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Senators: Its Time to Consider Ending Federal Prohibition on Cannabis
Marijuana
Senators: Its Time to Consider Ending Federal Prohibition on Cannabis
2021-07-14 20:06:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON. –  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. announced Wednesday he would join Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.Y. and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., in bringing forward legislation to end the federal prohibition on cannabis. The trio of senators was set to unveil... Read More

NIH Says Cannabis Use Could Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Young Adults
Research
NIH Says Cannabis Use Could Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Young Adults
2021-06-23 14:20:13
by Brock Blasdell

The National Institutes of Health now believes cannabis use, regardless of frequency, could be associated with increased thoughts of suicide among young adults.  In a study released Tuesday, the finding involving over 280,000 young adults found a statistical association between... Read More

Mississippi Supreme Court Overturns Successful Ballot Initiative
In The States
Mississippi Supreme Court Overturns Successful Ballot Initiative
2021-05-16 12:19:05
by Dan McCue

JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday overturned a voter-approved ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana, holding that the election law governing ballot referendums is out of date. The decision, which could halt other citizen-led efforts to amend... Read More

Health Effects from Cannabis Addressed by THC Potency Caps
Science
Health Effects from Cannabis Addressed by THC Potency Caps
2021-04-20 15:29:55
by Alexa Hornbeck

Whether or not cannabis is harmful to human health is a continuing question for researchers, as some studies say smoking can have therapeutic effects, while others say long-term cannabis smokers experience anxiety at higher doses.  “There hasn’t been clear science... Read More

Governors Call on Congress to Pass Cannabis Banking Act
Congress
Governors Call on Congress to Pass Cannabis Banking Act
2021-04-20 14:44:31
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan delegation of governors is urging Congress to pass legislation that would allow banks and credit unions to provide services to licensed cannabis dispensaries.  The governors of 20 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands circulated a letter... Read More

New York is Latest State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
In The States
New York is Latest State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

New York adults over the age of 21 can now possess and use marijuana — even in public — under a legalization bill  signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, though legal sales of recreational-use cannabis won't start for an estimated... Read More

New York Lawmakers Agree to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
In The States
New York Lawmakers Agree to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is poised to join a growing number of states that have legalized marijuana after state lawmakers reached a deal to allow sales of the drug for recreational use.  The agreement reached Saturday would expand... Read More

N.J. Lawmakers OK bills to Create Legal Marijuana Industry, Stop Weed Arrests
State News
N.J. Lawmakers OK bills to Create Legal Marijuana Industry, Stop Weed Arrests

New Jersey legislators approved three bills Thursday that radically change how the state approaches drug use involving marijuana. The state’s Senate and Assembly voted first to create a new and legal marijuana industry from scratch and called for new regulations... Read More

Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis on Federal Level Gets Bipartisan Support
Congress
Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis on Federal Level Gets Bipartisan Support
2020-12-04 19:56:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passed legislation that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level -- the first time either chamber of Congress has voted on such a measure. And significantly, the measure received bipartisan support. When the figurative smoke cleared,... Read More

Legal Marijuana Could Net Virginia $300 million in Yearly Tax Revenue
Marijuana
Legal Marijuana Could Net Virginia $300 million in Yearly Tax Revenue
2020-11-17 20:19:26
by Dan McCue

Richmond, Va. - Virginia could reap more than $300 million in tax revenue a year if lawmakers were to legalize recreational marijuana, according to the Commonwealth's legislative watchdog. In a new report, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission says... Read More

Cannabis, No Longer So Divisive, Draws More Conservative Support
State News
Cannabis, No Longer So Divisive, Draws More Conservative Support

As Americans head to the polls more divided than ever on social and economic issues, there's one thing they're actually coming together on: cannabis. Much has been made of whether a victory for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, or a potential liberal... Read More

House Postpones Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana Until After Election
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House Postpones Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana Until After Election

WASHINGTON — House Democrats’ plan to vote on legislation decriminalizing marijuana before the November election went up in smoke Thursday, as leadership decided to postpone consideration of the measure amid concerns about the political optics. Some of the more moderate... Read More

Altered Mindsets: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Red States
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Altered Mindsets: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Red States

When Tamarack Dispensary opened in the northwestern Montana city of Kalispell in 2009, medical marijuana was legal but still operating on the fringes of the conservative community. Times have changed. Owner Erin Bolster no longer receives surprised or puzzled looks... Read More

Marijuana, Discrimination Bills on House’s September Agenda
Congress
Marijuana, Discrimination Bills on House’s September Agenda

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer laid out the chamber’s agenda for September, including marijuana legislation and anti-discrimination bills, but in a letter to colleagues Monday he acknowledged that there is no appropriations deal in sight as the... Read More

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research
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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research
2020-07-22 12:43:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance establishing rules for lawfully researching cannabis. The guidance is limited to the development of drugs and does not cover other FDA-regulated products. Nevertheless, the release of the document and... Read More

