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Tagged With: marijuana

The Smell Of Marijuana Should Not Be A Death Sentence

Philando Castile was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop last year. This week we learned that the officer rationalized his actions by claiming that the alleged smell of “burnt marijuana” made him fear for his own life.  Here is how the officer recounted his actions, in his own words: … Continue reading »

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California: Marijuana Regulation Implementation Bill Sent to Governor

Members of the state assembly and senate have passed legislation, Senate Bill 94, regarding the implementation of the Adult Use Marijuana Act and make amendments to the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. The legislation imposes various regulatory changes surrounding the licensing of medical and retail facilities. A summary of some of these changes appears … Continue reading »

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Nevada: Governor Vetoes Bill Vacating Past Marijuana Convictions

Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed legislation, Assembly Bill 259, that sought to allow minor marijuana offenders to vacate and seal their past convictions. The measure stated: “If a person has been convicted of a misdemeanor for the possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana in violation of subsection 4 of NRS 453.336 or for a … Continue reading »

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Vermont: Governor Vetoes Marijuana Depenalization Measure; Says He Remains Open To Working With Lawmakers This Summer

Update: Lawmakers have sent a revised depenalization bill to Gov. Scott for his consideration during a special legislative session. The bill would eliminate criminal and civil penalities regarding the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and/or the cultivation of two mature plants. The bill also imposes civil fines for marijuana use while in a … Continue reading »

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Federal: Legislation To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients Pending In Senate (CARERS Act)

Legislation has been reintroduced in the Senate, The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act of 2017, to strengthen protections for those compliant with their state’s medical marijuana laws and to impose various changes to federal law.  Passage of CARERS 2017 exempts from federal prosecution those who are engaged in the “production, possession, … Continue reading »

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Study: No Increase In Problematic Cannabis Use Following Passage Of Medical Marijuana Laws

The enactment of medical marijuana laws is not associated with increased rates of problematic cannabis use, according to data published online in the journal Addiction. Columbia University investigators assessed cannabis use trends in states in the years following the passage of medicalization. They reported “no significant change in the prevalence of past-month marijuana use among … Continue reading »

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Deputy AG: Marijuana is federally illegal and has no medical use

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was questioned about federal marijuana policy during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today and his responses were disconcerting to say the least. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) asked Rosenstein about the current tension between state and federal marijuana laws. “We do have a conflict between federal law and the law in … Continue reading »

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Medical Marijuana as an Alternative to Opioids

This Friday, June 16, the Office of National Drug Control Policy will convene it’s first meeting of President Trump’s “Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.” The Commission is tasked with making recommendations for improving the Federal response to opioid misuse and abuse. Best evidence informs us that medical marijuana access is associated … Continue reading »

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Nevada: Oppose The Proposed Tax on Medical Marijuana

Senate Bill 487 would increase the current excise tax on marijuana from two to ten percent of the sales price of the marijuana or product. While NORML generally does not oppose the imposition of fair and reasonable sales taxes on the commercial sales of cannabis for recreational purposes, we do not support such excessive taxation … Continue reading »

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California: Legislation To Bring Clarity And Protections For Marijuana Industry

Update: AB 1159 passed the Assembly on 5/15 AB 1159, would bring much-needed clarity to the medical and recreational cannabis industry and extend protections for individuals and businesses in their dealings with their legal advisors  The current conflict between federal and California law regarding the legality of cannabis creates problems for businesses that are unlike … Continue reading »

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