Cannabis businesses licensed by the State of California may now purchase commercial insurance coverage from an admitted commercial insurance company. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved the filing of the first admitted commercial insurance company to file cannabis business insurance, so that the insurer can begin writing policies and offering coverage for cannabis business owners.
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Utah medical cannabis legalization has taken a critical step forward. After earning the approval of state election officials last week, volunteers with the Utah Patients Coalition started gathering signatures to get medical cannabis on Utah’s ballot in 2018.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Aug. 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The campaign to place a medical cannabis initiative on the November 2018 ballot will hold a news conference on Thursday to announce the official launch of signature gathering efforts.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Aug. 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Utah Patients Coalition has received approval from Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to begin gathering signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot.
Oklahoma medical marijuana legalization may become a reality in 2018 as a legalization initiative has qualified for the state’s 2018 ballot.
AUGUSTA, Maine, May 25, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Maine Legislature has passed a bill to fund the implementation of the successful 2016 marijuana legalization initiative and change the agency that will regulate marijuana for adult use.
A Wyoming medical marijuana initiative that had been in the works since 2015 won’t be on the ballot in 2018.
On Dec. 7, 2016, District Judge James Reynolds ruled that a drafting error in Montana’s recently passed Initiative 182 cannot delay the medical marijuana initiative’s implementation, immediately striking down a three-patient limit that previously went into effect on Aug. 31, as reported by the Associated Press.
Although recreational marijuana is slated to become legal in Massachusetts on Dec. 15, 2016, Massachusetts Sec. of State William F. Galvin announced on Nov. 28 that it could take longer than expected for the law to go into effect.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — This Election Day was a watershed moment for the movement to end marijuana prohibition, with the results expected to accelerate efforts to legalize marijuana in states across the U.S., at the federal level, and internationally.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Florida voters have approved the state’s medical marijuana initiative, Amendment 2.
Nov. 3, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has launched a statewide Spanish-language TV ad in support of Prop. 205.
MEDFORD, Mass., Oct. 28, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a nonprofit group of police, judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals, today announced its endorsement of Nevada’s ballot Question 2.
City voters will decide whether to allow permits for bars, other businesses that obtain neighborhood group OK.
On Aug. 31, 2016, the Arizona Supreme Court rejected the final legal challenge to Proposition 205, a voter initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, as reported by the Associated Press.
MI Legalize, the organizer behind an effort to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Michigan, has suffered another setback in court.
The sponsor of a proposed initiative to repeal Montana’s medical marijuana law said Wednesday he won’t appeal a judge’s refusal to place the measure on November’s ballot, but instead will focus on defeating a separate initiative to expand medical pot distribution.
“This [marijuana legalization] initiative goes further than any initiative in the world,” says Lynne Lyman, California state director for the Drug Policy Alliance.
PHOENIX — A judge has thrown out a bid to keep voters from deciding whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
On Aug. 11, 2016, North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced that the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act, an initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the state, had received enough signatures to appear on the ballot on Nov. 8.
Organizers behind New Approach South Dakota, a campaign to legalize medical marijuana, has suffered a serious setback. On August 9, 2016, Circuit Judge Mark Barnett denied the group’s lawsuit to place a voter initiative legalizing medical marijuana on the November ballot.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 9, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Yes on Proposition 64 campaign announced today that California’s first major newspaper endorsement of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, has come out strongly in favor of the measure.
On June 28, 2016, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, a ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, had enough signatures to qualify for the 2016 November ballot.
On June 20, 2016, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, a group pushing for a medical marijuana ballot initiative in the state of Arkansas, submitted signatures to the secretary of state’s office for approval.
A group of activists are suing the state of Michigan in an attempt to get a voter initiative legalizing recreational marijuana on November’s ballot.
BOULDER, Colo., June 9, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — A proposed initiative to install a new cannabis-related measure into the Colorado Constitution would effectively end Colorado’s successful first-in-the-nation effort to permit the sale of recreational cannabis to adults.
Nebraska’s medical marijuana campaign has hit another major snag. On May 23, 2016, advocates pushing for medical marijuana in the state announced they would no longer be pursuing a 2016 ballot initiative due to prohibitive costs and not enough time.
In Arizona, marijuana advocates have erected a pair of billboards with a special message meant to coincide with Mother’s Day on May 8 and appeal to millennials.
On April 27, 2016, Maine’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced that the organization’s legalization initiative has qualified for the November ballot.
On April 12, 2016, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced that he would not seek an appeal to a ruling that overturned his decision to invalidate a marijuana legalization ballot initiative.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Ballot Board certified an initiative on Thursday that would establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in Ohio.
On March 21, 2016, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom endorsed the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state.
A ballot initiative that would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state of Maine has failed to qualify for the 2016 November ballot.
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.
In Arkansas, a constitutional ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana in the state has cleared a critical milestone in the process to get on the 2016 ballot. On Feb. 17, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge approved the language of the proposed initiative; dubbed the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016. According to KATV Little Rock, this is…
With out-of-state contributions representing 44 percent of the amount raised in 2015 for the CRMLA in Massachusetts, sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project, out-of-state parties could potentially influence the state’s legalization initiative.
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.
On New Year’s Day, a small group of protestors staged a demonstration on the steps of Idaho’s Capitol building in Boise, ending in one citation. Leading the protest was Serra Frank, founder of the advocacy group Moms for Marijuana International.
Michigan now has a third full adult use legalization initiative in the signature gathering phase: MILegalize, Michigan Cannabis Control and Revenue Act and the most recent contender, Abrogate Prohibition Michigan, the least restrictive of the three.
Progress toward legal medical marijuana use in Florida took another step on Dec. 17, 2015, when the state’s supreme court issued an advisory opinion on the initiative petition on the subject.
On Nov. 2, 2015, proponents Michael Sutton and Donald Lyman filed the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act with the Office of the Attorney General in the state of California’s Department of Justice.
On Nov. 3, 2015, Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected Issue 3, a ballot initiative that would have legalized both recreational and medical marijuana.
OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015 /Weed Wire/ — California is roaring toward legalization efforts in 2016, and the field of initiatives submitted to the state is getting crowded. On Monday billionaire philanthropist Sean Parker, a known disrupter in the music and technology space, announced that he is backing initiative language filed Monday.
Activists in the state of Wyoming have begun collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana.
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
The medical marijuana advocacy group United for Care has just passed a significant milestone in its pursuit to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Florida.
As the 2016 election looms over our nation, dozens of marijuana groups are scrambling to get marijuana measures on their respective ballots.
In California, the race is on to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016. Multiple organizations are pushing for legalization, and the field is slowly becoming as crowded as the Republican field for presidential candidates.
On June 24, 2015 the Ohio House of Representatives voted 81-12 to approve a bill aimed at thwarting a constitutional ballot initiative backed by the group ResponsibleOhio.
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.