The history of marijuana in Germany dates back to the Late Stone Age, when cannabis seeds were planted at least 7,500 years ago in Thuringia.
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MA Commission Requesting $7.5M to Fund Marijuana Control Operations
Here is why some Massachusetts marijuana reform advocates are insisting that additional funding is necessary for marijuana control operations.
Medical Marijuana Advocates Petition to Form Nebraska Political Party
You could call it a true grassroots movement: petition circulators not trying to legalize hemp and marijuana, but to start up a new third Nebraska political party.
History of Marijuana in Minnesota
Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, so it isn’t particularly known for its marijuana, but the plant has a history with the state dating back when hemp production was common. Hemp became a cash crop in the state but by 1957, the federal government banned hemp production completely. Many marijuana supporters are fighting to make the law more inclusive and hopefully, to legalize recreational marijuana in Minnesota.
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.
Advocates for Utah Medical Cannabis Legalization Launch Signature Drive
Utah medical cannabis legalization has taken a critical step forward. After earning the approval of state election officials last week, volunteers with the Utah Patients Coalition started gathering signatures to get medical cannabis on Utah’s ballot in 2018.
Utah Approves Signature-Gathering for 2018 Medical Marijuana Initiative
Medical marijuana supporters in Utah received a go-ahead from state election officials Thursday to start gathering signatures needed to qualify the measure for the November 2018 ballot.
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.
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.
New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel Recommends Adding Chronic Pain, Migraine, Anxiety and Tourette’s Syndrome to List of Qualifying Conditions
Today, the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program Review Panel made initial recommendations to the Health Commissioner to approve chronic pain, migraine, anxiety and Tourette’s Syndrome as qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program.
PTSD Still Not Added to NY Medical Marijuana Program
The legislative session in Albany officially ended last week and medical marijuana advocacy groups are wondering where one of the laws that was passed stands.
Group Files 2018 Utah Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative
Activists who say they are tired of waiting for Utah’s conservative Legislature to pass a broad medical marijuana law launched an effort Monday to ask voters next year to pass the law.
Massachusetts House Approves Major Overhaul of Recreational Marijuana Laws
On June 21, 2017, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill that would impose a major overhaul of the state’s recreational marijuana laws.
Advocates Make Final Push for New York Marijuana Legalization
Advocates for the legalization of marijuana were at the state Capitol on Monday to plead with state lawmakers not to let their hopes for the creation of a recreational market go up in smoke for yet another year.
Medical Marijuana Advocates Worry Pot Price Spike Coming to California
In 2016, more than 750,000 people in the state of California were registered medical marijuana users, making up nearly 2 percent of the state’s population. So what will change for the medical industry since the legalization of marijuana? Prices.
Canada Tests Lower Age for Cannabis Legalization
The most controversial thing about Canada’s move to legalize marijuana nationwide may be setting the minimum age for use at 18.
Group Gathers at Texas State Capitol to Push for MMJ Legislation
Patients, caregivers and advocates are hoping to keep HB 2107 alive by gathering at the Texas State Capitol. They are urging members of the House Calendars Committee to schedule a vote on the bill, which would patients suffering from more than 22 conditions including cancer, HIV, Crohn’s Disease and PTSD to use medicinal marijuana.
Activists Arrested at Smoke-In on United States Capitol Grounds
Calling upon the federal government to reschedule marijuana, activists with the group DC Marijuana Justice staged a smoke-in on United States Capitol grounds on April 24, 2017, and some were subsequently arrested by United States Capitol Police for possession.
USCP Arrest Four on Capitol Grounds for Possession of Marijuana
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — At approximately 1:30 p.m. today, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) arrested four individuals on the East Front Plaza of the U.S. Capitol for smoking marijuana on Capitol Grounds.
US Capitol Buzzkill: Legalization Advocates Arrested at Demonstration
On April 20, 2017, supporters of legalization took to the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., to advocate for marijuana reform by hosting a congressional joint giveaway, but the demonstration didn’t last long.
Advocates Organize Smoke-In for April 20 on Steps of US Capitol
On April 20, 2017, advocates for the legal marijuana industry plan on staging a mass smoke-in on the steps of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Set to coincide with the 4/20 holiday, the smoke-in is a response to the Trump Administration’s pledges of greater federal marijuana enforcement.
World of Cannabis Summit Interview: Green Gold Stories’ Steef Fleur
In this World of Cannabis Interview, watch Caroline Cahill, Managing Editor of MJINews.com and Marijuana Industry News magazine, interview Steef Fleur, photographer for Green Gold Stories.
Utah Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Research Bill
Utah’s governor has signed off on a bill that allows research into the risks and benefits of medical marijuana.
Regulate RI Report Shows Legalization Will Create State Revenue
Regulate Rhode Island’s report suggests that legalizing marijuana will create new jobs and bring in tax revenue for the state.
Backers of Legal Pot Urge MA Panel to Hold Off on Changing Law
Backers of legalized recreational marijuana urged Massachusetts legislators Monday to hold off on making any significant changes to a law voters approved in November.
Is Money Influencing Some Florida Lawmakers to Limit the Market?
