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Massachusetts Parents Ask Us to Remember Their Children Lost to Addiction.
All Started with Marijuana.
 
In a moving tribute to their children, 79 families have posted their pictures, date of birth, and date of death on a YouTube video. These families offer solace to each other to cope with the grief of losing a child to addiction on their Facebook page titled “Sharing Our Child’s Loss from Substance Passing in MA.” They also offer help to families through Learn to Cope support groups, which teach parents how to cope with a family member addicted to opiates, train them in Narcon emergency response, and provide kits for such families, as well as advocate for opiate treatment funding and other ways to reduce opiate deaths in Massachusetts. “We can no longer fight for our child, so now we fight for yours,” notes the leader of the Facebook page.
 
Because all of their children’s entry drug was marijuana, they advocate for an adjustment or repeal of the recreational marijuana legalization law passed in Massachusetts last November.
 
6 Marijuana Bills in Nevada that Could Change Gun Rights, Edibles, Pot Research
 
Nevada lawmakers have introduced a flurry of bills to regulate marijuana, including one that would allow users to own guns and a conceal and carry permit. Others would ban marijuana edibles in the form of candies and require marijuana-infused cookies and brownies to be sealed in packages that hide their contents. Still others would fund research on marijuana and hemp, while yet another bill would finance teaching “safe” use of the drug.  
 
A link in this article opens a map showing the location of all medical marijuana dispensaries in the state – all clustered around Reno and Las Vegas.
 
Read Reno Gazette-Journal story here.
 
New Cannabis Advocacy Group
Aims to Sway Federal Government

Marijuana companies have formed a new nonprofit lobbying organization to “make states great again” by protecting their industry. The New Federalism Fund is made up of the following industry heavy hitters:
  • Scotts Company LLC, a subsidiary of Scotts Miracle Grow Company
  • Colorado retail chains LivWell, Enlightened Health, Medicine Man, and Native Roots
  • Dixie Brands which infuses marijuana into food products and has businesses in multiple states
  • Privateer Holdings, a private equity firm that raises capital for the marijuana industry
  • Tryke Companies, a medical marijuana business in Arizona
The fund has ties to the National Cannabis Industry Association and has three main goals:
  • To ensure the marijuana industry can continue to operate in states that have legalized it for medical and/or recreational use,
  • To maintain the federal government’s hands-off approach, and
  • To reform Section 280e of the federal tax code (which forbids companies involving Schedule I drugs from deducting business expenses from their taxes). 
Read Marijuana Business Daily story here. Visit New Federalism Fund website here.


The Marijuana Report is a weekly e-newsletter published by National Families in Action in partnership with SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana). Visit our website, The Marijuana Report.Org, to learn more about the marijuana story unfolding across the nation.
 
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About National Families in Action (NFIA)
NFIA consists of families, scientists, business leaders, physicians, addiction specialists, policymakers, and others committed to protecting children from addictive drugs. Our vision is:
  • Healthy, drug-free kids
  • Nurturing, addiction-free families
  • Scientifically accurate information and education
  • A nation free of Big Marijuana
  • Smart, safe, FDA-approved medicines developed from the cannabis plant (and other plants) 
  • Expanded access to medicines in FDA clinical trials for children with epilepsy 
About SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)
SAM is a nonpartisan alliance of lawmakers, scientists and other concerned citizens who want to move beyond simplistic discussions of "incarceration versus legalization" when discussing marijuana use and instead focus on practical changes in marijuana policy that neither demonizes users nor legalizes the drug. SAM supports a treatment, health-first marijuana policy.  SAM has four main goals:
  • To inform public policy with the science of today's marijuana.
  • To reduce the unintended consequences of current marijuana policies, such as lifelong stigma due to arrest.
  • To prevent the establishment of "Big Marijuana" - and a 21st-Century tobacco industry that would market marijuana to children.
  • To promote research of marijuana's medical properties and produce, non-smoked, non-psychoactive pharmacy-attainable medications.
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