On April 25, 2017, ASTM International, an international voluntary consensus standards organization, announced that its board of directors had approved the formation of a cannabis committee, signaling the professional development of global standards for the legal cannabis industry.
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W. CONSHOHOCKEN,Penn., April 25, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — ASTM International, one of the world’s leading standards organizations, announced today that its board of directors has approved the formation of a committee on cannabis (D37). The organization also announced that the committee will hold its first official meeting June 11-12 in Toronto.
On April 19, 2017, the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions advised judges in California that holding a financial interest in any marijuana-related venture, whether medical or recreational, would violate the California Code of Judicial Ethics.
On April 17, 2017, the Ohio legislature’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review voted to finalize the rules and regulations for the state’s medical marijuana cultivators.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 12, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — On April 11, 2017, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance establishing a limited term, non-personal cannabis cultivation and related Operations Registry Program within the unincorporated areas of the county.
In Oregon, a state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would funnel more marijuana tax revenue into mental health services. Introduced by Sen. Jeff Kruse, Senate Bill 845 would shift marijuana tax revenue away from the Common School Fund and into mental health and addiction treatment services.
On April 3, 2017, the Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 406, a bill regulating the state’s emerging medical marijuana market.
All across the state of California, some cities and municipalities have chosen to ignore federal immigration policy, each declaring themselves a “sanctuary city” of immigrants. Now one state lawmaker wants to make California a sanctuary state for legal marijuana.
On March 27, 2017, members of Maine’s Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services heard testimony in favor of LD 764, a bill that would allow medical marijuana patients to receive organ transplants.
On March 22, 2017, the Vermont House Judiciary Committee voted 8-3 to advance H. 170, a bill that would legalize the use of recreational marijuana in the state.
On March 21, 2017, California Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula, presented a resolution to the Senate Standing Committee on Public Safety that would have the California State Legislature urge the United States Congress to pass legislation to reschedule marijuana and have President Donald Trump sign it.
The Florida Senate is approximately two weeks away from passing a bill that would regulate its newly minted medical marijuana program.
Nevada residents convicted of simple marijuana possession could get a new lease on life if one state lawmaker gets his way. Introduced by Assemblyman William McCurdy II, Assembly Bill 259 would vacate the convictions of Nevada residents who had been caught with one ounce or less of marijuana before Jan. 1, 2017.
Although hopes for legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico have been sidelined until the next legislative session, marijuana advocates might yet score a legislative victory in the Land of Enchantment.
On March 2, 2017, the Arkansas Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor voted to approve two bills that would limit the methods for consuming medical marijuana.
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Penn., March 1, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Pending approval from its board of directors, ASTM International announced yesterday the launch of a new committee focused on creating technical standards and guidance materials for cannabis and its products and processes.
On Feb. 21, 2017, the Iowa House Public Safety Committee voted to advance HSB 132, a bill that would slightly expand the state’s limited medical marijuana program and leave room for further expansion down the road.
As governor of the first state to implement legalized recreational cannabis, Gov. John Hickenlooper has priceless insight when it comes to state regulation and taxation of recreational cannabis and now California is ready to learn from him.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who has become a legislative leader when it comes to the unique hurdles that occur with legalization of recreational marijuana, will kick off Tuesday’s Senate Oversight Hearing on cannabis taxes and regulatory timelines.
On Feb. 8, 2017, the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee voted to endorse Senate Bill 8, a bill that would, among many other changes, allow United States military veterans residing in New Mexico to use medical marijuana, regardless of diagnosis.
New Hampshire’s House of Representatives is currently considering a bill that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana and the bill is garnering strong bipartisan support.
A Utah proposal that would allow universities to study medical marijuana has cleared its first committee meeting.
In an effort to help reduce the use of opioids among injured players, the NFL Players Association is actively studying medical marijuana as an alternative tool in pain management, as reported by The Washington Post.
