Michigan lawmakers have delayed a promising bill that would overturn a law that declares the possession or transportation of marijuana in a vehicle a misdemeanor.
Tag Archives: law
Lawmakers Consider Lowering Number of Marijuana Plants Mainers Can Grow
Maine’s recreational marijuana law allows adults to grow up to six flowering plants for personal and recreational use — but the legislative committee that’s overhauling the law is trying to cut that allotment by half.
Arizona House Panel OKs Felony for Rule-Breaking Pot Doctors
An Arizona House panel on Thursday approved a proposal making doctors who sidestep rules for medical marijuana recommendations guilty of a felony.
Could the Netherlands Become the First EU Country to Legalize Cannabis?
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?
Bill Extending Medical Marijuana to Opioid Users Passes Illinois Senate Committee
A bill that would allow people who have been prescribed opioids to apply for a temporary medical marijuana card passed a Senate committee Wednesday.
Marijuana Businesses Are Legal — But Near Impossible to Open in San Diego
San Diego now has 13 stores with licenses to sell recreational and medical marijuana. That’s more than most cities in California. But it’s nowhere near what some say is necessary to meet the city’s demand for marijuana.
Weed Wars: California County Fights Illegal Marijuana
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced prosecutors are prepared to challenge states that have legalised cannabis. But in some, like California, the battle over its production is raging on.
What’s Next for Marijuana Industry After Recent Crackdown?
The national movement to legalize marijuana took a big step forward this week – and a big step back. California became the largest state in the nation to permit recreational pot use, but on Thursday Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidelines meant to limit federal prosecutions. Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss why this situation is so confusing and what this means for business owners in the burgeoning marijuana industry.
GOP Senator Wants Tax Cut for Cannabis Businesses
A Republican senator from a state where marijuana is legal is pushing this week to give cannabis businesses a measure of tax fairness.
Michigan Reverses Stance, Will Let Marijuana Shops Stay Open
In an about-face, Michigan regulators said Wednesday that medical marijuana businesses can stay open while seeking a state license as long as they have been operating with the approval of their local community.
Fundraiser for Burned Marijuana Farms Shut Down
The wildfires scorching Northern California have burned down at least 34 marijuana farms, just as the state prepares to launch a legal recreational marijuana industry. Now an attempt to crowdfund money online for farmers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties has been shut down by payment provider WePay.
Maine’s Governor Proposes Pushing Back Legal Pot Sales Until 2019
Maine’s governor is pushing for lawmakers to delay the start of legal recreational marijuana sales instead of rewriting the voter-approved marijuana law.
These 10 Are States Most Likely to Pass Medical Marijuana Next
There are currently 29 states in America with some form of legalized medical marijuana. Most politicians have begun to change their minds about the legitimacy of medicinal cannabis. But some states continue to resist efforts to legalize the drug even for medicinal purposes. Here are the 10 states most likely to legalize medical marijuana next.
What Pennsylvania Patients Must do to Access Medical Marijuana
The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued temporary regulations Monday for state residents who are considering taking part in the state’s medical marijuana program.
Canada’s Provincial Justice Ministers Want Answers on Marijuana Legalization
Canada’s justice ministers are asking for clarity and support as they scramble to organize and police an entirely new marijuana industry in less than 10 months.
Law Allowing Marijuana-Derived Oil Spurs Indiana Crackdown
A new Indiana law that allows people with certain types of epilepsy to use a marijuana-derived oil for treatment has spurred a statewide crackdown, making it more difficult for those seeking the product to obtain it.
Canopy Growth: There’s a Downside to the LCBO Entering Marijuana Retail
The Ontario government announced September 8 that the LCBO will oversee the retail sale of cannabis in Ontario through standalone stores and an e-commerce site.
Iowa Attorney General Halts Part of Medical Marijuana Program
The Iowa Attorney General’s Office advised the Iowa Department of Public Health this month that it should not implement a small section in Iowa’s new medical marijuana law.
Las Vegas Airport Banning Possession and Advertisement of Cannabis
It looks like cannabis travelers and advertisers will have to be more conscientious when using the Las Vegas airport. On Sept. 5, 2017, Clark County commissioners approved a measure to ban both possession and advertisement of cannabis at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
The 1 Marijuana Stock That Can Thrive, Even If Jeff Sessions Cracks Down
Undoubtedly, a reversal in the federal government’s laxness on pot would be terrible news for marijuana stock investors, but not every last company would be decimated. One marijuana stock could still thrive, even with Jeff Sessions waving the metaphorical sword at the pot industry: Scotts Miracle-Gro.
Governor Appoints 8 Members to New Iowa Medical Cannabis Board
Gov. Kim Reynolds named eight Iowans Wednesday to serve on a state board that will oversee the state’s expanded medical cannabis law.
Cleveland Cannabis College Curriculum Expanding This Fall
A year shy of Ohio’s medical marijuana program becoming operational, Cleveland Cannabis College is expanding it’s curriculum in the hopes of helping to fill the thousands of jobs that could be created with the budding industry.
Smoking Legal Pot in Las Vegas Tricky for Tourists
The legal use of marijuana is the latest temptation available to tens of millions of people who visit Las Vegas each year. But the law mandates the legally bought marijuana be consumed in a private residence, which puts tourists in a tough spot.
Iowa’s New Medical Marijuana Law Draws Interest From Possible Entrepreneurs
Several dozen people have expressed interest in manufacturing or distributing medical marijuana products under Iowa’s new law, despite strict limits on what they would be able to sell, a state administrator said Wednesday.
