California bill would automatically erase prior marijuana convictions

By Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Democratic lawmaker wants to make it easier for Californians with marijuana convictions to reduce or erase their records as the state moves into the next phase of legalized pot. Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require county courts to automatically expunge eligible records. It’s one of several efforts to build on the choice California voters’ made to legalize marijuana despite fresh threats from the federal government. Voters approved...

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How to safely try marijuana edibles: A guide for beginners

By Brooke Edwards Staggs, The Cannifornian Edibles have come a long way since people started mixing marijuana into brownie batter. Cannabis-infused foods have become a multimillion-dollar market in California, with edibles popping up at weddings, gourmet dinners, yoga classes and reality TV shows. And while smoking remains the most popular way to consume cannabis, a market report from New Frontier Data, a company that tracks the marijuana industry, shows consumers increasingly are choosing to eat their weed. It’s also now legal for adults...

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Guide to current federal marijuana and hemp bills (updated 1/5/18)

By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level of the United States. The plant and its byproducts, instead, are governed by a patchwork of laws that vary state by state. Some U.S. lawmakers have put forth efforts to keep the legislative gears churning in relation to marijuana and hemp. Related stories Nearly 70 Congress members push spending bill amendment to protect state-legal marijuana Federal marijuana bills boosted by new supporters as Congress gets back to work Trump signs stopgap spending bill...

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