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3 THINGS TO KNOW

President Trump has tapped Richard Baum to serve as acting White House drug czar.
https://twitter.com/ddiamond/status/846764966711562240

Baum, who previously led the Office of National Drug Control Policy's international efforts and served as a Congressional staffer, has taught a class at Georgetown University called, "The War on Drugs: Causes, Consequences, and Alternatives."
http://courses.georgetown.edu/index.cfm?Action=View&CourseID=PPOL-611&AcademicYear=2016&AcademicTerm=FallSpring 

He reportedly once said at a United Nations event that drunk driving is "less of a problem" than is driving under the influence of other drugs.
http://www.drugwarrant.com/2015/03/ondcp-willing-to-sacrifice-public-safety-to-push-political-agenda/

Baum also said that spraying a killer fungus on drug crops in Colombia "looks incredibly promising."
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2000-07-03/news/0007030193_1_coca-crop-fungus-fusarium

A White House official said that Baum is just a caretaker at ONDCP "while the president makes the very serious choice" about a permanent drug czar.
https://twitter.com/stevennelson10/status/846771994301534209
In a related development, a draft of a Trump administration executive order establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Opioid Abuse, Addiction, and Overdose is being circulated.

The commission, said to be chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), seems mostly focused on expanding access to treatment, and will also, within 90 days, "make recommendations for potential legislative or regulatory changes in federal criminal law or processes, to facilitate treatment and recovery for offenders who suffer from addiction, and the use of prisoner reentry programs to help sustain recovery after incarceration with a consideration for the impacts on children."
http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/politico-pulse/2017/03/how-trump-plans-to-combat-the-opioid-crisis-starting-this-week-219457
The Vermont House of Representatives unexpectedly pulled a noncommercial marijuana legalization bill from floor consideration and referred it back to committee level.

Silver lining: Advocates in Montpelier say that several expected 'yes' votes were absent from the chamber, jeopardizing what would likely have been a close vote. It's not clear yet whether the bill will come back to the floor or if further changes will be made in committee.
https://massroots.com/news/vermont-house-delays-marijuana-vote
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FEDERAL

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) plans to reintroduce the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act on Wednesday. The bill would remove marijuana from Schedule I, treat cannabis similar to alcohol under federal statutes and transfer enforcement authority from DEA to the renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives.

Polis is scheduled to do a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session on Thursday.
https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/
U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced legislation called the Saving Kids from Candy-Flavored Drugs Act, which would increase federal penalties for marijuana or other drugs that are infused into candy or beverages that could appeal to children.
https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-feinstein-bill-combats-candy-and-fruit-flavored-drugs-marketed-childre-0
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STATES

The Georgia House of Representatives voted 167-4 to approve a bill to add new qualifying conditions under the state's CBD medical cannabis law. A Senate vote is expected Thursday.

Rep. Betty Price (R), the wife of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, was one of the 'no' votes.
http://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/georgia-house-approves-compromise-expand-medical-marijuana-program/3kIcP2vyxoP0nqYfCKBYfK/
The West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a medical cannabis bill to an expected Wednesday floor vote.
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-politics/20170328/medical-marijuana-bill-up-for-full-wv-senate-vote-

Also, the body approved a resolution declaring Industrial Hemp Day.
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/Resolution_History.cfm?year=2017&sessiontype=RS&input4=53&billtype=R&houseorig=S
The Florida House Health Quality Subcommittee voted 14-1 to approve a bill that medical cannabis advocates oppose because it bans smoking, vaporizing and eating marijuana and restricts business licenses, among other changes to the voter-approved ballot measure.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/fl-reg-medical-marijuana-legislature-20170327-story.html
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is asking the federal government for permission to drug test Medicaid applicants.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/27/congress-gridlocked-scott-walker-wants-trump-ok-drug-tests-state-health-coverage/99695762/
The Maine Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee appears likely to approve a proposal to shift regulatory power from the Department of Agriculture to the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations.
https://wabi.tv/2017/03/28/marijuana-legalization-oversight-likely-to-shift-from-dept-of-agriculture-to-bablo/
The Nevada Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on several marijuana bills, including legislation to create packaging standards for edibles, expand research and limit the amount of taxes local governments can collect.
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/brownies-and-gummy-bears-dominate-marijuana-discussion-nevada
Activists in South Dakota can now circulate separate medical cannabis and marijuana legalization ballot initiatives for signatures following summaries being filed by the attorney general's office.
http://www.kotatv.com/content/news/Petitions-can-be-circulated-to-legalize-marijuana-in-South-Dakota-417324933.html
Activists in Missouri say they've already collected nearly 10,000 signatures for a medical cannabis ballot initiative -- all with a volunteer effort so far.
http://www.newapproachmissouri.com/picking_up_the_pace
Here's a comprehensive look at where marijuana reform legislation stands in Colorado.
http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/02/27/list-eye-2017-colorado-legislation-marijuana-hemp-bills/73558/
Massachusetts regulators are asking for $300,000 to fund the implementation of marijuana legalization.
http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2017/03/28/state-treasurer-requests-300k-to-hire-marijuana.html
At least 33,950 homegrown medical cannabis plant tags are expected to be ordered by patients and caregivers to comply with emergency Rhode Island tracking regulations that go into effect on April 1.
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170327/ri-tag-anxiety-33950-pot-plants-that-patients-caregivers-must-register-by-april-1
A new report finds that more than half a million people in Arkansas could be eligible for medical cannabis.
http://www.thv11.com/news/local/over-half-a-million-arkansans-would-qualify-for-medical-marijuana/426261407
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LOCAL

