Marijuana-related arrests increased over 20 percent between the years 2016 and 2017, according to crime data compiled by the Virginia State Police. Law enforcement officials made 27,852 arrests for marijuana violations, according to the report – up from 21,637 in 2016. At that time, Virginia ranked sixth in the nation for total marijuana arrests, and fifteenth overall in per capita marijuana arrests. Overall, […]
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 […]
OTTAWA, ON — Members of the Canadian Senate voted late last week in favor of Bill C-45, sweeping legislation amending the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act so that those over the age of 18 may legally possess, purchase, and grow personal use quantities of cannabis. Since Senate members added amendments to the bill, it now returns to the […]
James Cole, former deputy attorney general of the United States and author of the famous 2013 ‘Cole Memo,’ which fundamentally shifted the legal landscape for cannabis in America, will be the featured keynote speaker at the National Cannabis Industry Association’s 2018 Cannabis Business Summit® & Expo. In a not-to-be-missed fireside chat interview with NCIA executive director Aaron Smith, Cole […]
"Welcome to the party bus." That's what tour guide Alyse Morgan told 20-plus tourists who were riding in a marijuana bus tour on a hot May Friday.
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California’s cannabis community is faced with a choice for Governor in November: A Democrat who helped legalize cannabis in the state or a Republican who wants to ramp up the Drug War and force treatment on cannabis consumers. Democrat Gavin Newsom, currently the state Lieutenant Governor as well as the top vote-getter in the June […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. While people of color, particularly Black and Latino males, have borne the brunt of the Drug War, primarily white people have benefited from the licenses issued in states […]
The Michigan State Legislature was not able to garner the votes needed to pass the marijuana legalization ballot initiative supported by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. The issue will now appear on Michigan’s Nov. 6 ballot. If approved by voters, Michigan would become the 10th state to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for all […]
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 […]
LANSING, MI — After lawmakers opted not to take legislative action, Michigan’s initiative to regulate marijuana has officially moved to the November ballot. Michigan is poised to become the 10th state to legalize marijuana for adult use. According to recent polls, six out of 10 voters in Michigan support the proposal to end marijuana prohibition. […]
OTTAWA, ON — Canada moved another step closer to ending its prohibition of marijuana last week when the Senate approved legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use. Bill C-45 will now head back to the House of Commons, which has already approved a previous version. Once approved in the House, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s […]
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 […]
Oklahoma voters will decide on Tuesday, June 26, on State Question 788 — a statewide voter-initiated measure that permits doctors to use their discretion to recommend medical cannabis to patients. Under the proposed plan, licensed medical marijuana patients may cultivate up to six mature plants, and may possess personal use quantities of marijuana flower, edibles, or infused […]
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 […]
Last Friday, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) announced its position on various marijuana law reforms. “Some of the same folks who told African Americans ‘three strikes and you’re out’ when it came to marijuana use and distribution, are now in support of decriminalizing the drug and making a profit off of it,” CBC Chairman Cedric L. […]
Russ Bellville is known for his frank talk and strong pro-legalization approach to cannabis, as people who listen in on his weekly talk radio / podcast series, The Marijuana Agenda. However, “Radical Russ” is also gaining social favor for his more recent project, Portland Oregon’s Delta-9 House, which rents out rooms over Air BnB and proudly […]
Denver, Thornton mayors join with other U.S. city leaders to call for federal marijuana policy reforms
The Denver and Thornton mayors have joined a new coalition of U.S. city leaders that will lobby Congress and the Trump administration to increase local control over marijuana policy.
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OTTAWA, ON — Members of the Canadian Senate on Thursday voted 56-30 in favor of Bill C-45 sweeping legislation amending the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act so that those over the age of 18 may legally possess, purchase, and grow personal use quantities of cannabis. Members of the Canadian House of Commons had overwhelmingly voted in November in favor of […]
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