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 […]
A key question has emerged as investors pour billions of dollars into the marijuana industry: Will it be U.S. or Canadian companies that win the race for cannabis supremacy?
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LANSING, MI — Key provisions of the state’s voter-approved marijuana measure will take effect next week. Members of the Board of State Canvassers certified the midterm election results on November 26, and Proposition 1: The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act becomes law on Thursday, December 6. Provisions specific to the adult possession and cultivation of cannabis will […]
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 […]
Lawmakers are planning to convene a special session beginning on Monday, December 3 to debate replacing Proposition 2: The Utah Medical Cannabis Act. Yet, the reason a majority of Utah voters decided in favor of Prop. 2 was precisely because many of these same lawmakers, year after year, failed to adequately address this issue in […]
Study: Marijuana Dispensaries Associated With Localized Reductions in Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths
CLAREMONT, CA — Counties that permit the operation of medical cannabis dispensaries possess reduced rates of opioid-related mortality, according to the findings of an academic research paper published on the SSRN online network. Researchers from Claremont McKenna College in California, the University of Georgia, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock assessed the localized impact of dispensary […]
HARTFORD, CT — Governor-elect Ned Lamont reaffirmed his support for regulating the adult use cannabis market in Connecticut. Lamont is one of four gubernatorial candidates to be elected in November after campaigning on a platform that included legalizing marijuana. Speaking with reporters last week, Lamont said that he would work with lawmakers in 2019 to enact legislation to regulate […]
The Boulder County District Attorney's Office is preparing to vacate and seal thousands of marijuana possession convictions in light of voters legalizing marijuana in 2012.
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The NJ State Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee held a joint hearing with the Assembly Appropriations Committee November 26 to consider legalizing marijuana. The session voted 7-4 in the Senate and 6-3 in the Assembly to support legalizing, taxing and regulating small amounts for adults 21 years and up.
"Representative Pete Sessions was the single greatest impediment in the US House to the passage of common-sense, voter-supported marijuana law reform measures," NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said. "We look forward to working with Rep. McGovern and the other incoming Committee Chairs" to enact real reform.
The Colorado Department of Revenue has issued a safety and health advisory after potentially unsafe pesticide residues were found on certain medical marijuana plant material and products.
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TORONTO, ON — Canadian police agencies have not reported an uptick in incidences of marijuana-impaired driving in the initial weeks following its legalization, according to an analysis by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Legislation legalizing marijuana use and retail sales took effect on October 17. Police agencies in numerous cities and provinces – including Manitoba, Newfoundland, Regina, and […]
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — Fibromyalgia (FM) patients suffering from lower back pain respond favorably to medical cannabis treatment, according to clinical data published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. Israeli researchers assessed the analgesic efficacy of both opioids and medical cannabis in 31 FM patients with lower back pain. Participants were treated with inhaled cannabis of relatively low THC […]
One of the US Senate’s leading marijuana prohibitionists, Iowa Republican Charles “Chuck” Grassley, will no longer be heading the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 116th Congress. Senator Grassley announced last week that he is stepping down as Chair of the Committee. As Chair, Grassley refused to hold any hearings or votes on marijuana-related legislation, including bipartisan legislative efforts like the […]
GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS — The oral administration of cannabis extracts containing THC and CBD is associated with pain reduction in patients suffering from the skin disease epidermolysis bullosa (EB), according to three case reports published in The British Journal of Dermatology. Epidermolysis bullosa is a rare genetic condition that results in blistering skin. Dutch researchers assessed the use of […]
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 […]
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 […]
LOMA LINDA, CA — A history of cannabis use is not associated with an increased likelihood of adverse outcomes among either those donating or receiving kidney organ transplants, according to data published in the Clinical Kidney Journal. A team of California researchers assessed whether cannabis use detrimentally impacts the health of those undergoing kidney transplants. Hospital staff in several […]
Alex Park and his two partners wanted to grow cannabis commercially without using an excessive amount of energy, a problem that has plagued indoor marijuana cultivation.
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He described marijuana as a “very real danger” and has said its effects are “only slightly less awful” than those of heroin.
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