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New York State’s Marijuana Working Group is Taking Public Comments on Legalization Legislation

A listening session was held Thursday evening in Rochester, New York to get feedback about what the community wants to see in the legislation currently being drafted to legalize cannabis for adult use in NY. See the full list of listening sessions happening state-wide here. The legislation being drafted is set to pass next April … Continue reading »

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Restrictive Amendments To State’s Voter-Initiated Marijuana Law

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin yesterday signed into law emergency regulations amending SQ 788 — the state’s voter-initiated medical marijuana access law. The changes, approved Tuesday in a 5 to 4 vote by directors at the Department of Health, seek to severely limit patients’ access to a wide range of cannabis products. Specifically, the new provisions: … Continue reading »

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Bipartisan Legislation Introduced To Protect States That Have Legalized Marijuana

Today, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced bipartisan legislation, The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act of 2018, to remove the threat of federal intervention and prosecution in states that regulate marijuana use and sales. A bipartisan House companion bill has been introduced by Representatives David Joyce (R-OH) and … Continue reading »

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GOP Lawmaker: Trump Administration Pledges Non-Interference In Legal Marijuana States

Republican Senator Cory Gardner (CO) says that he has received a verbal commitment from President Donald Trump specifying that the administration will not take action to disrupt marijuana markets in states that legally regulate the substance. “Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states’ rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana,” … Continue reading »

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New Federal Legislation To Protect Legal Marijuana States And Businesses

Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) has introduced the Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act which would essentially codify the protections that were outlined in the now-rescinded Cole Memo. Upon the introduction, Rep. Correa said, “To date, eight states have legalized recreational cannabis, and twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia, representing more than half of the American population, … Continue reading »

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New Jersey: New Governor Calls For ‘Patients First’ Expansion Of State’s Medical Cannabis Access Program

Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order on Tuesday calling on state regulators to review the state’s eight-year-old medical cannabis access program and to recommend ways to increase participation from patients and physicians. “Our goal is to modernize the program in New Jersey, bring it up to current standards, and put patients first,” he … Continue reading »

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Marijuana Law Reform Efforts Advance in States Despite a Hostile Attorney General

As tensions between AG Sessions and federal lawmakers continues to grow, proponents of marijuana legalization are finding new allies in state legislatures around the country. Despite the recent move by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind the Cole Memo, a 2013 DOJ memorandum that allowed state sanctioned marijuana business to thrive despite the quagmire between … Continue reading »

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Vermont: Support Measure to Expand State’s Medical Cannabis Program

Update: Members of the House Human Services Committee voted 10-0 in favor of SB 16 on April 27. Update: Members of the Senate approved the bill on February 17. It now awaits action from the House. Legislation is pending, SB 16, to expand the pool of patients eligible for cannabis therapy. If approved, SB 16 … Continue reading »

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Montana: Measure to Amend State’s Medical Cannabis Program Heading to Governor

House and Senate lawmakers are in the final stages of reconciling legislation, SB 333, to amend the state’s medical cannabis program. The measure is anticipated<> to be transmitted to the Governor imminently. The legislation makes several amendments to I-182, which voters passed in November. The measure establishes various rules and regulations regarding the operation of … Continue reading »

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New York: Support Legislation To Expand State’s Medical Marijuana Law

Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 1087, to expand the state’s medical marijuana law by removing the existing prohibition on herbal cannabis preparations. Under existing law, qualified patients are forbidden from obtaining whole-plant cannabis. Instead, they are required to access only cannabis-infused oral products such as oils, pills, or extracts prepared from the plant. “Smoking” or … Continue reading »

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