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Where The War on Pot Will Go To Die
In some states, there’s an untenable mismatch between the crime and the time, but does anyone think that pot—medical or recreational—will still be illegal in 10 years? Now that a majority of Americans—54% and climbing, according to Pew Research—believe that marijuana should be treated like beer, wine and liquor, it’s time to ask: where does [...]

Feds May Cut Off Water For Legal Marijuana Crops
Some cannabis growers may soon find themselves with a lot less irrigation water if the U.S. government decides to block the use of federal water for state-legal marijuana cultivation. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees management of federal water resources, “is evaluating how the Controlled Substances Act applies in the context of Reclamation project [...]

Marijuana ‘Caregivers’ Getting Little Oversight
The young woman pulled her Subaru wagon into the parking lot of a Framingham hotel Wednesday night for a prearranged meeting with someone she knew only as Kool Guy, a man with short black hair and glasses who resembled actor Joaquin Phoenix. She handed him $250 cash for an ounce of marijuana dubbed Blue Cheese. [...]

It’s High Time For Canada To Talk Pot
Marijuana exists in a funny limbo in this country. Despite a growing number of people who feel it should be decriminalized, or outright legal – and regulated – it remains a controlled substance. And, as such, we have a multibillion-dollar industry in Canada attempting to operate under the radar of the law. Weed is grown [...]

Pot Smoking Stats Real Eye Opener
Do you smoke pot? According to stats I saw this week, 12 per cent of Ontario residents 15 and over smoked marijuana at least once over a recent 12-month period.  Which is about 1.3 million Ontarians.  Or about 130,000 people here in York Region. This is according to Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey for [...]

Federal Government Ordered 1000 Lbs Of Marijuana
The federal government just ordered all the marijuana it wants — something it would send most Americans to prison for doing. On Monday, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a new rule that increases the U.S. government’s production quota for medical marijuana from an annual 21 kg to 650 kg. That’s about 1,433 pounds of pot [...]

DEA Chief Says Marijuana-Trafficking Spiking
The Drug Enforcement Administration is concerned about a surge in the illegal shipment of marijuana from Colorado since the state legalized the drug, and is trying to crack down on minors’ use of the substance, the head of the agency said Wednesday. Administrator Michele Leonhart said the DEA is troubled by the increase in marijuana [...]

How Bad Is Marijuana for Your Health?
The Journal of Neuroscience recently published a study linking recreational marijuana use to subtle changes in brain structure. The researchers, led by Jodi Gilman of Massachusetts General Hospital, identified increased gray matter density in the left nucleus accumbens and some bordering areas. The study was fine, but the media coverage was abysmal. Reporters overstated the [...]

John Paul Stevens Thinks MJ Should Be Legalized
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens believes marijuana should be legalized by the federal government, predicting that the public will soon decide prohibiting the substance is “not worth the cost.” In a Thursday interview with NPR’s Scott Simon, the retired justice was asked if he believes the drug should be legal at the federal [...]

Marijuana Has Come A Long Way Since Last 4/20
What a difference a year makes. From 4/20, 2013, to 4/20, 2014, marijuana has taken big steps out of the shadows of the black market and into the light of the mainstream — from record high popular support and the first legal recreational sales, to an entire country legalizing marijuana. Here’s a look at the [...]

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Vermont Becomes First State to Make Marijuana Legal Through Its Legislature

Until today, all eight of the states that have made marijuana legal for adults did so through ballot initiatives. Over the past three elections in 2012, 2014, and 2016, voters in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada (and Washington, D.C.) approved ballot questions to legalize marijuana. Today, we reached an important milestone … Continue reading Vermont Becomes First State to Make Marijuana Legal Through Its Legislature

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Penalty Reduction Bills Slated for Virginia Legislative Session

The Virginia General Assembly convened last week, and marijuana law reform is on the docket! After a disappointing conclusion to last year’s session, the General Assembly appears ready to tackle decriminalization of marijuana. Late last year, the Virginia State Crime Commission looked at the benefits of marijuana decriminalization in Virginia, and the majority leader of … Continue reading Penalty Reduction Bills Slated for Virginia Legislative Session

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Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced in Kansas

Kansas lawmakers began their 2018 legislative session last week with several marijuana bills before them, including SB 187 / HB 2348, the Kansas Safe Access Act. This bill would create an effective medical marijuana program in Kansas. These bills were introduced in 2017 (the legislative session carries over from 2017 to 2018), yet never even … Continue reading Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced in Kansas

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New York Governor Calls for Legalization Study

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in announcing his budget proposal, included a call for a study of the impact on New York of legalizing the adult use of marijuana. This proposal is a change from the governor’s past views on the topic; he previously said he was opposed to legalization, citing the now-debunked “gateway theory” as the … Continue reading New York Governor Calls for Legalization Study

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Delaware Legislative Session Begins as Task Force Explores Marijuana Regulation

The Delaware Legislature is back in session, and your lawmakers need to hear from you! Let them know you want this to be the year that Delaware stops the cruel and counterproductive policy of prohibiting marijuana. A legislature-created task force is already exploring taxing and regulating cannabis and will present its findings to the legislature … Continue reading Delaware Legislative Session Begins as Task Force Explores Marijuana Regulation

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Massachusetts Governor Vows to Uphold Legal Marijuana Laws

On Friday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker reinforced that Massachusetts will respect the will of Massachusetts voters. In response to Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind Obama-era rules that protected state-legal marijuana markets, state and local law enforcement officials vowed that they would not raid retail marijuana establishments that were operating in compliance with state law. Shortly … Continue reading Massachusetts Governor Vows to Uphold Legal Marijuana Laws

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MPP Releases 2018 Strategic Plan

MPP is excited to be moving into 2018 at a time when marijuana policy reform has unprecedented momentum. While there are sure to be challenges ahead, MPP is confident that we will make great strides this year. You can find the strategic plan here. In a great sign of things to come, one of our … Continue reading MPP Releases 2018 Strategic Plan

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Vermont Poised to Become the Ninth State to Make Marijuana Legal for Adults

Vermont is about to make history! A bill that would make marijuana legal for adults received final approval on Wednesday from the Vermont Senate and will soon make its way to the desk of Gov. Phil Scott, who vetoed a similar bill in 2017. Gov. Scott indicated again after passage that he intends to sign … Continue reading Vermont Poised to Become the Ninth State to Make Marijuana Legal for Adults

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Georgia Considering Medical Marijuana Improvement Legislation

Yesterday, Georgia lawmakers began their work in 2018, and they are again considering improvements to the state’s medical marijuana program. Two bills, HB 645 and HR 36, have been proposed to establish much-needed medical cannabis access for patients. If you are a Georgia resident, please send a message to your state lawmakers in support of … Continue reading Georgia Considering Medical Marijuana Improvement Legislation

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Medical Marijuana to Appear on June Oklahoma Ballot

On January 4, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced her decision to place Question 788, which would create a medical marijuana program in the state, on the June primary election ballot. A majority of Oklahomans support medical marijuana, but primary elections tend to have a lower turnout rate than general elections. Democratic candidate for governor Drew … Continue reading Medical Marijuana to Appear on June Oklahoma Ballot

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Illinois AG Says Girl Can Use Medical Marijuana at School
The Illinois attorney general's office on Friday told a federal court it will allow a suburban Chicago school district to administer medical marijuana to an 11-year-old leukemia patient to treat her for seizure disorders

Jeff Sessions’s Endless War on Marijuana
The attorney general’s new, more aggressive guidance will add legal confusion to an issue that many states are managing just fine on their own.

In Clash Between California and Trump, It’s One America Versus Another
The growing divide between California and President Trump erupted this week, over marijuana, immigration, taxes and the environment.

Department of Injustice
Why a federal crackdown on legal marijuana? The real problem, as any sentient public servant can tell you, is opioid abuse.

New Pot Policy by Trump Administration Draws Bipartisan Fire
Lawmakers from both parties see it as a state decision and vow to force the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to back down.

California Defiant in Face of Federal Move to Get Tough on Marijuana
Four days after legal marijuana sales began in the state, lawmakers and leaders of the cannabis industry vowed legalization would proceed.

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Finding Victory After One Year of Trump
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Newly Formed Philippines Human Rights Group Members Vow to Defeat Fascism, End Killings
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Giving Thanks
Story and photos by Pete Shaw A year ago, as I began composing our Thanksgiving article, I was in the pits. I was in the middle of a 4 month bout with a foot infection that found me largely lying on the couch, keeping the foot elevated, and feeling frustrated at not being able to…

Burgerville Workers Union Continues Organizing; Management Steps Up Intimidation Tactics
Story and photos by Pete Shaw The commerce surrounding the Winter holidays seems to begin a little earlier every year. When I was growing up in the 1970s, it commenced sometime after Thanksgiving, although without the madness now associated with the day after. However, about a month ago I was in a big chain hardware…

11 Million Reasons Why Sanctuary Must Be More Than Words
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Burgerville Workers Union, Community Alliance of Tenants Picket Burgerville; Link Struggles Against Low Wages and Out of Control Rents
Story and photos by Pete Shaw There are some combinations that seem so natural, it is hard to imagine a world without them. Pizza and beer, burgers and fries, Lennon and McCartney, and Donald Trump and Nazis quickly come to mind. Now you can add to the list, Burgerville workers and the Community Alliance of…

Stoking Memories
Story and photos by Pete Shaw When my better 99% and I moved out here from Chicago on Labor Day weekend, 2000, the last leg was a doozy. We began somewhere around Billings, Montana. It would be a long haul. And it only got longer when our cat, Natasha, twice got loose when we stopped…

Anti-fascists Overwhelm, Drive Off Meager White Supremacist Showing at Portland Rally
Story by Pete Shaw Since the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in mid-August that saw the murder of one anti-fascist and numerous injuries to other opponents of white supremacy, people throughout the country have stepped up at similar gatherings to tell white supremacists that they are not welcome. In Boston, thousands of people…

Transgender Rights Activists Rally to Demand Labor Bureau Enact Stronger Workplace Protections, Tackle Discrimination
Story and photos by Pete Shaw Time was not so long ago when a hand-delivered letter meant something. For the composer of the missive, whether something as beautiful as handwritten lines expressing tender and missed love or more mundane items such as a business letter, it showed the importance of what lay within the envelope.…

Anti-Fascism Activists Urge Greater Resistance to White Supremacy; Condemn Police and State Tactics
Story and photos by Pete Shaw Kelly Baur and Jeremy Ibarra, who were arrested during the police crackdown on anti-fascism activists following the June 4 white supremacy rally in Terry Schrunk Plaza, both entered pleas of not guilty on August 17 to the charges brought against them. In doing so, they rejected a plea deal…

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 Today Q dropped insider warning to team player to "stay at home" and that there is a clear satellite view of "letter" players. I give my opinions on today's crumbs plus go further on the major intel dump yesterday involving Scalia, Huffman and the DARPA created Social Media. Meanwhile, P_nce...

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The Cabal Begins Operation 'Wetwork', Time To Cover Their Tracks
 The lost text between Strzok and Page do not make sense because in the initial reports it says they had them. Do individuals were murdered and they are linked to the Clinton Haiti Relief Charity. New emails from Judicial Watch show Clinton knew all about securing her emails. First Facebook and...

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Former CIA Robert David Steele, Remember USS Liberty & Trump VS. The Deep State Who Will Win?
 Must watch interview with Robert David Steele who believes the Hawaii missile was real and tells us who he thinks was behind it. Remember the USS Liberty !!! The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free...

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BREAKING: "TSA Issues Emergency Alert On 5 Countries Cargo Planes"
World of Retro Gameplay north Korea loaded their human fertilizer up and are looking to unload. Butt missiles ...and it's Turkey who will nuke U.S. cities next week@ dianetzar erdogon the decoy antichrist wants to take back JERUSALEM...and U.S. has just said for a 2nd time, moving emmbacy to...

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Alex Jones (FULL SHOW) Monday 1/22/18: News & Analysis, Joel Gilbert, Jack Posobiec
 Date: Monday January 22, 2018 Today on Infowars Live TV - The Alex Jones Show Monday, Jan. 22nd: Communist China Works with Dems to Extend Gov Shutdown - The Schumer Shutdown blame game continues, as Democrats insist they're not responsible, while the Chinese government mocks President Trump....

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Benjamin Fulford: January 22, 2018
What you don't say Ben Fulford is the shrinking western population is manufactured by the Globalist Cabal NWO! They have been slowing our population growth by vaccines and other methods! The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries ,...

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Why Global Elitists LOVE the Women's March 2018
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A very interesting animated short film about our world and the NWO
Brilliant video exposing The Truth about disgusting illuminati masonic bastard's The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers , Whistelblowers , truthers and many more

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How the Media Lies to YOU
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Everything We Know is About to Change!
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2018...Current Events Linked To Biblical Prophecies
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CRITICAL METALS DEFICIT Widening At Alarming Pace -- Max Porterfield
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Alex Jones (FULL SHOW) Sunday 1/21/18: BREAKING NEWS, Roger Stone, #SchumerShutDown
Date: Sunday January 21, 2018 Today on Infowars Live TV - The Alex Jones Show Sunday, Jan. 21st: Democrats Shut Down Government - Senate Democrats rejected a bill to keep the government open in order to force an amnesty vote on DACA. President Trump suggested triggering the “nuclear option” of a...

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You Will Be Completely Controlled — You Are Wetware — Implanted Devices and Mind Control Hijack You
 Wetware is defined as "humorous: human brain cells or thought processes regarded as analogous to, or in contrast with, computer systems" and (chiefly in science fiction) "computer technology in which the brain is linked to artificial systems, or used as a model for artificial systems based on...

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Is America the Last Bastion of Freedom
Freedom is an illusion - From birth you are sold as collateral for the USA Corporation or other related corporations. People need to find out what freedom really means. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free...

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The Secret History of The Khazarian Mafia
Ashkenazi jews are from KHAZARIA, and Genetically they are not Israelites of Semitics, infact studies found out that the Palestinians are the original biblical Israelites The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free...

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China Orders Banks To End Any Banking For Accounts with Bitcoin / Crypto Trading Activity
the PBOC has ordered that all banks end any account that shows signs of crypto trading activity. Previously in September they banned cryptocurrency exchanges and now have taken a step further by issuing instructions to all banks to end any accounts that show signs of crypto trading or bitcoin...

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"You Credibility is SH*T" Meghan McCain Shutdown Wolf Blitzer
I hate to be a stickler for facts but, this is the idiot liar who's name is Wolfe, but Wolf Blitzer is a different idiot liar. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers ,...

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#Q: Mike Pence A Traitor? April LaJune Special Report
The GOP forced Pence on Trump to get their support We've known Pence was dirty since Flynn was fired. That's why they're trying so hard to get Trump out so Pence the good 'ole swamp boy can get in. He's the reason Flynn was fired. To protect Pence's pedophile friend. The Financial...

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BREAKING Trump Has Finally Had Enough! He’s Sending In The Feds To CLEAN HOUSE
Ever since Trump got into office, “sanctuary” mayors and governors keep thumbing their nose at federal law, vowing that they’ll continue harboring illegal criminals in their cities and states. But that is all about to change. According to breaking reports, Trump is now sending in the feds to clean...

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FLU - Biological Warfare ATTACK!
The flu vaccine works just fine for its real intended purpose of poisoning us all!! "Death By Injection". Eustace Mullins. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers ,...

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BILDERBERG BLOCKCHAIN?
Would you be shocked to learn that the Bilderberg Group is moving behind the scenes to exercise control over Bitcoin and ultimately blockchain? Kent Lewiss is the founder of freedom.social and the 1776 token and he says, "The bankers don't want to destroy Bitcoin, they want to control it." ...

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Former CIA Robert David Steele "Hawaii Intercepted A Real Missile" Denise Wilbank Show
There ARE much greater forces at play than Donald Trump. Greater than Cosmic forces, greater than Galatic forces, greater than Universal forces. Once you grasp the true horror of the depths of degradation some of these people went to, I believe you will realize ALL of Creation to the Creator itself...

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Govt Shut Down Again - Ho Hum!!!
Trumps executive order calling for a state of emergency keeps the military funded. He was smart to do it and took away their leverage. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists ,...

