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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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Wisc.: Election brings new hope, but challenges remain

Local voters approve 13 medical marijuana and seven legalization measures; ask legislators to listen. Great news! On Election Day, around a million Wisconsin voters approved advisory questions on their ballots calling for more humane marijuana laws. More than half of the state’s population saw cannabis-related measures on their ballots, and every single one of the … Continue reading Wisc.: Election brings new hope, but challenges remain

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Iowa: Medical marijuana regulators vote to keep the THC cap, add autism

Urge your lawmakers to support a comprehensive medical marijuana program! On Friday, November 2, the board that oversees Iowa’s medical marijuana program voted unanimously against recommending legislators to remove the current 3% THC limit on products. Additionally, the board voted to recommend that the state add autism to the list of qualifying conditions, but rejected … Continue reading Iowa: Medical marijuana regulators vote to keep the THC cap, add autism

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Illinois: Cannabis reform candidates J.B. Pritzker, Kwame Raoul, Bob Morgan cruise to victory

Yesterday’s blue wave in Illinois poised to become a green wave next session Gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, who has been a vocal supporter of legalizing, taxing, and regulating cannabis for adults’ use, appears to have handily won yesterday’s gubernatorial election. While official election results are still pending, both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times … Continue reading Illinois: Cannabis reform candidates J.B. Pritzker, Kwame Raoul, Bob Morgan cruise to victory

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Another election, and another historic night for marijuana reform!

Another election, and another historic night for marijuana reform. Michigan has passed legalization! MPP played a central role in this campaign from start to finish. From coordinating the initiative drafting to overseeing the production of TV ads, MPP staffers worked alongside a excellent campaign team for two years to make Michigan the first state in … Continue reading Another election, and another historic night for marijuana reform!

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Missouri: Election day is here — vote YES on Amendment 2!

Have you voted yet? If not, look up your polling location and make a plan to get there before 7 p.m. when the polls close! Voting is one of the most important tools we have to change marijuana laws. Sitting out an election is a great way to ensure that failed prohibitionist policies remain in … Continue reading Missouri: Election day is here — vote YES on Amendment 2!

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Utah: If you haven’t already — go vote YES on Prop 2!

Election Day is here. Have you voted yet? If you haven’t, look up your polling location and go vote YES on Prop 2 right now! Your vote matters! It’s important that Utah sends a message to the political establishment that there is strong support for a medical marijuana policy. After you vote, if you’re near … Continue reading Utah: If you haven’t already — go vote YES on Prop 2!

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Today’s the day, North Dakota: Go vote YES on Measure 3!

Election Day is finally here. For many months, the YES on 3 team has worked tirelessly to educate North Dakotans about the benefits of ending the wasteful and destructive policy of marijuana prohibition. Now, all that’s left is to go out and VOTE! Look up polling locations here and set a time to go. By … Continue reading Today’s the day, North Dakota: Go vote YES on Measure 3!

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Michigan: It’s all up to you now — get out there and vote for Prop 1!

Election Day is finally here. With the help of hundreds of volunteers and thousands of supporters across the state, the YES on 1 campaign has done all it can to educate the voters of Michigan about the benefits that Proposal 1 will bring to the state. Now, all that’s left is to go out and … Continue reading Michigan: It’s all up to you now — get out there and vote for Prop 1!

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It’s Election Day – vote like our marijuana policies depend on it!

If you haven’t voted yet, look up your polling place and check out our Election 2018 page and voter guides. Over the years, our movement has made significant progress through the ballot box. This year will be no different. Be part of the wave of change today and go vote! Voters are weighing in on … Continue reading It’s Election Day – vote like our marijuana policies depend on it!

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N.H.: Study commission proposes legalization framework

After you vote tomorrow, you are welcome to attend a marijuana legalization debate at New England College in Henniker! Last week, New Hampshire’s study commission on marijuana legalization published its final report. The commission did not take a position on legalization, but it did make 54 recommendations to the legislature, including the following: Marijuana should … Continue reading N.H.: Study commission proposes legalization framework

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Canada’s Message to Teenagers: Marijuana Is Legal Now. Please Don’t Smoke It.
Canadian teenagers use more marijuana than youths anywhere else in the world. The government hopes legalization will change that.

Thai Lawmakers Back Legalizing Medical Marijuana
Thailand's legislature has officially proposed allowing the licensed medical use of marijuana, making it a potential trailblazer in Asia in legalizing what used to be regarded strictly as a dangerous drug.

Marijuana Embraced in Michigan, Utah and Missouri, but Rejected in North Dakota
Ballot measures that would approve marijuana for recreational or medical use were endorsed in three states. Voters in North Dakota rejected legalization.

Dry Spell: Canada Runs Low on Legal Marijuana Just Weeks After It Goes on Sale
“We need more weed!” a shopkeeper lamented. Suppliers underestimated the demand and didn’t grow enough, retailers said.

The Mormon Church vs. Pot
If Utah legalizes medical marijuana on Tuesday, it could signal that the church is no longer all-powerful in state politics.

High Demand and Short Supply in Canada’s Legal Cannabis Trade
Canada’s new legal market for marijuana is facing shortages amid higher-than-expected interest, writes Dan Bilefsky

Disgraced at Olympics Over Marijuana, Canadian Snowboarder Hopes to Ride to Cannabis Success
Ross Rebagliati, an athlete once infamous for briefly losing his Olympic gold medal, now hopes to cash in on his fame in the “green gold rush.”

It’s Not Just Pre-Existing Conditions. Voters Weigh Many Health Issues on State Ballots
Referendums include issues from Medicaid expansion to abortion, dialysis costs to indoor vaping, and much more.

Vancouver, Canada’s Marijuana Capital, Struggles to Tame the Black Market
As Canada embarks on a national experiment to legalize marijuana, Vancouver illustrates the difficulties of policing the illegal trade.

Why Is CBD Everywhere?
Cannabidiol is being touted as a magical elixir, a cure-all now available in bath bombs, dog treats and even pharmaceuticals. But maybe it’s just a fix for our anxious times.

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Letters From Spain, Part 3
Text and photos by Pete Shaw October 17, 2018 Dear Cyndy and Josh, La memòria és important. Plaça de Sant Felip Neri is where a piece of canvas comes to life. Nearly two weeks ago we were in Madrid’s Reina Sofia, a former hospital turned modern art museum. It houses Picasso’s “Guernica,” that masterpiece of…

Letters From Spain, Part 2
Text and photos by Pete Shaw October 12, 2018 Dear Margaret, I speak Spanish. This is a truth. An even greater truth would be to say that I speak it poorly. Languages are not my thing. I never got down programming a computer. I can’t read music. And I took seven years of Spanish to…

Letters from Spain, Part 1
Text and photos by Pete Shaw October 6, 2018 Dear Dad, Spain makes a lot of olive oil. This I have known, but now it is something I understand to my core. Halfway through this four-point-five hour bus ride between Madrid and Granada, nearly every spot of land that is not residential is an…

Efforts to Repeal Oregon Sanctuary State Status at Ballot Box Meeting Active Resistance by Supports of Immigrant Justice
Story by Pete Shaw Photos by K. Kendall This Summer, Portland kicked off a nationwide series of protests against Republican Donald Trump’s orders that tore apart families at the Mexico-US border. Responding to the horrific sight of children being separated from their relatives and incarcerated, large numbers of people around the country followed Portland’s lead…

Burgerville Workers Union and Allies Stage Unfair Labor Practice Strike as Management Skirts Federal Labor Law
Story and photos by Pete Shaw National Cheeseburger Day, while not an official holiday, is doubtless an important one to the restaurant industry.  Anything to get customers to spend their money on your product, and it is fair to assume that most restaurants serving burgers had Tuesday September 19 circled on their calendars.  But as…

Holgate Manor Tenants Union Announces Rent Strike; Demands City Take Greater Steps to Support Renters
Story and photos by Pete Shaw Tenants of Holgate Manor launched a rent strike on August 1 in an effort to preserve the affordable housing at the apartment complex located around the 3500 block of Southeast Mall Street. For over 40 years, Holgate Manor has been a sanctuary for a wide-ranging mix of immigrants, refugees,…

Portland Anti-fascist Movement Continues to Build Solidarity Despite Predictable Violent Response from Local Government
Story by Pete Shaw On Saturday August 4, Portland’s anti-fascist community held its Stop the Hate rally, bringing together a wide swathe of Portlanders and people from the metropolitan area opposed to white supremacy. The event, organized by the group Popular Mobilization (POPMOB), was called in response to the white supremacist organization Patriot Prayer’s rally…

Bring Them Along
Story by Pete Shaw When considering how to spend a Friday night, particularly a sultry one in late July, likely not high on most folks’ list is attending a talk on Pan-African organizing. But even if my Friend Ahjamu Umi of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (A-APRP) was not the featured speaker, the title…

Memories Forgotten and Gained, Old and New
Story by Pete Shaw “See my friends playing across the river” –Ray Davies Spend any reasonably lengthy amount of time with me, and you will come to know in deep detail how much I love the music of The Kinks.  Music is the art through which I best interpret and understand this world and…

Effective Strategies Necessary to Defuse Right Wing Hate
Story and photos by Bette Lee Patriot Prayer can’t seem to get enough of Portland.  Even though the Vancouver, Washington white supremacist group led by Joey Gibson claims it hates Portland because it is a “liberal” city which coddles “pinkos, anarchists, leftists, liberals, homosexuals,” and other unsavory “anti-American” groups, its members seem hell-bent on holding…

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NEW Q: STOP FREAKING OUT- POTUS HAS THIS COVERED!
As far as the voter fraud let it roll off your back all of this will come out before they take the house and soon as the set it gets in there don't put a stop to it the probably have to revote special election with voter ID and Homeland Security overseeing The Financial Armageddon Economic...

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The Chinese Silent Invasion Of The West
The Chinese Problem: Invasion Of The West Canada, America and especially Australia are undergoing a silent invasion by the Chinese. The Communist Party of China is influencing Australian politics and civil society. Glen shares his view on Chinese immigration into the west. The...

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What David Wilcock Discovered the Moon and Mars is Beyond Comprehension
As NASA probes ventured to the moon, Mars and nearby asteroids the images they returned evoke a sense of wonder. http://bit.ly/UnexplainedExperiences Examining blurred-out sections of these photographs provoke us to wonder: why? Perhaps the answers we seek can be found in a more down-to-earth...

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The film Geostorm becomes reality! China manipulates the climate using Satellites
 Everything seems to indicate that China has launched a quite innovative but strange proposal regarding climate control on Earth. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers...

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Robert David Steele - American Grand strategy in the age of Trump
Robert David Steele was recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. He is the pro bono Chief Enabling Officer (CeO) of Earth Intelligence Network, a 501c3 devoted to teaching holistic analytics (HA), true cost economics (TCE), and open source everything engineering (OSEE) and now also CeO of...

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Smart Cities, Mass Surveillance & Lithium In The Water - Our Dark Dystopian Future
Depopulate humans & replace with robots, been their intention for many many years.. Lithium, fluoride, mercury.... they want us compliant The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists ,...

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Watch This and You Will See We're in the END TIMES! (2018-2019)
anonymous message alert events world news current events end times prophecy mystery hidden truth recent latest strange events this past week weather climate california wildfire history footage must see 2017 2018 2019 today the past week or so new The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse...

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Stefan Molyneux Talks Fake News - "Hoaxed" Movie with Brian Engelman @ Politicon 2018
 Stefan Molyneux talks about the personal costs of fake news, the power of social media ostracism, and the upcoming film he is in called "Hoaxed: Everything They Told You Was a Lie: The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists ,...

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Deadliest Fire Ever Recorded Blazes on in California
RT Correspondent, Natasha Sweatte, reports from Malibu, CA to tell us about the three deadly wildfires which continue to destroy people’s lives. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists ,...

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(2018) The Bible Says This is Exactly How it Would Look Before the End
 The SHOCKING Truth as to Why the California Wildfires are Happening! Hamas Attacks Israel. Are we about to see the wars Prophesied in the Bible take place? Current Events Linked To Biblical Prophecies. Everything is unfolding just as the bible foretold. Wars, Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes,...

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Benjamin Fulford : Jesus Christ to marry Asian Goddess as East West agree to save planet
Jesus Christ to marry Asian Goddess as East West agree to save planet Benjamin Fulford Nov 12 2018 For the first time in history, Eastern and Western secret societies have agreed to work together for the benefit of the planet, secret society sources say. As one Western secret society source...

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Is Robert Mueller Q anon?
 In this video, we give you the latest breaking news on the Mueller Investigation and the claim that he has dozens of sealed indictments in waiting. This combined with the exit of Jeff Sessions and the appointment of Matt Whitaker has shaken up Capitol Hill in a major way. So the real question...

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X ANON... OBAMA - THE FATHER OF LIES
Can’t wait for the truth to come out about this demon! His crazy brainwashed followers will have egg on their face and be completely horrified! The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists ,...

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China - Big Trade War Loser?
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss Marshall Auerback’s assessment of Trump’s trade war. The fact is that China is, so far anyway, the big loser. It is much easier as the hollowed out, high deficit nation has everything to gain while the export nation had millions of jobs...

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Trump-Putin Meeting Likely to Take Place During G20
 After the much anticipated on again off again meeting between President Trump and President Putin at the World War I commemorations in Paris this weekend, the two did not meet. Putin told RT France that he and Trump decided not to interrupt the schedule of the World War One commemorations....

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President Trump’s Iran Policy – Is It ‘Normal’?
Mr. Netanyahu was wanted to take down Iran for 30 years as evidenced on many newscasts. 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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QAnon - A Peek Inside the OIG FISA ABUSE Report Coming Soon to a Theater Near YOU!
What really destroys me is the lack of decent, truthful men and women in Washington. To see so many old Democratic ladies who are at the end years of their lives and still so willing to sell their souls for dollars and power is beyond sad. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog...

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Let The Economic Collapse Proceed, Central Banks Begin To Panic
The housing market has hit the top, prices are starting to fall around the country, this was a slow process that many did not see happening, as soon as the Fed raised rates the housing markets started to implode and it is now accelerating. The central banks around the world are panicking, the...

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Let The Unsealing, Declas Begin, Let The World Witness The Truth
 Happy Veterans Day to all veterans, we salute you. Lindsey Graham stands behind Whitaker and Trump. The French Foreign minister says they never received recording of Khashogi from Erdogan. Trump shakes hands with Putin in Paris. Q drops bread, explains the plan, the indictments will be...

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Current Events Linked To Biblical Prophecies....Nov. 2018
This Happened On Planet Earth...Nov. 2018...End Times Signs  Everything is unfolding just as the bible foretold. Wars, Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes, Extreme Weather, Christian Persecution, Violence and more! Matthew 24:3-14 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to...

