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Trump Extends Cannabis Protections 'Til December, Plans For Study, States Remain Hazy
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CA: Weldon Man Gets Five Years For Marijuana-Related Crimes
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How To Invest In Marijuana Stocks
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PA: Vandergrift Police Arrest 2 Suspects After Finding 2 Pounds Of Marijuana
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CA: La Mesa Council To Discuss Medical Marijuana
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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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Minnesota Hearing on Adding Qualifying Conditions to Take Place This Week

The Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program will be holding its second New Condition Review Panel Meeting on Tuesday, September 26. The panel will be reviewing five of the 10 petitioned conditions: liver disease, anxiety, obstructive sleep apnea, endocannabinoid deficiency, and dementia. It’s important to expand Minnesota’s qualifying conditions so that more patients have access to medical … Continue reading Minnesota Hearing on Adding Qualifying Conditions to Take Place This Week

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Another Utah Poll Shows Strong Support for Medical Marijuana

The 2018 medical cannabis campaign in Utah is fully underway. Right now, the Utah Patients Coalition is collecting signatures from across the state in order to qualify for next year’s ballot. A new poll was released showing that 74 percent of Utahns support medical cannabis. Other recent polls have showed similar levels of support. With … Continue reading Another Utah Poll Shows Strong Support for Medical Marijuana

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Florida Accepting Medical Marijuana Business Applications

The Florida Department of Health has proposed regulations to establish the procedure to apply for Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) licenses and to outline the evaluation process for applicants. The application is posted on the Office of Compassionate Use website, and applicants may begin completing applications for submission. In order to become a licensed MMTC, … Continue reading Florida Accepting Medical Marijuana Business Applications

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Delaware Adds PTSD to Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

On Monday, Delaware Gov. John Carney signed the Bravery Bill into law, which allows PTSD patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from any properly licensed physician. Previously, patients suffering from PTSD could only get a medical marijuana recommendation from a licensed psychiatrist. While this is a step in the right direction, there are many … Continue reading Delaware Adds PTSD to Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

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New Hampshire Decriminalization Law Takes Effect

New Hampshire will finally take a critical step toward living up to its motto today as HB 640 takes effect, and the “Live Free or Die” state becomes the 22nd state — and the final New England state — to decriminalize marijuana possession. You can read a summary of the new law here. If you … Continue reading New Hampshire Decriminalization Law Takes Effect

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UPDATE: Congressional Budget Deal Extends Medical Marijuana Protections

A budget deal approved in Congress on Friday extended federal protections for state-legal medical marijuana patients and providers until Dec. 8, potentially creating another opportunity to ensure they are inluded in the FY 2018 budget. Earlier this week, the House Rules Committee blocked an amendment introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer … Continue reading UPDATE: Congressional Budget Deal Extends Medical Marijuana Protections

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National Survey Shows Teen Use Dropping, Possible Substitution for Alcohol in Adults

The annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health released Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that teen marijuana use rates decreased nationally in 2016. Past-month use rates among adults increased slightly, but alcohol use rates among all age groups decreased, indicating the possibility that adults are substituting marijuana … Continue reading National Survey Shows Teen Use Dropping, Possible Substitution for Alcohol in Adults

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House Committee Blocks Medical Marijuana Protection Amendment

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. This amendment, introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer … Continue reading House Committee Blocks Medical Marijuana Protection Amendment

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Indiana Republican Introducing Medical Marijuana Legislation Next Session

In August, Republican Representative Jim Lucas announced that he is planning to introduce medical marijuana legislation in the upcoming legislative session in Indiana. This is great news for the Hoosier State! Last fall, a poll commissioned by WTHR/Howey Politics found that 73% of voters in Indiana support medical marijuana legislation. Will you ask your lawmakers … Continue reading Indiana Republican Introducing Medical Marijuana Legislation Next Session

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Republican Congressman Urges Conservatives to Support Medical Marijuana Ahead of Crucial Budget Rules Vote

On Tuesday after Congress returned from recess, Rep. Dana Rohrbacher published a column in the Washington Post asking his conservative colleagues to support his budget amendment that would protect state-legal medical marijuana patients and providers from federal interference. Not long ago, a supporter of mine, visiting from California, dropped by my Capitol office. A retired … Continue reading Republican Congressman Urges Conservatives to Support Medical Marijuana Ahead of Crucial Budget Rules Vote

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Kentucky Judge Dismisses Challenge of Medical Marijuana Ban
Kentucky's ban on medical marijuana has survived an initial test in court, with a judge ruling Wednesday that the state has a good reason to "curtail citizens' possession of a narcotic, hallucinogenic drug."

Medical Marijuana for Vets
The group Marijuana Majority writes that V.A. doctors should be allowed to recommend the drug to veterans who need it.

Legal Marijuana Is Almost Here. If Only Pot Farmers Were on Board.
The black market for marijuana in California is thriving as growers shun the legalized system that comes into effect in January.

The Cheap Charms, Altered and Otherwise, of Portland, Ore.
The Rose City is full of great food, shopping and comedy — all enhanced by a legalized pot-tourism scene.

Make Pot Legal for Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injury
An explosion in Afghanistan left me with daily migraines. The best solution is illegal: marijuana.

Pot Was Flying Off the Shelves in Uruguay. Then U.S. Banks Weighed In.
Uruguay is the first country in the world to fully legalize recreational marijuana. But its new market may be imperiled by United States laws like the Patriot Act.

Is Canada Ready for Legal Marijuana?
The country expected to legalize marijuana next year, and demand will entice big companies and individuals to jump into the market.

Marijuana Tied to Hypertension Risk
Regular marijuana users had higher rates of hypertension-related deaths.

Tiger Woods Had 5 Drugs in His System After Arrest, Police Report Says
Woods had the active ingredient for marijuana, two painkillers and two sleep drugs in his system when he was arrested in May in Florida, according to the report.

Trump Wants to Get Tough on Crime. Victims Don’t Agree.
In a poll, most victims say addiction, not illegal immigrants, is the driving force of crime. Also: Leave legalized marijuana alone.

