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Task Force Discusses Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

Task Force Discusses Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

Task Force Discusses Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

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.

Lawmakers: Feds Should Research Medical Marijuana for Military Vets

Lawmakers: Feds Should Research Medical Marijuana for Military Vets

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 Medical Pot Program Making Changes to Keep Up With Growth

New Mexico Medical Pot Program Making Changes to Keep Up With Growth

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.

The History of Marijuana in Arkansas

The History of Marijuana in Arkansas

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.

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Ban of Medical Cannabis in Kentucky

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Ban of Medical Cannabis in Kentucky

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.

Why California May Ban Cannabis Packaging That Appeals to Kids

Why California May Ban Cannabis Packaging That Appeals to Kids

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

Charlie Baker's Pot Board Pick Opposed Legalization

Charlie Baker’s Pot Board Pick Opposed Legalization

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.

Harris Introduces Bipartisan Bill Facilitating Medical Marijuana Research

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.

Maine Lawmakers OK Bill Requiring Testing Marijuana for Safety

Maine Lawmakers Approve Bill Requiring Testing Marijuana for Safety

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.

Arkansas Subcommittee Approves Rules for State Medical Marijuana Program

Arkansas Subcommittee Approves Rules for State Medical Marijuana Program

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.

Massachusetts’ Recreational Marijuana Proposal Seeks Higher Taxes

Massachusetts’ Recreational Marijuana Proposal Seeks Higher Taxes

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.

Florida Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Measure

Florida Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Measure

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.

Wisconsin Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced by Republican

Wisconsin Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced by Republican

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.

Maryland's medical marijuana program takes big step forward

Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Program Takes Big Step Forward

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.

Massachusetts lawmakers debate tax on recreational marijuana

Massachusetts Lawmakers Debate Tax on Recreational Marijuana

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.

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Cannabis Industry Thanks Elected Leaders for Protecting Marketplace

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today the Washington CannaBusiness Association (WACA) and its members applauded the work of state senators, representatives and Governor Inslee in their work to uphold our state’s regulated cannabis marketplace.

Maryland Lawmakers Seek diversity for marijuana licenses

Maryland Lawmakers Seek Racial Diversity for Marijuana Licenses

A battle over Maryland’s medical marijuana program is coming down to the number of licenses. Lawmakers are wrangling over increasing the number of medical marijuana licenses to achieve racial diversity. The law currently allows for 15 licenses. The Legislative Black Caucus wants to increase the licenses by five.

Is Money Influencing Some Florida Lawmakers to Limit the Market?

Is Money Influencing Some Florida Lawmakers to Limit the Market?

Some key lawmakers in Florida’s weed wars are already seeing the green from it, as money is being funneled into the pockets of the very people who are writing the rules on legal pot.

Lawmakers to re-write Massachusetts marijuana law

Lawmakers to Rewrite Massachusetts Marijuana Law

The Massachusetts House and Senate created a new “Committee on Marijuana Policy” to take a second look at the recreational pot law. Top state leaders have several concerns, from public safety to the tax structure, to the number of pot plants someone can grow at home.

Houston NORML Suggests Putting Marijuana Laws Before Texas Voters

Houston NORML Suggests Putting Marijuana Laws Before Texas Voters

For Texas legislators, it might be easier avoid political repercussions by placing new marijuana laws on a ballot, instead of voting themselves, Jason Miller, director of communications for the Houston office of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, told the Houston Press for a Nov. 25, 2016, article.

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Colorado Cannabis Tax Revenue Falls Short

Taxes are like flies: no one really wants them around, but they play a vital role in their respective ecosystem. As summer flies by, Colorado officials are counting coffers and noticing an extreme shortfall in projected revenue from taxes on recreational cannabis.

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Washington’s Pot Tax Revenue Falls Short

Washington state’s marijuana market looks like it is off to a slow start, or at least that is according to a new report released by Moody’s, a credit rating agency. It appears that high taxes, low supply and easy access to medical marijuana have led to a lackluster performance thus far; and analysts project that sales taxes collected from the sale of recreational cannabis will fall short of the projected $51.2 million.


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