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Inside Cannabis (Mar 3rd, 2017)

A new bill filed in Congress this week would completely remove cannabis from federal scheduling. Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule 1 drug, on par with heroin and bath salts. If passed, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 would delete all references to cannabis in the Controlled Substances Act and leave marijuana policy and enforcement largely up to states. – MASS ROOTS 

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A United Nations panel has warned the U.S. and Canada that they are prohibited from legalizing recreational marijuana under several international treaties. Despite the laws, eight U.S. states have legalized the drug and Canada has pledged to introduce a plan to legalize it this spring. The International Narcotics Control Board isn't happy about this, and it issued a warning saying "the limitation of the use of drugs to medical and scientific purposes is a fundamental principle that lies at the heart of the international drug control framework, to which no exception is possible and which gives no room for flexibility." – MASS ROOTS

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Attorney General Jefferson Sessions lambasted the notion that cannabis can be used to treat opiate addiction. “I see a line in The Washington Post today that I remember from the ’80s,” Sessions told the National Association of Attorneys General. “Marijuana is a cure for opiate abuse? Give me a break.” The declaration came before news broke of Sessions' meetings with Russian officials, which makes his future uncertain, but the claim is yet another signal that the Trump administration may crack down on state-legal marijuana. – CANNABIS NOW

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California lawmakers are considering a bill that would stifle cooperation between U.S. law enforcement and local officials. Though the bill was introduced before White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced that the federal government could step up action against legal cannabis, if approved, it would prevent state and local authorities from aiding federal actions against cannabis businesses in compliance with California law. This type of cooperation has been a key ingredient of past federal enforcement actions. – LEAFLY

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Colorado is moving ahead with a first-in-the-nation attempt to allow Amsterdam-style marijuana social clubs. The measure, which passed this week, would allow on-site consumption of cannabis at private clubs in jurisdictions willing to participate. Though recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, the consumption of the drug is still widely restricted. These clubs would be safe, designated spaces to do so. – ASSOCIATED PRESS

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The feds are reportedly trying to shut down High Times' infamous Cannabis Cup taking place in Las Vegas. The nomadic festival celebrating all things weed chose Vegas as its location this year after Nevada voted to legalize recreational marijuana in November. The chosen location is on land that belongs to the Moapa Paiute Tribe, which falls into a legal grey area regarding the drug's legality. Federal officials sent a letter to the tribe warning that the festival would be in violation of the law. – RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL

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California's elected officials are introducing policies that force the cultivation of cannabis indoors, despite the practice being unsustainable. Various jurisdictions are severely restricting or outlawing outdoor grows just as cannabis becomes legal in the state and the need for large-scale cultivation will presumably rise. The state has committed to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030. Indoor grows will make it harder to reach this goal. – HIGH TIMES

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WEEKEND READS

Forget munchies – now there's a strain of weed for weight loss. – KINDLAND

Wake and bake in LA's members-only cannabis cafe. – LEAFLY

Sir Patrick Stewart uses cannabis spray. – HIGH TIMES

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WATCH THIS

Doug Benson: weed activist, stoner, comedian and... small-claims court judge? VICE goes behind-the-scenes on Benson's new reality court TV show, "The High Court," which pairs real people asserting real grievances with a stoned judge. – VICE 

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