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Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation Signed by Governor

Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation Signed by Governor

Florida medical marijuana legislation has finally expanded the state’s medical marijuana program. On June 26, 2017, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law SB 8-A, a bill that expands the state’s program by adding cultivators and qualifying conditions.

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.

New Jersey Recreational Marijuana Bill Gets Committee Hearing

New Jersey Recreational Marijuana Bill Gets Committee Hearing

Democratic lawmakers in the Garden State are making moves on a New Jersey recreational marijuana bill. On June 19, 2017, the state Senate Judiciary Committee held a formal hearing on S-3195, a bill that would legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in the state.

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.

Vermont Governor Thinks Legalization Deal Still Achievable Before Veto Session

Vermont Governor Thinks Legalization Deal Still Achievable Before Veto Session

Vermont just might get another chance at legalizing recreational marijuana. According to the Associated Press, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has said that he still thinks it’s possible to reach a legalization deal before the legislature meets for a special two-day veto session.

Jeff Sessions Wants Congress to Let Him Prosecute Medical Marijuana Cases

Jeff Sessions Wants Congress to Let Him Prosecute Medical Marijuana Cases

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions personally pleaded with Congress to oppose a provision in the federal spending bill that protects medical marijuana providers operating in accordance with state laws from federal enforcement actions so that the Department of Justice can prosecute medical marijuana cases.

Florida Legislature Reaches Agreement on Rules Regulating Medical Marijuana

Florida Legislature Reaches Agreement on Rules Regulating Medical Marijuana

On June 7, 2017, the Florida legislature reached an agreement on rules regulating medical marijuana in the state. House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues said that the two chambers of government had reached a “conceptual agreement” and that the House was currently reviewing the Senate’s proposed measure.

Tobacco Industry Wants Marijuana Monopoly in Massachusetts

Tobacco Industry Wants Marijuana Monopoly in Massachusetts

In an attempt to gain a foothold in Massachusetts’ burgeoning recreational marijuana industry, the tobacco industry wants marijuana producers to distribute their products through its members.

Florida May Get Second Chance on Medical Marijuana Rules in Special Session

Florida May Get Second Chance on Medical Marijuana Rules in Special Session

Florida lawmakers may get a second chance at establishing the state’s medical marijuana rules. On June 2, 2017, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a proclamation calling for the state legislature to reconvene for a special legislative session.

Nevada Court Ruling Threatens to Delay the Early Sale of Recreational Marijuana

Nevada Court Ruling Threatens to Delay the Early Sale of Recreational Marijuana

The early sale of recreational marijuana in the state of Nevada is in danger of being delayed. On May 30, 2017, a Nevada district court judge issued a temporary restraining order that prevents the Department of Taxation from issuing marijuana distribution licenses.

Rhode Island Woman Wins Medical Marijuana Discrimination Case

Rhode Island Woman Wins Medical Marijuana Discrimination Case

On April 23, 2017, a Rhode Island Superior Court judge ruled that Darlington Fabrics Corp. broke the law when it rescinded an employment offer to Christine Callaghan, a University of Rhode Island graduate student, based solely on her status as a medical marijuana patient.

Standards Council: Cops Cannot Participate in Alaskan Marijuana Industry

Standards Council: Cops Cannot Participate in Alaskan Marijuana Industry

On May 18, 2017, the Alaska Police Standards Council announced that state and local law enforcement officers are not allowed to participate in the Alaskan marijuana industry, stating that it is “incompatible with the law enforcement profession.”

Pasadena Ponders Shutting Off Utilities at Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries

Pasadena Ponders Shutting Off Utilities at Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries

Pasadena, Calif., is considering an ordinance that would shut off the utilities of illegal marijuana dispensaries operating within the city. On May 15, 2017, the city council voted unanimously in favor of the ordinance’s first reading; if approved at its second reading, the ordinance could go into effect as soon as June of this year.

Florida Department of Health Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to Trulieve

Florida Department of Health Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to Trulieve

On May 15, 2017, the Florida Department of Health sent a cease-and desist-letter to Trulieve, one of Florida’s seven licensed medical marijuana companies, ordering them to stop selling whole flower medical marijuana to their patients.

Atlanta City Council to Reconsider Decriminalizing Marijuana

Atlanta City Council to Reconsider Decriminalizing Marijuana

Georgia’s capital city is once again thinking about decriminalizing marijuana within city limits. According to an update by Peachtree NORML, the Atlanta City Council will take a vote Ordinance 17-O-1152, an ordinance decriminalizing marijuana, on May 15, 2017.

Florida Speaker Calls for Special Session on Medical Marijuana

Florida Speaker Calls for Special Session on Medical Marijuana

On May 10, 2017, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran joined a growing number of voices calling for the state legislature to convene a special session on medical marijuana so it can pass legislation regarding the program’s implementation and regulation.

Florida Legislature Fails to Regulate Medical Marijuana Before Session Ends

Florida Legislature Fails to Regulate Medical Marijuana Before Session Ends

If Florida lawmakers are to have any say in how the state regulates its medical marijuana program, it will have to wait until next year. On May 5, 2017, the Florida state legislature failed to pass HB 1397, a bill that would regulate the state’s medical marijuana program, before the end of the legislative session.

New York Medical Marijuana Providers File Suit Against Health Department

New York Medical Marijuana Providers File Suit Against Health Department

On April 28, 2017, four out of five licensed New York medical marijuana providers filed suit against the state Department of Health for attempting to expand the number of licensed providers from five to 10.

Georgia State Congressman Skirts Law to Help Medical Marijuana Patients

Georgia State Congressman Skirts Law to Help Medical Marijuana Patients

Rep. Allen Peake, a state congressman in Georgia, has begun distributing medical marijuana oil to qualifying patients within the state. Although Georgia legalized low-THC medical marijuana in 2015, there is no legal method for patients to obtain it, which prompted Peake to take action.

Delaware Judge: Possessing Marijuana With Firearm Still a Felony

Delaware Judge: Possessing Marijuana With Firearm Still a Felony

According to a recent ruling by Superior Court Judge Paul R. Wallace, although the state of Delaware decriminalized marijuana possession in 2015, the state legislature failed to remove a law that made it a felony to simultaneously possess a firearm and a controlled substance.

Activists Arrested at Smoke-In on United States Capitol Grounds

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.

Advocates Organize Smoke-In for April 20 on Steps of US Capitol

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.


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