Texas Advocates Release TV Ad Featuring Active Duty Police Officer and Victim of Marijuana Prohibition

A television ad in support of a bill to reduce marijuana penalties in Texas will begin airing Friday, just days before the state House of Representatives is expected to vote on the measure. It can be viewed here.

The 30-second spot features Nick Novello, an active duty police officer and 23-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, and Heather Jackson of Houston, an ovarian cancer survivor who was arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana in El Paso in 2007.

“Arresting people for marijuana possession does not make our…

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Study: Marijuana Use Stable In Colorado Post-Legalization

DENVER, CO — The percentage of Coloradoans who report using cannabis has remained relatively unchanged following the regulation of the adult use market, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Preventive Medicine.

Researchers at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reviewed statewide marijuana use data from January 1, 2014.

They reported:

“[M]arijuana use, both among adults and among youth, does not appear to be…

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Canada MMJ grower can’t trace pesticide source, offers refund

Organigram, a federally licensed medical marijuana cultivator in Canada that recalled contaminated product last year, said it conducted an “extensive investigation” but was unable to find the source for the tainted cannabis.

The company also said it had reversed an earlier decision and now will refund money to patients who bought the contaminated cannabis.

The total cost of the refund will be about 2.3 million Canadian dollars ($1.7 million), Organigram estimated, and will essentially equal the company’s sales for its most recent…

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Vermont Police Major Claims Governor Opposed to Non-Commercial Legalization

A Vermont state police major claimed to be speaking on behalf of Governor Phil Scott’s administration while testifying in opposition to H. 170, a bill that would eliminate penalties for adults’ possession of two ounces or less of marijuana and two mature plants. An administration official later backed the major’s statement. This would appear to contradict Governor Scott’s own comment from just last week: “I didn’t say, ‘Never.’ I said, ‘Not now’… We’ll take a look at whatever they pass.”

There has never been a…

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WA rec cannabis cultivator closed, plants destroyed over tax issue

Regulators closed one of Washington state’s early marijuana businesses for allegedly failing to pay taxes.

And, for the first time, state agents confiscated and eradicated all the plants belonging to the cultivator, Nine Point Growth Industries.

Agents with the state Liquor and Cannabis Board late last week shuttered the company, which has grown and produced recreational marijuana in West Bremerton since September 2014. It was the state’s second licensed cannabis business. An agency spokesman cited recurring tax issues as the reason…

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In the Time of Trump, Can Congress Take the Lead on Marijuana Policy?

While the marijuana community — consumers, industry, and advocates alike — eyes with trepidation the reign of avowed anti-pot Republican Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department, the Trump executive branch isn’t the only game in town when it comes to making marijuana policy. Congress is back in session, and after last November’s legalization and medical marijuana victories at the polls, the pot state delegation is larger than ever.

And at least some of those senators and…

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Breaking down borders: The rise of U.S.-Canada cannabis partnerships

The Green Solution, a large retail marijuana chain in Colorado, wanted a foothold in Canada’s expected recreational cannabis market. OrganiGram, among the growing number of federally licensed Canadian growers, needed know-how and a name.

And so was born a partnership indicative of the growing synergy between the U.S. and Canadian cannabis industries.

It reflects what’s expected to be a growing trend. Another U.S. cannabis brand, Snoop Dogg’s Leafs by Snoop, inked a partnership with Canadian medical cannabis cultivator Canopy Growth…

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Guam to begin accepting MMJ business applications this week

Guam is about to get its medical cannabis industry off the ground.

Entrepreneurs hoping to enter the U.S. territory’s MMJ market can begin applying for licenses Wednesday through the Department of Public Health and Social Services, the Pacific Daily News reported.


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Guam voters passed the Compassionate Cannabis Use Act in November 2014, and Public Law 33-220 finally lapsed into effect Dec. 17, 2016, without Gov. Eddie Calvo having signed it.

