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Montana Health Department Drafts Dozens of New Medical Marijuana Rules

Montana Health Department Drafts Dozens of New Medical Marijuana Rules

Montana Health Department Drafts Dozens of New Medical Marijuana Rules

The state health department released a pack of proposed rules for the medical marijuana industry, which will be the subject of a public hearing this month.

Congressman Steve Cohen Grills Jeff Sessions Over Federal Marijuana Laws

Congressman Steve Cohen Grills Jeff Sessions Over Federal Marijuana Laws

Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN 9th District) questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions on America’s marijuana laws and Session’s infamous quote “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

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.

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.

Cannabis in Casinos? Not Until Law Changes, Vegas Congresswoman Says

Cannabis in Casinos? Not Until Law Changes, Vegas Congresswoman Says

Congresswoman Dina Titus voted for the marijuana legalization measure on Nevada’s ballot a year ago. Since then, she has been fighting on Capitol Hill to get the federal government to respect the decision she and a majority of her constituents made to end prohibition.

German Parties Consider Sale of Marijuana in Pharmacies or Dispensaries

German Parties Consider Sale of Marijuana in Pharmacies or Dispensaries

Cannabis reform may be coming to the European Union’s most populous country as German conservatives, the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party continue their talks on forming a coalition government. Part of their discussions include an agreement on fully legalizing marijuana and selling the drug through pharmacies or licensed dispensaries.

Lawmakers: Feds Should Research Medical Marijuana for Military Vets

Lawmakers: Feds Should Research Medical Marijuana for Military Vets

A group of 10 U.S. House members is pushing the Trump administration to begin researching medical marijuana’s potential benefits for military veterans struggling to cope with war wounds.

Sessions 'Can't Comment' On Rumors Of Marijuana Crackdown Plans

Jeff Sessions ‘Can’t Comment’ on Rumors of Marijuana Crackdown Plans

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization. But in a radio interview on Thursday he was guarded about the Trump administration’s plans to push back against the growing number of states that are ending cannabis prohibition.

GOP Congressman Wants Trump to Help Legalize Medical Marijuana

GOP Congressman Wants Trump to Help Legalize Medical Marijuana

Rep. Matt Gaetz has been in Congress for less than a year, but the Florida Congressman has already become one of the House’s foremost leaders working to reform federal marijuana policies. Just one problem: GOP leadership doesn’t seem especially interested in giving the issue a fair shake.

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.

Unlikely Allies Eye Vote to Legalize Cannabis in New Zealand

Unlikely Allies Eye Vote to Legalize Cannabis in New Zealand

New Zealand could become the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize cannabis for personal use after an unlikely alliance of populist, centrist and leftist parties put drug policy immediately on the agenda of the incoming government.

West Virginia Medical Marijuana Regulators Want Input From Residents Right Now

West Virginia Medical Marijuana Regulators Want Resident Input Right Now

West Virginia medical marijuana may not be a reality for another two years, but state regulators are ready to start calculating the supply and demand needs of Mountain State patients.

Sen. Orrin Hatch Makes the Case for Medicinal Marijuana

Sen. Orrin Hatch Makes the Case for Medicinal Marijuana

In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday morning, Senator Orrin Hatch made the case for medical marijuana. During the hearing Hatch questioned U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about a path forward for marijuana research.

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.

Big Tobacco Claims the Govt. is Playing Favourites With Cannabis Companies

Big Tobacco Claims the Govt. is Playing Favourites With Cannabis Companies

It is perhaps an overstatement to say that Big Tobacco is unhappy with weed becoming legal — after all, they claim that marijuana isn’t a substance that can act as a substitute for tobacco consumption.

Survey: 11% of Government Employees in D.C. Area Have Bought Legal Pot

Survey: 11% of Government Employees in D.C. Area Have Bought Legal Pot

Washington, D.C., isn’t a large market for the cannabis industry, but it could be very influential with regards to legalization. It turns out that quite a few cannabis buyers are government employees, according to new research.

