Candidate Nikki Fried appears in a campaign video for Florida agriculture commissioner (Nikki For FL/YouTube)

Nikki Fried—a Democrat running to be Florida's next Agriculture Commissioner—needs to find a new bank for her campaign funds. Wells Fargo—citing Fried's vocal support for medical marijuana—notified her office any bank accounts affiliated with Fried's campaign would be closed within 30 days of August 3, 2018.

In a July 11, 2018 email, representative of Wells Fargo—fourth largest bank in the United States—Antoinette Infante, a vice president and senior relationship manager, wrote:

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Any public health official interested in resolving North America’s opioid crisis should be looking towards national legalization of medical marijuana. That’s the conclusion of two new studies recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine, an American Medical Association journal.

“In this time when we are so concerned — rightly so — about opiate misuse and abuse and the mortality that’s occurring, we need to be clear-eyed and use evidence to drive our policies,” said W. David Bradford, an economist at the University of Georgia and an author of one of the studies. “If you’re interested in giving people options for pain management that don’t bring the particular risks that opiates do, states should contemplate turning on dispensary-based cannabis policies.”

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A 12-year-old girl with epilepsy filed suit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions over federal marijuana policy, specifically medical use. Colorado resident Alexis Bortell and her family moved from their home in Texas just because of laws denying her access to her life altering medication: cannabis oil.

Alexis doesn't think that's justice. Now Alexis' family and a handful of others are suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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medical marijuana and pills

[DIGEST: The Cannabist, Rolling Stone, Boston Globe, The Guardian]

In states where medical cannabis is legal, patients are turning to weed for relief from a variety of ailments, including chronic pain, PTSD, anxiety, sleep disorders, epilepsy and side effects of chemotherapy. They say the treatment is effective, has few side effects, and is less addictive than traditional pharmaceutical prescriptions, making it a powerful tool in the fight against prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction.

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[DIGEST: Norml, Forbes, NPR, Slate, WashPost]

The 2016 election brought about some definitive progress in statewide efforts to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana. Four states voted to permit the use of cannabis to treat medical conditions, and another four states voted to legalize recreational use for adults and establish a formal and regulated system of cannabis production and sales. Following this election, 29 states now have approved medical marijuana programs and eight states have approved recreational use, with variations of regulated sales and production.

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[DIGEST: Huffington Post, Think Progress]

Twin amendments in the House and Senate are a win for veterans and veteran rights advocates, and for the medical marijuana movement in general, after two unsuccessful efforts to pass similar legislation.

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[DIGEST: Forbes, LA Times, CBS News, NPR]  

In December 2015, multiple news sources reported that the federal ban on medical marijuana had been lifted. This excited many legalization advocates, and seemed to indicate a significant shift in the country’s ongoing debate regarding the legalization of marijuana. However, this was old news—one-year old news to be exact. How did news from a year ago became recycled and touted as a current event?

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