Massachusetts Marijuana Laws Got a Statehouse Rewrite: What to Know
The Massachusetts marijuana law is getting a rewrite. The state has actually two marijuana laws — approved by voters — that Statehouse lawmakers revised, largely behind closed doors.
Lawmakers Reveal New Deal on Massachusetts Marijuana Law
State House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement Monday on the state’s voter-approved Massachusetts marijuana law that would allow retail pot sales to be taxed at a maximum 20 percent rate.
Michigan Marijuana Campaign Reaches Significant Milestone
A Michigan marijuana campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in the state has reached a significant milestone. On July 10, 2017, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced that its petition to put legalization on the 2018 ballot had earned more than 100,000 signatures.
Wolters Kluwer Publishes First Law School Casebook to Focus on Marijuana-Related Legal Issues
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.
Rep. Yaroch Calls for the Federal Government to Decide: Can States Regulate Marijuana or Not?
LANSING, Mich., July 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — State Rep. Jeff Yaroch has introduced a resolution calling for clarity from the federal government on enforcement of laws involving marijuana.
Group Files 2018 Utah Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative
Activists who say they are tired of waiting for Utah’s conservative Legislature to pass a broad medical marijuana law launched an effort Monday to ask voters next year to pass the law.
Massachusetts’ Recreational Marijuana Proposal Seeks Higher Taxes
Lawmakers reviewing the Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana law plan to recommend sharply higher taxes and more control for city and town officials over retail pot shops in their communities, according to a copy of a House proposal obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
Expanded Medical Marijuana Law Grows Georgia Program
More than 100 new patients have received permission to use access the medical marijuana law in Georgia this month, bringing the statewide total of people using the product to more than 1,800 less than three years after the state began the program.
Cleveland Rethinking Ban on Medical Marijuana Growing Sites
City Council could roll back a moratorium on cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes, a step viewed as necessary to avoid shutting Cleveland out of potentially lucrative tax gains.
The Challenges of Enforcing Maine’s Marijuana Laws
Local law enforcement say there are still many questions to be answered about how to enforce the new legal marijuana law, especially when it comes to driving under the influence.
Arizona Medical Marijuana Users Denied Reduced Program Fees
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has denied attempts by Arizona medical marijuana users to lower mandatory patient and caregiver fees. Though Judge Jo Lynn Gentry did not challenge patients’ claims that the Department of Health Services collects more money than is needed to keep the program running, she maintained that the courts are unable to alter the fees for Arizona medical marijuana users.
6 Months Later, Massachusetts Cannabis Regulations Still Unclear
Lawmakers haven’t been able to tighten Massachusetts cannabis regulations in the ballot law after it passed 185 days ago.
This Marijuana Stock Isn’t Afraid of Jeff Sessions
Here’s a pot stock that should prove immune to the adverse political winds emanating from the nation’s capital as marijuana is transitioning in the public eye.
Are ‘Marijuana Gifts’ Legal in Massachusetts?
In Massachusettes, there’s a giant loophole in the law that may have turned the legalization of recreational pot into a goldmine for potential drug dealers.
Where Medical Marijuana is Legal, Illegal Use Climbs
Where medical marijuana is legal, adults are more likely to use the drug illegally and are at an increased risk of cannabis use disorder, according to a new study.
Massachusetts Lawmaker Proposes Ban on EBT Cards for Pot Sales
Massachusetts lawmakers are still working out the final provisions in the state’s recreational marijuana law, with one lawmaker proposing banning EBT cards to purchase the recreational drug.
How Will Marijuana Legalization Change Toronto’s Pot Culture?
CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt takes a look at the impact marijuana legalization will have on the city of Toronto.
Decision Pending on Adding Opioid Use Disorder for Medical Marijuana in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M., April 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — On Friday, April 7, New Mexico could become the first state in the nation to specifically list opioid use disorder as medical condition that qualifies for access to the state medical marijuana program.
MA Legislators Looking to Make Changes to Marijuana Law
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.
Cannabis Caucus Weighs in on Potential Threat to Legal Cannabis
The newly formed House Cannabis Caucus, co-launched by Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young, responded Thursday to a statement from a White House spokesman about potentially increasing federal prosecution of recreational smokers.
Lawmakers to Rewrite Massachusetts Marijuana Law
The Massachusetts House and Senate created a new “Committee on Marijuana Policy” to take a second look at the recreational pot law. Top state leaders have several concerns, from public safety to the tax structure, to the number of pot plants someone can grow at home.
Cleveland Cannabis College Opens in Ohio
Ohioans now can get an education in their state’s medical marijuana program. Richard Pine, an Ohio native, has opened the Cleveland Cannabis College. The college will offer courses in horticulture, history, law and other areas related to medical marijuana. Classes will begin in Fall 2017.
Marijuana Will Be Legal in Maine Monday
Maine voters in November approved legalizing marijuana; the law goes into effect January 30.
North Dakota Lawmakers Want More Time on MMJ Regulations
The so-called emergency measure is supported by both Republican and Democratic leaders, who said state health officials and law enforcement are scrambling to solve a number of issues, including allowable forms and potency of medical marijuana, and oversight of distributors.
Georgia Lawmakers Hope to Expand Medical Cannabis
For years, Georgia lawmakers have debated the merits of medical marijuana and the discussion will continue this year.
Sen. Jeff Sessions Gives “Wishy Washy” Response to Questions about Marijuana and Federalism at Attorney General Confirmation Hearing Today
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Statement from Bill Piper, Senior Director of the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs: