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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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House Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Protections

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 … Continue reading House Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Protections

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Rhode Island Legalization Bill Introduced

Sen. Joshua Miller (D – Cranston) is once again submitting a bill to legalize and regulate marijuana in Rhode Island. As marijuana businesses are poised to open their doors in Massachusetts this summer, Sen. Miller hopes his colleagues will understand the wisdom in acting now. “Legal marijuana sales will be available to Rhode Islanders as … Continue reading Rhode Island Legalization Bill Introduced

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Two Vermont Counties Will Host Expungement Events in June

Now that Vermont’s marijuana legalization law is set to take effect on July 1, the state’s attorneys (prosecutors) for two counties have announced that they will host “Expungement Day” clinics in June to assist Vermonters with having their records cleared of misdemeanor marijuana offenses. Volunteers with the Center for Justice Reform at the Vermont Law … Continue reading Two Vermont Counties Will Host Expungement Events in June

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CBD Now Allowed Under Kansas Law — If It Has No THC

In a small step forward for patients who could benefit from medical cannabis, the definition of “marijuana” under Kansas law was changed by SB 282 to exclude cannabidiol (CBD). However, because state law separately bans tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), it will be difficult for medical cannabis patients to take advantage of this provision, because most CBD products … Continue reading CBD Now Allowed Under Kansas Law — If It Has No THC

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Missouri Medical Marijuana Measures On the Move

It’s been quite a week for medical marijuana efforts in Missouri! Last Tuesday, the Missouri House of Representatives voted 112-44 to approve a very limited medical marijuana measure. Then, on Friday and Sunday, campaigns handed in signatures for three different medical marijuana ballot measures. New Approach Missouri and Find the Cure submitted signatures proposing constitutional … Continue reading Missouri Medical Marijuana Measures On the Move

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Georgia Governor Signs Bill Expanding Low-THC Cannabis Oil Program

Yesterday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a bill that will significantly expand the number of patients who qualify for the state’s low-THC medical cannabis oils. Beginning on July 1, HB 65 will allow patients with intractable pain and adults with PTSD to qualify for the program, which allows registered patients to possess cannabis oils … Continue reading Georgia Governor Signs Bill Expanding Low-THC Cannabis Oil Program

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MPP’s West Virginia Primary Voter Guide

2018 was a frustrating year for marijuana policy in the West Virginia Legislature, with the Senate’s excellent version of a medical marijuana improvement bill never getting a House vote, and other reforms stalling. Fortunately, it is now election season, and candidates all over the state have been talking to voters about marijuana policy. The primary … Continue reading MPP’s West Virginia Primary Voter Guide

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Colorado Legislature Approves On-Site Consumption Lounges

House Bill 1258 passed both houses of the Colorado General Assembly and is now heading to the governor’s desk. If signed, the bill would allow approved retail cannabis stores to open a tasting room where on-site cannabis consumption is allowed. This is yet another big step forward in a state that has long been a … Continue reading Colorado Legislature Approves On-Site Consumption Lounges

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Universities in California and Utah Receive Funding to Pursue New Medical Marijuana Research

The University of Utah Health and the University of California San Diego recently announced separate plans to begin new phases of research on medical marijuana. In Utah, the study will focus on the individual effects of cannabinoids on brain processes, while UC San Diego researchers will probe possible treatments for autism with marijuana. Both projects … Continue reading Universities in California and Utah Receive Funding to Pursue New Medical Marijuana Research

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Maine Legislature Overrides Marijuana Regulation Bill Veto

Today, the Maine House and Senate overrode Gov. LePage’s veto of the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee’s bill that establishes a regulatory framework for marijuana sales. LD 1719 creates the rules for licensing and regulating marijuana producers, processors, and retail establishments and sets the tax rates for adult-use marijuana. The bill does not implement the portion … Continue reading Maine Legislature Overrides Marijuana Regulation Bill Veto

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Marijuana and Medical Marijuana
News about marijuana and medical marijuana. Commentary and archival information about marijuana from The New York Times.
The Secret History of White Power
In this week’s Race/Related newsletter: an interview with a historian who studies white power and a look at the racial disparity in marijuana arrests in New York.

A Plea to Albany: Repeal the Marijuana Laws
The Legal Aid Society calls on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Legislature to undertake the “ultimate solution.”

