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Canada's Provincial Justice Ministers Want Answers on Marijuana Legalization

Canada’s Provincial Justice Ministers Want Answers on Marijuana Legalization

Canada’s Provincial Justice Ministers Want Answers on Marijuana Legalization

Canada’s justice ministers are asking for clarity and support as they scramble to organize and police an entirely new marijuana industry in less than 10 months.

Pot at Poker Tables? Democrats Push Weed to Boost Garden State Finances

Pot at Poker Tables? Democrats Push Weed to Boost Garden State Finances

New Jersey reaped billions from slot machines and blackjack tables in the decades before casino fever jumped state lines. With Atlantic City’s gambling heyday now past, politicians in the Garden State are aiming to grab marijuana’s riches while neighbors again play catch-up.

Poll: Massachusetts Voters Afraid Marijuana Legalization Will Take Hit

Poll: Massachusetts Voters Afraid Marijuana Legalization Will Take Hit

Massachusetts voters have strong doubts about the state’s ability to oversee the new law legalizing recreational pot, and most are concerned it will be influenced by politics, according to a new poll conducted by the Bernett Group for the Boston Herald.

This Is What Orrin Hatch Told the Senate About Medical Cannabis Research

This Is What Orrin Hatch Told the Senate About Medical Cannabis Research

On Sept. 13, 2017, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced legislation to cut the bureaucratic red tape thwarting medical cannabis research so health care professionals can harness the medicinal properties of the plant to reduce the suffering of patients in need.

Canadian Cannabis Legalization Hearings Happening in Parliament Right Now

Canadian Cannabis Legalization Hearings Happening in Parliament Right Now

On Sept. 11, 2017, Canada’s House of Commons health committee returned to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to begin the first of five full-day hearings on Canadian cannabis legalization.

This Is How Ontario Plans to Regulate Canadian Cannabis

This Is How Ontario Plans to Regulate Canadian Cannabis

On Sept. 8, 2017, Ontario became the first province to reveal its plans to regulate Canadian cannabis, proposing to handle it in a fashion similar to that of tobacco and alcohol.

Vermont Governor Launches Marijuana Advisory Commission

Vermont Governor Launches Marijuana Advisory Commission

On Sept. 7, 2017, Gov. Phil Scott signed Executive Order 15-17, officially launching the Vermont Marijuana Advisory Commission. The commission will explore several options concerning how to successfully legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

Pennsylvania auditor general says it's time to legalize marijuana

Pennsylvania Auditor General Says It’s Time to Legalize Marijuana

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale believes legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana could be an antidote to the state’s budget woes.

House Rules Committee Opts Not to Protect Medical Marijuana

House Rules Committee Opts Not to Protect Medical Marijuana

On Sept. 6, 2017, the House Rules Committee decided to block the House of Representatives from voting on an amendment to protect medical marijuana in states that have legalized it.

Pennsylvania Ordered to Reveal Members of Secret Medical Marijuana Panel

Pennsylvania Ordered to Reveal Members of Secret Medical Marijuana Panel

On Aug. 31, 2017, the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records ordered the state health department to reveal the names of members belonging to a secret medical marijuana panel that scored the applications of prospective medical marijuana licensees.

Head of Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Voted No to Legalization

Head of Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Voted No to Legalization

On Aug. 31, 2017, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission appointed Steven Hoffman as the new head of the state agency. According to WCVB, Hoffman, a former business executive, was selected by Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg, who was in charge of choosing a person to lead the Cannabis Control Commission.

Colorado's Aspen School District Awarded Marijuana Tax Grant

Colorado’s Aspen School District Awarded Marijuana Tax Grant

The grass is looking greener for one Colorado school district as it has recently accepted a marijuana tax grant. The Aspen School District was given a $250,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Education’s School Health Professionals Grant Program.

Medical Marijuana Groups Ask Texas Gov, DPS for More Dispensary Licenses

Medical Marijuana Groups Ask Texas Gov, DPS for More Dispensary Licenses

Medical cannabis companies and investors are calling on Gov. Greg Abbott’s office and the Department of Public Safety to approve more dispensary licenses beyond the three given provisional approval in May.

Oregon Governor's Open Letter Explains Cannabis Policies to Jeff Sessions

Oregon Governor’s Open Letter Explains Cannabis Policies to Jeff Sessions

On Aug. 22, 2017, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued a response to a letter sent by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that criticized that state’s cannabis policies aimed at regulating recreational marijuana.

