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Back to the Drawing Board: Maine House Fails to Overcome Governor's Veto

Back to the Drawing Board: Maine House Fails to Overcome Governor’s Veto

Back to the Drawing Board: Maine House Fails to Overcome Governor’s Veto

It’s back to the drawing board for Maine legislators. On Nov. 6, 2017, the Maine House of Representatives fell 17 votes short of overriding Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1650, a bill regulating the state’s recreational market.

Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana

Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana

On Nov. 3, 2017, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed LD 1650, a bill that would regulate recreational marijuana in the state. In his veto letter, LePage outlined three key concerns and urged legislators to come together and rework the bill.

Delaware's Adult Use Cannabis Task Force Will Likely Delay Release of Report

Delaware’s Adult Use Cannabis Task Force Will Likely Delay Release of Report

The Delaware legislature’s Adult Use Cannabis Task Force, which is charged with examining the potential effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, will most likely delay the release of its report until the end of February 2018.

Maine Governor May Veto Marijuana Law Rewrite Approved by Legislature

Maine Governor May Veto Marijuana Law Rewrite Approved by Legislature

On Oct. 23, 2017, the Maine House of Representatives and Senate voted in a special session to approve LR 2395, a bill that would rewrite the Marijuana Legalization Act and pave the way for recreational marijuana sales. The measure will now go to the desk of Gov. Paul LePage, where it faces an uncertain future.

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.

Delaware's Adult Use Cannabis Task Force Meets for Second Time

Delaware’s Adult Use Cannabis Task Force Meets for Second Time

On Oct. 4, 2017, the Delaware legislature’s Adult Use Cannabis Task Force met for the second time. Hoping to help craft a legalization bill that would pass the state legislature and gain gubernatorial approval, the group is responsible for determining the potential impacts of cannabis legalization.

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Arkansas State Plant Board Meets with Local Hemp Genetics Company to Discuss Future of Arkansas Industrial Hemp Program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Sept. 29, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Locally-owned CBD-rich hemp genetics company, Tree of Life Seeds, takes the lead in working with the state to establish regulations for the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Program.

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Manhattan District Attorney Announces New Policy to Reduce Impact of Marijuana Possession Arrests, Citing Collateral Consequences

NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Today, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. announced a shift in his office’s policy for New Yorkers arrested for low level marijuana possession.

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.

Governor Baker Appoints Senator Jennifer Flanagan to Cannabis Control Commission

BOSTON, Aug. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Governor Charlie Baker today named Massachusetts State Senator Jennifer L. Flanagan as the gubernatorial appointee to the five-member Cannabis Control Commission, charged with regulating both the adult use and medical marijuana industries.

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Ohio College Commits to Participation in Cannabis Test Laboratory Eliminates the Need for Any Changes to The Ohio Medical Marijuana Legal Framework

CLEVELAND, Ohio, Aug. 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — CCV Research announced today that it has received a letter of intent from an Ohio public institution of higher education and received confirmation from the Governor’s office that the college qualifies for operating a medical cannabis testing laboratory.

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Gov. Baker Signs Marijuana Compromise Bill

BOSTON, July 28, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Gov. Charlie Baker today signed the marijuana compromise bill sent to him last week by the Legislature, setting the stage for creation of the regulatory structure to oversee legal marijuana sales in Massachusetts.

John Morgan Suing the State of Florida Over Medical Cannabis Smoking Ban

John Morgan Suing the State of Florida Over Medical Cannabis Smoking Ban

Orlando trial attorney John Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Florida over the state’s ban on medical cannabis smoking. As the chief financier of the push to legalize medical cannabis in Florida, Morgan has long threatened to sue the state if the legislature banned medical cannabis smoking.

Vermont Legalization Bill Blocked by House of Representatives

Vermont Legalization Bill Blocked by House of Representatives

Vermont will have to wait another year until recreational marijuana is legalized. During a special veto session, which took place on June 21, 2017, the Vermont House of Representatives voted to block consideration of a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana.

Vermont Governor Thinks Legalization Deal Still Achievable Before Veto Session

Vermont Governor Thinks Legalization Deal Still Achievable Before Veto Session

Vermont just might get another chance at legalizing recreational marijuana. According to the Associated Press, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has said that he still thinks it’s possible to reach a legalization deal before the legislature meets for a special two-day veto session.

Florida Legislature Reaches Agreement on Rules Regulating Medical Marijuana

Florida Legislature Reaches Agreement on Rules Regulating Medical Marijuana

On June 7, 2017, the Florida legislature reached an agreement on rules regulating medical marijuana in the state. House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues said that the two chambers of government had reached a “conceptual agreement” and that the House was currently reviewing the Senate’s proposed measure.

Senator Bradley to File Legislation to Expand Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, June 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) today stated his intention to file legislation to implement Article X, section 29 of the Florida Constitution, which allows the use of marijuana by patients with debilitating medical conditions.

Florida May Get Second Chance on Medical Marijuana Rules in Special Session

Florida May Get Second Chance on Medical Marijuana Rules in Special Session

Florida lawmakers may get a second chance at establishing the state’s medical marijuana rules. On June 2, 2017, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a proclamation calling for the state legislature to reconvene for a special legislative session.

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Maine Legislature Passes Bill to Fund the Implementation of the Marijuana Legalization Initiative and Change the Agency That Will Regulate Marijuana for Adult Use

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.

Vermont Governor Has Vetoed Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Vermont Governor Has Vetoed Recreational Marijuana Legalization

On May 24, 2017, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott vetoed recreational marijuana legalization. Scott announced his decision during a press conference, citing concerns over health and public safety as his main reasons for vetoing S. 22, the legalization legislation that had been approved by the state legislature.

Florida Speaker Calls for Special Session on Medical Marijuana

Florida Speaker Calls for Special Session on Medical Marijuana

On May 10, 2017, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran joined a growing number of voices calling for the state legislature to convene a special session on medical marijuana so it can pass legislation regarding the program’s implementation and regulation.

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Delaware House Committee Approves Bill to Regulate and Tax Marijuana Like Alcohol

DOVER, Del., May 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Delaware House Revenue and Finance Committee approved a bill Wednesday (9-2) that would make marijuana legal for adults and regulate it similarly to alcohol. HB 110, also known as the Delaware Marijuana Control Act, will now be considered by the full House of Representatives.

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Vermont Legislature Passes Bill to Make Marijuana Legal for Adults; Historic Measure Now Headed to the Governor’s Desk

MONTPELIER, V.T., May 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — A bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont has received final approval from state legislators and is headed to the desk of Gov. Phil Scott.

Delaware Judge: Possessing Marijuana With Firearm Still a Felony

Delaware Judge: Possessing Marijuana With Firearm Still a Felony

According to a recent ruling by Superior Court Judge Paul R. Wallace, although the state of Delaware decriminalized marijuana possession in 2015, the state legislature failed to remove a law that made it a felony to simultaneously possess a firearm and a controlled substance.

4 Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Cannabis Career

4 Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Cannabis Career

When it comes to the cannabis industry, it’s difficult to even find an accurate comparison in business. Every business in this industry is effectively a startup in addition to the fact that we’re in one of the newest and fastest growing industries in the world; that makes it like a startup on steroids. To say it’s unpredictable and risky is an understatement.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Signs Medical Cannabis Bill Into Law

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Signs Medical Cannabis Bill Into Law

CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 19, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Governor Jim Justice signed the Medical Cannabis Act (Senate Bill 386). The Governor was joined for the bill signing by two of the initiative’s primary supporters, Senator Richard Ojeda (D-Logan) and Delegate Mike Pushkin (D-Kanawha), as well as Senator Mike Woelfel (D-Cabell) and Dr. Rahul Gupta the State Health Officer and Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health.

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Workplace Protections for MMJ Patients

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Workplace Protections for MMJ Patients

Should businesses be able to fire workers for using medical marijuana, even if it’s legal under state law? That’s a question that the Massachusetts Legislature is currently considering as it debates a pair of bills that would extend legal protections to medical marijuana patients in the workplace.

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New Hampshire House of Representatives Overwhelmingly Approves Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

CONCORD, N.H., March 9, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The state House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved HB 640 on Wednesday (318-36), bringing New Hampshire one step closer to becoming the final state in New England to decriminalize marijuana possession.

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Bipartisan Vote Carries Medical Marijuana Research Bill to Passage in New Mexico State House

Saturday afternoon, the New Mexico State House voted (41-26) to pass House Bill 155, co-sponsored by Rep. D. Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. McCamley (D-Las Cruces) to establish a fund in the state treasury for research related to the production, uses, effects, and efficacy of medical marijuana.

Marijuana Control Board Rules in CBD Oil Violations

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb. 17, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — In a unanimous vote, the Marijuana Control Board determined the CBD (cannabidiol) oil seized last week by the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) to be marijuana product, except that which is labeled as made exclusively from seeds and that does not also include the term “CBD.

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Gerry Greenspoon Announces Launch of the Organization for Safe Cannabis Regulation (OSCR) in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 2, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Gerry Greenspoon, a prominent Florida attorney who has been involved in efforts to legalize medical cannabis in Florida, today announces the launch of the Organization for Safe Cannabis Regulation (OSCR), a nonprofit Florida corporation formed to ensure that the mandate of the voters under Amendment 2 is carried out by the Florida Legislature and Department of Health.


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