Bags of Cash and Stealthy Deliveries: How Pot Start-Ups Pay Taxes
Marijuana sales are now legal in 30 states. But the federal government has not made it easy for the owners of those businesses to pay their taxes.

Thanks, Internet: Estonian Town Gets Cannabis Leaf as Its Emblem
Online voters overwhelmingly favored putting the marijuana plant on the flag of Kanepi, a municipality that has a tradition of growing hemp.

Judge to Decide Florida Ban on Smokable Medical Marijuana
A Florida judge will soon decide if patients approved to use medical marijuana will be allowed to smoke it.

Marijuana’s Effects on the Teenage Brain
The founder of the Phoenix House Foundation writes that “in the rush to legalize weed, we need credible, large-scale research.”

Mayor and Some Prosecutors Move to Curb Marijuana Arrests
The changes would represent a striking shift in drug enforcement and are likely to create a patchwork of prosecution policies across the five boroughs.

Two District Attorneys May Stop Prosecuting Most Marijuana Offenses
Officials said that Cyrus Vance Jr. in Manhattan and Eric Gonzalez in Brooklyn are considering pursuing fewer low-level cases of a law enforced disproportionately among minorities.

The Legacy of Stop-and-Frisk in New York’s Marijuana Arrests
There are significant racial disparities in who is arrested on low-level marijuana charges around the city.

Using Data to Make Sense of a Racial Disparity in NYC Marijuana Arrests
Why is it that white people largely don’t get arrested for smoking weed, while black and Hispanic people do? Times reporters put a police official’s explanation to the test.

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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…

“I think decolonizing is what needs to happen because we’ve internalized all these layers of oppression and are reproducing oppressive behaviors ourselves. I think we need to start to dismantle the systems inside of us, and simultaneously do that with our surroundings.” An Interview with Kelly Baur, Part 2
Interview conducted by Pete Shaw PS: I remember when Teressa Raiford was on trial, and the day before the actual jury trial happened and one of the arresting police officers was caught flat-out lying, and of course it was Teressa’s lawyer’s fault for doing that to her, for exposing her, for tricking her into lying.…

“I guess when I say fascists, I am referring to people who think oppression and oppressive systems are positive and worthwhile endeavors, or somehow a necessary part of society.” An Interview with Kelly Baur, Part 1
Interview conducted by Pete Shaw Kelly Baur was one of many people arrested by the Portland police while confronting the white supremacists who held a rally in downtown Portland on June 4, 2017. She had recently returned to Portland after spending time in Chile, arriving here only a few days after white supremacist Jeremy Christian…

Undocumented, Unafraid, and Still Standing
Story by Pete Shaw One of the many great works of art to come out of the Civil Rights Movement was the Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas song “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free,” its best-known version performed by the late, great Nina Simone. Its most poignant line, “I wish…

Burgerville Workers Union Strikes, Calls for Boycott
Story by Pete Shaw On second thought, hold the fries. In fact, hold the burgers and shakes too. That was the message sent to Burgerville management from February 1 through 3 when workers at four Burgerville stores went on strike and called for an indefinite boycott of Burgerville. For those three days, outside Burgerville branches…

My Aunt Dorothy
Story by Pete Shaw Wednesday, January 24, 2018 When my mother died about 8 years ago, my Aunt Dorothy, who is also my godmother, came down from The City to New Jersey to provide Comfort and Support for her brother, my father, John. My better 99%, Jessica, is Chinese and was raised a Buddhist. An…

Advocates for People Without Housing Rally for Proposed Shelter in Southeast Portland
Story and photos by Pete Shaw Another day, another fight over a proposed shelter for people without housing. Saturday January 20 saw nearly 75 people gathered near the corner of Southeast Foster and 61st outside the empty storefront that the City has proposed as a haven for about 100 people without housing. Nearly all of…

Finding Victory After One Year of Trump
Story and photos by Pete Shaw In the post-mortem of Donald Trump’s election, I noted how for folks involved in activism, not much was going to change. The hard work of organizing, regardless of who became president, was going to continue. If my memory serves me well, I wrote that under Trump, the primary difference…

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Everyone Needs to See This!
Imagine someone launching a program into the servers of facebook making facebook to delete itself.That would be badass. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers , Whistelblowers ,...

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Pompeo: US will ‘crush’ Iran if necessary
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has outlined the Trump administration's new plan on Iran. Pompeo said the administration is prepared to 'crush' Iran if it does not change course. RT America’s Manila Chan has this report. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks...