Charlie Baker's Pot Board Pick Opposed Legalization

Charlie Baker’s Pot Board Pick Opposed Legalization

Gov. Charlie Baker has started shaping the powerful state commission charged with overseeing the pot industry, tapping a longtime Beacon Hill pol who opposed legalizing weed to fill the panel’s public health-centered post.

Want Access to California's Top Marijuana Officials? It Could Cost Big Bucks

Want Access to California’s Top Marijuana Officials? It Could Cost Big Bucks

Today, investors are licking their chops over the prospect of a “green rush” when recreational retailers and weed makers are allowed to open for business Jan. 1.

First Look at the Los Angeles Cannabis Commission Approved by City Council

First Look at the Los Angeles Cannabis Commission Approved by City Council

While Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti named Cat Packer, a former policy coordinator at the Drug Policy Alliance, as the Department of Cannabis Regulation’s executive director on Aug. 9, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council approved Garcetti’s selection of Packer at its meeting on Aug. 16, as well as approving five members for the Los Angeles Cannabis Commission.

Lawmaker Calls Arkansas Medical Marijuana Business "Wild, Wild West"

Lawmaker Calls Arkansas Medical Marijuana Business “Wild, Wild West”

Future medical marijuana growers and sellers in the Natural State can’t take their money to the bank, for now, that is. After doing his homework, the state lawmaker who crafted the new cannabis laws has learned more money, more problems when it comes to doing business without banking assistance.

State and Local Politicians Oppose Opening of Philadelphia Medical Marijuana Dispensary

State and Local Politicians Oppose Opening of Philadelphia Medical Marijuana Dispensary

A political storm is brewing in the City of Brotherly Love over the location of a medical marijuana dispensary. A cadre of state and local politicians have rallied together in an attempt to stop the opening of TerraVida Holistic Centers, a Philadelphia medical marijuana dispensary.

Hispanic Legislators Want the Trump Administration to Federally Decriminalize Cannabis

Hispanic Legislators Want Trump Administration to Federally Decriminalize Cannabis

On Aug. 9, 2017, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators announced that it had adopted a resolution that advises the Trump Administration to federally decriminalize cannabis.

With Pot Legal, Massachusetts Vows Crackdown on Impaired Drivers

With Pot Legal, Massachusetts Vows Crackdown on Impaired Drivers

Massachusetts officials promised a crackdown Thursday on marijuana-impaired driving as the state prepared for full implementation of the voter-approved law legalizing adult use of recreational pot.

Inslee and Ferguson Defend Washington Marijuana Regulations in Reply to Sessions

Inslee and Ferguson Defend Washington Marijuana Regulations in Reply to Sessions

On Aug. 4, 2017, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson responded to a letter sent by United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions that criticized the efficacy of Washington marijuana regulations designed to prevent illegal diversion and public health issues.

Top Trump Advisor Roger Stone on What Changed His Mind on Marijuana

Top Trump Advisor Roger Stone on What Changed His Mind on Marijuana

Roger Stone is a top Republican strategist, lobbyist, and longtime advisor to Donald Trump. He’s known for getting down and dirty in his lobbying, and in fact, is the subject of the popular Netflix documentary, Get Me Roger Stone, that explores the life and career of strategy and public policy. Recently however, Stone has had a change of heart on one hot-button issue in modern politics: Marijuana.

Huff, Puff, Pass? AG’s Pot Fury Not Echoed by Task Force

Huff, Puff, Pass? AG’s Pot Fury Not Echoed by Task Force

The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing. But the task force Sessions assembled to find the best legal strategy is giving him no ammunition.

Sen. Cory Booker Says Marijuana Should be Legal in America

Sen. Cory Booker Says Marijuana Should be Legal in America

In a Facebook live address, Cory Booker introduced legislation that would legalize pot at the federal level citing that current drug laws “are badly broken” and disproportionately hurt minority communities.

South Dakota Marijuana Proposal Possibly Jeopardized by Typo

South Dakota Marijuana Proposal Possibly Jeopardized by Typo

South Dakota marijuana advocates can attest to the importance of checking your work for errors before submitting for final review. After months of collecting signatures to support a proposed marijuana legalization ballot measure, the marijuana advocacy organization New Approach South Dakota might fall victim to a typo.

Senator Demands Release of Federal Marijuana Policy Recommendations

Senator Demands Release of Federal Marijuana Policy Recommendations

On Aug. 1, 2017, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, demanding the Department of Justice’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety release the recommendations Sessions had assigned it to develop, including its federal marijuana policy recommendations.


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