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The cannabis industry spent $450,000 on lobbying
in the first half of 2017, twice its expenditure during the same period in 2016. It was the highest growth rate of any industry, according to a report
from the Center for Responsive Politics. Scotts Miracle-Gro., the publicly traded lawncare company making a play for the hydroponics market, accounted for more than 80% of industry lobbying.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) are pushing back
on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ criticisms of their state cannabis programs. Inslee said Sessions made claims that are “outdated, incorrect, or based on incomplete information.”
A new proposal to legalize REC in Michigan would be retroactive to 1970
, meaning state felony convictions since then would be expunged and state cannabis prisoners would be released. Like another proposal in the state, the ballot initiative targets a November 2018 vote.
Wisconsin state lawmaker Frank Lasee (R) declined to discuss
his investment in Canadian MED giant Canopy Growth.