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After the Michigan Supreme Court earlier this year ruled that dispensaries have no legal grounds to operate in the state shutting down all but a handful of dispensaries, thousands of patients were left without a reliable and safe means of accessing medicine.
State lawmakers see that as a problem, and are currently in talks over a bill that would legalize and regulate the dispensaries reports Jake Neher with Michigan Public Radio.

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Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries – roughly 150 or so – are one step closer to have a set of state guidelines after lawmakers last week approved a bill creating a medical marijuana dispensary program by a 32 to 27 vote.
House Bill 3460 is now awaiting the signature of Gov. John Kitzhaber to become law. If passed, the bill would not create any new taxes and the industry would pay for the regulations through licensing fees.

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Sgt. Gary Wiegert.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Sergeant Gary Wiegert will finally be allowed to lobby for marijuana reforms, more than three months after his legal battle with the department first began.
Wiegert and his attorneys have alleged that his bosses refused to let him work on the side as a paid marijuana lobbyist because they did not want one of their employees associated with the cause. Wiegert — who claims the lobbying gig was initially approved, then revoked — accused the department of violating his First Amendment rights. Riverfront Times has the rest.

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A video still of Vivian Wilson from NBC New York.

Though children in his state languish in pain while a medicine remains just beyond their reach, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is holding back on signing the one bill that could help them out.
As we told you last week, current New Jersey medical marijuana laws require children under 18 to gain approval from three different doctors – including a psychiatrist – before they could access the medicine. Adults only have to have approval from on physician. The problem? Finding a child psychiatrists to sign off on it.

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Though many say the bill has a snowball’s chance in a forest fire of passing, Pennsylvania’s proposed recreational marijuana legalization bill received the support of the NAACP yesterday.
In a press conference, David Scott with the Pennsylvania NAACP, called the war on drugs a “catastrophic failure” and said the bill would be a step towards addressing the racial disparity among marijuana arrests in the state. Figures show blacks are more than five times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites in Pennsylvania, despite studies showing usage rates between whites and blacks are about the same.

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A Colorado medical marijuana dispensary.

The state of Oregon is one step closer to having a single, statewide set of medical marijuana dispensary rules today. The state House yesterday gave approval to House Bill 3460, which sponsors say will legitimize the roughly 150 cannabis collectives already existing in the state.
The bill passed on a 31 to 27 margin, with several legislators arguing that the bill doesn’t do enough to ensure cannabis is going to medical patients in need and not hippies who want weed.

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Starting July 1, Florida residents won’t be able to buy bongs. Instead, you’ll have to purchase water pipes for tobacco use only (nudge-nudge, wink-wink).
Gov. Rick Scott signed the ban into law June 5, though it’s significantly less restrictive than originally proposed by former crack-addict Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg.

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A United States District Court judge officially upheld Colorado’s ban on pot-related magazines unconstitutional Tuesday, putting the matter to the grave once and for all with a permanent injunction.
The ruling came after several parties suing the state reached an agreement with the court that kept the whole issue from going through a lengthy hearing.

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Eric Garcetti.

Just over a week ago, on May 21st, the voters in the city of Los Angeles resoundingly passed Proposition D, an ordinance designed to raise taxes on sales of medical marijuana and limit the total number of allowable weed dispensaries in the city to 135 storefronts or less. On that same ballot was a hotly contested and grossly over-funded mayoral race pitting two openly pro-cannabis Democratic candidates against one another, resulting in a dominant win for LA City Councilman Eric Garcetti who captured 54% of the vote.
In spite of one of the lowest voter turnouts in the city’s history, Garcetti overcame the aggressive financial campaigning that Los Angeles’ most powerful labor unions could throw at him, becoming the city’s 42nd mayor, and earning himself the power to rule over everything from potholes to pot shops in the nation’s second largest city.

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