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Utah's Republicans Rejected Medical Marijuana at State Convention

Utah’s Republicans Rejected Medical Marijuana at State Convention

Utah’s Republicans Rejected Medical Marijuana at State Convention

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.

South Dakota Marijuana Legalization Petition Approved by State Attorney General

South Dakota Marijuana Legalization Petition Approved by State Attorney General

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.

Coloradan Members of Congress Intro Bill to Respect State Marijuana Laws

Coloradan Members of Congress Intro Bill to Respect State Marijuana Laws

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.

California Bill Would Ban Marijuana Edibles

California Bill Would Ban Marijuana Edibles

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.

Proposed Connecticut Budget Bill Adds Cannabis Legalization

Proposed Connecticut Budget Bill Adds Cannabis Legalization

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.

Congressman to Hold Press Conference on Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017

Congressman to Talk Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act

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. Scutari Unveils Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in NJ

Sen. Scutari Unveils Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in New Jersey

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.

Finance Minister to Talk Canadian Cannabis Taxes This Summer

Finance Minister to Talk Canadian Cannabis Taxes This Summer

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.

Farmers Breathe Hope: South Carolina Hemp Bill Signed by Governor

Farmers Breathe Hope: South Carolina Hemp Bill Signed by Governor

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.

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.

California Governor Allotting $1.5M for Emerald Triangle Cannabis Cleanup

California Governor Allotting $1.5M for Emerald Triangle Cannabis Cleanup

On May 10, 2017, California Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, announced that California Gov. Jerry Brown will allot $1.5 million from California’s state budget to cover an Emerald Triangle cannabis cleanup of illegal grow sites in Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino Counties.

New York Senate Health Committee Passes Medical Cannabis Bill for PTSD

New York Senate Health Committee Passes Medical Cannabis Bill for PTSD

On May 9, 2017, the New York Senate Health Committee passed Senate Bill 5629, which would consider post-traumatic stress disorder an eligible condition for the state’s medical marijuana program.

Group Gathers at Texas State Capitol to Push for MMJ Legislation

Group Gathers at Texas State Capitol to Push for MMJ Legislation

Patients, caregivers and advocates are hoping to keep HB 2107 alive by gathering at the Texas State Capitol. They are urging members of the House Calendars Committee to schedule a vote on the bill, which would patients suffering from more than 22 conditions including cancer, HIV, Crohn’s Disease and PTSD to use medicinal marijuana.

Judge: San Diego DA Must Return MedWest Family's Personal Savings

Judge: San Diego DA Must Return MedWest Family’s Personal Savings

On May 5, 2017, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Tamila E. Ipema ordered local District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis to return the $100,693.85 in personal savings seized from James Slatic, former owner of MedWest Distribution, and his family. The money was originally seized on Feb. 2, 2016, following a raid on Slatic’s medical marijuana business on Jan. 28.

‘Early start’ program for Nevada recreational marijuana sales OK’d

‘Early Start’ Program for Nevada Recreational Marijuana Sales OK’d

Licensed Nevada medical marijuana facilities in good standing with state agencies will be allowed to start recreational marijuana sales on July 1, according to the industry’s new state regulating body.

Future of Medical Marijuana Clouded by Trump's Signing Statement

Future of Medical Marijuana Clouded by Trump’s Signing Statement

On May 5, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the 2017 omnibus funding bill, covering the federal government’s funding through Sept. 30. The bill contains a provision that bans the Department of Justice from using funds to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized medical marijuana; however, Trump issued a signing statement that has clouded the future of medical marijuana.

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.

Arkansas Regulators Approve Emergency Medical Marijuana Rules

Arkansas Regulators Approve Emergency Medical Marijuana Rules

On May 3, 2017, the executive subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council approved emergency medical marijuana rules for the state, governing the implementation of regulatory oversight, the application process and medical marijuana registration, testing and labeling.

Maryland Auditor: Cannabis Commission Bungled Evaluation Contract

Maryland Auditor: Cannabis Commission Bungled Evaluation Contract

On May 3, 2017, the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits released a fiscal compliance audit of the state’s regulatory services, including an examination of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s contracting of Towson University’s Regional Economic Studies Institute to process and evaluate applications for cultivation, processing and dispensing.

