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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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Marijuana and Medical Marijuana
News about marijuana and medical marijuana. Commentary and archival information about marijuana from The New York Times.
How to Grow Hemp
Prepare to explain what you’re growing. Research state and federal regulations. Get ready to weed.

Tiger Found in Abandoned House by Person Who Just Wanted to Smoke Pot
Alerted by a tipster, the authorities could hear a tiger and smell a tiger. When they entered the home, they found a tiger.

Man Sues Over Job Rejection Due to Medical Marijuana
A Connecticut man whose bid to become a firefighter in the state's largest city was rejected because he uses medical marijuana has sued.

A $950 Bong? A $1,475 Weed Grinder? You Can Find Them at Barneys
The luxury retailer jumps on the cannabis train with a fancy head shop in Beverly Hills.

Why the El Chapo Jury Is Taking Its Time
On a second day of deliberations, the jury weighing the Mexican drug lord’s fate asked to review eight days of testimony from two Colombian traffickers.

Uruguay Is Betting on Exports of Medical Marijuana
When he was younger, the only thing that Enrique Morales knew about marijuana was that you smoked it to get high.

Can a Doctor Refuse to Treat a Patient Who Takes Cannabis?
The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on whether a doctor can fire a cancer patient who wants to use marijuana to treat pain, and more.

Albany’s Blue Wave Wastes No Time Changing Laws. What’s Next?
With Democrats now in control in the Legislature and the governor’s office, the normal stranglehold on bills has loosened.

A Growing Chorus of Big City Prosecutors Say No to Marijuana Convictions
Marlyn Mosby, Baltimore’s top prosecutor, says she will no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases and will vacate thousands of convictions. The police disagree.

El Chapo Trial: The Kingpin’s Mistress Tells All
Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López met El Chapo when she was 21 years old. Her affair with the kingpin ended in heartbreak.

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News From The Occupation
Portland City Council Votes to Leave FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force
Story by Pete Shaw Thanks to Commissioners Jo Ann Hardesty, Amanda Fritz, and Chloe Eudaly, the Portland City Council voted on Wednesday, February 13 to remove Portland from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). The 3-2 decision marks the second time Portland has decided the risks of using its police in cooperation with the…

Panel Explains Why Portland Should Leave the Joint Terrorism Task Force
Story by Pete Shaw Portland has a multiple personality disorder when it comes to its relationship with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). It refuses to join, then it joins, then it leaves, then it partially rejoins, and then it again fully joins. And now it is once more considering leaving the task force.…

A Sacred Space
Story by Pete Shaw The corner of Northeast 6th and Halsey is hallowed ground. It is not the site of a mosque or a temple or a church or any other house of worship. There have been no reports of visits by the Blessed Virgin Mary or other religiously affiliated revelations, whether out of thin…

Francisco Aguirre and Supporters Continue Fight For Immigrant Rights and Justice
Story and photos by Pete Shaw Always bring a crowd. In many cases, that is sound advice. A month ago, when Francisco Aguirre was checking in at the administrative offices of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) which are located in the ICE prison on SW Macadam, two people accompanied him to his appointment.…

Survivors Shout Out Their Stories; Fight for Visibility and Justice While Proclaiming Their Truths
Story by Pete Shaw “And to those who silence and erase survivors, I would like to say, ‘Never question what someone else did to survive in the face of such trauma. Instead, question the assailant. Question the system. Question rape culture. If you are blaming the victim, you’re on the wrong side of the issue.…

Giving Thanks
Story by Pete Shaw I celebrate Thanksgiving. No, I do not get traditionally festive by wearing hats with buckles and pretending that the holiday itself is based in anything other than colonialism, imperialism, racism, misogyny, and white supremacy. But as a person who in general is extremely thankful for knowing good people doing great things…

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

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

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

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

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WARNING: The Coming Food Crisis | Be Ready
 Are you ready for the collapse of the agricultural system? In this video I go over all of the factors which threaten the global food supply. Consumerism, overpopulation, urbanization, pollution, biodiversity, monoculture, farming practices, water shortages, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides,...

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The Troops -- They are not coming home soon
let's unmask ALL the billionaires. Don't forget the Koch brothers, Sheldon Andersen, The Mercers, the owners of Walmart and all the rest of them, who are mostly republican right wingers and hate the American people!!!! The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and...

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We Camped Out On The Border To See What The So-Called Crisis Looks Like
In his never-ending push for a border wall, President Trump regularly warns of dangerous criminals pouring into the country, and horrific things happening to migrants when they try to make the journey north. Like women getting kidnapped, thrown into cars, and smuggled across unwalled sections...

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NATIONAL EMERGENCY: Trump's Executive Orders To Destroy Deep State Criminal Cabal
No public appearance from Obama since before Christmas. 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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ALEX JONES (Full Show) Sunday - 2/17/19
Sunday, February 17th: 'Empire' Attack Hoax - Investigators now believe actor Jussie Smollett staged the racial attack he claimed was perpetrated by white Trump supporters. Predictably, the media is running cover for Smollett while Democrats stay silent over the matter. Meanwhile, President Trump's...

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The new FRIENDSHIP between ISRAEL and the ARAB countries
Since its founding, relations between Israel and the Arab countries have worsened. Throughout the last 7 decades, wars, confrontations and political crises have been constant. However now all that seems to be changing. Is Israel fashionable among Arab countries? What is happening? We’ll tell you...

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Max Keiser Report: Permanent QE
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the US Federal Reserve finally admitting that Quantitative Easing (QE) will be permanent and not just during “emergencies.” They also look at the rise of the service sector economy and collapse in wealth-creating, value-adding...

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ROBERT DAVID STEELE: What Trump's About To Do Is SHOCKING!
the FED. is NOT FEDERAL and it is BANKRUPT!!! Americans have been ignoring this glaring and BIZARRE fact! We, as a people, need to DEMAND answers and change!! The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists...

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Rats, Public Defecation And Open Drug Use: Major Western Cities Are Becoming Uninhabitable Hellholes
 Almost everyone that goes out to visit one of our major cities on the west coast has a similar reaction.  Those that must live among the escalating decay are often numb to it, but most of those that are just in town for a visit are absolutely shocked by all of the trash, human defecation,...

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Dave Janda – Globalists Win if MAGA Supporters Walk
Dr. Dave Janda from the popular radio show “Operation Freedom” says, “The worst thing people can do is walk. If they walk, they are walking away on the future of this country—period. The globalists absolutely win if you walk away, and that is what they want. The globalists are petrified. . ....

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Gerald Celente - U.S. Recession, Economic 9/11 Postponed. Monetary Methadone to Boost Growth
Blockchain voting sounds great EXCEPT fake news propaganda would kill any truth to the public to base voting on. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers , Whistelblowers , truthers...

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END TIMES SIGNS: LATEST NEWS AND STRANGE EVENTS FEBRUARY 16, 2019
  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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Something Prophetic is Going On!
Thessalonians 5: 3 - "While people are saying, 'Peace and security,' destruction will come upon them suddenly, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape." GOD'S WORD® Translation 1 Corinthians 10:21- "You cannot drink the Lord's cup and the cup of demons. You cannot participate...

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The Venezuela Crisis - Made In America - David Icke
"MADE IN AMERICA"......... "ORDERED BY ISRAEL"..... All about the PETRODOLLAR. They did the same to Libya when it sold oil for euros instead of the US Dollar (reserve currency). The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free...

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David Icke (Feb 14, 2019) - Laugh All You Like - Possession and Reptilians are REAL
David Icke, formerly a footballer and sports broadcaster, is an English professional conspiracy theorist. He is the author of over 20 books and numerous DVDs, and has lectured in over 25 countries, speaking for up to 10 hours to audiences. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog...

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WAR ROOM (Full Show) Thursday - 2/14/19
• InfoWars Live TV presents • • The Alex Jones Show • • The David Knight Show • • War Room w/ Owen Shroyer • The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers , Whistelblowers , truthers...

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Harry Dent Talks Federal & Consumer Debt
 Federal debt climbs all the way up to $22 trillion, while consumer debt reaches record levels of $13.5 trillion. Economist, Harry Dent talks about how soon we could see federal debt nearly double and looks at the state of the consumer market... The Financial Armageddon Economic...

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Modern Monetary Theory --- Same Old Federal Reserve Nonsense
 Authoritarians always rely on "intellectual" justification when selling their schemes to the public. This is why you constantly hear the term "experts say" before your liberty and property are taken from you. Democratic Socialists have been latching onto "Modern Monetary Theory" in order to...