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Watch and Be Ready: Prophecy News Review
 Watch and Be Ready: Prophecy News Review - Week of 5/14 -5/21 Prophetically related news clips from all around the world, that relate to Bible Prophecy and the End Times! All the signs of the last days are converging at the same time. Bible Prophecy is happening right before our eyes and like...

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ISIS has nothing to do with Islam!
 We all know ISIS have nothing to do with Islam... We join an Islamic apologetic class instructing students to go out and preach to the infidels online that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. Huge thanks to the one and only Sye Ten Atheist who animated this video in such a glorious way. If you...

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BREAKING: Trump Orders Sessions’ DOJ to Drop The Hammer on FBI After HISTORIC Dirty Tricks UNCOVERED
Cristina Laila for the Gateway Pundit reports, On Sunday evening, the Justice Department asked Inspector General Horowitz to investigate whether there was “impropriety or political motivation” into the FBI’s infiltration of Trump’s campaign. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog...

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#QAnon: The Same Old Scam #GreatAwakening
Whether or not Q is a government Insider, truth information is being spread at a pace never seen before. Why do you feel the need to pull on the other side of the Rope? The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free...

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ALEX JONES (FULL SHOW) Monday 5/21/18: News, Trump Spied On, Pope Francis, Vox Day
 Date: Monday May 21, 2018 Today on Infowars Live TV - The Alex Jones Show Monday, May 21st: Subversive Pope - Pope Francis shocked the world by telling a gay man “God made you like this.” The man was a victim of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Also, the DOJ officially begins the investigation...

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Benjamin Fulford May 21st 2018 Trump’s universal trade war declaration is bringing events to a head
U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of trade war with just about everybody is really just a case of Trump negotiating a Chapter 11-style bankruptcy for the United States. A kinder way of putting it would be to say that the U.S. is revolting against an international system that has looted its...

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The Truth About All Central-Bank Controlled Nations
Anonymous: The Truth About All Central-Bank Controlled Nations 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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Holy real estate
The great prize in the battle for dominance between Israelis and Palestinians is Jerusalem. Ironically, its name means “city of peace”, but that’s something neither side seems to want. Reporter: Tom Steinfort Producer: Nick Greenaway For forty years, 60 Minutes have been telling Australians...

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PROPHETIC WARNING FROM...JOHN McAFEE?!?!?!
While the end of the world has always been something mocked by the world, we are living in a time when even secular folks see the potential totalitarian threat of a dictator who takes over and deploys the blockchain on society. This potential outcome is so aligned with the prophetic warnings...

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Trade War Between US & China Is "On Hold"
 In what looks to us like confirmation that the US has officially kicked the can down the road, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that China and the US were putting a trade war "on hold" as the two sides work to hammer out a comprehensive trade agreement that will be acceptable to...

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Devin Nunes Declared ‘IT’S OVER’ For the Disgraced FBI
California Rep. Devin Nunes has been a relentless force for truth throughout this entire Spygate scandal, which is unfolding as the greatest political scandal in the history of the United States. Now, we’re learning that the FBI planted a MOLE within the Trump campaign to spy. This, Nunes...

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ALEX JONES (FULL SHOW) Sunday 5/20/18: Mueller To Indict InfoWars & Roger Stone?!?
 Date: Sunday May 20, 2018 Today on Infowars Live TV - The Alex Jones Show Sunday, May 20th: Dems Back on Gun Control - Democrats are once again calling for gun control following a shooting in Texas that left 10 dead and 10 wounded, although some have admitted new legislation would have been...

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Thousands Get Implanted Microchips Under Their Skin
More than 3,000 people in Sweden have implanted tiny microchips beneath their skin to replace their credit card information, identification, keys, train tickets, among other everyday items, Agence France-Press announced Sunday.  The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog...

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2018...End Times Prophecy News & Current Events
Current Events Linked To Biblical Prophecies Matthew 24:3-14 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them:...

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END TIMES SIGNS: LATEST NEWS AND STRANGE EVENTS (MAY 20, 2018)
 The latest news and end times prophecy from around the world  watch this and you will know we are living in the end times, end times signs, end times news, end times events, bible prophecy, prophecy in the news, tornado, earthquake, strange weather, strange events, apocalyptic signs,...

