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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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Burning Man and Marijuana Laws

Heading to Burning Man? Here’s what you need to know about Black Rock City’s and Nevada’s marijuana laws. If you are heading to Burning Man this year, you may be thinking about bringing cannabis to the playa, since Nevada has legalized marijuana. Not so fast! Before you head out, there are some important things you need … Continue reading Burning Man and Marijuana Laws

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California Bureau of Cannabis Control accepting public comments on proposed rules

Members of the public are invited to provide comments on California’s proposed rules for cannabis businesses. The Bureau of Cannabis Control and other agencies seek public comments as they consider a permanent set of rules — replacing those temporarily in place. For background, including the text of the proposed rules, summaries, and the agencies’ reasoning … Continue reading California Bureau of Cannabis Control accepting public comments on proposed rules

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MPP has a new executive director!

We’re pleased to announce that Steve Hawkins has been named the new executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. Steve brings three decades of experience fighting for criminal justice reform, having previously served in leadership roles at the NAACP, Amnesty International USA, and the Coalition for Public Safety. The entire MPP staff is thrilled to … Continue reading MPP has a new executive director!

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Vermont’s primary election is tomorrow

Check out our updated voter guides to learn where candidates for state legislature and governor stand on cannabis regulation! The Vermont state primary election will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, August 14. If you are a Vermont resident and haven’t already voted, please check out our legislative voter guide to learn where candidates for state legislature … Continue reading Vermont’s primary election is tomorrow

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Connecticut primary election will take place Tuesday, August 14

Strong contrast emerges between Democratic candidates for attorney general The Connecticut primary election will take place next Tuesday, August 14. If you’re a Connecticut resident and you’re not sure how or where to vote, please visit the secretary of state’s website for more information. On the Democratic ticket, both candidates for governor and both candidates … Continue reading Connecticut primary election will take place Tuesday, August 14

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Medical marijuana initiative filed in Mississippi

Yesterday, Mississippians for Compassionate Care filed an initiative with the Secretary of State’s office that would make medical marijuana legal in Mississippi. The group is aiming to bring an amendment to the state constitution to voters in 2020. The first step to getting it on the ballot is to collect over 100,000 signatures from all … Continue reading Medical marijuana initiative filed in Mississippi

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Oklahoma medical cannabis law takes effect; revisions to problematic regs proposed

Yesterday, the penalty-reduction piece of Oklahoma’s medical marijuana initiative became operational. Individuals possessing up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis face a reduced penalty — a misdemeanor fine of up to $400 — if they “can state a medical condition.” Meanwhile, regulators made application materials available online for patients and caregivers, along with information for businesses … Continue reading Oklahoma medical cannabis law takes effect; revisions to problematic regs proposed

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Vermont: Primary election voter guide published

Early voting is already underway for the Vermont state primary election, which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 14. This year, we sent candidates a survey consisting of only one question: “Do you support regulating and taxing the production and sale of cannabis in Vermont for use by adults 21 and older?” Our voter guides include … Continue reading Vermont: Primary election voter guide published

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Maine Legislature overrides Gov. LePage on medical marijuana reform

Earlier this month, the Maine Legislature overrode Gov. LePage’s vetoes of LD 238 and LD 1539, bills to improve Maine’s medical marijuana program. LD 238 allows for third-party extraction of medical marijuana. LD 1539 is the culmination of the Health and Human Services Committee’s session-long work reforming the medical marijuana program. The bipartisan omnibus reform … Continue reading Maine Legislature overrides Gov. LePage on medical marijuana reform

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N.J. hits pause on low-level marijuana prosecutions

It was a confusing news cycle, with Jersey City’s municipal prosecutor, Jake Hudnut, releasing a memo effectively decriminalizing marijuana locally and state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal declaring that action invalid. Now, AG Grewal has told all prosecutors to “adjourn” (postpone) marijuana prosecutions in municipal court until at least September 4, when his office will issue … Continue reading N.J. hits pause on low-level marijuana prosecutions

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A Candidate Backed Medical Marijuana. Wells Fargo Closed Her Bank Account.
Nikki Fried, a Democrat running for Florida agriculture commissioner, said Wells Fargo had acted after reading about her platform and asking about her donors.