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This Happened On Planet Earth...Feb. 2019...End Times Signs
 Everything is unfolding just as the bible foretold. Wars, Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes, Extreme Weather, Christian Persecution, Violence and more! Matthew 24:3-14 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And...

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ALEX JONES (Full Show) Friday - 2/15/19
• InfoWars Live TV presents • • The Alex Jones Show • • The David Knight Show • • War Room w/ Owen Shroyer • The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers , Whistelblowers , truthers...

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BREAKING: Putin Suffers Judo Injury During Training With Russia's Olympic Champion In Sochi
Not even Putin can handle the power of Putin 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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Trump's Wall Paid For by ICE? The Final Showdown!
Mexico is not paying for the wall. There does not seem to be a wall - all Americans get is "fencing" and "barriers" - and amnesty for MS-13? Is this 4-D chess? Is it capitulation? The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries...

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Harry Dent: "Who's the Dumb Money?"
 In this stock market bubble, the new question is "who's the dumb money?" Economist, Harry Dent talks about the biggest trend of this bubble, corporations buying their own stocks. Will they continue buying at the top of this bubble? The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks...

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Max Igan : "Why Has The Great Empire Of Tartary Been Written Out Of History?"
 Richie is joined by the artist, researcher, geopolitical commentator and public speaker Max Igan. Have you ever heard of the Tartarian Empire? No? What about the region of Tartary? Why has Russia AND various US intelligence agencies worked to keep the history of the region hidden? What sort of...

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This is WHY Central Banks Are Now HOARDING GOLD
 Author Ken Schortgen joins me to discuss the coming global monetary reset which, as Ken explains, cannot be avoided. Ken notes that central banks around the world are now buying gold in volumes not seen since 1971, and the reason is likely because massive changes are coming to the global...

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Is This the Footprint of One of the Last Neandertals?

The fossilized print, found in Gibraltar, is said to date to 28,000 years ago.



Japanese Man Turns Himself into a Caucasian Living Doll

Even though Matt Kuwata's face has been constantly changing over the last two years, recent photos on his Instagram feed have left people in shock.



Security Camera Captures Door Opening on Its Own at 'Haunted' Bar

The footage was recorded at the 'Off The Wagon Dueling Piano Bar' in Asheville, NC.



Amazing Photos of Comet 2018/Y1 Iwamoto!

Comet Iwamoto was bright enough to see through binoculars and small telescopes during its passage through the inner solar system.



Tokyo Is Testing a New System to Detect 'Guerilla' Rain and Tornadoes Up to 30 Minutes in Advance

The new technology is hoped to be ready for deployment ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.



Are you comfortable with Amazon controlling your smart home?

Amazon wants to go further than just making our homes "smart." It wants to turn our dwellings into the "Amazon Home."



AI is reinventing the way we invent

The biggest impact of artificial intelligence will be to help humans make discoveries we couldn’t make on our own.



Ghost ship's chilling SOS call before entire crew found dead

The crew were all found dead with their mouths wide open and reaching to the sky.



Scientists build 'self-aware' robot able to repair itself

AI is now "self-aware," following a historic breakthrough by Columbia University.s Creative Machines Lab.



Titanic II replica of disaster ship built in China

Chinese investors are ploughing in the millions as they attempt to completely clone the iconic White Star Liner that sunk in 1912.



'Night owls' struggle more than 'morning larks'

A new study has found that people who naturally stay up late have a harder time sticking to a 9-5 schedule.



New website uses AI to generate endless fake faces

The ability of AI to generate fake visuals is not yet mainstream knowledge, but a new website offers a quick and persuasive education.



Solar flare '10 billion times more powerful' than Earth's Sun blasted out of Orion's sword

This sudden stellar eruption may be the most luminous known flare ever released by a young star — and it could help scientists better understand the still-murky process of star formation.



Autistic children can be cured using virtual reality

Virtual reality can cure autistic children of their phobias in 45 percent of cases, and scientists claim the effects are permanent.



How ISS feed was cut after 21 anomalies appeared during Discovery mission

NASA cut the International Space Station live feed during their Discovery mission in what has been dubbed “the most important UFO footage ever” by a conspiracy theorist.



How 18th-Century Writers Created the Genre of Popular Science

French writers such as Voltaire & Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle helped shape the Enlightenment with stories of science.



Skeleton of Teen Girl Found Buried Next to Mysterious Pyramid in Egypt

It's not clear when she was buried, although the adjacent pyramid dates back about 4,600 years.



NASA wants to jump-start development of landers to take humans to the Moon

Their goal is to test out these vehicles on the Moon as early as 2024.



Good Fortune: The Story of Miss Cleo's $1 Billion Psychic Empire

Miss Cleo became synonymous with psychic phenomena, a way to consult with a medium without getting off your couch.



Mudslides, snow, and flash floods: an atmospheric river is soaking California

The storm system stretches hundreds of miles wide and carries as much water as 15 Mississippi Rivers.



The Bizarre Planets That Could Be Humanity’s New Homes

Imagine going to live on a planet where the sun never moves in the sky. No sunrise, no sunset.



Rare Spider Fossil Preserves 100-Million-Year-Old Glowing Eyes

A new spider fossil discovery included a surprising find: remnants of reflective eye tissue.



Earth's Magnetic Field Booms Like a Drum, But No One Can Hear It

Every time an impulse strikes the region known as the magnetopause jolts ripple through its surface.



Gigantic dinosaur from 100 million years ago is discovered in Africa

Its heart-shaped tail bones are introduced to the world just in time for Valentines Day.



How to See Comet Iwamoto Fly Past Earth This Week

The speedy space "snowball" is currently visible in the night sky with binoculars and small telescopes.



A Dark History, Mysterious Hauntings, and the Hellfire Club

At a place called Mount Pelier Hill, near Dublin, Ireland, is an old, abandoned stone structure from another time.



The Myths and Legends Surrounding the Real St. Valentine’s Day

The ancient origins of St. Valentine’s Day bear little resemblance to this modern festival of love and affection.



An earthquake lasted 50 days, but no one felt it. Here's why.

“You could call them phantom quakes,” one geologist says of the tectonic phenomena known as slow slip events.



Proper Breathing Brings Better Health

Stress reduction, insomnia prevention, emotion control, improved attention—certain breathing techniques can make life better.



NASA spots signs of 22-mile-wide crater buried beneath Greenland ice sheet

The discovery could be evidence of another ancient impact in the region.



Saudis Invest Billions to Make 'Haunted' Antiquities Site a Tourist Draw

According to lore, the area is haunted by jinn, the malevolent spirits of the Koran and Arabian mythology.



Mars One is dead

The Mars colony startup was declared bankrupt by a Swiss court.



The new Picasso? Meet Ai-Da the robot artist

The robot is named after British mathematician and computer pioneer Ada Lovelace.



No, You Won’t See an 'Apocalypse Asteroid' in the Sky on Valentine's Day

The space rock, Bennu, is classified as "potentially hazardous," but that's a designation that applies to many asteroids of sufficient size.



Ancient European Stone Monuments Said to Originate in Northwest France

Research on Stone Age tombs throughout Europe offers a new answer on where and when the iconic stone works were first built.



Bizarre 19th Century Book Scared Children Into Behaving

'Der Struwwelpeter' included the story of the 'Scissorman' who cut off the fingers of thumb-suckers.



Texas Grandma Fights Off Attackers

Resisted criminals in clown masks by hitting them a scooter and damaging their car.



Taking UFOs Seriously

Cornell Professor argues we should take witnesses seriously in his review of 'American Cosmic.'



Human Activity Almost Ruined Tut's Tomb

Breath and sweat from tourists were destroying the paintings on the walls.



New Horizons Says Goodbye to Ultima Thule

One last glance back at the the distant object.



NASA is planning to 'go to the Moon to stay'

The space agency is currently seeking partners to develop reusable lunar landing vehicles.



Does relationship compatibility depend on your genes?

Researcher claims DNA could affect the quality of your marriage.



52 million-year-old bird fossil found with feathers still attached

Fossil of a "perching bird" has been found in Wyoming with its feathers still attached, a discovery that "no one's ever seen before."



What is the mysterious dark vortex NASA has just found on Neptune?

NASA astronomers have discovered an incredibly mysterious dark vortex brewing at the north pole of Neptune – but what is the new discovery?



Doomsday bunker for sale in Vegas for $18M

The subterranean bunker has everything you could need, without ever going above ground.



Richard Branson says he'll fly to space by July

British billionaire Richard Branson plans to travel to space within the next four or five months aboard his own Virgin Galactic spaceship.



What does a conscious brain look like?