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Vermont Lawmakers Send Marijuana Legalization Bill to Governor’s Desk

Vermont Lawmakers Send Marijuana Legalization Bill to Governor’s Desk | NORML

MONTPELIER, VT —  Members of the House and Senate have given final approval to legislation removing criminal and civil penalties for the possession and cultivation of marijuana by those age 21 and over in Vermont. House Bill 511 legalizes the possession of one ounce of cannabis by adults, and also permits home cultivation of up to six marijuana […]

Vermont Lawmakers Send Marijuana Legalization Bill to Governor’s Desk | The Daily Chronic



Oklahoma Voters to Decide in June on Sweeping Medical Marijuana Initiative

Oklahoma Voters to Decide in June on Sweeping Medical Marijuana Initiative | NORML

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma voters will decide this June on State Question 788 – a statewide ballot measure legalizing the use, cultivation, and distribution of medical cannabis to qualified patients. NORML has endorsed the initiative and is working with the Vote Yes on 788 campaign to build a broad coalition of support in favor of the measure. Oklahomans will vote on the […]

Oklahoma Voters to Decide in June on Sweeping Medical Marijuana Initiative | The Daily Chronic



New York Lawmakers Hold Public Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana for Adult Use

New York Lawmakers Hold Public Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana for Adult Use | Drug Policy Alliance

NEW YORK, NY — On January 11, 2018, the New York State Assembly Standing Committees on Codes, Health, and Alcohol and Drug Abuse will convene a public hearing to discuss the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA, S.3040A/A.3506A), a bill that would legalize the production, distribution, and use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. […]

New York Lawmakers Hold Public Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana for Adult Use | The Daily Chronic



NORML Endorses Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Access Initiative SQ 788

NORML Endorses Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Access Initiative SQ 788 | NORML

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) this week announced their endorsement of Oklahoma’s State Question 788, a statewide ballot measure that provides patients regulated access to medical cannabis. Oklahomans will go to vote on the measure on June 26. State Qestion 788 is a patient-centric plan that empowers […]

NORML Endorses Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Access Initiative SQ 788 | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization

Vermont Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization | Drug Policy Alliance

MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont Senate approved a bill Wednesday allowing adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, and to cultivate up to two mature and four immature cannabis plants. Vermont’s Republican Governor, Phil Scott, has indicated he will approve the bill. Vermont is set to join eight other U.S. states […]

Vermont Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Legislature Approves Noncommercial Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont Legislature Approves Noncommercial Marijuana Legalization Bill | Phillip Smith

MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont Senate Wednesday took a final vote on a bill that would legalize the possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana, but not taxed and regulated sales. Gov. Phil Scott has said he will sign the bill into law. If and when he does, Vermont will become the first state […]

Vermont Legislature Approves Noncommercial Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Senate Passes Bill to Make Marijuana Legal for Adults; Gov. Phil Scott Has Pledged to Sign

Vermont Senate Passes Bill to Make Marijuana Legal for Adults; Gov. Phil Scott Has Pledged to Sign | Marijuana Policy Project

MONTPELIER, VT — A bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont received final approval on Wednesday from the Vermont Senate and will soon make its way to the desk of Gov. Phil Scott, who vetoed a similar bill in 2017. In December, Gov. Scott indicated that he intends to sign H. 511 into law. House Bill […]

Vermont Senate Passes Bill to Make Marijuana Legal for Adults; Gov. Phil Scott Has Pledged to Sign | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Senate Approves Legalization of Marijuana Possession and Cultivation, Awaits Governor’s Signature

Vermont Senate Approves Legalization of Marijuana Possession and Cultivation, Awaits Governor’s Signature | NORML

MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont state Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would legalize the possession and limited home cultivation of marijuana. Under this legislation, H. 511, individuals 21 years of age or older would be able to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivate a limited amount for personal use. “While […]

Vermont Senate Approves Legalization of Marijuana Possession and Cultivation, Awaits Governor’s Signature | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Marijuana Possession and Cultivation

New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Marijuana Possession and Cultivation | NORML

CONCORD, NH — In a direct rebuke to the bluster coming from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 207 to 139 on Tuesday in favor of a measure that would legalize the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of marijuana and the cultivation of 3 mature plants […]

New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Marijuana Possession and Cultivation | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill

New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill to make marijuana legal for adults on Tuesday by a vote of 207-139. The bill will now move to the Senate, where it will be assigned to a committee and given a public hearing before being voted on by the full Senate.  UPDATE: The New Hampshire […]

New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Oklahoma to Vote on Medical Marijuana Legalization in June

Oklahoma to Vote on Medical Marijuana Legalization in June | Paul Armentano

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma voters will decide this June on State Question 788 — a statewide ballot measure legalizing the use, cultivation, and distribution of medical cannabis to qualified patients. Oklahomans will vote on the issue on June 26 during the primary election. Republican Governor Mary Fallin set the date via an executive proclamation, issued yesterday. State Question 788 permits […]

Oklahoma to Vote on Medical Marijuana Legalization in June | The Daily Chronic



Vermont State House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont State House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill | Justin Strekal

MONTPELIER, VT — Just hours after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidelines instructing US attorneys to take a ‘hands off’ approach in states with legal marijuana regulations, lawmakers in the Vermont House voted to legalize the personal possession and home cultivation of marijuana by a vote of 81 to 63. The measure now goes back to the […]

Vermont State House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



New Jersey Governor Signs Expungement Bills Into Law

New Jersey Governor Signs Expungement Bills Into Law | NORML

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie signed a package of bills (S. 3306, S. 3307, and S. 3308) expanding the crimes eligible for expungement. Among other changes, the measures prevent employers from inquiring about a job candidate’s criminal record and permit those convicted of certain marijuana sales offenses to seek an expungement […]

New Jersey Governor Signs Expungement Bills Into Law | The Daily Chronic



Vermont House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill; Senate Expected to Concur

Vermont House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill; Senate Expected to Concur | Marijuana Policy Project

MONTPELIER, VT — A Senate-approved bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont was passed by the Vermont House of Representatives on Thursday with minor amendments. It will now go to the Senate for a final concurrence vote before being transmitted to Gov. Phil Scott, who vetoed a similar bill in 2017. In December, Gov. […]

Vermont House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill; Senate Expected to Concur | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Lawmakers Could Revive Marijuana Legalization Effort This Week

Vermont Lawmakers Could Revive Marijuana Legalization Effort This Week | TJ Baker

Lawmakers in Vermont are expected to take up a revised marijuana legalization bill, Senate Bill 22, in early January, possibly as early as this week. Gov. Phil Scott (R) had vetoed the bill over concerns around drugged driving and youth use after passing both chambers of the legislature last year. Lawmakers in the Senate amended the […]

Vermont Lawmakers Could Revive Marijuana Legalization Effort This Week | The Daily Chronic



New California Pot and Driving Laws Go into Effect January 1st

New California Pot and Driving Laws Go into Effect January 1st | Phillip Smith

SACRAMENTO, CA — As the California prepares to enter the legal marijuana commerce era on January 1, residents and visitors should be aware of two bills related to marijuana and driving that go into effect on that date. Senate Bill 65, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in September, makes consuming marijuana while driving […]

New California Pot and Driving Laws Go into Effect January 1st | The Daily Chronic



Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended (Again)

Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended (Again) | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressional leadership voted to enact a four-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through January 19, 2018. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing […]

Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended (Again) | The Daily Chronic



CT: Hartford City Council Unanimously Votes for Marijuana Legalization

CT: Hartford City Council Unanimously Votes for Marijuana Legalization | NORML

HARTFORD, CT — City council members representing the city of Hartford (population 123,200) have unanimously voted in favor of a resolution endorsing the regulation of the adult use cannabis market. Connecticut state lawmakers debated several legislative proposals this past spring seeking to regulate the adult use and sale of marijuana. However, momentum for these efforts stalled after Democrat […]

CT: Hartford City Council Unanimously Votes for Marijuana Legalization | The Daily Chronic



Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended

Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | Justin Strekal

Congressional leadership voted to enact a two-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through December 22, 2017. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own […]

Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | The Daily Chronic



Wisconsin Hemp Pilot Program Signed Into Law

Wisconsin Hemp Pilot Program Signed Into Law | NORML

MADISON, WI —  Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed legislation into law to establish a state-sponsored pilot program to “study the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp” in Wisconsin. Members of the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate had unanimously approved the measure earlier this year. Senate Bill 119 defines cannabis with no more than .03 percent THC as […]

Wisconsin Hemp Pilot Program Signed Into Law | The Daily Chronic



Bipartisan Letter to Congressional Leadership Urges Continued Protections for Medical Marijuana Programs

Bipartisan Letter to Congressional Leadership Urges Continued Protections for Medical Marijuana Programs | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — Sixty-six members of Congress representing both Republicans and Democrats sent a letter on Wednesday to Speaker Ryan, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Pelosi, and Leader Schumer urging them to maintain the federal protections for the 46 states that have implemented some form of medical cannabis programs throughout the country. This comes on […]

Bipartisan Letter to Congressional Leadership Urges Continued Protections for Medical Marijuana Programs | The Daily Chronic



Rick Steves Testifies in Illinois in Support of Marijuana Legalization

Rick Steves Testifies in Illinois in Support of Marijuana Legalization | Justin Strekal

On Tuesday, travel radio and television host Rick Steves, a NORML Board Member, journeyed to Illinois to testify in support of marijuana legalization effort in the state legislature. “When you legalize marijuana, use does not go up, teen use does not go up, crime does not go up, what goes up ix tax revenue, what goes […]

Rick Steves Testifies in Illinois in Support of Marijuana Legalization | The Daily Chronic



Illinois Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana

Illinois Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana | TJ Baker

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Advocates hoping to bring upwards of $700 million in new revenue to Illinois by legalizing marijuana next year spoke to lawmakers at a joint House-Senate committee hearing Tuesday. A measure legalizing marijuana for adults in Illinois in order to spur economic development while protecting public safety is expected to be considered by the […]

Illinois Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Canada: House of Commons Passes Marijuana Legalization, Regulation Bill

Canada: House of Commons Passes Marijuana Legalization, Regulation Bill | Paul Armentano

OTTAWA — Members of the Canadian House of Commons voted 200 to 82 Monday to approve legislation that seeks to legalize and regulate the adult use cannabis market. Liberal Party members, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, back the measure, which now faces debate in the Senate. The Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, amends the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act […]

Canada: House of Commons Passes Marijuana Legalization, Regulation Bill | The Daily Chronic



Wisconsin Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Hemp Research Act

Wisconsin Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Hemp Research Act | NORML

MADISON, WI — Members of the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate have unanimously approved legislation, Senate Bill 119, to establish a state-sponsored pilot program to “study the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp.” The measure now awaits final approval from Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Under a 2014 federal law, states may license hemp cultivation as part of a university sponsored […]

Wisconsin Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Hemp Research Act | The Daily Chronic



New York PTSD Patients Now Eligible for Cannabis Therapy

New York PTSD Patients Now Eligible for Cannabis Therapy | NORML

ALBANY, NY — Legislation signed into law on Saturday permits patients diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to be eligible to receive medicinal cannabis products. Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed S.5629/A.7006 into law late last week. The law took effect immediately upon passage. New York is the 23rd state to explicitly permit the use of cannabis for symptoms of post-traumatic stress. According to […]

New York PTSD Patients Now Eligible for Cannabis Therapy | The Daily Chronic



New York Finally Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

New York Finally Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana | TJ Baker

ALBANY, NY — On Veterans Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will finally allow patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to access medical marijuana in New York. The bill (A.7006/S.5629), which was passed by the legislature earlier this year, adds post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for New York’s medical […]

New York Finally Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill

Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

AUGUSTA, ME – On Friday, Gov. Paul LePage followed through on threats to veto legislation that would have started the process of implementing a regulated marijuana market that Maine voters called for when they approved Question 1 in 2016. The bill, which was supported overwhelmingly in the House and Senate, would have created rules for […]

Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill | The Daily Chronic



Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill

Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill | NORML

Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Friday vetoed legislation that sought to regulate the production and sales of cannabis to adults. Members of the House and Senate approved the legislation late last month during a one-day special session, but did so without a veto-proof majority. Members of the Senate voted 22-9 in favor of the bill. Members of the […]

Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill | The Daily Chronic



Texas: El Paso Moves Forward With Summons Plan

Texas: El Paso Moves Forward With Summons Plan | NORML

EL PASO, TX — El Paso county Commissioners have unanimously approved a plan to issue summonses to first-time, low level marijuana possession offenders in lieu of making a criminal arrest. Under the forthcoming program, which is anticipated to be in place as early as next month, certain marijuana offenders will face an administrative fine and eight hours of community […]

Texas: El Paso Moves Forward With Summons Plan | The Daily Chronic



Maine Governor Under Pressure to Sign Marijuana Regulation Bill

Maine Governor Under Pressure to Sign Marijuana Regulation Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

PORTLAND, ME — Marijuana advocates are calling on Gov. Paul LePage to let the marijuana regulation and implementation bill approved by the legislature become law. On Monday, the legislature passed LD 1650, which creates the rules for licensing and regulating marijuana producers, processors, and retail establishments; sets the tax rates for adult-use marijuana; and delays marijuana […]

Maine Governor Under Pressure to Sign Marijuana Regulation Bill | The Daily Chronic



Maine Governor Threatens to Veto Bill Regulating Voter-Approved Marijuana Sales

Maine Governor Threatens to Veto Bill Regulating Voter-Approved Marijuana Sales | NORML

AUGUSTA, ME — Republican Gov. Paul LePage has threatened to veto legislation regulating the production and sales of cannabis to adults. Members of the House and Senate approved the legislation this week during a one-day special session, but did so without a veto-proof majority. A majority of Maine voters decided last November in favor of a statewide initiative legalizing […]

Maine Governor Threatens to Veto Bill Regulating Voter-Approved Marijuana Sales | The Daily Chronic



Maine Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill

Maine Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

AUGUSTA, ME — On Monday, Maine lawmakers approved a bill that would establish regulations for the legal marijuana market, with the House voting 81-50 and the Senate voting 22-9 before both chambers passed the measure in an “under the hammer” or unanimous vote. This omnibus bill, LD 1650, was the culmination of nearly seven months of […]

Maine Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill | The Daily Chronic



Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill

Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill | Phillip Smith

A bipartisan group of Senate heavy-hitters have filed a bill aimed at reducing the swollen federal prison population by moving away from harsh mandatory minimum drug sentences, among other reforms. But it’s not completely reformist. The measure is a mixed bag, a product of lengthy discussions among senators seeking a compromise that could actually pass […]

Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill | The Daily Chronic



Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Becomes Law

Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Becomes Law | NORML

ATLANTA, GA — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has signed legislation amending citywide marijuana possession penalties. Members of the Atlanta city council unanimously approved municipal legislation last week decriminalizing cannabis possession offenses. Ordinance 17-0-1152 amends local law so that possession offenses involving up to one ounce of cannabis are punished by a civil fine of no more than $75 — no arrest, […]

Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Becomes Law | The Daily Chronic



Atlanta City Council Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize Marijuana, Heads to Mayor’s Desk

Atlanta City Council Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize Marijuana, Heads to Mayor’s Desk | Drug Policy Alliance

ATLANTA, GA — Monday afternoon, after two hours of debate amongst the city council members, the Atlanta city council voted unanimously 15-0 to pass Ordinance 17-O-1152. This legislation makes the possession of marijuana under one ounce a non-arrestable offense and lowers the fine to a maximum ticket of $75. The mayor has eight days to decide […]

Atlanta City Council Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize Marijuana, Heads to Mayor’s Desk | The Daily Chronic



Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | NORML

ATLANTA, GA — The Atlanta City Council unanimously voted to pass Ordinance 1700-1152 on Monday, decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses within the city. This measure amends the local law so that the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is punishable by a $75 fine — no arrest, jail time, or criminal arrest record. Annually, over […]

Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | The Daily Chronic



Maryland’s Marijuana Expungement Law Takes Effect

Maryland’s Marijuana Expungement Law Takes Effect | TJ Baker

A recently passed law that makes it easier for people who have been convicted of marijuana possession in Maryland to clear their records took effect on Sunday. The bill, Senate Bill 949, became law in May without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature. The new law took effect on October 1. Before the passage of SB 949, those […]

Maryland’s Marijuana Expungement Law Takes Effect | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana Advocates Urge Rhode Island Study Commission to Stick to Fact-Finding

Marijuana Advocates Urge Rhode Island Study Commission to Stick to Fact-Finding | Marijuana Policy Project

Debate on regulating marijuana “should take place in the General Assembly among legislators elected by the people” PROVIDENCE, RI — Rhode Island House Speaker Mattiello announced his appointments to the marijuana study commission on Wednesday, completing the appointment process and clearing the way for the committee to begin gathering information on how legal marijuana is […]

Marijuana Advocates Urge Rhode Island Study Commission to Stick to Fact-Finding | The Daily Chronic



DC Councilmember Looks to Medical Marijuana to Help Fight Opioid Crisis

DC Councilmember Looks to Medical Marijuana to Help Fight Opioid Crisis | Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — District of Columbia Councilmember David Grosso introduced improvements to the nation’s capitol’s medical marijuana program Tuesday, recognizing the power of cannabis to fight the opioid crisis. The Medical Marijuana Improvement Amendment Act of 2017 reduces major barriers that previously existed in D.C.’s medical cannabis program. Councilmember Grosso is joined by Councilmembers Vincent […]

DC Councilmember Looks to Medical Marijuana to Help Fight Opioid Crisis | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect

New Hampshire’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect | Marijuana Policy Project

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire’s bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana officially took effect on Saturday, making New Hampshire the 22nd state in the nation — and the last of the New England states — to eliminate the possibility of jail time for simple marijuana possession. “The governor and Legislature both deserve a […]

New Hampshire’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect | The Daily Chronic



Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended

Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — President Donald Trump reached an agreement late last week with Congressional leadership to enact a three-month continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through December 8, 2017. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot […]

Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | The Daily Chronic



Surprise! House Votes to Curb Sessions’ Asset Forfeiture Revival

Surprise! House Votes to Curb Sessions’ Asset Forfeiture Revival | Phillip Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — In a surprise move, the House voted virtually unanimously Tuesday to  curb federal asset forfeitures, a slap in the face to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions had reinstated a federal civil asset forfeiture program that allowed state and local law enforcement to evade state forfeiture restrictions by handing their cases over to […]

Surprise! House Votes to Curb Sessions’ Asset Forfeiture Revival | The Daily Chronic



Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation; Marijuana Protections Included

Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation; Marijuana Protections Included | NORML

In a quick deal between President Trump and Congress, a three-month budget continuing resolution will be in effect until December 8, 2017, maintaining current spending levels. While this seems mundane (it is), it is important for marijuana policy because it guarantees a temporary extension of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer protections for lawful medical marijuana programs from Attorney […]

Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation; Marijuana Protections Included | The Daily Chronic



House Rules Committee Blocks Multiple Marijuana Amendments

House Rules Committee Blocks Multiple Marijuana Amendments | NORML

Late Wednesday night, the House Rules Committee, led by prohibitionist Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX), blocked multiple amendments related to marijuana from receiving consideration by the full House, thus ending their consideration and silencing the ability for the lower chamber to offer protections from Attorney General Jeff Sessions when it comes to cannabis. Amendments included: ending the federal […]

House Rules Committee Blocks Multiple Marijuana Amendments | The Daily Chronic



House Committee Denies Vote on Medical Marijuana Protection Amendment

House Committee Denies Vote on Medical Marijuana Protection Amendment | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON, DC — An amendment that would keep the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana programs was voted “out of order” by the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, preventing the House from including it in its version of the FY 2018 federal budget. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) […]

House Committee Denies Vote on Medical Marijuana Protection Amendment | The Daily Chronic



Proposed Congressional Amendment Would Limit Federal Interference of State Marijuana Laws

Proposed Congressional Amendment Would Limit Federal Interference of State Marijuana Laws | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Representatives Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) have introduced an amendment that, if passed, would disallow the Department of Justice to use funds from Congress to enforce federal laws on activities that are legal under state law with regard to marijuana. Ultimately, this amendment seeks to limit the federal government’s ability […]

Proposed Congressional Amendment Would Limit Federal Interference of State Marijuana Laws | The Daily Chronic



Bonamici Files Amendment Preventing Federal Interference of State Hemp Laws

Bonamici Files Amendment Preventing Federal Interference of State Hemp Laws | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) has introduced an amendment to the House appropriations bill that, if passed, would not allow funds to be used to prevent states from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of industrial hemp. These laws are defined in section 7606 of the […]

Bonamici Files Amendment Preventing Federal Interference of State Hemp Laws | The Daily Chronic



Amendment Filed to Cut Funding of DEA’s Cannabis Eradication Program

Amendment Filed to Cut Funding of DEA’s Cannabis Eradication Program | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) has reintroduced an amendment to cut funds from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) cannabis eradication program through their Salaries and Expenses Account. In 2016, the budget for the eradication program was $18 million and the amendment would cut that in half. The funds would be redirected to domestic […]

Amendment Filed to Cut Funding of DEA’s Cannabis Eradication Program | The Daily Chronic



Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research

Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has introduced an amendment to the appropriations bill that, if passed, would not allow the Department of Justice to use funds from the bill to prevent or delay the approval of an application to research medical marijuana. This past year, the DEA moved to create a new procedure […]

Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research | The Daily Chronic



Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments

Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA) with Representatives Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Dina Titus (D-NV) have submitted two amendments to the financial services division to be included in the House appropriations bill. Both of these amendments focus on banking services for legal marijuana-related businesses and would be a temporary fix until […]

Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments | The Daily Chronic



Del. Norton Files Amendment to Strike Anti-Home-Rule Rider for DC

Del. Norton Files Amendment to Strike Anti-Home-Rule Rider for DC | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — The District of Columbia’s lone congressional voice, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), has introduced an amendment to strike all four anti-home-rule riders from the House fiscal year 2018 District of Columbia Appropriations bill. This amendment would strike the riders that prohibit DC from spending its local funds on marijuana commercialization and on […]

Del. Norton Files Amendment to Strike Anti-Home-Rule Rider for DC | The Daily Chronic



Bipartisan Amendment Would End Arbitrary License Suspensions

Bipartisan Amendment Would End Arbitrary License Suspensions | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) with Representatives Amash (R-MI), Jeffries (D-NY), Nadler (D-NY) have introduced an amendment to the appropriations bill that the House is expected to take up next month. The amendment would eliminate the funding for enforcement of Section 159 of title 23, which reduces highway funding for states if they […]

Bipartisan Amendment Would End Arbitrary License Suspensions | The Daily Chronic



Maine Lawmakers Want to Change Voter-Initiated Marijuana Legalization Law

Maine Lawmakers Want to Change Voter-Initiated Marijuana Legalization Law | NORML

AUGUSTA, ME — Members of a special legislative committee have called for changes in the state’s voter-initiated adult use marijuana law prior to its full implementation. The full legislature is expected to debate the proposed changes as an emergency bill during a special session this October. Maine voters narrowly approved The Marijuana Legalization Act in November. Provisions in the law […]

Maine Lawmakers Want to Change Voter-Initiated Marijuana Legalization Law | The Daily Chronic



Medical Marijuana Protections Offered Again, But Will They Receive A Vote?

