West Virginia’s medical marijuana board plans to recommend to state lawmakers that patients who have met certain requirements be able to buy smokable forms of marijuana.
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The debate to legalize recreational marijuana is gaining momentum across Maryland, but some are urging lawmakers to slow down the process.
Maine’s recreational marijuana law allows adults to grow up to six flowering plants for personal and recreational use — but the legislative committee that’s overhauling the law is trying to cut that allotment by half.
Connecticut lawmakers have put recreational marijuana back on the table — sort of. According to the CT Post, lawmakers are curious as to how they would successfully regulate the drug if it were ever to be legalized in the New England state.
New Mexico lawmakers injected a dose of political pressure Monday into an unwavering but so far unsuccessful effort to add opioid use disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in New Mexico.
Dr. Ahmed El-Haddad with Mari J MD Medical Marijuana says the rollout here in Florida has worked in some respects. It’s a system he says that still has a lot of room for improvement.
A bill before the Colorado State Legislature would allow legalized delivery of marijuana. State Rep. Jonathan Singer and others are behind the push to make delivery of pot in Colorado legal.
The Indiana Legislature is poised to allow anyone to purchase and use a cannabis-derived extract believed to have therapeutic benefits, following a key vote by the state Senate on Monday.
A moratorium on commercial marijuana establishments is set to expire Thursday. In November, Maine lawmakers sustained Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill to regulate and tax the sale of marijuana.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers urged the U.S. Treasury to uphold federal guidance for marijuana-related businesses.
After years of successive failures, backers of medical cannabis in Tennessee are taking a new tack — keeping the ban on smoking it.
Nevada lawmakers said Tuesday that Congress must address federal marijuana laws following a decision by the Trump administration to lower the barrier on federal prosecutions in states that have decriminalized use for medical and recreational purposes.
MONTPELIER, Jan 4., 2018 /Weed Wire/ MONTPELIER — A Senate-approved bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont was passed by the Vermont House of Representatives on Thursday with minor amendments.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice has rescinded the “Cole Memo” and two additional memos related to marijuana enforcement policy. These memos, issued in 2013 and 2014, have helped to clarify the Department’s response to state-legal cannabis activity.
WASHINGTON, JAN. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ —The AP reported this morning that US Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans today to rescind Obama-era guidance by the Department of Justice allowing states to implement their own marijuana laws with limited federal interference.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday that Utahns will vote to legalize medical marijuana. Whether that will be this November — when it may be on the ballot as an intiative — or a future year, the governor didn’t say.
After four of five statewide marijuana legalization ballot initiatives were approved by voters in 2016, no additional states ended cannabis prohibition in 2017 (though New Hampshire did decriminalize possession of the drug and West Virginia allowed its medical use).
Although the Silver State just started recreational marijuana sales this past summer, the number of workers Nevada marijuana businesses employ is creating quite the buzz.
North Dakota health officials will begin gathering public input Monday about proposed medical marijuana rules as the state prepares to launch its program.
CHICAGO, Nov. 28, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Illinois could see up to $699 million in new revenue by legalizing cannabis use among adults through a measure that would spur economic development while protecting public safety. Lawmakers heard from advocates today during a combined Senate and House hearing.
State officials met Tuesday in hopes to legalize medical marijuana here in Kentucky. A task force lead by Kentucky’s Secretary Of State Alison Lundergan Grimes met in Frankfort Tuesday afternoon to explore the possibilities.
The state health department released a pack of proposed rules for the medical marijuana industry, which will be the subject of a public hearing this month.
A group of 10 U.S. House members is pushing the Trump administration to begin researching medical marijuana’s potential benefits for military veterans struggling to cope with war wounds.
New Mexico’s booming medical pot program is undergoing changes that are intended to help alleviate growing pains, a state Department of Health official told lawmakers this week.
Arkansas has certainly been focusing on victimless marijuana offenses since it first banned the drug in 1923, though the state has allowed medical marijuana since 2016. Voters approved the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, which allows ill patients to use and safely obtain medical marijuana in Arkansas with a doctor’s approval. Now, the state legislature is implementing changes to the medical marijuana laws to improve the program.