Scientists have been trying to find a way to definitively determine if a brain injured patient is conscious.



AI study of human genome finds unknown human ancestor

The genetic footprint of a "ghost population" may match that of a Neanderthal and Denisovan hybrid fossil found in Siberia.



Standing at ground zero for UFO believers

A scientist studies our need to believe in aliens.



Scientists want to build a space station inside an asteroid

Researchers think it would be possible to bore into the middle of a distant space rock, erect a space station and mine valuable minerals from within.



Inside the Push to Legalize Magic Mushrooms for Depression and PTSD

Activists, entrepreneurs, and doctors in the US and Canada are working to decriminalize psilocybin psychotherapy.



Freaky View from Lunar Orbit Shows Chinese Lander on the Moon’s Far Side

An image captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the Chang’e 4 landing site from a distance of over 200 miles.



Why everyone wants this Glasgow woman to taste their name

Julie McDowall sees nothing out of the ordinary in being able to measure a word - or a name - by the taste it gives her.



Think no evil: kind thoughts can boost immune system, study finds

Research also shows that negative thoughts can be physiologically harmful.



Hubble reveals dynamic atmospheres of Uranus, Neptune

New observations show a mysterious dark storm on Neptune, and a long-lived storm circling around the polar region on Uranus.



Tales of Haunted and Possessed Teddy Bears

While supposed to be cute and cuddly childhood companions, there are quite a few cases where these toys have been anything but.



These Namibian Hills Are Holdovers From an Ice Age

They reveal that ice was once speeding through southern Africa.



Six new species of hideously adorable tentacle-nosed catfish discovered in Amazon

The fish have tentacles on their snouts, and spines that stick out from their heads.



New Exhibition Highlights Story of the Richest Man Who Ever Lived

Read about Mansa Musa, emperor of Mali, who once disrupted Egypt’s economy just by passing through.



After making history, NASA’s tiny deep-space satellites go silent

But the vehicles demonstrated that tiny satellites could become critical tools for exploring deep within our Solar System.



Man Has Toothpick Removed From Inside His Heart After Swallowing It While Drinking

The 29-year-old underwent an open-heart operation on January 9, at a hospital in southern China’s Guangxi Province.



The Great Dolphin Dilemma

For years, animal rights advocates have waged war against the US Navy for its use of dolphins in warfare and research.



The Secret Meanings and Symbols Behind Playing Cards

While suits might have changed throughout the centuries, “face cards” have remained relatively unchanged.



Deadly earthquake traveled at 'supersonic' speeds—why that matters

Indonesia temblor offered a detailed look at supershear, a phenomenon that can create the geologic version of a sonic boom.



Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua Could Be a 'Monstrous' Corpse of Comet Dust

A new explanation proposes that the strange object was a "dust aggregate."



Minneapolis Neighborhood Invaded By Frozen Pants

The mastermind behind the display, Tom Grotting, says that temperatures need to get down to at least 0 degrees for the pants to stay in place



Russian Navy has new weapon that makes targets hallucinate, vomit: report

Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported that a Russian military contractor has installed the weapon on two Russian warships.



Alien ship may be among us, Harvard astronomer insists, despite criticism from peers

Avi Loeb's theory has made the rounds in the media and caused controversy in the academic community.



Australia floods: Crocodiles seen in 'once in a century' waters

Authorities in Townsville, Australia have warned residents to beware of crocodiles and snakes spotted in floodwaters in residential areas.



Magnetic north just changed. Here's what that means.

Magnetic north's routine plod has shifted into high gear, sending it galloping across the Northern Hemisphere.



The Ancient Story of Merlin the Wizard Becomes Richer After Exciting New Discovery

Historians at the University of Bristol made an extraordinary chance discovery this week when they found a set of hidden 13th-century manuscripts.



A Smithsonian Researcher Reflects on What It Will Take to Land Humans on Mars

In a new book on space exploration, Roger D. Launius predicts boots on the Red Planet ground by the 2030s.



Flying Squirrels That Glow Pink in the Dark

While ultraviolet fluorescence is common in birds, butterflies and sea creatures, scientists haven’t often observed it in mammals.



Lost city discovered in Africa using LIDAR

Researchers have uncovered the site of a 15th-century city which was once home to over 10,000 people.



Super-Earth Smackdowns May Explain Diverse Worlds

Catastrophic collisions may explain differences in giant rocky planets around other stars.



Lasers could beam messages directly to a listener's ear

Lasers could be able to beam messages directly to a listener's ear, like "whispering a secret from afar", according to scientists in the US.



Rare fish sighting in Japan sparks 'precursor to earthquake' fears

Recent sightings of a rare, serpent-like sea creature — which in Japanese lore, is thought to be a harbinger of natural disasters — have sent Japan's social media into a frenzy.



'Superhuman' robots will outstrip mankind within 50 years

Robots will be in a position to outstrip the abilities of mankind within half a century, an expert in artificial intelligence has warned.



Iron Age Celts rubbed oil into the severed heads of their victims to preserve them

The new study of over 100 fragmented human skulls buried in a French town found plant oils were key to the embalming efforts.



Deep learning pioneer worries about China's use of AI

Yoshua Bengio, a computer scientist who helped pioneer artificial intelligence, is worried about China's use of AI for surveillance and political control.



Study shows sleepers can learn language from scratch in the depths of slumber

A groundbreaking experiment established it was possible to learn new words and their semantic associations from scratch while in the depths of sleep.



Bird-watchers spot stunning rare cardinal that's half male and half female

With its body turned to one side, you might not notice anything unusual about the cardinal recently spotted in the backyard of two Pennsylvania bird enthusiasts.



Long-lost tales of Merlin and King Arthur discovered

Medieval manuscript fragments discovered in a set of 16th-century books have revealed long-lost tales of Merlin, the Magician.



A meteorite may have struck western Cuba

A meteorite possibly struck western Cuba on Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Key West, Florida.



New ‘curses’ emerge from Tut’s history-making tomb study

From microbial 'freckles' to sticky dust, conservators have raised new concerns in the funerary monument.



The Weirdest Forms of Money Throughout History

Currency has been a constant in the world for most of recorded history, but it is always changing.



Is This Concept Art of a Mysterious Space Launch Mothership a Missing Link in Area 51's Past?

There's a long and colorful trail of circumstantial evidence, rumor, historical context, and patent info that points to such an aircraft existing.



Lugworm Blood, Coming Soon to a Pharmacy Near You

After years of research and clinical trials, French start-up Hemarina is almost ready to start selling worm blood for organ transplants.



Robot that thinks for itself from scratch brings forward rise the self-aware machines

Engineers at Columbia University claim to have smashed one of the biggest barriers in the field of robotics.



Man is 'turning into stone' as parasitic worms cause his legs to swell to twice the size

Dad-of-five Shahid Hussain was bitten by a mosquito five years ago. Now he can barely walk.



The Mysterious Vanishing and Death of Stephen McKerron

Sometimes people just seem to completely vanish without a trace or explanation.



Neanderthals and Denisovans Shared a Siberian Cave for Thousands of Years

Denisovans —a sister species to the Neanderthals— made this cave their home as far back as 287,000 years ago.



19 Pictures That Show Just How Cold It Is In The Midwest

Extreme cold has descended over the Midwest and Upper Plains region as its residents brace for potentially life-threatening and frigid temperatures.



'American Dying' cooled Earth's climate

Colonization of the Americas at the end of the 15th Century killed so many people, it disturbed Earth's climate.



Scientists Have Detected an Enormous Cavity Growing Beneath Antarctica

In the space of only decades, the continent has lost trillions of tons of ice at alarming rates we can't keep up with.



Arboreal ‘Snow Monsters’ Overrun Northern Japan Every Winter

Ice and wind transform these high altitude fir trees of into real-life White Walkers.



Tiny Object Found at the Edge of the Solar System for the First Time

A Kuiper Belt object that’s only 2.6 km across.



Student cracks theologian's baffling religious code

A divinity student from the University of St Andrews has cracked a religious code that has baffled academics for generations.



The Bulletproof Coffee Founder Has Spent $1 Million in His Quest to Live to 180

Biohacker Dave Asprey built his multimillion-dollar brand Bulletproof around his quest for longevity. But is any of it legit?



Scientists Prepare for Mission to Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa

NASA scientists are deep in the process of designing Europa Clipper, a spacecraft meant to crack the moon's secrets.



