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Standards Go Global: ASTM Forming Cannabis Committee

Standards Go Global: ASTM Forming Cannabis Committee

Standards Go Global: ASTM Forming Cannabis Committee

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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ASTM – Cannabis Standards Group Approved, Launches June 11 in Canada

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.

Judges in California Advised Not to Invest in Legal Marijuana

Judges in California Advised Not to Invest in Legal Marijuana

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.

Santa Barbara County Launches Cannabis Operations Registry

Santa Barbara County Launches Cannabis Operations Registry

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.

Oregon Bill Aims to Redistribute Marijuana Tax Revenue

Oregon Bill Aims to Redistribute Marijuana Tax Revenue

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.

Assembly Bill Would Turn California Into a Sanctuary State for Marijuana

Assembly Bill Would Turn California Into a Sanctuary State for Marijuana

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.

Senator Wants California Legislature to Urge Trump to Reschedule Marijuana

Senator Wants California Legislature to Urge Trump to Reschedule Marijuana

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.

Nevada Bill Would Vacate Convictions for Marijuana Possession

Nevada Bill Would Vacate Convictions for Marijuana Possession

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.

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Global Standards Organization ASTM International Unveils New Cannabis Committee

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.

Hickenlooper to Talk Cannabis Taxes With Legislators in California

Hickenlooper to Talk Cannabis Taxes With California’s Legislators

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.

Colorado Governor Hickenlooper to Kick Off Tuesday’s Oversight Hearing on Cannabis Taxes and Regulatory Timelines

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.

New Mexico Bill Would Allow Veterans to Purchase Medical Marijuana

New Mexico Bill Would Allow Veterans to Purchase Medical Marijuana

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.

NFL Players Association to Study MMJ for Pain Management

NFL Players Association to Study MMJ for Pain Management

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.

Wyoming Considers Reducing Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Wyoming Considers Reducing Penalties for Marijuana Possession

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.

Publix Heiress Donates $800K to Fight Medical Marijuana in Florida

Publix Heiress Donates $800K to Fight Medical Marijuana in Florida

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.

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Conversations in California: Sonoma County Talks Medical Cannabis Regulations

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.

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to Talk Policy Amendments

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to Talk Policy Amendments

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.

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OLCC Announces Public Safety, Education & Enforcement Committee

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.

Nevadan Experts Disagree on Marijuana's Role as a Gateway Drug

Nevada Inundated with Applications for Medical Marijuana Cards

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.

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DC Council Committee on the Judiciary Permanently Bans Marijuana Consumption in Private Clubs

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.

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DC Council Revisits Marijuana Use in Private Businesses

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.

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Can Oregon Set ‘Green Standard’ for Edibles Industry?

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.

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Senate Approves Funding Bill That Allows Veterans to Access Medical Marijuana

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.


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