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Virgin Islands senator reintroduces medical cannabis law

Virgin Islands senator reintroduces medical cannabis law

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 25, 2017

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

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

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

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 ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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