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Ohio Officials Defend Medical Marijuana License Selection Process

Ohio Officials Defend Medical Marijuana License Selection Process

Ohio Officials Defend Medical Marijuana License Selection Process

Ohio officials are defending the way in which they chose the state’s 24 medical marijuana cultivators after a series of scandals have brought the integrity of the department’s selection process into question.

PharmaCann Suing Ohio Over Licensing to Fulfill Racial Quota

PharmaCann Suing Ohio Over Licensing to Fulfill Racial Quota

For the third time in two weeks, Ohio’s medical marijuana program is once again at the center of controversy. PharmaCann Ohio, LLC, a medical marijuana company that failed to obtain a cultivation license in the state, has filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Commerce over its alleged “racial quota.”

Ohio Application Scorer Has Ties With Winner of Cultivation License

Ohio Application Scorer Has Ties With Winner of Cultivation License

In Ohio, more questions are being raised about the state’s medical marijuana licensing process as news emerged that one of the consultants hired to score applications had business ties with one of the applicants awarded a cultivation license.

Department of Justice Intern Questions US Attorney General's Stance on Marijuana

Department of Justice Intern Questions US Attorney General’s Stance on Marijuana

According to an internal video obtained by ABC News, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions took part in a heated exchange with Department of Justice interns this summer over policing, gun control and marijuana policy.

Ohio Lawmakers Want to Halt MMJ Licensing After Learning Application Scorer's Past

Ohio Lawmakers Want to Halt MMJ Licensing After Learning Application Scorer’s Past

A growing number of Ohio lawmakers and state officials are calling on the state to put a halt to issuing medical marijuana cultivation licenses after learning that one of the consultants hired to score the applications, Trevor Bozeman, owner of iCann Consulting, was previously convicted on drug charges.

United States Army

United States Army Granting Waivers for Marijuana Use to Gain More Recruits

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.

Emergency Rules Released for Michigan Medical Marijuana Program

Emergency Rules Released for Michigan Medical Marijuana Program

The revamped Michigan medical marijuana market is beginning to take shape. On Dec. 4, 2017, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs officially released the rules that govern the state’s medical marijuana program.

Republic of Georgia Decriminalizes Marijuana Use

Republic of Georgia Decriminalizes Marijuana Use

Georgia has decriminalized marijuana use, but it’s probably not the Georgia that you were expecting. On Nov. 30, 2017, the Constitutional Court for the Republic of Georgia, a former Soviet republic, ruled that it is unconstitutional to prosecute individuals for using marijuana, effectively decriminalizing use of the substance and potentially paving the way for full legalization.

Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Could Get $2.7 Million in Additional Funding

Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Could Get $2.7 Million in Additional Funding

Massachusetts cannabis regulators could be getting an early Christmas present this year in the form of additional funding. Budget writers with the state House of Representatives released a bill on Nov. 29, 2017, that would give the state Cannabis Control Commission $2.7 million in additional funding.

Travel Writer Rick Steves Makes Case for Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Illinois

Travel Writer Rick Steves Makes Case for Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Illinois

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.

Nevada Gaming Policy Committee Set to Discuss Marijuana Issues

Nevada Gaming Policy Committee Set to Discuss Marijuana Issues

Policymakers with the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee are hoping to give recreational marijuana a second look. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the committee has scheduled a meeting on Nov. 29, 2017, to reexamine its marijuana policy.

Ohio Board of Pharmacy Receives 370 Dispensary Applications

Ohio Board of Pharmacy Receives 370 Dispensary Applications

The competition to become one of Ohio’s licensed medical marijuana dispensaries is starting to heat up. On Nov. 20, 2017, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced that it had received 370 applications for the state’s 57 available medical marijuana dispensary licenses.

Michigan Marijuana Group Turns in Signatures for Legalization Initiative

Michigan Marijuana Group Turns in Signatures for Legalization Initiative

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

Group Behind Michigan Legalization Initiative Facing Debt and Deadlines

Group Behind Michigan Legalization Initiative Facing Debt and Deadlines

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.

New Hampshire Legalization Bill Rejected by House Criminal Justice Committee

New Hampshire Legalization Bill Rejected by House Criminal Justice Committee

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.

Maryland Black Caucus Plans to Address Racial Diversity in Medical Cannabis Industry

Maryland Black Caucus Plans to Address Racial Diversity in Medical Cannabis Industry

In an effort to increase racial diversity in the state’s medical cannabis industry, the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus has announced plans to introduce a bill during the next legislative session that would award additional medical cannabis licenses to businesses owned by African-Americans.

Indiana Marijuana Decriminalization Opposed by Drug Commission

Indiana Marijuana Decriminalization Opposed by Drug Commission

Indiana marijuana decriminalization may have just become a little less likely in the Hoosier State. On Nov. 09, 2017, the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse voted to oppose efforts to decriminalize marijuana use.

Back to the Drawing Board: Maine House Fails to Overcome Governor's Veto

Back to the Drawing Board: Maine House Fails to Overcome Governor’s Veto

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.

Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana

Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana

On Nov. 3, 2017, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed LD 1650, a bill that would regulate recreational marijuana in the state. In his veto letter, LePage outlined three key concerns and urged legislators to come together and rework the bill.

Delaware's Adult Use Cannabis Task Force Will Likely Delay Release of Report

Delaware’s Adult Use Cannabis Task Force Will Likely Delay Release of Report

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.

Florida's Orange County Debating Whether to Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Florida’s Orange County Debating Whether to Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

In the state of Florida, Orange County Commissioners heard emotional testimony from patients and parents as they held the first of two public hearings aimed at deciding whether to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within unincorporated Orange County on Oct. 31, 2017.

Gallup Poll: Support for Legalization Reaches All-Time High

Gallup Poll: Support for Legalization Reaches All-Time High

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.

Maine Governor May Veto Marijuana Law Rewrite Approved by Legislature

Maine Governor May Veto Marijuana Law Rewrite Approved by Legislature

On Oct. 23, 2017, the Maine House of Representatives and Senate voted in a special session to approve LR 2395, a bill that would rewrite the Marijuana Legalization Act and pave the way for recreational marijuana sales. The measure will now go to the desk of Gov. Paul LePage, where it faces an uncertain future.

Charges Against the Kettle Falls Five May Soon Be Dropped

Charges Against the Kettle Falls Five May Soon Be Dropped

After years of court battles, the charges against the Kettle Falls Five may soon be dropped. On Oct. 16, 2017, the United States Department of Justice filed a motion to stay the case against the Kettle Falls Five, admitting that federal prosecutors did not have the authority to try the group.

Florida Health Officials Request Judge's Removal from Medical Marijuana Case

Florida Health Officials Request Judge’s Removal from Medical Marijuana Case

On Oct. 10, 2017, Christian Bax, Executive Director of the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use, issued a request to Robert Cohen, Director of the Division of Administrative Hearings, asking for Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham to be removed from a medical marijuana case involving cultivation licenses.

Nevada Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Marijuana Distribution Dispute

Nevada Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Marijuana Distribution Dispute

On Oct. 3, 2017, the Nevada Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding a dispute over the distribution rights of recreational marijuana in the state of Nevada. The case is the culmination of months of back and forth between the state’s Department of Taxation and the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada.

Delaware's Adult Use Cannabis Task Force Meets for Second Time

Delaware’s Adult Use Cannabis Task Force Meets for Second Time

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.


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