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JP Morgan BUSTED Rigging Silver Markets! - How Big Banks Manipulate Markets
 Josh Sigurdson talks with author and economic analyst John Sneisen about the recently exposed rigging of silver markets by JP Morgan despite years of the bank adamantly denying their guilt. Even back in 2010 a whistle blower came out against JP Morgan accusing them of rigging silver markets....

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American Sovereignty Is Under Attack
American Sovereignty Is Under Attack and the Ted Baxter Sockpuppet Media Are Complicit Accomplices The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers , Whistelblowers , truthers and many...

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This Will Change Everything You Know! (See This Before it is Deleted 2018-2019)
 You can either poison your mind or feed it. You can choose to drown in the mainstream or forge a new path all on your own. You are watching Anonymous because you’ve woken up to the lie. You are aware that there is more to our story than we’ve been led to believe. We’ve found a great resource...

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Something Prophetic is Happening in California!
Libtards made California Sodom and Gomorrah now it's burning to the ground 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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Anonymous: Trump Topples Top Democrat Party Leader
This is the game, fraud, using illegals and dead people's votes, plus votes from other elections. The Trump Team, sure won the House too. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists ,...

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Woman Claims That Possessed Doll Attacked Her Boyfriend Because It Was Jealous

Berliz, a young woman from Callao, Peru, told reporters that a doll she received from her mother has been exhibiting Poltergeist-like behavior.



NASA predicts people on Mars within 25 years

In 2020 a new NASA mission will send a rover to Mars to determine the habitability for humans on the Red Planet.



Could you have this memory disorder?

The inability to ‘mentally time travel’ is the latest memory condition to intrigue researchers.



The Hubble Telescope Has Found a Smile in Space to Warm Your Heart

The smiley face is actually a trick of gravity and light.



The Watcher: The Haunting of 657 Boulevard in Westfield, NJ

A family bought their dream house. But according to the creepy letters they started to get, they weren’t the only ones interested in it.



China Unveils Disturbingly Realistic AI News Anchors

China’s state news agency Xinhua unveiled two very realistic looking AI news anchors that can 'tirelessly' report the news 24 hours a day.



Top 5 Mars mysteries yet to be solved

We know a lot about the red planet after four decades of exploration. But some big questions remain unanswered.



Douglas Rain, Voice of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dies at 90

He gave life to a character that will live on for generations to come.



Mysterious animal injures 12 in Daund, officials puzzled

Some suspect the animal to be a leopard, while others believe it is a hyena.



Scientists predict a 'dark matter hurricane' will collide with the Earth

Here's the story of the dark matter hurricane -- a cosmic event that may provide our first glimpse of the mysterious, invisible particle.



Dion Fortune and the Occult Battle of Britain

How did occultists fight the Nazis in WWII?



Where Did an Air Force Tanker Fly Over Area 51?

And what might it have been refueling? Groundtracks mapped.



Using Technology to Reveal the Paranormal

Various ways people use electronic and other methods to examine the unseen.



Life Techniques From Ancient Cultures

No shortcuts to happiness.



Scientists Capture the Sound of Sunrise on Mars

Using data from a photo taken by the currently silenced Opportunity rover.



The terrifying science behind California's massive camp fire

It used to be that fires destroyed exurbs or scattered enclaves - now they plow through cities.



Black hole 'may be spinning space itself'

Astronomers have detected a black hole that is spinning so rapidly that it may be causing space itself to rotate.



Robots will soon match humans in creativity, emotional intelligence

Australian AI expert, Toby Walsh, thinks AI will learn and possibly match human traits like creativity, emotional intelligence and adaptability in less than 50 years.



The reverse Pinocchio effect

Your nose actually shrinks when you lie because its temperature drops.



Cat mummies, animal statues discovered in Egypt sarcophagi

Seven sarcophagi, some dating back more than 6,000 years, have been discovered at a site on the edge of the pyramid complex in Saqqara.



Billionaire eyes private mission to seek alien life

Yuri Milner's Breakthrough Initiatives is considering looking for E.T. on worlds close to home.



This is what happens when galaxies collide

Scientists have managed to capture, for the first time, a series of images showing what happens when galaxies collide.



Under poaching pressure, elephants are evolving to lose their tusks

In Mozambique, researchers are racing to understand the genetics of elephants born without tusks—and the consequences of the trait.



T-Rex could pirouette like a ballerina to pounce on prey

It’s often portrayed as one of the scariest dinosaurs, but it seems that T-Rex may have actually have been quite a graceful creature.



Relics of 'lost continents' under Antarctica revealed by satellite images

Satellite images reveal a timeline of the ancient landmasses buried a mile beneath the icy continent.



Eerie Bizarre Sound Recorded in Montreal

Recorded on a cell phone, the inexplicable high-pitched sound was heard on the night of October 30-31st.



In the Age of A.I., Is Seeing Still Believing?

Advances in digital imagery could deepen the fake-news crisis—or help us get out of it.



A Giant Sun Storm During the Vietnam War Likely Exploded Dozens of Mines

“The extreme space weather events of early August 1972 had significant impact on the US Navy, which have not been widely reported.”



Ghosts in the Machine: Why Moaning Spirits Are Probably Just in Our Heads

Changes in neurology, caused by anything from brain lesions to extreme emotional states, can make our body schema go wrong with surprising ease.



Three New DNA Studies Are Shaking Up the History of Humans in the Americas

Findings from three new genetics studies are presenting a fascinating, yet complex, picture of the first people in North and South America.



Watch tiny robots swim through an eyeball to deliver medicine

Scientists believe miniature, controllable delivery vehicles could be the future of eye medicine.



Bizarre spider looks like it has a dog's head

Found in the Amazon rainforest, this incredible arachnid looks like a strange cross between a dog and a spider.



NASA reveals strange coffin-shaped iceberg has entered Antarctic 'graveyard'

The chunk of ice has spent 18 years drifting at sea after splitting off of the Ross Ice Shelf in March 2000.



Climate change: Bug covered 'bionic mushroom' generates clean energy

The scientists used 3D printing to attach clusters of energy-producing bugs to the cap of a button mushroom.



Holy Cow! Astronomers Agog at Mysterious New Supernova

An event known as "Cow" that has rocked astronomy since June likely offers a close look at the birth of a neutron star or black hole.



How a Meteor Crash Formed Stunning Desert Glass

It was precious enough for King Tut’s tomb.



Stunning NASA image from the ISS shows Earth enveloped in a rare 'airglow'

The phenomenon typically occurs when molecules are energized by ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight.



The Accidental Mummies in a German Cathedral which are now a Tourist Highlight

The Bleikeller mummies, which reside in the basement of the cathedral dedicated to St. Peter, were discovered in the 17th century.



What It’s Really Like To Encounter The M.I.B.

Psychic Kim Rackley's trauma-filled experiences with the MIB serve to demonstrate just what it feels like to come face-to-face with them.



Earth has two extra, hidden 'moons'

First spied in the 1960s, the huge dust clouds have now been confirmed—and may affect plans for future space exploration.



Rare zebra-donkey hybrid born in Somerset

Named Zippy, the new arrival, which was born last month, is one of only two known 'zonkeys' in the UK.



Exploring the Tragic Beauty of Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheets

From above, the textured landscape can be almost abstract.



Mexico: UFO Sighting 'Is The Most Shocking' in Recent Memory

Five objects were spotted over Rosarito, Baja California in the early morning hours of October 28th.



How Yellow Fever Turned New Orleans Into The 'City Of The Dead'

If you were around between 1817 and 1905, you might say the city was haunted by death.



A Deadly, Fast-Spreading Form of Super-Ice Could Be Killing Off Alien Life-Forms

It forms at speeds of more than 1,000 mph, lies deep beneath our feet, and could destroy hopes for alien life.



Future Shock in the Countryside

Earth's rural areas are being transformed by climate change and technology.



Scottish researchers create 'crystal maze' for light

Field of photonics could lead to new and better devices in fields like healthcare and telecommunications.



For Close-Knit Planets, Sharing Life Could Be Easy

The TRAPPIST-1 solar system, which is 39 light-years from Earth, includes seven planets packed into an orbit smaller than Mercury's.



New dinosaur species discovered in Argentina

Palaeontologists have unearthed the fossil remains of a herbivorous dinosaur dating back 110 million years.



Why DARPA Is Betting a Million Bucks on an 'Impossible' Space Drive

Agency responsible with filling the government's coffers with cutting-edge tech is funding a controversial drive that's based on unproven science.



My Love Affair With AM Radio

Erin Aubry Kaplan shares her fascination for C2C.



The end of God? Claims humans will 'worship AI Messiah'

Novelist Dan Brown previously warned people may no longer worship God or pray to Jesus – instead putting all their faith in an AI messiah.



Are you ready for a chip implant?

It's happening in Sweden, where thousands of people have reportedly had chips implanted in their bodies.



Self-flying system will soon let Black Hawk helicopters fly themselves into battle

The US Army is equipping its Sikorsky S-76B helicopters with a new set of automation software that could one day limit the need for human pilots.



Three signs that Biblical prophecies about end of the world are 'coming true'

Three unusual happenings have sparked claims that Biblical prophecies about the end of the world and the coming of the Messiah may be coming true.



$5bn project to map DNA of all life on Earth

Known as The Earth BioGenome Project, the international endeavor is expected to take ten years.



'Test tube trees' plan to combat extinction

Why trees grown in test tubes could be the answer to preserving the world's forests for the future.



A llama antibody could be the key to a universal flu vaccine

New research indicates that llamas, the doe-eyed South American pack animal, may hold the key to flu vaccines.



Slightly heavier than a toothpick, the first wireless insect-size robot takes flight

University of Washington engineers created the RoboFly, a small, flying robot that goes where humans can't.



Mysterious interstellar asteroid Oumuamua could be a giant solar sail from another civilization

Astronomers from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics concluded that the strange asteroid 'might be a lightsail of artificial origin.'



Man claims to have spent ten days with aliens

Alec Newald, who is from New Zealand, maintains that he once spent over a week in an alien civilization.



My Grandfather Thought He Solved a Cosmic Mystery

His career as an eminent physicist was derailed by an obsession. Was he a genius or a crackpot?



What It's Like to Grow Up in a Cult

In her new book, Lisa Kohn describes her journey into and out of the infamous Unification Church.



Frequency used by 1990s cell phones linked to cancer in rats, study finds

The impact on humans is still unknown.



This 4,500-Year-Old Ramp Contraption May Have Been Used to Build Egypt's Great Pyramid

Archaeologists have long wondered exactly how the ancient Egyptians constructed the world's biggest pyramid.



NASA retired Kepler, a telescope that discovered thousands of worlds beyond our solar system

How the Kepler Space Telescope discovered there are more planets than stars in the galaxy.



Why the number 137 is one of the greatest mysteries in physics

Famous physicists like Richard Feynman think 137 holds the answers to the Universe.



An AI Lie Detector Is Going to Start Questioning Travelers in the EU

A number of border control checkpoints in the European Union are about to get increasingly—and unsettlingly—futuristic.



Woman claims that she is engaged to a ghost

Spiritual guidance counsellor Amethyst Realm has taken her otherworldly relationship one step further.



The Scientist Grover Krantz Risked It All…Chasing Bigfoot

The dedicated anthropologist donated his body to science and it’s on display, but his legacy is complicated.



Milky Way devoured a galactic challenger, astronomers reveal

Our home galaxy snacked on a dwarf galaxy about 10 billion years ago—and it has its next victims in sight.



Saturn’s Moon Dione Has Some Weird Stripes

Long parallel lines on the satellite's surface could be droppings from Saturn's rings, one of the moons, or a passing comet.



Sears Once Offered Mail-Order Tombstones

Its beloved catalogue had a good run.



Paranormal investigator tests Fox Ridge Park in Henderson for ghostly spirit

Locals say after the sun goes down, a "ghostly" boy haunts a park near Las Vegas. Paranormal investigator Joshua P. Warren investigates.



Welcome to Cassadaga, the Haunted Psychic Capital of the World

A secluded community of Florida psychics and spirit mediums both communes with ghosts and is also haunted by them.



A 'perfect storm' for the paranormal: touring America's most haunted town

Thousands of people died at Gettysburg – and they’re still here, ghost buffs say. A thriving cottage industry offers visitors the creeps.



Pando, the Most Massive Organism on Earth, Is Shrinking

The grove of 47,000 quivering aspen trees in Utah is being diminished by mule deer and human mismanagement.



Who was Jack the Ripper?

Facing down a hundred-year-old mystery, relentless detectives continue to search for the identity of the infamous killer.



Acoustic 'tractor beam' can bypass obstacles

Scientists have created a device that can levitate small objects even when something else is in the way.



This Probe Just Became The Closest Ever Spacecraft to The Sun

NASA's Parker Solar Probe just made history by passing the previous record coming 26.55 million miles from the Sun's surface.



A Supervolcano's Colossal Eruption Has Been Lying About Its Age

The most violent eruption of the last 5,000 years was undoubtedly that of Taupo, a volcanic cauldron found in New Zealand.



An Interview with George Noory

In this Q&A, George reflects on his 16 years hosting C2C.



'Devil's Interval' Is Key To Scary Music

The once forbidden musical sound is still used by musicians.



NASA's 'Mega Mission' Will Search For Life on Mars

Robotic collection of samples and return to Earth are the goals.



People Regularly Leave Cremated Remains at Disneyland

Park employees even have a code to request cleanup.



Can Telescopes Be Turned Into 'Teleportation Devices?'

The quantum theory of 'entanglement' may be used to view distant areas of the universe.



Workers Find 1000 Human Teeth Hidden in Wall

This is not the first time, either.



Mastering the elements of fake blood

To get the exact color and consistency your Halloween costume calls for your best bet is to brew your own bloody concoction.



First 'extraterrestrial human' to be born by 2024

Netherlands-based firm SpaceLife Origin is aiming to make off-world reproduction a reality within six years.



A monster among us

Does Bigfoot live in the Upstate? Some people say yes.



AI humanoid 'Sophia' is granted rirst ever robot visa

The AI humanoid 'Sophia' stopped to the Caucasus and was granted he world's first ever visa to a robot.



Insect army being harnessed in the US

Insects carrying genetically modified viruses could be turned into a "new class of biological weapon" according to some fears.



Secret tunnel found under Teotihuacan pyramid

Archaeologists have discovered a tunnel and chamber hidden beneath the 2,000-year-old Pyramid of the Moon.



Google Earth blind spot over military base may be hiding crashed UFOs

Google Earth did not update the images of the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada for eight years and will not explain why.



Comets and asteroids may be spreading life across the galaxy

Are germs from outer space the source of life on Earth?



The experiments that inspired Frankenstein

History professor reveals the macabre medical tests behind the monster.



China develops 'shape-shifting' robot inspired by Terminator

Chinese scientists have developed a "shape-shifting" robot inspired by the Terminator films.



