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New Jersey Suspends All Pot Prosecutions – At Least Until Fall

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New Jersey Suspends All Pot Prosecutions – At Least Until Fall | Phillip Smith

TRENTON, NJ — State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has shaken up New Jersey’s marijuana politics with an announcement Tuesday that he has ordered county and municipal prosecutors to defer all marijuana-related cases until early September. The move was an unexpected response to a squabble over whether a city in the state could decriminalize pot possession […]

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Oklahoma Attorney General: Regulators Acted Improperly When Amending Voter-Initiated Marijuana Measure

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Oklahoma Attorney General: Regulators Acted Improperly When Amending Voter-Initiated Marijuana Measure | NORML

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma’s Attorney General has warned that members of the state Board of Health “acted in excess of their statutory authority” when they amended State Question 788 – the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis access law. In a letter issued on Wednesday to the Interim Commissioner of Health, Attorney General Mike Hunter states that the Board “overstepped its […]

Oklahoma Attorney General: Regulators Acted Improperly When Amending Voter-Initiated Marijuana Measure | The Daily Chronic

 

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Bulldozed to Death for Growing Ten Marijuana Plants

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Bulldozed to Death for Growing Ten Marijuana Plants | Phillip Smith

Getting caught growing a few pot plants in Pennsylvania could lead to a criminal charge and a likely sentence of probation, but for a Lehigh Valley man, it was a death sentence. This past Monday, 51-year-old Gregory A. Longenecker was found dead under a bulldozer operated by a state Game Commission worker and carrying a state trooper […]

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Pennsylvania Report: Marijuana Legalization Would Yield Over $500 Million in New Annual Revenue

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Pennsylvania Report: Marijuana Legalization Would Yield Over $500 Million in New Annual Revenue | Paul Armentano

A fiscal report issued by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale estimates that taxing Pennsylvania’s existing retail cannabis market would yield $581 million in new annual revenue. “Repeated polls have shown that a majority of Americans now believe marijuana should be legalized. In Pennsylvania, it’s 56 percent,” DePasquale said during a news conference Thursday with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.  “Today, […]

Pennsylvania Report: Marijuana Legalization Would Yield Over $500 Million in New Annual Revenue | The Daily Chronic

 

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Hawaii Governor Signs One Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill, Vetoes Another

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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

 

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Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Legislation Into Law

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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 […]

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Study: Medical Cannabis Access Associated With Significant Reduction In Prescription Opioid Use

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Study: Medical Cannabis Access Associated With Significant Reduction In Prescription Opioid Use | NORML

SAN DIEGO, CA — The enactment of medical cannabis access laws is associated with significant reductions in prescription opioid use among Medicaid enrollees, according to data published online ahead of print 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 […]

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Marijuana Legalization Associated With Improved Crime Clearance Rates, Study Finds

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Marijuana Legalization Associated With Improved Crime Clearance Rates, Study Finds | NORML

PULLMAN, WA –The enactment of state laws regulating adult marijuana use is associated with an increase in crime clearance rates, according to data published in the journal Police Quarterly. Clearance rates are calculated by dividing the number of crimes that are ‘cleared’ (charges are filed) by the total number of crimes reported. Criminologists at Washington State University assessed crime […]

Marijuana Legalization Associated With Improved Crime Clearance Rates, Study Finds | The Daily Chronic

 

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

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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

 

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Why Does the New York State Department of Health Want to Legalize Weed?

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Why Does the New York State Department of Health Want to Legalize Weed? | Phillip Smith

Acknowledging that his previous opposition to marijuana legalization was being undercut by popular opinion and the spread of legalization in nearby states such as Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in January called for an assessment of the possible impact of legalizing the herb in the state. The state Health Department […]

Why Does the New York State Department of Health Want to Legalize Weed? | The Daily Chronic

 

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Kentucky Cannabis Activists Schedule Educational Forum in Henderson

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Kentucky Cannabis Activists Schedule Educational Forum in Henderson | Matthew Bratcher

There will be an educational forum on the benefits that medicinal cannabis has to offer to Kentucky and its citizens. Featuring support from state cannabis activists including members from Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Coalition (KCFC), Kentucky affiliate for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (KY NORML), Kentuckians for Medicinal Marijuana (KY4MM), the Alliance […]

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