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New Jersey Senator introduces bill to end cannabis prohibition

New Jersey Senator introduces bill to end cannabis prohibition

May 17, 2017

State Senator Nick Scutari introduced a bill to end cannabis prohibition in New Jersey on Monday in Trenton.  Scutari (D-Trenton) was also the sponsor for the state's medical cannabis law. “New Jersey was at the forefront of this debate years ago, and now we lag behind,” Scutari told a reporters....

Trump hints at defying Congress and going after medical states

Trump hints at defying Congress and going after medical states

May 16, 2017

While Congress' budget bill included a provision protecting the 29 states who have legalized medical cannabis and 15 others who may do so from federal intervention, President Trump hinted that he may have other plans. The President released a signing statement on May 5, stating: "Division B, section 537 provides that the Department of Justice may not use any fund...

Mexico’s lower house passes bill approving cannabis for medicinal use

Mexico's lower house passes bill approving cannabis for medicinal use

May 7, 2017

Mexico's lowest house passed a bill Friday approving cannabis use for medicinal purposes. The bill does not legalize smoking in public, but it does direct the Health Department to "design public policies to regulate the medicinal use of [cannabis] and its derivatives." The bill passed by a 374-7 vo...

New Mexico’s medical cannabis program is booming – sales soar 86 percent

New Mexico's medical cannabis program is booming - sales soar 86 percent

May 5, 2017

New Mexico's Medical Cannabis Program saw an 86 percent increase comparing the first three months of 2016 to the first three months of 2017, according to a press release from one of the state's medical cannabis providers, Ultra Health. The state's program saw revenues reach $19 million, despite New Mexico having the country's most restrictive plant count, a maximum of 450 plants per producer. ...

Vermont legislature makes cannabis history

Vermont legislature makes cannabis history

May 4, 2017

Vermont made cannabis reform history yesterday by being the first state to pass legalization measures through both the House and Senate chambers without the need for a public vote. The two chambers need to pass identical measures within one week to send a legalization bill to Gov. Phil Scott. Ballot initiative...

Uruguayans to be the first to sign up for state-vetted cannabis

Uruguayans to be the first to sign up for state-vetted cannabis

May 3, 2017

Citizens of Uruguay were able to register to buy cannabis for social use through a government-regulated system on Tuesday. The state Cannabis Regulation and Control Institute said nearly 600 people have signed up for the program already. Those who have signed up will be able to buy a maximum of 10 grams o...

Congress’ new budget will allow medical cannabis states to proceed without fear of federal intervention

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May 1, 2017

Congress included a provision in its newly unveiled budget that will block the Justice Department, including U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, from spending federal dollars on interfering with states' medical cannabis laws. The provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, states "None of th...

Could cannabis social clubs be coming to Nevada?

Could cannabis social clubs be coming to Nevada?

April 29, 2017

The Nevada Senate passed a bill which would let local governments permit marijuana social clubs and other forms of public use by 12-9 on Tuesday. The bill will need to head to the Assembly for a final vote. Social clubs and public use has previously been against the law in Nevada and generally al...

Southern Colorado introduces the country’s first cannabis-funded scholarships

Southern Colorado introduces the country's first cannabis-funded scholarships

April 28, 2017

Colorado's cannabis tax dollars have already helped public schools and the homeless within the state. Now, those tax dollars will be sending students to college. In southern Colorado's Pueblo County, any student planning to attend Pueblo Community College or Colorado State University-Pueblo may apply fo...

West Virginia becomes 29th state to introduce medical cannabis legislation

West Virginia becomes 29th state to introduce medical cannabis legislation

April 27, 2017

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice recently signed the West Virginia Cannabis Act into law, marking the 29th state to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes. Citizens of The Mountain State won't have access to medical cannabis until July 1, 2019, with the exception of terminally ill cancer patients....

Colorado sees 33 percent decline in cannabis related DUIs

Colorado sees 33 percent decline in cannabis related DUIs

April 25, 2017

The amount of citations written for those driving under the influence of cannabis in Colorado decreased by 33 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared tot he same period in 2016, as reported by The Cannabist.  Colorado officials, however, still see cannabis use while driving as a major concern. "We're still troubled by the fact that marijuana users are still telling us they routinely drive ...

New legislation aims to remove cannabis as a Schedule I drug

New legislation aims to remove cannabis as a Schedule I drug

April 24, 2017

As cannabis legalization, and therefore rescheduling, has reached an all-time high in the United States, two Congressman have proposed a bill that would allow medical patients, scientists and medical researchers easier access to cannabis. The legislation would remove cannabis from its current Sche...

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