The Small Town Which Claims to be the Most Haunted Place in America

Alton, Illinois is a town of less than 30,000 people, but it has a big history.



Splosh! How the dinosaur-killing asteroid made its crater

Scientists have now put together a detailed picture of the minutes following the giant impact.



'Enter and Be Damned!': The Macabre Clubs of Belle Epoque Paris

Among the cabarets of 19th-century Paris, were a trio of death-obsessed locations in the red light district of Montmartre.



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ASA Evaluates Utah Medical Cannabis Compromise Bill

ASA Evaluates Utah Medical Cannabis Compromise Bill | Americans for Safe Access

On October 4, 2018 Utah legislators released draft text of legislation known as the Utah Medical Cannabis Compromise Bill.  This bill was drafted in response to Proposition 2, a citizen led initiative that legalizes the medicinal use of cannabis in Utah, and was intended to fix perceived issues and shortcomings with the initiative. Americans for Safe […]

ASA Evaluates Utah Medical Cannabis Compromise Bill | The Daily Chronic



Guam Governor Signs Home Grow Legislation into Law

Guam Governor Signs Home Grow Legislation into Law | NORML

HAGATNA, GUAM — Eddie Calvo, the Governor for the US territory of Guam, has signed legislation permitting qualified medical cannabis patients and their caregivers the ability to grow personal use amounts of cannabis at home. Under the new law, applicants can apply to the Department of Health and Social Services to receive a home cultivation permit. Approved […]

Guam Governor Signs Home Grow Legislation into Law | The Daily Chronic



Pennsylvania Committee Approves Partial Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Pennsylvania Committee Approves Partial Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | Kate Zawidzki

Although 59% of Pennsylvania voters think it should be legal for adults to use marijuana, state law lags far behind popular sentiment. Pennsylvanians found with cannabis can still be locked in a jail cell and branded criminals. But that could change soon. Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a decriminalization bill, H.B. 928. Unfortunately, however, […]

Pennsylvania Committee Approves Partial Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Oklahoma City: Council Approves Cite and Release Ordinance

Oklahoma City: Council Approves Cite and Release Ordinance | NORML

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK —  Members of the Oklahoma City City Council have passed a citywide ordinance shielding minor marijuana offenders from arrest and jail. While the policy does not amend the criminal classification of cannabis-related violations under local law, it does change how police interact with low-level offenders. Under the ordinance, which takes effect October 26, police will […]

Oklahoma City: Council Approves Cite and Release Ordinance | The Daily Chronic



California Governor Signs Legislation Expunging Past Marijuana Convictions

California Governor Signs Legislation Expunging Past Marijuana Convictions | NORML

SACRAMENTO, CA — California’s Democrat Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation, Assembly Bill 1793, facilitating the review and expungement of hundreds of thousands of past marijuana convictions. The new law requires “the Department of Justice, before July 1, 2019, to review the records in the state summary criminal history information database and to identify past convictions […]

California Governor Signs Legislation Expunging Past Marijuana Convictions | The Daily Chronic



PA: Lancaster City Council Votes in Favor of Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

PA: Lancaster City Council Votes in Favor of Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | NORML

LANCASTER, PA — Members of the city council of Lancaster (population 59,000) have voted in favor of a municipal ordinance amending penalties for low-level marijuana offenses. Under the policy, those within city limits found to be in the possession of either marijuana (up to one ounce) or marijuana paraphernalia will most likely face a summary charge punishable by […]

PA: Lancaster City Council Votes in Favor of Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | The Daily Chronic



Utah Medical Marijuana Campaign Reaches Compromise with Lawmakers, LDS Church

Utah Medical Marijuana Campaign Reaches Compromise with Lawmakers, LDS Church | Marijuana Policy Project

SALT LAKE CITY — Backers of the Utah medical marijuana initiative joined other organizations and lawmakers at a press conference Thursday to announce they have reached an agreement on an alternative medical cannabis law that will be enacted in a special session following the election. Proposition 2 will still appear on the 2018 ballot, but it […]

Utah Medical Marijuana Campaign Reaches Compromise with Lawmakers, LDS Church | The Daily Chronic



California Governor Vetoes Several Marijuana-Related Bills, Signs Others

California Governor Vetoes Several Marijuana-Related Bills, Signs Others | Kate Zawidzki

California Govermor Jerry Brown recently acted on a raft of cannabis bills that passed this year. Here is a quick breakdown of what was signed and what was vetoed. Among the bills signed into law: AB 1793 allows adults convicted of cannabis-related offenses that are no longer considered illegal to have them automatically removed from their […]

California Governor Vetoes Several Marijuana-Related Bills, Signs Others | The Daily Chronic



New Oklahoma City Ordinance Reduces Penalty for Marijuana Possession

New Oklahoma City Ordinance Reduces Penalty for Marijuana Possession | Kate Zawidzki

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Starting on October 26, Oklahoma City’s maximum penalty for simple possession of marijuana will be reduced to a fine of up to $400. The Oklahoma City Council approved the proposal to remove jail time and reduce the penalty for marijuana possession last week. Until the new law takes effect, the maximum fine for […]

New Oklahoma City Ordinance Reduces Penalty for Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic



Pennsylvania Marijuana Legalization Bill Has Been Introduced

Pennsylvania Marijuana Legalization Bill Has Been Introduced | Kate Zawidzki

The drum beat for sensible marijuana policy is picking up in Pennsylvania. Last Monday, Rep. Jake Wheatley introduced House Bill 2600, which would legalize marijuana for adults 21 or older. This bill would also expunge the records of people who have been convicted of certain cannabis offenses. If you are a Pennsylvania resident, email your state […]

Pennsylvania Marijuana Legalization Bill Has Been Introduced | The Daily Chronic



California Governor Signs Legislation Expunging Past Marijuana Convictions

California Governor Signs Legislation Expunging Past Marijuana Convictions | Paul Armentano

SACRAMENTO, CA — California’s Democrat Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation, Assembly Bill 1793, facilitating the review and expungement of hundreds of thousands of past marijuana convictions. The new law requires “the Department of Justice, before July 1, 2019, to review the records in the state summary criminal history information database and to identify past convictions […]

California Governor Signs Legislation Expunging Past Marijuana Convictions | The Daily Chronic



California Governor Signs Bill that Will Support Local Cannabis Equity Programs to Increase Representation in Industry by Persons Most Harmed by Cannabis Prohibition

California Governor Signs Bill that Will Support Local Cannabis Equity Programs to Increase Representation in Industry by Persons Most Harmed by Cannabis Prohibition | Drug Policy Alliance

On Wednesday afternoon, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Cannabis Equity Act (SB 1294), authored by Sen. Steven Bradford and sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance. With his signature, Brown approved the distribution of grants to cities with local cannabis equity programs – such as Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Francisco – that […]

California Governor Signs Bill that Will Support Local Cannabis Equity Programs to Increase Representation in Industry by Persons Most Harmed by Cannabis Prohibition | The Daily Chronic



NY Adds Acute Pain Management as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

NY Adds Acute Pain Management as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana | TJ Baker

On Monday, September 24, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill (S8987A/A 11011-B) that adds acute pain management to the list of conditions for which medical marijuana can be recommended as an alternative to opioid use. The bill also allows substance use disorder treatment providers to recommend medical marijuana to help patients manage underlying […]

NY Adds Acute Pain Management as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Congressional Committee Approves Legislation to Expand Pool of Federally Licensed Marijuana Growers

Congressional Committee Approves Legislation to Expand Pool of Federally Licensed Marijuana Growers | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Members of the US House Judiciary Committee have voted in favor of legislation, HR 5634: The Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018, to facilitate FDA-approved clinical trials involving whole-plant cannabis. The Act mandates the federal government to license multiple providers of research-grade marijuana, among other changes. The vote marks the first time that lawmakers […]

Congressional Committee Approves Legislation to Expand Pool of Federally Licensed Marijuana Growers | The Daily Chronic



Will New Jersey Be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana?

Will New Jersey Be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana? | Phillip Smith

Voters in Michigan and North Dakota will have a chance to legalize marijuana on Election Day, but lawmakers in New Jersey could beat them to the punch. After much back-and-forth all year long, legislators have finally crafted a bill to legalize marijuana. The bill, building on an earlier proposal by state Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden), […]

Will New Jersey Be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana? | The Daily Chronic



Governor Signs Bill Making CNMI First U.S. Territory to Legalize Marijuana for Adults

Governor Signs Bill Making CNMI First U.S. Territory to Legalize Marijuana for Adults | Marijuana Policy Project

Governor Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres signed H.B. 20-178 into law Friday, making the Northern Mariana Islands the first U.S. territory to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use. It is also the first U.S. jurisdiction to do so through its legislature, rather than via ballot initiative. H.B. 20-178, titled the Taulamwaar Sensible CNMI Cannabis Act of […]

Governor Signs Bill Making CNMI First U.S. Territory to Legalize Marijuana for Adults | The Daily Chronic



Congressional Committee Approves Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana Research

Congressional Committee Approves Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana Research | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Members of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted in favor of legislation (HR 5634: The Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018) to facilitate federally-approved clinical trials assessing the efficacy of whole-plant cannabis. The vote marks the first time that lawmakers have ever decided in favor of easing existing federal restrictions which limit investigators ability to clinically […]

Congressional Committee Approves Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana Research | The Daily Chronic



Congressional Leadership Strips Provisions Facilitating Medical Marijuana Access for Veterans

Congressional Leadership Strips Provisions Facilitating Medical Marijuana Access for Veterans | Justin Strekal

Lawmakers have removed language from pending federal legislation that sought to facilitate veterans’ access to medical cannabis in jurisdictions that regulate it. The decision to strip out the Veterans Equal Access Amendment flies in the face of the horrific medical realities that our nation’s heroes who are desperate to mitigate. This move thwarts the will of the […]

Congressional Leadership Strips Provisions Facilitating Medical Marijuana Access for Veterans | The Daily Chronic



First Ever Veterans-Focused Medical Bill Introduced in Senate

First Ever Veterans-Focused Medical Bill Introduced in Senate | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) on Wednesday introduced legislation, The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, to expand and facilitate medical cannabis access to military veterans suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, and other serious medical conditions. Under existing regulations, VA doctors are not permitted to fill out the mandatory paperwork […]

First Ever Veterans-Focused Medical Bill Introduced in Senate | The Daily Chronic



Delaware Adds Two Qualifying Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program

Delaware Adds Two Qualifying Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | NORML

DOVER, DE — Democrat Governor John Carney has signed legislation into law expanding the pool of patients eligible to access medical marijuana in Delaware. House Bill 374, which took immediate effect, expands the statutory definition of a “debilitating medical condition” under the state’s medical cannabis law to include glaucoma and “chronic debilitating migraines.” An earlier version of […]

Delaware Adds Two Qualifying Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | The Daily Chronic



In Delaware, Some Past Marijuana Convictions Can Now Be Expunged

In Delaware, Some Past Marijuana Convictions Can Now Be Expunged | Kate Zawidzki

Last week, Delaware Gov. John Carney signed into law a bill that allows hundreds of Delawareans to clear their records of marijuana possession convictions. The new law applies to individuals who have a single conviction on their record. A second conviction, whether it’s marijuana-related or otherwise, would disqualify the individual. Delaware decriminalized simple possession of marijuana back […]

In Delaware, Some Past Marijuana Convictions Can Now Be Expunged | The Daily Chronic



New York: Series of “Listening Sessions” on Legalization Begins

New York: Series of “Listening Sessions” on Legalization Begins | Kate Zawidzki

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will hold a series of “listening sessions” to gather input on marijuana legalization from community members and stakeholders. Input will assist in drafting legislation to tax and regulate marijuana for adults’ use. If you’re a New York resident, don’t miss this opportunity to make […]

New York: Series of “Listening Sessions” on Legalization Begins | The Daily Chronic



Veterans-Focused Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in US Senate

Veterans-Focused Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in US Senate | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — US Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) have introduced legislation, The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, to expand and facilitate medical cannabis access to military veterans suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, and other serious medical conditions. Under existing regulations, VA doctors are not permitted to fill out the mandatory paperwork […]

Veterans-Focused Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in US Senate | The Daily Chronic



Federal “Clean Slate Act” Would Seal Records for Marijuana Charges

Federal “Clean Slate Act” Would Seal Records for Marijuana Charges | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) announced the Clean Slate Act, HR 6669, along with 22 original cosponsors, to seal the records for marijuana charges one year after the sentence is completed. The Clean Slate Act is important legislation that would ease the burden felt by those unjustly suffering the […]

Federal “Clean Slate Act” Would Seal Records for Marijuana Charges | The Daily Chronic



In Illinois, Doctors Can Now Substitute Marijuana for Opioids

In Illinois, Doctors Can Now Substitute Marijuana for Opioids | NORML

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation into law on Tuesday permitting physicians to recommend medical cannabis to pain patients in lieu of opioids. Senate Bill 336, which took immediate effect, permits doctors to recommend cannabis for any “medical condition for which an opioid has been or could be prescribed by a physician based on generally […]

In Illinois, Doctors Can Now Substitute Marijuana for Opioids | The Daily Chronic



Illinois Governor Signs Legislation Licensing Hemp Farming

Illinois Governor Signs Legislation Licensing Hemp Farming | NORML

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois’ Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation into law authorizing the state to license individual farmers to grow hemp for commercial purposes. The new law, which took immediate effect, expands the state’s existing hemp program. Under the 2014 pilot program, only universities were permitted to produce hemp for research purposes. The new act allows “any […]

Illinois Governor Signs Legislation Licensing Hemp Farming | The Daily Chronic



Clean Slate Act to Seal Records Introduced to Congress

Clean Slate Act to Seal Records Introduced to Congress | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — This week, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) announced the Clean Slate Act, HR 6669, along with 22 original cosponsors, to seal the records for marijuana charges one year after the sentence is completed. The Clean Slate Act is important legislation that would ease the burden felt by those unjustly suffering […]

Clean Slate Act to Seal Records Introduced to Congress | The Daily Chronic



Delaware Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law

Delaware Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law | Paul Armentano

Delaware’s Democrat Governor John Carney signed legislation into law today vacating past marijuana convictions. Senate Bill 197, which took immediate effect, “provides mandatory expungement eligibility to individuals who were convicted of the possession [of one ounce or less], use or consumption of marijuana prior to Delaware’s decriminalization of these offenses.” State lawmakers in 2015 enacted legislation reducing the possession […]

Delaware Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law | The Daily Chronic



Illinois Takes Huge Step Forward in Combating Opioid Crisis with Medical Marijuana

Illinois Takes Huge Step Forward in Combating Opioid Crisis with Medical Marijuana | Americans for Safe Access

CHICAGO, IL — This week at the Chicago Recovery Alliance, a nonprofit that oversees programs to prevent heroin overdoses, Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed a bill that could greatly expand access to medical cannabis in the state of Illinois. The bill, Senate Bill 336, introduced by state Senator Don Harmon, allows certain individuals who have been […]

Illinois Takes Huge Step Forward in Combating Opioid Crisis with Medical Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Illinois Governor Signs Opioid Alternative Bill, Making Huge Improvements to Medical Cannabis Program

Illinois Governor Signs Opioid Alternative Bill, Making Huge Improvements to Medical Cannabis Program | Kate Zawidzki

Illinois’s medical marijuana program took a major step forward Tuesday as Governor Bruce Rauner signed bill Senate Bill 336, the Alternatives to Opioids Act, into law. This historic change makes several key improvements: Opioid patients now qualify. Patients who are — or could be — prescribed opioid drugs will be able to register to obtain medical cannabis […]

Illinois Governor Signs Opioid Alternative Bill, Making Huge Improvements to Medical Cannabis Program | The Daily Chronic



California Marijuana Expungement Measure Awaits Governor’s Signature

California Marijuana Expungement Measure Awaits Governor’s Signature | Paul Armentano

Members of the California Assembly and Senate have approved legislation to facilitate the review and expungement of past marijuana convictions. Assembly members approved the bill, AB 1793, by a vote of 43 to 28, while members of the Senate passed the measure by a vote of 28 to 10. The legislation now awaits final action by Democrat Gov. […]

California Marijuana Expungement Measure Awaits Governor’s Signature | The Daily Chronic



California Key Cannabis Bills Advance; Public Comment Period Continues on Proposed Rules

California Key Cannabis Bills Advance; Public Comment Period Continues on Proposed Rules | Kate Zawidzki

Two compassionate cannabis-related bills are advancing, here’s a rundown: AB 1793 would make expungement automatic for cannabis-related convictions that today are no longer considered crimes. It passed the Assembly in May, the Senate earlier today, and it’s now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Meanwhile, SB 829 would waive cultivation fees for donations medical cannabis businesses make to […]

California Key Cannabis Bills Advance; Public Comment Period Continues on Proposed Rules | The Daily Chronic



Illinois Students Get Relief, but Opioid Patients Still Waiting on Governor

Illinois Students Get Relief, but Opioid Patients Still Waiting on Governor | Kate Zawidzki

Students in Illinois who require access to medical cannabis during school hours were granted relief earlier in August, when Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Ashley’s Law into law. This marked a major step forward for patients, including the new law’s namesake, Ashley Surin, who sought access to help manage her seizure condition. Another bill, which would […]

Illinois Students Get Relief, but Opioid Patients Still Waiting on Governor | The Daily Chronic



Illinois Bill Authorizing Medical Marijuana Administration On School Grounds Signed Into Law

Illinois Bill Authorizing Medical Marijuana Administration On School Grounds Signed Into Law | NORML

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) has signed legislation into law permitting qualified caregivers to administer medical marijuana products to students on school grounds. The legislation – HB 4870 (aka Ashley’s Law) – authorizes the administration of a “medical marijuana infused product” by a designated caregiver to a qualified student patients, as long as doing so […]

Illinois Bill Authorizing Medical Marijuana Administration On School Grounds Signed Into Law | The Daily Chronic



New Federal Employment Protections Bill Introduced for Marijuana Consumers

New Federal Employment Protections Bill Introduced for Marijuana Consumers | NORML

Today, Congressman Charlie Crist held a press conference to announce the introduction of the Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act, HR 6589. The bipartisan bill would explicitly bar federal agencies from discriminating against workers solely because of their status as a cannabis consumer, or due to testing positive for marijuana use on a […]

New Federal Employment Protections Bill Introduced for Marijuana Consumers | The Daily Chronic



There’s a Surprising Obstacle to Legalizing Marijuana in New Jersey

There’s a Surprising Obstacle to Legalizing Marijuana in New Jersey | Phillip Smith

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) campaigned on, among other things, a promise to legalize marijuana in his first 100 days in office. That didn’t happen. It may not happen at all this year, and state Sen. Ronald Rice (D) is one major reason why. Marijuana legalization advocates led by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas […]

There’s a Surprising Obstacle to Legalizing Marijuana in New Jersey | The Daily Chronic



New Federal Legislation to Quantify the Health and Economic Impacts of Regulated Marijuana

New Federal Legislation to Quantify the Health and Economic Impacts of Regulated Marijuana | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) led a group of bipartisan lawmakers in introducing The Marijuana Data Collection Act. The act calls upon the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to collect and synthesize relevant data and to generate a formal report to Congress quantifying the impact of statewide marijuana legalization […]

New Federal Legislation to Quantify the Health and Economic Impacts of Regulated Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Legislation Into Law

Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Legislation Into Law | NORML

PROVIDENCE, RI — Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (D) has signed legislation permitting those with past marijuana convictions to have their records expunged. House Bill 8355/S. 2447 allows those with past convictions for crimes involving the possession of less than one ounce of cannabis to petition the court for an order of expungement. It states, “[W]here the court […]

Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Legislation Into Law | The Daily Chronic



Hawaii Governor Signs One Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill, Vetoes Another

Hawaii Governor Signs One Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill, Vetoes Another | NORML

HONOLULU, HI — Hawaii’s Democrat Governor David Ige has signed legislation into law expanding patient’s access to medical marijuana and cannabis-infused products. House Bill 2729 establishes criteria permitting out-of-state patients to access medical cannabis. It also permits regulators to certify patients’ recommendations for up to a three-year period, and allows for physicians to make recommendations to patients […]

Hawaii Governor Signs One Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill, Vetoes Another | The Daily Chronic



House Rules Committee Blocks FY19 Marijuana Amendments

House Rules Committee Blocks FY19 Marijuana Amendments | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — Late Monday night, the House Rules Committee led by prohibitionist Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX) blocked two 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. The […]

House Rules Committee Blocks FY19 Marijuana Amendments | The Daily Chronic



Pennsylvania Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Research Bill

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Research Bill | NORML

HARRISBURG, PA — Democrat Governor Tom Wolf has signed legislation into law to facilitate state-sponsored medical cannabis research. The amended law, House Bill 2477, states: “It is the intention of the General Assembly to create a mechanism whereby this Commonwealth’s medical schools and hospitals may provide advice to grower/processors and dispensaries in the areas of patient health and safety, […]

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Research Bill | The Daily Chronic



Oklahoma Board of Health Restricts Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law

Oklahoma Board of Health Restricts Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law | Kate Zawidzki

On June 26, 57% of Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788 — a broad medical marijuana initiative that required swift implementation. The Department of Health had been working for three months on regulations in case the initiative passed and swiftly released draft emergency regulations. MPP and many other advocates and patients submitted comments raising concerns, […]

Oklahoma Board of Health Restricts Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law | The Daily Chronic



Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law

Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law | Paul Armentano

PROVIDENCE, RI — Rhode Island’s Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo has signed legislation permitting those with past marijuana convictions to have their records expunged. House Bill 8355/S. 2447 allows those with past convictions for crimes involving the possession of less than one ounce of cannabis to petition the court to seek an order of expungement. It states, “[W]here the […]

Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law | The Daily Chronic



Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Expand Medical Marijuana Access

Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Expand Medical Marijuana Access | Paul Armentano

Legislation to significantly expand patients’ access to medical cannabis in Maine will become law later this fall following Monday’s decision by lawmakers to override Governor Paul LePage’s veto. By a vote of 119 to 23 in the House and 25 to 8 in the Senate, Maine lawmakers rejected Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1539. The bill will become […]

Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Expand Medical Marijuana Access | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana Possession, Cultivation Now Legal in Vermont

Marijuana Possession, Cultivation Now Legal in Vermont | NORML

MONTPELIER, VT — Legislation permitting adults to legally possess and grow set quantities of cannabis for their own personal use took effect on Sunday, July 1. Vermont joins Alaska, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington in legalizing the adult possession and use of marijuana. It is the first state to enact […]

Marijuana Possession, Cultivation Now Legal in Vermont | The Daily Chronic



Senators Approve Federal Bill Authorizing Commercial Hemp Cultivation

Senators Approve Federal Bill Authorizing Commercial Hemp Cultivation | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Members of the United States Senate have approved legislation to expand commercial hemp production. Provisions added by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) to H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill) amend federal regulations to further expand and facilitate state-licensed hemp production, research, and commerce. The […]

Senators Approve Federal Bill Authorizing Commercial Hemp Cultivation | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana Legalization Becomes Reality in Vermont

Marijuana Legalization Becomes Reality in Vermont | Kate Zawidzki

MONTPELIER, VT — July 1, 2018 will go down in Vermont’s history as the day the state officially stopped punishing adults for consuming marijuana. Residents of Vermont are seeing the fruits of our movement’s tireless efforts to reform harmful and ill-conceived marijuana laws. As of Sunday, adults can now legally possess, consume, and grow limited […]

Marijuana Legalization Becomes Reality in Vermont | The Daily Chronic



Vermont: Law Legalizing Adult Marijuana Use Takes Effect Sunday, July 1

Vermont: Law Legalizing Adult Marijuana Use Takes Effect Sunday, July 1 | NORML

MONTPELIER, VT — Adults in Vermont will be able to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis legally under state law, beginning this Sunday, July 1. Vermont joins Alaska, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington in legalizing the adult possession and use of marijuana. It is the first state […]

Vermont: Law Legalizing Adult Marijuana Use Takes Effect Sunday, July 1 | The Daily Chronic



Delaware Marijuana Legalization Bill Gets Majority House Vote, But Still Fails

Delaware Marijuana Legalization Bill Gets Majority House Vote, But Still Fails | Kate Zawidzki

On the evening of June 27, the Delaware House of Representatives voted 21-15 (with five not voting) to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults. This was only the third time that the majority of a state legislative chamber voted to legalize and regulate marijuana. Unfortunately, however, a majority was not enough. A three-fifths supermajority […]

Delaware Marijuana Legalization Bill Gets Majority House Vote, But Still Fails | The Daily Chronic



Chuck Schumer Introduces Far-Reaching Marijuana Descheduling Bill

Chuck Schumer Introduces Far-Reaching Marijuana Descheduling Bill | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with Senators Bernie Sanders, Tim Kaine, and Tammy Duckworth, on Wednesday introduced legislation, the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and to provide funding for the expungement of criminal records for those with past marijuana convictions. “The time to decriminalize […]

Chuck Schumer Introduces Far-Reaching Marijuana Descheduling Bill | The Daily Chronic



Chuck Schumer Introduces Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana at the Federal Level

Chuck Schumer Introduces Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana at the Federal Level | Drug Policy Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC — Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday introduced legislation that would decriminalize and de-schedule marijuana at the federal level by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act. “Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer’s introduction of federal marijuana decriminalization legislation demonstrates the legitimacy of marijuana reform and is a testament to the success of […]

Chuck Schumer Introduces Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana at the Federal Level | The Daily Chronic



Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Introduces Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Introduces Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced legislation Wednesday that would end the federal government’s prohibition of marijuana. The proposal is co-sponsored by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). The bill, titled the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, leaving its legal […]

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Introduces Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition | The Daily Chronic



Proposed Bill Would Allow Marijuana Use in Federal Housing

Proposed Bill Would Allow Marijuana Use in Federal Housing | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has introduced legislation to protect state-lawful marijuana users from housing discrimination. Entitled the “Marijuana in Federally Assisted Housing Parity Act of 2018,”  the legislation includes protections for consumers in both medical and adult use states. It states, “A public housing agency or an owner of federally assisted housing may […]

Proposed Bill Would Allow Marijuana Use in Federal Housing | The Daily Chronic



New Federal Bill Would Protect States’ Experiments with Legal Marijuana

New Federal Bill Would Protect States’ Experiments with Legal Marijuana | Phillip Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — A bipartisan group of legislators have introduced a bill in both houses of Congress that would protect state marijuana legalization, medical marijuana, and decriminalization laws from federal interference. Under the measure, the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act), the Controlled Substances Act’s (CSA) provisions federally criminalizing marijuana would […]

New Federal Bill Would Protect States’ Experiments with Legal Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



More Pennsylvania Cities Push for Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances

More Pennsylvania Cities Push for Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances | NORML

BETHLEHEM, PA — Members of the Bethlehem city council have moved toward the enactment of a local ordinance that seeks to make first-time minor marijuana possession offenses punishable by a $25 fine. Members decided unanimously in favor of the proposal on its first reading. A final vote is anticipated in about two weeks. However, it remains unclear […]

More Pennsylvania Cities Push for Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances | The Daily Chronic



The RESPECT Resolution Seeks Restorative Justice

The RESPECT Resolution Seeks Restorative Justice | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced The “RESPECT Resolution: Realizing Equitable & Sustainable Participation in Emerging Cannabis Trades” to elevate the importance of equity within the legal cannabis marketplace. The RESPECT Resolution seeks both economic and reparative justice, ensuring that disenfranchised communities will be able to benefit equally in the emerging legal […]

The RESPECT Resolution Seeks Restorative Justice | The Daily Chronic



House Appropriations Committee Blocks Cannabis Banking Amendment

House Appropriations Committee Blocks Cannabis Banking Amendment | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — The House Appropriations Committee took up and defeated language known as the Safe Banking Amendment offered by Congressman David Joyce (R-OH) on Wednesday, June 13th. If adopted, regulators would not be authorized to use federal funds to threaten sanctions against banks working with marijuana-related businesses and entrepreneurs. The defeat of the Safe Banking Amendment was […]

House Appropriations Committee Blocks Cannabis Banking Amendment | The Daily Chronic



Medical Marijuana Protections Included in Senate CJS Appropriations Bill

Medical Marijuana Protections Included in Senate CJS Appropriations Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON, DC — For the first time ever, United States Senators have included protections for state medical marijuana laws in their base Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies approved the spending legislation Tuesday, including a provision that would block the Justice Department from using […]

Medical Marijuana Protections Included in Senate CJS Appropriations Bill | The Daily Chronic



Senate Majority Leader Announces Progress on Hemp Reform Legislation

Senate Majority Leader Announces Progress on Hemp Reform Legislation | Paul Armentano

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Friday announced that he has secured provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill to further expand and facilitate state-regulated hemp production. In a press release, McConnell acknowledged that provisions in S. 2667: The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 have now been incorporated into the Senate’s version […]

Senate Majority Leader Announces Progress on Hemp Reform Legislation | The Daily Chronic



President Trump Expresses Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Fix

President Trump Expresses Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Fix | Paul Armentano

President Donald Trump on Friday expressed verbal support for recently introduced, bi-partisan legislation that seeks to codify legal protections for state-sanctioned marijuana-related activities. In response to a question from reporters, the President acknowledged that he “probably will end up supporting” The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act of 2018, sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and […]

President Trump Expresses Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Fix | The Daily Chronic



