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The Marijuana Justice Act Introduced In Senate

Senator Cory Booker Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) has introduced comprehensive marijuana reform legislation, the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017. The bill would (1) remove marijuana from the US Controlled Substances Act, thereby ending the federal criminalization of cannabis; (2) incentivize states to mitigate existing and ongoing racial disparities in state-level marijuana arrests; (3) expunge federal convictions specific … Continue reading »

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Senate Committee Passes Amendment To Protect Medical Marijuana

Senator Patrick Leahy Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) successfully offered and passed the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment in the Senate Appropriations Committee to protect lawful medical marijuana programs from the Department of Justice. Initially enacted by Congress in 2014, the amendment maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that … Continue reading »

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Tell the Senate to Expand Veterans’ Access to Medical Cannabis

  Update: The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the amendment as part of the 2018 MilCon-VA bill. It is expected that an identical amendment will be introduced in the future in the House.  This Wednesday, July 12th, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee will convene to discuss the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies … Continue reading »

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Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the Veterans Equal Access amendment as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which would expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nation’s veterans. Presently, V.A. doctors in states where cannabis therapy is permitted are forbidden from providing the paperwork necessary to complete … Continue reading »

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Federal: Amendment To Expand Veterans’ Access to Medical Marijuana To Be Offered In The Senate

The Veterans Equal Access Amendment, which would expand medical cannabis access to eligible military veterans, is expected to be offered to the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations (MilCon-VA) bill.  Presently, V.A. doctors are forbidden from providing the paperwork necessary to complete a recommendation, thus forcing military veterans to seek the advice … 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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New York: Senate Legislation Pending To Expand Patients’ Access to Medical Cannabis

A pair of bills are pending in the Senate to expand patients’ access to medical cannabis. Senate Bill 6092 expands the pool of patients eligible for medical cannabis access to include those with Alzheimer’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and a number of other debilitating diseases. It also removes arbitrary caps imposed on the amount of … Continue reading »

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New Hampshire: Decriminalization Passes Senate, Soon Heads To Governor To Sign

New Hampshire is the only New England state that has not either decriminalized or legalized adult marijuana use but that is soon to change. Today, the state Senate passed an amended version of House Bill 640, which eliminates the threat of jail time for a possession conviction of less than 3/4 of an ounce and reduces … Continue reading »

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Federal – House and Senate Measures Seek to Protect Marijuana Businesses and Consumers

Update: HR 1824 and S 780 were referred to committees. Senator Wyden and Representative Blumenauer have introduced legislation in the House and Senate (HR 1824 and S 780) to offer a wide range of legal protections to state-compliant marijuana-related businesses and consumers. Specifically, these measures will protect consumers in legal marijuana states by ensuring them access to … Continue reading »

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Marijuana Treated Like Alcohol? Legislation Filed In Senate and House

Senator Ron Wyden and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Jared Polis have introduced legislation in the House and Senate — The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act — to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. In addition to removing marijuana from the United States Controlled Substances Act, this legislation also removes … Continue reading »

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