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.
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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.
On June 21, 2017, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill that would impose a major overhaul of the state’s recreational marijuana laws.
On June 19, 2017, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a measure into law that legalizes marijuana for research and medicinal purposes.
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.
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 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.
A vote in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to alter the state’s recreational marijuana laws has been delayed due to concerns from members of the Democratic caucus.
On June 12, 2017, the Maine state senate voted to approve LD 764, a bill that would prevent medical marijuana patients from being denied organ transplants.
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.
With the Florida Legislature’s passage of a medical marijuana bill, Orlando trial attorney John Morgan has announced plans to sue the state over its medical marijuana smoking ban.
Texas medical marijuana reform is unlikely to occur in 2017. On May 29, 2017, the state’s legislative session came to a close; and with it, all hopes of passing House Bill 2107, a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state.
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.
The combination of cannabinoids and chemotherapy could be the key to improving cancer treatment. This is according to a new study published in the International Journal of Oncology on May 29, 2017.
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 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.
On June 2, 2017, the Maryland Court of Appeals put a medical marijuana lawsuit on hold that stands to potentially delay the roll out of the state’s medical marijuana program.
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.
The Nevada Attorney General’s Office has found that the Nevada Tax Commission did not violate the state’s open meeting laws when it failed to mention marijuana in an agenda for a meeting on May 8, 2017.
In the Wolverine State, the city of Detroit is cracking down on illegal medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.
On May 25, 2017, the Florida Department of Health issued a Notice of Regulation Development Procedure, laying the groundwork for how the department will regulate the state’s medical marijuana program.
On May 25, 2017, the Maine Senate voted unanimously to approve LD 243, a measure that would fund legalization implementation for the state’s recreational marijuana market.
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.
Orlando trial lawyer and Amendment 2 financier John Morgan is prepared to invest $100 million in Florida’s medical marijuana industry.
One of the largest veteran services organizations in the United States is making a push to change marijuana’s status as a Schedule I substance.
On May 20, 2017, the Republican party of Utah rejected a plank in the party’s platform that would have called for the legalization of medical marijuana. With approximately 70% in opposition, state delegates overwhelmingly rejected medical marijuana.
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, 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.
On May 15, 2017, Mobile, Alabama, Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced that he would sponsor a city ordinance that would, among other things, allow city law enforcement officials the discretion to issue a marijuana citation for simple possession.
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.
After eight years of banishment from NASCAR due to unpaid fines, race car driver Carl Long was poised to make his triumphant return to the sport at a race in Kansas on May 12, 2017, but that return was quickly overshadowed after news emerged that NASCAR had forced Long to remove a decal from his car that was advertising a marijuana company.
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.
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.
According to a recent study published in the journal Natural Medicine, marijuana may help protect aging brains from cognitive decline.
John Morgan and Ben Pollara, two of Florida’s biggest medical marijuana advocates, are having a very messy and very public falling out over the Florida legislature’s failure to regulate the state’s medical marijuana program.
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.
On May 2, 2017, the Vermont House of Representatives voted 75-71 to approve H.170, a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana statewide.
On May 2, 2017, the Florida House of Representatives voted to approve House Bill 1397, a bill that would regulate the state’s developing medical marijuana program.
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.
In the face of mounting pressure for the National Football League to revise its policy on marijuana use, commissioner Roger Goodell continues to double down on the league’s anti-marijuana stance.
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.
On April 26, 2017, the Reno City Council rejected a measure that would have imposed a six month moratorium on recreational marijuana dispensaries. The council decided to abandon the moratorium after speaking with local dispensary owners.
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.
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.
On April 20, 2017, Tikun Olam, a medical marijuana company based out of Israel, announced that it is going to continue its expansion into the United States, following its successful pilot program in the state of Delaware.
On April 21, 2017, the Vermont Senate voted 21-9 to approve H.308, a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
Coinciding with the national marijuana holiday of 4/20, a notorious marijuana prohibitionist blasted efforts to legalize marijuana nationwide while speaking at a drug abuse summit in Atlanta, Georgia.
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.
On April 17, 2017, the Ohio legislature’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review voted to finalize the rules and regulations for the state’s medical marijuana cultivators.
Over the Easter weekend the internet was abuzz with the news that, seemingly out of nowhere, the state of Texas had legalized recreational marijuana. But did it really? The answer, as it turns out, is a resounding no.