Calvo favors a recreational program instead of medical cannabis and has introduced a bill that would…

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Federal Marijuana Protections Extended Through April

WASHINGTON, DC — Members of Congress have re-authorized a federal provision prohibiting the Justice Department from interfering in state-authorized medical cannabis programs. The provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, was included in short-term spending legislation, House Resolution 2028, and will expire on April 28, 2017.

Initially enacted by Congress in 2014, the amendment maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing…

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Marijuana Policy Reformers Wary of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (PHOTO: Gaga Skidmore)

President-elect Trump’s pick for the top law enforcement position is known for making some disturbing statements, particularly about marijuana, that have made activists extremely nervous about federal marijuana policy in the next administration. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), who is likely to be confirmed as attorney general in the coming months, has been pretty clear that he is no fan of marijuana, legalization, or marijuana consumers.

The Week reports:

Sessions has called for more federal…

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California Campaign Ramps Up Support With New Ad Campaign

On Tuesday, the campaign supporting the initiative to tax and regulate marijuana in California began running ads throughout the state urging voters to back Proposition 64.logo

Yes on 64 announced the ads in a press release this week:

The ads — in a straightforward, fact-based way – highlight for California voters Proposition 64’s comprehensive approach to marijuana decriminalization, its toughest-in the-nation safeguards for families and local communities and its funding of important youth and job training programs.

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DEA Fails to Reschedule Marijuana, but Opens Path for More Research

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has decided that marijuana will remain classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act. The decision to keep marijuana in the category reserved for drugs with no accepted medical uses and a high potential for abuse was, according to the DEA, based on consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services. According to DEA administrator Chuck Rosenberg, “If the scientific understanding about marijuana changes — and it could change — then the decision could…

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Chronic Pain Added as Qualifying Condition in Minnesota

Pain patients in Minnesota can now find hope, as they are now able to access the state’s year-old medical marijuana program. Supporters of this move believe it will provide thousands of patients with a safer alternative to prescription opioids and allow them to prevent or overcome dependency on prescription-based painkillers.

Minnesota legalized meSeal_of_Minnesota-altdical marijuana in 2014, allowing smoke-free forms of the substance to be consumed by those with doctors’ recommendations. The medical marijuana program took effect in 2015, and starting July…

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Northern Mariana Islands May Vote to End Marijuana Prohibition

2000px-Seal_of_the_Northern_Mariana_Islands.svgSixto Igisomar, a senator serving in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CMNI), a territory of the United States, has pre-filed a measure that would allow residents in CMNI to vote to end marijuana prohibition on November 8. If the referendum is successful, it would establish a law similar to those in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington — implementing a taxed and regulated market for recreational marijuana consumers 21 and older and a medical marijuana program for patients with doctors’ recommendations. It would also…

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DNC Approves Marijuana Platform

This week at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the Democratic Party approved a platform that would dismantle marijuana prohibition. Calling for “a reasoned pathway for future legalizat6262125702_a086dd49f1_bion,” the Democrats’ platform endorses the removal of marijuana from the list of Schedule I drugs, a category reserved for substances with a high potential for abuse and without medical benefit. It also calls for states to decide their own marijuana laws and for medical marijuana states to provide safe access for patients without…

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Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Measure Qualifies for November Ballot

Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Measure Qualifies for November Ballot

Massachusetts voters will decide this November on a statewide ballot measure to legalize and regulate the adult use and retail sale of cannabis.

The Secretary of State’s office has confirmed that initiative proponents, The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, submitted a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

CRMLA MassachusettsQuestion 4, The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, permits adults to possess (up to ten ounces) and to cultivate (up to six plants) personal use quantities…

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Can Marijuana Treat Alzheimer’s?

 

recent study conducted at Salk Institute for Biological Studies showed that medical marijuana might be a potentially effective treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. According to the study, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) “stimulates the removal of toxic plaque in the brain, a common

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feature of the disease” and treats inflammation, preventing neuron damage in the brain.