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Here Comes Hemp: Congress Votes to Unchain a Billion-Dollar Industry

Here Comes Hemp: Congress Votes to Unchain a Billion-Dollar Industry | Phillip Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — The Senate on Tuesday and the House on Wednesday gave final approval to the massive 2018 Farm Bill, including a provision that will end an eight-decade ban on industrial hemp, that non-psychoactive but extremely useful member of the cannabis family. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law. Even though you […]

Here Comes Hemp: Congress Votes to Unchain a Billion-Dollar Industry | The Daily Chronic



Maine’s Medical Marijuana Omnibus Bill Goes Into Effect

Maine’s Medical Marijuana Omnibus Bill Goes Into Effect | Kate Zawidzki

Today, the omnibus medical marijuana bill that was passed last spring goes into effect. The bill makes major improvements to Maine’s medical marijuana program. Among some of the changes, the legislation: removes the qualifying condition list so that any Mainer can use medical marijuana so long as their doctor thinks it would be helpful for them; eliminates […]

Maine’s Medical Marijuana Omnibus Bill Goes Into Effect | The Daily Chronic



Congress Lifts Longstanding Ban on Industrial Hemp Production

Congress Lifts Longstanding Ban on Industrial Hemp Production | NORML

House and Senate lawmakers have approved legislation, The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka ‘The Farm Bill’), which for the first time includes provisions lifting the United States’ centuries-long prohibition on domestic, commercial hemp production. President Trump is anticipated to sign the bill into law in the coming days. “The significance of this law change […]

Congress Lifts Longstanding Ban on Industrial Hemp Production | The Daily Chronic



Congress Legalizes Industrial Hemp Through the 2018 Farm Bill

Congress Legalizes Industrial Hemp Through the 2018 Farm Bill | Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — The House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have passed legislation that legalizes industrial hemp, the H.R. 2, Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The Senate passed the legislation by a vote of 87-13 and the House by a margin of 369-47. The legislation is still awaiting the president’s signature to become law. […]

Congress Legalizes Industrial Hemp Through the 2018 Farm Bill | The Daily Chronic



Utah Lawmakers Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Cannabis Law

Utah Lawmakers Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Cannabis Law | NORML

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Lawmakers voted in a special legislative session on Monday to replace the state’s voter-initiated medical cannabis access program. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bill, House Bill 3001, into law that same day. The new law, the Utah Medical Cannabis Act, takes immediate effect. The former law, Proposition 2, was approved by 53 percent of voters on November […]

Utah Lawmakers Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Cannabis Law | The Daily Chronic



Reconciled Farm Bill to Include Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban

Reconciled Farm Bill to Include Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — House and Senate lawmakers have agreed in principle to a reconciled version of H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill), which includes provisions lifting the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. The hemp-specific provisions – which Senate Majority Speaker Mitch McConnell (R-KY) included in the Senate version of the bill, but were […]

Reconciled Farm Bill to Include Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban | The Daily Chronic



Lawmakers in Utah Approve Compromise Medical Cannabis Bill

Lawmakers in Utah Approve Compromise Medical Cannabis Bill | Kate Zawidzki

As expected, legislators in Utah have enacted a medical cannabis law that will replace the law established by Proposition 2. While it is inferior to Prop 2, the new law will ensure that patients who need medical cannabis can safely access it, and its passage represents a victory for patients and their allies who have […]

Lawmakers in Utah Approve Compromise Medical Cannabis Bill | The Daily Chronic



Utah Lawmakers Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Marijuana Law

Utah Lawmakers Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Marijuana Law | Paul Armentano

Lawmakers voted in a special legislative session on Monday to replace the state’s voter-initiated medical cannabis access program. The former law, Proposition 2: The Utah Medical Cannabis Act – was approved by 53 percent of voters on November 6. NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri criticized lawmakers’ decision. “Lawmakers should have respected the will of the voters and should have […]

Utah Lawmakers Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Marijuana Law | The Daily Chronic



Utah Legislature Passes Compromise Medical Marijuana Law

Utah Legislature Passes Compromise Medical Marijuana Law | Marijuana Policy Project

SALT LAKE CITY — In a special session today, the Utah Legislature enacted a compromise medical marijuana law that will replace the ballot initiative approved by voters on Election Day. The compromise bill is more restrictive than the law established by Proposition 2, which was supported by the Marijuana Policy Project and Utah advocates. In […]

Utah Legislature Passes Compromise Medical Marijuana Law | The Daily Chronic



Utah Lawmakers Seek to Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Marijuana Law

Utah Lawmakers Seek to Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Marijuana Law | Paul Armentano

Utah lawmakers convened a special legislative session Monday to debate proposed replacement legislation to the state’s newly approved voter-initiated medical cannabis access law. A majority of voters in November decided ‘yes’ on Proposition 2: The Utah Medical Cannabis Act. Legislators are now seeking to significantly curtail the law by replacing it with separate so-called ‘compromise’ legislation. Lawmakers […]

Utah Lawmakers Seek to Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Marijuana Law | The Daily Chronic



Several Marijuana Reform Bills Advance in New Jersey

Several Marijuana Reform Bills Advance in New Jersey | NORML

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey state lawmakers last week advanced a series of bills to regulate the adult use and medical cannabis markets, and to vacate past marijuana-related convictions. On Monday, members of a 26-person joint committee moved Senate Bill 2703/Assembly Bill 4497 to the floor. The measure, entitled “The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid […]

Several Marijuana Reform Bills Advance in New Jersey | The Daily Chronic



New Jersey Governor Signs Hemp Cultivation Bill Into Law

New Jersey Governor Signs Hemp Cultivation Bill Into Law | Justin Strekal

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation into law permitting the state to establish a pilot program to assess and promote the cultivation of industrial hemp. Assembly Bill 1330/Senate Bill 3145 authorizes the Department of Agriculture to partner with Rutgers University “to study and promote the cultivation of industrial hemp to the maximum […]

New Jersey Governor Signs Hemp Cultivation Bill Into Law | The Daily Chronic



Reconciled Farm Bill Includes Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban

Reconciled Farm Bill Includes Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — House and Senate lawmakers have agreed to a reconciled version of H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill), which includes provisions lifting the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. “For the first time in nearly a hundred years, commercial hemp production will no longer be federally prohibited in the United States,” […]

Reconciled Farm Bill Includes Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban | The Daily Chronic



New Jersey Lawmakers Advance Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Bill

New Jersey Lawmakers Advance Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Bill | NORML

TRENTON, NJ — On Monday, November 26, New Jersey Senate and Assembly lawmakers voted in favor of legislation that seeks to regulate the adult use marijuana market. Members of a 26-member joint committee decided to move forward the legislation: Senate Bill 2703 and Assembly Bill 4497: The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act. Lawmakers […]

New Jersey Lawmakers Advance Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances in New Jersey Legislature

Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances in New Jersey Legislature | Marijuana Policy Project

TRENTON, N.J. — A proposal to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older advanced in the New Jersey Legislature Monday. The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee approved S2703, sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari, (7-2-4), and the Assembly Appropriations Committee approved A4497, sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, (6-1-2). The measures will now go to the […]

Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances in New Jersey Legislature | The Daily Chronic



McConnell Dampens Prospects for Federal Sentencing Reform in 2018

McConnell Dampens Prospects for Federal Sentencing Reform in 2018 | Phillip Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — Prospects for a major federal sentencing reform bill brightened on Wednesday with President Trump’s announcement that he would support the effort, but by week’s end, those prospects dimmed as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the president he wouldn’t bring the bill to a floor vote this year. The bill is known as […]

McConnell Dampens Prospects for Federal Sentencing Reform in 2018 | The Daily Chronic



Senate Majority Leader: Farm Bill Will Lift Federal Hemp Ban

Senate Majority Leader: Farm Bill Will Lift Federal Hemp Ban | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has reaffirmed that provisions lifting the federal prohibition of hemp will be included in the engrossed language of H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill). The must-pass legislation is currently being debated by leadership in conference committee. “If there’s a Farm […]

Senate Majority Leader: Farm Bill Will Lift Federal Hemp Ban | The Daily Chronic



New Legislation Aimed to Reduce Veterans Medical Marijuana Confusion

New Legislation Aimed to Reduce Veterans Medical Marijuana Confusion | Justin Strekal

Just two days after Veteran’s Day, Congressman Seth Moulton has introduced a series of bills aimed at addressing the therapeutic use of marijuana among veterans. Post-traumatic stress, chronic pain, and other medical issues can be a matter of life or death. Moreover, failure of VA policy to allow physicians to openly talk about cannabis or […]

New Legislation Aimed to Reduce Veterans Medical Marijuana Confusion | The Daily Chronic



