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California Lawmaker: State Won't Be Ready to Collect Recreational Marijuana Taxes

California Lawmaker: State Won’t Be Ready to Collect Recreational Marijuana Taxes

California Lawmaker: State Won’t Be Ready to Collect Recreational Marijuana Taxes

California state Sen. Mike McGuire doesn’t think that his state will be ready to collect taxes from recreational marijuana cultivators by the start of next year.

Poll: Iowans Increasingly Support Medical Marijuana

Poll: Iowans Increasingly Support Medical Marijuana

Iowans are increasingly supportive of medical marijuana. A new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll found 80 percent of adult Iowans approve of medical marijuana legalization. Iowa has a medical marijuana program, but it only allows people with epilepsy to use low-THC marijuana oil—and that program will expire during the summer of 2017.

Advocates in Action: Livestream the Congressional Cannabis Caucus

Advocates in Action: Livestream the Congressional Cannabis Caucus

On Feb. 16, 2017, the Congressional Cannabis Caucus will be in Washington, D.C., to host a press conference at 2 p.m. on the future of states’ rights and federal cannabis reform, with a livestream of the event available for those who are unable to attend.

Iowa State Chapter of NORML Wins Free Speech Case Against University

Iowa State Chapter of NORML Wins Free Speech Case Against University

On Feb. 13, 2017, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Iowa State University cannot prevent students from using ISU logos on t-shirts that advocate for marijuana reform. The decision upholds a previous ruling by U.S. District Judge James Gritzner in 2016.

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Calls For Legalization of Marijuana

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Calls For Legalization of Marijuana

A justice on the Brazilian Supreme Court has called for the legalization of marijuana and even harder drugs as a means to ending violence among drug gangs, according to a Feb. 10, 2017, article from Reuters. The justice, Roberto Barroso, is a constitutional law professor who was educated at Yale University in the United States.

US Attorney General Says ‘Good People Don’t Smoke Marijuana’

US Attorney General Says ‘Good People Don’t Smoke Marijuana’

Jeff Sessions was sworn in as the new U.S. Attorney General Thursday. Sessions was confirmed Wednesday with a 52-47 vote, vowing in his subsequent speech to “defend the lawful orders” of President Donald Trump. The Attorney General is known for his criticism regarding the legalization of marijuana.

New Mexico Bill Would Allow Veterans to Purchase Medical Marijuana

New Mexico Bill Would Allow Veterans to Purchase Medical Marijuana

On Feb. 8, 2017, the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee voted to endorse Senate Bill 8, a bill that would, among many other changes, allow United States military veterans residing in New Mexico to use medical marijuana, regardless of diagnosis.

Connecticut Talks Green in Recreational Marijuana Estimate

Connecticut Talks Green in Recreational Marijuana Estimate

On Feb. 1, 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Office of Fiscal Analysis released a fiscal estimate for the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state, noting that the state could earn $30.1 million to $63.9 million in tax revenue during the first full year of implementation.

Progress in Cali: San Diego Approves Recreational Marijuana Sales

Progress in Cali: San Diego Approves Recreational Marijuana Sales

While several municipalities in California have enacted temporary bans on recreational marijuana and others have yet to decide the fate of the state’s newly legalized industry, America’s Finest City has just become the first city in San Diego County to approve recreational marijuana sales.

State Marijuana Regulators Move to The Private Sector

State Marijuana Regulators Move to The Private Sector

Some state officials who were tasked with regulating legal marijuana have moved to private sector jobs like consulting and lobbying, according to The Hill. Andrew Freedman and Lewis Koski, former marijuana regulators in Colorado’s state government, are now consultants for state and local governments looking for help with regulations.

Arkansas Lawmakers Introduce More Bills to Amend MMJ Laws

Arkansas Lawmakers Introduce More Bills to Amend MMJ Laws

Arkansas lawmakers are once again working to amend the state’s medical marijuana laws. On Jan. 30, 2017, state lawmakers introduced a series of bills that would alter local control on banning and regulating licensed dispensaries as well as how patients could consume medical marijuana.

Ohio Proposes Rules for MMJ Processors, Patients and Caregivers

Ohio Proposes Rules for MMJ Processors, Patients and Caregivers

On Jan. 27, 2017, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the Ohio Department of Commerce announced another round of proposed rules for the state’s medical marijuana program. In this round, regulators tackled rules for medical marijuana processors, patients and caregivers.

Boulder District Attorney Named One of Trump’s Marijuana Advisors

Boulder District Attorney Named One of Trump’s Marijuana Advisors

Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett said he is the only active prosecutor from Colorado in the group of prosecutors from across the country who will help advise the Donald Trump administration on marijuana policies.

Oregon Bill Would Prevent Employers From Firing Marijuana Users

Oregon Bill Would Prevent Employers From Firing Marijuana Users

Although recreational marijuana has been legal in Oregon for a little less than two years now, state residents can still lose their jobs for using the substance; however, if state lawmakers get their way, that may soon change.

New Mexico Legislators Push Pot Legalization as a Boost to State's Coffers

New Mexico Legislators Push Pot Legalization as a Boost to State’s Coffers

Two New Mexico state legislators are touting marijuana legalization as a way to bring more revenue into the state’s coffers. Rep. Bill McCamley, a Democrat from Mesilla Park, NM, has sponsored a bill in the New Mexico House of Representatives that would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults. Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, a Democrat from Albuquerque, has sponsored an identical bill in the Senate.

Illinois State Treasurer Urges Trump to Issue Guidance on Marijuana Banking

Illinois Urges Trump to Issue Guidance on Marijuana Banking

In response to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced on Jan. 24, 2017, that he sent a letter to Trump urging him to issue clear guidance to banks on working with the legal marijuana industry.

Colorado Supreme Court: Cops do Not Have to Return Confiscated Pot From Failed Cases

Colorado Supreme Court: Cops do Not Have to Return Confiscated Pot

When a drug case fails in Colorado, law enforcement officers do not have to return confiscated marijuana because doing so would be a violation of federal law, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Jan. 23, 2017. The decision overruled the Colorado Court of Appeals, which had said Colorado Springs police must return marijuana to Robert Crouse, who was arrested on drug charges on May 5, 2011.

Medical marijuana tax revenue comes in lower than expected

NY Medical Marijuana Tax Revenue Comes in Lower Than Expected

The low projection in tax revenue signals an administration belief that little will change in the coming months even as the state Department of Health works to expand access for patients, which should, in theory, bring in new revenue.

Washington State Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana at Public Schools

Washington State Bill Would Allow Medical Pot at Public Schools

The father of a first-grade student in Aberdeen, Washington, could become the catalyst for a change in state law that would allow CBD oil at public schools. River Barclay, 7, needs CBD oil to manage a rare form of epilepsy, but state law will not allow her father to go to the school to administer the dose because medical marijuana is illegal on school property.

North Dakota lawmakers want more time on medical marijuana rules

North Dakota Lawmakers Want More Time on MMJ Regulations

The so-called emergency measure is supported by both Republican and Democratic leaders, who said state health officials and law enforcement are scrambling to solve a number of issues, including allowable forms and potency of medical marijuana, and oversight of distributors.

New Jersey Marijuana Legislation Inches Ahead Despite Gov. Christie Warning

NJ Marijuana Legislation Inches Ahead Despite Gov. Christie Warning

New Jersey already has a tightly regulated medical marijuana program that includes six alternative treatment centers, or dispensaries, but the issue has largely stalled because of Christie’s opposition.

Rhode Island Lawmakers Plan to Introduce Legalization Bill

Rhode Island Lawmakers Plan to Introduce Legalization Bill

On Jan. 11, 2016, Rhode Island state Sen. Joshua Miller and state Rep. Scott Slater announced in a press conference that they intend to introduce legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.


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