Senators Warren and Gardner Introduce STATES Act to Respect State Cannabis Laws

Senators Warren and Gardner Introduce STATES Act to Respect State Cannabis Laws | Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act) to respect state determinations about cannabis policy. The bill was also introduced in the House of Representatives by David Joyce (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). The STATES Act allows each state, the […]

Senators Warren and Gardner Introduce STATES Act to Respect State Cannabis Laws | The Daily Chronic



Louisiana Medical Marijuana Expansion Laws Take Effect

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Expansion Laws Take Effect | NORML

BATON ROUGE, LA — Louisiana patients suffering from intractable pain, post-traumatic stress, and other medical conditions are now eligible to receive medical cannabis access under newly enacted legislation. House Bill 627 expands the pool of patients eligible to receive cannabis therapy to include those with symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, such as self-injuring behavior or an inability […]

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Expansion Laws Take Effect | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire Governor Signs Legislation Lifting Medical Marijuana Dispensary Cap

New Hampshire Governor Signs Legislation Lifting Medical Marijuana Dispensary Cap | NORML

CONCORD, NH — Republican New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has signed legislation into law expanding the total number of medical cannabis dispensaries which may operate legally within the state. Senate Bill 388 acknowledges the need for the establishment of additional dispensaries in specific geographic areas, including Carroll, Cheshire, and Grafton counties. Under the state’s initial medical cannabis law, no more […]

New Hampshire Governor Signs Legislation Lifting Medical Marijuana Dispensary Cap | The Daily Chronic



Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect State Marijuana Laws

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect State Marijuana Laws | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday that would end the federal government’s war on marijuana and protect states’ rights to enact their own marijuana policies. In April, Gardner said President Donald Trump “assured [him] that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this […]

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect State Marijuana Laws | The Daily Chronic



U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Gardner Announce Landmark Bipartisan Bill to Protect States’ Rights to Legalize Marijuana

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Gardner Announce Landmark Bipartisan Bill to Protect States’ Rights to Legalize Marijuana | Drug Policy Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, the Senate’s first-ever bipartisan bill that would protect states that legalize marijuana. A companion bill in the House of Representatives co-sponsored by David Joyce (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) was also announced today. […]

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Gardner Announce Landmark Bipartisan Bill to Protect States’ Rights to Legalize Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Protect States That Have Legalized Marijuana

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Protect States That Have Legalized Marijuana | NORML

Today, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced bipartisan legislation, The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act of 2018, to remove the threat of federal intervention and prosecution in states that regulate marijuana use and sales. A bipartisan House companion bill has been introduced by Representatives David Joyce (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer […]

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Protect States That Have Legalized Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Republican Rules Committee Blocks Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendments (Again)

Republican Rules Committee Blocks Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendments (Again) | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — For the second year in a row, 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 either legal protections or expanded access to veterans […]

Republican Rules Committee Blocks Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendments (Again) | The Daily Chronic



New York Assembly Passes Key Marijuana Bills: Sealing Marijuana Convictions and Medical Marijuana Access for Opioid Use Disorder

New York Assembly Passes Key Marijuana Bills: Sealing Marijuana Convictions and Medical Marijuana Access for Opioid Use Disorder | Drug Policy Alliance

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Assembly voted Wednesday to pass a bill to seal marijuana convictions for individuals who have been unjustly and unconstitutionally arrested for simple possession of marijuana in public view. The bill, Assembly Bill 2142, the Marijuana Sealing Bill, is sponsored by Assmblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo). This is the third time […]

New York Assembly Passes Key Marijuana Bills: Sealing Marijuana Convictions and Medical Marijuana Access for Opioid Use Disorder | The Daily Chronic



Maryland Hemp Distribution Bill Signed Into Law

Maryland Hemp Distribution Bill Signed Into Law | NORML

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Maryland’s Republican governor, Larry Hogan, has signed legislation into law expanding the state’s hemp production program. House Bill 698 expands the state’s existing pilot program to explicitly permit for the distribution, marketing, and sale of hemp – both in state and out of state. Lawmakers had overwhelmingly passed the bill by a vote of 182 to […]

Maryland Hemp Distribution Bill Signed Into Law | The Daily Chronic



Senator Jeff Merkley Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act

Senator Jeff Merkley Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today became the fourth Senator to cosponsor the Marijuana Justice Act, joining the bill’s author, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and cosponsors Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Kamala Harris (D-CA).  The Marijuana Justice Act is the first ever companion legislation that has been introduced in both chambers […]

Senator Jeff Merkley Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act | The Daily Chronic



The Movement to Expunge Marijuana Convictions in Legalization States Picks Up Steam

The Movement to Expunge Marijuana Convictions in Legalization States Picks Up Steam | Clarence Walker

As marijuana legalization spreads into various states, some are allowing people who’d been previously been convicted of possession of a small amount of pot to clear their records. They have their convictions either wiped off their record forever under state expungement laws or, in some cases, have low-level felony marijuana convictions be reduced to misdemeanors. […]

The Movement to Expunge Marijuana Convictions in Legalization States Picks Up Steam | The Daily Chronic



New Law Excludes CBD from Kansas Criminal Code

New Law Excludes CBD from Kansas Criminal Code | NORML

TOPEKA, KS — Republican Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has signed legislation amending the state’s criminal code to explicitly exempt cannabidiol from the definition of marijuana. Passage of Senate Bill 282 allows for the possession and retail sale of products containing CBD as long as they contain zero percent THC. Unlike CBD-exemption laws enacted in most other states, Kansas’ new law permits […]

New Law Excludes CBD from Kansas Criminal Code | The Daily Chronic



Arizona Governor Signs Hemp Research Bill Into Law

Arizona Governor Signs Hemp Research Bill Into Law | NORML

PHOENIX, AZ — Arizona’s Republican Governor Doug Ducey has signed legislation, SB 1098, into law establishing a pilot program permitting licensed institutions to research the “growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp.” Federal provisions (Section 7606) of the 2014 Farm Act explicitly authorizes states to engage in the state-authorized cultivation of hemp for research purposes. Over […]

Arizona Governor Signs Hemp Research Bill Into Law | The Daily Chronic



House Appropriations Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Protections in Federal Budget

House Appropriations Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Protections in Federal Budget | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON, DC — The House Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to continue blocking the Justice Department from interfering in state medical marijuana laws. On a voice vote, the committee approved an amendment offered by Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) to the base FY2019 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, prohibiting the Justice Department from using funds to interfere in the […]

House Appropriations Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Protections in Federal Budget | The Daily Chronic



Historic House Appropriations Committee Vote On Marijuana

Historic House Appropriations Committee Vote On Marijuana | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House appropriations committee for the first time heard and passed language, known as the Joyce amendment, to restrict funding for the Department of Justice to prosecute state-legal medical marijuana programs. “Today marks a victory for medical marijuana programs and a loss for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Passage of this amendment through […]

Historic House Appropriations Committee Vote On Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Senator Kamala Harris Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act

Senator Kamala Harris Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act | Justin Strekal

Today, California’s junior Senator Kamala Harris announced in a video message that she will be joining Senators Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Ron Wyden on the Marijuana Justice Act. This comes just a week and a half after California senior Senator Diane Feinstein told reporters that she has dropped her opposition to ending the federal prohibition of […]

Senator Kamala Harris Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act | The Daily Chronic



Georgia Governor Signs Legislation Expanding CBD Exemption Law

Georgia Governor Signs Legislation Expanding CBD Exemption Law | NORML

ATLANTA, GA — Georgia’s Republican Governor Nathan Deal has signed legislation into law expanding the pool of patients eligible to possess CBD oil under the state’s limited medical exemption law. Passage of House Bill 65 permits patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain to receive a physician’s authorization to possess oils high in cannabidiol and low in THC. The […]

Georgia Governor Signs Legislation Expanding CBD Exemption Law | The Daily Chronic



Advocates Demand Marijuana Legalization in New York; Focus on Racial and Economic Justice

Advocates Demand Marijuana Legalization in New York; Focus on Racial and Economic Justice | Drug Policy Alliance

ALBANY, NY — Advocates assembled in the state capitol today to urge state Legislators and the Governor to move on marijuana reform and emphasize that marijuana legalization remains a social, racial, and economic justice issue. Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Liz Krueger were joined by organizations and groups dedicated to criminal justice reform, civil rights, and public […]

Advocates Demand Marijuana Legalization in New York; Focus on Racial and Economic Justice | The Daily Chronic



PA: Marijuana Arrests Soar in Allentown and Bethlehem as Both Cities Consider Marijuana Decriminalization

PA: Marijuana Arrests Soar in Allentown and Bethlehem as Both Cities Consider Marijuana Decriminalization | NORML

Police in the Pennsylvania cities of Allentown and Bethlehem continue to arrest hundreds of residents for less than 30 grams of cannabis while opiate and cocaine arrests seem to be going down. Last year Allentown put 315 people into handcuffs and the courts over marijuana possession, while the city reported just 31 other drug possession […]

PA: Marijuana Arrests Soar in Allentown and Bethlehem as Both Cities Consider Marijuana Decriminalization | The Daily Chronic



Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Amend Voter-Initiated Adult Use Measure

Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Amend Voter-Initiated Adult Use Measure | NORML

Maine lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1719; the enactment of the legislation establishes a framework for the retail sale of marijuana to adults, but also amends numerous provisions of the 2016 voter-approved measure — including those specific to home grow limits and taxation. Specifically, LD 1719 limits the number […]

Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Amend Voter-Initiated Adult Use Measure | The Daily Chronic



New Mexico Court Strikes Down Governor’s Veto of Hemp Production Act

New Mexico Court Strikes Down Governor’s Veto of Hemp Production Act | NORML

Justices on the state Supreme Court have upheld a lower court’s decision to strike down Republican Gov. Susana Martinez‘s vetoes of a pair of hemp production bills. The ruling allows the laws to take immediate effect. In 2017, Gov. Martinez vetoed House Bill 144 and Senate Bill 6 without explanation. The measures permit the Department of Agriculture to license […]

New Mexico Court Strikes Down Governor’s Veto of Hemp Production Act | The Daily Chronic



Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto and Approve Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill

Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto and Approve Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

AUGUSTA, ME — On Wednesday, Maine lawmakers voted to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that would establish regulations for the legal marijuana market, with the House voting 109-39 and the Senate voting 28-6 to approve the measure. LD 1719 creates the rules for licensing and regulating marijuana producers, processors, and retail establishments and […]

Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto and Approve Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill | The Daily Chronic



Leading Senate Democrat to Introduce Marijuana Descheduling Bill

Leading Senate Democrat to Introduce Marijuana Descheduling Bill | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has publicly announced his intent to sponsor legislation to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act. The pending measure, much like House Bill 1227: The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, provides states the autonomy and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference. Senator Schumer’s proposal is […]

Leading Senate Democrat to Introduce Marijuana Descheduling Bill | The Daily Chronic



Legislation Introduced to End the Federal Government’s Marijuana Production Monopoly

Legislation Introduced to End the Federal Government’s Marijuana Production Monopoly | Paul Armentano

WASHINGTON, DC — A bipartisan coalition of over two-dozen federal lawmakers, including House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL), are backing newly introduced legislation — The Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018 — to facilitate federally-approved clinical trials involving cannabis. Passage of this act would end the University of Mississippi’s existing monopoly on the growth of cannabis […]

Legislation Introduced to End the Federal Government’s Marijuana Production Monopoly | The Daily Chronic



Federal Legislation Introduced to Facilitate Medical Marijuana Trials for Military Veterans

Federal Legislation Introduced to Facilitate Medical Marijuana Trials for Military Veterans | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Rep. Timothy Waltz (D-MN), along with 39 bipartisan co-sponsors, has introduced legislation, HR 5520 The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018, to facilitate federally-sponsored clinical research on the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis among veterans. The legislation explicitly authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs “to conduct and support research on […]

Federal Legislation Introduced to Facilitate Medical Marijuana Trials for Military Veterans | The Daily Chronic



Three More States Enact Hemp Production Laws

Three More States Enact Hemp Production Laws | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Governors in Alaska, Kansas, and Oklahoma have each signed legislation in recent days establishing programs to permit the cultivation of industrial hemp. In Alaska, Independent Gov. Bill Walker signed legislation into law establishing a pilot program “to study the growth, cultivation, [and] marketing of industrial hemp.” Senate Bill 6 creates a legal distinction between hemp and marijuana […]

Three More States Enact Hemp Production Laws | The Daily Chronic



NM: Albuquerque Enacts Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

NM: Albuquerque Enacts Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | NORML

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has signed municipal legislation into law decriminalizing offenses involving the possession of small quantities of cannabis and marijuana-related paraphernalia. Under the new law, the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is classified as a civil infraction, punishable by a $25 fine. Under state law, first-time simple marijuana possession offenses […]

NM: Albuquerque Enacts Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | The Daily Chronic



Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Provision Into Law

Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Provision Into Law | NORML

BOSTON, MA — Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has signed legislation into law that includes a provision expunging the criminal records of those convicted of certain prior marijuana offenses. Language in Senate Bill 2371 states, “[A] court may order the expungement of a record created as a result of a criminal court appearance … if the court determines based […]

Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Provision Into Law | The Daily Chronic



Chuck Schumer is Ready to Legalize Weed

Chuck Schumer is Ready to Legalize Weed | Phillip Smith

The Senate’s highest-ranking Democrat is letting his freak flag fly. In a Thursday night interview with VICE News, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced he is crafting legislation that would result in the effective end of federal marijuana prohibition. Schumer has previously supported medical marijuana and allowing states the right to experiment with legalization, but this […]

Chuck Schumer is Ready to Legalize Weed | The Daily Chronic



Senate Majority Leader Fast-Tracks Hemp Legalization Bill

Senate Majority Leader Fast-Tracks Hemp Legalization Bill | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), along with Rand Paul (R-KY) and Oregon Democrats Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have introduced legislation to remove low THC hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act and amend federal regulations to better facilitate industrial hemp production, research, and commerce. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 empowers states to regulate hemp production and […]

Senate Majority Leader Fast-Tracks Hemp Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Chuck Schumer to Introduce Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Legislation

Chuck Schumer to Introduce Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Legislation | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will soon introduce a bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. In a video tweet posted on Vice News, Leader Schumer says: “I’ll be introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, from one end of the country to the other.” BREAKING: Senator Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) changes position and says […]

Chuck Schumer to Introduce Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Legislation | The Daily Chronic



Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Facilitate Medical Marijuana Trials for Veterans

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Facilitate Medical Marijuana Trials for Veterans | Paul Armentano

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Rep. Timothy Waltz (D-MN), along with over 30 bipartisan co-sponsors, has introduced legislation, HR 5520: The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018, to facilitate federally-sponsored clinical research into the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis among veterans. The legislation states: “In carrying out the responsibilities of the Secretary of Veterans […]

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Facilitate Medical Marijuana Trials for Veterans | The Daily Chronic



