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Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association Names Board Chair

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association Names Board Chair

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association Names Board Chair

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association on Monday named Dr. Regina Thurman of Fayetteville chairman of its board of directors.

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.

Nevada Judge Denies Request to Block Emergency Marijuana Regulations

Nevada Judge Denies Request to Block Emergency Marijuana Regulations

A Nevada judge has denied a request by the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada to block emergency regulations allowing the state to temporarily issue recreational marijuana distribution licenses.

GOP Leadership Blocks Amendment Allowing Veterans Medical Marijuana Access

GOP Leadership Blocks Amendment Allowing Veterans Medical Marijuana Access

On July 25, 2017, the House Rules Committee blocked the Veterans Equal Access amendment, an amendment allowing veterans medical marijuana access in legal states, from proceeding to the House floor for consideration.

Regulators Granted Budget Increase for Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program

Regulators Granted Budget Increase for Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program

On July 24, 2017, the Ohio Department of Commerce and State Board of Pharmacy formally requested that the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program receive a substantial budget increase. With the Ohio Controlling Board approving the request, the program will receive a budget increase of $6 million over the next two years.

Maine Legislative Panel Mulls Raising 10 Percent Tax on Marijuana

Maine Legislative Panel Mulls Raising 10 Percent Tax on Marijuana

As the legalization of recreational marijuana sales nears, a Maine legislative panel has spent months pondering the best way to tax pot to bring in state revenue, fund regulatory enforcement and discourage the illicit market.

Maine Lawmakers OK 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.


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