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Inside Cannabis (Mar 10th, 2017)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has privately reassured senators that a federal crackdown on state-legal weed is not imminent. Though his public statements still hint at a policy change, several Republication senators told Politico that, before he was confirmed, Sessions said he wouldn't deviate from the Obama-era policy of allowing states to implement their own marijuana laws. "He told me he would have some respect for states' right on these things. And so I’ll be very unhappy if the federal government decides to go into Colorado and Washington and all of these places," Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said. – POLITICO

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A first-of-its-kind rehab center that uses cannabis as a central part of its treatment plan opened in Los Angeles this week. Founded by longtime social worker and anti-addiction advocate Joe Schrank, High Sobriety is going against the grain of the rehab world, where the common belief is that marijuana is not an effective treatment for opioid addiction. Despite the lack of research on the issue, Schrank and others believe treatment with medical marijuana is the way to go. – THE GUARDIAN

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The lawmaker leading Canada's marijuana legalization efforts said the country won't rush the policy. This announcement comes after Trudeau's recent pledge to introduce a plan to legalize it this spring. Lawmaker Bill Blair confirmed a bill is due in parliament this spring, but it won’t be the last hurdle. The federal government will take its time and work with provinces, territories and cities to build a framework and develop specific regulations, he said. – BLOOMBERG

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Pet owners are turning to marijuana to treat the ailments of their furry companions. Though veterinarians say there is not enough evidence to show cannabis is safe and effective for treating animals, a number of businesses are marketing cannabis-based extracts, ointments and edibles for everything from from arthritis and anxiety to seizures and cancer. – NEW YORK TIMES

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Though public acceptance and use of marijuana is at an all-time high, cannabis researchers say we know less about marijuana than we think. "There are so many basic questions that need to be addressed," says Ryan Vandrey, an associate professor of psychiatry who researches marijuana at Johns Hopkins Medicine. "The practical use and legalization of these things is happening faster than the science can keep up." Business Insider has outlined the biggest mysteries researchers are working to solve. – BUSINESS INSIDER

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WEEKEND READS

Can microdosing enhance your fitness routine? – THE CANNABIST

Leafly checks into the best weed-friendly hotels in the world. – LEAFLY

A Portland-based artist explores the high art of cannabis photography. – CIVILIZED

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