People, Places and Things to Know: London’s Fashion Rebels, Animal-Print Accessories and More
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What Corona Owner’s $4 Billion Bet on a Marijuana Firm Says About Pot’s Future
Constellation’s investment in Canopy shows just how far traditional alcoholic beverage companies are willing to go to find growth.

At an Updated Head Shop, High Meets Highbrow
At Higher Standards you can shop for cannabis accouterments much as you would for wine or cupcakes.

Judge: Firm Can Mandate Drug Test for Medical Marijuana User
A federal court judge has ruled that a New Jersey business doesn't have to waive its mandatory drug testing requirement for a worker who uses medical marijuana.

It Wasn’t a Crime to Carry Marijuana. Until the Police Found a Loophole.
In 1977, New York State made carrying small amounts of marijuana in someone’s pocket a ticket-worthy violation, not a crime. But arrests soon skyrocketed.

Pressing Pause on Pot Convictions
We’ve imposed moratoriums on pot prosecution. What are the rest of the states waiting for?

Draconian Marijuana Laws
No more research is needed: “If there were any alarming social or health effects, we’d know by now.”

V.A. Shuns Medical Marijuana, Leaving Vets to Improvise
Limited by federal law, the veterans’ health system can’t study the benefits of cannabis or prescribe it to patients. Nearly a million veterans may be using it anyway.

New Jersey Attorney General Pauses Prosecutions in Marijuana Cases
The decision is seen as a step toward decriminalization in New Jersey. It comes amid a push to make it the latest state to legalize recreational marijuana use.

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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…

Activists Hold Protest at NYC ICE Facility in Solidarity with Portland Action
Story and photos by Pete Shaw On the surface, New York and Portland have little in common.  New Yorkers are direct in speech and they move fast. Portlanders are not sarcastic. New York is huge both in geographical size and population. Portland is quaint and over 80% white. New York has great pizza and bagels,…

Protests Against Trump Stance Crushes Detainee Separation Policy; Meaningful Help for Refugees Remains Uncertain
Story and photos by Pete Shaw Riverside Drive in Denville, NJ runs no more than a half mile, following the course of the Rockaway River between Diamond Spring Road and Gardner Field.  On a mailbox outside of one house along the road is an inscription reading, “Seek Ye The Lord Now.” I am not a religious…

Burgerville Workers Union Becomes First Formally Recognized US Fast Food Union; Boycott to Continue Until Fair Contract is Signed
Story and photos by Pete Shaw The locally grown Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU) now holds the distinction of being the only formally recognized fast food union in the United States. After two days of voting on Sunday and Monday overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, the workers at Burgerville’s store on Southeast 92nd and…

Ockley Green Community Forces PPS to Roll Back Disciplinary Action Against Revered Teacher
Story by Pete Shaw The students at Ockley Green Middle School are getting an education. Fresh off Spring break, a crowd of over 200 students and parents gathered outside Ockley Green Middle School on the morning of Monday, April 2 in support of social studies teacher Chris Riser. He was placed on leave last month…

Wheeler Announces Plan Banning All Guns From City, And By “All” He Means “All”
Story by Nicholas Headon Portland mayor Ted Wheeler has had enough. This morning, in a hastily called press conference in front of City Hall, Wheeler announced a new policy that would begin removing all guns within Portland’s city limits. “Enough is enough,” said Wheeler. “I am sick and tired of seeing our young people gunned…

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Harry Dent Was Right
The situation that’s playing out in Turkey is merely a symptom of a larger issue that the emerging world is to face.These times, they’re turbulent. And Harry’s done his part to help you avoid the pitfalls in the system. And, as always, Harry has more to say… For invaluable market insights and...

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Are China and the US Doomed to Conflict?
The former prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd is also a longtime student of China, with a unique vantage point to watch its power rise in the past few decades. He asks whether the growing ambition of China will inevitably lead to conflict with other major powers — and suggests another...

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Afghan War A 'Total Failure' - Should We 'Privatize' It?
 After 17 years of fighting, the US continues to lose the war in slow motion. Each year the Taliban gains ground. Meanwhile the US spends billions of dollars, kills untold numbers of civilians, and makes negative progress. Blackwater founder Erik Prince wants the US to privatize the war and...

