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California lawmakers are formally calling on the federal government to reclassify cannabis. In a joint resolution passed by a 60 to 10 vote, the California Assembly urged Congress to reclassify cannabis from Schedule 1 – the most restrictive – to an "alternative schedule" in order to enable legal research and "development of" cannabis for medical use. The resolution also calls on the federal government to make the commerce of medical marijuana legal, so businesses already in the industry can have legal access to banks. – FORBES

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Lesotho has become the first African country to grant a license for medicinal marijuana. The decision marks a move towards treating cannabis as a potential revenue source for the nation instead of a "petty crime" in an area where the substance is already widely used and cultivated. Lesotho could become a model for the rest of the continent to tap into the lucrative global industry. – QUARTZ

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A university’s pharmacy school has cancelled classes on growing medical cannabis. Citing concerns with how the Trump Administration may enforce federal cannabis laws, the University of Maryland officially canceled its cannabis-related classes, which were initially set to start at the beginning of the semester in August. Medical marijuana is legal in Maryland, and state law requires workers who are employed by growers, processors, dispensaries and laboratories to have training in their areas. – AP

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Roger Stone says the cannabis industry can't survive without him. After a boycott got him booted as the keynote speaker at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo due to his history of “racist, misogynistic, and anti-Semitic rhetoric," the controversial pro-cannabis advocate and close friend of President Trump gave his own speech where he said, "You may not like me, you may not like my politics, but you can’t [legalize] without Republicans.” – FAST COMPANY

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Dr. Oz publicly endorsed medical marijuana as a potential solution to the opioid crisis. On a Fox News morning program, Dr. Oz criticized the "hypocrisy" surrounding the substance. "People think it's a gateway drug to narcotics. It may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic." He also criticized the federal government's Schedule 1 classification of the drug, saying "We're not allowed to study it... and I personally believe it could help." – FORBES

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A high number of applicants applied for permits for Arkansas' medical marijuana program. After a slow start to the application period, some 300 cannabis business hopefuls flooded the state office building Monday, turning in thousands of pages of paperwork and handing over thousands of dollars in application fees. The state government will only permit five growers and 32 distributors. – LEAFLY

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Nevada could become the first state to allow cannabis lounges. The legality of public spaces to consume recreational cannabis has had a complicated history, and no state has yet to overcome the hurdle of putting regulations in place to allow it. But Nevada's Legislative Counsel Bureau said Monday that state law does not prohibit city or county governments from operating a lounge, essentially leaving it up to individual jurisdictions to adopt their own regulations. – THE HILL

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