On March 22, 2017, the Vermont House Judiciary Committee voted 8-3 to advance H. 170, a bill that would legalize the use of recreational marijuana in the state.
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CHICAGO, March 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) seeks to create a new revenue source for the State of Illinois by legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana. Senate Bill 316 legalizes the possession of up to 28 grams of marijuana and will allow facilities to sell marijuana products.
On March 21, 2017, Rep. Jeremy Faison, the sponsor of a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee, announced that he was tabling his bill and turning it over to a legislative task force led by House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally.
On March 17, 2017, Connecticut Sen. Ed Gomes announced that he is hosting a panel discussion on March 27 in Bridgeport to discuss recreational marijuana legalization in Connecticut.
In the latest speculation about the impact of legal marijuana on beer sales, Cannabiz Consumer Group research shows more than a quarter of beer drinkers have switched or would switch to marijuana, causing a major hit to retail sales of beer. Cannabiz estimates retail sales of beer could drop $2 billion annually, or 7.1 percent of existing sales.
Cut Video had a priest, a rabbi, and an atheist smoke weed together.
The issue of whether or not to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol in Rhode Island is gaining additional detractors — and continued staunch supporters.
As investors flock to Canada’s burgeoning marijuana sector, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is signaling recreational pot sales aren’t imminent.
Reports continue to emerge of young teens overdosing and sometimes dying due to the use of drugs containing fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid. Smoking pot is different than popping pills, but the risk for the government is that the lines might get blurred quite quickly in the eyes of parents who are trying to protect their kids from the current opioid threat.
On Feb. 27, 2017, the Utah Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to approve SB211, a bill that would establish regulations for a state-run medical marijuana program.
On Feb. 28, 2017, during the National Association of Attorneys General Winter Meeting, Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed marijuana legalization.
On Feb. 23, 2017, during a daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer answered a reporter’s question regarding marijuana enforcement, prompting immediate reactions from members of the legal cannabis industry.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday made comments about marijuana that both ignited concern in some and sparked hope in others within the state of California.
Stephen Goldner, Senior Forensic Toxicologist at Quantum 9, learned early on how to work with the FDA, having developed the FDA-approved liquid dose form of methadone with his mentor John Broich. Hear Goldner discuss what role the FDA would likely play in life after medical cannabis legalization.
On Feb. 21, 2017, the University of Texas, in conjunction with the Texas Tribune, released the results of its February 2017 poll, with the outcomes demonstrating that opposition to legalization is on the decline while support for private use marijuana is on the rise.
Vermont lawmakers are taking another crack at legalizing recreational marijuana. Introduced by Reps. Maxine Grad, Charles Conquest and Thomas Burditt, H. 170 would take a more reserved approach to legalization than previous legislative efforts.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The National Cannabis Festival announced Talib Kweli, The Pharcyde, and Backyard Band as headliners for the second-annual music, art, and advocacy festival celebrating the legalization of cannabis in Washington, DC.
TORONTO, Ontario, Feb. 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould, has started a cross-country tour to discuss the legalization and regulation of cannabis.
An EPIC-MRA poll released Friday indicated the majority of voters living in the state would approve a law allowing adult use of the plant.
A pair of bills dealing with medical marijuana will come up before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning in Pierre.
A justice on the Brazilian Supreme Court has called for the legalization of marijuana and even harder drugs as a means to ending violence among drug gangs, according to a Feb. 10, 2017, article from Reuters. The justice, Roberto Barroso, is a constitutional law professor who was educated at Yale University in the United States.
Jeff Sessions was sworn in as the new U.S. Attorney General Thursday. Sessions was confirmed Wednesday with a 52-47 vote, vowing in his subsequent speech to “defend the lawful orders” of President Donald Trump. The Attorney General is known for his criticism regarding the legalization of marijuana.
Investors are incredibly excited about Canopy Growth Corporation. But we’re now looking at a situation where the stock has increased quite aggressively thanks mostly to the belief that the future is bright. And there are still many investors sitting on the sidelines wondering if they should consider this company.
On Feb. 8, 2017, Minnesota State Rep. Jon Applebaum announced that he would be introducing a bill to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana in the state.
ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Deputy Minority Leader, State Rep. Jon Applebaum (DFL – Minnetonka) today announced plans to introduce a bill to legalize the personal, recreational use of marijuana in the state of Minnesota. Under the legislation, the state would regulate marijuana in a similar fashion to alcohol, with purchase, possession, and use only permitted by those aged 21 or older.
On Feb. 1, 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Office of Fiscal Analysis released a fiscal estimate for the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state, noting that the state could earn $30.1 million to $63.9 million in tax revenue during the first full year of implementation.
Support for legalizing recreational marijuana in Rhode Island is at an all time high. According to a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, 59% of Rhode Island’s residents think that recreational marijuana should be legal for adults 21 years or older.
DENVER, Feb. 2, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment highlighted several “encouraging trends” in its latest annual report on marijuana-related health concerns.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Despite major strides in legalization at the state level, illicit trade still accounts for nearly 90 percent of U.S. cannabis sales on average, according to a recent report on the state of the cannabis industry in North America.
On Jan. 27, 2017, Ethan Nadelmann announced via Twitter that he is going to “step aside” as the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a non-profit organization advocating for the end of the drug war through sensible drug law reform.
Maine voters in November approved legalizing marijuana; the law goes into effect January 30.
Two New Mexico state legislators are touting marijuana legalization as a way to bring more revenue into the state’s coffers. Rep. Bill McCamley, a Democrat from Mesilla Park, NM, has sponsored a bill in the New Mexico House of Representatives that would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults. Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, a Democrat from Albuquerque, has sponsored an identical bill in the Senate.
MONTPELIER, Vt., Jan. 26, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — A renewed push to end marijuana prohibition in Vermont kicked off Wednesday with a news conference at the State House.
On Jan. 19, 2017, the German Bundestag, the national parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany, adopted a law to legalize medical cannabis, according to a statement from the Bundestag.
Since Maine voters legalized marijuana, real estate brokers in the state are seeing an increased demand for industrial space, according to a Jan. 16, 2017, article in the Portland Press Herald. Maine’s industrial real estate market had been improving in recent years, and the need for marijuana business space has given the sector a new boost.
On Jan. 11, 2016, Rhode Island state Sen. Joshua Miller and state Rep. Scott Slater announced in a press conference that they intend to introduce legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
With the Passage of Public Law 33-220, also known as the “Joaquin (KC) Concepcion, II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act of 2013,” qualified patients will now be allowed the beneficial use of medical cannabis to alleviate symptoms caused by their debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments.
On Jan. 11, 2017, the Pew Research Center released the results of a national survey of law enforcement officers, finding that 68% of police officers think America’s marijuana laws need to be relaxed.
Marijuana is a hot topic again in the Wisconsin Legislature with both Republicans and Democrats introducing bills for the state.
A man from western Massachusetts has been posting ads on Craigslist offering free marijuana with the purchase of an empty sandwich bag.
In the wake of a string of marijuana victories at the ballot box, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, is leading the charge to ensure banking access for the legal marijuana industry.
On Jan. 20, 2017, attendees of Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., may get free joints, or at least a contact high, at the presidential ceremony.
A large group of Florida doctors are going through the certification process to prescribe medical marijuana to patients, just days before legalization goes through.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill Friday aimed at delaying by up to six months the opening of marijuana shops in the state until mid-2018.
How far are you willing to go to lobby for medical marijuana? For one Indiana man, the answer is hundreds of miles.
On Dec. 29, 2016, California State Sen. Jerry Hill and Assemblymember Evan Low announced the introduction of Senate Bill 65 to ban marijuana use while driving.
On Dec. 28, 2016, Massachusetts lawmakers voted to pass S.2524, a bill that delays the retail sales of recreational marijuana by six months. Approved during an informal session, the bill’s swift and subtle passage came as a disappointment to many.
Marijuana is the most widely cultivated, produced and consumed drug worldwide, and more than 20 countries worldwide are trialing legislation regarding access to marijuana and exploring possible benefits.
For the first time in their nation’s history, more Australians support the legalization of recreational than oppose it. This is according to The Australian Election Study, a multi-decade study conducted by Australian National University.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo recently estimated that if The Ocean State legalizes recreational marijuana, it could generate between $10 to $15 million in revenue during its first year.