Marijuana, Midterm Elections and the 86th Texas Legislature

Marijuana, Midterm Elections and the 86th Texas Legislature | NORML

Prohibitionist Pete Sessions has been ousted from office by Collin Allred and a huge number of volunteers, voters and cannabis activists! Cannabis was a huge part of this race’s conversation. We are hopeful that this huge shake up will help marijuana bills move more expeditiously at the Federal level as Sessions has been a huge roadblock […]

Marijuana, Midterm Elections and the 86th Texas Legislature | The Daily Chronic



Senate Majority Leader Guarantees End to Federal Hemp Ban

Senate Majority Leader Guarantees End to Federal Hemp Ban | Paul Armentano

WASHINGTON, DC — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) publicly reaffirmed today that provisions lifting the federal prohibition of hemp will be included in the finalized language of H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill). The must-pass legislation is currently being debated by leadership in conference committee. “If there’s a […]

Senate Majority Leader Guarantees End to Federal Hemp Ban | The Daily Chronic



Pennsylvania Governor Signs Law Eliminating License Suspension Penalty for Marijuana-Related Offenses, Other Crimes

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Law Eliminating License Suspension Penalty for Marijuana-Related Offenses, Other Crimes | NORML

HARRISBURG, PA — Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has signed legislation into law eliminating mandatory driver’s license suspensions for a wide range of non-driving related crimes, including marijuana-related offenses. House Bill 163 amends existing law so that those age 21 or older convicted of certain drug-related offenses unrelated to driving are no longer subject to the revocation of […]

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Law Eliminating License Suspension Penalty for Marijuana-Related Offenses, Other Crimes | The Daily Chronic



ASA Evaluates Utah Medical Cannabis Compromise Bill

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

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

ASA Evaluates Utah Medical Cannabis Compromise Bill | The Daily Chronic



Guam Governor Signs Home Grow Legislation into Law

Guam Governor Signs Home Grow Legislation into Law | NORML

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

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



Pennsylvania Committee Approves Partial Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Pennsylvania Committee Approves Partial Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | Kate Zawidzki

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

Pennsylvania Committee Approves Partial Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Oklahoma City: Council Approves Cite and Release Ordinance

Oklahoma City: Council Approves Cite and Release Ordinance | NORML

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

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



California Governor Signs Legislation Expunging Past Marijuana Convictions

California Governor Signs Legislation Expunging Past Marijuana Convictions | NORML

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

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



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

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

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

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



Utah Medical Marijuana Campaign Reaches Compromise with Lawmakers, LDS Church

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

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

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



California Governor Vetoes Several Marijuana-Related Bills, Signs Others

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

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

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



New Oklahoma City Ordinance Reduces Penalty for Marijuana Possession

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

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

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



Pennsylvania Marijuana Legalization Bill Has Been Introduced

Pennsylvania Marijuana Legalization Bill Has Been Introduced | Kate Zawidzki

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

Pennsylvania Marijuana Legalization Bill Has Been Introduced | The Daily Chronic



California Governor Signs Legislation Expunging Past Marijuana Convictions

California Governor Signs Legislation Expunging Past Marijuana Convictions | Paul Armentano

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

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



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

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

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

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



NY Adds Acute Pain Management as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Will New Jersey Be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana?

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Congressional Committee Approves Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana Research

Congressional Committee Approves Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana Research | NORML

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

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



Congressional Leadership Strips Provisions Facilitating Medical Marijuana Access for Veterans

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

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

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



First Ever Veterans-Focused Medical Bill Introduced in Senate

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

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

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



Delaware Adds Two Qualifying Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program

Delaware Adds Two Qualifying Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | NORML

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

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



In Delaware, Some Past Marijuana Convictions Can Now Be Expunged

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Veterans-Focused Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in US Senate

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



In Illinois, Doctors Can Now Substitute Marijuana for Opioids

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

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

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



Illinois Governor Signs Legislation Licensing Hemp Farming

Illinois Governor Signs Legislation Licensing Hemp Farming | NORML

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

Illinois Governor Signs Legislation Licensing Hemp Farming | The Daily Chronic



Clean Slate Act to Seal Records Introduced to Congress

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

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

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



Delaware Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law

Delaware Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law | Paul Armentano

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



California Marijuana Expungement Measure Awaits Governor’s Signature

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



New Federal Employment Protections Bill Introduced for Marijuana Consumers

New Federal Employment Protections Bill Introduced for Marijuana Consumers | NORML

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Legislation Into Law

Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Legislation Into Law | NORML

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

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



Hawaii Governor Signs One Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill, Vetoes Another

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

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

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



House Rules Committee Blocks FY19 Marijuana Amendments

House Rules Committee Blocks FY19 Marijuana Amendments | Justin Strekal

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

House Rules Committee Blocks FY19 Marijuana Amendments | The Daily Chronic



Pennsylvania Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Research Bill

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Research Bill | NORML

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

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Research Bill | The Daily Chronic



Oklahoma Board of Health Restricts Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law

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

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

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



Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Marijuana Possession, Cultivation Now Legal in Vermont

Marijuana Possession, Cultivation Now Legal in Vermont | NORML

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

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



Senators Approve Federal Bill Authorizing Commercial Hemp Cultivation

Senators Approve Federal Bill Authorizing Commercial Hemp Cultivation | NORML

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

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



Marijuana Legalization Becomes Reality in Vermont

Marijuana Legalization Becomes Reality in Vermont | Kate Zawidzki

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

Marijuana Legalization Becomes Reality in Vermont | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Chuck Schumer Introduces Far-Reaching Marijuana Descheduling Bill

Chuck Schumer Introduces Far-Reaching Marijuana Descheduling Bill | NORML

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

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



Chuck Schumer Introduces Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana at the Federal Level

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Proposed Bill Would Allow Marijuana Use in Federal Housing

Proposed Bill Would Allow Marijuana Use in Federal Housing | NORML

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

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



New Federal Bill Would Protect States’ Experiments with Legal Marijuana

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

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

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



More Pennsylvania Cities Push for Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances

More Pennsylvania Cities Push for Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances | NORML

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

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



The RESPECT Resolution Seeks Restorative Justice

The RESPECT Resolution Seeks Restorative Justice | Justin Strekal

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

The RESPECT Resolution Seeks Restorative Justice | The Daily Chronic



House Appropriations Committee Blocks Cannabis Banking Amendment

House Appropriations Committee Blocks Cannabis Banking Amendment | Justin Strekal

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

House Appropriations Committee Blocks Cannabis Banking Amendment | The Daily Chronic



Medical Marijuana Protections Included in Senate CJS Appropriations Bill

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

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

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



Senate Majority Leader Announces Progress on Hemp Reform Legislation

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

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

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



President Trump Expresses Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Fix

President Trump Expresses Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Fix | Paul Armentano

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

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



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

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

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

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



Louisiana Medical Marijuana Expansion Laws Take Effect

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Expansion Laws Take Effect | NORML

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

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Expansion Laws Take Effect | The Daily Chronic



New Hampshire Governor Signs Legislation Lifting Medical Marijuana Dispensary Cap

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

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

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



Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect State Marijuana Laws

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Protect States That Have Legalized Marijuana

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

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

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



Republican Rules Committee Blocks Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendments (Again)

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

WASHINGTON, DC — For the second year in a row, the House Rules Committee, led by prohibitionist Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX), blocked multiple amendments related to marijuana from receiving consideration by the full House, thus ending their consideration and silencing the ability for the lower chamber to offer either legal protections or expanded access to veterans […]

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



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

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

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

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



Maryland Hemp Distribution Bill Signed Into Law

Maryland Hemp Distribution Bill Signed Into Law | NORML

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

Maryland Hemp Distribution Bill Signed Into Law | The Daily Chronic



Senator Jeff Merkley Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act

Senator Jeff Merkley Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act | Justin Strekal

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

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



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

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

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

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



New Law Excludes CBD from Kansas Criminal Code

New Law Excludes CBD from Kansas Criminal Code | NORML

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

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



Arizona Governor Signs Hemp Research Bill Into Law

Arizona Governor Signs Hemp Research Bill Into Law | NORML

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

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



House Appropriations Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Protections in Federal Budget

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

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

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



Historic House Appropriations Committee Vote On Marijuana

Historic House Appropriations Committee Vote On Marijuana | NORML

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

Historic House Appropriations Committee Vote On Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Senator Kamala Harris Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act

Senator Kamala Harris Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act | Justin Strekal

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

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



Georgia Governor Signs Legislation Expanding CBD Exemption Law

Georgia Governor Signs Legislation Expanding CBD Exemption Law | NORML

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Leading Senate Democrat to Introduce Marijuana Descheduling Bill

