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Not only is there no correlation between medical marijuana laws and violent crime, crime rates in California actually decreased by 20 percent after legalization.
As Congress legalizes hemp, two men are facing felony charges for transporting hemp. Marijuana legalization in New Jersey suffers a setback. Frustrated by intransigence in the legislature, Nebraska lawmakers look to the ballot to legalize medical marijuana. Also: new medical marijuana rules take effect in Maine.
Hemp legalization is (almost) official but the industry shouldn't get too excited yet. A YMCA branch in Massachusetts is apologizing after threatening to call the authorities on parents who smell like cannabis. Michigan Republicans aren't happy about the successful marijuana ballot initiative so now they're trying to make ballot petitions more difficult. Also: Five foreigners are facing the death
The Senate passes the Farm Bill with hemp legalization. The elderly medical marijuana patient who was evicted has now lost his access to doctors and transportation thanks to federal prohibition. Colorado's highest court will consider the plight of pot-sniffing pups. Also: A fight over foreigners and medical cannabis patents threatens to derail medical marijuana legalization efforts in Thailand.
A study suggests that fears about marijuana's harmful effects for young people have been exaggerated. A sound policy going forward will require a balanced appraisal of both its benefits and harms.
New Zealand passed legislation to expand medical marijuana access. The Farm Bill compromise will legalize hemp. McConnell agrees to hold a vote on criminal justice legislation before the end of the year. Also: A company that evicted an elderly man for medical marijuana use said he could return to the building (but wouldn't say whether he would be allowed to continue using medical marijuana).