Residents of Medfield, Massachusetts voted to ban recreational marijuana businesses.
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20170327/voters-ok-recreational-marijuana-ban
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INTERNATIONAL

The Western Cape Division of the High Court of South Africa is set to rule Friday in a case that could find the country's criminalization of marijuana unconstitutional.
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/dagga-decriminalisation-judgment-set-for-friday-20170328
Argentina's Senate is expected to vote on medical cannabis legislation on Wednesday.
http://www.infobae.com/sociedad/2017/03/28/el-uso-del-cannabis-medicinal-podria-ser-legalizado-manana-en-el-senado/

ADVOCACY

The prohibitionist group Smart Approaches to Marijuana has filed public records requests seeking documents and communications regarding a leaked Oregon law enforcement report that seemed to put the state's compliance with the federal Cole memo in question.
https://learnaboutsam.org/sam-files-public-records-requests-marijuana-related-records-state-oregon/
The longtime head of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and the immediate past U.S. attorney for South Carolina for will endorse a pending medical marijuana bill on Wednesday.
Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate Connie Johnson (D) is calling for the legalization of medical cannabis, recreational marijuana and industrial hemp.
http://www.koco.com/article/what-are-your-thoughts-on-legalizing-marijuana/9200802

SCIENCE & HEALTH

A new review of ancient Chinese medical manuscripts found numerous mentions of marijuana's therapeutic uses.
http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fphar.2017.00108/

OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll finds that 56% of Kansas City, Missouri likely voters support a marijuana decriminalization initiative appearing on the city's ballot next week.
http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article141070223.html

BUSINESS

Alcohol companies are skipping out on the opportunity to control the distribution tier mandated by Nevada's new marijuana legalization law, presumably because they are spooked by conflicts with the federal government.
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/pot-news/nevada-liquor-wholesalers-not-ready-jump-board-marijuana-sales
MailChimp reportedly blocked a cannabis extraction company from sending out its weekly menu to customers, which is considered a violation of the email service's ban on pharmaceutical sales.
http://www.socialmediaunicorn.com/despite-legalization-anti-cannabis-marketing-censorship-still-full-effect/
Massachusetts regulators approved 12 companies to compete for the state's contract for marijuana tracking software.
http://www.mass.gov/treasury/about/media-pubs/treas-press-rel/2017/treasurer-approves-tracking-and-licensing-vendors.html
Starting Monday, In Good Health is set to become the first medical cannabis provider to offer delivery across the entirety of mainland Massachusetts.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2017/03/28/brockton-dispensary-offer-statewide-medical-marijuana-delivery/Q73qBs8HDYc4a69BuvLUhI/story.html
A marijuana-themed restaurant in New Jersey is planning to reopen following a law enforcement raid.
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Marijuana-Themed-Restaurant-New-Jersey-Weedman-Joint-Weedbukx-Cafe-Ed-Forchion-417307053.html

CULTURE

One of the founders of the popular literary site Longform is launching a new marijuana-specific podcast called Stoner.
https://www.poynter.org/2017/is-the-marijuana-boom-ready-for-its-own-podcast/453723/
Weedmaps is building a marijuana "oasis" near the Coachella festival.
http://www.tmz.com/2017/03/28/coachella-weedmaps-oasis-marijuana-event/
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