In the past five years, eight states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana for adults. Today, 68 million people live in areas where marijuana is treated like alcohol or tobacco.
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HALIFAX, N.S., Dec. 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Following consultation with Nova Scotians, health experts, law enforcement officials, municipalities, and other stakeholder groups, the province announced key decisions about the legalization of cannabis today, Dec. 7.
As marijuana legalization sweeps the nation, it is becoming increasingly difficult for military recruiters to find recruits that have not used marijuana. In an effort to gain more recruits, the United States Army has begun to grant waivers for would-be soldiers that have used marijuana in the past.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec. 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Manitoba government is introducing new legislation today that would set out where and how legal cannabis may be sold, with additional measures to protect young Manitobans and empower municipal decision-making, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.
VANCOUVER, B.C., Dec. 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — After considering input from 48,951 British Columbians, and submissions from 141 local and Indigenous governments and a range of other interested stakeholders, the Province has announced a number of key decisions related to the anticipated legalization of non-medical cannabis in July 2018.
TORONTO, Ont., Nov. 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) President Lynn Dollin was at Queen’s Park today to request that the Government of Ontario cover municipal costs related to the legalization of cannabis, and provide municipalities with a share of tax revenues generated by cannabis sales.
Travel writer and public television personality Rick Steves is making the case for legalizing recreational marijuana in the state of Illinois. On Nov. 28, 2017, Steves testified before a joint state House-Senate committee and explained why Illinois should become the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana.
In February 2015, Alaska became one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana with a 53% vote in favor of the drug. Even though cannabis was made legal in the state, it took another year for Alaska to approve cannabis retail stores and manufacturers. Now, since the state has approved full legalization, the industry has grown, affecting Alaska’s economy in a number of ways.
While Canada has launched a public consultation on its proposed federal cannabis regulations, the Northwest Territories cannabis legalization proposal was unveiled recently by the territorial government.
YELLOWKNIFE, NWT, Nov. 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Minister of Justice Louis Sebert released the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) proposed plan for legalizing cannabis in the NWT today. This is an important step in designing a system that will provide controlled access to a safe supply of recreational cannabis for NWT residents in order to maintain the health and safety of residents and communities across the North.
ST. JOHN’S, NL, Nov. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador provided the first details today on how cannabis legalization will look in the province in July 2018, the timeframe the Federal Government has set for implementation.
On Nov. 21, 2017, Statistics Canada announced that it is preparing the country’s statistical system to capture economic and social data on the use of recreational cannabis.
State officials met Tuesday in hopes to legalize medical marijuana here in Kentucky. A task force lead by Kentucky’s Secretary Of State Alison Lundergan Grimes met in Frankfort Tuesday afternoon to explore the possibilities.
Despite facing debt and deadlines, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol’s voter initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Michigan will most likely qualify for the ballot. On Nov. 20, 2017, the CRMLA announced that it had turned in approximately 360,000 signatures to the Secretary of State, well above the state minimum…
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s leading marijuana policy reform organization, has announced changes to its leadership structure.
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 20, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in more than 360,000 signatures today calling for its marijuana legalization initiative to be placed on Michigan’s November 2018 ballot.
The group behind a Michigan legalization initiative is in dire need of cash to pay off the company it hired to gather signatures for its ballot initiative. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is in debt to National Petition Management for approximately $30,000.
Could legal medical marijuana be on the horizon in Kentucky? Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Wednesday she wants to legalize medical marijuana in the Bluegrass State by 2018.
New Hampshire legalization will have to wait for at least one more year. On Nov. 14, 2017, the state House Criminal Justice Committee voted to reject House Bill 656, a bill that aimed to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
Wisconsin cannabis legalization has been endorsed by a gubernatorial candidate, as long as citizens of the state approve of it.
MILWAUKEE, Wisc., Nov. 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn today announced that he supports the legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin. However, he made clear he would only push for it as governor if a majority of Wisconsinites approve.