* Portland Occupier : News From The Occupation
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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…

Postal Workers and Supporters Battle Job Cuts and Resultant Diminished Services
Story and photos by Pete Shaw Postal workers and customers rallied on Wednesday July 26 at the Main Post Office on Northwest Hoyt Street in Portland to protest cuts in jobs at the United States Postal Service (USPS). The results of this downsizing has included reductions in service to the public, including longer lines and…

Burgerville Workers Union Marches Forward; Community Support and Solidarity Continue Growing
Story and photos by Pete Shaw The shakes–blackberry, chocolate hazelnut, and pumpkin spice–come and go. So do the Walla Walla onion rings, waffle fries, and asparagus. But since April of last year, solidarity has always been in season at Burgerville. Since its formation 15 months ago, the Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU)–which is supported by the…

Walking With Time
Story and photos by Pete Shaw It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I come from the sewers. Well, that is a bit of an exaggeration. However, the parcel of land once known as 256 Eagle Street in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, is now enclosed by the…

Anti-White Supremacists Overwhelm White Supremacist Rally in Numbers, Suffer Violent Police Suppression
Story by Pete Shaw Refusing to back away from a city in emotional upheaval in the wake of a white supremacist murdering two of three people trying to stop his verbal assault on two young black women, 400 fellow white supremacists from around the country converged on Portland on June 4th for a “Free…

The Time is Now
Story by Pete Shaw. Photos by Benji Bảo Vương. Over the past few weeks, Portlanders have been given a tutorial in how white supremacy works, as well as the privileges whiteness confers upon white people and how that whiteness ravages the lives of people and communities of color. These lessons have long been learned by people…

Blue Skies and Endless Horizons
Dirty old river, must you keep rolling Flowing into the night?                                                                                        …

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The Death Of The American Middle Class
The End Of The American Dream (2011): With around 120,000 people declared bankrupt each month, many of the squeezed middle-class see the American dream slipping away. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free...

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The NFL Got The Worst News Ever After Backing Up Kneelers
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fired back at President Trump on Saturday for encouraging league owners to remove players who take a knee during the national anthem, saying Trump’s “divisive comments” show “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.” Who cares, indict Hillary! The Financial...

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The NFL Declared War On America, And They Lost
 The NFL tried to help perpetuate anti-American rhetoric by broadcasting those messages out to the National Football League's massive fan base, but they're efforts failed their goals completely. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists ,...

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D-Wave & CERN (The Key To The Abyss)!
  if you are interested in more information regarding trans humanism, D- Wave and CERN please visit Nicholson1968 you tube channel. He does some amazing work in this field. This video was a lot of fun to make, and is one of those that you may have to watch more than once in order to take in all...

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Gerald Celente - Will Rising Interest Rates End Market Rally?
The answer is simple, the privately owned thiefdom called the Federal Reserve must forgo all debt to the American people. Next shut the bastards down The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative...

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Alex Jones (FULL SHOW Commercial Free) Monday 9/25/17: NFL Implodes as Trump Ascends
 Date: Monday September 25, 2017 Today on Infowars Live TV - The Alex Jones Show Monday, September 25th: NFL Implodes as Trump Ascends - Americans are burning shirts and tickets in protest against the NFL as more players disrespect the national anthem and the U.S. flag. We'll break down...

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END TIMES SIGNS: LATEST EVENTS AND NEWS (SEP 24, 2017) NO POWER HURRICANE MARIA, STRANGE EVENTS
 The latest news and end times prophecy from around the world (**PLZ SUBSCRIBE**) watch this and you will know we are living in the end times, end times signs, end times news, end times events, bible prophecy, prophecy in the news, tornado, earthquake, strange weather, strange events,...

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100% Proof Trump Will Start WW3 Dollar Collapse & Martial Law 2017
 What is martial law?If you’re looking for a definition, then Martial Law basically means using state or national force to enforce the will of the government on the people. It basically allows the government, or a tyrannical politician, to shred the and impose its will through force.History of ...

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Dont Like Kneeling America- Boycott the NFL
Not for Long=NFL  Use free market principles, which is to boycott them. Put your money somewhere that supports patriotism. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers ,...

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The Illuminati Fashion Show at a London Catholic Church | Alex Jones and Shepard Ambellas
This is when you need a crazy gun men shooting these idiots People are getting too confident evil way Sex is the new God of atheism. Feminism is its harbinger. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative...

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When Zionist leaders say Peace.....they mean War!
EXCLUSIVE Interview with Maria Zakharova From UN HQ, New York on Trump, Pence, Russia When Zionist leaders say Peace.....they mean War! It's the Jewish way! The Jews have been the synagogue of Satan for thousands of years, read history! Jews put innocent Jesus to death, as they refused to stop...

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Merkle Wins Shaky Victory in Germany
 Good morning, I’m still reporting on: Merkle Wins Shaky Victory in Germany, 1806 Synopsis: Good morning, I’m Still reporting on the invasion. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was able to eek out a victory yesterday in the German federal elections for their federal parliament, the Bundestag....

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15 Things You Didn't Know About The Rothschild Family
 In this Alux.com video we'll try to answer the following questions: • Who are the Rothschilds?! • Who is a part of the Rothschild family?! • Who is the Rothschild family?! • Is the Rothschild family evil?! • Does the Rothschild family control the world?! • Does the Rothschild family control the...

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END TIMES SIGNS: LATEST EVENTS AND NEWS (SEP 25, 2017) HURRICANE MARIA NOT OVER, STRANGE EVENTS
 The latest news and end times prophecy from around the world watch this and you will know we are living in the end times, end times signs, end times news, end times events, bible prophecy, prophecy in the news, tornado, earthquake, strange weather, strange events, apocalyptic signs, apocalyptic...

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Family Quits the 9 to 5 to Live & Travel in an Off Grid School Bus Conversion
 This inspiring couple quit their 9-5 jobs to live & travel in a DIY off grid school bus conversion with their two young kids in New Zealand. Andy, Amber, Jake, and Daisy now travel full-time in their converted skoolie and we have to say, it's one of the best conversions we've seen yet. ...

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The Truth About The Tennessee Church Shooting and Emanuel Kidega Samson
 On September 24th, 2017 at approximately 11:15 am, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson targeted the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee. Wearing a neoprene ski mask and carrying two pistols, Samson fatally wounded Melanie Smith Crow, 39, in the church parking lot, before...

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Deep State Spied on both Trump and Sen Sessions
Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on: Deep State Spied on both Trump and Sen Sessions, 1805 Synopsis: Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch says that the Deep State was spying on both candidate Trump and Senator Jeff Sessions as part of an overall strategy to elect Hillary Clinton and...

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North Korean Leadership will act on sight, if in trouble
This war of words is getting old. Neither side seems to want to do something about it. 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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Volcano Eruption Just Begun From Bali Mountain To The America,New Zealand,Japan,Mexico, Pacific?
Volcano Eruption Just Begun From Bali Mountain september 24,2017 To The America,New Zealand,Japan,And Pacific Lines Indonesia's Mount Agung recorded three hundred tremors on Sunday morning Tourists are still being invited to visit Bali despite three hundred tremors being recorded around the site...

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END TIMES SIGNS: LATEST EVENTS AND NEWS (SEP 24, 2017) NO POWER HURRICANE MARIA, STRANGE EVENTS
The latest news and end times prophecy from around the world  watch this and you will know we are living in the end times, end times signs, end times news, end times events, bible prophecy, prophecy in the news, tornado, earthquake, strange weather, strange events, apocalyptic signs, apocalyptic...

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Ask any Venezuelan how Bitcoin can SAVE your life! (Bix Weir)
Bitcoin May Be Your Savior! (Bix Weir) Cryptos run on blockchain technology. Don't know which crypto will prevail but blockchain is here to stay. Everything will be tokenized on blockchain. Should cut down on the number of lawyers at least. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse...

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Alex Jones (Commercial Free) Sunday 9/24/17: Shepard Ambellas
 Date: Sunday September 24, 2017 Today on Infowars Live TV - The Alex Jones Show Sunday, September 24th: Trump Boycotts The NFL - Trump's approval ratings have spiked since he called out NFL players for disrespecting the National Anthem at a rally on Friday, and he's urged Americans to boycott...

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Ancient "Earthquake Machine" Found In China
 Many inventions found throughout the world have their origins set in the far east, many machines that different nations claim as their own, can often be found to have primitive traces of development many centuries earlier within China. And our next artefact is no exception. Dating back over...

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CERN Has Created A Portal To An Alien Population
How can you seriously believe that amongst millions of universes with millions of planets in each that earth is the only inhabited one? That is just plain stupid. What is so special about us and earth that brings that about? I agree that CERN are playing about with something they don't understand...

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Anonymous - We Have Never Seen Anything Like This Before! (2017-2018)
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Head Transplant Doctor Claims New Success

His peers are not impressed. Yet.



Does Superstition Affect Conservation?

Do our beliefs about animals determine which ones get saved?



Betting on the Fate of Humanity

What are the odds we will survive, and how?



The Key To Gravity May Lie in the Quantum Realm

What is the link between the smallest things known (atoms) and the largest (galaxies?)



The Story Behind the Shortest Story Ever Written

Was "For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn." really written by Ernest Hemmingway?



Near Death Experiences Amongst Combat Veterans

A surprisingly underreported phenomenon.



World's Second Largest Radio Telescope Is Offline Due to Hurricane

After Maria hits Puerto Rico, the Arecibo Observatory assesses damage.



The Man Who Left the Earth With Aliens

At least that's what his note said before he was never seen again.



The Nightmare Before Halloween - Flaming Pumpkins

Truckload of burning produce blocks Florida highway.



Why is Elon Musk So Successful?

SpaceX co-founder's glimpse into Musk's personality is good recipe for success.



Mass global extinction that wipes out human civilization will begin in 2100, mathematician predicts

By the end of the century, it’s feared that so much carbon will have been added to the oceans that the planet will have passed a “threshold of catatastrophe” which leads to the destruction of our species.



Terminator moves step closer to reality

An artificial muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight has been created, laying the groundwork for Terminator-like humanoid robots.



Spielberg offered to aid in United Nations UFO effort during Close Encounters era

Steven Spielberg lent a helping hand in a 1970s effort to get the United Nations to investigate UFOs.



Stunning slo-mo footage reveals how carnivorous plant use 'suction traps' for the perfect kill

Bladderworts have the fastest trapping mechanism in the plant kingdom.



Pyramid construction mystery has been solved

New evidence has shed light on exactly how huge stone blocks were transported to the site of the pyramids.



Do gardens sleep? Jellyfish may have the answer

Plants may need sleep at night as well as humans and animals, a new study has found.



Alarm as 'super malaria' spreads

This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs.



100 people could live on the Moon by 2040

ESA's ambitious 'Moon village' plan could see humans living on the lunar surface within 25 years.



Weird 'breathing' road seen in creepy footage terrifies locals in the aftermath of Mexico’s deadly earthquake

The tarmac cracks and heaves as the quake strikes as if pushed by the lungs of the earth.



Former government UFO expert doesn't believe in the Nibiru apocalypse

Nick Pope, a former alien expert for the government, has said the claims "lack critical thinking."



The Amazing Dollhouses of Death

A woman designed the tiny dioramas to teach forensic science.



Canada's Best-Documented UFO Encounter Celebrates Its 50th

Some have called it 'Canada's Roswell.'



California Broadcast Interrupted With Ominous Announcement

Reports still unclear as to how official the announcement was meant to be.



Edward Snowden's Privacy Tips

The renowned hacker says to avoid Dropbox, Google, and Facebook.



Mysterious 'Pink Tube' Creature Baffles Ocean Divers

The real identity of the mass was even more surprising.



Jacques Vallee Talks Esoteric UFOs

The renowned researcher on examining strange debris and the role of alchemy.



Photos Show Blood Coming From Below Ground Behind Funeral Home

Not a horror movie, but just like one.



Man Who Probably Prevented WWIII Dies

Stanislav Petrov sat still for 23 agonizing minutes before he realized his hunch was right.



Did an Alien Contact Japanese Fishermen in 1803?

Does old text reveal an alien or something closer to home?



Is the US Navy Trying to Catch UFOs?

Researcher Marc D'Antonio says he saw proof.



60 ancient shipwrecks found in the Black Sea

Roman vessels were among the wrecks found on the sea floor.



The world as we know it is about to end -- again -- if you believe this biblical doomsday claim

David Meade’s prediction is based largely on verses and numerical codes in the Bible.



Mysterious and Chilling Photographs of Unidentified People

Cases where what is caught on film cannot always be fully explained.



'Mysterious' ancient creature was definitely an animal, research confirms

It lived over 550 million years ago and was variously described as looking a bit like a jellyfish, a worm, a fungus and lichen.



Patch of dew covering Queensland backyard is actually a massive spider invasion

Attempts to destroy it failed, with it continuing to grow bigger every day.



Dinosaurs Laid Blue Eggs-- And That's a Big Deal

In a twist for paleontologists, a fossil nest found in China shows that colored eggshells were not just for the birds.



500-Million-Year-Old Creature Looks Like Space Alien in Re-Creation

New images show a sculpture of Agnostus pisiformis, a now-extinct arthropod that used to live in what is today Scandinavia.



UFO reported near Augusta, Georgia

A triangular light configuration was photographed by a resident of Grovetown, Georgia.