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No indication N Korea nuclear activities stopped says The IAEA
N Korea kicked out IAEA’s inspectors in 2009, never allowed them to return. 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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Ex-CIA Officer discusses John Brennan's Pulled Security Clearance
Ex-CIA Officer @JohnKiriakou discusses John Brennan's Pulled Security Clearance 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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The Next American Revolution | Candace Owens and Stefan Molyneux
Candace Owens is the Spokeswoman and Communications Director for Turning Point USA – a non-profit organization with the mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government. The Financial...

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BC Canada's Sun Goes Dark; Plans to Burn up Western States Continues On
Sun going out blamed on Fire Smoke Never before seen fire heat, wind and flames being explained away as Firenadoe's....but no reason given... The Western States are being prepped and torched for Agenda 21 clearance...wake up all. wake up fast. The Financial Armageddon Economic...

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SCAMMER HACKED - Stupid Scammer Calls Anonymous Hacker
  As most of you are aware, there are a lot of different scammers out there and these include Nigerian prince email scammers, Indian tech support scammers, IRS scammers and others. They have been around for over 10 years now and they don’t seem to be going anywhere. After getting a lot of...

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Vikings Rising: How Leftists Created Their Worst Enemy - Walter T. Richmond
 Col. Walter T. Richmond is the penname of the author of Hasta la Vista Europe and Vikings Rising. After graduating basic and officer training at the top of his class, and serving in a variety of emergency, law enforcement, and disaster response capacities, Richmond was commissioned a colonel...

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Everyone in America Needs to Watch This... (2018-2019)
Jesus is returning soon , an " alien " invasion will be used to bring in NWO and will be a cover for the rapture. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers , Whistelblowers ,...

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Ron Paul : Why the Fed Hates Gold & Why the Middle Class Needs Gold
The only way out of a swamp is to reverse the way you got there. Go back to the silver standard. End the wars and bring the troops home. Git rid of the bloated government bureaucracy. End the Fed. Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were...

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Brazil : Venezuelan Migrants attacked, forced to flee back home
 Angry residents of the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima ran riot and drove out Venezuelan immigrants on Saturday after a local restaurant owner was stabbed and beaten, residents and government officials said Socialism is wonderful, or so they say. For an encore, South Africa is about...

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Russian Forces Put On Full Combat Alert After Receiving Warning Rogue US Navy Faction
Trump has it under control. Putin is not our biggest threat. Media, FBI, CIA, DOJ, Deep State, Liberals, Dems are. They are Trippling down to go after Trump to divert off Their own Corrupt Crimes & Scandals that are being exposed. They are freaking out because Trump & the People are...

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Breaking: “Shots Fired At US Embassy In Turkey"
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared what he called the "attack on economy" with the attack on the Turkish flag, claiming there's no difference, in Ankara on Monday. He added that the foreign goal is to bring the Turkish nation to its knees "and make it surrender", adding that those...

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Benjamin Fulford : Issues simmering over the summer may lead to war in the autumn
Benjamin Fulford: August 20, 2018 Several issues could trigger a brief, sharp war inside the U.S., in the Middle East, and possibly even in Japan this autumn, multiple sources agree.  The key issue remains 9/11, a mass-murder event that remains unpunished and officially unacknowledged to...

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Trump Issues “Declaration Of War” Warning After US-Mexico Drug Conflict Death Toll Soars
Let’s go stop the Mexican cartels and liberate Mexico from their narco state criminals The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers , Whistelblowers , truthers and many...

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Koreans React To Yemeni Refugee Crisis In Jeju Island
 We believe that any ordinary person can deliver real news and commentary. Through our original and in-depth interviews of real people, we will challenge you - the global youth - to think critically and challenge various cultural and social issues. The Financial Armageddon...

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What It's Like For Migrants Making The Perilous Trek Into France
Last year, 171,000 migrants reached the shores of Europe — down from more than a million at the height of crisis in 2015. The majority passed through Libya into Italy via the central Mediterranean route, a perilous crossing that took the lives of almost 3,000 people in 2017. For many migrants,...

