Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, welcomed passage of legislation to extend protections for state medical marijuana programs through December 8.
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, today condemned the decision by House Rules Committee leadership to block their amendment that prevents the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana laws.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) executive director Aaron Smith issued the statement below in response to a late-night vote by the House Rules Committee to block the full House from voting on medical marijuana protections and several other cannabis-related amendments during its upcoming consideration of the omnibus Appropriations bill.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The U.S. House Rules Committee moved on Wednesday evening to block floor consideration of an amendment to continue an existing rider preventing the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana laws.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — A Dept. of Justice task force subcommittee on marijuana policy is not recommending any policy changes that would target state-legal marijuana programs or businesses operating in compliance with state laws, according to a report by the Associated Press.
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith issued the below statement in response to the Senate Appropriations Committee’s approval by voice vote today for the renewal of medical marijuana protections in the Department of Justice budget.
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — This morning, the Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to include an amendment introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (R-VT) in the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
On July 25, 2017, the House Rules Committee blocked the Veterans Equal Access amendment, an amendment allowing veterans medical marijuana access in legal states, from proceeding to the House floor for consideration.
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, condemned the House Rules Committee decision to block his amendment to make it easier for qualified veterans to access state-legal medical marijuana.
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.
ALBANY, N.Y., March 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The New York State Department of Health today announced several enhancements to the state’s Medical Marijuana Program that will improve patient access. These measures include authorizing physician assistants to certify patients and adding chronic pain as a qualifying condition.
DENVER, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — MassRoots, Inc. (OTCQB:MSRT), one of the leading technology platforms for the cannabis industry, is pleased to report its monthly page views have increased 68% month over month.
ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The New York State Department of Health today announced several enhancements to the state’s Medical Marijuana Program that will improve access for patients, streamline production, increase choice and help lead to reduced costs.
On Dec. 1, 2016, the New York State Department of Health announced that it will be adding chronic pain to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.
NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The New York State Department of Health today announced that chronic pain will be added as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana.
Cayman Islands Gov. Helen Kilpatrick approved a bill last week that amends the Misuse of Drugs Law, allowing for medical cannabis oil to be imported and dispensed for medicinal purposes.
On Nov. 8, 2016, Florida voters overwhelmingly voted to approve Amendment 2, a ballot amendment that will legalize medical marijuana in the state.
On Oct. 23, 2016, Jimmy Buffet announced his support for Amendment 2, an amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida, as well as his opposition to Amendment 1, an amendment that would give Florida additional oversight of customer-owned solar energy.
On Oct. 13, 2016, the Arkansas Supreme Court denied a petition to remove Issue 6, a constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, from the November ballot.
A St. Louis man had no legal right under a Missouri pro-farming law to grow a crop of marijuana plants in his Carondelet neighborhood home, a judge has ruled.
On Sept. 28, 2016, the United States Congress passed a stop-gap funding bill to keep the federal government operating through December; however, conspicuously absent from the bill was the Veterans Equal Access Amendment, a measure that would allow doctors with Veterans Affairs to recommend medical marijuana to veterans.
Florida voters are poised to make some patients in the state users of medical marijuana.
The Ohio Supreme Court is making moves to change the professional rules of conduct for lawyers in the state to allow them to represent medical marijuana businesses.
A ballot amendment legalizing medical marijuana in the state of Missouri has failed to qualify for the November ballot.
On July 9, 2016, the Democratic Party endorsed an amendment in its party platform for the removal of marijuana from the list of Schedule I narcotics in the Controlled Substances Act, as well as providing a path for the federal legalization of marijuana.
A poorly drafted proposal that simply goes too far, and will have far reaching, unintended consequences harming Colorado’s medical marijuana patients, public safety, and economy.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Recent actions by congressional leadership have derailed two commonsense, majority-favored marijuana policy reform proposals that had been expected to pass through the appropriations process. Today, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) called on members of Congress to work to restore those provisions as the budget negotiation process continues.
On June 21, 2016, the House Committee on Rules blocked an amendment to H.R. 5485, the Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, that would have prohibited regulators from penalizing financial institutions that provide services to state-legal marijuana businesses.
Ohioans for Medical Marijuana announced on May 28, 2016, that it was no longer pursuing a constitutional ballot amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio. The news came days after the Ohio state legislature passed HB 523, a bill legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio.
In Florida, opponents of marijuana reform have released their first attack ad against Amendment 2, a ballot amendment which would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
On April 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted the Department of Justice’s motion to dismiss the agency’s own appeal of the Shaw decision, a decision made by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer on Oct. 19, 2015, that narrowed the scope of an injunction against Lynnette Shaw.
On March 11, 2016, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected summary language for a proposed ballot amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
On March 1, 2016, the Marijuana Policy Project released the language for a constitutional ballot amendment that would legalize marijuana in the state of Ohio.
Advocates in Ohio are taking another crack at marijuana reform. According to Cleveland.com, the Marijuana Policy Project is spearheading a campaign to legalize medical marijuana in the state.
A constitutional ballot amendment legalizing recreational marijuana and industrial hemp in New Mexico has failed to gain approval from state lawmakers.
In Florida, a constitutional ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in the state has officially garnered the number of signatures required to qualify for the 2016 ballot.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2015 /Weed Wire/ — Congress passed a must-pass spending bill this morning that contained various drug policy reforms; including language that stops the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice from spending money to block the implementation of state medical marijuana laws.
In Pennsylvania, an amendment is making its way through the House of Representatives that would drastically alter Senate Bill 3, a bill which would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
On Dec. 1, 2015, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board adopted an amendment regarding license conditions for its final marijuana regulations, requiring business license applicants to be full-time residents of the state.
In last week’s city council meeting, commissioner Dan Saltzman proposed amending legislation to create a “green light district” in the downtown region.
On July 30, 2015, Reps. Sam Farr, D-Calif., and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., sent a letter to the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Justice, the agency’s internal oversight office.
On July 30, 2015, ResponsibleOhio submitted 95,572 signatures in an attempt to get its marijuana legalization ballot amendment to qualify for the 2015 election
Backers of a proposed marijuana legalization amendment filed 95,572 additional signatures with the state this afternoon, likely enough to qualify the issue for the Nov. 3 ballot.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment with a vote of 16-14 aimed at protecting marijuana businesses and allowing access to banking services. Federal agencies would not be able to use federal funds to punish financial institutions for doing business with the marijuana industry.
In Ohio, a handful of marijuana legalization groups are scrambling to get their competing voter initiatives on the ballot for 2016. ResponsibleOhio is the most notable of these groups and has drawn heavy criticism from both sides of the debate.
As Oregon prepares for the legalization of recreational marijuana on July 1, 2015, state legislators are considering making changes to how recreational marijuana is taxed. Those in support of the changes see it as a more workable solution than a harvest tax, but those in opposition see it as just another cash grab by politicians.
On June 3, 2015, The United States House of Representatives voted to reauthorize an amendment that would prevent federal authorities from interfering with medical marijuana businesses in states where the substance is legal.
Last week, on May 25, 2015, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted to approve an amendment that would allow VA doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to veterans.
A Missouri woman recently claimed Missouri’s “Right to Farm” constitutional provision as a defense in a felony prosecution for growing nine marijuana plants in her basement.
The former top lawyer at Kroger is investing in the Butler County farm that will grow marijuana if Ohio voters approve a constitutional amendment to legalize the drug.