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 […]
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 […]
PRINCETON, NJ — Over six in ten Americans believe that it is morally acceptable for adults to use cannabis, regardless of the plant’s legal status, according to nationwide polling data compiled by Gallup. Pollsters reported that 65 percent of respondents personally believe that “smoking marijuana” is morally acceptable. Thirty-one percent defined the behavior as “morally wrong.” The Gallup […]
CLEVELAND, OH — More than two-thirds of chronic pain patients registered to legally access medical cannabis products substitute marijuana for prescription opioids, according to data published in The Journal of Headache and Pain. Investigators from the United States and Canada assessed the use of medical cannabis and prescription drugs in a cohort of over 2,000 Canadian patients licensed […]
Canada moved one step closer to ending its cannabis prohibition June 7, when the Canadian Senate approved legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use at age 18. The law has the support of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and already passed the House of Commons. It next returns to the House for reconciliation. Medical marijuana has […]
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Utah state regulators have certified a voter-initiated medical cannabis access measure for the 2018 ballot. Officials announced last week that proponents had gathered nearly 154,000 validated initiative signatures from registered voters – far exceeding the total necessary to place the measure before a statewide vote. The Utah Medical Cannabis Act permits qualified patients to […]
While recent data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission shows that federal prosecutions of cannabis related offenses has declined sharply since 2013, medical patients still live in fear of prosecution. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been chomping at the bit to make arrests but is restrained by an annual federal budget amendment. David Mangone contributed to […]
Donald Trump would "probably" support legalizing Colorado's marijuana industry -- through bid by Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren
A bill that would protect state marijuana laws from federal interference received a major plug on Friday when President Donald Trump said he likely would back the measure -- introduced a day earlier by U.S.
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 […]
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 […]
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