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Senator’s new bill aims to legalize cannabis nationwide

Senator’s new bill aims to legalize cannabis nationwide

August 2, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced a bill on Tuesday which would end federal cannabis prohibition and reverse damage from the war on drugs. “Our country’s drug laws are badly broken and need to be fixed,” Booker said in a statement. “They don’t make our communities any safer." The leg...

Tribal members weigh economic and cultural implications of cannabis

Tribal members weigh economic and cultural implications of cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 1, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics, Social cannabis, Tribal Nations

As indigenous tribes in Washington legalize cannabis for both social and medicinal use, Native Americans praise the economic benefits but question the cultural impact. After state voters legalized social cannabis, some Native leaders said they were forced to do the same and avoid conflicting wit...

Medical cannabis patient requests rehearing in inequality battle of Nevada cannabis laws

Medical cannabis patient requests rehearing in inequality battle of Nevada cannabis laws

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 31, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, Politics, Social cannabis

A medical cannabis patient in Nevada is asking the state supreme court to reconsider its refusal to end mandatory registration and fees for cardholders now that the plant is legal for social use. The anonymous Nevada resident accuses the state of discriminating against medical cannabis patients by regulating the program more strictly than their socia...

The Senate Appropriations Committee approves amendment, defying AG Sessions request

The Senate Appropriations Committee approves amendment, defying AG Sessions request

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 28, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved an amendment to protect medical cannabis programs from federal interference, despite a request from Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to do so. The amendment adds a clause that prevents the Department of Justice from using funds to stop a state from ...

House committee rejects vote on veteran’s medical cannabis amendment

House committee rejects vote on veteran’s medical cannabis amendment

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 27, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, Politics

The House Rules Committee rejected an amendment on Tuesday that would have given veterans access to medical cannabis in place of opiates. The amendment would be a part of the 2018 Military Construction bill and would prohibit federal funds from interfering with a veteran’s ability to take part i...

Maine Dept. of Labor says employees can’t be fired for testing positive for cannabis

Maine Dept. of Labor says employees can’t be fired for testing positive for cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 27, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Social cannabis

The Maine Department of Labor said the majority of businesses won’t be able to fire employees who test positive for cannabis unless employers can prove impairment on the job. Backers of the measure said the law that goes into effect in February would leave employer protections in place and maint...

Cyprus parliament gives green light for medical cannabis

Cyprus parliament gives green light for medical cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 26, 2017


Filed under Global, Medical cannabis, News, Politics

Cyprus, an island nation near Greece, has legalized cannabis for medical use. The island nation’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill allowing the cultivation and sale of medical cannabis in the Republic. Health Minister Giorgos Pamborides said that the aim of the bill was to attract international investors to the two lise...

Retired Jets player sues AG Sessions to decriminalize cannabis

Retired Jets player sues AG Sessions to decriminalize cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 25, 2017


Filed under Culture, Medical cannabis, News, Politics, Social cannabis

Former Jets player Marvin Washington is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to decriminalize cannabis. Washington is one of the five plaintiffs including one veteran with PTSD, two children with seizure and pain disorders, and the Cannabis Cultural Association. The suit challenges the constitutional...

Virgin Islands senator reintroduces medical cannabis law

Virgin Islands senator reintroduces medical cannabis law

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 25, 2017


Filed under Global, Medical cannabis, Politics

Sen. Terrance “Positive” Nelson  announced Thursday he submitted a bill to the legislation that would legalize medical cannabis on the U.S. Virgin Islands.  This marks the second time Nelson had submitted a medical cannabis bill. He tried to introduce a measure in 2014, but former Attorney Ge...

Feds visit Colorado to discuss cannabis regulations and black market

Feds visit Colorado to discuss cannabis regulations and black market

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 25, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, Politics, Research, Social cannabis

Five government representatives met with two-dozen state officials to discuss Colorado’s legal cannabis industry last Tuesday.  State officials described the meeting as necessary for documenting Colorado's experience in pioneering a legal cannabis industry through regulatory enforcement and protectin...

AG Sessions revokes directive preventing unlawful civil property seizures

AG Sessions revokes directive preventing unlawful civil property seizures

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 23, 2017


Filed under News, Politics

Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked a directive on Wednesday which prevented local law enforcement from circumventing state restrictions on seizing property of individuals suspected of a crime. The technique was popular during the early stages of the first “war on drugs,” but later revealed m...

Tax revenue from cannabis hits half billion milestone in Colorado

Tax revenue from cannabis hits half billion milestone in Colorado

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 22, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics, Social cannabis

Colorado’s cannabis programs hit a milestone when VS Strategies reported a total of $506 million in state coffers since 2014. TAX BREAKDOWN $117.9 million was used for fund school construction. $5.7 million was placed into the public school fund. $1.5 million created programs addressing ...

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