North Carolina Marijuana Legalization Garners Major Voter Support

North Carolina Marijuana Legalization Garners Major Voter Support

According to a recent poll published by Elon University, North Carolina marijuana legalization is gaining momentum, with more than half of the state’s citizens ready to legalize the plant for medicinal purposes.

DOJ Reminder: No Bankruptcy Protection for Marijuana Businesses

DOJ Reminder: No Bankruptcy Protection for Marijuana Businesses

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., co-sponsor of a bill to end federal prohibition of marijuana, is preparing to educate lawmakers on Capitol Hill about marijuana policy, on May 3, 2017, and it seems the event may have another major talking point to address: bankruptcy protection for marijuana businesses.

Congressman Bringing Marijuana Policy Event to Capitol Hill

Congressman Bringing Marijuana Policy Event to Capitol Hill

In an effort to educate lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., co-sponsor of a bill to end federal prohibition of marijuana, recently announced that he will be hosting The Marijuana Big Thinker Talks on May 3, 2017, at the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer in Washington, D.C.

Federal Funding Bill Extends Protection for State-Legal Medical Marijuana

Federal Funding Bill Extends Protection for State-Legal Medical Marijuana

With top members of Congress agreeing to a funding bill on April 30, 2017, the federal government should be able to avoid a shutdown and state-legal medical marijuana programs should have extended protection from federal enforcement actions.

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.

Hickenlooper Doesn't Foresee Sessions Cracking Down on State-Legal Marijuana

Hickenlooper Doesn’t Foresee Sessions Cracking Down on Legal Marijuana

On April 27, 2017, in an interview with Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper recounted a recent talk he had with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and indicated that he doesn’t foresee Sessions cracking down on state-legal marijuana.

Maryland Governor Orders Disparity Study on State's MMJ Program

Maryland Governor Orders Disparity Study on State’s MMJ Program

On April 27, 2017, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he had ordered the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs to launch a disparity study on the state’s medical marijuana program.

Pennsylvania Processing Hundreds of Medical Marijuana Applications

Pennsylvania Processing Hundreds of Medical Marijuana Applications

On April 27, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health provided an update on its medical marijuana program, announcing that it has currently received over 500 medical marijuana applications from prospective growers, processors and dispensaries.

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.

District Attorneys: Federal Enforcement Preempts State-Legal Marijuana

District Attorneys: Federal Enforcement Preempts State-Legal Marijuana

On April 20, 2017, the National District Attorneys Association announced that it had released “Marijuana Policy: The State and Local Prosecutors’ Perspective,” a white paper that argues federal drug policy should be enforced in state-legal marijuana markets in the United States.

Massachusetts lawmakers debate tax on recreational marijuana

Massachusetts Lawmakers Debate Tax on Recreational Marijuana

Western Massachusetts sheriff’s want the state to use marijuana tax revenues to help combat the state’s deadly opioid addiction crisis. The bill under consideration would impose a 17% tax on marijuana.

Poll: US Voters Support Legalization and Oppose Federal Meddling

Poll: US Voters Support Legalization and Oppose Federal Meddling

On April 20, 2017, Quinnipiac University announced the results of its latest national poll and found that 60% of American voters believe marijuana use should be legalized in the United States, the greatest level of federal legalization support ever recorded by Quinnipiac.

Mountain State Medicine: West Virginia Governor Legalizes Medical Cannabis

Mountain State Medicine: West Virginia Governor Legalizes Medical Cannabis

On April 19, 2017, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 386, also known as the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, legalizing medical cannabis as a treatment option for patients suffering from one of several qualifying conditions.

Atlanta Delays Marijuana Decriminalization Decision

Atlanta Delays Marijuana Decriminalization Decision

On April 18, 2017, members of the Atlanta City Council withdrew their support from Ordinance 17-O-1152, a statute that would have decriminalized marijuana in Georgia’s captial. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, the council opted to refer the ordinance to the Public Safety Committee.


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