Leading Senate Democrat to Introduce Marijuana Descheduling Bill | NORML

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

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



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

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

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

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



Federal Legislation Introduced to Facilitate Medical Marijuana Trials for Military Veterans

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

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

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



Three More States Enact Hemp Production Laws

Three More States Enact Hemp Production Laws | NORML

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

Three More States Enact Hemp Production Laws | The Daily Chronic



NM: Albuquerque Enacts Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

NM: Albuquerque Enacts Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | NORML

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

NM: Albuquerque Enacts Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | The Daily Chronic



Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Provision Into Law

Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Provision Into Law | NORML

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

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



Chuck Schumer is Ready to Legalize Weed

Chuck Schumer is Ready to Legalize Weed | Phillip Smith

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

Chuck Schumer is Ready to Legalize Weed | The Daily Chronic



Senate Majority Leader Fast-Tracks Hemp Legalization Bill

Senate Majority Leader Fast-Tracks Hemp Legalization Bill | NORML

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

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



Chuck Schumer to Introduce Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Legislation

Chuck Schumer to Introduce Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Legislation | Justin Strekal

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

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



Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Facilitate Medical Marijuana Trials for Veterans

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

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

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



Senate Majority Leader Introduces Bi-Partisan Hemp Legalization Bill

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

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

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



Albuquerque, N.M. Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

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

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

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



Senate Leader Plans to Spearhead Federal Hemp Reform

Senate Leader Plans to Spearhead Federal Hemp Reform | NORML

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

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



Utah Governor Signs Several Marijuana-Related Bills Into Law

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Key Committee Approves Connecticut Marijuana Legalization Bill

Key Committee Approves Connecticut Marijuana Legalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

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

Key Committee Approves Connecticut Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Albuquerque City Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

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

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

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



Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections

Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections | NORML

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

Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



Congress Approves Spending Bill Protecting Medical Marijuana States from Federal Interference

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



House Passes Budget with Medical Cannabis Protection Amendment

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

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

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



New Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections

New Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections | Justin Strekal

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

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



NH Advocates Call to Replace Head of Marijuana Study Commission

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



New Jersey Governor Reaffirms Support for Marijuana Legalization

New Jersey Governor Reaffirms Support for Marijuana Legalization | NORML

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

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



Oklahoma: Lawmakers Move Forward to Preemptively Quash Medical Marijuana Vote

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

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

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



New Jersey Governor Doubles Down on Marijuana Legalization

New Jersey Governor Doubles Down on Marijuana Legalization | NORML

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

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



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

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

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

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



Albuquerque City Council Files Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

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

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

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



Baton Rouge On Brink of Decriminalizing Marijuana

Baton Rouge On Brink of Decriminalizing Marijuana | Drug Policy Alliance

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

Baton Rouge On Brink of Decriminalizing Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Maine Lawmakers Push to Rewrite 2016 Voter-Approved Marijuana Law

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



New Federal Bill Aims to Protect Legal Marijuana States and Businesses

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended, Again

Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended, Again | Justin Strekal

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

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



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

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

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

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



Virginia Paves Road for Medical Marijuana in Conservative States

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



New Mexico Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill

New Mexico Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill | Drug Policy Alliance

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

New Mexico Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Medical Marijuana Protections Extended as Part of Temporary Federal Budget Agreement

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

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

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



Vermont Legislature Legalizes Marijuana, Makes History

Vermont Legislature Legalizes Marijuana, Makes History | Phillip Smith

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

Vermont Legislature Legalizes Marijuana, Makes History | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs Bill Making Marijuana Legal

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

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

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



Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill Into Law

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

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

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



Federal Marijuana Justice Act Filed in House

Federal Marijuana Justice Act Filed in House | Phillip Smith

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

Federal Marijuana Justice Act Filed in House | The Daily Chronic



New Marijuana Law Reform Measures Proposed In Congress

New Marijuana Law Reform Measures Proposed In Congress | NORML

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

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



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

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

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

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



Bipartisan Bill Introduced to End Funding for Marijuana Suppression

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to End Funding for Marijuana Suppression | NORML

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

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



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

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

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

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



Just Introduced: The Marijuana Justice Act is in the House

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Vermont Governor Announces He Will Sign Marijuana Legalization Bill

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

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

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



Vermont Lawmakers Send Marijuana Legalization Bill to Governor’s Desk

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

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

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



Oklahoma Voters to Decide in June on Sweeping Medical Marijuana Initiative

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



NORML Endorses Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Access Initiative SQ 788

NORML Endorses Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Access Initiative SQ 788 | NORML

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

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



Vermont Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization

Vermont Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization | Drug Policy Alliance

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

Vermont Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization | The Daily Chronic



Vermont Legislature Approves Noncommercial Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont Legislature Approves Noncommercial Marijuana Legalization Bill | Phillip Smith

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

Vermont Legislature Approves Noncommercial Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Marijuana Possession and Cultivation

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

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

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



New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill

New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

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

New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Oklahoma to Vote on Medical Marijuana Legalization in June

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

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

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



Vermont State House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont State House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill | Justin Strekal

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

Vermont State House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



New Jersey Governor Signs Expungement Bills Into Law

New Jersey Governor Signs Expungement Bills Into Law | NORML

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

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



Vermont House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill; Senate Expected to Concur

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

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

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



Vermont Lawmakers Could Revive Marijuana Legalization Effort This Week

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended (Again)

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

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

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



CT: Hartford City Council Unanimously Votes for Marijuana Legalization

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

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

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



Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended

Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | Justin Strekal

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

Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | The Daily Chronic



Wisconsin Hemp Pilot Program Signed Into Law

Wisconsin Hemp Pilot Program Signed Into Law | NORML

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

Wisconsin Hemp Pilot Program Signed Into Law | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



Rick Steves Testifies in Illinois in Support of Marijuana Legalization

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

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

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



Illinois Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana

Illinois Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana | TJ Baker

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

Illinois Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana | The Daily Chronic



Canada: House of Commons Passes Marijuana Legalization, Regulation Bill

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

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

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



Wisconsin Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Hemp Research Act

Wisconsin Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Hemp Research Act | NORML

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

Wisconsin Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Hemp Research Act | The Daily Chronic



New York PTSD Patients Now Eligible for Cannabis Therapy

New York PTSD Patients Now Eligible for Cannabis Therapy | NORML

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

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



New York Finally Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

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

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

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



Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill

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

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

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



Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill

Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill | NORML

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

Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill | The Daily Chronic



Texas: El Paso Moves Forward With Summons Plan

Texas: El Paso Moves Forward With Summons Plan | NORML

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

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



Maine Governor Under Pressure to Sign Marijuana Regulation Bill

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Maine Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill

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

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

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



Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill

Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill | Phillip Smith

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

Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill | The Daily Chronic



Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Becomes Law

Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Becomes Law | NORML

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

Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Becomes Law | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | NORML

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

Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | The Daily Chronic



Maryland’s Marijuana Expungement Law Takes Effect

Maryland’s Marijuana Expungement Law Takes Effect | TJ Baker

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

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



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

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

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

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



DC Councilmember Looks to Medical Marijuana to Help Fight Opioid Crisis

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

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

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



New Hampshire’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect

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

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

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



Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended

Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | NORML

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

Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | The Daily Chronic



Surprise! House Votes to Curb Sessions’ Asset Forfeiture Revival

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

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

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



Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation; Marijuana Protections Included

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

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

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



House Rules Committee Blocks Multiple Marijuana Amendments

House Rules Committee Blocks Multiple Marijuana Amendments | NORML

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

House Rules Committee Blocks Multiple Marijuana Amendments | The Daily Chronic



House Committee Denies Vote on Medical Marijuana Protection Amendment

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

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

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



Proposed Congressional Amendment Would Limit Federal Interference of State Marijuana Laws

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

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

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



Bonamici Files Amendment Preventing Federal Interference of State Hemp Laws

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research

Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research | NORML

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

Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research | The Daily Chronic



Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments

Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments | NORML

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

Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments | The Daily Chronic



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

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

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

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



Bipartisan Amendment Would End Arbitrary License Suspensions

Bipartisan Amendment Would End Arbitrary License Suspensions | NORML

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

Bipartisan Amendment Would End Arbitrary License Suspensions | The Daily Chronic



Maine Lawmakers Want to Change Voter-Initiated Marijuana Legalization Law

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



SMART Bill Reintroduced in Congress to Protect State Marijuana Laws

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Cory Booker Introduces Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill Focused on Racial Justice

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

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

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



Cory Booker Introduces the Marijuana Justice Act in US Senate

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

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

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



Bill to Protect State Enforcement of Marijuana Laws Introduced in Congress

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

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

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



Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill Filed in US Congress

Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill Filed in US Congress | TJ Baker

