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Nevada: Governor Signs Hemp Expansion Law

Governor Brian Sandoval has signed legislation, Senate Bill 396, expanding the state’s hemp law to permit broader commercial cultivation of the crop. The new law permits regulators to license growers to engage in hemp cultivation and to produce edible products derived from hemp. Under a 2015 law, hemp could only be produced as part of … Continue reading »

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Rhode Island: Medical Dispensary Expansion

Update: On May 18 the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended measure be held for further study. SB 176 is currently pending in the Rhode Island Senate. This Senate Bill would amend the state’s Medical Marijuana Act, which currently only permits three medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in the entire state, and increase this to a maximum … Continue reading »

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Washington: Medical Cannabis Expansion Legislation Sent to Governor

House and Senate lawmakers have approved legislation, SB 5131, to expand medical cannabis access. The measure now awaits action from Gov. Jay Inslee. Senate Bill 5131 permits qualified patients and/or caregivers ages 18 and older to purchase immature cannabis plants, seeds, or clones from state-licensed dispensaries. Marijuana cooperatives may also purchase seeds from a licensed marijuana … Continue reading »

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Hawaii: Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill Moving Forward

Legislation to expand Hawaii’s medical cannabis program has passed both legislative chambers. The bill, HB 1488, has passed both the House and Senate. Senate changes to the bill must now be approved by members of the House before it can be sent to the Governor. The bill expands the number of qualifying conditions eligible to … Continue reading »

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Massachusetts: Lawmakers Fail To Consider Medical Marijuana Expansion Measure

Lawmakers failed to move legislation forward to protect patients approved by physicians and certified by the Department of Public Health to access medical marijuana.  H. 2065 sought to protect qualified patients from discrimination. The measure would have no longer permitted employers, landlords, hospitals, universities, and family services to discriminate and/or sanction individuals based solely on … Continue reading »

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Iowa: Medical Marijuana Expansion Measure Killed

Senate legislation to expand the physician-authorized use and dispensing of marijuana-related products for therapeutic purposes was killed by members of the House of Representatives in a 31-63 failed vote.  Under a 2014 law, adolescents with intractable epilepsy, but no other qualifying condition, may possesses limited quantities of cannabidiol-extracted oils. The law provides no legal supply … Continue reading »

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Delaware: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Measure

Governor Jack Markell has signed legislation into law permitting terminally ill patients to access medical cannabis. House Bill 400 (aka ‘Bob’s bill’) permits physicians to recommend cannabis therapy to terminally ill adults. It also permits those under 18 to access CBD products if they are suffering from “pain, anxiety, or depression” related to a terminal illness. The … Continue reading »

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Hawaii: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Law

Governor David Ige has signed legislation, House Bill 2707, to expand the state’s medical cannabis program.  The measure expands the pool of practitioners who may legally recommend cannabis therapy to include advanced nurse practitioners. Separate provisions in the bill removes the prohibition on Sunday dispensary sales and on the possession of marijuana-related paraphernalia by qualified … Continue reading »

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Illinois: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Plan Into Law

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to expand and extend the state’s medical marijuana program. The legislation (Senate Bill 10) extends the state’s medical cannabis program to 2020. Legislation initiating the program was set to expire in 2018. Other changes to the program include: 1. Adding post-traumatic stress and any terminal illness as qualifying medical conditions; 2. Extending … Continue reading »

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Vermont: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Law

Governor Peter Shumlin has signed legislation into law expanding the state’s medical cannabis program. Senate Bill 14 includes various patient-friendly provisions: It permits patients with glaucoma and ‘chronic pain’ and/or those in hospice care to be eligible for cannabis therapy; it eliminates the requirement that patients must have previously tried other conventional treatments “without success” prior … Continue reading »

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