Just months after eight Hawaii companies were given the go-ahead to begin growing medical marijuana, the first crops are being harvested and the first dispensaries could be open this summer.
On May 24, 2017, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott vetoed recreational marijuana legalization. Scott announced his decision during a press conference, citing concerns over health and public safety as his main reasons for vetoing S. 22, the legalization legislation that had been approved by the state legislature.
On May 23, 2017, two retail shops were sued by Wisconsin’s departments of justice and consumer protection. The Milwaukee stores broke the law as they falsely advertised synthetic THC as household products.
On May 23, 2017, Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner for the California Department of Insurance, brought together a group of 63 insurance-related stakeholders to discuss cannabis protections for state-legal cannabis businesses.
City Council could roll back a moratorium on cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes, a step viewed as necessary to avoid shutting Cleveland out of potentially lucrative tax gains.
Connecticut lawmakers are questioning if legal marijuana is the best option in fixing the New England state’s current budget crisis.
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.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised marijuana legalization in his 2015 campaign, and he’s making good on that promise. However, Canadian executives, aren’t happy.
All three of the California agencies charged with implementation of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act released their initial draft of new cannabis rules on April 28, 2017. This long-awaited event puts some meat on the ‘til-now skeletal ideas of what is going to happen in California as the expansion of the state-legal cannabis industry into adult recreational use moves forward.
Chileans are increasingly growing their own cannabis for medical purposes as the conservative South American nation begins loosening legal prohibitions on the formerly illegal plant.
Local law enforcement say there are still many questions to be answered about how to enforce the new legal marijuana law, especially when it comes to driving under the influence.
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.
Investors envision Adelanto bustling with marijuana-related businesses. As Mayor Richard Kerr says, the city will be the “Silicon Valley of medical marijuana.”
Researchers with Washington State University are looking for individuals to volunteer for a marijuana breathalyzer study. According to The Spokesman-Review, the study is attempting to determine if a marijuana breathalyzer can actually register “acute exposure” to THC.
Maryland’s medical marijuana program took a big step forward this week with the awarding of the state’s first grower’s license. ForwardGro, based in Anne Arundel County, could make medicine available to patients this fall, but a number of outside forces might put the brakes on the process.
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.”
A South Dakota marijuana legalization petition has been approved by Attorney General Marty Jackley. On May 17, 2017, Jackley issued an Attorney General Explanation for the legalization initiative that aims to legalize all quantities of marijuana and have the South Dakota Department of Agriculture establish a regulatory system for recreational marijuana.
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has denied attempts by Arizona medical marijuana users to lower mandatory patient and caregiver fees. Though Judge Jo Lynn Gentry did not challenge patients’ claims that the Department of Health Services collects more money than is needed to keep the program running, she maintained that the courts are unable to alter the fees for Arizona medical marijuana users.
The most controversial thing about Canada’s move to legalize marijuana nationwide may be setting the minimum age for use at 18.
On May 16, 2017, Aloha Green Holdings, a licensed dispensary based in Oahu and one of the first two dispensaries approved to grow medical marijuana in the state of Hawaii, announced that it had harvested its first crop of Hawaiian medical marijuana.
On May 18, 2017, Colorado Reps. Diana DeGette and Mike Coffman introduced legislation to protect state marijuana laws from federal interference. If passed, the bill, “Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2017,” would amend the Controlled Substances Act so that the federal government could not use the CSA to preempt state marijuana laws.
Physician David Casarett was tired of hearing hype and half-truths around medical marijuana, so he put on his skeptic’s hat and investigated on his own. He comes back with a fascinating report on what we know and what we don’t — and what mainstream medicine could learn from the modern medical marijuana dispensary.
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.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed a bill that paves the way for the state to create what is believed to be the first system in the United States to certify marijuana as organic.
While there’s nothing quite like enjoying the fruits of a marijuana farmer’s labor, that labor doesn’t come without potential hazards to those who work the land.
Republican and Democratic senators on Wednesday renewed their drive to make banking easier for marijuana businesses in those U.S. states where the drug is legal.
On May 16, 2017, the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis issued its quarterly Oregon Economic and Revenue Forecast, with the forecast giving a recreational marijuana outlook for the first time in the forecast’s history.
They’re called edibles, and with marijuana now legal in California, they’re sending more and more kids to the emergency room. Now a proposed law that just passed in the Assembly would get the industry to stop making them.
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.
In a Connecticut budget bill introduced on May 16, 2017, Democrats included legalizing, regulating and taxing recreational marijuana. According to the Marijuana Policy Project, the proposal would allow adults 21 and older to buy marijuana from dispensaries.
Concerns from a special interest group and a state agency torpedoed a bill that would expand access to Delaware’s medical marijuana program.
On May 16, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health announced that a recent study shows a majority of patients enrolled in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program have reported medical cannabis benefitting their conditions.
On May 15, 2017, Congressman Tom Garrett, R-Va., announced that he is going to hold a press conference outside of the U.S. Capitol on May 17 to discuss H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.
Sen. Nick Scutari unveiled a 60-page bill to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana use in New Jersey, saying the state spends $127 million a year on enforcement efforts that do not work.
When it comes to marijuana enforcement, it’s no secret that racial disparities persist even though black and white communities use marijuana at similar rates. The most recent reminder of this comes from the Old Dominion State, where Virginia marijuana arrests continue to disproportionately affect black communities.
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.
Minnesota’s two licensed medical marijuana manufacturers have lost a combined $11 million in just two years of sales, according to financial documents obtained by the Associated Press
The application period for Nevada’s early-start marijuana sales is officially underway. The Department of Taxation began accepting applications Monday for businesses wanting to grow, produce and sell recreational marijuana.
Canada’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau is ready to talk Canadian cannabis taxes with the country’s provinces. On May 15, 2017, during a House of Commons meeting for the Standing Committee on Finance, Morneau addressed the Budget Measure Implementation Act and closed his opening remarks with a note on cannabis taxes.
Lawmakers haven’t been able to tighten Massachusetts cannabis regulations in the ballot law after it passed 185 days ago.
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.
On April 21, 2017, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services issued its 2016 annual report on the state’s medical marijuana program, noting that the number of caregivers rose from 2,258 in 2015 to 3,258 in 2016, an increase of 44%.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has positioned itself to benefit from the rising support for marijuana without directly cultivating the plant itself, so as to avoid any legal repercussions.
From fiber to clothes to biomedicine, industrial hemp is fueling new opportunities across the United States, and a newly signed South Carolina hemp bill is going to give South Carolinians the opportunity to enter the re-emerging market of hemp.
Mother’s Day is a day to express your love and if you don’t have a gift yet, Jimmy Kimmel has this creative idea for those who live in legal marijuana states.
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.
New Jersey might get an influx of new medical marijuana patients. On May 11, 2017, the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program Review Panel suggested that the state health commissioner add chronic pain as a qualifying condition.
After months of wrangling, the Colorado city’s proposed rules for social marijuana permits set the stage for July applications.
According to a new poll by SurveyMonkey and BudTrader.com, a medical marijuana marketplace, 87 percent of 152 NFL players support the use of medical marijuana in states where it’s already legal.
Chile has become the first country in Latin America to sell cannabis medicines at pharmacies. The pilot program was launched Wednesday.