Policing Protests Propel Marijuana Decriminalization Efforts
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Policing Protests Propel Marijuana Decriminalization Efforts

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s strict drug laws encourage police officers to search for drugs during otherwise routine interactions, such as traffic stops, said Georgia state Sen. Harold Jones II, a Democrat and former prosecutor. That increases the odds of encounters escalating... Read More

States Turn to Unenforced Federal Law to Slow Medical Marijuana Legalization
State News
States Turn to Unenforced Federal Law to Slow Medical Marijuana Legalization

WASHINGTON — Since 2014, Congress has protected patients and cannabis programs from federal marijuana prosecutions in states that allow it for medical use. Medical marijuana’s unique legal status involves a little-known provision called the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment that Congress renews every... Read More

llinois’ Recreational Marijuana Sales Brought $10 Million in Tax Revenue in January
State News
llinois’ Recreational Marijuana Sales Brought $10 Million in Tax Revenue in January

CHICAGO — Recreational marijuana sales in Illinois generated more than $10 million in tax revenue in January, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue. The state collects sales tax and a cannabis excise tax on recreational marijuana sales. January sales... Read More

Hot Hemp Pits States Against Feds
Agriculture
Hot Hemp Pits States Against Feds

New federal regulations would make it harder for hemp growers to prove their plants are not marijuana, in what could be a major setback to a promising industry legalized just two years ago, farmers and state officials say. The U.S.... Read More

Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.
State News
Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.

CHICAGO — Since recreational weed went on sale in Illinois three weeks ago, long lines have formed outside dispensaries, stores have established buying limits, and some have run out of product. All that was expected, based on what’s happened as... Read More

Cannabis Confusion Pushes States to Ban Smokable Hemp
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Cannabis Confusion Pushes States to Ban Smokable Hemp

WASHINGTON — Hemp plants can be made into anything from rope and insulation to granola. But today, most U.S. hemp farmers are growing hemp to produce cannabinoids, such as CBD — which means they’re growing plants that look like marijuana,... Read More

Will Virginia Legalize Marijuana Now That the Democrats Are the Majority?
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Will Virginia Legalize Marijuana Now That the Democrats Are the Majority?

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Democrats managed to flip the Virginia House and Senate in November’s election, taking control of state government for the first time in more than two decades. What does that blue map mean for legalizing marijuana? Attorney... Read More

High Time: Michigan Begins Recreational Marijuana Sales 13 Months After Vote
State News
High Time: Michigan Begins Recreational Marijuana Sales 13 Months After Vote

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s first legal recreational sales began around 10 a.m. Sunday, 13 months after voters approved a ballot measure allowing it. Consumers from across Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania lined up outside provisioning centers to kick off... Read More

House Advances Bill to Remove Marijuana from Controlled Substances Act
Congress
House Advances Bill to Remove Marijuana from Controlled Substances Act

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee took the first step Wednesday to legalizing marijuana in the U.S., advancing a bill to remove pot from the Controlled Substances Act and create a tax to fund programs to heal damage from the... Read More

Farmers Struggle as Hemp Harvest Winds Down
Congress
Farmers Struggle as Hemp Harvest Winds Down

PHOENIX, Ore. — Ajit Singh strode across his 16-acre hemp field toward a broken-down harvester. He’d been hoping all day that the mechanic now crouched beside the machine could get it back up and running. It was late October and... Read More

Rural Medical Marijuana Users Often Have Long Treks to Ohio Dispensaries
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Rural Medical Marijuana Users Often Have Long Treks to Ohio Dispensaries

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Ohio doled out medical marijuana dispensary licenses, state officials took location into account. The idea was to grant licenses to a geographically diverse set of applicants so all patients, regardless of their hometown, had access to... Read More

Governors Hold Summit on Regional Approach to Cannabis and Vaping Legislation
State News
Governors Hold Summit on Regional Approach to Cannabis and Vaping Legislation
2019-10-18 21:07:24
by Dan McCue

The governors of five northeastern states came together for a summit on Thursday to discuss the outlines of a joint regional approach to cannabis and vaping policies. "This issue is complicated, controversial and consequential. It is probably one of the... Read More

Cannabis Banking Challenges Go Beyond Marijuana
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Cannabis Banking Challenges Go Beyond Marijuana

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Kat Merryfield was ready to share her farm-to-home oils, chocolates and creams with the rest of the country. But banks and credit card processors weren’t ready to work with her small business. “We started out our website... Read More

Most Californians Want Marijuana Stores in Their Communities, Poll Shows
Opinion Polls
Most Californians Want Marijuana Stores in Their Communities, Poll Shows

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three years after California legalized the sale of recreational marijuana, most voters want municipalities to permit pot shops in their communities even though the vast majority of cities have outlawed them, according to a University of California,... Read More

House Passes Bill Granting Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking
Economy
House Passes Bill Granting Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking
2019-09-27 20:59:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passed a bill earlier this week that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, resolving a longstanding challenge for the growing industry. The bill, called the SAFE Banking Act, passed 321-103 on the strength of... Read More

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