Senate Majority Leader Introduces Bi-Partisan Hemp Legalization Bill

Senate Majority Leader Introduces Bi-Partisan Hemp Legalization Bill | Paul Armentano

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), along with Oregon Democrats Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have introduced legislation to remove low THC hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act and amend federal regulations to better facilitate industrial hemp production, research, and commerce. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 allows states, not the […]

Senate Majority Leader Introduces Bi-Partisan Hemp Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Albuquerque, N.M. Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

Albuquerque, N.M. Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession | Drug Policy Alliance

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has has signed into law an ordinance removing criminal sanctions pertaining to possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia from the city’s municipal codes. The new city ordinance makes one ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia a civil infraction with a fine of $25. A […]

Albuquerque, N.M. Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic



Senate Leader Plans to Spearhead Federal Hemp Reform

Senate Leader Plans to Spearhead Federal Hemp Reform | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Majority Leader of the United States Senate, has publicly announced his intention to sponsor federal legislation to legalize and fund the licensed production of industrial hemp. According to a press release issued by the Senator, the forthcoming legislation – entitled the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 – “will allow states to be the […]

Senate Leader Plans to Spearhead Federal Hemp Reform | The Daily Chronic



Utah Governor Signs Several Marijuana-Related Bills Into Law

Utah Governor Signs Several Marijuana-Related Bills Into Law | NORML

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Utah’s Republican governor, Gary Herbert, has signed a series of bills to facilitate access and research to cannabis and cannabis-related products. House Bill 195 provides patients with no more than six-months to live the legal option to access cannabis-infused products. Under the law, patients with a physician’s recommendation may legally possess up to a […]

Utah Governor Signs Several Marijuana-Related Bills Into Law | The Daily Chronic



Indiana Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Retail Sales of ‘Low THC Hemp Extracts’

Indiana Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Retail Sales of ‘Low THC Hemp Extracts’ | NORML

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Indiana’s Republican Governor, Eric Holcomb, has signed legislation, Senate Bill 52, authorizing for the retail sale of certain hemp extract products. Under the measure, retailers may legally sell “low THC hemp extract” products that possess a “certificate of analysis prepared by an independent drug testing laboratory.” The testing must confirm that the products contain no more […]

Indiana Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Retail Sales of ‘Low THC Hemp Extracts’ | The Daily Chronic



Key Committee Approves Connecticut Marijuana Legalization Bill

Key Committee Approves Connecticut Marijuana Legalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

HARTFORD, CT — The Joint Committee on Appropriations approved a bill that would legalize and regulate marijuana for adults in Connecticut on Thursday, potentially setting it up for floor consideration before the end of this year’s legislative session. House Bill 5394, which was introduced by the committee, would task the commissioners of Mental Health and Addiction […]

Key Committee Approves Connecticut Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Albuquerque City Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Albuquerque City Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession | Drug Policy Alliance

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Late Monday night, Albuquerque City Council members voted 5-4 on a party vote to remove criminal sanctions pertaining to possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia from the city’s municipal codes. The measure now heads to Mayor Keller’s desk for signature. The proposed ordinance makes one ounce or less of marijuana and possession of […]

Albuquerque City Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic



Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections

Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — In a blow to Attorney General Jeff Sessions anti-marijuana agenda, Congressional leadership included in the omnibus spending package language that was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), to prohibit the Department of Justice and its affiliated agencies from prosecuting state-lawful and compliant medical marijuana systems, businesses, and patients. Originally known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, it explicitly […]

Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections | The Daily Chronic



St Louis: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses Reduced to $25 Fine

St Louis: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses Reduced to $25 Fine | NORML

ST. LOUIS, MO — City lawmakers in St. Louis have approved municipal legislation reducing minor marijuana possession offenses to a $25 fine-only violation. The new policy took effect immediately after being signed into law by Mayor Lyda Krewson. Under the policy, cannabis possession offenses involving up to 35 grams are classified as a municipal violation, punishable by no […]

St Louis: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses Reduced to $25 Fine | The Daily Chronic



Congress Approves Spending Bill Protecting Medical Marijuana States from Federal Interference

Congress Approves Spending Bill Protecting Medical Marijuana States from Federal Interference | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON, DC — A spending bill passed by Congress early Friday contains language that renews restrictions on the use of federal funds to interfere with state medical marijuana programs. If approved by the president, the legislation will continue to prevent the Department of Justice from spending resources to target medical marijuana patients and providers who are in […]

Congress Approves Spending Bill Protecting Medical Marijuana States from Federal Interference | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire House Narrowly Votes to Study, Not Pass, Marijuana Bill

New Hampshire House Narrowly Votes to Study, Not Pass, Marijuana Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire House of Representatives punted a marijuana legalization bill to “interim study” on Thursday, moments after a vote to keep the measure alive fell short in a 135-153 roll call vote. The bill is effectively dead for the year, although it may be studied further by the House Ways and Means Committee. […]

New Hampshire House Narrowly Votes to Study, Not Pass, Marijuana Bill | The Daily Chronic



House Passes Budget with Medical Cannabis Protection Amendment

House Passes Budget with Medical Cannabis Protection Amendment | Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — after months of debate and continuing resolutions, the House of Representatives has passed its Appropriations package for the fiscal year of 2018. Unlike previous short term measures, this bill will fully fund the government through September 30, 2018. At over 2,200 pages the bill is a massive combination of funding outlays and policy. Due […]

House Passes Budget with Medical Cannabis Protection Amendment | The Daily Chronic



New Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections

New Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — As part of the newly proposed appropriations package known as an omnibus bill, a spending restriction upon the Department of Justice from prosecuting state-legal medical marijuana programs will remain in place through the end of September. Known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, it explicitly states that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own […]

New Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections | The Daily Chronic



NH Advocates Call to Replace Head of Marijuana Study Commission

NH Advocates Call to Replace Head of Marijuana Study Commission | Marijuana Policy Project

CONCORD, NH — The Marijuana Policy Project is calling on New Hampshire House Speaker Gene Chandler to remove Rep. Patrick Abrami as the chair of the state’s marijuana legalization study commission. The group was created last year, despite advocates’ concerns regarding the makeup of the commission, to examine how regulating and taxing marijuana for adults would […]

NH Advocates Call to Replace Head of Marijuana Study Commission | The Daily Chronic



ACTION ALERT: Don’t Let Congress Roll Back Marijuana Protections

ACTION ALERT: Don’t Let Congress Roll Back Marijuana Protections | Erik Altieri

One development in our federal government that got a bit lost in the flurry of other headlines this week is that House and Senate leaders are putting the last minute touches on an omnibus appropriations package that would fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year. Something that many in the marijuana policy […]

ACTION ALERT: Don’t Let Congress Roll Back Marijuana Protections | The Daily Chronic



New Jersey Governor Reaffirms Support for Marijuana Legalization

New Jersey Governor Reaffirms Support for Marijuana Legalization | NORML

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s newly elected Governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, reaffirmed his support for adult use marijuana regulation during his budget address on Tuesday. The Governor acknowledged that the state currently spends upwards of $140 million per year adjudicating low-level marijuana possession offenses, and that those prosecuted are disproportionately young people of color. “Legalization will allow us to […]

New Jersey Governor Reaffirms Support for Marijuana Legalization | The Daily Chronic



Oklahoma: Lawmakers Move Forward to Preemptively Quash Medical Marijuana Vote

Oklahoma: Lawmakers Move Forward to Preemptively Quash Medical Marijuana Vote | Paul Armentano

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma state Senate lawmakers this week passed legislation, Senate Bill 1120, that seeks to preemptively quash many of the provisions of State Question 788 — an expansive voter initiative that provides physicians the discretion to recommend medical marijuana to those patients for whom they believe it will therapeutically benefit. Oklahomans will be voting on the measure, […]

Oklahoma: Lawmakers Move Forward to Preemptively Quash Medical Marijuana Vote | The Daily Chronic



New Jersey Governor Doubles Down on Marijuana Legalization

New Jersey Governor Doubles Down on Marijuana Legalization | NORML

TRENTON, NJ — During a budget address on Tuesday, March 13th, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy doubled down on his commitment to legalize marijuana in the Garden State this year. A budget overview document released in tandem with his address states that “this Administration plans to legalize adult-use marijuana by January 1, 2019. The State will also move […]

New Jersey Governor Doubles Down on Marijuana Legalization | The Daily Chronic



Maine Lawmakers Moving Forward With Effort to Rewrite Voter-Approved Marijuana Law

Maine Lawmakers Moving Forward With Effort to Rewrite Voter-Approved Marijuana Law | NORML

AUGUSTA, ME — Maine state lawmakers are moving forward with a legislative proposal to significantly amend various provisions of the state’s 2016 voter-approved cannabis law: The Marijuana Legalization Act. Members of the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee have voted 16 to 1 in favor of overhauling the law, which still has yet to be fully implemented. Lawmakers had initially voted last year […]

Maine Lawmakers Moving Forward With Effort to Rewrite Voter-Approved Marijuana Law | The Daily Chronic



Albuquerque City Council Files Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Albuquerque City Council Files Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession | Drug Policy Alliance

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — On Monday, Albuquerque City Council members, Pat Davis and Isaac Benton, filed a new bill to remove criminal sanctions pertaining to possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia from the city’s municipal codes. The proposed ordinance makes one ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia a civil infraction with a […]

Albuquerque City Council Files Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic



Baton Rouge On Brink of Decriminalizing Marijuana

Baton Rouge On Brink of Decriminalizing Marijuana | Drug Policy Alliance

BATON ROUGE, LA — The East Baton Rouge Metropolitan City Council has voted 8-4 in favor of an ordinance to decriminalize marijuana in East Baton Rouge Parish, which includes the state capital of Baton Rouge. If Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome signs the ordinance, it will go into effect on March 31. “This would be a […]

Baton Rouge On Brink of Decriminalizing Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Maine Lawmakers Push to Rewrite 2016 Voter-Approved Marijuana Law

Maine Lawmakers Push to Rewrite 2016 Voter-Approved Marijuana Law | Paul Armentano

AUGUSTA, ME — State lawmakers in Maine are moving forward with a legislative proposal to significantly amend various provisions of the state’s 2016 voter-approved cannabis law: The Marijuana Legalization Act. Members of the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee have voted 16 to 1 in favor of overhauling the law, which has yet to be fully implemented. Lawmakers had initially […]

Maine Lawmakers Push to Rewrite 2016 Voter-Approved Marijuana Law | The Daily Chronic



Kentucky House Votes to Ask Congress to Remove Hemp from Controlled Substances Act

Kentucky House Votes to Ask Congress to Remove Hemp from Controlled Substances Act | Press Release

FRANKFORT, KY — The Kentucky House voted Wednesday to ask Congress to remove hemp from the definition of marijuana in the federal Controlled Substances Act. The request would be made under House Concurrent Resolution 35, sponsored by Rep. DJ Johnson, R-Owensboro, who told the House that hemp, like marijuana, is a variety of the cannabis […]

Kentucky House Votes to Ask Congress to Remove Hemp from Controlled Substances Act | The Daily Chronic



New Federal Bill Aims to Protect Legal Marijuana States and Businesses

New Federal Bill Aims to Protect Legal Marijuana States and Businesses | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) has introduced the Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act which would essentially codify the protections that were outlined in the now-rescinded Cole Memo. “To date, eight states have legalized recreational cannabis, and twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia, representing more than half of the American population, have enacted legislation to permit […]

New Federal Bill Aims to Protect Legal Marijuana States and Businesses | The Daily Chronic



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

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

JACKSON, MS — The City Council of Jackson, Mississippi voted unanimously on Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana, amending Chapter 86, Article III in the City of Jackson Code of Ordinances to effectively limit the maximum penalty for possession of 30 grams or less of cannabis to a $100 fine, with no prison time. Jackson’s ordinance is […]

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



Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended, Again

Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended, Again | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — After a brief government shutdown, congressional leadership voted to enact a six-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through March 23, 2018. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot be used […]

Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended, Again | The Daily Chronic



Bill to Allow Judicial Discretion to Order Probation for Non-Violent Drug Offenses Introduced in CA State Senate

Bill to Allow Judicial Discretion to Order Probation for Non-Violent Drug Offenses Introduced in CA State Senate | Drug Policy Alliance

The California State Legislature will consider a bill to allow judges to order probation, rather than jail or prison for persons convicted of possessing drugs, selling drugs or similar offenses, if the court believes it is in the best interests of justice, based on the facts of the case. Currently there are several types of […]

Bill to Allow Judicial Discretion to Order Probation for Non-Violent Drug Offenses Introduced in CA State Senate | The Daily Chronic



Virginia Paves Road for Medical Marijuana in Conservative States

Virginia Paves Road for Medical Marijuana in Conservative States | Americans for Safe Access

RICHMOND, VA — On Monday, the Virginia General Assembly Senate passed SB726 by a vote of 40 to 0. Last week, the companion bill passed the House of Delegates unanimously by a vote of 98-0. The joint legislation will allow physicians to recommend cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THC-A) oils to any patients for whom they feel the oils could help […]

Virginia Paves Road for Medical Marijuana in Conservative States | The Daily Chronic



New Mexico’s Marijuana Legalization Resolution Passes Out of Senate Rules Committee

New Mexico’s Marijuana Legalization Resolution Passes Out of Senate Rules Committee | Drug Policy Alliance

SANTA FE, NM – On Friday, a legislative committee voted in favor of taxing and regulating marijuana in New Mexico. On a vote of 4-3 New Mexico State Senator Ortiz y Pino’s (D-12-Bernalillo) Senate Joint Resolution 4 (SJR4) passed the Senate Rules Committee. Senators Lopez, Ortiz y Pino, Ivey-Soto, and Steinborn all voted in favor […]

New Mexico’s Marijuana Legalization Resolution Passes Out of Senate Rules Committee | The Daily Chronic



New Mexico Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill

New Mexico Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill | Drug Policy Alliance

SANTA FE, NM — New Mexico State Representative Javier Martinez has introduced a proposal to tax and regulate marijuana.  The bill, House Bill 312, was introduced Wednesday. New Mexico’s current marijuana policies are widely recognized as broken. Rep. Martinez envisions an industry that will support economic growth and begins to dismantle failed drug war policies that […]

New Mexico Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Medical Marijuana Protections Extended as Part of Temporary Federal Budget Agreement

Medical Marijuana Protections Extended as Part of Temporary Federal Budget Agreement | Paul Armentano

WASHINGTON, DC — A recently approved plan by the members of the US House and Senate to temporarily extend federal funding through February 8, 2018 also extends provisions protecting statewide medical cannabis programs from federal interference. The short-term funding plan authorizes the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment to remain in place for the time being. The amendment, enacted by Congress […]

Medical Marijuana Protections Extended as Part of Temporary Federal Budget Agreement | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Legislature Legalizes Marijuana, Makes History

