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Tennessee Tables Medical Marijuana Bill

Tennessee Tables Medical Marijuana Bill

On March 21, 2017, Rep. Jeremy Faison, the sponsor of a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee, announced that he was tabling his bill and turning it over to a legislative task force led by House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally.

Nevada Bill Would Vacate Convictions for Marijuana Possession

Nevada Bill Would Vacate Convictions for Marijuana Possession

Nevada residents convicted of simple marijuana possession could get a new lease on life if one state lawmaker gets his way. Introduced by Assemblyman William McCurdy II, Assembly Bill 259 would vacate the convictions of Nevada residents who had been caught with one ounce or less of marijuana before Jan. 1, 2017.

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Workplace Protections for MMJ Patients

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Workplace Protections for MMJ Patients

Should businesses be able to fire workers for using medical marijuana, even if it’s legal under state law? That’s a question that the Massachusetts Legislature is currently considering as it debates a pair of bills that would extend legal protections to medical marijuana patients in the workplace.

Sean Murphy Weighs in on the Future of Medical Cannabis

Sean Murphy Weighs in on the Future of Medical Cannabis

At the California Cannabis Business Expo on March 8, 2017, entrepreneurs and investors interested in the science and technology of medical cannabis were given a crash course in the future of cannabis, and cannabidiol, as an alternative to pharmaceuticals by Hemp Business Journal founder Sean Murphy.

Cannabis Companies Bloom at the CCBExpo's Emerging Brand Showcase

Cannabis Companies Bloom at CCBExpo’s Emerging Brand Showcase

On March 7, 2017, at the California Cannabis Business Expo, the Emerging Brand Showcase gave fledgling cannabis companies the opportunity to pitch their brands to a panel of industry experts, including AJ Gentile, CEO and co-founder of SpeedWeed; Mara Gordon, founder of Aunt Zelda’s; Jen Gentile, Chief Marketing Officer at SpeedWeed; and Gino Gentile, SpeedWeed’s Vice President of Business Development.

The Devil in the Details: Silvia San Nicolas on Cannabis Compliance

The Devil in the Details: Silvia San Nicolas on Cannabis Compliance

When it comes to the legal marijuana industry, the devil is in the details; and nothing is more devilish, or more onerous, than complying with the intricate rules and regulations imposed upon the industry.

Oregon Lawmakers Move to Protect Marijuana Consumer Information

Oregon Lawmakers Move to Protect Marijuana Consumer Information

In response to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s recent comments on federal marijuana policy, Oregon lawmakers are making moves to protect the the private information of recreational marijuana consumers.

Alaska's Marijuana Tax Revenue Dipped in January

Alaska’s Marijuana Tax Revenue Dipped in January

Tax revenue for Alaska’s legal marijuana industry dipped in the month of January. With retailers selling approximately 111 pounds of marijuana flower and another 77 pounds of marijuana plant material during the first month of 2017, the state took in $107,500 in marijuana taxes for January, which is $38,300 less than December’s high of $145,800.

NFLPA Pursuing 'Less Punitive' Marijuana Policy Despite Spicer's Comments

NFLPA Pursuing ‘Less Punitive’ Marijuana Policy Despite Spicer’s Comments

The NFL Players Association will continue to pursue a “less punitive” marijuana policy despite the recent comments from White House press secretary Sean Spicer indicating that the Trump administration will increase its enforcement of federal marijuana laws.

Alaska Hires New Director of Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office

Alaska Hires New Director of Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office

On Feb. 21, 2017, Erika McConnell was appointed as the new director of Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office. The position had been vacant since Cynthia Franklin resigned from the position at the beginning of 2017 to become the assistant attorney general in the state’s Consumer Protection Unit.

Vermont Revisits Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Vermont Revisits Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Vermont lawmakers are taking another crack at legalizing recreational marijuana. Introduced by Reps. Maxine Grad, Charles Conquest and Thomas Burditt, H. 170 would take a more reserved approach to legalization than previous legislative efforts.