Residents of the Bluegrass State won’t be smoking grass anytime soon. On Sept. 20, 2017, a judge dismissed a lawsuit fighting for the legalization of medical cannabis in Kentucky.
Last November, California voters approved a ballot measure to legalize marijuana. Now, the state’s lawmakers are formally calling on the federal government to reclassify marijuana.
A new Indiana law that allows people with certain types of epilepsy to use a marijuana-derived oil for treatment has spurred a statewide crackdown, making it more difficult for those seeking the product to obtain it.
From stoned driving to the taxation of marijuana, Delaware would face multiple vexing challenges if lawmakers ever legalize recreational cannabis use, and a state task force is getting ready to dig into those issues.
As California gears up for the sale of recreational cannabis, lawmakers are still concerned about cannabis packaging that could appeal to minors. On Aug. 24, 2017, state lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown Senate Bill 663, a bill intended to thwart edibles from being marketed to adolescents, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Crafted by…
Gov. Charlie Baker has started shaping the powerful state commission charged with overseeing the pot industry, tapping a longtime Beacon Hill pol who opposed legalizing weed to fill the panel’s public health-centered post.
CHICAGO, Aug. 3, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Cards Against Humanity and the Marijuana Policy Project are partnering to support an effort to legalize and regulate marijuana use among adults in Illinois.
WASHINGTON, July 25, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — On July 25, Representatives Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD-01), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03), H. Morgan Griffith (R-VA-09), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) introduced the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017.
Marijuana safety is a major concern for the Maine lawmakers, who want to make sure all marijuana is tested before hitting retail shelves. On July 20, 2017, the Maine House approved a bill that would require the Department of Agriculture to create testing facilities for marijuana.
Medical marijuana may be legal in Ohio and 28 other states, but the plant’s presence on the federal government’s list of most dangerous drugs has created numerous legal problems for doctors, researchers, businesses and patients.
Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill into law Tuesday that will decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in New Hampshire.
State House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement Monday on the state’s voter-approved Massachusetts marijuana law that would allow retail pot sales to be taxed at a maximum 20 percent rate.
In New York, recreational marijuana-use is still illegal, but some New York lawmakers think that it is close to changing.
On June 13, 2017, the Arkansas Administrative Rules and Regulations Subcommittee approved the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s proposed rules for the state medical marijuana program.
Lawmakers reviewing the Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana law plan to recommend sharply higher taxes and more control for city and town officials over retail pot shops in their communities, according to a copy of a House proposal obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
During a special session which wrapped up on June 9, the Florida legislature passed new rules for its medical marijuana measure. Florida will have more than double the current amount of medical marijuana operators in the state under a proposal approved by lawmakers.
Advocates for the legalization of marijuana were at the state Capitol on Monday to plead with state lawmakers not to let their hopes for the creation of a recreational market go up in smoke for yet another year.
Cities and states with legal pot are trying to make up for the toll marijuana enforcement took on minorities by letting them join the marijuana industry.
On May 30, 2017, a Republican state legislator joined a group of three democrats to introduce a Wisconsin marijuana decriminalization bill, but admitted that the bill’s passing would be unlikely.
Connecticut lawmakers are questioning if legal marijuana is the best option in fixing the New England state’s current budget crisis.
Maryland’s medical marijuana program took a big step forward this week with the awarding of the state’s first grower’s license. ForwardGro, based in Anne Arundel County, could make medicine available to patients this fall, but a number of outside forces might put the brakes on the process.
Lawmakers haven’t been able to tighten Massachusetts cannabis regulations in the ballot law after it passed 185 days ago.
Rules governing who gets to grow and sell medical marijuana were given final approval by the Arkansas Board of Health Thursday, but must survive a review by lawmakers in order to go into effect on time.
Medical marijuana dispensaries and caregivers are quietly lobbying state lawmakers to allow them to sell pot to recreational users before retail cannabis stores open in Maine next year.
Western Massachusetts sheriff’s want the state to use marijuana tax revenues to help combat the state’s deadly opioid addiction crisis. The bill under consideration would impose a 17% tax on marijuana.