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

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



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

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

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

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



Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill

Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

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

Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | The Daily Chronic



US Senate Committee Stands Up for Medical Marijuana Patients

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

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

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



Key Senate Committee Votes to Renew Protections for Medical Marijuana

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

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

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



US Senate Committee Expected to Vote Thursday on Medical Marijuana

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

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

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



US House Committee Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendments

US House Committee Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendments | Justin Strekal

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

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



Another City in Pennsylvania Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

Another City in Pennsylvania Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession | TJ Baker

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

Another City in Pennsylvania Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic



Massachusetts Lawmakers Agree on Question 4 Implementation Measure

Massachusetts Lawmakers Agree on Question 4 Implementation Measure | NORML

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

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



New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law | Paul Armentano

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

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



New Hampshire Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

New Hampshire Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

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

New Hampshire Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | The Daily Chronic



Massachusetts House and Senate Reach Compromise on Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill

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

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

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



Economic Stimulus Package: Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in Wisconsin

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment | Justin Strekal

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



New Hampshire Adds New Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program

New Hampshire Adds New Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | NORML

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

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



West Virginia’s Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect

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

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

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



Delaware Creates Marijuana Legalization Task Force

Delaware Creates Marijuana Legalization Task Force | Marijuana Policy Project

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

Delaware Creates Marijuana Legalization Task Force | The Daily Chronic



Hawaii Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill

Hawaii Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill | NORML

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

Hawaii Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill | The Daily Chronic



Louisiana Medical Marijuana Access Program Moves Forward

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Access Program Moves Forward | NORML

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

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Access Program Moves Forward | The Daily Chronic



Vermont House Blocks Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill

Vermont House Blocks Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | NORML

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

Vermont House Blocks Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | The Daily Chronic



Vermont House Republicans Kill Last Chance Marijuana Legalization Bill

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

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

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



Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill

Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

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

Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | The Daily Chronic



New York Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana for PTSD

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

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

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



Vermont Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill

Vermont Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill | NORML

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

Vermont Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill | The Daily Chronic



Florida Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Implementation Measure

Florida Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Implementation Measure | NORML

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

Florida Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Implementation Measure | The Daily Chronic



Colorado Governor Signs Law Allowing Medical Cannabis for PTSD

Colorado Governor Signs Law Allowing Medical Cannabis for PTSD | NORML

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

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



Bipartisan CARERS Act Medical Marijuana Bill Reintroduced in US Senate

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

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

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



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Medical research on marijuana. How does marijuana affect the brain? What are some of the risks? Could ingredients in marijuana treat disease? Read this and more.
Cannabis use in teens linked to risk of depression in young adults
Cannabis is the most commonly used recreational drug by teenagers worldwide. In Canada, among youth aged 15 to 19 years, the rate of past-year cannabis use is 20.6 percent, while in England, 4 percent of adolescents aged 11 to 15 years used cannabis in the last month.

Potent marijuana edibles can pose a major unrecognized risk to patients with cardiovascular disease
With widespread legalization and increasing use, more care, education a research needed about how each marijuana formulation may affect and sometimes compromise the cardiovascular system of our aging population, according to a new article and editorial.

Parenting in the age of legal pot: Household rules, conversations help guide teen use
The legalization of marijuana in Washington state in 2012 gave parents the opportunity for a new teachable moment. Many say that as society has become more permissive, they want information and advice.

Traffic fatalities on a high after cannabis legalization
Legalizing the sale of cannabis for recreational use can lead to a short-term increase in traffic fatalities in legalizing states and their neighboring jurisdictions, new research suggests.

What drives patients to use medical marijuana: Mostly chronic pain
A new study seeks to understand whether people are using medical cannabis for evidence-based reasons.

Cannabis use disorder: The policy climate matters
Adolescents and young adults living in states with more liberal policies reported higher average rates of past-year cannabis use than those in states with more conservative policies. However, the rates of cannabis use disorder -- abuse or dependence on the drug -- were significantly lower in states with more liberal policies compared to states with more conservative policies. The study is one of the first to assess the relationship between policy liberalism and health outcomes, and specifically cannabis use-related outcomes.

Some pregnant women don't believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus
Up to one-third of pregnant women do not believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus, according to a new review.

Teen brain volume changes with small amount of cannabis use, study finds
At a time when several states are moving to legalize recreational use of marijuana, new research shows that concerns about the drug's impact on teens may be warranted. The study shows that even a small amount of cannabis use by teenagers is linked to differences in their brains.

Worrisome statistics around medical cannabis users operating vehicles
More than half of people who take medical cannabis for chronic pain say they've driven under the influence of cannabis within two hours of using it, at least once in the last six months, according to a new survey. One in five of them said they'd driven while 'very high' in the past six months.

Exposure to cannabis and stress in adolescence can lead to anxiety disorders in adulthood
A new study conducted on laboratory animals shows that exposure to cannabis and stress during adolescence may lead to long-term anxiety disorders characterized by the presence of pathological fear.

Increased risk of harm from cannabis across Europe
A significant new study shows that cannabis potency has doubled across Europe in the past 11 years.

Exposure to cannabis alters the genetic profile of sperm
New research suggests men in their child-bearing years should consider how THC could impact their sperm and possibly the children they conceive during periods when they've been using the drug. Much like previous research that has shown tobacco smoke, pesticides, flame retardants and even obesity can alter sperm, the new research shows THC also affects epigenetics, triggering structural and regulatory changes in the DNA of users' sperm.

CBD in marijuana may worsen glaucoma, raise eye pressure
A study has found that CBD -- a major chemical component in marijuana -- appears to increase pressure inside the eye of mice, suggesting the use of the substance in the treatment of glaucoma may actually worsen the condition.

How marijuana may damage teenage brains in study using genetically vulnerable mice
In a study of adolescent mice with a version of a gene linked to serious human mental illnesses, researchers say they have uncovered a possible explanation for how marijuana may damage the brains of some human teens.

Cannabis-based drug in combination with other anti-spasticity
Oral spray containing two compounds derived from the cannabis plant reduced spasticity compared with placebo in patients already taking anti-spasticity drugs.

Cannabis-based compound may reduce seizures in children with epilepsy
A recent analysis of published studies indicates that the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of epilepsy in children looks promising.

Vaping cannabis produces stronger effects than smoking cannabis for infrequent users
In a small study of infrequent cannabis users, researchers have shown that, compared with smoking cannabis, vaping it increased the rate of short-term anxiety, paranoia, memory loss and distraction when doses were the same.

Drug use, religion explain 'reverse gender gap' on marijuana
Women tend to be more conservative than men on political questions related to marijuana. A recent study finds that this gender gap appears to be driven by religion and the fact that men are more likely to have used marijuana.

Does teen cannabis use lead to behavior problems -- or vice versa?
New research finds that cannabis use among teens doesn't appear to lead to greater conduct problems or greater affiliation with other teens who smoke cannabis. Instead, it's adolescents with conduct problems or whose friends use cannabis who are more likely to gravitate toward cannabis use.

Adolescent cannabis use alters development of planning, self-control brain areas
Adolescent marijuana use may alter how neurons function in brain areas engaged in decision-making, planning and self-control, according to researchers.

New insights into the neural risks and benefits of marijuana use
Research released today underscores both the dangers and the therapeutic promise of marijuana, revealing different effects across the lifespan. Marijuana exposure in the womb or during adolescence may disrupt learning and memory, damage communication between brain regions, and disturb levels of key neurotransmitters and metabolites in the brain. In Alzheimer's disease, however, compounds found in marijuana, such as the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), may improve memory and mitigate some of the disease's symptoms.

Cognitive changes in offspring of heavy cannabis-using rats
Researchers have seen cognitive changes in the offspring of rats exposed to heavy amounts of cannabis. Their work is one of the rare studies to look at the effects of cannabis during pregnancy. The drug is the most commonly used illicit substance among pregnant women.

High on the highway -- stoned-driving on the increase
Getting behind the wheel after cannabis use is on the rise in the US, and THC, not alcohol, is now the most commonly detected intoxicant in US drivers. Detecting levels of THC, however, is challenging and the methods used so far cannot accurately determine a person's level of impairment.

Sex, drugs and estradiol: Why cannabis affects women differently
Sex differences in cannabis use are beginning to be explained with the aid of brain studies in animals and humans.

Cannabis pain relief without the 'high'
In the wake of cannabis legalization, a team of scientists have delivered encouraging news for chronic pain sufferers by pinpointing the effective dose of marijuana plant extract cannabidiol (CBD) for safe pain relief without the typical 'high' or euphoria produced by the THC.