Biologists Just Discovered an Underwater Octopus City And They're Calling It Octlantis

Octlantis features dens made out of piles of sand and shells, and is home to up to 15 of the cephalopods.



Ancient Greeks May Have Deliberately Built Sacred Sites on Earthquake Faults

A new paper suggests the ancient Greeks viewed tremors as mystical occurrences.



NASA Offers Free E-Book With Amazing Saturn Images

Download this beautiful collection of text and photos from the 12-year mission.



The Lizard People of Ancient Los Angeles

Originally exposed in the book "Mysterious California," here are details of a strange discovery in 1933.



Witnesses See 40 UFOs Over a Beach in the UK

Couple says RAF helicopters landed nearby after the sighting.



Bizarre Things at the Crytozoology Museum

From the Feejee Mermaid to Yeti poop, a look at Loren Coleman's one-of-a-kind museum.



The Stonehenge We See Today Is A Reconstruction

The monument was continuously restored throughout the 20th Century.



Apple's new "FaceID" could be a powerful mass spying tool

For the first time, a company will have a facial recognition system with millions of profiles, and the hardware to scan and identify faces throughout the world.



Giant, scorching-hot alien planet is darker than asphalt

The huge, blistering-hot alien world WASP-12b has a reflectance value that is darker than fresh asphalt, a new study reports.



Is this the bottom of a flying saucer hovering over photographer's head?

A bizarre picture shows what could be the base of a “"UFO" snapped by a photographer as it hovered over his head, it is remarkably claimed.



Mars simulation crew to emerge after 8 months

The crew of six NASA astronauts has been living in a dome near one of Hawaii's largest volcanoes.



Researchers develop AI that can spot signs of Alzheimer's a decade before human doctors

Doctors are working hard to detect Alzheimer's disease sooner and sooner, but it looks like artificial intelligence has them beat.



Astronomers find stars that appear older than the Universe

The oldest stars come in at 14.5 billion years old, and this is a big problem, because the Universe itself is only 13.8 billion years old.



The first global map of water in the moon's soil

Researchers discover the molecule is far more widespread than previously known.



Mystery of sonic weapon attacks at US embassy in Cuba deepens

At least some of the incidents were confined to certain rooms with laser-like specificity, and some victims now have problems recalling specific words.



September 23: Bible prophecy that 'proves' solar eclipse was a sign

A verse in the Bible proves that the end of the world is nigh on September 23, Christians have shockingly claimed.



The Cassini spacecraft burns up in Saturn's atmosphere

The ringed planet has been this spacecraft's home for more than 13 years, and yesterday we bid farewell to one of the greatest missions in the history of NASA.



First Anomalous Animal Mutilation Case at 50

Chris O'Brien looks at the famous "Snippy" case from 1967.



Can Apelike Phantoms Haunt the Unwary?

Nick Redfern describes an unique and frightening kind of curse.



Was the Voynich Manuscript Really Solved?

Recent announcement may have been premature.



Possessed Doll Sold On eBay Reportedly Attacks New Owners

Maybe you get what you pay for: Bidding war drove price to $1100.



Why Science Fiction Writers Couldn’t Imagine the Internet

Some were close, but none imagined the pervasiveness of the web.



Why We Can’t Stop Hurricanes and All the Ways We've Tried

The strange, true history of human beings bringing the fight to tropical storms.



Your schedule could be killing you

Modern lifestyles are at war with the way our bodies evolved to function.



Mysterious Green Flashes Filmed During Mexico Quake Are Neither Earthquake Lights Nor UFOs

Video footage of Mexico's capital during the quake shows strange lights in the skies.



VLT makes first detection of titanium oxide in an exoplanet

The remarkable planet, WASP-19b, has about the same mass as Jupiter, but is so close to its parent star that it completes an orbit in just 19 hours.



Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya conservation area

A pair of giraffes with a condition that inhibits pigmentation in skin cells, have been filmed by conservationists for the first time.



South Australia Rocked by Mystery Booms Scientists Can't Explain

In the early morning hours of September 2nd, hundreds of people throughout Adelaide were awoken by a loud boom.



This Guy Has Been Tirelessly Documenting the Ghost in His Apartment

Cartoonist Adam Ellis has been using Twitter to document a ghost that haunts his Manhattan apartment.



Did the Military Crash a Mystery Plane in the Nevada Desert?

The Air Force isn't revealing any details about a 'classified' aircraft involved in fatal crash.



'Monster' fatberg found blocking east London sewer

The solid mass of congealed fat, wet wipes, nappies, oil and condoms formed in the Victorian-era tunnel in Whitechapel, London.



No, We Can't Control Hurricanes from Space

"We have no real idea how to control weather in the sense of a hurricane," John Moore, a scientist at Beijing Normal University said.



The 18th-Century Quaker Dwarf Who Challenged Slavery, Meat-Eating, and Racism

Benjamin Lay is not to be overlooked.



Earth May Be Under Surveillance by Nine Alien Civilizations

A study determined that of the thousands of known exoplanets, an observer on 68 of them could see at least one planet on our transit zone.



Science fiction titan Jerry Pournelle dies at 84

He wrote both hard science fiction and military science fiction as well as co-authored books with Larry Niven.



Scientists Invent a Robotic Arm That Can Feel

Here’s how researchers are rewiring the sense of touch in a paralyzed man.



Sun erupts with significant flare

This flare is the capstone on a series of flares from Active Region 2673, which was identified on Aug. 29.



Rising Starlets Who Bizarrely Vanished Without a Trace

Show business has always had a bit of a sinister, unpleasant, and twisted side.



A student found an ancient Canadian village that’s 10,000 years older than the Pyramids

Generations of the Heiltsuk Nation have passed down the oral histories of where they came from.



Unknown species may thrive in Antarctic caves

Animals and plants may be living in warm caves under Antarctica's ice, according to a study.



The Hidden Memories of Plants

Inside a quiet revolution in the study of the world’s other great kingdom.



Has the mystery of the 600-year-old Voynich manuscript been solved?

Expert claims it is a health manual.



Earth is now a hybrid planet, according to this strange new classification

Researchers in the US have come up with a revised classification system to help categorize our planet.



The giant 328-ft long space telescope that could help explain dark energy

A massive new ‘half-pipe’ radio telescope in Canada could soon help scientists to unravel some of the universe’s greatest mysteries.



Depression could be a physical illness treatable with anti-inflammatory drugs

A new study suggests depression is a physical illness caused by a faulty immune system.



'Glowing UFO' spotted in skies above Brit 'alien' hotspot in shock footage

Baffling footage has been released of a mysterious white disc hovering in the sky in one of Britain's UFO hotspots.