Medical Marijuana in Montana Ready to Give Slight Boost to State Coffers

Medical Marijuana in Montana Ready to Give Slight Boost to State Coffers

It looks like the enhanced legalization of medical marijuana in Montana will boost the Treasure State’s coffers this year, with sales increasing the amount of money in Montana’s general fund.

Wisconsin Lawmakers Lobby for Bill That Would Allow Farmers to Grow Hemp

Wisconsin Lawmakers Lobby for Bill That Would Allow Farmers to Grow Hemp

On Oct. 10, 2017, Wisconsin lawmakers lobbied for a bill that would permit farmers to cultivate hemp in The Badger State.

North Dakota Counties Probe Potential Issues With Legalization of Medical Marijuana

North Dakota Counties Probe Potential Issues With Legalization of MMJ

With the clock ticking on the implementation of medical marijuana in North Dakota, county officials are examining the potential issues that may arise.

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.

Canada Proposes Federal Pot Excise Tax, Provinces React With Caution

Canada Proposes Federal Pot Excise Tax, Provinces React With Caution

Canada is proposing a federal excise tax on marijuana to help ease the path to legalizing the drug, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, drawing a cautious response from provinces that would oversee the process.

Washington State Officials Met With Feds to Talk Cannabis Policy

Washington State Officials Met With Feds to Talk Cannabis Policy

Officials with the offices of Inslee, Ferguson, the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board and the Department of Financial Institutions went to Washington, D.C., to meet with Department of Justice officials on Sept. 29, 2017, to discuss state and federal cannabis policy.

This Is Why Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Passed City Council Unanimously

This Is Why Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Passed City Council Unanimously

After months of local and committee debate, Atlanta marijuana decriminalization is now a reality in Georgia’s capital. The Atlanta City Council approved the decriminalization ordinance on Oct. 2, 2017, reducing the penalty of simple marijuana possession from a $1,000 fine and up to six months in prison to a $75 fine and no imprisonment.

Nevada’s Pot Gamble Brings in Cannabis Tax Revenue Payout

Nevada’s Pot Gamble Brings in Cannabis Tax Revenue Payout

Nevada took a chance on recreational cannabis this summer, and it looks like the payout is huge. In its first month of adult-use sales, Nevada raked in nearly $3.68 million in cannabis tax revenue

Fearful of Losing Grant Money, Albuquerque Denies Medical Marijuana Bus Ads

Fearful of Losing Funding, Albuquerque Denies Medical Marijuana Bus Ads

The city of Albuquerque has denied a New Mexico medical marijuana provider the chance to advertise their business on city buses. Citing federal funding concerns, Ultra Health, the state’s top medical marijuana company, will have to forego plans to promote its business via the ABQ Ride Buses.

Los Angeles City Council Committee Approves Revised Cannabis Regulations

Los Angeles City Council Committee Approves Revised Cannabis Regulations

On Sept. 25, 2017, a Los Angeles City Council committee approved revised draft regulations for the city’s cannabis industry. While the original draft regulations were released on June 8, the revised version wasn’t released until Sept. 22, giving industry members little time to prepare for the meeting on Sept. 25.

Trump Extends Cannabis Protections 'Til December as Plans for Study, States Remain Hazy

Trump Extends Cannabis Protections ‘Til December as Plans for Study

In his temporary budget-dealing with Democrats, President Trump has agreed to continue a ban on using federal funds to interfere in states’ legal cannabis practices, but as 2018 nears, a government stance is largely still up in the air.

Tennessee Medical Cannabis Task Force Tackles First Official Meeting

Tennessee Medical Cannabis Task Force Tackles First Official Meeting

On Sept. 21, 2017, the Tennessee medical cannabis task force, created by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and State House Speaker Beth Harwell, met for the first time to discuss legalization.


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