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SECREΤS THAT YOU WERE ΝEVER ΜEΑNT TO KNOW ΑBOUT THESE LΑST DΑYS (HAPPENING NOW REVEALED)
Oh My children how I long for you to know Me; Oh My children, My precious little ones, My light have I placed inside you. With this light, I reveal Myself to you. You only need believe, and leave the rest to Me. Come My children, hear My words. I Am the morning, As I Am the awakening. I Am without...

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WATCΗ ΒEFORE ITS REΜOVED! ΤEXΑS SΗOOTΙNG NEW ΙNTEL ON WHAT HAPPENED REVEALED! (COULD THIS BE IT)
Back in the 90s an 'International High Priestess'-turned-Christian confided to me her involvement in a plan for a rash of mass shootings to be set off when they felt the time was right. The timing was to coincide with govt intervention (gun control, etc) before the fall. These current shootings are...

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Emerging Markets MELTDOWN as Stocks, Bonds, Currencies Fall! Markets In PANIC MODE!
The illusion will continue into the summer, but come fall, the fall will live up to it's name. January into February 2019 Massive death and destruction will occur and America's government and Military will fall. The signs are strong and by April 2019, It will tough to survive. Clean water and food...

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Out of the Abyss...Printable Humans
before i watched this video i was looking at something that made me think of the movie kill bill and the "crazy 88's" there is something to this that connects the black and white tactile patterning and the 88 enigma. i cant see it yet but i know we will understand it soon. hopefully we gain more...

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Clif High C60 & Preparing for Long Life, What's Next?
 Part 1: Clif High rejoins the show to discuss the future where humans live 125 to 200 years old. How will your life change and what should you do to prepare for a long life? We discuss the consequences of a long life without taking care of your long term health in the process (other factors...

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In Order for Trump to Once and For All Destroy the Deep State He Needs Us Committed and Focused
 The internecine battles are beyond problematic. Beyond troubling. They are deleterious and invasive and continue to destroy the path and pattern of our quest to destroy the Deep State and preserve liberty. The latest school shooting involves the usual suspects and usual refrains. It must stop....

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6 OF THE MOST POWERFUL QUESTIONS TO ASK FOR THE AWAKENING SOUL
 The Event Is Coming Soon - 6 OF THE MOST POWERFUL QUESTIONS TO ASK FOR THE AWAKENING SOUL Author's Name: by Cristina Valenzuela The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers ,...

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2018...End Times Bible Prophecy & Christian News
Current Events Linked To Biblical Prophecies Matthew 24:3-14 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them:...

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In the News Stories on CoasttoCoastAM.com
The awesome beauty of Jupiter captured by Juno, in 13 photos

For the past two years, the spacecraft has been taking photos of Jupiter.



Human footprints dated to roughly 85,000 years ago revealed in Saudi Arabia

In some of the earliest important migrations that took place, it is likely that humans used the Sinai route to exit Africa.



Every 202,500 Years, Earth Wanders in a New Direction

Earth's orbit gradually changes shape from almost circular to slightly elliptical.



'Hello kitties' turns to 'beware bobcats' in Texas

With big blues eyes and stubby tails, two kittens looked adorable until the fiery seven-week-old felines ripped apart formula bottles.



Ringed, Rocky Alien Planets May Hide in Plain Sight

Astronomers may have unknowingly discovered rocky planets with rings, which they mistook for other kinds of worlds.



Could recent supernovae be responsible for mass extinctions?

Two nearby supernovae that exploded about 2.5 and 8 million years ago could have resulted in a staggered depletion of Earth's ozone layer.



The Mystery of Sweden’s Bizarre Mass Disappearance

The July 1965 case has left investigators struggling to connect the dots ever since.



The 21 Creepiest Haunted Houses in America

Whaley, Joshua Ward, Lalaurie and other houses are featured.



Adolf Hitler really is dead: scientific study debunks conspiracy that he escaped to South America

Fuhrer’s appalling oral hygiene allows jawbone held in Moscow to be identified by its false teeth.



China takes a critical first step toward landing on the far side of the Moon

The Queqiao spacecraft is now on its way toward L2.



World's smallest house built using nanorobotics

Scientists in France have created a house so small that not even a mite would be able to fit through the door.



A new map for a birthplace of stars

A research group has created the most detailed maps yet of a vast seedbed of stars similar to Earth's sun.



