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Mass. court rules employees can’t be fired for medical cannabis

Mass. court rules employees can’t be fired for medical cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 20, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics, Showcase

The highest court in Massachusetts ruled on Monday that a local woman who was terminated for positively testing cannabis in an employee drug screening can sue the company for handicap discrimination. Cristina Barbuto was hired by Advantage Sales and Marketing in 2014 and informed her supervisor of her ...

Uruguay is the first country to legalize social cannabis nationwide

Uruguay is the first country to legalize social cannabis nationwide

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 19, 2017


Filed under Global, News, Politics, Social cannabis

Uruguay pharmacies began selling social cannabis directly to consumers on Wednesday after legalization efforts began three years ago. The country is the first in the world to legalize the entire process of cannabis production for social use from cultivation to retail sale. The law was passed...

Maine looks to Colorado cannabis czar for advice on regulation

Maine looks to Colorado cannabis czar for advice on regulation

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 19, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Social cannabis

A legalization implementation committee in Maine met with former cannabis advocate Andrew Freedman, on how to craft Maine’s social cannabis policies. Freedman was appointed as Colorado's first Director of Marijuana Coordination by the Governor and was responsible for placing the framework in 201...

Utah rule might let farmers cultivate hemp for research

Utah rule might let farmers cultivate hemp for research

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 13, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Research

The rule would permit farmers to grow industrial hemp which is a sibling to the cannabis plant containing trace amounts of the psychoactive compound THC. The plant’s similar appearance to its psychoactive cousin is what gives hemp the negative reputation and has contributed to its federally illegal...

Alaskans push for first statewide public consumption measure

Alaskans push for first statewide public consumption measure

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 13, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Social cannabis

The Anchorage Assembly is now urging cannabis regulators to allow locals and tourists the right to smoke inside retail dispensaries in the state of Alaska. Currently, the state of Alaska allows both medical and social use of cannabis, but only allows patients and social users to consume in private homes....

Medical cannabis expected to hit North Dakota shelves by summer 2018

Medical cannabis expected to hit North Dakota shelves by summer 2018

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 11, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics

State health officials in North Dakota have set a tentative timeline for establishing medical cannabis, expecting to have product available for patients by next spring. The North Dakota Health Department is requesting any individual who is interested in growing or distributing medically legal ca...

Florida lawyer and advocate sues state for banning private smoking of medical cannabis

Florida lawyer and advocate sues state for banning private smoking of medical cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 7, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics, Showcase

A lawyer in Florida known for advocating the right to medical cannabis is now suing the state's decision to ban smoking the plant. In 2016, John Morgan successfully financed the campaign to get medical cannabis on the ballot, which passed under the context that smoking in public would be illegal...

NV social cannabis sales may not commence next month

NV social cannabis sales may not commence next month

June 21, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Social cannabis

Carson City District Judge James Wilson extended a temporary order on Tuesday, preventing the state from issuing cannabis distribution licenses to existing dispensaries so they can commence recreational sales July 1. He said in an 11-page ruling that the ballot measures Nevada voters approved in November states licensed alcohol wholesaler...

R.I. governor calls for more medical cannabis dispensaries

R.I. governor calls for more medical cannabis dispensaries

June 16, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo submitted a budget amendment June 9 calling for “no less than six licensed compassion centers," the Providence Journal reports. The amendment also plans to generate $1.5 million in general revenue. The state's existing three medical cannabis centers would be allowed t...

AG Sessions asked Congress for permission to prosecute medical cannabis providers

AG Sessions asked Congress for permission to prosecute medical cannabis providers

June 13, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics, Showcase

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked members of Congress to undo federal medical cannabis protections that have been in place since 2014, according to a letter he wrote last month. The protections, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, prohibit the Justice Department from using federal funds to pr...

ACLU, Drug Policy Alliance sue California city over home cultivation requirements

ACLU, Drug Policy Alliance sue California city over home cultivation requirements

June 7, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase, Social cannabis

The ACLU of California and the Drug Policy Alliance have filed suit against the California city of Fontana over the city's restrictive requirements regarding cultivation cannabis plants at home. Under Proposition 64, California residents are allowed to grow six cannabis plants for personal use. The...

Colorado adds PTSD as a qualifying medical cannabis condition

Colorado adds PTSD as a qualifying medical cannabis condition

June 6, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics, Showcase

Colorado became the 10th medical cannabis state to add PTSD to its list of qualifying conditions Monday, after Democratic Gov. John Hickenloope signed Senate Bill 17 into law. It is the first new condition added to Colorado's program since 2001. Doctors could begin making PTSD-specific recommendations...

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