psychoactive effects, THC, remains a banned substance for which fighters are tested.
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