After nearly 20 years of neglect, the California State Assembly has finally taken steps to reign in the state’s medical marijuana system by voting 50-5 to approve a bill, AB 266, aimed at provided more structure to the loosely regulated program.
On June 3, 2015, The United States House of Representatives voted to reauthorize an amendment that would prevent federal authorities from interfering with medical marijuana businesses in states where the substance is legal.
On June 2, 2015, the Delaware House of Representatives voted to approve HB 39, a bill aimed at decriminalizing marijuana possession in the state.
As the marijuana legalization movement spreads across the United State, it begins to take on different forms in different states. For example, in Ohio the campaign to legalize recreational marijuana has become a five way race between competing marijuana legalization groups.
Marijuana advocates in Maine were disappointed last Thursday to find out members of a legislative committee voted to reject a bill that sought to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
Bruce Blunt, the aptly named Chicago man charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after a video of him blowing marijuana smoke into the face of his pet chameleon Binna went viral, has been acquitted by a Cook County circuit court judge.
In Rhode Island, the currently proposed bill, sponsored by Burrillville Democrat Rep. Cale Keable, would legalize the growth and sale of hemp products.
“Is medical marijuana right for me?” American war veterans can ask that question, but doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs are banned by the federal government from answering.
Earlier this week, on May 20, 2015, a group Maine legislators came together to discuss an important issue: legalizing recreational marijuana.
Tensions are high in Oregon as the legislature rushes to pass Senate Bill 964, a bill aimed at tightening restrictions on the state’s medical marijuana program.
Cannabis advocates have scored a small but important victory in Texas as the state legislature passed a limited medical cannabis bill, Senate Bill 339, on May 19, 2015.
Oregon’s legislators proposed a new retail sales tax for marijuana designed to replace the harvest tax approved by voters last November.
A proposed Illinois bill currently in the Senate would amend the state’s Cannabis Control Act, reducing penalties for small amounts of cannabis. And the act just might be the change Illinois needs to address racial disparities in arrests and incarceration.
On May 12, 2015, the Nebraska legislature voted to move forward with a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. With a vote of 27-12, the bill was just three votes shy of garnering a veto-proof two thirds majority.
For the last three years, Massachusetts has been struggling to enact its medical marijuana program. Bureaucratic foot dragging and allegations of corruption have slowed the application process and patients in Massachusetts have been left in the lurch.
With a vote of 40-7, the Pennsylvania Senate voted to approve SB 3, a bill which would legalize medical marijuana in the state. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives where it is expected to meet much more resistance than it did in the Senate.
While litigation slows down the implementation process, state legislators are working on a bill that would extend the life of the struggling medical marijuana program.
One of the biggest struggles in the marijuana industry is reigning in the black market because some consumers are still flocking to street level dealers.
A battle is brewing in Maine as the Department of Health and Human Services makes a move to exert more control over the state’s medical marijuana caregiver system.
After more than a year of legislative struggle, the Colorado legislature has finally passed a bill aimed at reforming the state’s loosely regulated medical marijuana caregiver system.
Last month the Alaska state legislature approved a bill which established a Marijuana Control Board responsible for regulating the newly legal industry.
An amendment to a 2016 spending bill that would have allowed doctors at the Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss medical marijuana with veterans has been defeated in the U.S. House of Representatives.
When the Louisiana state legislature passed a limited medical marijuana bill in 1991, it made a promise to the state’s infirm; and for decades that promise has been deferred by fear, ignorance and empty words.
The wait is over and the race is on as New York has finally begun accepting medical marijuana applications from businesses. Thousands are expected to apply for a license, but only five will be accepted.
Something strange is happening in the Deep South. Last week, approximately two dozen medical marijuana advocates traveled to the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery to persuade lawmakers to pass a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for people with debilitating conditions.
New York State has begun accepting applications for its medical marijuana licenses this week. Applicants can submit questions through May 5th and the Department of Health Services (DOH) must answer those questions by May 14th.
The clock for Florida has finally running down, and unless a miracle happens by Friday, it looks like the voters will get the last say on the issue of medical marijuana.
The United States cannabis market is, in a word, complicated. As opportunity expands and legislation eases, the states are divided on how to move forward.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law SB 5052, a controversial bill aimed at reforming the state’s medical marijuana system.
At the Marijuana Investor Summit on April 22, 2015, attorneys Marc Ross, partner at Sichensia Ross Friedman Ference LLP, and Michael McGrory, partner at SmithAmundsen LLC, explored the history of marijuana laws and the factors that will shape future marijuana legislation.
In 1991, Louisiana somewhat legalized medical marijuana for patients suffering from glaucoma or spastic quadriplegia, or symptoms related to chemotherapy. However, the law was vague and lists no protections for patients or physicians or mechanisms for legal acquisition.
It is a race against time in the state of Michigan as multiple marijuana advocacy groups clamor about the state collecting signatures to get their respective marijuana bill on the ballot for 2016.
On April 9, 2015, Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Sen. Ron Wyden announced that they will introduce the Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2015 in Congress next week. The purpose of the bill is to amend Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Code.
On Friday, April 10, 2015, the Washington state House of Representatives voted to approve a controversial bill, SB 5052, aimed at reforming the state’s medical marijuana industry.
The time has run out for HB 1284/SB 1248, a bill that would have legalized medical marijuana in the state of Tennessee.
We have become more sophisticated in the ways that we discuss marijuana legalization since former Texas Rep. Ron Paul last ran for President in 2012.
Last week, on March 23, 2015, the Denver City Council approved a measure that limits the number of marijuana plants an unlicensed grow operation can have. The measure’s goal is to rein in the medical marijuana caregiver market, which officials contend has gotten out of hand.
The Florida senate bill designed to authorize the medical use of low-THC strains of cannabis has been put on hold yet again due to opposition from patients and potential applicants.
As the fight for marijuana legalization continues onward, conservative states have slowly begun to seriously consider marijuana reform bills.
Medical marijuana advocates scored a small victory in Atlanta on Friday as the Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved an amended version of House Bill 1, a bill aimed at legalizing medical marijuana in Georgia.
The American government owns a CBD patent even though the plant that it comes from isn’t exactly legal on a federal level.
In this divisive political climate, there is one statement that is guaranteed to be both inoffensive and accurate: Americans love their pets.
For years, patients in Montana have been forced to grow their own medical marijuana or travel to nearby states to get their medicine.
A bill has been introduced into the Massachusetts legislature that, if passed, would legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana.
While the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act is expected to immunize dispensaries from federal prosecution when complying with state laws, House Bill 1523 is futile until passed by the House of Representatives.
It is shaping up to be a busy year for the Texas state legislature. There have been over 6,000 bills submitted this session, the most since 2009. Buried beneath this mountain of legislation is a surprising number of marijuana bills.
Were the law to change in ways that would permit rigorous scientific research into the medical potential for marijuana, patient outcomes could improve and a whole new world of pharmaceutical investment could open up.
Chicago-based PM Rx LLC has filed a lawsuit against the state claiming that it should have been awarded the medical marijuana license in Kankakee instead of Cresco Labs LLC.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted to approve SB 618, a bill that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill made headlines this week as a bi-partisan collection of senators introduced legislation to radically reform our country’s federal marijuana laws.