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New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill; Referred to Ways & Means Committee

New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill; Referred to Ways & Means Committee

CONCORD, N.H., Jan. 9, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill to make marijuana legal for adults on Tuesday by a vote of 207-139.

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Norton Elated That Republican Senate D.C. Appropriations Bill Contains No Anti-Home-Rule Riders for Third Year in a Row

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the Republican Senate fiscal year 2018 District of Columbia appropriations bill does not contain any anti-home-rule riders.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vermont Legalization Bill Blocked by House of Representatives

Vermont Legalization Bill Blocked by House of Representatives

Vermont will have to wait another year until recreational marijuana is legalized. During a special veto session, which took place on June 21, 2017, the Vermont House of Representatives voted to block consideration of a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana.

Massachusetts Senate Introduces Proposal to Preserve Current Recreational Marijuana Tax Rate

Massachusetts Senate Introduces Proposal to Preserve Current Recreational Marijuana Tax Rate

On June 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate introduced an outline to a bill that preserves the current tax rate on retail marijuana sales. The proposal is in stark contrast to the measure put forth by the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill to be Signed by Governor

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Sent to Governor

After a vote from the state House of Representatives, a New Hampshire marijuana decriminalization bill is headed to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk. On June 1, 2017, the House approved House Bill 640, which would reduce the penalty for minor possession of marijuana.

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Gov. Phil Scott Vetoes Historic Bill That Would Have Made Marijuana Legal for Adults in Vermont, Offers ‘Path Forward’ for Compromise During Summer Veto Session

May 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Gov. Phil Scott announced Wednesday he is vetoing a bill that would have made marijuana legal for adults in Vermont, but offered “a path forward” for passing it later this year.

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Proposal to Fix Texas Medical Marijuana Program Advances With Committee Approval in House of Representatives

AUSTIN, Texas, May 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Texas House of Representatives Committee on Public Health approved a bill Friday afternoon (7-2) that would fix the state’s currently unworkable medical marijuana program and make the unnecessarily restrictive law more inclusive.

Access to Banking Might Become Reality for Marijuana Businesses

Access to Banking Might Become Reality for Marijuana Businesses

On April 27, 2017, a bipartisan group of congressmen in the United States House of Representatives announced that they would be launching legislation to allow state-legal marijuana businesses access to banking services.

Decriminalization Bill Reaches New Hampshire Senate for the Ninth Time

Decriminalization Bill Reaches New Hampshire Senate for the Ninth Time

On April 11, 2017, the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee took on the long-standing issue of decriminalizing the possession of marijuana in small quantities.

44 Members of Congress Want DOJ to Respect State Medical Marijuana Laws

44 Members of Congress Want DOJ to Respect State Medical Marijuana Laws

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies is preparing its spending bill for fiscal year 2018 and 44 members of Congress want the subcommittee to craft its bill so that the Department of Justice has to respect state medical marijuana laws.

Florida Congressman Introduces Legislation to Reschedule Cannabis

Florida Congressman Introduces Legislation to Reschedule Cannabis

On April 6, 2017, United States Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., announced the introduction of a bill to reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III, shifting it from a class of drugs categorized as having no medical benefit to a class of drugs categorized as having known medical benefits paired with low rates of abuse and dependence.

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Legislation Introduced in Congress to Regulate and Tax Marijuana Like Alcohol at the Federal Level

WASHINGTON D.C., March 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Legislation was introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday that would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.

Gabbard Urges Congress to Pass Federal Decriminalization Bill

Tulsi Gabbard Urges Congress to Pass Federal Decriminalization Bill

When the House of Representatives convened for its Morning Hour on March 21, 2017, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, took to the floor to urge House members to support H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.

VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Calls for Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Continuing her commitment to common sense criminal justice reform, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) spoke on the House floor today urging Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to federally decriminalize marijuana.

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New Hampshire House of Representatives Overwhelmingly Approves Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

CONCORD, N.H., March 9, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The state House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved HB 640 on Wednesday (318-36), bringing New Hampshire one step closer to becoming the final state in New England to decriminalize marijuana possession.

Republican Congressman Introduces Bill That Would Resolve the Conflict Between State and Federal Marijuana Laws, Allow States to Determine Their Own Policies

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that would resolve the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws and allow states to determine their own marijuana policies.

Michigan House Approves Medical Marijuana Reform Bills

Michigan House Approves Medical Marijuana Reform Bills

On Sept. 14, 2016, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a number of bills that would overhaul its medical marijuana system. Initially passed back in 2015, the bills have languished in the Senate due to delays; however, after some minor changes, the bills were returned to the Senate for final approval.

Jamaica's Cannabis Licensing Authority Receives More Than 200 Applications

Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority Receives More Than 200 Applications

Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority has received more than 200 medical cannabis licensing applications, as reported by Jamaica Information Service on June 29, 2016.

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US House of Representatives Approves Amendment to Create Access for Veterans to Medical-Cannabis

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Veterans Equal Access Amendment (VEAA) to the FY2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilConVA) Appropriations bill, which sets the budget for the Veterans Administration (VA).

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Veterans Access to Medical Marijuana

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bipartisan amendment today, 20 to 10, allowing Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal.

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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.

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Bankruptcy Case Reveals Federal Inequities

It takes a lot of guts to start your own business. There are innumerable challenges you will have to face as a business owner, not to mention the consequences of failing. Luckily, in the United States, if your business fails and you cannot pay your bills you can declare bankruptcy.

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CBD-Only Cannabis Bill in Congress

Another bipartisan pro-cannabis bill is making its way through the House of Representatives. Similar to laws passed in Georgia and Florida, the “Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014,” would legalize the use of medical cannabis in children suffering from severe epileptic seizures.

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House Passes Cannabis Banking Amendment

On July 16, 2014, Congress made a historic move to ease restrictions on banks and to allow them to conduct business with marijuana-related business. The measure was passed as an amendment to a Treasury Department appropriations bills, H.R. 5016 and it was sponsored by Reps. Denny Heck, D-WA, Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, Ed Perlmutter, D-CO, and Barbara Lee, D-CA.


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