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 today 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 STATES […]
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — The daily administration of CBD-dominant cannabis extracts is associated with improved outcomes in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and severe behavioral problems, according to clinical data published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Israeli researchers assessed the efficacy of whole-plant cannabis extracts in a cohort of children with ASD. Participants were administered […]
SAN DIEGO, CA — The enactment of state laws regulating the use of marijuana by adults is associated with a reduction in the use of schedule III opioid drugs among Medicaid enrollees, according to data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Investigators with the University of California, San Diego assessed the relationship between recreational marijuana access […]
Two years after suing to keep medical marijuana off the ballot, on Tuesday, Jean Peters Baker, the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney, announced that her office will stop prosecuting most marijuana possession cases. In June of this year, the St. Louis City Prosecuting Attorney, Kim Gardner, took similar action on simple possession cases of up to […]
Legal adult marijuana sales will begin in Massachusetts Tuesday, with retailers in Northampton and Leicester reportedly set to be the first to open. The state is the seventh in the nation to establish a regulated marijuana market for adults. Adults 21 and older with a valid ID will be able to purchase up to one […]
With New York on Brink of Marijuana Legalization, Conference Lays Out Blueprint for Legalization Rooted in Racial, Economic, and Social Justice
ALBANY, NY — Momentum for marijuana reform continues to build across the country and in New York. On November 6, Michigan became the tenth state to legalize marijuana for adult use and in September Governor Cuomo endorsed legalization and established a workgroup to draft legislation to legalize, tax, and regulate adult-use marijuana in New York. […]
Citizens of the Bay State have much to be thankful for this week. On November 20th, just two days before Thanksgiving, adults over the age of 21 were able to legally purchase marijuana in the state of Massachusetts for the first time in over a century. Massachusetts was the first state to enact marijuana prohibition — doing […]
SALEM, OR — Tax revenue in Oregon from the sales of retail cannabis products is exceeding initial projections, according to an economic analysis published by state officials. For the period beginning January 1, 2017, “tax collections have come in seven percent higher than expected,” the report finds. Authors add, “Since Oregon levies its recreational marijuana tax […]
ALBANY, NY — A spokesperson for Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that creating a framework for legalizing adult marijuana use is among the administration’s 2019 legislative priorities. “The goal of this administration is to create a model program for regulated adult-use marijuana – and we determined the best way to do that was to ensure our […]
WASHINGTON, DC — Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern says that he will permit federal lawmakers to debate and vote on marijuana-related amendments when he assumes control of the House Rules Committee in 2019. “Unlike my predecessor, I’m not going to block amendments for marijuana,” he said. “Citizens are passing ballot initiatives, legislatures are passing laws, and […]
Michigan: Gov-Elect Considering Using Clemency Powers to Free Those Incarcerated for Marijuana-Related Convictions
LANSING, MI — Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer (D) says that she will pursue executive action to free those incarcerated for certain marijuana-related violations and to expunge the records of those with past convictions. Whitmer, who endorsed Michigan’s adult use legalization initiative, defeated Republican candidate Bill Schuette. The initiative becomes law ten days after the midterm election results are certified. “For conduct […]
Although falling marijuana prices imply that some entrepreneurs are going to go bankrupt, the bigger financial hit will be felt by states that tax marijuana based on its price.
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