Vermont Legislature Legalizes Marijuana, Makes History | Phillip Smith

MONTPELIER, VT —  Vermont has made history after the legislature passed a marijuana legalization bill into law. With Gov. Phil Scott’s signature on Monday, Vermont became the first state to have freed the weed via the legislative process, as opposed to through a voter initiative. The new law, House Bill 511, legalizes the possession of up to […]

Vermont Legislature Legalizes Marijuana, Makes History | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Becomes the Ninth State to Legalize Adult Marijuana Possession and Personal Cultivation

Vermont Becomes the Ninth State to Legalize Adult Marijuana Possession and Personal Cultivation | NORML

MONTPELIER, VT —  Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott has signed legislation (H. 511) into law legalizing the use and cultivation of marijuana by adults. Vermont is the ninth state to statutorily permit adults to possess marijuana for personal use, and it is the first state to enact these reforms via legislative action rather than by […]

Vermont Becomes the Ninth State to Legalize Adult Marijuana Possession and Personal Cultivation | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs Bill Making Marijuana Legal

Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs Bill Making Marijuana Legal | Marijuana Policy Project

MONTPELIER, VT — On Monday, Gov. Phil Scott officially signed a bill into law that makes marijuana legal for adults in Vermont. House Bill 511 eliminates Vermont’s civil penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana and removes penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants for […]

Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs Bill Making Marijuana Legal | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill Into Law

Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill Into Law | Drug Policy Alliance

MONTPELIER, VT —  Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation today allowing adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, and to cultivate up to two mature and four immature cannabis plants. Vermont joins eight other U.S. states – Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington State – as well as […]

Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill Into Law | The Daily Chronic



Federal Marijuana Justice Act Filed in House

Federal Marijuana Justice Act Filed in House | Phillip Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — Attorney General Sessions’ announcement earlier this month that he was rescinding Obama-era guidance to federal prosecutors to generally leave law-abiding marijuana operations alone in states where it is legal has paradoxically had the effect of energizing the movement to legalize marijuana at the federal level. The latest evidence of the reaction came […]

Federal Marijuana Justice Act Filed in House | The Daily Chronic



New Marijuana Law Reform Measures Proposed In Congress

New Marijuana Law Reform Measures Proposed In Congress | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Members of the US House of Representatives have introduced new legislation to protect states that have legalized the adult use of cannabis from federal interference. On Friday, Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Don Young (R-AK) introduced legislation, HR 4779, barring federal funding for any efforts that seek to “detain, prosecute, sentence, or initiate civil proceedings against […]

New Marijuana Law Reform Measures Proposed In Congress | The Daily Chronic



Bipartisan Coalition of Attorneys General Demand Congress Move Forward on Banking Reforms

Bipartisan Coalition of Attorneys General Demand Congress Move Forward on Banking Reforms | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — A bipartisan coalition of state Attorneys General have issued a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to “advance legislation” to permit state-licensed marijuana businesses greater access to banking and other financial services. The letter is undersigned by the Attorneys General of Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, […]

Bipartisan Coalition of Attorneys General Demand Congress Move Forward on Banking Reforms | The Daily Chronic



Bipartisan Bill Introduced to End Funding for Marijuana Suppression

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to End Funding for Marijuana Suppression | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) and Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) have reintroduced HR 4816: The Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act. The measure restricts civil asset forfeiture funds from being used for the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication / Suppression Program. The bill would prohibit the transfer of property that would be used for cannabis […]

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to End Funding for Marijuana Suppression | The Daily Chronic



House Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill, Focused on Racial Justice, As Companion to Cory Booker’s Senate Bill

House Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill, Focused on Racial Justice, As Companion to Cory Booker’s Senate Bill | Drug Policy Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) and Ro Khanna (D-CA-17) introduced legislation that ends federal marijuana prohibition and which contains a range of provisions to repair communities most devastated by the war on drugs. Lee and Khanna are joined by co-sponsors Steven Cohen (D-TN-9), Bobby Rush (D-IL-1), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18), […]

House Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill, Focused on Racial Justice, As Companion to Cory Booker’s Senate Bill | The Daily Chronic



Just Introduced: The Marijuana Justice Act is in the House

Just Introduced: The Marijuana Justice Act is in the House | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Barbara Lee of California along with over a dozen original co-sponsors introduced the Marijuana Justice Act into the House of Representatives on Wednesday. “I’m proud to introduce the Marijuana Justice Act – bold, progressive legislation to address the legacy of racial bias in marijuana enforcement and to end the failed War […]

Just Introduced: The Marijuana Justice Act is in the House | The Daily Chronic



Bipartisan Lawmakers Send Letter to Congressional Leadership Seeking Protections for Legal Marijuana States

Bipartisan Lawmakers Send Letter to Congressional Leadership Seeking Protections for Legal Marijuana States | Justin Strekal

Since 2014, members of Congress have passed annual spending bills that have included a provision protecting those who engage in the state-sanctioned use and dispensing of medical cannabis from undue prosecution by the Department of Justice. The amendment, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their […]

Bipartisan Lawmakers Send Letter to Congressional Leadership Seeking Protections for Legal Marijuana States | The Daily Chronic



Congress: Bipartisan Legislation Seeks to Stop Sessions from Cracking Down on Marijuana

Congress: Bipartisan Legislation Seeks to Stop Sessions from Cracking Down on Marijuana | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, bi-partisan Congressional Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Don Young (R-AK) filed a resolution, HR 4779, known as The RE.F.E.R. Act, prohibiting the federal government from taking punitive action against those operating in states where the use and distribution of marijuana is legal. NORML is pleased to have worked with Rep. Lee’s […]

Congress: Bipartisan Legislation Seeks to Stop Sessions from Cracking Down on Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Governor Announces He Will Sign Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont Governor Announces He Will Sign Marijuana Legalization Bill | Paul Armentano

Republican Gov. Phil Scott publicly announced at a news conference that he intends to sign legislation into law legalizing the use and cultivation of personal use quantities of marijuana by adults. The Governor vetoed similar legislation last year. House Bill 511 eliminates existing civil penalties specific to the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis, and […]

Vermont Governor Announces He Will Sign Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Lawmakers Send Marijuana Legalization Bill to Governor’s Desk

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

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

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



Oklahoma Voters to Decide in June on Sweeping Medical Marijuana Initiative

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



NORML Endorses Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Access Initiative SQ 788

NORML Endorses Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Access Initiative SQ 788 | NORML

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

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



Vermont Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization

Vermont Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization | Drug Policy Alliance

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

Vermont Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Legislature Approves Noncommercial Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont Legislature Approves Noncommercial Marijuana Legalization Bill | Phillip Smith

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

Vermont Legislature Approves Noncommercial Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Marijuana Possession and Cultivation

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

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

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



New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill

New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

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

New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Oklahoma to Vote on Medical Marijuana Legalization in June

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

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

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



Vermont State House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont State House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill | Justin Strekal

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

Vermont State House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



New Jersey Governor Signs Expungement Bills Into Law

New Jersey Governor Signs Expungement Bills Into Law | NORML

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

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



Vermont House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill; Senate Expected to Concur

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

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

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



Vermont Lawmakers Could Revive Marijuana Legalization Effort This Week

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended (Again)

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

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

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



CT: Hartford City Council Unanimously Votes for Marijuana Legalization

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

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

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



Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended

Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | Justin Strekal

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

Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | The Daily Chronic



Wisconsin Hemp Pilot Program Signed Into Law

Wisconsin Hemp Pilot Program Signed Into Law | NORML

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

Wisconsin Hemp Pilot Program Signed Into Law | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



Rick Steves Testifies in Illinois in Support of Marijuana Legalization

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

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

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



Illinois Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana

Illinois Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana | TJ Baker

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

Illinois Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Canada: House of Commons Passes Marijuana Legalization, Regulation Bill

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

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

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



Wisconsin Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Hemp Research Act

Wisconsin Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Hemp Research Act | NORML

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

Wisconsin Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Hemp Research Act | The Daily Chronic



New York PTSD Patients Now Eligible for Cannabis Therapy

New York PTSD Patients Now Eligible for Cannabis Therapy | NORML

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

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



New York Finally Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

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

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

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



Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill

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

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

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



Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill

Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill | NORML

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

Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill | The Daily Chronic



Texas: El Paso Moves Forward With Summons Plan

Texas: El Paso Moves Forward With Summons Plan | NORML

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

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



Maine Governor Under Pressure to Sign Marijuana Regulation Bill

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Maine Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill

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

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

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



Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill

Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill | Phillip Smith

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

Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill | The Daily Chronic



Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Becomes Law

Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Becomes Law | NORML

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

Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Becomes Law | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | NORML

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

Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | The Daily Chronic



Maryland’s Marijuana Expungement Law Takes Effect

Maryland’s Marijuana Expungement Law Takes Effect | TJ Baker

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

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



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

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

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

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



DC Councilmember Looks to Medical Marijuana to Help Fight Opioid Crisis

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

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

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



New Hampshire’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect

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

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

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



Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended

Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | NORML

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

Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | The Daily Chronic



Surprise! House Votes to Curb Sessions’ Asset Forfeiture Revival

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

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

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



Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation; Marijuana Protections Included

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

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

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



House Rules Committee Blocks Multiple Marijuana Amendments

House Rules Committee Blocks Multiple Marijuana Amendments | NORML

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

House Rules Committee Blocks Multiple Marijuana Amendments | The Daily Chronic



House Committee Denies Vote on Medical Marijuana Protection Amendment

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

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

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



Proposed Congressional Amendment Would Limit Federal Interference of State Marijuana Laws

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

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

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



Bonamici Files Amendment Preventing Federal Interference of State Hemp Laws

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research

Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research | NORML

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

Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research | The Daily Chronic



Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments

Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments | NORML

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

Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



Bipartisan Amendment Would End Arbitrary License Suspensions

Bipartisan Amendment Would End Arbitrary License Suspensions | NORML

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

Bipartisan Amendment Would End Arbitrary License Suspensions | The Daily Chronic



Maine Lawmakers Want to Change Voter-Initiated Marijuana Legalization Law

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



SMART Bill Reintroduced in Congress to Protect State Marijuana Laws

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Cory Booker Introduces Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill Focused on Racial Justice

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

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

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



Cory Booker Introduces the Marijuana Justice Act in US Senate

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

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

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



Bill to Protect State Enforcement of Marijuana Laws Introduced in Congress

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

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

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



Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill Filed in US Congress

Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill Filed in US Congress | TJ Baker

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

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



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

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

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

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



Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill

Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

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

Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | The Daily Chronic



US Senate Committee Stands Up for Medical Marijuana Patients

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

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

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



Key Senate Committee Votes to Renew Protections for Medical Marijuana

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

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

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



US Senate Committee Expected to Vote Thursday on Medical Marijuana

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

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

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



US House Committee Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendments

US House Committee Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendments | Justin Strekal

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

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



Another City in Pennsylvania Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

Another City in Pennsylvania Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession | TJ Baker

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

Another City in Pennsylvania Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic



Massachusetts Lawmakers Agree on Question 4 Implementation Measure

Massachusetts Lawmakers Agree on Question 4 Implementation Measure | NORML

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

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



New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law | Paul Armentano

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

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



New Hampshire Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

New Hampshire Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

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

New Hampshire Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Massachusetts House and Senate Reach Compromise on Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill

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

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

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



Economic Stimulus Package: Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in Wisconsin

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment | Justin Strekal

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



New Hampshire Adds New Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program

New Hampshire Adds New Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | NORML

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

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



West Virginia’s Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect

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

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

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



Delaware Creates Marijuana Legalization Task Force

Delaware Creates Marijuana Legalization Task Force | Marijuana Policy Project

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

Delaware Creates Marijuana Legalization Task Force | The Daily Chronic



Hawaii Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill

Hawaii Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill | NORML

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

Hawaii Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill | The Daily Chronic



Louisiana Medical Marijuana Access Program Moves Forward

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Access Program Moves Forward | NORML

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

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Access Program Moves Forward | The Daily Chronic



Vermont House Blocks Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill

Vermont House Blocks Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | NORML

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

Vermont House Blocks Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | The Daily Chronic



Vermont House Republicans Kill Last Chance Marijuana Legalization Bill

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

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

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



Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill

Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

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

Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | The Daily Chronic



New York Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana for PTSD

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

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

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



Vermont Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill

Vermont Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill | NORML

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

Vermont Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill | The Daily Chronic



Florida Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Implementation Measure

Florida Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Implementation Measure | NORML

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

Florida Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Implementation Measure | The Daily Chronic



Colorado Governor Signs Law Allowing Medical Cannabis for PTSD

Colorado Governor Signs Law Allowing Medical Cannabis for PTSD | NORML

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

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



Bipartisan CARERS Act Medical Marijuana Bill Reintroduced in US Senate

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

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

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



Nevada Governor Signs Hemp Expansion Law

Nevada Governor Signs Hemp Expansion Law | NORML

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

Nevada Governor Signs Hemp Expansion Law | The Daily Chronic



Medical Marijuana Legislation to Be Filed in US House, Senate

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

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

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



Proposed Changes to Massachusetts Marijuana Law “Insults Voters”

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Vermont Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Into Law

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

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

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



‘Pot for Periods’ Bill Advances in New York

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

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

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



Nevada Governor Signs Legislation Amending Carboxy-THC Per Se Law

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

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

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



Montana Governor Signs Law Establishing Medical Marijuana Tax

Montana Governor Signs Law Establishing Medical Marijuana Tax | NORML

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

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



Rhode Island Lawmakers Offer Marijuana Compromise

Rhode Island Lawmakers Offer Marijuana Compromise | Jared Moffat

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

Rhode Island Lawmakers Offer Marijuana Compromise | The Daily Chronic



New York State Lawmakers to Renew Push for Marijuana Legalization

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

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

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



Maryland Marijuana Expungement Bill Becomes Law Without Governor’s Signature

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

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

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



Colorado Adds PTSD to Medical Marijuana Program

Colorado Adds PTSD to Medical Marijuana Program | TJ Baker

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

Colorado Adds PTSD to Medical Marijuana Program | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



Nevada Governor Signs Industrial Hemp Bill Into Law

Nevada Governor Signs Industrial Hemp Bill Into Law | TJ Baker

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

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



New Hampshire Lawmakers (Finally) Pass Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

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

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

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



Arizona Governor Vetoes Industrial Hemp Licensing Measure

Arizona Governor Vetoes Industrial Hemp Licensing Measure | NORML

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

Arizona Governor Vetoes Industrial Hemp Licensing Measure | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



Maine Lawmakers Pass Bill to Implement Marijuana Legalization Initiative

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

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

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



Vermont Governor Rejects Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont Governor Rejects Marijuana Legalization Bill | NORML

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

Vermont Governor Rejects Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization, Offers ‘Path Forward’

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

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

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



Vermont Governor Phil Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont Governor Phil Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Bill | TJ Baker

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

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



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Adolescent cannabis use alters development of planning, self-control brain areas
Adolescent marijuana use may alter how neurons function in brain areas engaged in decision-making, planning and self-control, according to researchers.

