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R.I. governor calls for more medical cannabis dispensaries

R.I. governor calls for more medical cannabis dispensaries

June 16, 2017

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

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

Cannabis seedling

June 7, 2017

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

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...

Nevada lawmakers finalize cannabis tax

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval

June 6, 2017

Nevada lawmakers passed a measure Sunday night that would set cannabis tax rates at 10 percent for retail sales and 15 percent for wholesale. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval is expected to approve the measure in the state's budget package. During the next two years, cannabis tax revenue is expected...

Decriminalization bill heads to New Hampshire governor

Gov. Chris Sununu

June 2, 2017

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is expected to pass a decriminalization bill the New Hampshire House passed without debate on Thursday. Possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of cannabis will be changed from a misdemeanor to a violation-level offense. Originally, the House approved possession...

Medical cannabis company files free speech lawsuit

Medical cannabis company files free speech lawsuit

June 1, 2017

A medical cannabis company in New Mexico is suing a state agency for infringing on its First Amendment rights. The company, Ultra Health, is specifically suing EXPO New Mexico, the group that organizes the New Mexico State Fair, because EXPO New Mexico is limiting what the company can display at...

Proposed federal cannabis tax could squeeze legal sales

Proposed federal cannabis tax could squeeze legal sales

May 30, 2017

A federal bill proposed in March has the potential to push legal cannabis consumers into the black market. The H.R. 1823 - Marijuana Revenue and Regulation act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and in the Senate by Sen. Ron...

Vermont governor vetoes legalization bill

Vermont governor vetoes legalization bill

May 24, 2017

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced Wednesday he will veto a legalization bill that would have made Vermont the first state to pass legalization through the legislature without a public vote. The bill would have legalized possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for adults 21 and over, and it would...

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...

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