New Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections

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New Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — As part of the newly proposed appropriations package known as an omnibus bill, a spending restriction upon the Department of Justice from prosecuting state-legal medical marijuana programs will remain in place through the end of September. Known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, it explicitly states that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own […]

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Missouri Medical Marijuana Legalization Drive Reaches 200,000 Signatures

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Missouri Medical Marijuana Legalization Drive Reaches 200,000 Signatures | NORML

COLUMBIA, MO — Proponents of a Missouri voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the therapeutic use and distribution of cannabis statewide have surpassed 200,000 signatures. Advocates must collect a total of 160,000 qualified signatures in six of Missouri’s eight congressional districts by May 6, 2018 in order to qualify the measure for the 2018 electoral ballot. The initiative permits […]

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Maine Lawmakers Moving Forward With Effort to Rewrite Voter-Approved Marijuana Law

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Maine Lawmakers Moving Forward With Effort to Rewrite Voter-Approved Marijuana Law | NORML

AUGUSTA, ME — Maine state lawmakers are moving forward with a legislative proposal to significantly amend various provisions of the state’s 2016 voter-approved cannabis law: The Marijuana Legalization Act. Members of the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee have voted 16 to 1 in favor of overhauling the law, which still has yet to be fully implemented. Lawmakers had initially voted last year […]

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Opioid Use Declines Among Pain Patients in Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Program

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Opioid Use Declines Among Pain Patients in Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Program | NORML

ST. PAUL,  MN — Patients with intractable pain reduce their use of prescription opioids following cannabis therapy, according to data compiled by the Minnesota Department of Health. Investigators assessed the prescription drug use patterns of 2,245 intractable pain patients participating in the state’s medical cannabis access program. Among those patients known to be taking opiates for pain […]

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Philadelphia District Attorney to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Offenders

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Philadelphia District Attorney to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Offenders | Paul Armentano

PHILADELPHIA, PA — City officials in Philadelphia have announced that they will no longer prosecute marijuana possession offenses. In October 2014, Philadelphia enacted a municipal ordinance reclassifying cases involving the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis to a non-summary civil offense, punishable by a $ 25 fine – no arrest and no criminal record. Since that time, annual […]

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California: Alameda County District Attorney to Vacate Thousands of Past Marijuana Convictions

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California: Alameda County District Attorney to Vacate Thousands of Past Marijuana Convictions | Paul Armentano

OAKLAND, CA — The District Attorney for Alameda County has announced her intent to automatically vacate thousands of past marijuana convictions. Alameda County, which includes Oakland, is the 7th-most populous county in California. According to the DA’s office, there are an estimated 6,000 marijuana convictions eligible for either a sentence reduction or a dismissal. “California is offering […]

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Studies Refute Claims That Medical Marijuana Access Encourages Teen Use

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Studies Refute Claims That Medical Marijuana Access Encourages Teen Use | Paul Armentano

The enactment of statewide laws regulating the use and distribution of cannabis for medical purposes is not associated with increased marijuana use among young people, according to a review of relevant studies published online ahead of print in the journal Addiction. Investigators from Columbia University, the RAND Corporation, the University of California at Davis, and the Boston School […]

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Start of Canada’s Legal Marijuana Retail Sales Has Been Delayed

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Start of Canada’s Legal Marijuana Retail Sales Has Been Delayed | NORML

OTTAWA — Retailers will be unable to begin legally selling marijuana products to consumers until late summer or early fall, according to Canadian news reports. Lawmakers had initially sought to begin regulating the adult use marijuana market by July 1. In November, members of the House of Commons voted 200 to 82 in favor of Bill C-45 (The Cannabis […]

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Philadelphia District Attorney to Drop Marijuana Possession Cases

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Philadelphia District Attorney to Drop Marijuana Possession Cases | NORML

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Newly elected District Attorney Larry Krasner has announced that his office will no longer prosecute marijuana possession offense violations. Although city policy has already decriminalized most minor marijuana possession offenses, police have continued to make several hundred possession arrests annually. Going forward, the DA’s office will drop these charges. Krasner said that the change in policy is “the […]

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California’s Marijuana Farmers Are Slow to Join the Legal, Regulated System

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California’s Marijuana Farmers Are Slow to Join the Legal, Regulated System | Phillip Smith

The vast majority of California’s marijuana growers have yet to try to move into the state’s new legal regulatory framework, leaving big questions looming around whether they can survive in the brave new world of legal weed, whether a substantial illicit market will remain, and whether that anticipated tax revenue windfall will actually materialize. According […]

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