Colorado Poised to Get First Drive-Through Dispensary

Colorado Poised to Get First Drive-Through Dispensary

On Feb. 16, 2017, the Board of Trustees for the city of Parachute, Colorado, approved a business license renewal for Tumbleweed Express, a drive-through retail marijuana dispensary set to open in the coming months.

Washington's New Warning Labels for Edibles Go Live

Washington’s New Warning Labels for Edibles Go Live

On Feb. 14, 2017, a new law went into effect that requires all edible marijuana products sold in the state of Washington to bear a warning label with the message “Not for Kids” in red bold letters as well as the phone number of the Washington Poison Center.

Iowa State Chapter of NORML Wins Free Speech Case Against University

Iowa State Chapter of NORML Wins Free Speech Case Against University

On Feb. 13, 2017, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Iowa State University cannot prevent students from using ISU logos on t-shirts that advocate for marijuana reform. The decision upholds a previous ruling by U.S. District Judge James Gritzner in 2016.

New Mexico Bill Would Allow Veterans to Purchase Medical Marijuana

New Mexico Bill Would Allow Veterans to Purchase Medical Marijuana

On Feb. 8, 2017, the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee voted to endorse Senate Bill 8, a bill that would, among many other changes, allow United States military veterans residing in New Mexico to use medical marijuana, regardless of diagnosis.

Poll: Majority of Rhode Island's Residents Support Legalization

Poll: Majority of Rhode Island’s Residents Support Legalization

Support for legalizing recreational marijuana in Rhode Island is at an all time high. According to a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, 59% of Rhode Island’s residents think that recreational marijuana should be legal for adults 21 years or older.

Arkansas Lawmakers Introduce More Bills to Amend MMJ Laws

Arkansas Lawmakers Introduce More Bills to Amend MMJ Laws

Arkansas lawmakers are once again working to amend the state’s medical marijuana laws. On Jan. 30, 2017, state lawmakers introduced a series of bills that would alter local control on banning and regulating licensed dispensaries as well as how patients could consume medical marijuana.

Ohio Proposes Rules for MMJ Processors, Patients and Caregivers

Ohio Proposes Rules for MMJ Processors, Patients and Caregivers

On Jan. 27, 2017, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the Ohio Department of Commerce announced another round of proposed rules for the state’s medical marijuana program. In this round, regulators tackled rules for medical marijuana processors, patients and caregivers.

Oregon Bill Would Prevent Employers From Firing Marijuana Users

Oregon Bill Would Prevent Employers From Firing Marijuana Users

Although recreational marijuana has been legal in Oregon for a little less than two years now, state residents can still lose their jobs for using the substance; however, if state lawmakers get their way, that may soon change.

Illinois State Treasurer Urges Trump to Issue Guidance on Marijuana Banking

Illinois Urges Trump to Issue Guidance on Marijuana Banking

In response to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced on Jan. 24, 2017, that he sent a letter to Trump urging him to issue clear guidance to banks on working with the legal marijuana industry.

Florida Department of Health Releases Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules

Florida Department of Health Releases Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules

On Jan. 17, 2017, the Florida Department of Health unveiled a set of proposed regulations for Florida’s medical marijuana system. Under the proposal, rules and regulations guiding Florida’s low-THC medical marijuana program would be applied to the state’s wider system.

Law Firm Challenges New DEA Rule on Cannabidiol

Law Firm Challenges New DEA Rule on Cannabidiol

On Jan. 16, 2017, the Denver-based law firm Hoban Law Group, which represents several clients in the hemp industry, announced that it had filed a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to challenge a new DEA rule that would make cannabidiol illegal.

Florida Board of Medicine to Hold Public Hearing on Medical Marijuana

Florida Board of Medicine to Hold Public Hearing on Medical Marijuana

On Feb. 3, 2017, the Florida Board of Medicine will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposed amendment to the state’s telemedicine regulations that would prevent physicians from recommending medical marijuana over the internet.

Rhode Island Lawmakers Plan to Introduce Legalization Bill

Rhode Island Lawmakers Plan to Introduce Legalization Bill

On Jan. 11, 2016, Rhode Island state Sen. Joshua Miller and state Rep. Scott Slater announced in a press conference that they intend to introduce legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.


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