CIA informant claimed Hitler survived WWII

Declassified CIA documents have indicated that Hitler may not have committed suicide in his bunker.



Terrifying 'ghost' appears in pop star's video

The singer says she has been haunted by the ghostly figure for months as she works on her new album.



NASA just recorded the biggest sun solar flare in nearly a decade

NASA captured images of two massive sun solar flares this week, one was the biggest since at least 2008.



Coded 17th century nun's 'letter from Lucifer' cracked by dark web software

A 17th century 'letter from the devil' written by a Sicilian nun who claimed to be possessed by Lucifer, has finally been translated thanks to the dark web.



Secretive X-37B space plane launches again

The mysterious unmanned shuttle has embarked on yet another mission that nobody knows anything about.



Mexico earthquake sets off mysterious bright lights

Mysterious green and blue flashes have been witnessed in Mexico City after it was rocked by a magnitude 8.2 earthquake.



China Builds Subway Station in the Middle of Nowhere

Station is brand new, but above ground there is nothing for miles.



Connection Between The Northern Lights and Whale Beaching?

Do changes in the Earth's magnetic field affect sperm whale navigation?



Scientists Find Fossilized Cosmic Dust at the Cliffs of Dover

May give clues about the early solar system.



Does Katy Perry Want to Join the Illuminati?

"If the Illuminati exist, I would like to be invited," she said.



Wright-Patterson AFB at 100

The famous location of "Hangar 18" is also home to legendary aeronautic firsts.



This Tiny, Transparent Fish Could Save Your Life

Scientists can model-- and observe-- diseases in the see-through bodies of zebrafish embryos and young.



Great ball of fire: Witnesses report streaking meteor over B.C.

Police in British Columbia and eastern Alberta reported receiving dozens of phone calls from people seeing the fiery phenomenon.



Project Chameleo + Skinwalker Ranch

Among the many anomalous incidents on Skinwalker Ranch, a number of events stand out for the brazen use of invisibility and "cloaking" technology.



Scientists Propose a New Kind of Quantum Computer, But What Does That Mean?

A new kind of "qubit" could make quantum computers more easily.



Mankind is at a 'tipping point' as automation and AI begins to replace us

As automation and artificial intelligence technologies improve, many people worry about the future of work.



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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



Illinois Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Into Law

Illinois Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Into Law | Marijuana Policy Project

SPRINGFIELD, IL. — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law Friday that removes criminal penalties for possession of a personal amount of marijuana and replaces them with a civil fine. The new law is effective immediately. SB 2228, introduced by Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), makes possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana a […]

Illinois Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Into Law | The Daily Chronic



Senators Grassley and Feinstein Introduce Bill to Exempt Certain Medical Cannabis Patients From Federal Prosecution

Senators Grassley and Feinstein Introduce Bill to Exempt Certain Medical Cannabis Patients From Federal Prosecution | Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (S. 3269) was introduced in the United States Senate, which would ease research barriers and create exemptions from federal law for certain medical cannabis patients. The bill was introduced by four members of the Senate Judiciary Committee – Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), […]

Senators Grassley and Feinstein Introduce Bill to Exempt Certain Medical Cannabis Patients From Federal Prosecution | The Daily Chronic



Hawaii Governor Signs Medical Marijana Expansion Law

Hawaii Governor Signs Medical Marijana Expansion Law | NORML

HONOLULU, HI — Hawaii Governor David Ige has signed legislation, House Bill 2707, to expand the state’s medical cannabis program. The measure expands the pool of practitioners who may legally recommend cannabis therapy to include advanced nurse practitioners. Separate provisions in the bill removes the prohibition on Sunday dispensary sales and on the possession of marijuana-related […]

Hawaii Governor Signs Medical Marijana Expansion Law | The Daily Chronic



Rhode Island Governor Signs Bill Allowing PTSD Patients Medical Marijuana Access

Rhode Island Governor Signs Bill Allowing PTSD Patients Medical Marijuana Access | NORML

PROVIDENCE, RI — Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has signed legislation, House Bill 7142, to make post-traumatic stress patients eligible for medical cannabis treatment and to accelerate access to those patients in hospice care. Members of both chambers previously overwhelmingly approved the measure. Full text of the bill is available here. The law takes immediate effect. […]

Rhode Island Governor Signs Bill Allowing PTSD Patients Medical Marijuana Access | The Daily Chronic



Pennsylvania: Hemp Farming Bill Sent to Governor

Pennsylvania: Hemp Farming Bill Sent to Governor | NORML

HARRISBURG, PA — State lawmakers in Pennsylvania have approved legislation, House Bill 967, to establish “a pilot program to study the growth, cultivation or marketing of industrial hemp.” The measure was transmitted to the Governor’s office on Monday, July 11. This proposal is compliant with Section 7606 of the omnibus federal farm bill authorizing states […]

Pennsylvania: Hemp Farming Bill Sent to Governor | The Daily Chronic



Illinois Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Law

Illinois Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Law | Paul Armentano

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to expand and extend the state’s medical marijuana program. The legislation, Senate Bill 10, extends the state’s medical cannabis program to 2020. Legislation initiating the program was set to expire in 2018. Other changes to the program include: adding post-traumatic stress and any terminal illness as […]

Illinois Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Law | The Daily Chronic



Bipartisan Measures Introduced in Congress to Facilitate Marijuana Research Trials

Bipartisan Measures Introduced in Congress to Facilitate Marijuana Research Trials | Paul Armentano

WASHINGTON, DC — A bipartisan coalition of House and Senate lawmakers have proposed legislation, the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2016 and the Marijuana Effective Drug Studies Act, to facilitate and accelerate clinical investigations into the safety and efficacy of cannabis. Passage of the measures – House Bill 5549 and Senate Bill 3077 – would expedite […]

Bipartisan Measures Introduced in Congress to Facilitate Marijuana Research Trials | The Daily Chronic



Congress: Republicans Derail Efforts to Expand Cannabis Access to Military Veterans

Congress: Republicans Derail Efforts to Expand Cannabis Access to Military Veterans | Danielle Keane

WASHINGTON, DC — A panel of House Republicans has removed language from a federal appropriations bill that sought to expand medical cannabis access to eligible military veterans. Majorities in both the US House and Senate voted in May to include the language, the Veterans Equal Access Amendment, as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction, Veterans […]

Congress: Republicans Derail Efforts to Expand Cannabis Access to Military Veterans | The Daily Chronic



Congressional Leadership Resists Bipartisan-Backed Marijuana Reforms

Congressional Leadership Resists Bipartisan-Backed Marijuana Reforms | Danielle Keane

