BOSTON, Nov. 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – In a local election held Tuesday, Amesbury voters rejected a proposed ban on marijuana retail stores by a margin of 2,046 to 1,133.
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In the state of Florida, Orange County Commissioners heard emotional testimony from patients and parents as they held the first of two public hearings aimed at deciding whether to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within unincorporated Orange County on Oct. 31, 2017.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization. But in a radio interview on Thursday he was guarded about the Trump administration’s plans to push back against the growing number of states that are ending cannabis prohibition.
Even though the federal government banned cannabis later, individual states began restricting the sale, consumption, and cultivation of cannabis as early as 1911 by introducing some of the first marijuana laws on the books.
Arkansas has certainly been focusing on victimless marijuana offenses since it first banned the drug in 1923, though the state has allowed medical marijuana since 2016. Voters approved the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, which allows ill patients to use and safely obtain medical marijuana in Arkansas with a doctor’s approval. Now, the state legislature is implementing changes to the medical marijuana laws to improve the program.
Three years after Alaska residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana, some Alaskan towns were still mulling whether to ban commercial cultivation and retail sales of the drug.
A ban on gummy bears and other edible marijuana products shaped like animals, people and fruit takes effect this month in Colorado – a change aimed at decreasing the likelihood small children will mistake them for a favorite treat.
In his temporary budget-dealing with Democrats, President Trump has agreed to continue a ban on using federal funds to interfere in states’ legal cannabis practices, but as 2018 nears, a government stance is largely still up in the air.
Residents of the Bluegrass State won’t be smoking grass anytime soon. On Sept. 20, 2017, a judge dismissed a lawsuit fighting for the legalization of medical cannabis in Kentucky.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug “remains in effect,” remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown.
It looks like cannabis travelers and advertisers will have to be more conscientious when using the Las Vegas airport. On Sept. 5, 2017, Clark County commissioners approved a measure to ban both possession and advertisement of cannabis at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
On Aug. 8, 2017, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved a motion for the San Joaquin County Counsel to draft an ordinance to regulate commercial cannabis businesses in the county.
A proposed rule for Ohio’s medical cannabis program says edible products that resemble cartoon characters, superheroes or pop-culture figures should not be allowed.
The city of Orlando has delayed a vote on whether or not to ban new medical marijuana retail outlets.
Orlando trial attorney John Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Florida over the state’s ban on medical cannabis smoking. As the chief financier of the push to legalize medical cannabis in Florida, Morgan has long threatened to sue the state if the legislature banned medical cannabis smoking.
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.
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The proposed branding ban by the California state legislature for cannabis businesses harms consumers, hurts business, and doesn’t accomplish its stated goal.
Florida may have legalized medical marijuana in 2016, but that hasn’t stopped Orlando International Airport from banning the substance on its property.
A vote in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to alter the state’s recreational marijuana laws has been delayed due to concerns from members of the Democratic caucus.
Kentucky’s criminal ban on medical marijuana is being challenged in a lawsuit that says its use could help combat the state’s opioid addiction woes.
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.
On June 6, 2017, a Los Angeles County cannabis ban was extended after a unanimous vote by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The regulations call for a ban on commercial cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas and also include new rules for personal cultivation.
LOS ANGELES, June 6, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas issued the following statement regarding an ordinance prohibiting all cannabis businesses and activities in the unincorporated areas of the County. The ordinance also imposes reasonable regulations on personal cannabis cultivation while businesses are further studied for potential regulation.
On May 23, 2017, two retail shops were sued by Wisconsin’s departments of justice and consumer protection. The Milwaukee stores broke the law as they falsely advertised synthetic THC as household products.
City Council could roll back a moratorium on cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes, a step viewed as necessary to avoid shutting Cleveland out of potentially lucrative tax gains.
On May 2, 2017, the Florida House of Representatives voted to approve House Bill 1397, a bill that would regulate the state’s developing medical marijuana program.
Medical marijuana might be legal in Florida, but Disney World has updated its website to specifically list “marijuana” as a prohibited item.
\Sacramento County is moving forward with a proposal to ban all commercial marijuana activities. The first vote passed 3-1 on Tuesday afternoon.
n appellate court ruled Thursday that Arizona colleges and universities can prohibit medical marijuana on campuses but lawmakers can’t make it a crime.
A judge with the Calaveras Superior Court has ruled that Measure B must be pulled from the special election slated for May 2, 2017.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones urged owners to end the league’s prohibition on marijuana and cease investigating players independently of the criminal justice system for off-field conduct.
On March 13, 2017, the Arkansas Senate voted once again to reject SB 357, a measure that would have banned the smoking of medical marijuana in the state.
An attempt to ban the smoking of medical marijuana fell short in the Arkansas Senate while a bill to ban edibles was deferred. But both measures altering the voter-approved constitutional amendment could come up later this week.
On March 2, 2017, the Arkansas Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor voted to approve two bills that would limit the methods for consuming medical marijuana.
With the spread of legalization across America, jurisdictions with legal marijuana are learning the importance of cultivating marijuana with safe agricultural practices.
Just a few days from the Super Bowl, former NFL players attend the Cannabis in Professional Sports event at the Revention Music Center in Houston, TX.
On Jan. 24, 2017, California’s Calaveras County Board of Supervisors decided that voters will decide in May whether to ban commercial cannabis cultivation in the county.
On Jan. 19, 2017, the Carson City Board of Supervisors temporarily banned recreational cannabis dispensaries in Carson City, Nevada. The ban will last for 180 days, unless the state issues regulations before the moratorium has expired.
Under the new Massachusetts marijuana laws, adults aged 21 and older will be able to possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana. Adults will also be allowed to grow up to 12 plants in their residence. But first, we want to make sure our readers know all the details about recreational marijuana laws taking effect today in Massachusetts.
Despite a growing number of states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, the substance is still banned in the NFL. Dana Jacobson spoke with Tennessee Titans’ Derrick Morgan who’s pushing for change.
On Nov. 18, 2016, the Colorado Department of Revenue announced a new rule that would prevent holders of liquor licenses from allowing on-site use of marijuana, striking a blow to supporters Initiative 300, a ballot measure allowing the social use of marijuana in Denver.
On Nov. 14, 2016, the Orlando City Council voted to extend a temporary ban on new medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.
Even though 71% of Floridians voted to approve Amendment 2, the fight to deliver medical marijuana to Florida is far from over.
In the city of North Pole, Alaska, an unlikely ally for marijuana legalization has emerged: Santa Claus. According to KTUU, the jolly old saint has been speaking out against Proposition 7, a local ballot initiative passed in October that banned the commercial sale of marijuana in the city.
On Nov. 1, 2016, San Jose City Council adopted an urgency ordinance, amending Title 20 of the San Jose Municipal Code to ban retail cannabis ahead of the state’s vote next week on legalizing cannabis for adult use.
Charlotte County commissioners decided to put a moratorium on marijuana dispensaries until they can regulate it properly.
The legal use of marijuana could increase substantially by the end of the year as several U.S. states, including California, vote on its use for recreational or medical purposes. This could open new markets for insurance coverage in areas including property and casualty and health.
On Sept. 12, 2016, the city council of Akron, Ohio, voted unanimously to place a moratorium on the sale of medical marijuana within its city limits.
On Aug. 31, 2016, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a federal ban that prohibits medical marijuana cardholders from purchasing firearms.
Would-be marijuana entrepreneurs in Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, are hoping to delay a vote for a ballot initiative that would ban the sale of recreational marijuana in the area.