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ACLU files lawsuit against Georgia PD for false cannabis arrests

ACLU files lawsuit against Georgia PD for false cannabis arrests

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 29, 2017


Filed under Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against a Georgia police department and a police officer who arrested drivers under the suspicion of cannabis intoxication when no evidence was found. The three plaintiffs were falsely arrested, forced to draw blood and sit in jail...

The gift of green is D.C.’s new cannabis loophole

The gift of green is D.C.’s new cannabis loophole

Sara Tiradossi

September 29, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Social cannabis

The District of Columbia has developed an unusual approach to the cannabis industry. Medical cannabis has been legal in Washington D.C. for almost 20 years, but a ballot initiative in 2014, also known as the Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Initiative, allowed...

Atlanta cannabis decriminalization bill awaits city council approval

Atlanta cannabis decriminalization bill awaits city council approval

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 28, 2017


Filed under Politics, Social cannabis

The Atlanta City Council’s public safety committee recently approved a bill which would decriminalize cannabis possession within city borders. The bill aims to reduce the possession to a $75 fine with no jail time. The existing penalty for possessing less than an ounce of cannabis can lead to six ...

Social cannabis regulations in Maine could allow drive-thru dispensary sales

Social cannabis regulations in Maine could allow drive-thru dispensary sales

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 25, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Social cannabis

If Maine’s proposed social cannabis regulations become law, it could allow consumers to purchase cannabis from dispensaries through a drive-thru window. The social cannabis committee’s bill would also allow consumers to purchase cannabis through the internet and set up a 20 percent sales tax rate f...

Court declares current sobriety tests not valid for cannabis

Court declares current sobriety tests not valid for cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 20, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Social cannabis

According to a ruling made on Tuesday by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, field sobriety tests used in drunk-driving cases cannot be used as evidence for drugged-driving cases involving cannabis. The court said officers are only allowed to testify as non-expert witnesses and make observations on...

Las Vegas officials to wait for Denver before opening cannabis clubs

Las Vegas officials to wait for Denver before opening cannabis clubs

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 20, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Social cannabis

Las Vegas officials decided on Tuesday to wait until Denver authorizes the nation’s first cannabis clubs before establishing their own lounges in Nevada. The discussion began among commissioners after Legislature attorneys concluded nothing in state law could prohibit local governments from all...

New Hampshire joins the rest of New England and decriminalizes cannabis

New Hampshire joins the rest of New England and decriminalizes cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 19, 2017


Filed under Politics

A New Hampshire law which would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis goes into effect on Saturday.   The law would reduce the possession penalty from a misdemeanor to a civil violation with fines up to $300 for amounts under 21 grams. Police officers cannot arrest someone for ...

Lawmakers in California call for the reclassification of cannabis

Lawmakers in California call for the reclassification of cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 19, 2017


Filed under Politics, Social cannabis

California lawmakers are formally calling on the federal government to reclassify cannabis as a substance after voters approved a ballot measure to legalize cannabis. The resolution called for changes in federal law which would allow for cannabis to be classified under a lesser designation through the Contr...

Supreme court in Nevada halts cannabis distribution until early October

Supreme court in Nevada halts cannabis distribution until early October

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 19, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase, Social cannabis

After a month-long distribution dispute, the Nevada Supreme Court decided to halt all plans to allow entities other than alcohol distributors to transport cannabis for social-use dispensaries. Last November, the voter-approved cannabis legalization law granted liquor wholesalers exclusive rights to tr...

Special session called by Colorado Gov. to fix cannabis tax error

Special session called by Colorado Gov. to fix cannabis tax error

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 17, 2017


Filed under Politics, Social cannabis

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper called lawmakers back to the state Capitol to fix a tax error which cost cannabis businesses in Denver hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in cannabis revenue. The special session is scheduled for Oct. 2, while the problem was discovered near the end of June, one...

Gov. concerned about future public cannabis use in Nevada

Gov. concerned about future public cannabis use in Nevada

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 15, 2017


Filed under Politics, Social cannabis

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval raised concerns about a new opinion by state lawyers which said nothing in state law would prohibit local governments from allowing cannabis consumption within businesses. Sandoval said he is concerned the opinion would cause businesses which allow consumption to pop up syste...

Medical cannabis patients in Michigan will be left out in the cold come December

Medical cannabis patients in Michigan will be left out in the cold come December

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 14, 2017


Filed under Politics

Michigan officials are giving medical cannabis businesses until Dec. 15 to close in time for a new regulatory system to come into effect. The new regulations aim at increasing industry oversight and imposing new taxes. If dispensaries refuse to close, they risk not receiving a license under the revi...

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