Medical Marijuana Protections Offered Again, But Will They Receive A Vote? | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — This week, Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, Earl Blumenauer, and allies in the House of Representatives have again offered the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment to protect lawful state medical marijuana programs from the federal government. Specifically, it would limit the Justice Department from taking action against state-sanctioned medical cannabis producers, retailers, or consumers. Although the amendment was […]

Medical Marijuana Protections Offered Again, But Will They Receive A Vote? | The Daily Chronic



SMART Bill Reintroduced in Congress to Protect State Marijuana Laws

SMART Bill Reintroduced in Congress to Protect State Marijuana Laws | Justin Strekal

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) has reintroduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act (H.R. 3534). This bill prohibits state-sanctioned marijuana consumers and businesses from being prosecuted by the federal government. By a margin of more than 6 to 1, Americans say that individual states should be able to make their own laws governing […]

SMART Bill Reintroduced in Congress to Protect State Marijuana Laws | The Daily Chronic



Texas Holds Public Hearing on Reducing Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana

Texas Holds Public Hearing on Reducing Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana | Marijuana Policy Project

AUSTIN, TX — Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Joe Moody held a public hearing to discuss reducing state marijuana possession penalties on Wednesday and to support HB 334, which was introduced by Chairman Moody in the special legislative session in July. HB 334 would make possession of a small amount of marijuana a civil […]

Texas Holds Public Hearing on Reducing Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Bill to Exclude Hemp From the Controlled Substances Act Filed in Congress

Bill to Exclude Hemp From the Controlled Substances Act Filed in Congress | NORML

Congressman James Comer (R-KY-1) and 15 co-sponsors have reintroduced legislation to amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp. Currently, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 labels hemp as a Schedule I drug. H.R. 3530 excludes low-THC strains of cannabis grown for industrial purposes from the federal definition of marijuana. The majority of […]

Bill to Exclude Hemp From the Controlled Substances Act Filed in Congress | The Daily Chronic



Cory Booker Introduces Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill Focused on Racial Justice

Cory Booker Introduces Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill Focused on Racial Justice | Drug Policy Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced legislation on Tuesday that, if passed, would end federal marijuana prohibition and centers communities most devastated by the war on drugs. “The question is no longer ‘should we legalize marijuana?’; it is ‘how do we legalize marijuana?’ We must do so in a way that […]

Cory Booker Introduces Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill Focused on Racial Justice | The Daily Chronic



Cory Booker Introduces the Marijuana Justice Act in US Senate

Cory Booker Introduces the Marijuana Justice Act in US Senate | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has introduced comprehensive marijuana reform legislation, the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017. The bill would (1) remove marijuana from the US Controlled Substances Act, thereby ending the federal criminalization of cannabis; (2) incentivize states to mitigate existing and ongoing racial disparities in state-level marijuana arrests; (3) expunge federal convictions specific […]

Cory Booker Introduces the Marijuana Justice Act in US Senate | The Daily Chronic



Bill to Protect State Enforcement of Marijuana Laws Introduced in Congress

Bill to Protect State Enforcement of Marijuana Laws Introduced in Congress | TJ Baker

WASHINGTON, DC — As tensions continue to grow due to the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws, including a possible forthcoming federal crackdown on the marijuana industry under anti-marijuana Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a Congresswoman from Washington state has reintroduced a bill aimed at protecting states rights to regulate the substance. Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA) […]

Bill to Protect State Enforcement of Marijuana Laws Introduced in Congress | The Daily Chronic



Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill Filed in US Congress

Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill Filed in US Congress | TJ Baker

WASHINGTON, DC — A bill seeking to exempt industrial hemp from the Controlled Substance Act’s definition of marijuana has been filed in Congress with bipartisan support. Representatives James Comer (R-KY), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced H.R. 3530, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017, on Friday. The proposed bill seeks to […]

Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill Filed in US Congress | The Daily Chronic



Powerful Senate Committee Ties Jeff Sessions’s Hands on Medical Marijuana

Powerful Senate Committee Ties Jeff Sessions’s Hands on Medical Marijuana | Drug Policy Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC — This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted by voice vote to approve an amendment that would block the Department of Justice from spending any funds to undermine state medical marijuana laws. The amendment – led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) – is a striking rebuke of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had […]

Powerful Senate Committee Ties Jeff Sessions’s Hands on Medical Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill

Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

BOSTON, MA — Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today signed the marijuana compromise bill sent to him last week by the Legislature, setting the stage for creation of the regulatory structure to oversee legal marijuana sales in Massachusetts. “We thank the governor for signing the bill and we urge all of the executive and legislative officials […]

Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | The Daily Chronic



US Senate Committee Stands Up for Medical Marijuana Patients

US Senate Committee Stands Up for Medical Marijuana Patients | Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to include an amendment introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (R-VT) in the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The amendment prohibits the use of federal funds to interfere with medical cannabis patients and programs that are in compliance with state medical […]

US Senate Committee Stands Up for Medical Marijuana Patients | The Daily Chronic



Key Senate Committee Votes to Renew Protections for Medical Marijuana

Key Senate Committee Votes to Renew Protections for Medical Marijuana | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) approved an amendment in a voice vote that would continue to protect state medical marijuana programs from federal interference. The amendment, introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), would add a clause to the CJS budget for Fiscal Year 2018 […]

Key Senate Committee Votes to Renew Protections for Medical Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



US Senate Committee Expected to Vote Thursday on Medical Marijuana

US Senate Committee Expected to Vote Thursday on Medical Marijuana | Justin Strekal

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee will have to decide: Will they protect our nation’s over 2 million lawful medical marijuana patients or subject them to the wrath of Attorney General Jeff Sessions? The amendment they will be debating, known as Rohrabacher-Blumenauer, simply prevents the United States Department of Justice from spending any of our […]

US Senate Committee Expected to Vote Thursday on Medical Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



US House Committee Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendments

US House Committee Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendments | Justin Strekal

Two weeks ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the Veterans Equal Access amendment, introduced by Senator Daines (R-MT) as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which would expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nation’s veterans. Yet House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) […]

US House Committee Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendments | The Daily Chronic



Another City in Pennsylvania Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

Another City in Pennsylvania Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession | TJ Baker

YORK, PA — Another city in Pennsylvania has voted to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a fine-only offense. Earlier this week, the York City Council voted to decriminalize the possession of under 30 grams of marijuana, reducing the penalty to a maximum fine of $100 and no jail time for first-time offenders. A […]

Another City in Pennsylvania Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic



Massachusetts Lawmakers Agree on Question 4 Implementation Measure

Massachusetts Lawmakers Agree on Question 4 Implementation Measure | NORML

BOSTON, MA — Massachusetts House and Senate leaders have reconciled a pair of bills seeking to amend Question 4 – a voter-approved measure regulating the licensed production and sale of marijuana. The compromise bill raises the maximum tax rate that can be imposed on commercial cannabis transactions from 12 percent to 20 percent. Medical marijuana retail sales […]

Massachusetts Lawmakers Agree on Question 4 Implementation Measure | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law | Paul Armentano

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire’s Republican Governor Chris Sununu has signed legislation decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. House Bill 640, which takes effect in 60 days, eliminates criminal penalties for the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of cannabis and/or up to five grams of hashish for those age 18 or older. Under the […]

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

New Hampshire Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill into law Tuesday that will decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in the Granite State. The new law will officially take effect in 60 days, making New Hampshire the 22nd state in the nation — and the last of the New England states […]

New Hampshire Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Massachusetts House and Senate Reach Compromise on Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill

Massachusetts House and Senate Reach Compromise on Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

BOSTON, MA – After weeks of talks and missed deadlines, legislators in Massachusetts have reached an agreement on legislation that will make changes to Question 4, the law to regulate marijuana for adults that was approved by voters in November 2016. “After weeks of intense advocacy from Massachusetts voters, legislators have decided to respect the […]

Massachusetts House and Senate Reach Compromise on Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill | The Daily Chronic



Economic Stimulus Package: Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in Wisconsin

Economic Stimulus Package: Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in Wisconsin | TJ Baker

MADISON, WI — With a state budget talks at a standstill, a Wisconsin state representative has introduced a bill to create a “true economic stimulus package” for the state: legalizing and taxing marijuana sales. Wisconsin state Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) introduced the bill Thursday. This is Sargent’s third attempt to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin, having […]

Economic Stimulus Package: Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in Wisconsin | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana Advocates Ask NH Gov. to Veto Marijuana Study Commission Bill

Marijuana Advocates Ask NH Gov. to Veto Marijuana Study Commission Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

CONCORD, NH — Advocates for legalizing and regulating marijuana in New Hampshire sent a letter to Gov. Chris Sununu on Thursday, asking him to veto House Bill 215, a bill that would create a study commission to consider marijuana legalization and regulation. The letter, which was signed by leading advocates including the bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. […]

Marijuana Advocates Ask NH Gov. to Veto Marijuana Study Commission Bill | The Daily Chronic



Delaware Governor Signs Bill Making it Easier to Get Medical Marijuana for PTSD

Delaware Governor Signs Bill Making it Easier to Get Medical Marijuana for PTSD | TJ Baker

DOVER, DE — Delaware residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, will now have an easier time obtaining medical marijuana to treat their symptoms. While PTSD was already a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Delaware, Senate Bill 24, which was signed into law Wednesday by Governor John Carney, removes a requirement that patients […]

Delaware Governor Signs Bill Making it Easier to Get Medical Marijuana for PTSD | The Daily Chronic



Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment | Justin Strekal

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the Veterans Equal Access amendment as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which would expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nation’s veterans. Presently, V.A. doctors in states where cannabis therapy is permitted are forbidden from providing the paperwork necessary to complete […]

Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment | The Daily Chronic



Massachusetts Cops Want to Seize Your Car If It Has a Hidden Compartment

Massachusetts Cops Want to Seize Your Car If It Has a Hidden Compartment | Phillip Smith

With the support of state law enforcement, a Massachusetts Democratic state representative has filed a drug war bill that would send violators to prison for a mandatory minimum two years (five years for a second offense) and allow police to seize their vehicles—all without the presence of any actual drugs. Sponsored by Rep. Stephan Hay […]

Massachusetts Cops Want to Seize Your Car If It Has a Hidden Compartment | The Daily Chronic



Action Alert: Tell the Senate to Expand Veterans’ Access to Medical Cannabis

Action Alert: Tell the Senate to Expand Veterans’ Access to Medical Cannabis | NORML

This Wednesday, July 12th, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee will convene to discuss the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. This legislative debate provides lawmakers with the opportunity to expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nation’s veterans. Presently, V.A. doctors in states where cannabis therapy is permitted are forbidden […]

Action Alert: Tell the Senate to Expand Veterans’ Access to Medical Cannabis | The Daily Chronic



Oregon Legislature Raises Tobacco Sales Age to 21; Gov. Expected to Sign

Oregon Legislature Raises Tobacco Sales Age to 21; Gov. Expected to Sign | HWN

SALEM, OR — In Oregon, if you’re an adult 21 years of age or older, you can legally purchase marijuana and alcohol. Soon, however, you may need to be 21 in order to buy cigarettes and other products containing tobacco or nicotine. In a move aimed at preventing younger adults from taking up smoking in […]

Oregon Legislature Raises Tobacco Sales Age to 21; Gov. Expected to Sign | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire Adds New Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program

New Hampshire Adds New Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | NORML

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire’s Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation, House Bill 160, to expand the pool of patients eligible to engage in cannabis therapy. The new law, which takes effect August 27, 2017, permits physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and/or moderate to severe post-traumatic stress. The Governor had previously signed legislation […]

New Hampshire Adds New Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | The Daily Chronic



West Virginia’s Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect

West Virginia’s Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect | TJ Baker

CHARLESTON, WV — West Virginia’s limited medical marijuana law officially took effect this week, although patients will not benefit from the new law for two more years. Passed earlier this year and signed into law by Governor Jim Justice in April, Senate Bill 386, also known as the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, will allow seriously ill […]

West Virginia’s Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect | The Daily Chronic



Delaware Creates Marijuana Legalization Task Force

Delaware Creates Marijuana Legalization Task Force | Marijuana Policy Project

DOVER, DE — The General Assembly passed a concurrent resolution Saturday morning to create a task force that will study regulating and taxing marijuana for adult use in Delaware. The Adult Use Cannabis Task Force “shall study adoption of a model for regulation and taxation of adult-use cannabis in Delaware, including local authority and control, […]

Delaware Creates Marijuana Legalization Task Force | The Daily Chronic



Hawaii Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill

Hawaii Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill | NORML

HONOLULU, HI — Hawaii’s Democrat Governor David Ige has signed legislation into law expanding the state’s medical cannabis program. House Bill 1488 expands the pool of patients eligible for cannabis therapy to include those with epilepsy, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The measure also explicitly permits patients to legally transport cannabis to a certified lab […]

Hawaii Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill | The Daily Chronic



Louisiana Medical Marijuana Access Program Moves Forward

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Access Program Moves Forward | NORML

BATON ROUGE, LA — Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed legislation, Senate Bill 35, providing explicit legal protections for those involved in activities related to the state’s nascent medical cannabis access program. Lawmakers passed legislation in 2016 establishing a framework for the program, which allows physicians to recommend non-smoked preparations of cannabis to patients […]

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Access Program Moves Forward | The Daily Chronic



Vermont House Blocks Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill

Vermont House Blocks Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | NORML

MONTPELIER, VT: Members of the House voted Wednesday to block a marijuana legalization compromise bill, H. 511, from further consideration this legislative session. The vote came after Senate members approved the bill, which eliminated civil and criminal penalties for the private possession and cultivation of small quantities of marijuana. Republican Gov. Phil Scott — who […]

Vermont House Blocks Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | The Daily Chronic



Vermont House Republicans Kill Last Chance Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont House Republicans Kill Last Chance Marijuana Legalization Bill | Phillip Smith

Vermont will not become the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislative process—at least for now. House Republicans on Wednesday evening killed a last chance effort to get it done this year by refusing to take up a compromise legalization bill that had been passed by the Senate earlier in the day. A marijuana […]

Vermont House Republicans Kill Last Chance Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill

Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

MONTPELIER, VT — Another bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont was approved by the Senate on Wednesday, the first day of a two-day veto session. UPDATE: Vermont House Blocks Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill House Bill 511 reflects a compromise between legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Scott, who vetoed a similar bill, […]

Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | The Daily Chronic



New York Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana for PTSD

New York Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana for PTSD | Marijuana Policy Project

The bipartisan proposal is headed to the governor’s desk after passing 50-13 in the Senate on Tuesday; it received overwhelming approval in the Assembly last month ALBANY, NY — A bipartisan proposal to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for New York’s medical marijuana program has received final approval from state lawmakers […]

New York Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana for PTSD | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill

Vermont Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill | NORML

Governor Phil Scott has signed legislation, Senate Bill 16, expanding the state’s thirteen-year-old medical marijuana program. The measure permits physicians to recommend cannabis therapy to patients with Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress, and Parkinson’s disease, and expedites access for patients with cancer or a terminal illness. The bill also expands the number of permissible dispensaries in […]

Vermont Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill | The Daily Chronic



Florida Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Implementation Measure

Florida Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Implementation Measure | NORML

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Members of the House and Senate have approved legislation to implement November’s successful Amendment 2 – a voter-initiated constitutional amendment regulating the use of medical cannabis. Republican Gov. Rick Scott has pledged to sign the bill into law. Lawmakers passed the measure on the final day of Florida’s special legislative session. The measure prohibits […]

Florida Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Implementation Measure | The Daily Chronic



Colorado Governor Signs Law Allowing Medical Cannabis for PTSD

Colorado Governor Signs Law Allowing Medical Cannabis for PTSD | NORML

DENVER, CO — Governor John Hickenlooper has signed legislation, Senate Bill 17, permitting physicians to recommend cannabis therapy to patients suffering from post-traumatic stress. PTSD is the first new qualifying condition to be added since the state legalized medical cannabis in 2001. Members of the Colorado Board of Health had previously rejected efforts to include PTSD […]

Colorado Governor Signs Law Allowing Medical Cannabis for PTSD | The Daily Chronic



Bipartisan CARERS Act Medical Marijuana Bill Reintroduced in US Senate

Bipartisan CARERS Act Medical Marijuana Bill Reintroduced in US Senate | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Corey Booker (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) reintroduced a bill Thursday that would end the federal prohibition of medical marijuana. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) also signed on to the legislation as original co-sponsors. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (or […]

Bipartisan CARERS Act Medical Marijuana Bill Reintroduced in US Senate | The Daily Chronic