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What Happened at the Council of Nicaea?
 From ancient aliens to grand conspiracies, there is a lot of bad history out there. It seems this is becoming more and more prevalent within the circles I'm ostensibly in. So this video will be addressing some of the bad history I've been seeing. Evidently, there are many people who think...

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Cohen Investigated for Bank Fraud
New details about federal prosecutor's case against the president's former personal attorney Michael Cohen are coming to light. One America's Alex Salvi explains why taxis may be the driving force behind Cohen's cooperation. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks...

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Technocrats Have Stolen The Law Of The Land
 Americans under the New totalitarianism spearheaded by Google, Facebook, and all the other anti American social media. With the completely unconstitutional shadow banning, followed by a full on banning of alternative media. Americans can now return to their legalized propaganda fest of spun...

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The End of London. Prepare Yourself
 As crime rates skyrocket in London and the United Kingdom overall, London Mayor Sadiq Khan responded to a suspected terror attack by suggesting that vehicles be banned in certain parts of the city: “I think there would be lots of challenges if we would do the whole square. It is a...

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The Technocratic Global Government of the Future Is Here
'The Tower of Babel' revisited...and not a one of them is smart enough, or educated enough to see it, or, if they are, they are busy working to dupe those who are not. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free...

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What Do You Think The Military Can Hide With This Technology ???
 What Kind of Camouflage Technology do you think the military has had for decades, if this is commercial application??? The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers ,...

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Monarch Mind Control Declassified!
 Monarch Mind Control Declassified! Synchronicity has hit me hard this week! A monarch butterfly landed on me, then I was sent the link to the MK ULTRA declassified documents... Then an old woman gave me a pupa... Which will grow into a Monarch butterfly! The Financial...

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Gulp! Georgian boy solves six Rubik's cubes under water in one breath

Vako Marchelashvili was submerged in a glass tank for just over one minute and 44 seconds as he flipped, turned and solved the cubes.



The Secret Meanings Behind the Beasts in a Medieval Menagerie

In Middle Age Europe, animals were popular storytellers.



Ice found on moon surface

Astronomers have found patches of frost scattered around the moon’s north and south poles.



Ancient Burial Pits Reveal Sophisticated Rituals

Roughly 5,300 years ago, a group of ancient sheep herders in East Africa began an extraordinary effort to care for their dead.



Asteroid crashing into the atmosphere outshines full moon

NASA says a meteor turned fireball lit up the sky 40 times brighter than the moon.



How Scientists Solved the 'Pioneer Anomaly'

Why were the Pioneer space probes slowing down as they traveled out of the solar system?



Combatting Florida's 'Red Tide'

Deadly algae blooms are killing sealife along the Gulf Coast.



The Rare Phenomenon of Phantom Smells

Strangely, most of the odors are unpleasant.



The Lost Art of the Motodrome

Motorcycles would ride on a vertical wall with a lion in a sidecar.



The Physics of Riding an 80-Foot Wave

Brazilian Rodrigo Koxa recently set a record. What forces are in play?



Earth may have several orbiting 'mini-moons'

Scientists have discovered that the Moon may not be the only natural satellite in orbit around our planet.



Pilot wanted for secretive 'Janet Airlines' to fly to Area 51

If you’ve got bags of experience in top secret missions and an affinity for UFOs, then a job opportunity has arrived that may be impossible to pass up.



Google Maps' strangest objects revealed – including 'Atlantis, aliens and MH370'

Google Maps offers a unique view of the world with millions of satellite images allowing users to take a peak at anywhere in the globe.



One in three planets outside our solar system bigger than Earth are 'likely to contain water' and could host alien life

Scientists say that any 'exoplanet' that is two to four times the size of Earth are likely to contain the main ingredient for life - boding well in the search for aliens.



For sale: Historic Pa. jail haunted by the ghosts of hanged coal miners

The jail's owners have spent the last two decades running the imposing, 147-year-old stone building as The Old Museum Jail.



Mysterious X-37B military space plane nears 1 year in orbit

The U.S. Air Force's X-37B miniature space plane has winged past 340 days in orbit performing secretive duties during the program's fifth flight.



Scottish restaurant owner's steak house 'haunted by the ghost of his mum'

A restaurant owner says his seafront grill is haunted by the ghost of his mother after a stranger dropped off old family heirlooms.



