MONTPELIER, Jan. 10, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today the Senate passed H.511, a bill legalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis for Vermonters over the age of 21. This follows growing public support and more than 17 years of work in the Vermont legislature.
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ —The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) firmly rejected a recent memorandum by Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoking Obama Administration policy that directed US Attorneys not to focus scarce law enforcement resources in prosecuting low-level cannabis offenders in states where it has become legal for either medical or recreational use.
A New Mexico legislator is once again working to legalize recreational marijuana. On Dec. 21, 2017, state Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino introduced a measure that would put a ballot amendment legalizing recreational marijuana on the 2018 electoral ballot.
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.
NELSONVILLE, Ohio, Sept. 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Hocking College is announcing its intention to fulfill Ohio law as the research facility for the State of Ohio’s Medical Cannabis testing laboratory.
While the West Virginia medical cannabis industry has another two years until its program is implemented, a delegation of legislators and business leaders traveled to Colorado to get a head start and study the Centennial State’s medical cannabis system.
BOSTON, Aug. 9, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – For the first time in its history, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) has taken a bold stance on two issues directly related to correcting chronic injustices committed against Latinos and many other Americans.
BOSTON, Aug. 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – State legislators from across the United States renewed a resolution today to help legal cannabis businesses access banking services – to protect those entrepreneurs’ personal and financial safety – and let states determine their own paths forward on cannabis regulation.
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Aug. 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — CCV Research announced today that it has received a letter of intent from an Ohio public institution of higher education and received confirmation from the Governor’s office that the college qualifies for operating a medical cannabis testing laboratory.
BOSTON, Mass., July 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — After weeks of talks and missed deadlines, legislators in Massachusetts have reached an agreement on legislation that will make changes to Question 4, the law to regulate marijuana for adults that was approved by voters in November 2016.
PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Regulate Rhode Island and allied legislators are announcing a new proposal they call “incremental legalization.”
CARSON CITY, Nev., June 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Today, Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford issued the following statement on bipartisan negotiations with Governor Brian Sandoval that ensured passage of an excise tax on retail marijuana sales.
SANTA FE, N.M., April 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — On Friday, April 7, New Mexico could become the first state in the nation to specifically list opioid use disorder as medical condition that qualifies for access to the state medical marijuana program.
Backers of legalized recreational marijuana urged Massachusetts legislators Monday to hold off on making any significant changes to a law voters approved in November.
Massachusetts adults can grow and use recreational marijuana, but it’s still illegal to sell the drug without a license. Legislators are looking into how to change the laws.
PORTLAND, Ore., March 6, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Rob Patridge, Chair of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, today submitted his resignation to Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Patridge is leaving the OLCC to join the private sector. Patridge’s resignation from the Commission is effective March 10, 2017.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Legislators in a number of states are pushing forward measures to delay the enactment of voter-initiated marijuana laws. NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri strongly criticized the delays, calling them “an affront to the democratic process.”
For Texas legislators, it might be easier avoid political repercussions by placing new marijuana laws on a ballot, instead of voting themselves, Jason Miller, director of communications for the Houston office of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, told the Houston Press for a Nov. 25, 2016, article.
Among the bills are those that would create a specialty court for certain first-time marijuana possession offenders, reduce criminal penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and re-classify convictions for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
On July 29, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill removing the threat of arrest for small amounts of marijuana, capping a record year of legislative and administrative marijuana policy reforms throughout the country.
Lawmakers in Ohio have put together a legislative task force to better understand the issue of medical marijuana.
PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 22, 2015 /Weed Wire/ — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has approved temporary rules for regulating the recreational marijuana industry. “Today marks another milestone in Oregon’s effort to establish a robust, safe, and well-regulated recreational marijuana industry,” said Rob Patridge, OLCC Chair.
On Oct. 8, 2015, the Vermont Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules voted unanimously to approve a set of rules that would, among other things, protect hemp farmers from excessive regulation and allow for marijuana deliveries.
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Earlier this week, on May 20, 2015, a group Maine legislators came together to discuss an important issue: legalizing recreational marijuana.
Tensions are high in Oregon as the legislature rushes to pass Senate Bill 964, a bill aimed at tightening restrictions on the state’s medical marijuana program.
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Oregon’s legislators proposed a new retail sales tax for marijuana designed to replace the harvest tax approved by voters last November.
One of the biggest struggles in the marijuana industry is reigning in the black market because some consumers are still flocking to street level dealers.
“We’re way past ‘back of the envelope,’ now,” said Giadha Aguirre DeCarcer, Founder and CEO of New Frontier Financials.
Last week the long awaited bill finally made it to the House floor, and like a product you buy off of TV, it was very different from what was advertised.
Still only a few days into the new legislative session, a staggering 13 marijuana regulation bills have been introduced to the Oregon state legislature.
While the cromnibus may have killed a taxed and regulated marijuana market in Washington, D.C., it also gave a breathe of life to the medical marijuana movement.
Whether you knew it or not, the cannabis industry came dangerously close to losing a sizable portion of its market this week.
So thinks Rob Kampia, Executive Director of Marijuana Policy Project. In a recent interview with MJINews, Kampia indicated that he sees the potential for plenty of activity for legalization advocates and marijuana investors.
When it comes to medical marijuana, one of the toughest challenges facing state regulatory agencies is how to crack down on perceived abuses in the system.