Although a majority of Americans support medical cannabis, a small segment of the population still opposes its legalization for fear that it will lead to an increase in adolescent cannabis use; however, according to a new study published in the journal Addiction, that fear may be unfounded.
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NEWARK, NJ, Feb. 22, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – A series of conversations on marijuana legalization in New Jersey will focus on the racial justice and public health and safety aspects behind the push to legalize.
On Feb. 20, 2018, the New Jersey Cannabusiness Association sponsored a seminar which had 250 state and local government officials in attendance.
A Delaware legislative task force charged with studying the effects and implications of legalizing recreational cannabis has written its final report, but the question remains whether the 25-member task force will vote to release the report.
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.
Legalized marijuana has a lot of investors having visions of lots of green. With legalization sweeping across the states, it seems to be a great time to invest in marijuana stocks. Unfortunately, it’s not.
Marijuana has only been legalized in some U.S. states. Could the Netherlands follow this lead and become the first E.U. country to legalize cannabis?
The Michigan-based Committee to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol received a boost in support after the Feb 9. 2018, deadline to challenge the group’s petition signatures for a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state passed without any objection from opposing organizations.
A Colorado dispensary opened the first marijuana drive-thru of its kind. Could New Jersey be next if recreational cannabis becomes legal?
Prior to recreational cannabis legalization in California, unlicensed cannabis companies proliferated under a system that didn’t require state licenses to operate medical cannabis businesses; however, the opportunity for those operating under the guise of legality is over in California and a popular cannabis dispensary and strain review website is erring on the side of caution.
In an effort to hear what the public thinks about the proposed recreational cannabis regulations, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is traveling from county to county to gather feedback.
VANCOUVER, B.C., Feb. 5, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — As British Columbia works towards the federal timeline for legalization of non-medical cannabis in July 2018, the Province continues to set policy direction to meet the needs and expectations of British Columbians.
Recreational cannabis might be heading for the New Mexico ballot in 2018. On Feb. 2, 2018, the New Mexico Senate Rules Committee voted 4-3 to approve Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino’s Senate Joint Resolution 4, a measure which would allow state residents to vote on cannabis legalization in the next general election.
Vermont Colleges and universities will not be changing their marijuana policies, despite the recent bill passage to legalize the drug.
SANTA FE, N.M., Jan. 31, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today, New Mexico State Representative Javier Martinez introduced House Bill 312 to tax and regulate marijuana. Rep. Martinez envisions an industry that will support economic growth and begins to dismantle failed drug war policies that hurt New Mexicans.
Not only do the rules for marijuana consumption vary from state to state, but so do the prices. From coast to coast, marijuana prices in the United States range from just over $7 in the west to nearly $18 in the east.
NEWARK, NJ, Jan. 29, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – On Thursday, February 1st, the Bethany Baptist Church Lecture Committee and Drug Policy Alliance will host, “What’s at Stake? Why Marijuana Legalization is a Racial Justice Issue,”
Dennis Peron, the cannabis activist who fired up the movement to legalize medical marijuana in California, died on Saturday in a San Francisco hospital. He was 72.
Marijuana should be legalized in two of Mexico’s main tourist hot spots, Cancun and Los Cabos, in order to reduce criminal violence, Mexico’s minister for tourism said on Thursday.
A poll commissioned by the prohibitionist group Smart Approaches to Marijuana has accidentally shown how wildly unpopular cannabis prohibition is in the United States.
While the Keystone State’s medical marijuana program has only just begun, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is ready for Pennsylvania legalization to tap into the recreational market to benefit the state budget, reduce the costs associated with simple possession arrests, curb the opioid epidemic and create jobs.
HARRISBURG, Jan. 23, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said Pennsylvania cannot afford to lose out on economic and social benefits from marijuana legalization as public support grows and more states allow possession of small amounts for personal use.
Investors are betting Canada’s smaller financial firms could see a jump in revenues after they helped fund marijuana companies ahead of the country’s planned legalization of the drug this year.