New insights into the neural risks and benefits of marijuana use
Research released today underscores both the dangers and the therapeutic promise of marijuana, revealing different effects across the lifespan. Marijuana exposure in the womb or during adolescence may disrupt learning and memory, damage communication between brain regions, and disturb levels of key neurotransmitters and metabolites in the brain. In Alzheimer's disease, however, compounds found in marijuana, such as the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), may improve memory and mitigate some of the disease's symptoms.

Cognitive changes in offspring of heavy cannabis-using rats
Researchers have seen cognitive changes in the offspring of rats exposed to heavy amounts of cannabis. Their work is one of the rare studies to look at the effects of cannabis during pregnancy. The drug is the most commonly used illicit substance among pregnant women.

High on the highway -- stoned-driving on the increase
Getting behind the wheel after cannabis use is on the rise in the US, and THC, not alcohol, is now the most commonly detected intoxicant in US drivers. Detecting levels of THC, however, is challenging and the methods used so far cannot accurately determine a person's level of impairment.

Sex, drugs and estradiol: Why cannabis affects women differently
Sex differences in cannabis use are beginning to be explained with the aid of brain studies in animals and humans.

Cannabis pain relief without the 'high'
In the wake of cannabis legalization, a team of scientists have delivered encouraging news for chronic pain sufferers by pinpointing the effective dose of marijuana plant extract cannabidiol (CBD) for safe pain relief without the typical 'high' or euphoria produced by the THC.

More than one in ten heavy cannabis users experience withdrawal after quitting cannabis
As the number of Americans who regularly use cannabis has climbed, so too has the number of those experiencing cannabis withdrawal symptoms. A new study finds that 12 percent of frequent marijuana smokers experienced Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome (CWS), which includes emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms.

THC amounts identical in most cannabis strains
Newly published research has determined that many strains of cannabis have virtually identical levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), despite their unique street names.

Teen cannabis use is not without risk to cognitive development
A new study confirms that cannabis use is related to impaired and lasting effects on adolescent cognitive development.

Teens who've tried marijuana have used it in more than one form
Most teens who've tried marijuana used it in more than one form, according to a new study, raising concerns about adolescent health amid a booming cannabis market.

Children whose mothers use marijuana are more likely to try it at younger age
When mothers use marijuana during the first 12 years of their child's life, their cannabis-using children are more likely to start at an earlier age than children of non-using mothers, according to a new study. This study is the first to establish a relationship between maternal cannabis use during a child's lifetime and earlier initiation in a nationally-representative, longitudinal cohort.

Cannabinoid drugs make pain feel 'less unpleasant, more tolerable'
Researchers have determined that cannabinoid drugs do not appear to reduce the intensity of experimental pain, but, instead, may make pain feel less unpleasant and more tolerable.

The effectiveness of online cannabis responsible vendor training program
A new study on the quality of online responsible marijuana vendor for cannabis (RMV) training has just been released. The study used an online RMV training that was developed in consultation with state regulators, store personnel, and local law enforcement in Colorado and Washington state. The training focused on knowledge of state statutes and regulations, ID checking, the health effects of marijuana, customer service practices (including recognizing intoxicated patrons), and rules of the trade.

Marijuana use continues to grow among baby boomers
Marijuana use is becoming more prevalent among middle-aged and older adults, with 9 percent of adults aged 50-64 and nearly 3 percent of adults 65 and older reporting marijuana use in the past year, according to a new study.

Nerve pain in the legs? Medical marijuana may alter brain connections, bring relief
When medical marijuana is taken for chronic nerve pain, it may provide pain relief by reducing connections between the areas of the brain that process emotions and sensory signals, according to a new study.

Increased cortical activation in cannabis users' brains in resting state, research suggests
Recent research shows that cannabis users experience increased cortical activation during the brain's resting state when compared with nonusers. The resulting 'noisy brain' might impair brain activity and disrupt cognitive processes, say researchers.

Vicious circle leads to loss of brain cells in old age
The CB1 receptor is responsible for the intoxicating effect of cannabis. However, it appears to act also as a kind of 'sensor' with which neurons measure and control the activity of certain immune cells in the brain. A recent study at least points in this direction. If the sensor fails, chronic inflammation may result -- probably the beginning of a dangerous vicious circle.

In test with rats, cannabidiol showed sustained effects against depression for seven days
First results appeared 24h after one single dose of the marijuana component; scientists concluded that CBD activate mechanisms which repair neuronal circuitry in patients' prefrontal cortex and hippocampus.

Cannabis extract helps reset brain function in psychosis
Researchers have found that a single dose of the cannabis extract cannabidiol can help reduce brain function abnormalities seen in people with psychosis. Results provide the first evidence of how cannabidiol acts in the brain to reduce psychotic symptoms.

Differences between combined, isolated use of cannabis, nicotine on brain networks
Researchers have investigated the effects on the brain of concurrent cannabis and nicotine use, versus the use of solely cannabis and solely nicotine.

Marijuana found in breast milk up to six days after use
To better understand how much marijuana or constituent compounds actually get into breast milk and how long it remains, researchers conducted a study.

Largest brain study of 62,454 scans identifies drivers of brain aging
In the largest known brain imaging study, scientists evaluated 62,454 brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans of more than 30,000 individuals from 9 months old to 105 years of age to investigate factors that accelerate brain aging.

Racial disparities in prescribing opioids for chronic pain
Researchers have identified racial disparities in the treatment of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain. Black patients who receive opioids long-term are more likely than whites to be tested for illicit drug use. Of those who test positive, blacks are more likely to have their opioid prescriptions discontinued, said the researchers.

How cannabis and cannabis-based drugs harm the brain
A new study shows that the long-term use of either cannabis or cannabis-based drugs impairs memory.

Positive policing changes after cannabis legalization
Researchers have found that marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington has not hurt police effectiveness. In fact, clearance rates for certain crimes have improved.

How cannabis and cannabis-based drugs harm your brain
Long-term use of either cannabis or cannabis-based drugs impairs memory, say researchers. Their study has implications for both recreational users and people who use the drug to combat epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.

How cannabis affects appetite: Brain changes
New research on how cannabis use alters eating behavior could lead to treatments for appetite loss in chronic illness, according to experts. Using a new procedure to dose lab rats with cannabis vapor, the researchers found how the drug triggers hunger hormones. They also identified specific brain regions that shift to 'hungry' mode while under the influence.

Content of illicit cannabis extracts used to treat children with epilepsy revealed
A pioneering study has found carers who turned to medicinal cannabis to treat children with epilepsy overwhelmingly (75 percent) considered the extracts as 'effective'.

Daily cannabis use is on the rise among American adults
Cannabis use may be decreasing among teens, but a new study showed that American adults have increasingly used cannabis daily since 2007. The study found that nondaily cannabis use decreased among those aged 12 to 25 and 35 to 49 before 2007, and increased among all adults after 2007, particularly among adults 26 to 34.

Religious involvement deters recreational and medical marijuana use, researchers find
Researchers have found that individuals who regularly attend church and report that religion is very important in their daily decision making are less likely to use marijuana recreationally and medically.

Cannabis does not increase suicidal behavior in psychiatric patients
Researchers have found there is no significant association between cannabis use and suicidal behavior in people with psychiatric disorders. The study findings contrast with pre-existing data that shows the drug is linked to an increased chance of suicidal behavior in the general population.

Synthetic cannabis ('spice', 'k2') use may boost stroke risk in young users
Synthetic cannabis, also popularly known as 'spice' or 'k2,' may boost the risk of a stroke in young users, warn US doctors.

Opioid use may affect treatment for alcohol dependence
New research indicates that opioid misuse and the use of cannabis and other drugs may compromise the effectiveness of treatments for alcohol use disorder.

Cannabis: It matters how young you start
Researchers find that boys who start smoking pot before 15 are much more likely to have a drug problem at 28 than those who start at 15 or after.

Young people are choosing marijuana before cigarettes and alcohol
More young people are turning to marijuana as their first substance of choice, rather than smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol, an expert says. He says that young people who start off on marijuana before alcohol or tobacco are more likely to become heavy users and have cannabis-related problems later in life.

Faster test for cannabis quality
Researchers have developed a new method of measuring phytocannabinoids -- the primary bioactive molecules in cannabis -- that will lead to faster, safer and more accurate information for producers, regulators and consumers alike.

Viewing more medical marijuana ads linked to higher pot use among adolescents
As prohibitions on the sale and use of marijuana ease, one result is more advertising about cannabis. A new study suggests that may have consequences on adolescents, with those who view more advertising for medical marijuana being more likely to use marijuana, express intentions to use the drug and have more-positive expectations about the substance.

Cannabis use up among parents with children in the home
Cannabis use increased among parents who smoke cigarettes, as well as among non-smoking parents, according to a new study. Cannabis use was nearly four times more common among cigarette smokers compared with non-smokers. Until now, little had been known about current trends in the use of cannabis among parents with children in the home, the prevalence of exposure to both tobacco and cannabis, and which populations might be at greatest risk.

Many oncologists recommend medical marijuana clinically despite not feeling sufficiently knowledgeable to do so
While a wide majority of oncologists do not feel informed enough about medical marijuana's utility to make clinical recommendations, most do in fact conduct discussions on medical marijuana in the clinic and nearly half recommend it to their patients, say researchers who surveyed a population-based sample of medical oncologists.

Prenatal marijuana use can affect infant size, behavior, study finds
Smoking during pregnancy has well-documented negative effects on birth weight in infants and is linked to several childhood health problems. Now, researchers have found that prenatal marijuana use also can have consequences on infants' weight and can influence behavior problems, especially when combined with tobacco use.

Correlation between secondhand marijuana and tobacco smoke exposure and children ED visits
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the US. Secondhand marijuana smoke (SHMS) exposure and its subsequent impact on child health have not been studied. The objective of this study was to determine association between SHMS exposure and rates of emergency department visitation, and rates of tobacco sensitive conditions (asthma, otitis media and viral respiratory infections).

Medical marijuana could reduce opioid use in older adults
A study shows up to 65 percent of older adults who use medical marijuana significantly reduced their chronic pain and dependence on opioid painkillers.

New app could make cannabis use safer
Researchers have developed a prototype app called 'Am I Stoned' that could help cannabis users understand how the drug is affecting them through a series of phone-based tasks.

Hemp shows potential for treating ovarian cancer
Results from some of the first studies to examine hemp's ability to fight cancer show that it might one day be useful as plant-based treatment for ovarian cancer. Hemp is part of the same cannabis family as marijuana but doesn't have any psychoactive properties or cause addiction.

Prenatal cannabis use associated with low birth weights
With marijuana use during pregnancy on the rise, a new study shows that prenatal cannabis use was associated with a 50 percent increased likelihood of low birth weight, setting the stage for serious future health problems including infection and time spent in neonatal intensive care units.

How can medical marijuana benefit older adults?
Managing symptoms such as pain, nausea, and psychiatric illness can be challenging as people age. A new review highlights what's currently known about the indications and risks of medical marijuana use for older adults.

Scientific guidelines for using cannabis to treat stress, anxiety and depression
In a first-of-a-kind study, scientists examined how peoples' self-reported levels of stress, anxiety and depression were affected by smoking different strains and quantities of cannabis at home.

People who use medical marijuana more likely to use and misuse other prescription drugs
Can medical marijuana help to fight the opioid epidemic? Many believe that it can. But a new study finds that people who use medical marijuana actually have higher rates of medical and non-medical prescription drug use -- including pain relievers.

Position statement: Avoid using medical marijuana to treat sleep apnea
Medical cannabis and synthetic marijuana extracts should not be used for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, according to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Medical marijuana gets wary welcome from older adults, poll shows
Few older adults use medical marijuana, a new national poll finds, but the majority support its use if a doctor recommends it, and might talk to their own doctor about it if they developed a serious health condition. And two-thirds say the government should do more to study the drug's health effects.

Legalized medical cannabis lowers opioid use, study finds
U.S. states that have approved medical cannabis laws saw a dramatic reduction in opioid use, according to a new study.

Relationship between legal cannabis and opioid prescribing examined
Alternative methods of pain management have been a topic of discussion as the United States grapples with the opioid and heroin epidemic. New research finds that medical and adult-use cannabis laws were associated with lower opioid prescribing rates.

Marijuana may lead non-smokers to cigarettes
While cigarette smoking is declining, marijuana use is rising and, disproportionately, marijuana users also smoke cigarettes. Our new study reports that cannabis use was associated with an increased initiation of cigarette smoking among non-cigarette smokers, and that adults who smoke cigarettes and use cannabis are less likely to quit smoking cigarettes than those who do not use cannabis. Former smokers who use cannabis are also more likely to relapse to cigarette smoking.

Non-psychoactive cannabis ingredient could help addicts stay clean
A preclinical study in rats has shown that there might be value in using a non-psychoactive and non-addictive ingredient of the Cannabis sativa plant to reduce the risk of relapse among recovering drug and alcohol addicts. The study's findings inform the ongoing debate about the possible medical benefits of non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Millions of Americans seek and find illicit marijuana online
Researchers found marijuana shopping searches nearly tripled in the United States from 2005 to 2017, peaking between 1.4 and 2.4 million searches each month. Mail-order marijuana retailers occupied half of the first-page results, and three out of every four searches resulted in a mail-order marijuana retailer as the very first suggested link.

Coffee affects cannabis and steroid systems
Coffee affects your metabolism in dozens of other ways besides waking you up, including your metabolism of neurotransmitters typically linked to cannabis, a study reports. The neurotransmitters related to the endocannabinoid system -- the same ones affected by cannabis -- decreased after drinking four to eight cups of coffee in a day. That's the opposite of what occurs after someone uses cannabis. The study also gives possible insight in the cause of munchies. Coffee may also increase the elimination of steroids.

Smoking heightens risk of psychoses
Smoking at least ten cigarettes a day is linked to a higher risk of psychoses compared to non-smoking young people. The risk is also raised if the smoking starts before the age of 13.

How does resolving cannabis problems differ from problems with alcohol or other drugs?
Individuals who report having resolved a problem with cannabis use appear to have done so at younger ages than those who resolved problems with alcohol or other drugs and were less likely to use any formal sources of assistance or support, report investigators.

Experts challenge claims about medical marijuana's impact on teen recreational use and opioid deaths
Two papers published today look at the current evidence of the effects of medical marijuana laws and conclude there is little support that such laws increase recreational marijuana use among adolescents or reduce opioid overdose deaths.

New guideline warns pain benefits of medical cannabis overstated
A new medical guideline suggests Canada's family physicians should take a sober second thought before prescribing medical cannabis to most patients.

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