Nevada Governor Signs Hemp Expansion Law

Nevada Governor Signs Hemp Expansion Law | NORML

CARSON CITY, NV — Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed legislation, Senate Bill 396, expanding the state’s hemp law to permit broader commercial cultivation of the crop. The new law permits regulators to license growers to engage in hemp cultivation and to produce edible products derived from hemp. Under a 2015 law, hemp could only […]

Nevada Governor Signs Hemp Expansion Law | The Daily Chronic



Medical Marijuana Legislation to Be Filed in US House, Senate

Medical Marijuana Legislation to Be Filed in US House, Senate | Tom Angel | Marijuana Majority

WASHINGTON, DC — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives is introducing comprehensive medical marijuana legislation on Thursday. The move comes just days after the revelation that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to Congressional leaders requesting the deletion of a current budget rider preventing the Justice Department from interfering with state […]

Medical Marijuana Legislation to Be Filed in US House, Senate | The Daily Chronic



Proposed Changes to Massachusetts Marijuana Law “Insults Voters”

Proposed Changes to Massachusetts Marijuana Law “Insults Voters” | Scott Gacek

BOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy has voted to advance a bill to repeal and replace the marijuana legalization measure approved by voters in November, angering supporters who are calling the proposal an “insult to voters.” According to the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), who carefully crafted the language of the voter-approved Question […]

Proposed Changes to Massachusetts Marijuana Law “Insults Voters” | The Daily Chronic



Advocates Slam Rhode Island Marijuana Study Bill, Won’t Participate in Commission

Advocates Slam Rhode Island Marijuana Study Bill, Won’t Participate in Commission | Marijuana Policy Project

H 5551, which is scheduled for a vote on Wednesday, calls for a study commission that includes representatives of the NAACP, Direct Action for Rights and Equality, and Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, but those organizations are ‘not interested in helping lawmakers once again avoid a vote on legalization’ PROVIDENCE, RI — The Regulate Rhode Island […]

Advocates Slam Rhode Island Marijuana Study Bill, Won’t Participate in Commission | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Into Law

Vermont Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Into Law | TJ Baker

MONTPELIER, VT — Vermont Governor Phil Scott has signed into law a bill to expand the state’s medical marijuana program. Senate Bill 16, which received overwhelming support in both chambers of the state legislature, was aimed at improving access to medical marijuana in Vermont. Among the changes made by the new law: Patients and caregivers […]

Vermont Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Into Law | The Daily Chronic



‘Pot for Periods’ Bill Advances in New York

‘Pot for Periods’ Bill Advances in New York | Sara Greenbaum

ALBANY, NY — A bill that would allow women suffering from severe menstrual cramps access to medical marijuana in New York has been given preliminary committee approval, sending the measure to the floor of the Assembly for consideration. The New York Assembly Health Committee approved Assembly Bill 582, which would add dysmenorrhea as a qualifying medical […]

‘Pot for Periods’ Bill Advances in New York | The Daily Chronic



Nevada Governor Signs Legislation Amending Carboxy-THC Per Se Law

Nevada Governor Signs Legislation Amending Carboxy-THC Per Se Law | NORML

CARSON CITY, NV — Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed legislation, Assembly Bill 135, amending the state’s traffic safety law so that it is no longer a per se offense for a driver to operate a motor vehicle with trace levels of carboxy-THC in his or her urine. Carboxy-THC is a non-psychoactive metabolite of THC that […]

Nevada Governor Signs Legislation Amending Carboxy-THC Per Se Law | The Daily Chronic



Montana Governor Signs Law Establishing Medical Marijuana Tax

Montana Governor Signs Law Establishing Medical Marijuana Tax | NORML

HELENA, MT — Montana Governor Steve Bullock has signed legislation, Senate Bill 333, establishing new regulations for the state’s medical cannabis program and imposing first-ever taxes on gross cannabis sales. The new law, which takes effect on July 1, imposes a four percent tax on gross sales, payable by cannabis providers. The tax drops to […]

Montana Governor Signs Law Establishing Medical Marijuana Tax | The Daily Chronic



Rhode Island Lawmakers Offer Marijuana Compromise

Rhode Island Lawmakers Offer Marijuana Compromise | Jared Moffat

PROVIDENCE, RI — Marijuana legalization advocates from Regulate Rhode Island and allied legislators are announcing a new proposal they call “incremental legalization.” Specifically, the compromise legislation would: legalize possession of an ounce or less for adults 21 and older on July 1, 2018 when marijuana retail stores are scheduled to open in Massachusetts; and establish a six-person advisory […]

Rhode Island Lawmakers Offer Marijuana Compromise | The Daily Chronic



New York State Lawmakers to Renew Push for Marijuana Legalization

New York State Lawmakers to Renew Push for Marijuana Legalization | Drug Policy Alliance

ALBANY, NY – Lawmakers in New York state will join with advocates next week to reintroduce a proposal to legalize marijuana in the Empire State. On Monday, June 12, a coalition of community advocates led by the Drug Policy Alliance will join Senator Liz Krueger (D-New York) and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) to announce reintroduction […]

New York State Lawmakers to Renew Push for Marijuana Legalization | The Daily Chronic



Maryland Marijuana Expungement Bill Becomes Law Without Governor’s Signature

Maryland Marijuana Expungement Bill Becomes Law Without Governor’s Signature | NORML

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Legislation permitting certain marijuana offenders to petition for an expungement of their criminal convictions became law on May 27. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan took no action on the bill. Senate Bill 949 permits those previously convicted of a marijuana possession offense to petition to have their criminal record expunged. The law takes effect […]

Maryland Marijuana Expungement Bill Becomes Law Without Governor’s Signature | The Daily Chronic



Colorado Adds PTSD to Medical Marijuana Program

Colorado Adds PTSD to Medical Marijuana Program | TJ Baker

DENVER, CO — Colorado residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, will soon gain access to the state’s medical marijuana program. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law this week Senate Bill 17, adding the ailment to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in the state. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that […]

Colorado Adds PTSD to Medical Marijuana Program | The Daily Chronic



After Losing Court Fight, Wichita, Kansas Tries Again to Reduce Marijuana Penalties

After Losing Court Fight, Wichita, Kansas Tries Again to Reduce Marijuana Penalties | TJ Baker

WICHITA, KS — The Wichita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to give preliminary approval to an ordinance that aims to reduce penalties for some first-time marijuana offenses. Under the ordinance approved Tuesday, which still requires another vote at a later date, first time offenders would receive a $50 fine for possessing marijuana. Here are the […]

After Losing Court Fight, Wichita, Kansas Tries Again to Reduce Marijuana Penalties | The Daily Chronic



Nevada Governor Signs Industrial Hemp Bill Into Law

Nevada Governor Signs Industrial Hemp Bill Into Law | TJ Baker

CARSON CITY, NV — Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed into law a bill that will expand the state’s industrial hemp program. Senate Bill 396 was among dozens of bills signed by the Governor late last week, and had received near-unanimous approval in the state legislature. The measure will expand Nevada’s current law, passed in 2015, that […]

Nevada Governor Signs Industrial Hemp Bill Into Law | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire Lawmakers (Finally) Pass Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

New Hampshire Lawmakers (Finally) Pass Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana | TJ Baker

CONCORD, NH — Getting busted for small amounts of marijuana in a state who’s motto is “Live Free or Die” will soon no longer result in the possibility of jail time. New Hampshire will finally become the final state in New England to decriminalize marijuana possession, as the House of Representatives voted Thursday to give final […]

New Hampshire Lawmakers (Finally) Pass Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Arizona Governor Vetoes Industrial Hemp Licensing Measure

Arizona Governor Vetoes Industrial Hemp Licensing Measure | NORML

PHOENIX, AZ — Arizona’s Republican Governor Doug Ducey has vetoed legislation, Senate Bill 1337, that sought to establish regulations for the creation of a regulated statewide hemp industry. The measure determined that “the development and use of industrial hemp can improve the [state’s] economy and agricultural vitality,” and sought to govern its “licensing, production, and management.” […]

Arizona Governor Vetoes Industrial Hemp Licensing Measure | The Daily Chronic



California to Washington: Stay Out of Our Marijuana Policies and Laws

California to Washington: Stay Out of Our Marijuana Policies and Laws | Drug Policy Alliance

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California State Assembly passed legislation Thursday night that would prohibit state and local agencies from using resources to assist federal law enforcement authorities with marijuana enforcement against people in compliance with California state law. The successful Assembly floor vote means the bill, Assembly Bill 1578, has cleared its first house, before today’s […]

California to Washington: Stay Out of Our Marijuana Policies and Laws | The Daily Chronic



Maine Lawmakers Pass Bill to Implement Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Maine Lawmakers Pass Bill to Implement Marijuana Legalization Initiative | Marijuana Policy Project

AUGUSTA, ME — The Maine Legislature has passed a bill to fund the implementation of the successful 2016 marijuana legalization initiative and change the agency that will regulate marijuana for adult use. The Senate on Thursday passed LD 243 unanimously “under the hammer,” without debate or a roll call vote, sending it to Gov. Paul […]

Maine Lawmakers Pass Bill to Implement Marijuana Legalization Initiative | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Governor Rejects Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont Governor Rejects Marijuana Legalization Bill | NORML

MONTPELIER, VT — Vermont’s Republican governor  on Wednesday rejected legislation, Senate Bill 22, that sought to eliminate criminal and civil penalties for the adult use and possession of marijuana. Governor Phil Scott said that he did not support the legislation as written, but remains open to working with lawmakers over the summer on ways to amend the state’s cannabis […]

Vermont Governor Rejects Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization, Offers ‘Path Forward’

Vermont Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization, Offers ‘Path Forward’ | Marijuana Policy Project

MONTPELIER, VT — Gov. Phil Scott announced Wednesday he is vetoing a bill that would have made marijuana legal for adults in Vermont, but offered a “path forward” for passing it later this year. He specified a handful of changes that would need to be made for him to support the measure and said he […]

Vermont Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization, Offers ‘Path Forward’ | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Governor Phil Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont Governor Phil Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Bill | TJ Baker

MONTPELIER, VT — Vermont Governor Phil Scott has returned a bill that would legalize marijuana possession, but not regulate marijuana sales, to lawmakers, issuing a veto on Senate Bill 22. In a noon press conference on Wednesday, Gov. Scott provided “a path forward” to responsibly legalize marijuana in the Green Mountain State, inviting lawmakers to […]

Vermont Governor Phil Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization (For Now)

Vermont Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization (For Now) | Phillip Smith

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) has vetoed a marijuana legalization bill, ending for now an effort that would have seen the state become the first to legalize pot through the legislative process. But Scott left open a “path forward” for passing the bill later this year, saying that if a handful of changes were made […]

Vermont Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization (For Now) | The Daily Chronic



New York to Consider Adding Menstrual Cramps to Medical Marijuana Conditions

New York to Consider Adding Menstrual Cramps to Medical Marijuana Conditions | Sara Greenbaum

ALBANY, NY — Lawmakers in New York will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill to consider adding menstrual cramps as a qualification for medical marijuana in the state. The New York Assembly Health Committee is scheduled to hear several bills Tuesday afternoon, including Assembly Bill 582, which would add dysmenorrhea as a qualifying medical […]

New York to Consider Adding Menstrual Cramps to Medical Marijuana Conditions | The Daily Chronic



Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Legalized Industrial Hemp

Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Legalized Industrial Hemp | TJ Baker

PHOENIX, AZ — Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Monday vetoed a bill that would have allowed the licensed cultivation and production of industrial hemp in the state. Senate Bill 1337 was overwhelmingly approved by both chambers of the legislature, who could easily override the veto.  The Senate initially voted 26 to 4 to approve the bill, […]

Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Legalized Industrial Hemp | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Governor has Until Wednesday to Sign Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont Governor has Until Wednesday to Sign Marijuana Legalization Bill | TJ Baker

MONTPELIER, VT — Nearly two weeks after passing both chambers of the state legislature, Vermont’s marijuana legalization bill landed on the desk of Governor Phil Scott on Thursday, and the clock is now ticking for the Governor to take action. Under Vermont state law, the Governor has five legislative days to review the measure and […]

Vermont Governor has Until Wednesday to Sign Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Moves Forward

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Moves Forward | NORML

CONCORD, NH — Legislation eliminating criminal penalties for minor marijuana possession offenses has been approved by members of the New Hampshire House and Senate and has the backing of Governor Chris Sununu. House Bill 640, as amended by the Senate, revises state law so that the possession of up to three-quarters of one ounce of cannabis […]

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Moves Forward | The Daily Chronic



Iowa Governor Signs Legislation Expanding CBD Access

Iowa Governor Signs Legislation Expanding CBD Access | NORML

DES MOINES, IA —  Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed legislation late last week, House File 524, expanding the pool of patients eligible to possess cannabidiol oils. The act permits patients with HIV, Crohn’s disease, untreatable pain, and other serious conditions to possess CBD extracts. It also seeks to establish a small number of state-licensed producers […]

Iowa Governor Signs Legislation Expanding CBD Access | The Daily Chronic



Bill Filed in US Senate to Give Cannabis Industry Access to Banks

Bill Filed in US Senate to Give Cannabis Industry Access to Banks | The Daily Chronic Staff

WASHINGTON, DC — A bipartisan group of Senators led by Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have introduced legislation in the United States Senate that would ensure legal cannabis businesses can access banking services. Joining Sen. Merkley as co-sponsors of the measure are Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren […]

Bill Filed in US Senate to Give Cannabis Industry Access to Banks | The Daily Chronic



Coming Soon to Washington: Certified Organic Marijuana

Coming Soon to Washington: Certified Organic Marijuana | TJ Baker

OLYMPIA, WA — On Tuesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill that, among other things, will allow the state to soon certify organic marijuana products. According to the bill’s primary sponsor, Sen. Ann Rivers (R), marijuana that is state certified as organic is likely to be on dispensary shelves in about a year and a […]

Coming Soon to Washington: Certified Organic Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire Governor Will Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

New Hampshire Governor Will Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | The Daily Chronic Staff

CONCORD, NH — Shortly after lawmakers in the New Hampshire Senate voted to approve a bill to decriminalize marijuana in the Granite State, sending the measure back to the House to approve a few minor changes made in the Senate, Governor Chris Sununu said he would sign the measure into law. “I want to thank the […]

New Hampshire Governor Will Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



GA: Atlanta City Council to Consider Marijuana Decriminalization

GA: Atlanta City Council to Consider Marijuana Decriminalization | NORML

ATLANTA, GA — On Monday, May 15, 2017, the City Council of Atlanta, Georgia will vote on an ordinance that would decriminalize the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana within Atlanta’s City Limits. Under Georgia law, the possession of one ounce or less is an arrestable offense that could result in up to […]

GA: Atlanta City Council to Consider Marijuana Decriminalization | The Daily Chronic



Delaware Legislature Advances Marijuana Legalization to Full House Vote

Delaware Legislature Advances Marijuana Legalization to Full House Vote | Justin Strekal

Never in the history of Delaware has a marijuana legalization bill passed out of committee – yet these days NORML chapters throughout the country are writing a new future. After organizing of heroic proportions, Delaware NORML has driven the phone calls, lead the meetings, organized the town halls, and created momentum so strong that yesterday, HB 110, to legalize […]

Delaware Legislature Advances Marijuana Legalization to Full House Vote | The Daily Chronic



Time Runs Out on Medical Marijuana Fix, Decriminalization in Texas

Time Runs Out on Medical Marijuana Fix, Decriminalization in Texas | HWN

AUSTIN, TX — Texas lawmakers only meet every other year for 140 days, and two heavily watched pieces of legislation were not brought to a vote in the House before a midnight deadline Friday, effectively killing the bills until the next regular legislative session begins in January 2019. The language of the two bills — House […]

Time Runs Out on Medical Marijuana Fix, Decriminalization in Texas | The Daily Chronic



Florida Lawmakers Fail to Reconcile Medical Marijuana Implementation Bills

Florida Lawmakers Fail to Reconcile Medical Marijuana Implementation Bills | NORML

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Lawmakers failed to enact legislation this legislative session establishing rules for the implementation of Amendment 2, a voter-initiated measure legalizing the use, production, and dispensing of medical cannabis. Over 70 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment in November. Unless lawmakers convene a special legislative session to address the issue, Department of Health […]

Florida Lawmakers Fail to Reconcile Medical Marijuana Implementation Bills | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire Senate Passes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

New Hampshire Senate Passes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession | Marijuana Policy Project

CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire state Senate passed a bill Thursday (17-6) that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in New Hampshire. House Bill 640 will now head back to the House of Representatives, which overwhelmingly approved the original version in February (318-36) and is expected to concur with the Senate-approved version soon. […]

New Hampshire Senate Passes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire Decriminalization Passes Senate, Soon Heads to Governor to Sign

New Hampshire Decriminalization Passes Senate, Soon Heads to Governor to Sign | NORML

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire is the only New England state that has not either decriminalized or legalized adult marijuana use but that is soon to change. On Thursday, the state Senate passed an amended version of House Bill 640, which eliminates the threat of jail time for a possession conviction of less than 3/4 of […]

New Hampshire Decriminalization Passes Senate, Soon Heads to Governor to Sign | The Daily Chronic



Georgia Governor Signs CBD Expansion Legislation Bill Into Law

Georgia Governor Signs CBD Expansion Legislation Bill Into Law | NORML

ATLANTA, GA — Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation on Tuesday expanding the state’s two-year-old cannabinol exemption law. The law took immediate effect. Senate Bill 16 for the first time permits reciprocity for qualifying patients from other states and expands the pool of patients eligible to possess CBD to include those with autism, epidermolysis bullosa, AIDS, Tourette’s […]

Georgia Governor Signs CBD Expansion Legislation Bill Into Law | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Lawmakers Approve Eliminating Penalties for the Adult Use of Marijuana

Vermont Lawmakers Approve Eliminating Penalties for the Adult Use of Marijuana | Paul Armentano

House and Senate lawmakers have approved legislation, Senate Bill 22, to eliminate criminal and civil penalties specific to the adult use and possession of marijuana. The measure amends state law so that the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and/or the cultivation of up to two mature plants (and up to four immature […]

Vermont Lawmakers Approve Eliminating Penalties for the Adult Use of Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances in Delaware House

Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances in Delaware House | Marijuana Policy Project

DOVER, DE — The Delaware House Revenue and Finance Committee approved a bill Wednesday (9-2) that would make marijuana legal for adults and regulate it similarly to alcohol. House Bill 110, also known as the Delaware Marijuana Control Act, will now be considered by the full House of Representatives. “There is strong public support for […]

Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances in Delaware House | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana Decriminalization is Scheduled to Be Heard on the Texas House Floor

Marijuana Decriminalization is Scheduled to Be Heard on the Texas House Floor | Justin Strekal