Some key lawmakers in Florida’s weed wars are already seeing the green from it, as money is being funneled into the pockets of the very people who are writing the rules on legal pot.
Advocates Push Crucial Legislation to Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions
ALBANY, New York, Feb. 28, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, advocates and legislators held a press conference in Albany to demand reprieve for the harm that has been caused by arrests for low-level marijuana possession and mobilize for legislative solutions to keep New York families together.
NJ Patients Beg: Treat Pain With Medical Marijuana Instead of Opioids
As Gov. Chris Christie travels the state on an aggressive campaign to end an epidemic of heroin and prescription drug overdoses, more than two dozen New Jersey citizens came to the capital city Wednesday to offer him a new strategy.
Congressional Cannabis Caucus Aims to Shape Future of Cannabis Policy
On Feb. 16, 2017, the Congressional Cannabis Caucus held a press conference in Washington, D.C., to address the future of cannabis policy reform in the United States.
SC Lawmakers to Introduce Medical Cannabis Bill Tuesday
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers will introduce comprehensive medical cannabis legislation Tuesday in the South Carolina General Assembly.
Marijuana Advocates Hitting Trump’s Inauguration With 4,200 Joints
On Jan. 20, 2017, attendees of Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., may get free joints, or at least a contact high, at the presidential ceremony.
Marijuana Advocates Worried If Jeff Sessions Named Attorney General
Supporters and opponents of marijuana legalization woke up to the news on Friday. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is Donald Trump’s choice as the nation’s top law enforcement official.
Maine Communities Mulling Marijuana Moratoriums
Town Councils in South Portland and Cumberland will meet Monday evening to discuss a marijuana moratorium.
Poll Finds Most Coloradans Upbeat About Legal Marijuana, Few Would Support Repeal
DENVER, Sept. 19, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — A new poll finds Colorado voters are still upbeat about their decision to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use, and few would support repealing Amendment 64, the legalization initiative approved in November 2012.
Germans March on Berlin for Legalization of Cannabis
On Aug. 13, 2016, thousands Germans marched through the streets of Berlin to express support for the legalization of cannabis.
Nebraskans Abandon 2016 Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative
Nebraska’s medical marijuana campaign has hit another major snag. On May 23, 2016, advocates pushing for medical marijuana in the state announced they would no longer be pursuing a 2016 ballot initiative due to prohibitive costs and not enough time.
Cannabis Activists in Saint Lucia Call for Decriminalization
On April 22, 2016, activists in St. Lucia hosted the Cannabis March in the town of Soufriere, calling for the country to decriminalize cannabis.
Rabbi Declares Marijuana Kosher During Passover
In Israel, a leading haredi rabbi has declared that the use of marijuana during the Passover holiday is kosher.
Majority of Michigan Voters Support Legalized Marijuana
In Michigan, a recent survey revealed that approximately 53 percent of voters in the state support the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Ohio Attorney General Rejects Ballot Summary for Marijuana Amendment
On March 11, 2016, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected summary language for a proposed ballot amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
Bipartisan Senate Bill Will Reinstate College Aid to Students With Drug Convictions
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is pushing to repeal a Higher Education Act provision that strips college financial aid from students with drug convictions.
Patient Advocates Bring Medical Cannabis Issues to United Nations
NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Steph Sherer, and Michael Krawitz, Executive Director, Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access will join organizations and patient advocates from across the globe at at the UN Headquarters to continue preparations for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS 2016) on drug policy to be held April 19th-21st.
Why Marijuana Crashed and Burned in Ohio
Issue 3 is dead. Election officials called it early Tuesday night, declaring that ResponsibleOhio’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative had failed to garner the majority support necessary to become law.
Blumenauer Briefs US House on Needs of Legal Marijuana Industry
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer requested an end to marijuana prohibition during the morning hour portion that preceded the House’s regularly scheduled legislative session.
Hundreds Attend Marijuana Rally in New Jersey
On Oct. 17, 2015, hundreds of marijuana supporters gathered to participate in the East Coast Cannabis Coalition’s N.J. Cannabis Freedom Rally in Trenton, New Jersey. Supporters marched down State Street, followed by a rally outside of the statehouse.
The Beginner Experts
Sometimes the most difficult plight of new investors in the cannabis sector is to know where to start learning and what information to trust.
Marijuana Raid in Emerald Triangle Focuses on Environmental ‘Crimes’
Citing allegations of water theft and environmental damage including pesticide run-off, local authorities conducted a coordinated early morning marijuana raid in three adjacent California counties on Monday, June 22, 2015.
The Many Faces of Marijuana Advocacy
In the simplest terms, an advocate is a champion for a cause—a person or a group of people with the goal of influencing a larger population, be it on an economic scale, political scale or just to sway public opinion.
DC Legalizes — Now to Build an Industry
On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, Washington, D.C., joined Alaska and Oregon to legalize recreational marijuana use. It was a perfect trifecta for recreational reform efforts.
Diverse Paths Lead States to Legalization
Although the 2016 elections are two years away, a growing number of states are taking up efforts to see marijuana legalization on the ballot. This week, Maine and Mississippi, both joined the efforts of California, Arizona, Nevada and Massachusetts.