Sue Sisley’s Letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs

On Aug. 6, 2017, Sue Sisley, M.D., sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin to request that he stop the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s obstruction of the first clinical trial to study the effects of medical cannabis in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans.

Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton’s Letter to Jeff Sessions

On Aug. 16, 2017, Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to explain how OSP is collecting data to determine enforcement and societal trends that have resulted since Oregon legalized recreational cannabis in 2014.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s Letter to Jeff Sessions

On Aug. 1, 2017, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking Sessions to release recommendations on marijuana, violent crime and immigration policies from the Department of Justice’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.

Economic Impact of Recreational Cannabis in Colorado Springs

On July 27, 2017, Citizens for Safer Neighborhoods, a group of local business people advocating for a recreational market in Colorado Springs, released “The Economic Impact of Allowing Retail Marijuana Establishments in Colorado Springs,” a study conducted by Professor Jack Strauss at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.

Cristina Barbuto vs. Advantage Sales and Marketing

On July 17, 2017, in Cristina Barbuto vs. Advantage Sales and Marketing, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a Massachusetts medical marijuana patient could sue her employer for handicap discrimination after she was fired for being a registered medical marijuana patient.

Letter from US Senators to Jeff Sessions Regarding Hemp

On June 30, 2017, a group of United States Senators sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ask for the Department of Justice’s assurance that it follow the Consolidated Appropriates Act 2017 and not use funds to punish financial institutions that handle accounts for industrial hemp companies permitted under the 2014 Farm Bill.

Vermont Medical Marijuana Expansion Act

When Gov. Phil Scott signed S.16 on June 8, 2017, it became Act No. 65, expanding Vermont’s medical marijuana program by adding conditions to the list of conditions that qualify a patient for the medical marijuana registry, allowing a fifth registered dispensary and permitting each dispensary to have two locations.

Los Angeles City Controller’s Letter on Dispensary Map

On June 7, 2017, Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin sent a letter to the Los Angeles Mayor and City Council on the Controller’s Office creating a website to map marijuana dispensaries operating in the city of Los Angeles with current Business Tax Registration Certificates, those dispensaries that formerly held BTRCs and those dispensaries that have been subject to actions by the L.A. City Attorney’s Office.

Georgia Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill 2017

On May 9, 2017, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 16, a medical cannabis expansion bill that adds six new conditions to the list of conditions that qualify for low-thc oil in the state and allows hospice patients, regardless of diagnosis, to possess up to 20 ounces of low-thc oil.

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