OTTAWA, Ontario, Nov. 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Cannabis Canada, and the licensed producers of medical cannabis it represents, share the Government of Canada’s commitment to regulating and restricting access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of youth, and the profits out of the hands of criminals.
OTTAWA, Ontario, Nov. 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Department of Finance Canada today published for consultation a proposed excise duty framework for cannabis products. The proposed level of taxation is intended to keep prices low to eliminate the black market, as discussed at the Finance Ministers Meeting last June.
Marijuana use for medicinal purposes is legal in 29 U.S. states, yet the UK government has said it has no plans to legalise the drug. Joining Good Morning Britain to give their opinion on the ongoing debate is Bobby George, former professional darts player, and Linda Robson, Loose Women panellist.
While several provinces have announced their plans for recreational cannabis distribution and retail operations, industry stakeholders have been waiting for an announcement on the Canadian cannabis tax framework and that moment has now arrived.
Voters in two states chose new governors on Tuesday. Each election — as well as the results of a number of local races across the country — will have huge implications for efforts to legalize marijuana.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Tuesday’s election was a resounding win for marijuana law reform efforts. The newly elected governors in New Jersey and Virginia campaigned on marijuana legalization and decriminalization, respectively, and local cannabis ballot measures were approved by voters in Athens, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.
It’s back to the drawing board for Maine legislators. On Nov. 6, 2017, the Maine House of Representatives fell 17 votes short of overriding Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1650, a bill regulating the state’s recreational market.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana throughout the country, which plans to be in effect on Canada Day (July 1) 2018. Now, many experts have predictions for the Canadian marijuana economy as a result of the cannabis industry becoming legal.
The Delaware legislature’s Adult Use Cannabis Task Force, which is charged with examining the potential effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, will most likely delay the release of its report until the end of February 2018.
A special legislative commission is looking into the potential effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in Rhode Island as the state’s northern neighbor readies to allow recreational marijuana sales.
Support for legalizing recreational marijuana in the United States has reached an all time high. According to a new a Gallup poll, 64% of Americans support legalizing recreational marijuana, compared to 60% last year and 58% in 2015.
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.
FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, Oct. 25, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The provincial government announced today that NB Liquor will operate recreational cannabis retail operations in New Brunswick, through a subsidiary.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – A new Gallup poll shows record-breaking support for marijuana legalization, with 64 percent of Americans now in favor of ending marijuana prohibition.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – A new Gallup poll released Wednesday shows support for making marijuana legal in the U.S. has reached a record level of 64%, up from 60% last year and 50% in 2011.
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.
On Oct. 19, 2017, the Congress of Peru voted overwhelmingly to approve a law that legalizes the import, production and sale of medical cannabis oil in the country.
On Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, the recently elected prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Arden, said she wants to initiate countrywide conversations regarding the legalization of cannabis.
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BOSTON, Mass., Oct. 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Towns passing legal cannabis bans and moratoriums are guaranteeing continued market control by criminals and street dealers, the group behind the legalization measure passed by voters last November said today.
According to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health, Colorado saw a reduction in the number of opioid overdose fatalities after enacting recreational legalization.
On Oct. 6, 2017, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge rejected the language of a ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
With the clock ticking on the implementation of medical marijuana in North Dakota, county officials are examining the potential issues that may arise.
With more than half of the United States having medical marijuana laws on the books, the Hoosier State is seeing renewed efforts for Indiana medical marijuana legalization.
An Oregon man has withdrawn his petition to legalize local cannabis sales within the city limits of Klamath Falls.
While Bluegrass State hemp has been growing since 2014, Kentucky legalization has yet to take root; however, one state senator is hoping to change that.
On Oct. 4, 2017, the Delaware legislature’s Adult Use Cannabis Task Force met for the second time. Hoping to help craft a legalization bill that would pass the state legislature and gain gubernatorial approval, the group is responsible for determining the potential impacts of cannabis legalization.
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.
EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Alberta Cannabis Framework proposes who will be able to buy and use cannabis once it is legal, where they will be able to buy it and where they will be allowed to use it.