On May 11, new ground will be broken in Texas politics and the marijuana movement. House Bill 81, to decriminalize marijuana from jail time to a simple ticket, will be heard by the full Texas House. This is unprecedented as sensible sentencing reform has not been debated from the house floor since 1973, , when Texas changed their laws […]

Marijuana Decriminalization is Scheduled to Be Heard on the Texas House Floor | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Lawmakers Pass Bill to Legalize Marijuana; Historic Measure Now Headed to the Governor’s Desk

Vermont Lawmakers Pass Bill to Legalize Marijuana; Historic Measure Now Headed to the Governor’s Desk | Marijuana Policy Project

MONTPELIER, VT — A bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont has received final approval from state legislators and is headed to the desk of Gov. Phil Scott. If Scott signs it or allows it to become law without his signature, Vermont would be the first state to make marijuana legal for […]

Vermont Lawmakers Pass Bill to Legalize Marijuana; Historic Measure Now Headed to the Governor’s Desk | The Daily Chronic



Delaware Lawmakers to Consider Marijuana Legalization Bill on Wednesday

Delaware Lawmakers to Consider Marijuana Legalization Bill on Wednesday | Marijuana Policy Project

DOVER, DE — The Delaware House Revenue and Finance Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET on a bill that would make marijuana legal for adults and regulate it similarly to alcohol. The committee will hear testimony before voting on HB 110, also known as the Delaware Marijuana Control Act. If approved, it […]

Delaware Lawmakers to Consider Marijuana Legalization Bill on Wednesday | The Daily Chronic



Veterans, Others With PTSD Could Soon Access Medical Marijuana in New York

Veterans, Others With PTSD Could Soon Access Medical Marijuana in New York | Marijuana Policy Project

ALBANY, NY — A bipartisan bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for New York’s medical marijuana program passed the New York Senate Health Committee 15-1 on Tuesday. Senate Bill 5629 is sponsored by Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) and co-sponsored by several senators, including Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn), who […]

Veterans, Others With PTSD Could Soon Access Medical Marijuana in New York | The Daily Chronic



Texas Advocates Make Last Minute Push for Medical Marijuana Fix

Texas Advocates Make Last Minute Push for Medical Marijuana Fix | Marijuana Policy Project

AUSTIN, TX — A group of patients, caregivers, and advocates will gather at the Texas State Capitol today for an eleventh-hour push to keep critical medical marijuana legislation alive. The group, led by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, will be urging members of the House Calendars Committee to schedule a vote on House Bill 2107, […]

Texas Advocates Make Last Minute Push for Medical Marijuana Fix | The Daily Chronic



Texas Medical Marijuana Bill Wins Key Committee Approval

Texas Medical Marijuana Bill Wins Key Committee Approval | HWN

AUSTIN, TX — Lawmakers in the Texas house have advanced a bill that advocates are calling “critical” to the future of Texas’ currently unworkable medical marijuana program. House Bill 2107 was advanced Friday by the Public Health Committee by a vote of 7 to 2. The bill now heads to the Calendars Committee, the legislative committee […]

Texas Medical Marijuana Bill Wins Key Committee Approval | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Senate Approves New Proposal to Legalize Marijuana Possession; Home Cultivation

Vermont Senate Approves New Proposal to Legalize Marijuana Possession; Home Cultivation | Marijuana Policy Project

Senators amended a House-approved bill, S. 22, to include the language of H. 170, which the House approved earlier this week MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Friday that would make personal possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older beginning in July 2018. The […]

Vermont Senate Approves New Proposal to Legalize Marijuana Possession; Home Cultivation | The Daily Chronic



Congress’ 2017 Budget Plan Reauthorizes Protections for State Medical Cannabis Programs

Congress’ 2017 Budget Plan Reauthorizes Protections for State Medical Cannabis Programs | Paul Armentano

Spending legislation approved in the past 24 hours by members of the US House and Senate reauthorizes language protecting state-sanctioned medical marijuana and industrial hemp programs. The President is expected to sign the budget bill into law imminently. Specifically, Section 537 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, states that no federal funds may be […]

Congress’ 2017 Budget Plan Reauthorizes Protections for State Medical Cannabis Programs | The Daily Chronic



Justice Department Still Prohibited From Interfering in State Medical Marijuana Laws Under New Spending Bill

Justice Department Still Prohibited From Interfering in State Medical Marijuana Laws Under New Spending Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON, DC — The Justice Department will continue to be prohibited from interfering in state medical marijuana laws under the federal spending bill passed Thursday in the Senate. The bill has already passed the House, and President Donald Trump has said he will sign it. The legislation includes a provision that is intended to prevent […]

Justice Department Still Prohibited From Interfering in State Medical Marijuana Laws Under New Spending Bill | The Daily Chronic



Indiana Governor Signs CBD Exemption Measure

Indiana Governor Signs CBD Exemption Measure | NORML

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has signed legislation, HB 1148, exempting qualified patients from criminal penalties for the physician-authorized use of cannabinol (CBD) extracts. The measure permits patients registered with the state to possess cannabidiol extract preparations that possess at least ten percent CBD and no more than 0.3 percent THC. The law […]

Indiana Governor Signs CBD Exemption Measure | The Daily Chronic



Colorado Patients May Access Medical Cannabis While on Bond

Colorado Patients May Access Medical Cannabis While on Bond | NORML

DENVER, CO — Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed legislation into law permitting registered patients to access medical cannabis while on bond in a criminal case. Senate Bill 178 states, “[T]he court shall not require as a condition of any bond that [a] person … with a valid registry identification card … abstain from the use of […]

Colorado Patients May Access Medical Cannabis While on Bond | The Daily Chronic



Vermont House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont House of Representatives approved a bill 74-68 on its second reading Tuesday evening that would make personal possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older. If the bipartisan measure is approved at a third reading, which is expected later this week, it will advance […]

Vermont House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances in New Hampshire Senate

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances in New Hampshire Senate | Marijuana Policy Project

CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee approved an amended version of House Bill 640 on Tuesday (3-2), bringing New Hampshire another step closer to becoming the final state in New England to decriminalize marijuana possession. The bill will now be considered by the full Senate and is expected to receive a vote on […]

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances in New Hampshire Senate | The Daily Chronic



Texas House Hearing on Texas Medical Marijuana Bill Scheduled for Tuesday

Texas House Hearing on Texas Medical Marijuana Bill Scheduled for Tuesday | Marijuana Policy Project

AUSTIN, TX — The Texas House Committee on Public Health will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bipartisan proposal to fix the state’s currently unworkable medical marijuana program and make the unnecessarily restrictive law more inclusive. House Bill 2107 would increase the number of medical conditions that qualify for the Texas Compassionate Use Program and allow […]

Texas House Hearing on Texas Medical Marijuana Bill Scheduled for Tuesday | The Daily Chronic



West Virginia Governor Signs Limited Medical Marijuana Measure Into Law

West Virginia Governor Signs Limited Medical Marijuana Measure Into Law | NORML

CHARLESTON, WV — West Virginia Governor Jim Justin has signed legislation, SB 386, establishing a limited medical cannabis distribution program. West Virginia is the 30th state to authorize by statute the physicians-recommended use of cannabis or cannabis-infused products. The program, which will not be operational until at least July 1, 2019, establishes regulations permitting the […]

West Virginia Governor Signs Limited Medical Marijuana Measure Into Law | The Daily Chronic



Colorado Lawmakers Pass Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD

Colorado Lawmakers Pass Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD | TJ Baker

DENVER, CO — Lawmakers in the Colorado legislature have passed a measure to add post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in the state. The measure, Senate Bill 17, will now be sent to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper for final approval.  It was approved Previous […]

Colorado Lawmakers Pass Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD | The Daily Chronic



Washington Lawmakers Send Marijuana Reform Bill to Governor

Washington Lawmakers Send Marijuana Reform Bill to Governor | TJ Baker

OLYMPIA, WA — Lawmakers in Washington state have sent a comprehensive marijuana reform bill to the desk of Governor Jay Inslee (D), making several changes to the state’s cannabis regulation policies. The bi-partisan Senate Bill 5131 was sponsored by Sens. Anna Rivers [R] Steven Conway [D], and received overwhelming support in both chambers of the legislature. […]

Washington Lawmakers Send Marijuana Reform Bill to Governor | The Daily Chronic



Texas Medical Marijuana Supporters Push for Hearings on Critical Legislation

Texas Medical Marijuana Supporters Push for Hearings on Critical Legislation | Marijuana Policy Project

AUSTIN, TX — A group of patients, caregivers, and medical professionals gathered at the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to allow hearings on critical medical marijuana legislation. The group called on House Public Health Committee Chairman Four Price and Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Charles Schwertner to schedule hearings on […]

Texas Medical Marijuana Supporters Push for Hearings on Critical Legislation | The Daily Chronic



Time Runs Out on Compromise to Fix Maryland Medical Cannabis Program

Time Runs Out on Compromise to Fix Maryland Medical Cannabis Program | Kate Bell

ANNAPOLIS, MD — After long and difficult negotiations and consultation with advocates, industry stakeholders, and the Attorney General, legislators agreed on a compromise bill, HB 1443, to address the lack of diversity in the Maryland medical cannabis industry without delaying the program. Unfortunately, the clock ran out on the last night of session and the final […]

Time Runs Out on Compromise to Fix Maryland Medical Cannabis Program | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Moves Closer to Legalizing Recreational Marijuana for Adults

Vermont Moves Closer to Legalizing Recreational Marijuana for Adults | Marijuana Policy Project

MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont Senate approved a bill on Friday that would regulate the production and sale of marijuana and eliminate penalties for personal possession and cultivation by adults 21 and older. The Senate amended H. 167, an unrelated House-approved bill, to replace it with a revised version of a marijuana regulation bill that passed […]

Vermont Moves Closer to Legalizing Recreational Marijuana for Adults | The Daily Chronic



Governor Signs Bill Making West Virginia the 29th Medical Marijuana State

Governor Signs Bill Making West Virginia the 29th Medical Marijuana State | Marijuana Policy Project

CHARLESTON, WV. — Governor Jim Justice signed SB 386 into law on Wednesday, making West Virginia the 29th state in the nation to enact legislation allowing seriously ill patients to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Senate Bill 386, titled the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, was introduced by Sen. Richard Ojeda (D-Logan) […]

Governor Signs Bill Making West Virginia the 29th Medical Marijuana State | The Daily Chronic



North Dakota Governor Signs Bill Amending Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Initiative

North Dakota Governor Signs Bill Amending Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Initiative | NORML

BISMARK, ND — North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R) signed legislation on Tuesday amending provisions of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act – a voter-initiated measure approved by 65 percent of voters last November. Senate Bill 2344 makes several significant changes to the law. Specifically, it removes provisions permitting patients the option to home cultivate […]

North Dakota Governor Signs Bill Amending Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Initiative | The Daily Chronic



Oregon Governor Signs Legislation Protecting Cannabis Consumers’ Privacy

Oregon Governor Signs Legislation Protecting Cannabis Consumers’ Privacy | NORML

SALEM, OR — Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation into law this week limiting the ability of government officials to obtain data identifying customers who purchase marijuana at state-licensed retail facilities. Voters legalized the commercial production and retail sales of cannabis in November 2014. Retail sales of cannabis to those age 21 or older began in […]

Oregon Governor Signs Legislation Protecting Cannabis Consumers’ Privacy | The Daily Chronic



Tennessee Governor Signs Law Repealing Citywide Decriminalization Statutes

Tennessee Governor Signs Law Repealing Citywide Decriminalization Statutes | NORML

NASHVILLE, TN — Governor Bill Haslam signed legislation last week repealing municipal statutes in Memphis and Nashville that reduced local penalties for marijuana possession offenders. House Bill 173 nullifies both cities’ decriminalization ordinances and preempts any other city from enacting similar reforms. City council members in Nashville and Memphis both passed ordinances last fall providing local […]

Tennessee Governor Signs Law Repealing Citywide Decriminalization Statutes | The Daily Chronic



Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in Iowa

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in Iowa | Maggie Ellinger-Locke

The Iowa Senate Appropriations Committee has introduced a bill to establish a comprehensive medical cannabis program in the state. The bill already received unanimous support by a subcommittee at a hearing last week, and may receive a full Senate vote as early as this week. The bill would allow patients suffering from cancer, PTSD, intractable pain, […]

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in Iowa | The Daily Chronic



West Virginia Lawmakers Approve Amended Medical Marijuana Measure

West Virginia Lawmakers Approve Amended Medical Marijuana Measure | NORML

CHARLESTON, WV — Lawmakers in both chambers of the West Virginia legislature have approved a significantly amended version of Senate Bill 386, which seeks to establish a state-regulated medical cannabis program. The measure now awaits action from Democrat Gov. Jim Justice, who has previously expressed support for permitting qualified patients to access cannabis therapy. If […]

West Virginia Lawmakers Approve Amended Medical Marijuana Measure | The Daily Chronic



Illinois Marijuana Legalization Hearings Coming to Chicago Next Week

Illinois Marijuana Legalization Hearings Coming to Chicago Next Week | Marijuana Policy Project

CHICAGO, IL — Sponsors of a proposal to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use in Illinois announced Wednesday that lawmakers will hold the first hearing on the bill next week in Chicago. The Senate and House Appropriations committees will hold a joint hearing on SB 316 and HB 2353 on Wednesday, April 19, in […]

Illinois Marijuana Legalization Hearings Coming to Chicago Next Week | The Daily Chronic



New Mexico Governor Vetoes Medical Marijuana Changes

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Medical Marijuana Changes | Drug Policy Alliance

SANTA FE, NM — New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has vetoed House Bill 527, a measure that would have made improvements to the state’s medical cannabis program. The most significant provision in the legislation would have allowed New Mexicans diagnosed with opioid use disorder by a licensed practitioner to be eligible for the New Mexico Medical […]

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Medical Marijuana Changes | The Daily Chronic



West Virginia to Become 29th Medical Marijuana State: Legislature Sends SB 386 to Governor

West Virginia to Become 29th Medical Marijuana State: Legislature Sends SB 386 to Governor | Marijuana Policy Project

CHARLESTON, WV — A medical marijuana bill received final approval in the West Virginia Legislature on Thursday and is headed to the desk of Gov. Jim Justice. He has publicly expressed support for legal access to medical marijuana and is expected to sign the bill into law, making West Virginia the 29th state to adopt an […]

West Virginia to Become 29th Medical Marijuana State: Legislature Sends SB 386 to Governor | The Daily Chronic



Kansas City Municipal Decriminalization Measure Passes

Kansas City Municipal Decriminalization Measure Passes | NORML

KANSAS CITY, MO — Kansas City voters approved a municipal ballot measure on Tuesday decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses within the city’s limits. Nearly 75 percent of citywide voters decided ‘yes’ on Question 5, which reduces penalties for the possession of up to 35 grams of cannabis from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil violation punishable […]

Kansas City Municipal Decriminalization Measure Passes | The Daily Chronic



Virginia: Marijuana Arrest No Longer Leads to Automatic Driver’s License Suspension

Virginia: Marijuana Arrest No Longer Leads to Automatic Driver’s License Suspension | NORML

RICHMOND, VA — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed legislation into law amending the state’s mandatory driver’s suspension law. Under existing law, defendants convicted of a marijuana violation lose their driving privileges for six months, even in instances where the offense was not driving related. Under the new legislation, SB 1091, the mandatory suspension will […]

Virginia: Marijuana Arrest No Longer Leads to Automatic Driver’s License Suspension | The Daily Chronic



Federal Bill Would End Arbitrary License Suspensions for Minor Marijuana Possession

Federal Bill Would End Arbitrary License Suspensions for Minor Marijuana Possession | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) with Representatives Amash (R-MI), Jeffries (D-NY), Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Nadler (D-NY), and Love (R-UT) have introduced The Better Drive Act, legislation removing the federal mandate that demands states to suspend the driver’s license of individuals with a marijuana possession conviction. Under current law, any drug conviction, regardless of whether or […]

Federal Bill Would End Arbitrary License Suspensions for Minor Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic



Voters in Kansas City, MO Decriminalize Marijuana in Blowout Victory

Voters in Kansas City, MO Decriminalize Marijuana in Blowout Victory | Justin Strekal

KANSAS CITY, MO — In a blowout victory for sensible criminal justice policy, the voters of Kansas City, Missouri have decided to approve Question 5 and decriminalize marijuana to direct their law enforcement officers to no longer target citizens for possession of the plant and would replace current criminal penalties with just a civil fine. The […]

Voters in Kansas City, MO Decriminalize Marijuana in Blowout Victory | The Daily Chronic



West Virginia House Passes Watered Down Medical Marijuana Bill

West Virginia House Passes Watered Down Medical Marijuana Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

CHARLESTON, WV — A bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it was approved by the West Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday. Senate Bill 386 passed 76-24 on third reading after being revised on second reading, and now returns to the Senate. “The Legislature has […]

West Virginia House Passes Watered Down Medical Marijuana Bill | The Daily Chronic



Texas Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances to Floor Vote in House

Texas Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances to Floor Vote in House | Marijuana Policy Project

AUSTIN, TX — A proposal to reduce penalties for marijuana possession in Texas received bipartisan approval from the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Monday and will soon be scheduled for a full vote in the House. The measure passed by a vote of 4-2, receiving support from two Democrats and two Republicans. House Bill 81, […]

Texas Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances to Floor Vote in House | The Daily Chronic



Federal Lawmakers Introduce Sweeping Marijuana Policy Legislation

Federal Lawmakers Introduce Sweeping Marijuana Policy Legislation | Marijuana Policy Project

Measures filed in the House and Senate on Thursday would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and create a federal regulatory process for states that choose to regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana for adult use Additional bills filed in the House and Senate on Thursday would eliminate many of the collateral consequences […]

Federal Lawmakers Introduce Sweeping Marijuana Policy Legislation | The Daily Chronic



West Virginia Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

West Virginia Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

CHARLESTON, WV — The state Senate approved legislation Wednesday evening (28-6) that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. SB 386, the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, is sponsored by Sen. Richard Ojeda (D-Logan). It would establish an independent 16-member West Virginia Medical Cannabis Commission, including medical […]

West Virginia Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill | The Daily Chronic



Several Bills Filed in Congress to Create “Path to Marijuana Reform”

Several Bills Filed in Congress to Create “Path to Marijuana Reform” | Phillip Smith

The Congressional Cannabis Caucus flexed its muscles Thursday as members of Congress filed a package of bills aimed at creating a “path to marijuana reform” at the federal level and protecting and preserving marijuana laws in states where it is legal. Two Oregon politicians, Sen. Ron Wyden (D) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D) led the […]

