Utah lawmakers convened a special legislative session Monday to debate proposed replacement legislation to the state’s newly approved voter-initiated medical cannabis access law. A majority of voters in November decided ‘yes’ on Proposition 2: The Utah Medical Cannabis Act. Legislators are now seeking to significantly curtail the law by replacing it with separate so-called ‘compromise’ legislation. Lawmakers […]
SALT LAKE CITY — In a special session today, the Utah Legislature enacted a compromise medical marijuana law that will replace the ballot initiative approved by voters on Election Day. The compromise bill is more restrictive than the law established by Proposition 2, which was supported by the Marijuana Policy Project and Utah advocates. In […]
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.
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