I-Team Exclusive: Confidential report analyzes Tic Tac UFO incidents

Fuzzy videos captured by military pilots caused a media splash over the last six months, but what were those objects in the sky?



The ancient calendar carved into stone that lay hidden for 900 years

Over 1,000 petroglyphs discovered in Arizona's Verde Valley were likely a 'way to track time' using the sun.



These haunted places in Illinois will make you believe in ghosts

From reports of an invisible little girl singing softly on the stairs to a feisty spirit who sets small fires because she hates drinking, Belleville, Illinois, has its share of ghost stories.



Octopuses are space aliens, scientists claim

A bizarre new theory proposes that octopus embryos arrived on Earth on a comet millions of years ago.



Electromagnetic radiation may damage bird's ability to navigate

Study finds electromagnetic radiation from power lines and phone masts poses 'credible' threat to wildlife.



A newly discovered solar system object hints at hidden planet nine

Astronomers found a strange dwarf world that provides even more evidence that a giant planet is lurking at the edge of our solar system.



Google's disturbing vision of total data collection

Leaked video reveals a Black Mirror-style future in which technology could be used to control the behavior of entire populations.



Is your cell phone being tracked?

Potential spy devices which track cellphones, intercept calls found all over D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.



Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny

Check out this collection of mind-bending audio clips.



Scientists detect oxygen legacy of first stars

They observed it in a galaxy of stars that existed just 500 million years after the Big Bang.



The Creeping Devil – A Unique Cactus That Kills Parts of Itself to Move Across the Desert

The plant is not only capable of cloning itself to survive, but also of detaching from its major shoot to move over time.



The Scientific Detectives Probing the Secrets of Ancient Oracles

Geological features, toxic fumes, and visions of the future.



Black Hole Traffic Accidents May Produce Monster Mergers

Black hole collisions may cascade, with the dense objects crashing into one another to create even more-massive black holes.



Mormons, Aliens, and Hangar 18

Released in 1980, Hangar 18 was arguably Hollywood’s first UFO conspiracy movie, writes Robbie Graham.



Okiku – The Creepy Doll That Allegedly Grows Human Hair

Obviously, it’s also said to be haunted by the spirit of a little girl.



'World's oldest woman', 128, says she's been miserable every day of her life

She was 55 when WWII ended and 102 when the Soviet Union collapsed.



New Data: Hurricanes Will Get Worse

Analysis of Hurricane Harvey, which drowned Houston, confirms predictions that the storms are likely to get bigger.



New views of Sun: Two missions will go closer to our star than ever before

Together, NASA's Parker Solar Probe and ESA's Solar Orbiter may resolve decades-old questions about the inner workings of our nearest star.



A Strange Tale of Aleister Crowley, John Dee and Loch Ness

Crowley believed that he was the reincarnation of John Dee's assistant, Edward Kelly, and famed occultist Eliphas Levi.



These Ice Pops Are Filled With Plastic and Other Waste

Hoping to deter pollution, artists turned contaminated water into frozen "treats."



Identical Twins Hint at How Environments Change Gene Expression

Studying twins has long offered insight into the interplay of nature and nurture. Epigenetics is the next frontier.



Shedding New Light on the Mysteries of Antarctica's Long, Dark Winter

The continent's winter months present one of the most challenging-- and surprising-- research environments on Earth.



Dinosaur parenting: How the 'chickens from hell' nested

How do you sit on your nest of eggs when you weigh over 1,500kg?



Aliens May Well Exist in a Parallel Universe, New Studies Find

The idea that our universe is just one of many, perhaps infinite, other universes is known as the multiverse theory.



Does Earth's Shifting Orbit Influence How Life Evolves?

It’s nice to think we’re part of something bigger. And we are, really—in a cosmic, evolutionary sense.



An 11-year-old girl received a 5-pound note for naming Pluto when it was discovered in 1930

Venetia Burney was familiar with the solar system, the names of planets and moons, as well as Greek and Roman legends.



'Memory transplant' achieved in snails

A team transferred a form of genetic information called RNA from one snail into another.



This May Be the Best Evidence Yet of a Water Plume on Jupiter's Moon Europa

Newly analyzed Galileo data provides "compelling independent evidence that there seems to be a plume on Europa."



An 'Amazing' Find: Conjoined Deer Fawns

A mushroom hunter found the stillborn twins in Minnesota.



Ultrasonic Waves Are Everywhere. Can You Hear Them?