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressional leaders have moved in recent days to quash a number of proposed marijuana law reforms. Specifically, provisions previously voted on by Congress to expand medical cannabis access to eligible military veterans have been removed by leadership during the conference committee process. Members have yet to speak publicly as to why the language was […]

Congressional Leadership Resists Bipartisan-Backed Marijuana Reforms | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Law

Vermont Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Law | Danielle Keane

MONTPELIER, VT — Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed legislation into law expanding the state’s medical cannabis program. Provisions contained in Senate Bill 14 permit patients with glaucoma, chronic pain, and/or those in hospice care to be eligible for cannabis therapy; eliminate the requirement that patients must have previously tried other conventional treatments “without success” […]

Vermont Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Law | The Daily Chronic



Colorado Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana Use in Schools

Colorado Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana Use in Schools | Danielle Keane

DENVER, CO — Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed legislation, House Bill 1373 (aka ‘Jack’s law‘), permitting qualified patients access to medical cannabis formulations while on school grounds. Stated the Governor: “My son, if he needed medical marijuana and he needed it during the day while he was in school, I’d want him to have that opportunity. […]

Colorado Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana Use in Schools | The Daily Chronic



New Jersey Assembly Approves Adding PTSD to Medical Marijuana Conditions

New Jersey Assembly Approves Adding PTSD to Medical Marijuana Conditions | Scott Gacek

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Assembly voted in favor of a bill Thursday that would add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of medical conditions that qualify for the state’s medical marijuana program. The bill, Assembly Bill 457, was approved by a voted 55 to 14, with seven abstentions.  Also on Thursday, a companion bill in the […]

New Jersey Assembly Approves Adding PTSD to Medical Marijuana Conditions | The Daily Chronic



NY Assembly Passes Bill to Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions

NY Assembly Passes Bill to Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions | Drug Policy Alliance

ALBANY, NY — On Wednesday, the New York State Assembly voted in support of Assembly Bill 10092, 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 bipartisan vote was 99 in favor and 42 opposed. Over the last 20 […]

NY Assembly Passes Bill to Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions | The Daily Chronic



Senate Appropriations Committee to Allow Banks to Provide Services to State-Legalized Marijuana Stores

Senate Appropriations Committee to Allow Banks to Provide Services to State-Legalized Marijuana Stores | Drug Policy Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC — The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 16 to 14 on Thursday to allow banks to provide financial services to marijuana businesses. Currently, because marijuana is illegal under federal law, both medical and non-medical marijuana businesses are unable to access banking services like any other business. Consequently, many marijuana businesses operate on a cash-only basis, […]

Senate Appropriations Committee to Allow Banks to Provide Services to State-Legalized Marijuana Stores | The Daily Chronic



US Senate Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Measure

US Senate Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Measure | Marijuana Policy Project

Appropriations amendment approved with bipartisan support is intended to improve public safety by reducing the number of marijuana businesses that must operate entirely in cash because they are being denied access to banking and financial services WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved an amendment to the Financial Services and General Government […]

US Senate Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Measure | The Daily Chronic



Pennsylvania Bill Would Raise Fines for Marijuana Possession

Pennsylvania Bill Would Raise Fines for Marijuana Possession | PhillyNORML

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on a bill, House Bill 1422, that seeks to massively increase fines for marijuana possession. Although HB 1422 downgrades 30 grams of marijuana or less from a criminal misdemeanor to a summary offense, those convicted will live with the burden of a criminal […]

Pennsylvania Bill Would Raise Fines for Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic



Ohio Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Vaporization Measure

Ohio Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Vaporization Measure | Paul Armentano

Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed legislation into law establishing regulations for the licensed production and dispensing of medical cannabis formulations to qualified patients. House Bill 523 authorizes the use of various forms of cannabis preparations for the physician-authorized treatment of the following qualifying conditions: acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); Alzheimer’s disease; Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis […]

Ohio Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Vaporization Measure | The Daily Chronic



Kansas City NORML Moves One Step Closer to Decriminalizing Marijuana

Kansas City NORML Moves One Step Closer to Decriminalizing Marijuana | Kevin Mahmalji

Great news for marijuana consumers in Kansas City, Missouri! After months of back and forth meetings with city officials, NORML KC, the local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of marijuana laws, has received approval to move forward with a municipal initiative to decriminalize marijuana possession offenses. If passed, the measure will amend […]

Kansas City NORML Moves One Step Closer to Decriminalizing Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Illinois Legislature Votes to Extend Medical Cannabis Program

Illinois Legislature Votes to Extend Medical Cannabis Program | Chris Lindsey

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois Senate has approved a key bill that would change the sunset date on the state’s medical cannabis program from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2020. The House approved the bill on Monday. The final votes on SB 10 capped off a whirlwind effort by lawmakers in the closing days of […]

Illinois Legislature Votes to Extend Medical Cannabis Program | The Daily Chronic



Regulate Rhode Island Delivers Petition to Lawmakers Calling for Legalization Vote

Regulate Rhode Island Delivers Petition to Lawmakers Calling for Legalization Vote | Jared Moffat

PROVIDENCE, RI — Regulate Rhode Island will deliver a petition to General Assembly leaders on Thursday signed by more than 1,300 Rhode Islanders who want them to let lawmakers vote on pending legislation that would legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use. The Change.org petition was launched just four weeks ago. Coalition leaders deliver the […]

Regulate Rhode Island Delivers Petition to Lawmakers Calling for Legalization Vote | The Daily Chronic



Ohio Set to Become the 26th Medical Cannabis State

Ohio Set to Become the 26th Medical Cannabis State | Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — Late on Wednesday night, the Ohio Legislature passed a medical marijuana bill, HB 523, which would create a system of retail distribution in the state. The bill passed by a vote of 18-15 in the Senate, followed shortly by a 67-28 vote in the House. Governor John Kasich (R) is expected to the sign the […]

Ohio Set to Become the 26th Medical Cannabis State | The Daily Chronic



Oklahoma Governor Signs Law Expanding Patient Pool Eligible for CBD Therapy

Oklahoma Governor Signs Law Expanding Patient Pool Eligible for CBD Therapy | Danielle Keane

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation into law on Friday, May 13, to expand the pool of patients eligible to possess cannabidiol (CBD) under a physician’s authorization. Presently, Oklahoma law exempts patients with intractable forms of pediatric epilepsy from state criminal penalties if they possess liquid preparations containing CBD and no […]

Oklahoma Governor Signs Law Expanding Patient Pool Eligible for CBD Therapy | The Daily Chronic



