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Maine Lawmakers OK Bill Requiring Testing Marijuana for Safety

Maine Lawmakers Approve Bill Requiring Testing Marijuana for Safety

Maine Lawmakers Approve Bill Requiring Testing Marijuana for Safety

Marijuana safety is a major concern for the Maine lawmakers, who want to make sure all marijuana is tested before hitting retail shelves. On July 20, 2017, the Maine House approved a bill that would require the Department of Agriculture to create testing facilities for marijuana.

The Truth About the Federal Marijuana Meeting With Officials in Colorado

The Truth About the Federal Marijuana Meeting With Officials in Colorado

On July 19, 2017, representatives from multiple federal agencies joined local officials in Colorado Springs to have a closed-door meeting on the effects of Colorado’s legal marijuana industry.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Votes to Create the Office of Cannabis

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Votes to Create the Office of Cannabis

On July 18, 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to create the Office of Cannabis. Consisting of three employees, the new department will be responsible for approving permits for recreational cannabis dispensaries in the city.

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Signed Into Law

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Signed Into Law

On July 18, 2017, Gov. Chris Sununu signed House Bill 640, a New Hampshire marijuana decriminalization bill, reducing the penalty for those who possess small amounts of marijuana.

First Look at Wisconsin Marijuana Legalization Bill Aimed at Jumpstarting Economy

First Look at Wisconsin Marijuana Legalization Bill Aimed at Jumpstarting Economy

Wisconsin marijuana legalization has been given new life. On July 13, 2017, Wisconsin Rep. Melissa Sargent held a press conference to announce the introduction of a bill aimed at legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana in the state, marking the third time a marijuana legalization bill has been introduced in the Wisconsin State Legislature.

Assembly Wants Alaska Marijuana Control Board to Allow Onsite Consumption

Assembly Wants Alaska Marijuana Control Board to Allow Onsite Consumption

On July 11, 2017, members of the Anchorage Assembly voted and approved a resolution to ask the Alaska Marijuana Control Board to support onsite consumption for locals and visiting tourists.

Puerto Rico Medical Cannabis Legalization Enacted by Governor

Puerto Rico Medical Cannabis Legalization Enacted by Governor

Puerto Rico medical cannabis legalization has become a legislative reality. On July 9, 2017, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares signed the Law to Improve the Study, Development and Research of Cannabis for Innovation, Applicable Norms and Limits, also known as MEDICINAL Law, to regulate medical cannabis on the Caribbean island.

US Senators Urge Jeff Sessions to Reassure Industrial Hemp Industry

US Senators Pen Open Letter to Urge Jeff Sessions to Reassure Industrial Hemp Industry

With members of the industrial hemp industry facing unnecessary banking hurdles, several United States Senators have joined forces to urge the Department of Justice not to use funds to punish banks that do business with them.

DC Slated to Give Licensing Preference to Minority Owned Cannabis Businesses

DC Slated to Give Licensing Preference to Minority Owned Cannabis Businesses

The Washington D.C. city council has advanced emergency legislation that would grant licensing preference to local and minority owned cannabis businesses applying for a medical marijuana license.

Legislative Conference Committee Stalls on Massachusetts Marijuana Bill

Legislative Conference Committee Stalls on Massachusetts Marijuana Bill

he Massachusetts House and Senate continue to be at odds over how to regulate recreational marijuana. On June 30, 2017, a six-member conference committee comprised of both House and Senate leadership announced that although it had missed its self-imposed deadline to come to an agreement, it would continue negotiations after the Fourth of July holiday.

Massachusetts Lawmakers May Compromise on Recreational Cannabis Taxes

Massachusetts Lawmakers May Compromise on Recreational Cannabis Taxes

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg are confident that the House and Senate can come to an agreement on recreational cannabis taxes before their self-imposed deadline of June 30, 2017.

Florida

Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation Signed by Governor

Florida medical marijuana legislation has finally expanded the state’s medical marijuana program. On June 26, 2017, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law SB 8-A, a bill that expands the state’s program by adding cultivators and qualifying conditions.

Anti-Drug Official Says Cuban Marijuana Legalization Will Never Happen

Anti-Drug Official: Cuban Marijuana Legalization Will Never Happen

While Cuba and the United States are working closely to combat the small country’s ongoing problem with drug trafficking, Cuban officials have said that the legalization of marijuana in nearby countries is actually adding to the trouble, dispelling the prospects of Cuban marijuana legalization.

Vermont Legalization Bill Blocked by House of Representatives

Vermont Legalization Bill Blocked by House of Representatives

Vermont will have to wait another year until recreational marijuana is legalized. During a special veto session, which took place on June 21, 2017, the Vermont House of Representatives voted to block consideration of a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana.

New California Bill Would Allow County Fair Vendors To Sell Marijuana

New California Bill Would Allow County Fair Vendors To Sell Marijuana

A new California bill making its way through state legislation would allow county fair vendors to sell pot alongside the corn dogs and cotton candy.

