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Disappointment, hope for Vermont legalizers

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:12

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced Wednesday he is vetoing a state bill that would have made marijuana legal for adults, but offered a “path forward” for passing it later this year. He specified a handful of changes that would need to be made for him to support the measure and said he believes the legislature […]

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Hemp History Week set for June 5-11

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 18:19

It’s time to celebrate the illustrious history of the cannabis plant in the USA, where once presidents farmed hemp and Thomas Jefferson lauded it as “first necessity to commerce and the marine and therefore to the wealth and protection of the nation.” Even today hemp is listed as an essential item for national security and […]

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Connecticut Dems’ budget plan features adult cannabis

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 20:19

Democratic state lawmakers in Connecticut proposed a budget May 16 that includes regulating and taxing marijuana for use by adults 21 and older. The plan emphasis the partisan divide on marijuana legalization in advance of the 2018 election and comes as Republicans controlling all branches of the federal government are making moves to ramp up […]

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Delaware legalization bill advances from committee

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 09:34

The Delaware House Revenue and Finance Committee approved (9-2) a bill May 10 to make marijuana legal for adults and regulate it similarly to alcohol. The legislation, HB 110, also known as the Delaware Marijuana Control Act, will now be considered by the full House of Representatives. The bill to make marijuana legal for adults […]

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Can your old pot felony now be reduced to infraction?

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 14:27

People with prior felonies in California now have an opportunity to clean up their records, following the passage of Proposition 64, last November, which created a retroactive legalization and penalty downgrading for many marijuana offenses. One of California’s more prominent marijuana criminal defense attorneys thinks that the re-sentencing provisions may have even greater benefits than […]

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Want a successful career? Swap cannabis for alcohol

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 14:20

When politicians stop punishing cannabis users for choosing a safer high than alcohol, the overall job landscape improves for everyone. Even decriminalizing helps. This is according to a recent study showing that reduced criminal penalties for marijuana offenses are associated with greater overall employment and higher wages, according to data compiled by economists at the […]

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Historic Cal bill could reduce overdose deaths, HIV, Hep-C

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 23:36

A California bill supported by the Drug Policy Alliance, AB 186 (Eggman), made history as the first ever state bill on supervised consumption services (SCS) to win legislative votes in the US. It has now passed both the Assembly Public Safety Committee and the Assembly Health Committee, gaining support on health and pubic order grounds. […]

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CBD producer sources hemp to comply with DEA

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 14:12

As theLeafOnline readers may recall, the federal DEA included a section (21 CFR Part 1308) in the December 14, 2016 Federal Register, changing the language in its current drug code regarding non-psychotropic cannabinoid compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD), widely used for treatment of children with compulsive seizure disorders. While parents, physicians and parts of the CBD market panicked, […]

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DAs’ group asks feds to override state elections

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 23:01

The National District Attorneys Association is calling for the federal government to strictly enforce anti-cannabis laws in states that have regulated its production and distribution for either medical or recreational purposes. Judge Francis Young ruled as long ago as 1988 that the DEA has wrongly failed to remove marijuana from Schedule 1, since cannabis does […]

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Hemp planting set for May 24 in Washington State

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 14:22

It’s been nearly a century in the making, but this May will bring with it the first legal planting of the versatile, valuable industrial hemp oilseed and fiber crop in Washington State in approximately 90 years. To mark the occasion, the state chapter of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is inviting the public to attend […]

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Vermont legislature green-lights adult cannabis use

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 14:26

The Vermont state House of Representatives approved a bill 74-68 on its second reading May 5 to make personal possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older. If the bipartisan measure is approved at a third reading, as expected later this week, it will advance to the Senate, which […]

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Cal bill targets low-income cannabis patients who vape

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:15

The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee  approved a bill to ban smoking and vaping of tobacco, cannabis and other medicinal herbs in public housing. The bill, AB 62 by Assemblymember Jim Wood, passed by a unanimous vote and now proceeds to the full Assembly. Cannabis reformers are asking people to call their elected representatives […]

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Public comment open on California cannabis regulations

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 09:19

A critical phase of the cannabis legalization process has begun since the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR) announced that its proposed licensing regulations for medical cannabis were posted April 28, and the 45-day public comment period is now underway. Among its controversial provisions is a requirement that retailers track quantities of cannabis sold to […]

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Mexico legalizes medical cannabis … but only for CBD

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 08:17

Five months after Mexico’s Senate voted to accept legislation to allow cannabis for medical marijuana, the national Chamber of Deputies passed the bill April 29 by a 374-7 vote. The new law will move to President Enrique Pena Nieto for signature, and since it was Pena Nieto who originally proposed the idea to update Mexico’s […]

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Congress reins in Sessions’ war on medical use for now

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:06

While the Trump administration continues to appoint supporters of the failed Drug War to positions within his cabinet, Congress took steps to protect patients. The new funding bill that averted a government shut down through September also extended protections to 44 states that have legalized medical marijuana in its proposed $1 trillion spending authorization bill. […]

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Save Medicaid: Legalize medical marijuana

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 14:55

Here’s something we haven’t heard from Trump’s camp in its promise to replace Obama Care with “something much better.” How about legal medical cannabis for all Americans? Legalizing medical marijuana federally could save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in medical expenses on the one hand, and a billion dollars on Medicaid subsidies, on the […]

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Reformers respond to GOP threat against cannabis

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 15:05

Reformers call for a tempered response to the Republican administration’s apparent threat that the Justice Department might step up enforcement actions against adult-use cannabis in legalized states. White House Press Secretary was asked about the Department of Justice’s approach to state-legal marijuana programs. Sean Spicer replied that he believes there will be “greater enforcement” of […]

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CBD medical products line labels dosage ratios

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 21:58

The value of labeling cannabinoid profiles on cannabis products is not lost on patients who rely on that information to gauge dosages and plan therapies, even when they have to design their own products. So it is not surprising that a family-owned grow facility that has developed medicinally-focused cannabis tincture to treat son’s epilepsy has […]

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Texans activists, cops mobilize for cannabis reform

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 03:01

Marijuana policy reform supporters have seen growing support within the law enforcement community after they converged at the Texas State Capitol for a citizen lobby day February 8 as part of ongoing efforts to advance a pair of cannabis reform bills. “Arresting people for marijuana possession takes officers off the streets for hours, reducing their effectiveness,” said former Carrollton […]

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Overblown fear of cannabis DUI plague reforms

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:14

With the continuing success of efforts to end marijuana prohibition across the country, of course the drug warriors are trying to find a topic in 2017 to give a voter pause. As usual, they pander to fears in an effort to discourage reforms. A few still bring up the discredited ‘Gateway Theory,’ i.e., legalizing responsible […]

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