More than one in ten heavy cannabis users experience withdrawal after quitting cannabis
As the number of Americans who regularly use cannabis has climbed, so too has the number of those experiencing cannabis withdrawal symptoms. A new study finds that 12 percent of frequent marijuana smokers experienced Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome (CWS), which includes emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms.

THC amounts identical in most cannabis strains
Newly published research has determined that many strains of cannabis have virtually identical levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), despite their unique street names.

Teen cannabis use is not without risk to cognitive development
A new study confirms that cannabis use is related to impaired and lasting effects on adolescent cognitive development.

Teens who've tried marijuana have used it in more than one form
Most teens who've tried marijuana used it in more than one form, according to a new study, raising concerns about adolescent health amid a booming cannabis market.

Children whose mothers use marijuana are more likely to try it at younger age
When mothers use marijuana during the first 12 years of their child's life, their cannabis-using children are more likely to start at an earlier age than children of non-using mothers, according to a new study. This study is the first to establish a relationship between maternal cannabis use during a child's lifetime and earlier initiation in a nationally-representative, longitudinal cohort.

Cannabinoid drugs make pain feel 'less unpleasant, more tolerable'
Researchers have determined that cannabinoid drugs do not appear to reduce the intensity of experimental pain, but, instead, may make pain feel less unpleasant and more tolerable.

The effectiveness of online cannabis responsible vendor training program
A new study on the quality of online responsible marijuana vendor for cannabis (RMV) training has just been released. The study used an online RMV training that was developed in consultation with state regulators, store personnel, and local law enforcement in Colorado and Washington state. The training focused on knowledge of state statutes and regulations, ID checking, the health effects of marijuana, customer service practices (including recognizing intoxicated patrons), and rules of the trade.

Marijuana use continues to grow among baby boomers
Marijuana use is becoming more prevalent among middle-aged and older adults, with 9 percent of adults aged 50-64 and nearly 3 percent of adults 65 and older reporting marijuana use in the past year, according to a new study.

Nerve pain in the legs? Medical marijuana may alter brain connections, bring relief
When medical marijuana is taken for chronic nerve pain, it may provide pain relief by reducing connections between the areas of the brain that process emotions and sensory signals, according to a new study.

Increased cortical activation in cannabis users' brains in resting state, research suggests
Recent research shows that cannabis users experience increased cortical activation during the brain's resting state when compared with nonusers. The resulting 'noisy brain' might impair brain activity and disrupt cognitive processes, say researchers.

Vicious circle leads to loss of brain cells in old age
The CB1 receptor is responsible for the intoxicating effect of cannabis. However, it appears to act also as a kind of 'sensor' with which neurons measure and control the activity of certain immune cells in the brain. A recent study at least points in this direction. If the sensor fails, chronic inflammation may result -- probably the beginning of a dangerous vicious circle.

In test with rats, cannabidiol showed sustained effects against depression for seven days
First results appeared 24h after one single dose of the marijuana component; scientists concluded that CBD activate mechanisms which repair neuronal circuitry in patients' prefrontal cortex and hippocampus.

Cannabis extract helps reset brain function in psychosis
Researchers have found that a single dose of the cannabis extract cannabidiol can help reduce brain function abnormalities seen in people with psychosis. Results provide the first evidence of how cannabidiol acts in the brain to reduce psychotic symptoms.

Differences between combined, isolated use of cannabis, nicotine on brain networks
Researchers have investigated the effects on the brain of concurrent cannabis and nicotine use, versus the use of solely cannabis and solely nicotine.

Marijuana found in breast milk up to six days after use
To better understand how much marijuana or constituent compounds actually get into breast milk and how long it remains, researchers conducted a study.

Largest brain study of 62,454 scans identifies drivers of brain aging
In the largest known brain imaging study, scientists evaluated 62,454 brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans of more than 30,000 individuals from 9 months old to 105 years of age to investigate factors that accelerate brain aging.

Racial disparities in prescribing opioids for chronic pain
Researchers have identified racial disparities in the treatment of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain. Black patients who receive opioids long-term are more likely than whites to be tested for illicit drug use. Of those who test positive, blacks are more likely to have their opioid prescriptions discontinued, said the researchers.

How cannabis and cannabis-based drugs harm the brain
A new study shows that the long-term use of either cannabis or cannabis-based drugs impairs memory.

Positive policing changes after cannabis legalization
Researchers have found that marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington has not hurt police effectiveness. In fact, clearance rates for certain crimes have improved.

How cannabis and cannabis-based drugs harm your brain
Long-term use of either cannabis or cannabis-based drugs impairs memory, say researchers. Their study has implications for both recreational users and people who use the drug to combat epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.

How cannabis affects appetite: Brain changes
New research on how cannabis use alters eating behavior could lead to treatments for appetite loss in chronic illness, according to experts. Using a new procedure to dose lab rats with cannabis vapor, the researchers found how the drug triggers hunger hormones. They also identified specific brain regions that shift to 'hungry' mode while under the influence.

Content of illicit cannabis extracts used to treat children with epilepsy revealed
A pioneering study has found carers who turned to medicinal cannabis to treat children with epilepsy overwhelmingly (75 percent) considered the extracts as 'effective'.

Daily cannabis use is on the rise among American adults
Cannabis use may be decreasing among teens, but a new study showed that American adults have increasingly used cannabis daily since 2007. The study found that nondaily cannabis use decreased among those aged 12 to 25 and 35 to 49 before 2007, and increased among all adults after 2007, particularly among adults 26 to 34.

Religious involvement deters recreational and medical marijuana use, researchers find
Researchers have found that individuals who regularly attend church and report that religion is very important in their daily decision making are less likely to use marijuana recreationally and medically.

Cannabis does not increase suicidal behavior in psychiatric patients
Researchers have found there is no significant association between cannabis use and suicidal behavior in people with psychiatric disorders. The study findings contrast with pre-existing data that shows the drug is linked to an increased chance of suicidal behavior in the general population.

Synthetic cannabis ('spice', 'k2') use may boost stroke risk in young users
Synthetic cannabis, also popularly known as 'spice' or 'k2,' may boost the risk of a stroke in young users, warn US doctors.

Opioid use may affect treatment for alcohol dependence
New research indicates that opioid misuse and the use of cannabis and other drugs may compromise the effectiveness of treatments for alcohol use disorder.

Cannabis: It matters how young you start
Researchers find that boys who start smoking pot before 15 are much more likely to have a drug problem at 28 than those who start at 15 or after.

Young people are choosing marijuana before cigarettes and alcohol
More young people are turning to marijuana as their first substance of choice, rather than smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol, an expert says. He says that young people who start off on marijuana before alcohol or tobacco are more likely to become heavy users and have cannabis-related problems later in life.

Faster test for cannabis quality
Researchers have developed a new method of measuring phytocannabinoids -- the primary bioactive molecules in cannabis -- that will lead to faster, safer and more accurate information for producers, regulators and consumers alike.

Viewing more medical marijuana ads linked to higher pot use among adolescents
As prohibitions on the sale and use of marijuana ease, one result is more advertising about cannabis. A new study suggests that may have consequences on adolescents, with those who view more advertising for medical marijuana being more likely to use marijuana, express intentions to use the drug and have more-positive expectations about the substance.

Cannabis use up among parents with children in the home
Cannabis use increased among parents who smoke cigarettes, as well as among non-smoking parents, according to a new study. Cannabis use was nearly four times more common among cigarette smokers compared with non-smokers. Until now, little had been known about current trends in the use of cannabis among parents with children in the home, the prevalence of exposure to both tobacco and cannabis, and which populations might be at greatest risk.

Many oncologists recommend medical marijuana clinically despite not feeling sufficiently knowledgeable to do so
While a wide majority of oncologists do not feel informed enough about medical marijuana's utility to make clinical recommendations, most do in fact conduct discussions on medical marijuana in the clinic and nearly half recommend it to their patients, say researchers who surveyed a population-based sample of medical oncologists.

Prenatal marijuana use can affect infant size, behavior, study finds
Smoking during pregnancy has well-documented negative effects on birth weight in infants and is linked to several childhood health problems. Now, researchers have found that prenatal marijuana use also can have consequences on infants' weight and can influence behavior problems, especially when combined with tobacco use.

Correlation between secondhand marijuana and tobacco smoke exposure and children ED visits
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the US. Secondhand marijuana smoke (SHMS) exposure and its subsequent impact on child health have not been studied. The objective of this study was to determine association between SHMS exposure and rates of emergency department visitation, and rates of tobacco sensitive conditions (asthma, otitis media and viral respiratory infections).

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