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Federal Marijuana Does Not Test Well

Federal Marijuana Does Not Test Well

Federal Marijuana Does Not Test Well

Marijuana grown by the federal government for research purposes does not have the same quality as the pot from other sources. Until recently, the U.S. federal government had to grow all the marijuana that would be used in scientific research, but researchers have found the government’s pot to be, essentially, irrelevant.

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.

Marijuana Legalization in Rhode Island Gaining New Detractors, Supporters

Marijuana Legalization in Rhode Island Gaining New Detractors, Supporters

The issue of whether or not to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol in Rhode Island is gaining additional detractors — and continued staunch supporters.

Colorado Senate Approves Marijuana Clubs

Colorado Senate Approves Marijuana Clubs

The Colorado Senate has approved marijuana clubs, where members can bring their own pot, according to a March 9, 2017, article by the Associated Press. Under the senate bill, the marijuana clubs would only be permitted to serve light snacks. Alcohol would be prohibited. However, Gov. John Hickenlooper has suggested he might veto the bill.

Why Trump Could Be Good For The Cannabis Industry

Why Trump Could Be Good For The Cannabis Industry

“The Trump effect is good news for the cannabis industry,” said lawyer Lawrence Horwitz at the California Cannabis Business Expo in San Diego on Monday. That comment shocked many attendees who fear that the Trump administration is going to crack down on recreational marijuana.

Israel gives green light to decriminalize marijuana use

Israel Gives Green Light to Decriminalize Marijuana Use

The Israeli government voted on Sunday in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining some U.S. states and European countries who have adopted a similar approach.

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.

Is Money Influencing Some Florida Lawmakers to Limit the Market?

Is Money Influencing Some Florida Lawmakers to Limit the Market?

Some key lawmakers in Florida’s weed wars are already seeing the green from it, as money is being funneled into the pockets of the very people who are writing the rules on legal pot.

Houston-Area District Attorney Reduces Penalty For Marijuana Possession

Houston-Area District Attorney Reduces Penalty For Marijuana Possession

If law enforcement officers in Harris County, Texas, find someone in possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, the officers will take the marijuana and require the possessor to sign a contract to attend a drug-education class. Kim Ogg, the District Attorney of Harris County, Texas, has decided as of March 1, 2017, she will no longer prosecute most marijuana cases.

Legislation Introduced to Federally Decriminalize Marijuana

Legislation Introduced to Decriminalize Marijuana Federally

On Feb. 27, 2017, Congressman Tom Garrett, R-Va., introduced the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017,” to the House of Representatives. If passed, the bill, H.R. 1227, would decriminalize marijuana federally by removing it from the federal controlled substances list.

Sessions Articulates His Stance on Marijuana And Federal Law

Sessions Articulates His Stance on Marijuana And Federal Law

During a Feb. 27, 2017, meeting with reporters at the U.S. Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a new explanation of his views on marijuana and federal law. “Most of you probably know I don’t think America is going to be a better place when more people of all ages and particularly young people start smoking pot,” Sessions said.

Colorado Governor Raises States' Rights in Interview on Federal Anti-Pot Laws

Colorado Governor Raises States’ Rights in Interview on Federal Anti-Pot Laws

In a nationally broadcast interview on Feb. 26, 2017, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said his state has sovereignty on matters of marijuana, despite the federal government’s anti-pot laws and the new attorney general’s stance as a weed opponent. Hickenlooper was a guest on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Cannabis Caucus Weighs in on Potential Threat to Legal Pot

Cannabis Caucus Weighs in on Potential Threat to Legal Cannabis

The newly formed House Cannabis Caucus, co-launched by Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young, responded Thursday to a statement from a White House spokesman about potentially increasing federal prosecution of recreational smokers.

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.

Lawmakers to re-write Massachusetts marijuana law

Lawmakers to Rewrite Massachusetts Marijuana Law

The Massachusetts House and Senate created a new “Committee on Marijuana Policy” to take a second look at the recreational pot law. Top state leaders have several concerns, from public safety to the tax structure, to the number of pot plants someone can grow at home.

Georgia Senate Bill Places New Restriction on THC Levels in Cannabis Oil

Georgia Senate Bill Places New Restriction on THC Levels in Cannabis Oil

The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that would require a reduction in the amount of THC in cannabis oil. Senate Bill 16 reduces the amount of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, allowed in cannabis oil from 5 percent to 3 percent. However, the bill also adds a medical condition, autism, to the eight legal uses of medical marijuana established in 2015.

Houston area to decriminalize some low-level marijuana possession

Houston Area to Decriminalize Some Low-Level Marijuana Possession

More than two dozen U.S. states have legalized some form of marijuana for medical or recreational use, but the drug remains illegal at the federal level and in Texas. On Thursday, Houston officials announced the city will decriminalize low-level marijuana possession.

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Aims to Shape the Future of Cannabis Policy

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Aims to Shape Future of Cannabis Policy

On Feb. 16, 2017, the Congressional Cannabis Caucus held a press conference in Washington, D.C., to address the future of cannabis policy reform in the United States.

Poll: Iowans Increasingly Support Medical Marijuana

Poll: Iowans Increasingly Support Medical Marijuana

Iowans are increasingly supportive of medical marijuana. A new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll found 80 percent of adult Iowans approve of medical marijuana legalization. Iowa has a medical marijuana program, but it only allows people with epilepsy to use low-THC marijuana oil—and that program will expire during the summer of 2017.

Advocates in Action: Livestream the Congressional Cannabis Caucus

Advocates in Action: Livestream the Congressional Cannabis Caucus

On Feb. 16, 2017, the Congressional Cannabis Caucus will be in Washington, D.C., to host a press conference at 2 p.m. on the future of states’ rights and federal cannabis reform, with a livestream of the event available for those who are unable to attend.

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.

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Calls For Legalization of Marijuana

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Calls For Legalization of Marijuana

A justice on the Brazilian Supreme Court has called for the legalization of marijuana and even harder drugs as a means to ending violence among drug gangs, according to a Feb. 10, 2017, article from Reuters. The justice, Roberto Barroso, is a constitutional law professor who was educated at Yale University in the United States.


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