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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On March 23, 2017, the Arkansas Senate voted to approve House Bill 1400 and Senate Bill 721, providing requirements and restrictions on the state’s medical marijuana program.
On March 21, 2017, California Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula, presented a resolution to the Senate Standing Committee on Public Safety that would have the California State Legislature urge the United States Congress to pass legislation to reschedule marijuana and have President Donald Trump sign it.
The Florida Senate is approximately two weeks away from passing a bill that would regulate its newly minted medical marijuana program.
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 22, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council approved a motion for the city to create the Cannabis Licensing Commission, with the commission being responsible for the oversight of the city’s recreational cannabis licensing process.
Regulate Rhode Island’s report suggests that legalizing marijuana will create new jobs and bring in tax revenue for the state.
On March 20, 2017, California’s Lemon Grove started to accept its first few applications for potential medical cannabis dispensaries.
A state-run survey of 37,000 middle and high school students in Washington state finds that marijuana legalization there has had no effect on youngsters’ propensity to use the drug.
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.
In Arkansas, House lawmakers have rejected House Bill 1392, a proposal that would have banned the sale of commercial medical marijuana edibles.
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.
Backers of legalized recreational marijuana urged Massachusetts legislators Monday to hold off on making any significant changes to a law voters approved in November.
Advocates for medical cannabis are beginning the process to put the on the 2018 ballot for Utah voters to decide.
Advocates want New Hampshire state legislators to allow medical marijuana use for treatment of a disorder that leaves 1 in 5,000 people in chronic pain.
Nevada residents convicted of simple marijuana possession could get a new lease on life if one state lawmaker gets his way. Introduced by Assemblyman William McCurdy II, Assembly Bill 259 would vacate the convictions of Nevada residents who had been caught with one ounce or less of marijuana before Jan. 1, 2017.
Hawaii has been given the green light to open up dispensaries for medical marijuana patients, but when will that happen?
On March 18, 2017, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that it had issued a recall on nine pounds of marijuana flower produced by Emerald Wave Estate and sold by Buds 4 U in Mapleton due to the presence of unsafe levels of pesticide residue.
PORTLAND, Ore., March 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is issuing an immediate health and safety advisory due to the identification of potentially unsafe pesticide residue on retail plant material produced from marijuana cultivated by Emerald Wave Estate, LLC.
On March 17, 2017, event organizers behind the Denver 420 Fest, a two-day cannabis festival, announced that the event has been canceled.
The Arkansas Senate passed a number of bills Thursday regulating medical marijuana.
A Washington Goodwill donation center received the most generous of contributions over the weekend: 3.75 pounds of marijuana.
Cut Video had a priest, a rabbi, and an atheist smoke weed together.
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.
Montana lawmakers are considering a 6 percent sales tax on medical marijuana.
On March 15, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a speech to law enforcement officers in Richmond, Virginia, on his mission to fight violent crime and bolster public safety. It was during his discussion of drugs that Sessions brought marijuana into the conversation, reinforcing a stance that he has previously communicated.
Nebraska state lawmakers are gearing up to tackle a controversial bill: medical marijuana.
Although hopes for legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico have been sidelined until the next legislative session, marijuana advocates might yet score a legislative victory in the Land of Enchantment.
The issue of whether or not to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol in Rhode Island is gaining additional detractors — and continued staunch supporters.
On March 13, 2017, the Arkansas Senate voted once again to reject SB 357, a measure that would have banned the smoking of medical marijuana in the state.
A bill that would reduce the penalties for the possession of marijuana in Texas got a hearing Monday.
On March 9, 2017, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies announced that Colorado Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome has ordered John W. Long, Jr., of Nederland, as well as his marijuana businesses, Green Farms Consulting and Green Farms Holdings, to cease and desist offering and selling unregistered securities.
On March 13, 2017, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced that it is in search of a contractor with experience in the legal marijuana industry to create a rubric to score applicants for medical marijuana business licenses.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 13, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Ohio Department of Commerce is looking for expertise and is requesting information around the development of a scoring system (“Rubric”) and application review process for the evaluation of applicants for licenses to cultivate medical marijuana, to process medical marijuana, and to function as a testing laboratory for medical marijuana.
On March 8, 2017, Florida state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and state Sen. Jeff Clemens introduced companion bills that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
in January 2018 two distinct California state laws will come into effect, the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act and the Adult Use Marijuana Act, the mandating act for a new adult-recreational industry. So the question is: what hoops is an entrepreneur going to have to jump through to avail himself of this double opportunity?
Massachusetts adults can grow and use recreational marijuana, but it’s still illegal to sell the drug without a license. Legislators are looking into how to change the laws.
Will Connecticut join the handful of states around the nation to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana?
The second day at the California Cannabis Business Expo, Monday, March 6, kicked off with a discussion of the “Trump effect,” by Lawrence W. Horwitz, of Horwitz + Armstrong, a law firm and professional corporation headquartered in Lake Forest, California.
On Sunday, the state’s auditor general said marijuana legalization could save the state millions of dollars. But Wolf isn’t on board – yet.
An attempt to ban the smoking of medical marijuana fell short in the Arkansas Senate while a bill to ban edibles was deferred. But both measures altering the voter-approved constitutional amendment could come up later this week.
Maryland’s medical cannabis program is expected to be fully up and running later this year, and in the coming months, patients can register with the state. But there’s a series of issues that still need to be resolved, even as marijuana growers and dispensaries are getting ready to open for business.
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.
New Mexico senator Joseph Cervantes, hopes to reduce the state’s penalties for possession of marijuana.
On March 2, 2017, the Arkansas Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor voted to approve two bills that would limit the methods for consuming medical marijuana.
On March 1, 2017, the Georgia House of Representatives voted to approve House Bill 65, which would expand the number of qualifying conditions covered by the state’s limited medical marijuana program.
In Oregon, Washington state and Colorado, marijuana tax revenues totaled at least $335 million in either the last calendar year or the last fiscal year.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 1, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — While recreational marijuana cannot be sold in California until January 2018, existing medical marijuana growers and future recreational marijuana growers will be eligible as of March 1 for PG&E’s agricultural energy rate.
Tax revenue for Alaska’s legal marijuana industry dipped in the month of January. With retailers selling approximately 111 pounds of marijuana flower and another 77 pounds of marijuana plant material during the first month of 2017, the state took in $107,500 in marijuana taxes for January, which is $38,300 less than December’s high of $145,800.
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.