Kansas Governor Signs Marijuana Sentencing Reform Measure

Kansas Governor Signs Marijuana Sentencing Reform Measure | Danielle Keane

TOPEKA, KS — Kansas Governor Samuel Brownback has signed legislation, House Bill 2462, into law amending marijuana possession penalties. The new law reduces criminal penalties for first-time marijuana possession offenses from a Class A misdemeanor (punishable by up to one year incarceration and a $2,500 fine) to a Class B misdemeanor (punishable by no more than […]

Kansas Governor Signs Marijuana Sentencing Reform Measure | The Daily Chronic



Louisiana Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill

Louisiana Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

BATON ROUGE, LA — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards approved a medical marijuana bill on Thursday that brings the state one step closer to creating a workable medical marijuana law. SB 271 replaces language in the current law that allows doctors to “prescribe” medical marijuana, which is illegal under federal law, with language that allows […]

Louisiana Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill | The Daily Chronic



Louisiana Governor Signs Bill Amending State’s Dormant Medical Marijuana Law

Louisiana Governor Signs Bill Amending State’s Dormant Medical Marijuana Law | Paul Armentano

BATON ROUGE, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards signed legislation Thursday amending the state’s dormant medical marijuana law. Senate Bill 271 permits physicians to ‘recommend’ rather than ‘prescribe’ medical cannabis therapy. The change allows doctors to authorize cannabis without running afoul of federal law, which prohibits the prescription of a schedule I controlled substance. The measure also expands […]

Louisiana Governor Signs Bill Amending State’s Dormant Medical Marijuana Law | The Daily Chronic



House Members Vote to Permit Military Veterans Access to Medical Cannabis

House Members Vote to Permit Military Veterans Access to Medical Cannabis | Paul Armentano

WASHINGTON, DC — Members of the US House of Representatives have voted for the first time to expand military veterans’ access to medicinal cannabis in states that allow it. Members voted 233 to 189 today in favor of an amendment, offered by Rep. Blumenauer (D-OR) to the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and […]

House Members Vote to Permit Military Veterans Access to Medical Cannabis | The Daily Chronic



New Tennessee Law Amends Felony Marijuana Possession Penalties

New Tennessee Law Amends Felony Marijuana Possession Penalties | Danielle Keane

NASHVILLE, TN — Legislation signed into law reduces marijuana possession penalties for repeat offenders. House Bill 1478 amends third-time marijuana possession offenses from a Class E felony, punishable by up to six years in prison, to a misdemeanor offense, punishable by no more than one year in jail. Tennessee is #18 in the nation in […]

New Tennessee Law Amends Felony Marijuana Possession Penalties | The Daily Chronic



US House Approves Amendment Easing Medical Marijuana Access for Veterans

US House Approves Amendment Easing Medical Marijuana Access for Veterans | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill that is intended to ease access to medical marijuana for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, serious injuries, and other debilitating conditions. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a similar amendment to its version of […]

US House Approves Amendment Easing Medical Marijuana Access for Veterans | The Daily Chronic



Illinois Lawmakers Pass Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

CHICAGO, IL — The Illinois House approved a bill 64-50 on Tuesday that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana. It will now go to Gov. Bruce Rauner for approval, having previously passed in the Senate. Senate Bill 2228, introduced by Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), would make […]

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



New State Laws Permit Medical Marijuana Use In Hospitals

New State Laws Permit Medical Marijuana Use In Hospitals | Paul Armentano

Legislation recently signed into law in Connecticut and Maine permit for the use of medicinal marijuana formulations by hospitalized patients. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy yesterday signed legislation, HB 5450, to protect nurses who administer medical marijuana to qualified patients in hospital settings from any criminal, civil, or disciplinary action. Other provisions in the bill expand […]

New State Laws Permit Medical Marijuana Use In Hospitals | The Daily Chronic



Florida: Orlando City Council Approves Marijuana Citation Ordinance

Florida: Orlando City Council Approves Marijuana Citation Ordinance | Danielle Keane

ORLANDO, FL — Members of the Orlando City Council voted 4 to 3 this week in favor of a new municipal ordinance giving police the option to cite, rather than arrest, minor marijuana possession offenders. Under the ordinance, which takes effect on October 1, 2016, first-time and second-time possession offenses involving up to 20 grams of […]

Florida: Orlando City Council Approves Marijuana Citation Ordinance | The Daily Chronic



Alabama’s New Law Allows Patients’ Use of CBD/THC Extracts

Alabama’s New Law Allows Patients’ Use of CBD/THC Extracts | Danielle Keane

MONTGOMERY, AL — Governor Robert Bentley signed legislation into law last week expanding legal protections for qualified patients who use cannabidiol-dominant extracts for therapeutic purposes. Under the legislation, House Bill 61, also known as Leni’s Law, patients may possess extract preparations of CBD that also contain up to three percent THC for the treatment of a seizure-related […]

Alabama’s New Law Allows Patients’ Use of CBD/THC Extracts | The Daily Chronic



Louisiana House Approves Medical Marijuana Bill, Returns to Senate for Concurrence

Louisiana House Approves Medical Marijuana Bill, Returns to Senate for Concurrence | Marijuana Policy Project

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday (62-31) that would make the state the 25th in the nation — and the first in the South — to adopt a workable medical marijuana law. The measure has already been approved by the Senate, but will return for a concurrence vote […]

Louisiana House Approves Medical Marijuana Bill, Returns to Senate for Concurrence | The Daily Chronic



Colorado Lawmakers Approve Language Permitting Medical Cannabis Use in Schools

Colorado Lawmakers Approve Language Permitting Medical Cannabis Use in Schools | NORML

DENVER, CO — House and Senate lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved legislation, House Bill 1373, that seeks to permit qualified patients access to the use formulations of medical cannabis while on school grounds. The measure now awaits action by Gov. John Hickenlooper, who indicated that he would sign the measure into law. “My son, if he needed […]

Colorado Lawmakers Approve Language Permitting Medical Cannabis Use in Schools | The Daily Chronic



Colorado Passes Law to Help Young Medical Marijuana Patients

Colorado Passes Law to Help Young Medical Marijuana Patients | Drug Policy Alliance

DENVER, CO — In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Colorado Senate approved legislation mandating that school districts establish a policy to ensure that young medical marijuana patients can take their medicine on school grounds. As a show of respect, the Senate directed their ‘yes’ votes to families and proponents in the gallery. Last week the Senate […]