First look into where astronauts may live on missions to deep space

A massive cylindrical habitat may one day house up to four astronauts as they make the trek to deep space.



Spiders capable of jumping more than six feet have been spotted in the UK

Jumping spiders that are capable of jumping over an average-sized human have been spotted in the UK for the first time ever.



U.K. heatwave reveals previously hidden ancient farms, burial mounds

Drier soil conditions uncover patterns in fields that reveal thousands of years of buried English history.



SpaceX Is Training NASA Astronauts

Although their slick Dragon spacecraft is almost totally automated.



Do Sound Waves Have Anti-Gravity Properties?

Does this mean that music can make you fly?



Michael Persinger, Inventor of the 'God Helmet' Passes

Neuroscientist developed device that induced altered states.



Eight Years Ago, Jacques Vallee Pointed Out Dangers Of Internet Disinfo

'a potential tool for propaganda, false rumors intentionally planted...'



Spacecraft May Have Detected A Giant 'Wall' At The Edge Of The Solar System

Pluto probe detects where the sun's radiation meets interstellar radiation.



Sydney's Mysterious Miracle House Oozes Oil from Walls, Helps Desperate Couples Get Pregnant

What was once an ordinary 3-bedroom home in the suburbs of western Sydney has now gained a reputation as a "miracle house."



'Millennia of human activity': heatwave reveals lost UK archaeological sites

Ancient farms, burial mounds and neolithic monuments among fascinating finds in Britain and Ireland.



Weather Report in F Major: New Orleans Musician Turns Weather Data Into Sound

Weather Warlock is the invention of New Orleans musician David Rolston, aka Quintron.



Ancient Egyptian mummification 'recipe' revealed

Examination of a mummy has revealed the original ancient Egyptian embalming recipe - first used to preserve bodies.



Iron and Titanium Found on 'Ultrahot Jupiter,' an Exoplanet First

The exoplanet, named KELT-9b, is the hottest alien world ever discovered.



Viral 'Goat Monster' Is Actually a Real Goat Breed

A video of a deformed-looking male goat has been doing the round online for over a month.



The mass UFO sighting that terrified Lubbock residents

An unusual formation of lights caused major panic after a mass sighting and pictures of the strange event raised even more questions.



The unreality of luck

Optimists believe in good luck, pessimists in bad. But if it’s all a matter of perspective, does luck even exist?



Ghost in the Machine: The Enduring Horror of Slender Man

There's something about the scary viral campfire story that speaks to the way online mythology is impacting the real world.



Historic face transplant gives suicide survivor a 'second chance'

The transplant, performed last year, aims to restore Katie's face structure and functions.



Fury in Fukushima as residents demand 20 foot statue of child in a protective suit is removed

The 'Sun Child' statue was intended to express desire for a nuclear-free world.



Why A Million People Follow A Woman Who Says She's Channeling The Archangels

For a membership fee, Melanie Beckler provides content from archangels during daily communications.



New theory paints more sophisticated picture of ancient Easter Island

For decades, mystery has swirled around what happened to the founding population of the remote Easter Island.



Apocalypse by 2040? Shock as MIT computer model predicts end date for civilization

The program was originally devised by computer pioneer Jay Forrester, after he was tasked by the Club of Rome to develop a model of global sustainability.



Aging in human cells successfully reversed in the lab

There are many reasons why our cells and tissues stop functioning, but a new focus in the biology of aging is the accumulation of 'senescent' cells.



Yuval Noah Harari on what the year 2050 has in store for humankind

"As the pace of change increases, the very meaning of being human is likely to mutate and physical and cognitive structures will melt."



The Meg: the myth, the legend (the science)

Shark researcher and Megalodon expert Catalina Pimiento from Swansea University breaks down a few myths.



Want Cheap Rent in Tokyo? Get a Haunted Apartment

For such a modern and technologically advanced nation, the Japanese can be extremely superstitious.



British UFO hunter’s laptop was ‘wiped’ after mysterious death

The sudden death of Max Spiers, 39, has been shrouded in mystery after a friend discovered his body while he was on a trip to Poland.



Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky with shooting star spectacular

The celestial showcase takes place when the Earth ploughs through the galactic debris left discarded by the passing of the Swift-Tuttle Comet.



