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Lt. Gen. Jack L. Rives, Air Force judge advocate general, pins the Meritorious Service Medal on Col. Lindsey Graham in a Pentagon ceremony April 28, 2009. In addition to being a U.S. senator from South Carolina, Colonel Graham is an individual mobilization augmentee and the senior instructor at the Air Force JAG School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. (U.S. Air Force photo)

He held a hearing on how its classified by the Federal Government.

Here’s your daily round-up of pot-news, excerpted from the newsletter WeedWeek. Download WeedWeek’s free 2016 election guide here.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is the latest high-profile Republication to show hints of evolving on cannabis policy. He’s a cosponsor of the CARERS Act which would, Politico writes: “reclassify marijuana so that it is considered to have some medical value; permit banks to handle money from legal marijuana businesses; prevent the government from interfering with state-legal medical marijuana programs; exclude non-psychoactive marijuana extracts from the definition of marijuana; grant military veterans access to medical marijuana; and break the government’s monopoly on medical marijuana research.”

Some of us like our weed to be so dry that it ignites under sunlight, making that first hit a knockout. But most cannabis users want their stash to last. That’s where humidity comes in.

While many people curse humidity in the heat of summer, it plays a key role in preserving the quality of cannabis during storage. As anyone who’s kept a bag of weed for more than a few days knows, nugs can dry out fast without proper storage, but they can lose their flavor and potency, too. We caught up with Sean Knutsen, president of Boveda, a company that makes humidity-control packs for weed jars, to learn more about effective stash storage.

When a heatwave hits and you don’t have air conditioning, you have only a few options: Find a nearby pool, go to a movie, or drink something cold. For many of us, that means a frosty beer or chilled cocktail, but not everyone likes alcohol.

Some overheated folks would like to unwind with cannabis while the rest of their friends drink booze, but they can’t always do so without creating offense; times may be changing, but smoking will always bother others, no matter what’s inside those rolling papers. But there are alternatives: To help you stay high-drated this summer,here are five cannabis-infused beers, mocktails and other beverages.

Well, that didn’t take long: Less than a week after Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a bill that expanded marijuana business investment opportunities for publicly traded companies, venture capitalists and private equity firms, one of the state’s largest pot corporations announced plans to scoop up two commercial marijuana operations, including the largest legal outdoor cultivation in North America.

On June 5, Medicine Man Technologies announced that it had reached binding agreements with Los Sueños Farms, an outdoor marijuana farm on 36 acres outside Pueblo, as well as Mesa Organics Ltd, which owns a commercial cultivation, dispensary and extraction facility in Pueblo.

Autism patients can use medical marijuana in Colorado now that Governor Jared Polis has signed a bill into law adding autism spectrum disorder to the state’s list of MMJ conditions. It was no coincidence that the signing took place on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day.

Advocates had been pushing the idea for the past two sessions and were successful both times in the Colorado General Assembly. However, previous governor John Hickenlooper vetoed the 2018 bill that would’ve added autism to the state’s list of conditions approved for MMJ, so the measure had another relatively quick go-round through the House and Senate this year.

Neal Levine, a longtime member of the Colorado marijuana industry who’s now the CEO of the national Cannabis Trade Federation, sees the case for THC potency limits on marijuana concentrates recently made in this space as a Trojan horse for gutting the industry.

“When you start talking about potency and it’s not based on science, it sounds like reefer madness, the next generation,” Levine says.

Addiction is a serious matter, no matter the substance. Although medically beneficial and not on the same plane as synthetic drugs, marijuana can also become addictive to a small portion of its users, just like alcohol or caffeine.

The toll of addiction comes in many forms, and it’s nearly impossible to put a price on the health care and ancillary costs associated with being an addict or loving one. No matter their legal status, paying for the drugs alone can be astronomical, according to a recent study from addiction resource Detox.net.

Once a rare treat, cannabis-infused edibles ain’t no longer a thang here in Colorado. In fact, they’re a large and growing presence in the legal pot industry, now accounting for around 15 percent of the recreational market share…and that’s still rising, according to several industry studies. Infused-product companies are using tasteless distillate, isolates and water-infusing powders to cook with cannabis, making the possibilities virtually limitless.

Today you can find anything from coffee to beef jerky and Dutch stroopwafels infused with THC and CBD on dispensary shelves in Colorado, and making pot-infused dishes at home has never been more popular. So what’s still sexy about old-school edibles, such as chocolates? We asked Lauren Gockley, chef for award-winning edibles company Coda Signature, about the evolving art of cooking with cannabinoids.

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