There are horrible sounds all around us only a small group of people can hear.



Feral House Publisher and Author Adam Parfrey, 61, Dies

The publisher of Amok Press and Feral House, was the author and editor of many alternative books.



A Helicopter on Mars? NASA Wants to Try

The space agency announced the decision on Friday to add a small helicopter to its next rover mission.



Stephen Hawking service: Possibility of time travelers 'can't be excluded'

Applicants to the memorial service need to give their birth date - which can be any day up to December 31, 2038.



Photo: Fish with 'human teeth' caught in South Carolina

Nature conservationists in the US have freaked out a whole host of people on the internet by posting an image of a bizarre giant fish with “human-like” teeth.



Man reports 'Bigfoot' sighting in England

A train passenger traveling from Exeter to Bristol claimed to have seen a 'Bigfoot-like creature' in a nearby field.



Scientists to develop Neanderthal 'miniature brains'

Scientists are to bring Neanderthal “miniature brains” to life to see how humans differ to their closest relatives.



Mysterious hairy sea creature dubbed a 'globster' washes up on beach

A mysterious sea creature which looked like a "dead monster" washed up on a beach - sparking fears of an impending disaster.



Elderly will be cared for by robots to solve staff shortage

Robots which can listen, learn and react to people are being introduced in care homes to help look after residents and prevent loneliness.



500-year-old Leaning Tower of Pisa mystery unveiled by engineers

Why has the Leaning Tower of Pisa survived the strong earthquakes that have hit the region since the middle ages?



Bizarre viral video claims to show 'UFO' sucking energy from a lightning bolt

A bizarre YouTube video posted by conspiracy theory channel SecureTeam10 has gone viral as it purportedly shows a UFO sucking energy from a lightning bolt.



Massive 78-ft wave is southern hemisphere record, scientists believe

Scientists in New Zealand have documented what they believe is the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere.



Jury used Ouija board to find murderer guilty

The 1994 case made headline news after it was revealed that four jurors used a Ouija board to reach their verdict.



The startup that wants you to 'live to 130 in the body of a 22-year-old'

A Harvard startup has begun preliminary experiments on beagles and claims it can make animals 'younger' by adding new DNA instructions to their bodies.



Ground Zero of Amphibian 'Apocalypse' Finally Found

An ancient skin-eating fungus is killing off hundreds of species—and the Korean War may have helped spread it.



Scientists Didn't Invent a Star Trek 'Cloaking Device,' But What They Did Is Still Neat

The device is a type of metamaterial --an engineered object with specific properties.



Breakthrough Listen expands search for aliens

The world's most comprehensive hunt for intelligent extraterrestrials is about to begin its next major phase.



This Tiny Island Has the World's Largest and Heaviest Currency

No one knows exactly when the people of Yap, a tiny Micronesian island, started using giant limestone disks as money.



How Did This Soldier 'Grow' an Ear on Her Forearm?

The operation involves "growing" new tissue by implanting a patient's cartilage under their skin.



Deputy Shoots Groundhog Blocking Traffic

Maryland Sheriff's Department said the animal was "not responding as expected..."



Developer Includes Amazon's Alexa With All New Homes

Northern California neighborhood will come pre-wired as "smart homes."



Can Reading A Book Open A Paranormal Door?

Can merely reading about the strange make it happen?



Were Guards Used As Human Guinea Pigs At Skinwalker Ranch?

In-depth article on biological monitoring of employees at the infamous facility.



UK Jury Used Ouija Board To Convict Murderer

The victim's relatives were not amused.



This Alien World Is the 1st Cloudless Exoplanet Ever Discovered

The hot gas giant, known as WASP-96b, was observed using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile.



The British officer who was struck by lightning four separate times

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, the odds of being struck by lightning in your lifetime are estimated to be 1 in 13,000.



Video Shows Herds of Arctic Reindeer Walking in Mesmerizing Circular Patterns

The footage was apparently captured during a recent expedition to the Kola Peninsula in Russia’s Murmansk region.



I-Team: Documents prove secret UFO study based in Nevada

UFO investigators are hoping to obtain a treasure trove of Pentagon documents that were generated by a once-secret military study.



Google's robot assistant now makes eerily lifelike phone calls for you

The robotic assistant uses a very natural speech pattern that includes hesitations and affirmations such as "er" and "mmm-hmm."



Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican's Secret Archives

A new project untangles the handwritten texts in one of the world’s largest historical collections.



Fissures, Lava Flow And Evacuations Continue On Hawaii's Big Island

A volcanic eruption on Hawaii's Big Island continues to spew lava and toxic gases into a residential neighborhood.



The Strange Demonic Adventures of a Prolific Exorcist

One man who has made it his mission to confront evil in all of its forms is the Reverend Bob Larson.



6 Amazing Structures Built by Surprising Creatures

Without a blueprint to speak of, organisms big and small can build air-conditioning systems, massive walls, and even islands.



When the sun dies it will turn into a bright dust ring for 10,000 years

Astronomers have long hypothesized what will happen once time inevitably snuffs out the sun.



New Series Examines Life Of Occult Rocket Pioneer

Jack Parsons was a renowned rocket developer and an infamous occultist.



French Art Museum May Be Teeming with Fakes

Small museum may have spent more than $190,000 on fakes and forgeries.



Who Made the Mysterious Ancient Carved Stone Balls of Scotland?

Perhaps they simply reflected the personalities of their makers.



Seven Theories For The Loch Ness Monster

Party-pooping explanations for everyone's favorite lake monster.



No Hidden Chambers Next To King Tut's Tomb

Despite the rumors and hype with the current King Tut exhibit, tests conclude there are no more chambers.



Are military pilots interacting with UFOs in local skies?

Recently released videos purport to show military pilots seeing UFOs, but what exactly are they seeing?



Online gene repair kit could let criminals slip off the radar

A revolutionary genetic editing technique designed to repair faulty DNA could be used by criminals to disappear from forensic databases.



Woman lived with a cockroach in her ear for nine days

When Katie Holley woke up with a strange pain in her ear, her nightmare was only just beginning.



Should self driving cars be programmed to sacrifice their passengers?

New study calls for 'urgent' debate over the ethics of autonomous vehicles.



Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new home could be haunted

Prince Harry and his soon to be wife Meghan Markle could end up living in a haunted house in the countryside, which has been dubbed by some as "redbrick horror."



Can a medieval tapestry help find Planet Nine?

Scientists have been looking to the past to help them determine the whereabouts of the elusive ninth planet.



Hottest April day ever was probably Monday in Pakistan: a Record 122.4°F

The reading came from Nawabshah, Pakistan, and meteorologists say it is the highest temperature ever reliably recorded, anywhere in the world, in the month of April.



Watch: Documents prove secret UFO study based in Nevada

George Knapp takes a look at documents which prove the UFO study was real and based in southern Nevada.



Why Hawaii's newest eruption makes volcanologists nervous

An ordinary American neighborhood has been evacuated... because of a volcano.



Watch: Waymo releases video from self-driving car just before crash

Another self-driving vehicle has been involved in a crash. It's the second such wreck in less than two months.



Why This Dust Storm in India Turned Deadly

With more than 100 reported fatalities, the recent dust storm that swept through India was one of its deadliest.



Scientists build 'synthetic embryos'

The embryos, made in a dish, attached to the womb lining of live female mice and grew for a few days.



What it's like to attend a flat-Earth convention

At the end of last week, a group gathered in Birmingham, England for the first flat-Earth convention held in the UK.



475-Million-Year-Old Sea Creature Fossil Found Intact By 11-Year-Old In Tennessee

Ryleigh Taylor was strolling along the shoreline of a lake in East Tennessee when she saw something strange lying on a rock.



An Exoplanet First! Helium Spotted on Bizarre Comet-Like World

The discovery shows that it's possible to probe the air of at least some exoplanets without launching a new space telescope.



King David's city discovered? Ancient site linked to biblical kingdom, archaeologists say

Researchers from Bar-Ilan University have been excavating the remains of a large house dubbed the "Governor’s Residence."



Brain Holograms May One Day Help Blind See, Paralyzed Feel

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are turning this science fiction into fact.



Tourists flocking to Peru's newfound 'Rainbow Mountain'

Stripes of turquoise, lavender and gold blanket a ridge laid down millions of years ago.



The Truth Behind This Amazing Video from the Surface of a Comet

Snowy-looking scene is made up of images Rosetta beamed back to Earth.



Dead Sea Scrolls fragments contain writing invisible to naked eye

The "small size and precarious physical state" meant some of the fragments had not previously been sorted or deciphered.