Several Bills Filed in Congress to Create “Path to Marijuana Reform” | The Daily Chronic



Joint Legislation: Federal Bills Would End Marijuana Prohibition in the United States

Joint Legislation: Federal Bills Would End Marijuana Prohibition in the United States | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Ron Wyden and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Jared Polis have introduced legislation in the House and Senate — to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. In addition to removing marijuana from the United States Controlled Substances Act, this legislation also removes enforcement power from […]

Joint Legislation: Federal Bills Would End Marijuana Prohibition in the United States | The Daily Chronic



Kansas City Voters to Vote on Decriminalizing Marijuana on April 4

Kansas City Voters to Vote on Decriminalizing Marijuana on April 4 | NORML

KANSAS CITY, MO — After more than a year of negotiations with city officials, and countless hours cultivating support for a ballot measure aimed at decriminalizing certain amounts of marijuana, members of Kansas City NORML will finally have a chance to hear from voters on the issue. Next Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Kansas City voters […]

Kansas City Voters to Vote on Decriminalizing Marijuana on April 4 | The Daily Chronic



Pennsylvania: Harrisburg Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Takes Effect

Pennsylvania: Harrisburg Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Takes Effect | NORML

HARRISBURG, PA — Minor marijuana possession offenders are no longer subject to arrest in the city of Harrisburg under a new local ordinance that took effect last week. The municipal measure, approved by members of the City Council in July, reduces local marijuana possession penalties for first-time and second-time offenders from a criminal misdemeanor to […]

Pennsylvania: Harrisburg Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Takes Effect | The Daily Chronic



Wisconsin City Removes Fines for Marijuana Possession and Consumption

Wisconsin City Removes Fines for Marijuana Possession and Consumption | Kevin Mahmalji

Following a national trend, members of the Monona City Council passed an ordinance that removed all municipal fines for the private possession and consumption of marijuana. Under the new ordinance, adults 21-years and older will no longer be subjected to a fine for possessing marijuana in public or in private spaces. Marijuana use in a […]

Wisconsin City Removes Fines for Marijuana Possession and Consumption | The Daily Chronic



Legalizing Marijuana in Rhode Island Would Yield Nearly $50 Million in New Annual Revenue

Legalizing Marijuana in Rhode Island Would Yield Nearly $50 Million in New Annual Revenue | NORML

PROVIDENCE, RI — Taxing and regulating the marijuana market in Rhode Island will generate nearly $50 million in new annual tax revenue, according to a report issued this week by the advocacy coalition Regulate Rhode Island. According to the report, commercial sales of cannabis are estimated to reach $161 million by 2020. Taxing this retail […]

Legalizing Marijuana in Rhode Island Would Yield Nearly $50 Million in New Annual Revenue | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances; New Poll Shows Strong Public Support

Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances; New Poll Shows Strong Public Support | Marijuana Policy Project

MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont House Judiciary Committee approved a bill 8-3 Wednesday that would make personal possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older. “Today’s vote shows just how far this issue has advanced in just this past year,” said Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy […]

Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances; New Poll Shows Strong Public Support | The Daily Chronic



Illinois General Assembly to Consider Ending Marijuana Prohibition, Regulating and Taxing Marijuana for Adult Use

Illinois General Assembly to Consider Ending Marijuana Prohibition, Regulating and Taxing Marijuana for Adult Use | Marijuana Policy Project

SPRINGFIELD, IL — State lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would end marijuana prohibition in Illinois and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed for adult use. The Senate bill, SB 316, is sponsored by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Heather Steans (D-Chicago), while the House version, HB 2353, was presented by Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago). […]

Illinois General Assembly to Consider Ending Marijuana Prohibition, Regulating and Taxing Marijuana for Adult Use | The Daily Chronic



New Mexico Governor Vetoes Hemp Research Bills

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Hemp Research Bills | NORML

SANTA FE, NM — New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has vetoed a pair of measures that sought to establish a hemp research program through the state’s Department of Agriculture. The Governor gave no public explanation for the vetoes. The Governor has historically been an outspoken opponent of marijuana law reform efforts – receiving an ‘F’ […]

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Hemp Research Bills | The Daily Chronic



Texas House to Hold Hearing on Reducing Marijuana Penalties Today

Texas House to Hold Hearing on Reducing Marijuana Penalties Today | Marijuana Policy Project

AUSTIN, TX — A bill that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in Texas is scheduled to receive a hearing Monday afternoon in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. “I’m proud to present HB 81 to the committee and build on the bipartisan support it’s had from the very beginning,” said Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Joe Moody (D-El […]

Texas House to Hold Hearing on Reducing Marijuana Penalties Today | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

New Hampshire House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession | Marijuana Policy Project

CONCORD, NH — The state House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve House Bill 640, bringing New Hampshire one step closer to becoming the final state in New England to decriminalize marijuana possession. The bill, which was approved by a vote of 318-36 by the House, will now be considered by the Senate. HB 640, […]

New Hampshire House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic



Bipartisan Vote Carries Medical Marijuana Research Bill to Passage in New Mexico House

Bipartisan Vote Carries Medical Marijuana Research Bill to Passage in New Mexico House | Drug Policy Alliance

SANTA FE, NM — The New Mexico State House voted 41-26 Saturday afternoon to pass House Bill 155, co-sponsored by Rep. D. Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. McCamley (D-Las Cruces) to establish a fund in the state treasury for research related to the production, uses, effects, and efficacy of medical marijuana. The bill had bi-partisan support […]

Bipartisan Vote Carries Medical Marijuana Research Bill to Passage in New Mexico House | The Daily Chronic



New Mexico Senate Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill By Wide, Bi-Partisan Margin

New Mexico Senate Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill By Wide, Bi-Partisan Margin | Drug Policy Alliance

SANTA FE, NM — The New Mexico Senate on Thursday voted (33-9) to pass Senate Bill 258, sponsored by Senator Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, reducing penalties for adults who possess small amounts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The final vote was bi-partisan with eight Republicans voting in support. The proposed legislation makes 1/2 ounce or […]

New Mexico Senate Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill By Wide, Bi-Partisan Margin | The Daily Chronic



New York: Advocates Push Crucial Legislation to Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions

New York: Advocates Push Crucial Legislation to Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions | Drug Policy Alliance

ALBANY, NY — Advocates and lawmakers came together for a press conference in Albany on Tuesday to demand reprieve for the harm that has been caused by arrests for low-level marijuana possession and mobilize for legislative solutions to keep New York families together. New York’s marijuana arrest crusade began more than 20 years ago. Since then, […]

New York: Advocates Push Crucial Legislation to Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions | The Daily Chronic



The ‘Respect State Marijuana Laws Act’ Reintroduced In Congress

The ‘Respect State Marijuana Laws Act’ Reintroduced In Congress | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with six other Republicans and six Democrats, has reintroduced bipartisan legislation, ‘The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act,’ to prevent the federal government from criminally prosecuting individuals and/or businesses who are engaging in state-sanctioned activities specific to the possession, use, production, and distribution of marijuana. House Resolution […]

The ‘Respect State Marijuana Laws Act’ Reintroduced In Congress | The Daily Chronic



New York State Assembly Passes Landmark Bill to Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions

New York State Assembly Passes Landmark Bill to Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions | Drug Policy Alliance

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Assembly voted this week in support of a bill that will seal the criminal records of people who have been unjustly and unconstitutionally arrested for simple possession of marijuana in public view. The vote on Assembly Bill 2142 was 95 in favor and 38 opposed. Over the last […]

New York State Assembly Passes Landmark Bill to Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions | The Daily Chronic



In the Time of Trump, Can Congress Take the Lead on Marijuana Policy?

In the Time of Trump, Can Congress Take the Lead on Marijuana Policy? | Phillip Smith

While the marijuana community — consumers, industry, and advocates alike — eyes with trepidation the reign of avowed anti-pot Republican Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department, the Trump executive branch isn’t the only game in town when it comes to making marijuana policy. Congress is back in session, and after last November’s legalization and medical […]

In the Time of Trump, Can Congress Take the Lead on Marijuana Policy? | The Daily Chronic



GOP Rep Introduces “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act” to US Congress

GOP Rep Introduces “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act” to US Congress | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON, DC — Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that would resolve the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws and allow states to determine their own marijuana policies. The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act exempts individuals and entities from certain provisions of the Controlled […]

GOP Rep Introduces “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act” to US Congress | The Daily Chronic



Over 50 Vermont Attorneys Urge Legislature to End Marijuana Prohibition

Over 50 Vermont Attorneys Urge Legislature to End Marijuana Prohibition | Matt Simon

MONTPELIER, VT — More than 50 Vermont attorneys have signed a letter urging the Legislature to “reform our state’s outdated and unjust policies towards cannabis by passing a bill to legalize and regulate its cultivation and sale for adult use in 2017.” The letter will be presented to lawmakers at the House Judiciary Committee hearing […]

Over 50 Vermont Attorneys Urge Legislature to End Marijuana Prohibition | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire Marijuana Bill Decriminalization Advances; Legalization Bill Killed

New Hampshire Marijuana Bill Decriminalization Advances; Legalization Bill Killed | Scott Gacek

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire won’t be joining neighboring states of Maine and Massachusetts in legalizing marijuana, but the Granite State could soon follow the rest of their New England neighbors in treating marijuana possession as a violation, rather than a crime that carries a penalty including the possibility of jail time. Lawmakers in the New […]

New Hampshire Marijuana Bill Decriminalization Advances; Legalization Bill Killed | The Daily Chronic



Rhode Island Poll Finds Strong Support for Legalizing Marijuana

Rhode Island Poll Finds Strong Support for Legalizing Marijuana | Marijuana Policy Project

PROVIDENCE, RI — A new poll shows momentum is building behind the effort to end marijuana prohibition in Rhode Island. Regulate Rhode Island director Jared Moffat held a news conference Tuesday at the State House to discuss the results. He was joined by Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) and Rep. Scott Slater (D-Providence), who recently introduced the […]

Rhode Island Poll Finds Strong Support for Legalizing Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Slowly Advancing

New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Slowly Advancing | TJ Baker

SANTA FE, NM — A proposal to legalize marijuana for adult use has advanced through the first of three committees it needs to clear before advancing to a floor vote. House Bill 89, the Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act, is sponsored by Reps.  Bill McCamley (D-Las Cruces) and Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque). The bill was approved in January by […]

New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Slowly Advancing | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Marijuana Legalization Hearings Start Thursday

Vermont Marijuana Legalization Hearings Start Thursday | TJ Baker

MONTPELIER, VT — Lawmakers will start legislative hearings on a proposal to legalize marijuana in Vermont on Thursday. The Vermont House Committee on Judiciary is slated to hear testimony on House Bill 170, which would legalize limited marijuana possession and personal cultivation for adults 21 or older.  The bill being considered is sponsored by the committee’s chairman, vice-chair, […]

Vermont Marijuana Legalization Hearings Start Thursday | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Bill Filed to Legalize Adult Possession, Cultivation of Marijuana

Vermont Bill Filed to Legalize Adult Possession, Cultivation of Marijuana | TJ Baker

MONTPELIER, VT — Lawmakers in Vermont have filed a bill that would legalize marijuana possession for adults 21 or older. House Bill 170, sponsored by Reps. Maxine Grad (D), Charles Conquest (D), and Thomas Burditt (R). If passed, the bill would eliminate all civil and criminal penalties for possession of up to two ounces of […]

Vermont Bill Filed to Legalize Adult Possession, Cultivation of Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Wyoming Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Killed, Penalty Reform Bill Advances

Wyoming Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Killed, Penalty Reform Bill Advances | Scott Gacek

CHEYENNE, WY — Marijuana possession won’t be decriminalized in Wyoming anytime soon, but statewide penalties could be reduced for first and second time offenders under a penalty reform bill that would also elevate some possession charges to a felony. On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee considered multiple proposals that would change how low-level marijuana offenses are […]

Wyoming Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Killed, Penalty Reform Bill Advances | The Daily Chronic



Tennessee Could Reduce Some Marijuana Possession Penalties

Tennessee Could Reduce Some Marijuana Possession Penalties | Scott Gacek

NASHVILLE, TN — Penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana in Tennessee could soon be reduced to a low-level misdemeanor, punishable by only a fine without the possibility of jail time. Two lawmakers from Nashville, both Democrats, have filed joint legislation to reduce marijuana penalties statewide in direct response to a Republican lawmaker’s attempt to nullify […]

Tennessee Could Reduce Some Marijuana Possession Penalties | The Daily Chronic



Tennessee Lawmaker Wants to Nullify Local Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances

Tennessee Lawmaker Wants to Nullify Local Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances | Scott Gacek

NASHVILLE, TN — A Republican lawmaker has filed a bill in the Tennessee legislature to prevent local communities from relaxing local marijuana laws — and to nullify those ordinances that have already been passed in the state’s two largest cities. State Rep. William Lamberth (R-Cottontown), a former Assistant District Attorney for Sumner County, filed House Bill 173 […]

Tennessee Lawmaker Wants to Nullify Local Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances | The Daily Chronic



South Dakota Could End Felony Charge for Marijuana Possession by Ingestion

South Dakota Could End Felony Charge for Marijuana Possession by Ingestion | TJ Baker

PIERRE, SD — A broad group of bi-partisan lawmakers in South Dakota have signed on to co-sponsor a bill that would end the state’s law making it a felony to test positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, a primary component found in marijuana. Even though someone may not physically be in possession of marijuana, it can remain detectable […]

South Dakota Could End Felony Charge for Marijuana Possession by Ingestion | The Daily Chronic



Wyoming: Joint Resolution 11 Would Legalize Marijuana for Adults

Wyoming: Joint Resolution 11 Would Legalize Marijuana for Adults | TJ Baker

CHEYENNE, WY — Two lawmakers from opposite sides of the aisle have come together to co-sponsor a measure that would legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older. House Joint Resolution 11 is co-sponsored by state Reps. James Byrd (D-Cheyenne) and Mark Baker (R-Sweetwater), the same two lawmakers who have co-sponsored a separate bill to decriminalize marijuana possession […]

Wyoming: Joint Resolution 11 Would Legalize Marijuana for Adults | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire Marijuana Legalization Bill to Receive Hearing Wednesday

New Hampshire Marijuana Legalization Bill to Receive Hearing Wednesday | Scott Gacek

CONCORD, NH — Lawmakers in the New Hampshire House will hold a hearing on a Republican-backed bill to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older on Wednesday. The bill, House Bill 656, is sponsored by Reps. Glen Aldrich, Caleb Dyer, Brandon Phinney, and Nick Zaricki, all Republicans.  The proposal is not related […]

New Hampshire Marijuana Legalization Bill to Receive Hearing Wednesday | The Daily Chronic



Maryland Lawmakers to Consider Legalizing Marijuana

Maryland Lawmakers to Consider Legalizing Marijuana | Marijuana Policy Project

ANNAPOLIS, MD — State lawmakers are rolling out legislation Monday that would regulate and tax cannabis similarly to alcohol in Maryland. The proposal consists of two bills — a regulation bill and a tax bill — that will each be filed in the Senate and the House. The regulation bill, sponsored by Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery) […]

Maryland Lawmakers to Consider Legalizing Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Virginia Senate Votes to End Automatic License Suspension for Marijuana Possession

Virginia Senate Votes to End Automatic License Suspension for Marijuana Possession | TJ Baker

RICHMOND, VA — Lawmakers in the Virginia Senate have approved a bill that would end an automatic six-month driver’s license suspension for first offense possession of marijuana. Senate Bill 1091 is sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), who has introduced several measures this year to reduce marijuana penalties in the state, including a decriminalization bill that was killed earlier […]

Virginia Senate Votes to End Automatic License Suspension for Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic



North Dakota Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Introduced

North Dakota Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Introduced | NORML

BISMARCK, ND — Lawmakers in the North Dakota House have filed a bill to decriminalize the possession of marijuana and marijuana-related paraphernalia. If passed, House Bill 1340 would amend the state’s existing law so that activities involving the possession of marijuana, marijuana-related paraphernalia, or the internal possession of marijuana are reduced from criminal misdemeanors to non-criminal […]

North Dakota Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Introduced | The Daily Chronic



Maryland Marijuana Legalization Bills to be Introudced Monday

Maryland Marijuana Legalization Bills to be Introudced Monday | HWN

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Lawmakers in the Maryland House of Delegates are expected to introduce a combination of bills Monday that would legalize marijuana for adults. Two bills are expected to be introduced in each chamber.  One proposal would make marijuana legal for adults 21 and older and regulate its production and sale similarly to alcohol, according […]

Maryland Marijuana Legalization Bills to be Introudced Monday | The Daily Chronic



Arkansas Governor Signs Law Delaying Enactment of Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Initiative

Arkansas Governor Signs Law Delaying Enactment of Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Initiative | NORML

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Lawmakers passed legislation this week to delay the enactment of the state’s voter-initiated medical cannabis program. The bill was signed into law Monday by Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson House Bill 1026, now Act 4, postpones the implementation of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment by 60 days. Under the new timeline, regulators have until […]

Arkansas Governor Signs Law Delaying Enactment of Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Initiative | The Daily Chronic



Florida Health Regulators’ Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules Undercut Voter-Approved Amendment

Florida Health Regulators’ Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules Undercut Voter-Approved Amendment | NORML

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Proposed rules by the Florida Department of Health to regulate the dispensing of medical cannabis are contrary to the intent of Amendment 2, the ballot initiative approved by 71 percent of voters on Election Day. Specifically, the draft rules would not permit physicians to recommend cannabis therapy to patients with chronic pain – […]

Florida Health Regulators’ Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules Undercut Voter-Approved Amendment | The Daily Chronic



Could New Hampshire Finally Decriminalize Marijuana Possession?

Could New Hampshire Finally Decriminalize Marijuana Possession? | TJ Baker

CONCORD, NH — Despite years of attempts to decriminalize marijuana possession in New Hampshire, the Granite State remains the only New England state where marijuana possession brings the possibility of jail time. The New Hampshire House approved decriminalization bills in each of the last five years, only to see those bills die in the Senate. And in what […]

Could New Hampshire Finally Decriminalize Marijuana Possession? | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced in Wyoming

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced in Wyoming | Kate Bell

A new bill, HB 157, has been introduced in Wyoming by Rep. Mark Baker (R-Sweetwater) and a bipartisan group of legislators that would eliminate criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. This would avoid branding someone with a lifelong criminal record for using a substance that is safer than alcohol. HB 157 would […]

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced in Wyoming | The Daily Chronic



Virginia Senate Committee Kills Two Marijuana Decriminalization Bills

Virginia Senate Committee Kills Two Marijuana Decriminalization Bills | Scott Gacek

RICHMOND, VA — Two proposals to decriminalize marijuana possession in Virginia have been sent to further study, effectively killing the bills for the 2017 legislative session. On Monday, the Senate Committee on Courts of Justice voted 15-0 against advancing Senate Bills 908 and 1269, assigning both bills the ominous designation of “passed by indefinitely.” Both proposals would have […]

Virginia Senate Committee Kills Two Marijuana Decriminalization Bills | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Wyoming with Strong Bi-Partisan Support

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Wyoming with Strong Bi-Partisan Support | Scott Gacek

Several bi-partisan lawmakers in Wyoming have sponsored a bill to decriminalize the possession of up to three ounces of marijuana. State Rep. Mark Baker (R-Rock Springs) filed House Bill 157, along with seven fellow Republicans and three Democrats who have signed on as co-sponsors of the measure. The bill would reduce the penalty for possession of […]

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Wyoming with Strong Bi-Partisan Support | The Daily Chronic



Lawmakers Try to Delay Enactment of Voter Approved Marijuana Laws

Lawmakers Try to Delay Enactment of Voter Approved Marijuana Laws | Paul Armentano

Legislators in a number of states are pushing forward measures to delay the enactment of several voter-initiated marijuana laws. In Arkansas, House lawmakers are moving forward with legislation, House Bill 1026, to postpone the deadline for establishing the state’s new medical marijuana program by 60 days. Fifty-three percent of voters approved Issue 6 on Election […]

Lawmakers Try to Delay Enactment of Voter Approved Marijuana Laws | The Daily Chronic



North Dakota Senate Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Delay

North Dakota Senate Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Delay | Scott Gacek

Lawmakers in the North Dakota Senate voted 45-0 on Tuesday to approve a measure that will delay the implementation of a voter-approved law to legalize medical marijuana in the state. North Dakota was one of four states to authorize medical marijuana during the November elections, when over 63% of voters approved Question 5. Senate Bill 2154 would prevent the state […]

North Dakota Senate Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Delay | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in New Mexico

Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in New Mexico | TJ Baker

SANTA FE, NM — New Mexico has taken the first steps needed towards legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana. State Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Las Cruces) has filed House Bill 89, the Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act.  If passed, the bill would allow adults 21 or older to lawfully possess up to one ounce of marijuana in public, […]

Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in New Mexico | The Daily Chronic



Virginia Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced

Virginia Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced | Scott Gacek

RICHMOND, VA — A bill has been filed in the Virginia Senate that would decriminalize marijuana, reducing the penalty for possessing marijuana to a civil violation, punishable by only a fine without arrest, jail time, or criminal record. RELATED: Virginia Senate Committee Kills Two Marijuana Decriminalization Bills State Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) introduced the measure, Senate Bill 1269, last […]

Virginia Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire Marijuana Legalization Study Commission Proposed

New Hampshire Marijuana Legalization Study Commission Proposed | Scott Gacek

CONCORD, NH — A bi-partisan group of lawmakers in New Hampshire has filed a bill that would create a commission to study the legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana in the Granite State. House Bill 215 is sponsored in the House by Reps. Robert Cushing (D) and John O’Connor (R), and in the Senate by Sens. Dan […]

New Hampshire Marijuana Legalization Study Commission Proposed | The Daily Chronic



New Mexico Bill Would Expand Medical Marijuana Program

New Mexico Bill Would Expand Medical Marijuana Program | NORML

Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 8, to amend the state’s medical cannabis program in a manner that would better serve patients’ needs. Specifically, the measure would amend patient possession limits so that qualified persons may possess up to five ounces of herbal cannabis per month, and it would mandate the Health Department to issue identification […]

New Mexico Bill Would Expand Medical Marijuana Program | The Daily Chronic



Bill Filed to Delay Maine’s Marijuana Legalization Law

Bill Filed to Delay Maine’s Marijuana Legalization Law | Scott Gacek

AUGUSTA, ME — Bipartisan lawmakers in Maine have filed a bill that would delay most of the implementation of Question 1, which legalized marijuana in Maine, by over a year. The bill, House Bill 88, was introduced Wednesday by state Rep.  Louis Luchini (D-Ellsworth) and Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Winterport). The proposal would delay the implementation of […]

Bill Filed to Delay Maine’s Marijuana Legalization Law | The Daily Chronic



Massachusetts Lawmakers Want to Reduce Plant Limit, Raise Marijuana Taxes

Massachusetts Lawmakers Want to Reduce Plant Limit, Raise Marijuana Taxes | Scott Gacek

BOSTON, MA — Lawmakers in Massachusetts are considering big changes for a voter-approved law that legalizes marijuana in the Bay State, including an increase in tax on retail marijuana sales and a reduction in plant limits on personal home grows. Following decades of inaction on similar bills in the state legislature, voters in Massachusetts approved […]

Massachusetts Lawmakers Want to Reduce Plant Limit, Raise Marijuana Taxes | The Daily Chronic



Rhode Island Lawmakers Start Push to Legalize Marijuana

Rhode Island Lawmakers Start Push to Legalize Marijuana | Jared Moffat

PROVIDENCE, RI — As the Massachusetts government prepares to implement an initiative to regulate and tax marijuana that was approved by voters in November, lawmakers in Rhode Island are poised to introduce similar legislation. State Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) and State Rep. Scott Slater (D-Providence) will discuss the proposal at a news conference at the Rhode Island […]

Rhode Island Lawmakers Start Push to Legalize Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill Coming to South Carolina

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill Coming to South Carolina | Marijuana Policy Project

COLUMBIA, SC — A bipartisan group of state lawmakers are introducing comprehensive medical cannabis legislation Tuesday in both chambers of the South Carolina General Assembly. The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act will allow patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions to access medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it. “This legislation will establish a comprehensive and […]

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill Coming to South Carolina | The Daily Chronic



Missouri: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses No Longer Punishable By Jail

Missouri: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses No Longer Punishable By Jail | NORML

COLUMBIA, MO — Sentencing reforms took effect on January 1, 2017 eliminating the threat of jail time for some first-time marijuana offenders. Under the newly enacted law, first-time offenders who possess no more than ten grams of cannabis face a $500 fine, but no threat of incarceration. However, the act remains classified under state law as […]

Missouri: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses No Longer Punishable By Jail | The Daily Chronic



Massachusetts Governor Signs Law Delaying Retail Marijuana Sales

Massachusetts Governor Signs Law Delaying Retail Marijuana Sales | NORML

BOSTON, MA — Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation into law Friday amending the state’s voter-initiated marijuana law. The legislation, which was passed unopposed by fewer than a dozen lawmakers during an informal legislative session, delays the timeline for the establishment of licensed marijuana sales from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2018. Separate provisions […]

Massachusetts Governor Signs Law Delaying Retail Marijuana Sales | The Daily Chronic



Chicago Suburb Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana

Chicago Suburb Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana | Kevin Mahmalji

Officials in the Village of Oswego, Illinois recently passed an ordinance that allows local law enforcement to issue tickets and fines to anyone found with small amounts of marijuana or certain drug paraphernalia. For example, if a person is in possession of drug paraphernalia and is convicted of possessing 10 grams or less of marijuana, […]

Chicago Suburb Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Recreational, Medical Marijuana Legislation Expected in Wisconsin

Recreational, Medical Marijuana Legislation Expected in Wisconsin | TJ Baker

MADISON, WI — When lawmakers in Wisconsin convene next week for the start of the 2017-2018 Biennium, expect to see legislation introduced to legalize marijuana. According to the Washington, DC-based Marijuana Policy Project, State Rep. Melissa Sargent “plans to reintroduce legislation that would end Wisconsin’s criminalization of adult marijuana consumers in exchange for taxing and regulating […]

Recreational, Medical Marijuana Legislation Expected in Wisconsin | The Daily Chronic



Missouri’s 2014 Marijuana Decriminalization Law Finally Takes Effect

Missouri’s 2014 Marijuana Decriminalization Law Finally Takes Effect | TJ Baker

First time offenders caught possessing small amounts of marijuana in Missouri no longer face the possibility of jail time under a law passed in 2014 that finally took effect on January 1. Under the new law, possession of up to ten grams of marijuana is no longer punishable by incarceration.  Instead, first-time offenders will be on […]

Missouri’s 2014 Marijuana Decriminalization Law Finally Takes Effect | The Daily Chronic



Two Medical Marijuana Bills Filed in Missouri

Two Medical Marijuana Bills Filed in Missouri | Scott Gacek

Two lawmakers in Missouri have filed proposals for the upcoming 2017 legislation to legalize medical marijuana and create a comprehensive statewide medical cannabis program. The two bills, Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City), and Senate Bill 153, sponsored by Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph), were pre-filed earlier this month.  With Republicans holding a super-majority in […]

Two Medical Marijuana Bills Filed in Missouri | The Daily Chronic



Connecticut Senate Leader to File Marijuana Legalization Bill for 2017

Connecticut Senate Leader to File Marijuana Legalization Bill for 2017 | Scott Gacek

HARTFORD, CT — Governor Dannel Malloy may be on the fence when it comes to marijuana legalization, but one of the state’s most prominent lawmakers will push for Connecticut to join two nearby New England states in taxing and regulating sales of cannabis to adults. Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) pre-filed legislation for the […]

Connecticut Senate Leader to File Marijuana Legalization Bill for 2017 | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in Arizona for 2017

Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in Arizona for 2017 | Scott Gacek

PHOENIX, AZ — In November, Arizona’s Proposition 205 was the only marijuana-related statewide referendum that didn’t pass, being defeated by a slim 51% to 49% vote. Now, just a little over a month later, State Representative Mark Cardenas (D-Louisville) has pre-filed a bill for the upcoming 2017 legislative session to give state lawmakers another chance at legalizing […]

Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in Arizona for 2017 | The Daily Chronic



Western New York NORML Introduces “Buffalo Cannabis Act”

Western New York NORML Introduces “Buffalo Cannabis Act” | TJ Baker

BUFFALO, NY — Marijuana reform activists have filed a resolution with Buffalo city lawmakers asking them to direct city police to stop arresting people for possessing small amounts of marijuana. At a public meeting Tuesday, supporters from Western New York NORML, an affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, introduced the “Buffalo Cannabis […]

Western New York NORML Introduces “Buffalo Cannabis Act” | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire Senate Minority Leader to File Marijuana Legalization Bill

New Hampshire Senate Minority Leader to File Marijuana Legalization Bill | Scott Gacek

CONCORD, NH — With two neighboring states having just legalized marijuana, a high-profile member of the New Hampshire Senate — where marijuana bills usually go to die — will push for the Granite State to follow suit when the legislature convenes in January. Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Dalton) told the Concord Monitor on Friday that […]

New Hampshire Senate Minority Leader to File Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Federal Marijuana Protections Extended Through April

Federal Marijuana Protections Extended Through April | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Members of Congress have re-authorized a federal provision prohibiting the Justice Department from interfering in state-authorized medical cannabis programs. The provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, was included in short-term spending legislation, House Resolution 2028, and will expire on April 28, 2017. Initially enacted by Congress in 2014, the amendment maintains that federal […]

Federal Marijuana Protections Extended Through April | The Daily Chronic



Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation Introduced in Texas

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation Introduced in Texas | NORML

Texas State Senator José Menéndez has filed Senate Bill 269 to protect qualified patients who consume cannabis and to provide for the state-licensed production and distribution of the plant. SB 269 authorizes the possession, production, and distribution of medical marijuana and marijuana-infused products to qualified patients. Patients would receive cannabis through a network of private dispensaries and […]

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation Introduced in Texas | The Daily Chronic



Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in Texas for 2017

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in Texas for 2017 | TJ Baker

A much anticipated comprehensive medical marijuana bill will be filed Tuesday in Texas for the upcoming 2017 legislative session. State Senator José Menéndez (D-San Antonio), lead sponsor of the bill, made the announcement Monday. “Twenty-eight states have recognized the medical benefit of cannabis, including conservative states like Arkansas, Montana, and North Dakota,” said Senator Menéndez. “It’s time Texas […]

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in Texas for 2017 | The Daily Chronic



Kansas City NORML’s Decriminalization Effort Qualifies for City Ballot

Kansas City NORML’s Decriminalization Effort Qualifies for City Ballot | Paul Armentano

KANSAS CITY, MO — Petitioners seeking to decriminalize municipal penalties specific to the possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana have gathered sufficient signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot, a representative from the Kansas City Clerk’s office confirmed today. The proposal, spearheaded by Kansas City NORML, amends citywide penalties from a criminal […]

Kansas City NORML’s Decriminalization Effort Qualifies for City Ballot | The Daily Chronic



Tennessee Attorney General Says Cities Cannot Enact Marijuana Decriminalization

Tennessee Attorney General Says Cities Cannot Enact Marijuana Decriminalization | NORML

NASHVILLE, TN — Recently approved marijuana decriminalization ordinances in Memphis and Nashville conflict with Tennessee state drug laws and therefore may not be enforced, according to an opinion issued this week by the Office of the Attorney General. City council members in both cities voted this fall to impose local ordinances providing municipal police the option […]

Tennessee Attorney General Says Cities Cannot Enact Marijuana Decriminalization | The Daily Chronic



Bills to Reduce Penalties for Marijuana Possession Introduced for Consideration by 85th Texas Legislature

Bills to Reduce Penalties for Marijuana Possession Introduced for Consideration by 85th Texas Legislature | Marijuana Policy Project

AUSTIN, TX — A bill to reduce penalties for simple marijuana possession was introduced in the Texas House of Representatives this week. House Bill 81, which was introduced by Rep. Joe Moody of El Paso, would remove the current criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and replace them with a civil citation […]

Bills to Reduce Penalties for Marijuana Possession Introduced for Consideration by 85th Texas Legislature | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Texas for 2017 Legislative Session

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Texas for 2017 Legislative Session | Thomas H. Clarke

AUSTIN, TX — When Texas lawmakers reconvene in January, a proposal to decriminalize up to one ounce of marijuana in Texas will be waiting. State Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) filed House Bill 81 on Monday, the first day of filing, in advance of the 2017 legislative session.  The bill proposes reducing the penalty for possession […]

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Texas for 2017 Legislative Session | The Daily Chronic



Michigan: East Lansing City Council Votes to Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties

Michigan: East Lansing City Council Votes to Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties | Danielle Keane

EAST LANSING, MI — Members of the city council in East Lansing, Michigan (population 49,000) have voted 4 to 1 in favor of a municipal ordinance that eliminates criminal and civil penalties pertaining to the private possession and use of cannabis by those age 21 and over. Similar local measures are in place in several other […]

Michigan: East Lansing City Council Votes to Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties | The Daily Chronic



Tennessee: Cities Move to Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties

Tennessee: Cities Move to Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties | Paul Armentano

Members of the Nashville metro council and the Memphis city council have given final approval to municipal legislation providing police the discretion to cite rather than arrest minor marijuana offenders. Nashville city council members voted 35 to 3 in late September in favor of the new ordinance. It provides police the option of issuing $50 […]

Tennessee: Cities Move to Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties | The Daily Chronic



Congress Provides Short-Term Extension to Medical Marijuana Protection Provisions

Congress Provides Short-Term Extension to Medical Marijuana Protection Provisions | Paul Armentano

WASHINGTON, DC — Members of Congress have approved a short-term spending bill keeping in place existing budgetary provisions protecting those who engage in the state-sanctioned use and dispensing of medical cannabis from federal prosecution by the Department of Justice. The amendment, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states […]

Congress Provides Short-Term Extension to Medical Marijuana Protection Provisions | The Daily Chronic



Michigan Governor Signs Measures Regulating Medical Cannabis Dispensing

Michigan Governor Signs Measures Regulating Medical Cannabis Dispensing | NORML

LANSING, MI — Governor Rick Snyder has signed a package of legislation into law regulating the retail sale of medical cannabis and cannabis-infused products. The measures are ordered to take immediate effect. The measures seek to clarify and expand various aspects of the state’s 2008 medical cannabis law. Specifically, the new law provides qualified patients […]

Michigan Governor Signs Measures Regulating Medical Cannabis Dispensing | The Daily Chronic



California Governor Signs Bill Protecting Californians from Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuse

California Governor Signs Bill Protecting Californians from Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuse | Drug Policy Alliance

Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Signed Into Law Is One Of The Most Far Reaching Protection of Due Process And Property Rights SACRAMENTO — California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law a bill that would in most cases prevent law enforcement agencies from profiting from seized cash or property unless a person has been […]

California Governor Signs Bill Protecting Californians from Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuse | The Daily Chronic



California Governor Signs Standards, Protections for Medical Marijuana Manufacturers

California Governor Signs Standards, Protections for Medical Marijuana Manufacturers | Press Release

SACRAMENTO, CA — California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 2679, which will establish key standards for medical cannabis manufacturers, help implement the landmark Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), and end misguided raids on manufacturers. “Last year, California took a historic step by regulating medical cannabis to protect patients, businesses, our communities, and the […]

California Governor Signs Standards, Protections for Medical Marijuana Manufacturers | The Daily Chronic



New Jersey: Two Marijuana Legalization Measures Now Pending Before Lawmakers

New Jersey: Two Marijuana Legalization Measures Now Pending Before Lawmakers | NORML

TRENTON, NJ — New legislation has been introduced for the 2016/2017 legislative session that seeks to regulate the adult use and retail sale of marijuana. Assembly Bill 4193 permits marijuana to be sold at convenience stores to adults aged 19 and older in unlimited amounts. The legislation also seeks to expunge the criminal records of past […]

New Jersey: Two Marijuana Legalization Measures Now Pending Before Lawmakers | The Daily Chronic



Michigan Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bills

Michigan Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bills | NORML

LANSING, MI — Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed a package of legislation — HB 4209, HB 4210, HB 4827, SB 141, and SB 1014 — into law regulating the retail sale of medical cannabis and cannabis-infused products. Snyder signed the bills on Wednesday. The measures are ordered to take immediate effect. “This new law will help […]

Michigan Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bills | The Daily Chronic



Tennessee: Nashville Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

Tennessee: Nashville Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession | Thomas H. Clarke

NASHVILLE, TN — Music City, USA has become the first city in Tennessee to remove criminal penalties for marijuana possession. On Tuesday, the Nashville Metro Council gave final approval to an ordinance that will keep those caught possessing up to half an ounce of marijuana out of jail. The ordinance gives police officers the discretion to […]

Tennessee: Nashville Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic



New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Signs Medical Marijuana for PTSD Bill, But There’s a Catch

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Signs Medical Marijuana for PTSD Bill, But There’s a Catch | Scott Gacek

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has finally signed into law a bill passed by the General Assembly earlier this year to allow those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, including veterans, to participate in the Garden State’s medical marijuana program. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that is estimated to affect eight million Americans […]

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Signs Medical Marijuana for PTSD Bill, But There’s a Catch | The Daily Chronic



Michigan Lawmakers Send 3 Bills to Regulate Medical Marijuana to Gov. Snyder

Michigan Lawmakers Send 3 Bills to Regulate Medical Marijuana to Gov. Snyder | NORML

LANSING, MI — Lawmakers have given final approval to a package of bills, HB 4209/4210, HB 4827, SB 141, and SB 1014, to regulate the retail sale of medical cannabis and cannabis-infused products. The measures, which lawmakers had debated for the past two years, now await action by Governor Rick Snyder (R). House Bill 4209 licenses […]

Michigan Lawmakers Send 3 Bills to Regulate Medical Marijuana to Gov. Snyder | The Daily Chronic



Medical Marijuana Now Legal in Ohio as New Law Officially Takes Effect

Medical Marijuana Now Legal in Ohio as New Law Officially Takes Effect | Marijuana Policy Project

COLUMBUS, OH — Ohio’s new medical marijuana law will officially go into effect on Thursday, September 8. Patients with qualifying medical conditions will receive limited legal protections from laws prohibiting marijuana possession, as several state agencies formally begin the process of establishing a regulated system of medical marijuana production and distribution. “This is a major milestone […]

Medical Marijuana Now Legal in Ohio as New Law Officially Takes Effect | The Daily Chronic



Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Passes California Assembly

Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Passes California Assembly | Drug Policy Alliance

SACRAMENTO, CA — Civil asset forfeiture reform legislation authored by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and David Hadley (R-Torrance) passed the California Assembly Floor by a 67 to 7 vote on Monday. The bill will require that in all cases where law enforcement seize cash under $40,000, that there be a conviction in the underlying […]

Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Passes California Assembly | The Daily Chronic



Illinois: Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

Illinois: Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Measure | Paul Armentano

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation today amending the state’s marijuana possession penalties. Senate Bill 2228 reduces the penalties for the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor (formerly punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,500 fine) to a civil fine of no more than $200 […]

Illinois: Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Measure | The Daily Chronic



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Habu Health: Data Driven Research and Education in Cannabis

 Habu Health and Smart Cannabis With cannabis legalization comes the opportunity for cannabis education.  We are currently living in a society (in the U.S. anyway) where we have been fed decades of propaganda and conjecture by the federal government, and actual studies and research about cannabis (much less factual public education) have been virtually impossible. [...]

