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Virginia Delegate Files Bill to Allow Medical Cannabis Use at Schools

Virginia State Delegate Chris L. Hurst (D-12) has filed HB 1720 to allow students registered with Virginia’s medical cannabis program to use their medicine at school and school-sponsored activities. If passed, the bill would prohibit a school board from suspending or expelling from school attendance a student who possesses or uses Virginia’s allowed medical cannabis oils … Continue reading »

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Farm Bill Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban Become Law

President Donald Trump today signed legislation into law that includes language lifting the United States’ decades-long prohibition on domestic, commercial hemp production. The provisions were included within The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka ‘The Farm Bill’), which takes effect on January 1, 2019. “The significance of this law change should not be underemphasized,” NORML Deputy … Continue reading »

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Michigan Bill to Ban Home Cultivation Fails in Senate

An effort to undermine Michigan’s Proposition 1, a voter approved initiative that legalized adult-use marijuana failed to gain support in the Senate. In a last-ditch effort to deny Michigan residents the legal right to grow marijuana in their home, Senate Majority Leader Meekhof introduced SB 1243 that would have stripped the Michigan Regulation and Taxation … Continue reading »

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Reconciled Farm Bill Includes Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban

Washington, DC: House and Senate lawmakers have agreed to a reconciled version of H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill), which includes provisions lifting the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. “For the first time in nearly a hundred years, commercial hemp production will no longer be federally prohibited in the … Continue reading »

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First Ever Veterans-Focused Medical Bill Introduced In Senate

Washington, DC: Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) today introduced legislation, The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, to expand and facilitate medical cannabis access to military veterans suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, and other serious medical conditions. Under existing regulations, VA doctors are not permitted to fill out the mandatory paperwork necessary to … Continue reading »

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Delaware: Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law

Democrat Gov. John Carney signed legislation into law today vacating past marijuana convictions. Senate Bill 197, which took immediate effect, “provides mandatory expungement eligibility to individuals who were convicted of the possession [of one ounce or less], use or consumption of marijuana prior to Delaware’s decriminalization of these offenses.” State lawmakers in 2015 enacted legislation … Continue reading »

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Delaware Senator Cosponsors Federal Reform, Ten Percent of Senate Now Support Descheduling Bill

Just a few weeks after Delaware NORML made the trek down to Washington DC, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) cosponsored The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act (S. 3174), far-reaching legislation that would end the federal prohibition of marijuana and provide resources to expunge the criminal records of those who suffer the collateral consequences of a possession charge. … Continue reading »

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New Federal Employment Protections Bill Introduced For Marijuana Consumers

Today, Congressman Charlie Crist held a press conference to announce the introduction of the Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act, HR 6589. The bipartisan bill would explicitly bar federal agencies from discriminating against workers solely because of their status as a cannabis consumer, or due to testing positive for marijuana use on … Continue reading »

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Senate Democratic Leader Introduces Far-Reaching Marijuana Descheduling Bill

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with Senators Bernie Sanders, Tim Kaine, and Tammy Duckworth, just introduced legislation, the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and to provide funding for the expungement of criminal records for those with past marijuana convictions.   Passage of descheduling legislation is necessary to resolve … Continue reading »

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Senate Majority Leader Introduces Bi-Partisan Hemp Legalization Bill

United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), along with Oregon Democrats Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced legislation today to remove low THC hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act and amend federal regulations to better facilitate industrial hemp production, research, and commerce. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 allows states, not the federal … Continue reading »

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