Star-swallowing black holes reveal secrets in exotic light shows

Astronomers hope that decoding these exotic light shows will let them conduct a black hole census.



The mass UFO sighting that terrified city residents

An unusual formation of lights caused major panic after a mass sighting and pictures of the strange event raised even more questions.



NASA's Parker Solar Probe blasts off on epic journey to 'touch the Sun'

NASA's Parker Solar Probe has blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force station on its historic mission to the Sun.



'It's possible every British household is haunted' terrifying warning by expert

A ghost hunter has claimed every British household could be haunted by evil spirits.



The rise of 'Frankenfood'

Gene-editing startups race to develop controversial crops with the most desirable traits, from better taste to drought resistance.



Jupiter's iconic cloud bands are only skin deep

Scientists have determined just how far down Jupiter's colorful atmospheric bands actually go.



Two pilots saw a UFO. Why did the Air Force destroy the report?

Whatever occurred on the morning of July 24, 1948 in the skies over southwest Alabama jolted the U.S. government into a top-secret investigation.



French park trains crows to pick up litter

Six crows trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish will be put to work next week at a French historical theme park



How scientists know the world's largest shark is gone forever

The distinctive appearance of Megalodon teeth and where they're found, help scientists reconstruct the extinct shark's size and where it lived.



Expert warns satellites could be hacked and used as giant 'radio frequency weapons'

Researchers have revealed how satellite communications could be used by hackers to launch 'cyber-physical attacks.'



This Rocky Exoplanet Is the Most Likely to Support Life

Of the thousands of known exoplanets, Kepler-452b has the most ideal combination of UV light exposure and conditions for liquid water.



All the Bizarre Things Our Readers Have Found on the Beach

Functional light bulbs, messages from the dead, and lots and lots of dentures.



Man stumbles upon rare 25-million-year-old teeth of mega-toothed shark

Amateur fossil enthusiast Phil Mullaly knew he had found something special when he spotted something glimmering in a boulder.



Bizarre Plant-like Lifeforms Which Lived Over 500 Million Years Ago Are Actually Animals

The animal kingdom is likely older than current scientific understanding suggests, according to a study published in the journal Palaeontology.



The fastest human-made object launches for the Sun this Saturday

The Parker Solar Probe will help us better understand solar winds and space weather.



Meet Bronson, the 33-Pound Cat Making Waves on Instagram

The feline's size shocked everyone when he was dropped off at the West Michigan Humane Society.



Ford unveils exoskeleton vests to lighten the load for workers

Exoskeletons date back to at least the 1960s when General Electric developed a giant prototype for the military.



Fewer people are reporting UFO sightings

Experts suspect it's because reports are being 'intercepted by the government.'



DeLonge’s UFO Team Studying Alien Metal

Not found in nature, meta-materials are constructed from multiple elements to form composite metals.



Discovery Channel treasure hunter claims he’s found evidence of an ET spaceship

Explorer Darrell Miklos has been using secret maps created by astronaut Gordon Cooper to find shipwrecks in the Caribbean.



Million-fold increase in the power of waves near Jupiter's moon Ganymede

'Chorus waves' have been detected in space around the Earth, but they are nowhere near as strong as the waves at Jupiter.



Are devastating wildfires a new normal?

"It's actually worse than that," climate scientist says.



This Unusual Meteorite Flew Around in Space Before Earth Was Born

A newly discovered sparkly, green meteorite is 4.6-billion-year-old.



A Radar Blip, a Flash of Light: How U.F.O.s ‘Exploded’ Into Public View

In July 1952, several U.F.O. sightings in Washington garnered headlines around the world.



'Incredible Hulk' Comet Will Soon Whiz Past Earth

Stargazers' best chance to see the cosmic behemoth is on Tuesday and Wednesday.



Audio reveals creepy details of UFO mystery

In 1966, over 300 children and staff from a Melbourne school reportedly witnessed UFOs silently flying through the sky before landing in a field.



Grotesque 30ft sea creature dubbed a ‘globster’ washes up on an Alaskan beach

The gigantic creature with 'eyes the size of dinner plates' was spotted near St James Bay.



This 'Born-Again' Nebula Appears to Be Inside Out

It’s a case of a planetary nebula surrounding a dim star that seems to have awakened on its way to death.



Incredible 'living bridge' built by a million ants clinging to each other to attack a wasps nest

Francisco Boni, an electrical engineer, captured impressive video footage in Brazil.



The Mysterious Bronze Objects That Have Baffled Archeologists for Centuries

The first Roman dodecahedron to intrigue archeologists was found almost 300 years ago.



Meet the Mediums of Lily Dale

A hamlet in Western New York is home to a community of Spiritualists.



Everybody Shut Up! We’re Listening to Mars

When the red planet comes close to Earth, some people have tried to tune in to see if it has anything to say.



Huge Mysterious Booms in Maryville, TN

We have not found any visible evidence of a surface blast say city officials.



UFOs: The Chupacabra Connection

Roosevelt Roads Naval Station in Puerto Rico allegedly has housed the cryptid.



Where the Pacific Northwest’s 'Big One' Is More Likely to Strike

Differences observed along the Cascadia fault explain why certain areas see more rumbling.



Visitor encounters 'ghost' on USS Lexington

The World War II-era vessel, which is now a museum, has seen more than its fair share of ghost sightings.



Rogue planet detected outside our solar system

The huge object is 12.7 times the mass of Jupiter and has a magnetic field 200 times more powerful.



Pompeii continues to give treasures

Archaeologists uncover new finds including 2,000 year-old frescoes and terra cotta vases after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.



Mystery swirls around damaged 1881 time capsule

The contents of a 19th-century time capsule recently unearthed in Plymouth, Mass. continue to be shrouded in mystery.



Investigator lifts lid on The King’s 'restless spirit'

Elvis Presley’s spirit "is not at rest," according to a world-renowned ghost hunter.



Godfather of GMOs wants consumers to be less afraid of his food

Monsanto Co. executive Robert T. Fraley says turbo-charged harvests have helped farmers stay a few steps ahead of Mother Nature.



New study finds it's harder to turn off a robot when it's begging for its life

The robot told test subjects it was scared of the dark and pleaded 'No! Please do not switch me off!'



'Super-Earth' most likely candidate for life

A large Earth-like world has emerged as the most likely place to look for life outside of our solar system.



Scientists successfully transplant lab-grown lungs into pigs

The procedure brings scientists closer to one day providing bioengineered lungs for humans.



Air Force fails to acknowledge mysterious meteor that crashed near US military base

The meteor exploded just above an early warning signal for the strategic US military base.



UFO-shaped cloud appears over tower block

Bizarre footage of a flying saucer-shaped cloud has appeared, sparking speculation of alien life.



The Original Vampire: Before Count Dracula there was Lord Ruthven

As early as 1816, a vampire crept into the imagination of the famous Romantic poet, Lord Byron.



New Ouija Board Study Scientifically Explains How They Move

Researchers in Denmark conducted a study and found what sounds like a plausible solution to the Ouija mystery.



Small height evolved twice on 'Hobbit' island of Flores

Scientists decoded the DNA of modern "pygmy" people to find out if they might be partly descended from the extinct Hobbit species.



Severe Drought May Have Helped Hasten Ancient Maya’s Collapse

Chemical signatures from sediments in lake cores reveal that the drought was worse than researchers had imagined.



Young star caught devouring its own planet for the very first time

Betcha can't eat just one.



Video From 1991 Imagines What Real Estate Agents of the Future Might Look Like

The future is filled with touchscreen desktops, videophones, and... shiny silver jumpsuits.



Mothman: Were Parachutes and Jet Packs Responsible?

Nick Redfern looks into an alternative explanation for the Mothman sightings in West Virginia.



Photos: Australia’s parched land looks otherworldly

In some parts of Australia, the intensity of 21st-century droughts has been unlike anything seen in more than 400 years.



Life Needs Sunlight — and That Could Change Where We Look for Aliens

With every new exoplanet discovered, the same question arises: Could this world host life?



