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The Oregon Health Authority’s public health campaign aimed at preventing teenage cannabis use has successfully raised awareness among its target audience as to the risks associated with underage cannabis use.
The “gateway theory,” the theory that cannabis use leads to the use of harder drugs, has been debunked once again by academia.
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.
NEW PALTZ, NY, Sept. 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz has released its 18th discussion brief, “The Marijuana Gateway Fallacy.” The brief marshals extensive social science evidence to show that the idea that marijuana use is a “gateway” to the use of harder drugs is a myth.
On Aug. 24, 2017, the Nevada Gaming Commission reiterated its stance on prohibiting any association with the recreational marijuana industry.
The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing. But the task force Sessions assembled to find the best legal strategy is giving him no ammunition.
An 11-year-old girl from Rowlett, Texas is taking on the United States federal government by suing them over medicinal marijuana.
KAUAI, Hawaii, Aug. 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Chronic Jobs today launches its online job platform dedicated to the marijuana industry. The platform will offer all the various types of services expected from leading recruitment platforms – such as job postings and applications – but tailored specifically and enhanced for the legal marijuana sector.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — A Dept. of Justice task force subcommittee on marijuana policy is not recommending any policy changes that would target state-legal marijuana programs or businesses operating in compliance with state laws, according to a report by the Associated Press.
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, CCIA and NCIA announce Track 5 for our first-ever California Cannabis Business Conference: Industry and Political Forecasting.
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.
NEW YORK, July 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.’s Legal Education business unit today announced it has published Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority, the first law school casebook focused on this rapidly emerging new practice area.
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48) rebuked false claims made by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) that critical medical marijuana protections were stripped from Fiscal Year 2018 funding legislation.
LOS ANGELES, June 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Los Angeles County’s cannabis regulation efforts have entered an important new phase with the convening of a diverse advisory group made up of health and policy experts, community leaders, cannabis industry representatives and other key stakeholders.
Florida may have legalized medical marijuana in 2016, but that hasn’t stopped Orlando International Airport from banning the substance on its property.
Texas medical marijuana reform is unlikely to occur in 2017. On May 29, 2017, the state’s legislative session came to a close; and with it, all hopes of passing House Bill 2107, a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state.
WASHINGTON, June 2, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Rep. Lou Correa sent Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin a letter asking for clarification of the Department’s policy on medical marijuana usage in states where it is legally prescribed.
Israel’s cannabis decriminalization policy, approved by the government in March, officially came into effect Sunday, commencing a new legal approach towards the recreational use of marijuana in the country.
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.
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., will host a series of conversations focused on the need to pass legislation that legalizes marijuana at the federal level. The Marijuana Big Thinker Talks will bring medical experts, analysts, business leaders, professional athletes, and federal, state, and local officials together to highlight the robust cannabis industry.
Get the inside scoop of how running a marijuana farm works as every individual cannabis plant is tracked end-to-end in this mass scale scientific farming.
With top members of Congress agreeing to a funding bill on April 30, 2017, the federal government should be able to avoid a shutdown and state-legal medical marijuana programs should have extended protection from federal enforcement actions.
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, welcomed the extension of critical marijuana policy provisions through September 30 in the fiscal year 2017 omnibus funding legislation. The legislation is expected to be passed by Congress later this week.
In the face of mounting pressure for the National Football League to revise its policy on marijuana use, commissioner Roger Goodell continues to double down on the league’s anti-marijuana stance.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones urged owners to end the league’s prohibition on marijuana and cease investigating players independently of the criminal justice system for off-field conduct.
WASHINGTON, March 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives introduced seven measures to advance more sensible cannabis policy at the federal level. The bills covered a broad range of issues related to resolving the tension between state and federal cannabis laws.
MONTPELIER, Vt., March 22, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The state House Judiciary Committee approved a bill 8-3 Wednesday that would make personal possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — State lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would end marijuana prohibition in Illinois and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed for adult use.
DENVER, March 15, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — IMPACT Network, a nonprofit dedicated to Improving Marijuana Policy and Accelerating Cannabinoid Therapeutics, announced their new focus on cannabis for women’s health, as well as several new executive team appointments that will support Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Michele Ross, and newly promoted Deputy Executive Director Susan Parker.
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.
The Israeli government voted on Sunday in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining some U.S. states and European countries who have adopted a similar approach.
In response to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s recent comments on federal marijuana policy, Oregon lawmakers are making moves to protect the the private information of recreational marijuana consumers.
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.
The NFL Players Association will continue to pursue a “less punitive” marijuana policy despite the recent comments from White House press secretary Sean Spicer indicating that the Trump administration will increase its enforcement of federal marijuana laws.
On Feb. 22, 2017, Australia’s Department of Health announced that providers approved by the Office of Drug Control will be allowed to import medical marijuana from approved international sources.
CANBERRA, Australia, Feb. 22, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Turnbull Government will facilitate faster access by qualified doctors to medicinal cannabis for patients with the necessary approvals.
On Feb. 16, 2017, the Congressional Cannabis Caucus held a press conference in Washington, D.C., to address the future of cannabis policy reform in the United States.
On Feb. 16, 2017, the Congressional Cannabis Caucus will be in Washington, D.C., to host a press conference at 2 p.m. on the future of states’ rights and federal cannabis reform, with a livestream of the event available for those who are unable to attend.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Don Young (AK-At Large), and Jared Polis (CO-02) on Thursday, February 16, will hold a press conference to discuss the role of the newly formed Cannabis Caucus and the future of cannabis policy.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9. 2017 /Weed Wire/ — National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith issued the following statement in response to Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as new U.S. Attorney General.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that would resolve the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws and allow states to determine their own marijuana policies.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Adam Bierman, co-founder and chief executive of Los Angeles-based cannabis firm MedMen, has been tapped by the industry’s top trade organization to help lead its efforts in shaping federal marijuana policy.
On Jan. 26, 2017, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced that he would support the decriminalization of marijuana in Israel and adopt recommendations made by a panel commissioned to study the issue.
On Jan. 10, 2017, the United States Air Force announced that it would relax its policy on barring recruits who have previously used marijuana from entering the service.
DENVER, Jan. 16, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Hoban Law Group has filed a petition in San Francisco’s United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to challenge what appears to be the DEA’s attempt to control an otherwise lawful substance.
In the world of television there is an unwritten rule that you should always assume the microphone is live. But during the College Football National Championship, ESPNU commentator and former basketball star Bill Walton forgot that rule.
Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati wants to visit the United States to promote Ross’ Gold, his Canadian cannabis brand; however, with Rebagliati having admitted past marijuana use, U.S. Border Agents have used a border policy to prevent him from entering the country.
On Dec. 30, 2016, Canadian Armed Forces veterans began reporting a privacy breach by Veterans Affairs Canada, as the VAC sent letters to veterans in the federal medical marijuana program with “RE: Cannabis for Medical Purposes” visible in the envelope window.
The Israeli army is planning to relax its disciplinary action for off-duty soldiers caught smoking marijuana. Israel’s military prosecutor wants to revise the drug policy to allow IDF soldiers to smoke marijuana up to five times.