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Cannabis Industry Experts Share Advice on Successful Career Transitioning

Cannabis Industry Experts Share Advice on Successful Career Transitioning “Can you give me any advice on how to transition to the Cannabis Industry?” This is the question I get asked most. Let me start by saying that opportunities in the cannabis Industry are vast and the numbers are enticing. Entrepreneur Magazine says that 283,000 Cannabis [...]

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More Summer Events and Dispensary Stops: Walking with Redhat Ralph

More summer events and dispensary stops in Week 16 with RedHat Ralph…. This week includes serving Root Beer at the Oregon Brewers Festival, the Canna Closet Oregon launch, and The Summer Fair 2.  Here is how I walked 22.6 miles from Sunday July 23 through Saturday, July 29. Sunday, 7/23/17, 0.2 miles. Today it will [...]

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The Many Reasons Cannabis is a Medicine Worth Legalizing

28 states in the United States, as well as many other countries around the world, have legalized medical marijuana – with some even legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Canada, under the Liberal Government, recently proposed a bill legalizing not only medical marijuana, but also recreational marijuana.  There are many reasons why cannabis is a [...]

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7 Diseases Medical Marijuana Can Treat

Even though marijuana is approved for medical use in nearly 60% of U.S. states, there’s still somewhat of a stigma attached. However, doctors and patients agree that marijuana can be medically beneficial to many people.  Here, we will explain 7 diseases that medical marijuana can treat.   A 2013 New England Journal of Medicine study [...]

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A New ACLU Campaign for District Attorney Accountability has Some DA’s Upset

ACLU Campaign for District Attorney Accountability The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has typically been supportive of marijuana law reform efforts.  After all, there is no denying the way that cannabis prohibition has negatively affected minorities and their families. Well, the ACLU of Oregon launched a new district attorney (DA) accountability campaign to teach people [...]

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Medical Marijuana Laws in Popular Counties of California

Medical Marijuana Laws in Popular Counties of California The rush is on for the 1st of January 2018. On this date, all marijuana rules have to be in place. If they are not, then those who fall short will be liable as they would be in violation of State and Federal law. Last November, [...]

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Cannabis Season Week 15: More Pot Shop Touring in Portland

Cannabis Season – Week 15 I will be continuing my Dispensary Tour north and east of the Willamette River.  Here is how I walked 42.4 miles from Sunday July 16 through Saturday, July 22.  This is after the most recent update to the prosthetic in my right shoe, and is definitely more like [...]

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Will Prohibition Return to Legalized States?

Will Prohibition Return to Legalized States? In addition to the barrage of questions that customers ask regarding the effects of indicas, sativas and hybrids that I get as a budtender, there is another question that comes up a great deal when people come visit me at the bud bar. Yes, we have the damn gummies [...]

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What is the Best Way to Do Dabs? A Little Dab Will Do!

What is the Best Way to Do Dabs? Dabbing is the common terms for smoking or vaping concentrated cannabis. While it has been around for nearly a decade, there are still some uncertainties as to how to perform this technique.  TWB has posted about dabs before, but we wanted to give you the lowdown on [...]

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Recreational marijuana legalization: Do more youth use or do youth use more?
Recent results indicate that the effects of recreational marijuana legalization on Oregon teens' use depends on whether the teens were already using marijuana when legal sales began.

Cigarette smoking is increasing among Americans with drug problems
While cigarette smoking has declined in the US for the past several decades, since 2002 the prevalence of smoking has increased significantly among people with an illicit substance use disorder, according to a new study. Researchers found more than half of individuals with a substance use disorder (56 percent) reported cigarette use in the past month, compared with 18 percent of those without a substance use disorder. 

Marijuana may help HIV patients keep mental stamina longer
A chemical found in marijuana, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has been found to potentially slow the process in which mental decline can occur in up to 50 percent of HIV patients, says a new study.

Medical marijuana for children with cancer? What providers think
Most providers willing to consider medical marijuana use in children with cancer, but those with legal eligibility to certify are less likely to approve.

Marijuana use may not aid patients in opioid addiction treatment
New research finds that frequent marijuana use seems to strengthen the relationship between pain and depression and anxiety, not ease it.

Cannabis linked to bipolar symptoms in young adults
Cannabis use in youth is linked to bipolar symptoms in young adults, finds new research.

Synthetic cannabis-like drug reduces sleep apnea
A synthetic cannabis-like drug in a pill was safe and effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea in the first large multi-site study of a drug for apnea.

More adults use marijuana in states where it is legal
Daily use of marijuana as well as past month rates rose for both men and women aged 26 and older in states with medical marijuana laws in effect. Marijuana use among those younger than 26 years old was generally unaffected by changes in the law.

Can cannabinoids be used to treat cancer?
When cannabinoids activate signaling pathways in cancer cells they can stimulate a cell death mechanism called apoptosis, unleashing a potent anti-tumor effect.

Booze and pot use in teens lessens life success
Young adults dependent on marijuana and alcohol are less likely to achieve adult life goals, according to new research.

Marijuana use associated with cognitive dysfunction in people with HIV who have substance abuse disorder, study finds
Marijuana use is associated with cognitive dysfunction in people with HIV infection who have an alcohol or other drug use disorder, according to a new study.

Regular marijuana use linked to more sex, study finds
Despite concerns among physicians and scientists that frequent marijuana use may impair sexual desire or performance, the opposite appears more likely to be the case, new research indicates.

Pre-clinical study suggests path toward non-addictive painkillers
A pre-clinical study reports that the use of the positive allosteric modulator GAT211 enhances the effect of pain-relief chemicals produced by the body in response to stress or injury. The research is a promising step forward in the search for pain relief methods without the addictive side effects of opioids.

A quarter of problematic pot users have anxiety disorders, many since childhood
About a quarter of adults whose marijuana use is problematic in early adulthood have anxiety disorders in childhood and late adolescence, according to new data.

Limited data on medical cannabis use in children
A systematic review of published studies on the use of medical cannabis in children and adolescents finds a notable lack of studies and a minimal number of the randomized, controlled trials needed to confirm the effectiveness of a treatment.

A new target for marijuana
Cellular-level changes to a part of the brain's reward system induced by chronic exposure to the psychoactive component of marijuana may contribute to the drug's pleasurable and potentially addictive qualities, suggests a study in young mice.

Cannabis consumption increases violent behavior in young people in psychiatric care
A new study on cannabis use that involved 1,136 patients (from 18 to 40 years of age) with mental illnesses who had been seen five times during the year after discharge from a psychiatric hospital demonstrates that sustained used of cannabis is associated with an increase in violent behavior in young people. Moreover, the association between persistent cannabis use and violence is stronger than that associated with alcohol or cocaine.

Antidote to synthetic cannabis ‘Spice’ intoxication could be found in slimming drug
Early research has potentially found an antidote that can rapidly stop the intoxicating effects of cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids.

Up to one-quarter of cancer patients use marijuana
A new study conducted in a cancer center in a state with legalized medicinal and recreational marijuana found that approximately one-quarter of surveyed patients used marijuana in the past year, mostly for physical and psychological symptoms.

Cannabis, 'spice' – better think twice
Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in the world, and the advent of synthetic cannabinoids creates additional challenges to the society because of their higher potency and ability to escape drug detection screenings.  Scientists have a warning about a new danger coming from cannabinoid abuse.

Medical students not trained to prescribe medical marijuana
More than half of the states in the US now allow some type of legal marijuana use, primarily medical marijuana. But, in a survey of medical residents and deans at the nation's medical schools, researchers have found that the majority of schools are not teaching their students about medical marijuana, and the majority of students don't feel prepared to discuss the subject with patients.

Marijuana may produce psychotic-like effects in high-risk individuals
Marijuana may bring on temporary paranoia and other psychosis-related effects in individuals at high risk of developing a psychotic disorder, finds a preliminary study.

Reversing the negative effects of adolescent marijuana use
Researchers have identified a specific mechanism in the prefrontal cortex for some of the negative mental health risks associated with adolescent marijuana use. By demonstrating that adolescent THC exposure modulates the activity of a neurotransmitter called GABA in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain, they were also able to identify a mechanism to reverse those risks.

Do we need to reform international drug treaties as more countries legalize cannabis?
The future of international drug control treaties is in doubt because of recent treaty-violating decisions to legalize cannabis use in Canada, the United States and Uruguay. A professor, whose 2014 review of 20 years of cannabis research made world headlines, thinks so. If decriminalization is the way of the future, he advocates a cautious approach to policy reform that would involve trialing and evaluating the effects of incrementally more liberal drug policies.

CBD may protect against psychiatric risk from high-THC cannabis strains
A study by neuroscientists finds that a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis called cannabidiol, or CBD, appears to protect against the long-term negative psychiatric effects of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

Marijuana use amongst youth stable, but substance abuse admissions up
While marijuana use amongst youth remains stable, youth admission to substance abuse treatment facilities has increased.

Marijuana associated with three-fold risk of death from hypertension
Marijuana use is associated with a three-fold risk of death from hypertension, according to new research.

Muted stress response linked to long-term cannabis use
A new study reveals a dampened physiological response to stress in chronic cannabis users. This is the first study to examine the effects of acute stress on salivary cortisol levels in chronic cannabis users compared to non-users.

Pattern of marijuana use during adolescence may impact psychosocial outcomes in adulthood
A pattern of escalating marijuana use in adolescents is linked to higher rates of depression and lower educational accomplishments in adulthood.

Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoids
Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. A new study in animal tissue reveals the cascade of chemical reactions that convert omega-3 fatty acids into cannabinoids that have anti-inflammatory benefits - but without the psychotropic high.

Depression among young teens linked to cannabis use at 18
Young people with chronic or severe forms of depression were at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, found a study looking at the cumulative effects of depression in youth.

Canada should continue with separate medical stream after cannabis is legalized for recreational use: Study
After cannabis is legalized, Canada should continue with a separate medical cannabis stream to keep patients safe, argues a new commentary.

Closing medical marijuana dispensaries increases crime, according to new study
Contrary to popular belief, medical marijuana dispensaries (MMDs) reduce crime in their immediate areas, suggests a new report.

Scientists lay the groundwork for a reliable marijuana breathalyzer
An important step has been taken toward a reliable marijuana breathalyzer by measuring the vapor pressure of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) -- a measurement that, due to the compound's chemical structure, is very difficult and has not been accomplished before.

Marijuana and vulnerability to psychosis
The link between marijuana use and psychotic-like experiences has been confirmed in a Canadian adolescent cohort.

Legal cannabis laws impact teen use
A new study has found that adolescents living in medical marijuana states with a plethora of dispensaries are more likely to have tried new methods of cannabis use, such as edibles and vaping, at a younger age than those living in states with fewer dispensaries.

Rates of marijuana use, heavy use, and cannabis use disorder depend on where you live
Adult marijuana use rose significantly in states that passed loosely regulated medical marijuana laws (MMLs) according to a new study. The highest increases were reported among adults ages 26 and over. Little change was found in past-month marijuana use among adolescents or young adults between the ages 18 and 25.

Marijuana use among college students on rise following Oregon legalization, study finds
College students attending an Oregon university are using more marijuana now that the drug is legal for recreational use, but the increase is largely among students who also report recent heavy use of alcohol, a new study has found.

Mixing booze, pot is a serious threat to traffic safety
Use of marijuana in combination with alcohol by drivers is especially dangerous, according to a study. Drivers who used alcohol, marijuana, or both were significantly more likely to be responsible for causing fatal two-vehicle crashes compared to drivers who were involved in the same crashes but used neither of the substances.

Why the marijuana and tobacco policy camps are on very different paths
New research looked at diverging trajectories of cannabis and tobacco policies in the US and attempts to explain some of the reasoning behind the different paths, while discussing possible implications.

Teen cannabis use and illicit drug use in early adulthood linked
Researchers have found regular and occasional cannabis use as a teen is associated with a greater risk of other illicit drug taking in early adulthood. The study also found cannabis use was associated with harmful drinking and smoking.

Low-dose THC can relieve stress; more does just the opposite
Low levels tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, does reduce stress, but in a highly dose-dependent manner, new research confirms.

Why pot-smoking declines, but doesn't end, with parenthood
Adults who smoke marijuana often cut back after becoming parents -- but they don't necessarily quit. The influence of a significant other and positive attitudes toward the drug overall, in addition to the onset of parenthood, also are factors in whether someone uses marijuana.

Legalizing marijuana will harm health of youth in Canada, study shows
The Canadian federal government's bill C-45 to legalize marijuana in Canada will jeopardize the health of young people and Parliament should vote against it, argues a new article.

Cannabidiol reduces seizures in children with severe epilepsy
Children with Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy, had fewer seizures after taking a daily oral solution of the cannabis compound called cannabidiol, which does not have the psychoactive properties of marijuana, results from a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial reveal.

Benefits of medical marijuana for treatment of epilepsy examined
Although cannabis had been used for many centuries for treatment of seizure disorders, medical use became prohibited in the 20th century. However, with the loosening of laws regarding medical marijuana, research and clinical use of marijuana-derived substances are increasing. This has prompted the publishing of an in-depth assessment of the potential of cannabinoids for the effective treatment of epilepsy. Cannabinoids are components of the cannabis plant.

A third of high school students ride with drivers who have been drinking
One in three high school students reports riding with a driver who has been drinking, while nearly one in five was in a car where the driver had consumed marijuana, according to a new study.

Trying new marijuana products and edibles is associated with unexpected highs
Unexpected highs are a consequence of using new marijuana products and edibles, products that have flooded the marijuana market since legalization of recreational marijuana use.

Marijuana use tied to poorer school performance
When high school students started smoking marijuana regularly they were less likely to get good grades and want to pursue university, according to a new study.

Cannabis reverses aging processes in the brain, study suggests
Memory performance decreases with increasing age. Cannabis can reverse these ageing processes in the brain. This was shown in mice by scientists at the University of Bonn with their colleagues at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel). Old animals were able to regress to the state of two-month-old mice with a prolonged low-dose treatment with a cannabis active ingredient. This opens up new options, for instance, when it comes to treating dementia.

ER visits related to marijuana use at a Colorado hospital quadruple after legalization
Visits by teens to a Colorado children's hospital emergency department and its satellite urgent care centers increased rapidly after legalization of marijuana for commercialized medical and recreational use, according to new research.

Neuroscientists seek brain basis of craving in addiction and binge eating
A new article details the first step in revealing how craving works in the brain. Scientists have now proposed a quantitative model for drug addiction research. The model focuses on craving: the intense, urgent feeling of needing or wanting drugs. Their ongoing research and subsequent findings have the potential to open a new frontier of alcohol and substance abuse treatment.

Cannabis use in adolescence linked to schizophrenia
A new study points to cannabis as a trigger for schizophrenia. The research finds that smoking pot or using cannabis in other ways during adolescence may serve as a catalyst for schizophrenia in individuals already susceptible to the disorder.

Do medical marijuana laws promote illicit cannabis use and disorder?
Illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorders increased at a greater rate in states that passed medical marijuana laws than in other states, according to latest research. The new study is among the first to analyze the differences in cannabis use and cannabis use disorders before and after states passed medical marijuana laws, as well as differentiate between earlier and more recent periods and additionally examine selected states separately.

Chili peppers and marijuana calm the gut, study suggests
You wouldn't think chili peppers and marijuana have much in common. But when eaten, both interact with the same receptor in our stomachs, according to a new paper. The research could lead to new therapies for diabetes and colitis, and opens up intriguing questions about the relationship between the immune system, the gut and the brain.

Genetic factors may contribute to adverse effects produced by synthetic cannabinoids
Synthetic cannabinoid abuse is a growing problem in the US. New discoveries tied to genetic factors that increase a person's risk for experiencing the most dangerous effects of these drugs could lead to more effective treatments and antidotes.

Risk of psychosis from cannabis use lower than originally thought, say scientists
Scientists have shown that the risk of developing psychosis, such as hallucinations, from cannabis use is small compared to the number of total users.

For young adults, cigarettes more pleasurable with alcohol than with pot
Young adults get more pleasure from smoking cigarettes while they are drinking alcohol than they do while using marijuana, according to a new American study.

Natural chemical helps brain adapt to stress
A natural signaling molecule that activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain plays a critical role in stress-resilience -- the ability to adapt to repeated and acute exposures to traumatic stress.

Early use of marijuana can increase its negative health impacts
The need for age guidelines for marijuana use is the focus of a new study. The findings show that young users report the most impact to their physical and mental health.

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