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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



Vermont Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization (For Now)

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

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

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



New York to Consider Adding Menstrual Cramps to Medical Marijuana Conditions

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

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

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



Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Legalized Industrial Hemp

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

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

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



Vermont Governor has Until Wednesday to Sign Marijuana Legalization Bill

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

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

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



New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Moves Forward

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Moves Forward | NORML

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

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Moves Forward | The Daily Chronic



Iowa Governor Signs Legislation Expanding CBD Access

Iowa Governor Signs Legislation Expanding CBD Access | NORML

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

Iowa Governor Signs Legislation Expanding CBD Access | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



Coming Soon to Washington: Certified Organic Marijuana

Coming Soon to Washington: Certified Organic Marijuana | TJ Baker

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

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



New Hampshire Governor Will Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

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

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

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



GA: Atlanta City Council to Consider Marijuana Decriminalization

GA: Atlanta City Council to Consider Marijuana Decriminalization | NORML

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

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



Delaware Legislature Advances Marijuana Legalization to Full House Vote

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

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

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



Time Runs Out on Medical Marijuana Fix, Decriminalization in Texas

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

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

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



Florida Lawmakers Fail to Reconcile Medical Marijuana Implementation Bills

Florida Lawmakers Fail to Reconcile Medical Marijuana Implementation Bills | NORML

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

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



New Hampshire Senate Passes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Georgia Governor Signs CBD Expansion Legislation Bill Into Law

Georgia Governor Signs CBD Expansion Legislation Bill Into Law | NORML

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

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



Vermont Lawmakers Approve Eliminating Penalties for the Adult Use of Marijuana

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

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

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



Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances in Delaware House

Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances in Delaware House | Marijuana Policy Project

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

Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances in Delaware House | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Delaware Lawmakers to Consider Marijuana Legalization Bill on Wednesday

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Texas Advocates Make Last Minute Push for Medical Marijuana Fix

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

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

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



Texas Medical Marijuana Bill Wins Key Committee Approval

Texas Medical Marijuana Bill Wins Key Committee Approval | HWN

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Indiana Governor Signs CBD Exemption Measure

Indiana Governor Signs CBD Exemption Measure | NORML

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

Indiana Governor Signs CBD Exemption Measure | The Daily Chronic



Colorado Patients May Access Medical Cannabis While on Bond

Colorado Patients May Access Medical Cannabis While on Bond | NORML

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

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



Vermont House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

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

Vermont House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances in New Hampshire Senate

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

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

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



Texas House Hearing on Texas Medical Marijuana Bill Scheduled for Tuesday

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

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

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



West Virginia Governor Signs Limited Medical Marijuana Measure Into Law

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

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

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



Colorado Lawmakers Pass Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD

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

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

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



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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.

Medical cannabis significantly safer for elderly with chronic pain than Opioids
A new study found cannabis therapy is safe and efficacious for elderly patients who are seeking to address cancer symptoms, Parkinson's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other medical issues. After six months, more than 18 percent of patients surveyed had stopped using opioid analgesics or had reduced their dosage.

New cannabis products highly potent, pose mental health risks
With states rapidly legalizing cannabis for medicinal and recreational use, physicians will be increasingly pressed to counsel patients on their frequency of use and dosage, as well as associated risks.

Risk of fatal traffic crash higher during annual 4/20 cannabis celebration
US drivers are more likely to be in a fatal traffic crash during the annual April 20 cannabis celebration. Twenty-five years' worth of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes after 4:20 pm on April 20 is higher compared to the same time intervals on control days one week earlier and one week later.

Evidence that medical marijuana outlets sell to other users
A study of four medical marijuana outlets in California suggests that many of their customers don’t fit the profile expected for businesses focused on sick patients.

Study questions link between medical marijuana and fewer opioid deaths
Several studies have shown an association between legalizing medical marijuana and lower death rates from opioids. A new study finds that link is more complex than previously described and appears to be changing as both medical marijuana laws and the opioid crisis evolve.

Developing a roadside test for marijuana intoxication isn't as easy as it sounds
As marijuana legalization gains momentum in the United States, researchers worry about keeping the public safe, particularly on the roads. Recent studies have identified new biomarkers that can be used to estimate a person's recent cannabinoid intake. But, using those markers to judge cognitive and behavioral impairment is complex, say toxicologists.

Marijuana use does not lower chances of getting pregnant
Marijuana use -- by either men or women -- does not appear to lower a couple's chances of getting pregnant, according to a new study.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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