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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



Washington Lawmakers Send Marijuana Reform Bill to Governor

Washington Lawmakers Send Marijuana Reform Bill to Governor | TJ Baker

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

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



Texas Medical Marijuana Supporters Push for Hearings on Critical Legislation

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

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

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



Time Runs Out on Compromise to Fix Maryland Medical Cannabis Program

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

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

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



Vermont Moves Closer to Legalizing Recreational Marijuana for Adults

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Oregon Governor Signs Legislation Protecting Cannabis Consumers’ Privacy

Oregon Governor Signs Legislation Protecting Cannabis Consumers’ Privacy | NORML

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

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



Tennessee Governor Signs Law Repealing Citywide Decriminalization Statutes

Tennessee Governor Signs Law Repealing Citywide Decriminalization Statutes | NORML

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

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



Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in Iowa

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

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

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in Iowa | The Daily Chronic



West Virginia Lawmakers Approve Amended Medical Marijuana Measure

West Virginia Lawmakers Approve Amended Medical Marijuana Measure | NORML

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

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



Illinois Marijuana Legalization Hearings Coming to Chicago Next Week

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

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

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



New Mexico Governor Vetoes Medical Marijuana Changes

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Medical Marijuana Changes | Drug Policy Alliance

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

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Medical Marijuana Changes | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



Kansas City Municipal Decriminalization Measure Passes

Kansas City Municipal Decriminalization Measure Passes | NORML

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

Kansas City Municipal Decriminalization Measure Passes | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



Federal Bill Would End Arbitrary License Suspensions for Minor Marijuana Possession

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

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

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



Voters in Kansas City, MO Decriminalize Marijuana in Blowout Victory

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

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

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



West Virginia House Passes Watered Down Medical Marijuana Bill

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

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

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



Texas Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances to Floor Vote in House

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

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

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



Federal Lawmakers Introduce Sweeping Marijuana Policy Legislation

Federal Lawmakers Introduce Sweeping Marijuana Policy Legislation | Marijuana Policy Project

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

Federal Lawmakers Introduce Sweeping Marijuana Policy Legislation | The Daily Chronic



West Virginia Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

West Virginia Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

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

West Virginia Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Kansas City Voters to Vote on Decriminalizing Marijuana on April 4

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

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

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



Pennsylvania: Harrisburg Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Takes Effect

Pennsylvania: Harrisburg Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Takes Effect | NORML

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

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



Wisconsin City Removes Fines for Marijuana Possession and Consumption

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



New Mexico Governor Vetoes Hemp Research Bills

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Hemp Research Bills | NORML

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

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Hemp Research Bills | The Daily Chronic



Texas House to Hold Hearing on Reducing Marijuana Penalties Today

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

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

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



New Hampshire House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



The ‘Respect State Marijuana Laws Act’ Reintroduced In Congress

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Over 50 Vermont Attorneys Urge Legislature to End Marijuana Prohibition

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

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

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



New Hampshire Marijuana Bill Decriminalization Advances; Legalization Bill Killed

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

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

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



Rhode Island Poll Finds Strong Support for Legalizing Marijuana

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

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

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



New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Slowly Advancing

New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Slowly Advancing | TJ Baker

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

New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Slowly Advancing | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Marijuana Legalization Hearings Start Thursday

Vermont Marijuana Legalization Hearings Start Thursday | TJ Baker

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

Vermont Marijuana Legalization Hearings Start Thursday | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Bill Filed to Legalize Adult Possession, Cultivation of Marijuana

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

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

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



Wyoming Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Killed, Penalty Reform Bill Advances

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

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

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



Tennessee Could Reduce Some Marijuana Possession Penalties

Tennessee Could Reduce Some Marijuana Possession Penalties | Scott Gacek

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

Tennessee Could Reduce Some Marijuana Possession Penalties | The Daily Chronic



Tennessee Lawmaker Wants to Nullify Local Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances

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

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

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



South Dakota Could End Felony Charge for Marijuana Possession by Ingestion

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

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

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



Wyoming: Joint Resolution 11 Would Legalize Marijuana for Adults

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

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

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



New Hampshire Marijuana Legalization Bill to Receive Hearing Wednesday

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

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

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



Maryland Lawmakers to Consider Legalizing Marijuana

Maryland Lawmakers to Consider Legalizing Marijuana | Marijuana Policy Project

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

Maryland Lawmakers to Consider Legalizing Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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