On Sept. 23, 2016, Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced eight appointments to the 14-member state Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee.
Legislators in the state of Wyoming are considering reducing the penalties for simple marijuana possession. The consideration comes after legislators failed to impose penalties on those caught possessing edible marijuana products in the previous legislative session.
On Aug. 23, 2016, a Memphis City Council committee voted 5-2 to pass a marijuana decriminalization ordinance to decriminalize simple possession.
On Aug. 17, 2016, a new poll announced that residents of Los Angeles overwhelmingly support policy reform to allow patients access to medical marijuana delivery in the city.
According to state campaign finance records, the trust of Carol Jenkins Barnett, daughter of Publix founder George Jenkins, has donated $800,000 to the Drug Free Florida Committee, the group responsible for defeating the 2014 effort to legalize medical marijuana.
On July 27, 2016, the County of Sonoma in California will hold the first of three medical marijuana town hall meetings to receive input on marijuana regulations in Districts 3-5 of unincorporated Sonoma County.
On June 25, 2016, the Democratic National Committee approved a party platform plank that called for reform of the nation’s marijuana laws.
On June 14, 2016, at 10 a.m. ET, The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s Policy Committee will meet at the Maryland Healthcare Commission in Baltimore to consider amendments to the state’s medical cannabis law.
On May 5, 2016, the Ohio House Select Committee on Medical Marijuana voted to clear HB 523, a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state of Ohio.
On May 3, 2016, the Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee voted 8-6 approve SB 271, which, among other things, would expand the number of qualifying conditions for the state’s limited medical marijuana program.
On April 26, 2016, the Michigan House of Representatives voted 107-1 to approve a measure that would create a legislative commission aimed at setting a legal limit for drivers under the influence of marijuana.
In Georgia, one small city hopes to be the first in the state to decriminalize the possession of marijuana.
In Minnesota, lawmakers are considering SF 2767, a bill that would make several modifications to the state’s medical marijuana laws.
On March 29, 2016, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 1511, approving medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon to sell edibles and extracts to anyone 21 and older.
In Georgia, a state lawmaker is making a last ditch effort to expand the state’s medical marijuana laws.
PORTLAND, Oreg., March 4, 2016/ Weed Wire/ — The OLCC is sponsoring a Business Advisory Committee that includes members of the recreational marijuana industry and business services that support the industry.
The Vermont Senate Appropriations Committee has cleared SB 137, a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in small amounts.
PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 17, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The OLCC is sponsoring a Public Safety, Education & Enforcement Committee, to gather law enforcement professionals from around the state to discuss public safety-related issues and coordination needs in implementing OLCC’s recreational marijuana program.
On Feb. 11, 2016, Joseph Pollock, deputy administrator of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, reported to the Legislative Interim Finance Committee that there are 14,000 patients with medical marijuana cards in the state, with that number expected to grow to 60,000.
A bill which would allow terminally ill patients to have access to medical marijuana has advanced in the Florida State Senate.
On Jan. 29, 2016, the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-1 to move a bill forward that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on the Judiciary voted to dilute the will of District voters who approved Ballot Initiative 71 by passing unnecessary legislation largely outlawing adult marijuana use in the District.
The rollout of Florida’s limited, CBD-only, medical marijuana program has been fraught with legal delays and now the process stands to take even longer.
On Dec. 10, 2015, the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on the Judiciary held a public hearing to discuss the Marijuana Decriminalization Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2015, a temporary law that bans marijuana consumption in private clubs.
Oregon is certainly setting a high bar for what a profitable and well-regulated recreational market could look like for the industry; however, there are still a few features of the market in Washington that recreational customers have an appetite for that remains to be filled.
TRENTON, N.J., Nov. 13, 2015 /Weed Wire/ — On Monday, November 16th, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold the first-ever hearing on marijuana legalization in New Jersey.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2015 /Weed Wire/ — The Senate today passed the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, which includes language to allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal.