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.
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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.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Terra Tech Corp. (OTCQX:TRTC) (“Terra Tech” or the “Company”), a vertically integrated cannabis-focused agriculture company, today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors (“the Board”) has initiated several enhancements to its corporate governance program to assist the Board in the exercise of its responsibilities to the Company and its stockholders.
On Oct. 8, 2015, the Vermont Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules voted unanimously to approve a set of rules that would, among other things, protect hemp farmers from excessive regulation and allow for marijuana deliveries.
In South Carolina, the Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee voted unanimously to advance S672, a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. The five-person panel came to the decision after a two-hour hearing where panel members heard from both opponents and supporters of the bill.
Back in May the Pennsylvania Senate passed SB 3, a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. However, in the intervening weeks, the bill stalled in the House Health Committee due to the refusal of Rep. Matt Baker, the committee chair, to consider it.
Marijuana advocates in Maine were disappointed last Thursday to find out members of a legislative committee voted to reject a bill that sought to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
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.
Republican Rep. Matt Baker is ardently anti-marijuana and in order for SB 3 to make it to the House floor, it will have to go through the Health Committee, which Baker chairs.
“Is medical marijuana right for me?” American war veterans can ask that question, but doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs are banned by the federal government from answering.
Earlier this week, on May 20, 2015, a group Maine legislators came together to discuss an important issue: legalizing recreational marijuana.
After more than a year of legislative struggle, the Colorado legislature has finally passed a bill aimed at reforming the state’s loosely regulated medical marijuana caregiver system.