Massachusetts Senate Introduces Proposal to Preserve Current Recreational Marijuana Tax Rate

Massachusetts Senate Introduces Proposal to Preserve Current Recreational Marijuana Tax Rate

On June 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate introduced an outline to a bill that preserves the current tax rate on retail marijuana sales. The proposal is in stark contrast to the measure put forth by the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Vermont Governor Thinks Legalization Deal Still Achievable Before Veto Session

Vermont Governor Thinks Legalization Deal Still Achievable Before Veto Session

Vermont just might get another chance at legalizing recreational marijuana. According to the Associated Press, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has said that he still thinks it’s possible to reach a legalization deal before the legislature meets for a special two-day veto session.

Lawmakers Reintroduce Bipartisan Medical Cannabis Bill

Federal Lawmakers Reintroduce Bipartisan Medical Cannabis Bill

A group of lawmakers reintroduced a bipartisan medical cannabis bill just days after a letter surfaced from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that asked Congress to let him prosecute medical cannabis users.

Governor Wolf Promises to Protect Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Patients from Jeff Sessions

Governor Wolf Promises to Protect Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Patients from Jeff Sessions

In an effort to protect Pennsylvania medical marijuana patients from federal enforcement actions, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf sent a letter to United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions on June 15, 2017, saying that the federal government should not interfere with the state’s medical marijuana program.

Toronto's Mayor Calls for Continued Crackdown on Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries

Toronto Mayor Calls for Continued Crackdown on Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries

John Tory said Tuesday that he believes the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use should have been decriminalized “years ago,” but that Toronto police should continue to target illegal dispensaries across the city.

Arkansas Subcommittee Approves Rules for State Medical Marijuana Program

Arkansas Subcommittee Approves Rules for State Medical Marijuana Program

On June 13, 2017, the Arkansas Administrative Rules and Regulations Subcommittee approved the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s proposed rules for the state medical marijuana program.

Massachusetts’ Recreational Marijuana Proposal Seeks Higher Taxes

Massachusetts’ Recreational Marijuana Proposal Seeks Higher Taxes

Lawmakers reviewing the Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana law plan to recommend sharply higher taxes and more control for city and town officials over retail pot shops in their communities, according to a copy of a House proposal obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Toronto Board of Health Wants Canadian Cannabis Decriminalization Now

Toronto Board of Health Wants Canadian Cannabis Decriminalization Now

Canadian cannabis decriminalization has earned the support of Toronto’s Board of Health. On June 12, 2017, the board voted unanimously to request that the Government of Canada immediately decriminalize the possession of cannabis for personal use.

Florida Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Measure

Florida Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Measure

During a special session which wrapped up on June 9, the Florida legislature passed new rules for its medical marijuana measure. Florida will have more than double the current amount of medical marijuana operators in the state under a proposal approved by lawmakers.

Jeff Sessions Wants Congress to Let Him Prosecute Medical Marijuana Cases

Jeff Sessions Wants Congress to Let Him Prosecute Medical Marijuana Cases

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions personally pleaded with Congress to oppose a provision in the federal spending bill that protects medical marijuana providers operating in accordance with state laws from federal enforcement actions so that the Department of Justice can prosecute medical marijuana cases.

Former Arizona Medical Marijuana Ban May Return to College Campuses

Former Arizona Medical Marijuana Ban May Return to College Campuses

Arizona medical marijuana users may have to use caution if they are looking to light up on college campuses. On June 8, 2017, Attorney General Mark Brnovich requested that the Arizona Supreme Court reevaluate a ruling made by the Arizona Court of Appeals this past April, which rejected a 2012 decision by the legislature to make possession of medical marijuana on college campuses a crime.

Florida Legislature Reaches Agreement on Rules Regulating Medical Marijuana

Florida Legislature Reaches Agreement on Rules Regulating Medical Marijuana

On June 7, 2017, the Florida legislature reached an agreement on rules regulating medical marijuana in the state. House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues said that the two chambers of government had reached a “conceptual agreement” and that the House was currently reviewing the Senate’s proposed measure.

MD’s Highest Court Stops Case That Would Halt Medical Marijuana Licenses

MD’s Highest Court Stops Case That Would Halt Medical Marijuana Licenses

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued an order on Friday that halted a hearing in Baltimore Circuit Court, where Judge Barry Williams had been scheduled to review his decision last week to temporarily stop the commission from issuing any more licenses. Williams’ order expires Sunday.

Florida May Get Second Chance on Medical Marijuana Rules in Special Session

Florida May Get Second Chance on Medical Marijuana Rules in Special Session

Florida lawmakers may get a second chance at establishing the state’s medical marijuana rules. On June 2, 2017, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a proclamation calling for the state legislature to reconvene for a special legislative session.


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