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Nevada lawmakers finalize cannabis tax

Nevada lawmakers finalize cannabis tax

June 6, 2017


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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

Decriminalization bill heads to New Hampshire governor

June 2, 2017


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

Vermont legislature makes cannabis history

Vermont legislature makes cannabis history

May 4, 2017


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Vermont made cannabis reform history yesterday by being the first state to pass legalization measures through both the House and Senate chambers without the need for a public vote. The two chambers need to pass identical measures within one week to send a legalization bill to Gov. Phil Scott. Ballot initiative...

Congress’ new budget will allow medical cannabis states to proceed without fear of federal intervention

Congress’ new budget will allow medical cannabis states to proceed without fear of federal intervention

May 1, 2017


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Congress included a provision in its newly unveiled budget that will block the Justice Department, including U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, from spending federal dollars on interfering with states' medical cannabis laws. The provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, states "None of th...

West Virginia becomes 29th state to introduce medical cannabis legislation

West Virginia becomes 29th state to introduce medical cannabis legislation

April 27, 2017


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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice recently signed the West Virginia Cannabis Act into law, marking the 29th state to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes. Citizens of The Mountain State won't have access to medical cannabis until July 1, 2019, with the exception of terminally ill cancer patients....

New legislation aims to remove cannabis as a Schedule I drug

New legislation aims to remove cannabis as a Schedule I drug

April 24, 2017


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As cannabis legalization, and therefore rescheduling, has reached an all-time high in the United States, two Congressman have proposed a bill that would allow medical patients, scientists and medical researchers easier access to cannabis. The legislation would remove cannabis from its current Sche...

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