The Green Mountain State just got a little bit greener as Vermont recreational marijuana is now a reality. On Jan. 22, 2018, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed H. 511, legalizing recreational marijuana in the state. This makes Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana and the first state to do so via the state legislature instead of a ballot initiative.
MONTPELIER, VT, Jan. 22, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — On Monday, Gov. Phil Scott officially signed a bill into law that makes marijuana legal for adults in Vermont.
MONTPELIER, Vermont, Jan. 22, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Governor Phil Scott has signed H. 511, An act relating to eliminating penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older, into law.
El Paso County District Attorney Dan May talks about the impact of legalized recreational marijuana in the state of Colorado.
A member of the Republican leadership team in the Kentucky Senate has introduced a bill aimed at legalizing marijuana.
Phil Murphy will be sworn-in as governor of New Jersey on Tuesday, and some supporters have urged he drops his plan to legalize marijuana.
Portugal’s influential Doctors’ Association called for the legalization of marijuana-based medicines on Thursday, the same day parliament started to debate a draft bill that goes even further in seeking to allow patients to grow pot at home.
Recreational marijuana is coming to the state of Vermont. On Jan. 10, 2017, the Vermont Senate voted to approve H. 511, a bill that will legalize recreational marijuana possession for adults 21 and older, as well as home growing of two mature plants and four immature plants.
MONTPELIER, Jan. 10, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today the Senate passed H.511, a bill legalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis for Vermonters over the age of 21. This follows growing public support and more than 17 years of work in the Vermont legislature.
A legalization bill in the state of New Hampshire has just cleared its first legislative hurdle. On Jan. 8, 2018, the state House of Representatives voted to give preliminary approval to an amended version of HB 656, a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.
Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) and Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) are the two frontrunners in the rapidly emerging Canadian cannabis scene, but will these two powerhouses play leapfrog as legalization day comes and goes?
While United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed federal marijuana enforcement policy, it appears his stance on American marijuana legalization isn’t representative of the country’s politicians or its people.
This past summer voters in the Sooner State learned that they’d have an opportunity to vote on Oklahoma medical cannabis legalization in 2018, but the exact election date wasn’t clear until now.
Australia said on Thursday it planned to become the fourth country in the world to legalise medicinal marijuana exports in a bid to score a piece of the estimated $55 billion global market.
Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the Cole Memorandum.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Governor Mary Fallin today set a June election date for the medical marijuana ballot measure.
In 2012, Colorado legalized cannabis and kickstarted a multibillion dollar industry with every product imaginable — brownies, gummy bears, granola bars, even lube! But to say that we’ve “legalized cannabis” is mistaken — we’ve commercialized THC. In this fascinating talk, expert Ben Cort examines the impacts of this growing new industry on everything from policing & arrest rates to LGBTQ issues.
OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Gov. Jay Inslee issued the following statement today upon news that the U.S. Department of Justice would announce its decision to rescind the Cole Memorandum that has allowed Washington and other states to implement common-sense marijuana laws.
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.
Vermont legislators are on the fast track to legalize recreational marijuana. On Jan. 4, 2018, the state House Judiciary Committee voted to approve H. 511, a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.
Dozens of retailers in California have been licensed to begin selling recreational marijuana on New Year’s Day. Emily Dufton, author of “Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America,” joined CBSN to discuss whether we’ll see other states follow suit.
California legalizes marijuana for recreational use Monday, but that won’t stop federal agents from seizing the drug — even in tiny amounts — on busy freeways and backcountry highways.
A New Mexico legislator is once again working to legalize recreational marijuana. On Dec. 21, 2017, state Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino introduced a measure that would put a ballot amendment legalizing recreational marijuana on the 2018 electoral ballot.
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).
The vast majority of Utah voters support legalizing medical marijuana. According to a new poll by UtahPolicy.com, approximately 73% of registered Utah voters either strongly or somewhat support legalizing medical marijuana in the state.
Mexico will legalize sales of marijuana-based medicines, foods, drinks, cosmetics and other products early next year, its health regulator said on Wednesday, bringing some forms of cannabis into legal commerce even as the country struggles with the illicit drug trade.