The mother of a terminally ill child is suing Washington State Governor Inslee over the restrictions on cannabis advertising that, she says, are unconstitutional and a matter of life and death for her family. Regulators in California and other states, as well as Washington, have likewise posted regulations that make it difficult or impossible for […]
The state of Colorado is denying half the workers' compensation death benefits to a woman whose husband died while working on a ski lift because he had marijuana in his system.
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As Missouri voters juggle their potential initiative options, a professional trade group has already begun organizing online and on the ground in St. Louis, which recently decriminalized marijuana, in anticipation of the state’s medical cannabis industry. “This November, Missourians will vote on as many as three medical cannabis initiatives on the midterm election ballot,” explained MoCannTrade Executive […]
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 […]
TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Health announced on Monday that it will begin accepting applications for six additional businesses to grow, process, and sell medical marijuana in the Garden State. The state aims to locate two each in the northern, central and southern regions of New Jersey. “We look forward to the opening of […]
California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities announced on July 14 the publication of proposed regulations in the California Regulatory Notice Register, the first step toward adopting non-emergency regulations. This publication is the start of the formal rule-making process and marks the opening of the 45-day public comment period. Once the permanent rules are in place, […]
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, […]
LANSING, MI — State regulators took action last week to expand the pool of patients eligible to receive medical cannabis. Officials expanded the pool of qualifying conditions under the state’s medical access law to include those patients diagnosed with: arthritis, autism, chronic pain, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, Tourette’s syndrome, and […]
BISMARK, ND — Proponents of a statewide ballot initiative to legalize the adult use of marijuana in North Dakota on Monday turned in nearly 19,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office in an effort to place the measure before voters this November. State officials must certify 13,452 of those signatures in order to qualify the measure for […]
Late last year, the Minnesota Department of Health approved adding autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea as qualifying conditions for the state’s medical cannabis program. Under state law, the additions take effect the following summer. Starting on July 1, 2018, patients with a doctor’s certification and either of those conditions could begin registering for the program. They can start accessing […]
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 […]
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) questions the excessive use of force used by Pennsylvania law enforcement, whose pursuit of a man suspected of growing a small amount of marijuana outdoors ultimately led to his death. The body of a suspect in the case, Pennsylvania resident Gregory A. Longenecker, was found earlier this […]
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed into law emergency regulations amending State Question 788 — the state’s voter-initiated medical marijuana access law. The changes, approved Tuesday in a 5 to 4 vote by directors at the Department of Health, seek to severely limit patients’ access to a wide range of cannabis products. Specifically, the new provisions prohibit the […]
The enactment of medical cannabis access laws is associated with significant reductions in prescription opioid use among Medicaid enrollees, according to just-published data in the journal Addiction. Investigators with the University of California at San Diego assessed the relationship between medical cannabis legalization and opioid use among Medicaid enrollees over a period of 21 years (1993 to 2014). […]
A state-commissioned study released Thursday by the New York Department of Health recommends replacing cannabis criminalization with a policy of adult use legalization. The 74-page study, entitled “Assessment of the Potential Impact of Regulated Marijuana in New York State,” acknowledges the following: “Regulating marijuana can reduce opioid use;” “Regulating marijuana may lead to a reduction in the […]
Older Americans are using cannabis more frequently than ever before, according to a review of demographic data published in the journal Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. A pair of investigators at the University of Florida reviewed 18 peer-reviewed studies published between the years 2000 and 2017 evaluating marijuana use patterns among those ages 50 and older. They reported that […]
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, […]
As the legal marijuana industry heads into the second half of 2018 on a wave of progress at both the state and federal levels, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) will host a pair of Quarterly Cannabis Caucuses Tuesday, July 17— one in Miami and one in Cleveland on the same day and time, at 6:30 pm. The […]
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When marijuana is legal in Canada, Americans are expected to flock. But the border, and US law, stands in the way.
BLAINE, Wash. - Recreational marijuana has been legal here in Washington state since 2014. Adults just a few miles away in Canada also will be able to legally buy and smoke marijuana for pleasure starting in October.
Just in time for the Snoop Dog days of summer, a law allowing Vermont adults to legally possess and grow small quantities of cannabis for their own personal use took effect July 1. Granted, nobody had time to grow their stash in time for the fireworks, but the implementation of the law was itself a […]
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