Colorado Passes Law to Help Young Medical Marijuana Patients | The Daily Chronic



Vermont: House Members Turn Back Marijuana Reform Efforts

Vermont: House Members Turn Back Marijuana Reform Efforts | Paul Armentano

MONTPELIER, VT — Members of the Vermont House spent over six hours this week debating various amendments to reform marijuana policy, but ultimately decided against enacting any significant changes in law. House lawmakers voted 121 to 28 to reject Senate-approved language that sought to regulate the adult use, commercial production, and retail sale of marijuana. Although Gov. […]

Vermont: House Members Turn Back Marijuana Reform Efforts | The Daily Chronic



Pennsylvania Could Soon See Reduced Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Pennsylvania Could Soon See Reduced Penalties for Marijuana Possession | Scott Gacek

HARRISBURG, PA — Now that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed into law a bill to make the Keystone State the 24th state to enact a comprehensive medical marijuana program, one of the bill’s primary supporters in the House plans on filing a proposal to reduce penalties for anyone caught possessing small amounts of marijuana […]

Pennsylvania Could Soon See Reduced Penalties for Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic



Election Year Legalization Politics in Massachusetts

Election Year Legalization Politics in Massachusetts | Terry Franklin

After years of ducking the issue of marijuana prohibition, it is encouraging to see the Massachusetts legislature at least starting to wake up. It is heartening that Sen. Brownsberger and others on the Judiciary Committee are confronting the problems caused by prohibition. Rep. Rogers and some colleagues have actually introduced a reasonable bill this session.Not […]

Election Year Legalization Politics in Massachusetts | The Daily Chronic



Louisiana Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Medical Marijuana Bill

Louisiana Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Medical Marijuana Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday morning on a bill that would establish a workable medical marijuana program that allows patients with serious illnesses to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Several local patients and advocates will be attending the hearing to […]

Louisiana Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Medical Marijuana Bill | 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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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.

Depression, alcohol, and marijuana linked to later use of synthetic marijuana among teens
In the first prospective study of synthetic cannabinoids or SCs -- the group of chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana -- researchers have found that symptoms of depression, drinking alcohol, or using marijuana was linked to an increased risk of SC use one year later.

Marijuana use associated with increased risk of stroke, heart failure
Using marijuana raises the risk of stroke and heart failure even after accounting for demographic factors, other health conditions and lifestyle risk factors such as smoking and alcohol use, according to new research.

Cannabis use in people with epilepsy revealed: Australian survey
The first Australian nationwide survey on the experiences and opinions of medicinal cannabis use in people with epilepsy has revealed that 14 per cent of people with epilepsy have used cannabis products as a way to manage seizures. The study showed that of those with a history of cannabis product use, 90 per cent of adults and 71 per cent of parents of children with epilepsy reported success in managing seizures after commencing using cannabis products.

Consumption of alcohol and marijuana associated with lower GPA in college
College students who consume medium-to-high levels of alcohol and marijuana have a consistently lower GPA, according to a new study.

Pro-pot arguments fly higher with likely voters
As more states consider legalizing recreational marijuana, a range of arguments for and against legalization is swirling around the national conversation. Which of these arguments resonate most strongly with Americans? It's the arguments that support legalization, according to a new study.

Given the choice, patients will reach for cannabis over prescribed opioids
Chronic pain sufferers and those taking mental health meds would rather turn to cannabis instead of their prescribed opioid medication, according to new research.

Lollipop or edible?
Pot brownies may be a thing of the past as there are new edible marijuana products, or edibles, on the market, including chocolates, candies, and cookies. These products are legally sold in Colorado and Washington, and according to a new study, changes to their labels are needed to ensure people know what they are consuming and that they are safely consuming the products.

How can marijuana policy protect the adolescent brain?
As more states begin to legalize the use of marijuana, more young people may believe that it's safe to experiment with the drug. However, those under 25 are more vulnerable to the effects of drugs than are older adults. New legislation on legal marijuana use should include consideration of age limits and other guidelines for safe use, according to the authors of a new article.

Neurobiologist illuminates the underexplored potential of cannabis to address opioid addiction
Cannabinoids, extracts of cannabis legally sold as medical marijuana, could reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms in heroin users, a number of animal studies and a small human pilot study have revealed.

So-called 'synthetic marijuana' linked to serious health problems
Synthetic marijuana compounds are marketed as safe, legal alternatives to marijuana that cannot be detected by standard drug testing, but these substances differ chemically from marijuana; are linked to dangerous side effects, including seizures, psychosis, dependence, and death; and are not safe substitutes, research shows.

Delaying marijuana smoking to age 17 cuts risks to teens' brains, new study suggests
Adolescents who smoke marijuana as early as 14 do worse by 20 points on some cognitive tests and drop out of school at a higher rate than non-smokers. But if they hold off until age 17, they're less at risk.

Cannabis: Non-addictive pathway to pain relief?
New research suggests an avenue for developing treatments for chronic pain that harness the medicinal properties of cannabis while minimizing the threat of addiction. Therapeutics that target the endocannabinoid system might produce pain relief with fewer side effects compared with opioids.

More older Americans using cannabis, underscoring need for research
Cannabis use among older adults in the US is on the rise, yet there is currently a lack of biomedical, clinical, and public health research to inform policy related to this trend, according to a new article.

Legal or not, marijuana can increase the risk of developing alcohol use disorders
Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) develop with time and in stages. Following the initiation of drinking, some people progress to problem drinking, and then develop a “cluster” of specific problems to comprise an AUD. However, not all stages of AUD development have been studied equally. This report examines high-risk families to understand underlying influences across multiple stages of AUD development.

Scrapping excessive neural connection helps build new connections
Neural activity that retracts excessive early innervation in a certain pathway helps make late neural connections in a different pathway, research has found. This may provide a self-organizing mechanism of neural connections, and additionally, early excessive innervation may serve as a guide for making late neural connections.

Pain relief without the high
Researchers have set 'gold standards' for developing new painkillers based on the medicinal effects of cannabis, but without some of its side effects.

Did teen perception, use of marijuana change after recreational use legalized?
Marijuana use increased and the drug's perceived harmfulness decreased among eighth- and 10th-graders in Washington after marijuana was legalized for recreational use by adults but there was no change among 12th-graders or among students in the three grades in Colorado after legalization for adults there, according to a new study.

New research shows uptick in past-month marijuana use among women of reproductive age
The prevalence of past-month marijuana use among reproductive-aged women rose from 2.4 percent in 2002 to 3.9 percent in 2014, an increase of 62 percent. Past-month marijuana use was highest among those ages 18 to 25 years, reaching 7.5 percent in 2014, and significantly higher among those ages 26 to 44 years (2 percent).

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