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Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation – Marijuana Protections Included

In a quick deal between President Trump and Congress, a three-month budget continuing resolution will be in effect until December 8, 2017, maintaining current spending levels. While this seems mundane (it is), it is important for marijuana policy because it guarantees a temporary extension of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer protections for lawful medical marijuana programs from Attorney … Continue reading »

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Medical Marijuana Protections Offered Again, But Will They Receive A Vote?

This week, Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, Earl Blumenauer, and allies in the House of Representatives have again offered the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment to protect lawful state medical marijuana programs from the federal government. Specifically, it would limit the Justice Department from taking action against state-sanctioned medical cannabis producers, retailers, or consumers. Although the amendment was reauthorized by Congress … Continue reading »

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Court Case Highlights Need For Continued Federal Protections

Last week, a US District Court blocked federal prosecutors from continuing a case against a medical marijuana cultivation company as a result of the current, albeit limited, congressional protections from the Department of Justice. LA Weekly reported: Humboldt County growers Anthony Pisarski and Sonny Moore had already pleaded guilty to federal allegations (conspiracy to manufacture … Continue reading »

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Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients’ Afforded Workplace Protections, High Court Rules

State-registered medical cannabis patients may sue a private employer for discrimination if they are fired for their off-the-job marijuana use, according to a first in the nation ruling issued today by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Opining for the court, Chief Justice Ralph Gants determined that it is “not facially unreasonable” for employers to make … 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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Congressional Protections For Legal State Medical Marijuana Programs Expected To Be Extended

We welcome the extension and expansion of critical marijuana policy provisions through September 30 in the proposed fiscal year 2017 omnibus funding legislation. The decision to reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment language illustrates both compassion and common sense when it comes to marijuana policy. Now, the majority of states and over 90 percent of the public approves … Continue reading »

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Congress’ 2017 Budget Plan Reauthorizes Protections For State Medical Cannabis Programs

Spending legislation approved in the past 24 hours by members of the US House and Senate reauthorizes language protecting state-sanctioned medical marijuana and industrial hemp programs. The President is expected to sign the budget bill into law imminently. Specifically, Section 537 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, states that no federal funds may be … Continue reading »

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Louisiana: Bill Introduced to Provide Explicit Legal Protections for Medical Cannabis Recipients

SB 35, introduced by Sen. Yvonne Colomb, provides explicit exemptions from arrest and prosecution for persons lawfully in possession of medical marijuana. Presently, state regulators are finalizing rules and regulations governing its nascent medical cannabis program, which seeks to permit the production, dispensing, and use of non-herbal preparations of cannabis for qualified patients. Passage of … Continue reading »

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Federal Marijuana Protections Extended Through April, But Face an Uncertain Future

Members of Congress have re-authorized a federal provision prohibiting the Justice Department from interfering in state-authorized medical cannabis programs. The provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, was included in short-term spending legislation, House Resolution 2028, and will expire on April 28, 2017. NORML is encouraging you to tell the incoming Congress that these pivotal patient … Continue reading »

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