While Keith Fargo of the Alzheimer’s Association has expressed optimism about the study, referring to marijuana as a “legitimate avenue of…

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New Study: Alcohol Increases Aggression, Marijuana Doesn’t

The results of a recent study in the Netherlands confirmed the long-held claim by supporters of marijuana policy reform that marijuana is much safer than alcohol, specifically as itNMBarScene relates to violent behavior. According to the findings, alcohol users demonstrated more aggressive tendencies while intoxicated than while sober, while marijuana users became less aggressive while under the influence.

The Washington Post reports:

They found, first of all, that “alcohol intoxication increased subjective aggression in the alcohol group.”…

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Poll: Majority of NH Voters Support Regulating Marijuana

Seal_of_New_Hampshire.svgThe findings of the latest WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center show that a majority of likely New Hampshire voters support making marijuana legal and regulated for adults. According to the survey, “61% support legalizing marijuana for recreational use (39% strongly and 22% somewhat), 32% oppose (22% strongly and 10% somewhat), and 7% are neutral or unsure.” If marijuana were legalized in New Hampshire, 69% said they would support taxing and regulating it like alcohol, while 26% said they…

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Cannabis Cultivation Leasing Companies Undergoing Growth Spurt

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By Omar Sacirbey

Prospective marijuana growers who lack the money to bankroll their own sites increasingly are turning to companies that specialize in leasing land to cannabis cultivators.

That has created a mini boom in the emerging real estate leasing business – and given cultivators a new avenue for launching their business.

Executives with real estate companies that lease to marijuana growers say the market for their services is large and growing, fueled by increased demand for cannabis and the need for land to grow the plant.

Investors,…

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Marijuana Question Officially on Massachusetts Ballot

On Monday July 11, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin announced the four measures that have qualified for the November ballot, including the initiative entitled “Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana,” which will appear as Question 4 on the ballot.

The initiative would allow persons aged 21 and older to purchase, possess, use, and transfer marijuana and products containing marijuana concentrates, including edible products.  It would also allow a taxed and regulated marijuana market in the state.

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Initiative to End Marijuana Prohibition in Arizona Poised to Appear on November Ballot

11244927_391839010995824_4059922082424127714_nAt 10:30 AM on Thursday June 30 in Phoenix, Arizona, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) submitted petitions with 258,582 signatures to state officials in order to place an initiative to tax and regulate marijuana on the November ballot.  Their total submission far exceeded the required number of 150,642 signatures.

The ballot initiative would “allow adults 21 and older to possess limited amounts of marijuana; establish a system in which marijuana is regulated similarly to alcohol; and enact a 15 percent tax on…

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Initiative to End Marijuana Prohibition in California Qualifies for November Ballot

13051785_1561302290867287_3261976781645789533_nCalifornia voters will soon have the opportunity to vote on an initiative that would end marijuana prohibition in the state and replace it with a system in which marijuana is legal and regulated for adult use.

The Los Angeles Times reported this morning:

The Secretary of State’s Office certified that a random sample showed sufficient signatures among the 600,000 turned in to qualify the measure. The initiative is backed by a coalition that includes former Facebook President Sean Parker and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“Today marks a…

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Maine: Marijuana Legalization is Ballot Question 1

Maine: Marijuana Legalization is Ballot Question 1

Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Maine Will Appear on Ballot as Question 1

AUGUSTA, ME — Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced Monday that the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Maine will appear on the ballot as Question 1.

The secretary of state set the final wording of the ballot question last week.

It reads, “Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of…

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Week in Review: Key Meetings in Cannada, Possible Patient Boom in Nevada & DEA Speculation

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By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Canada’s legalization point man huddles with industry reps, a new Nevada patient processing office could produce a revenue jump for medical marijuana dispensaries, and speculation swirls that the DEA is poised to reschedule cannabis.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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The Canadian government’s point man on marijuana legalization, Bill Blair, recently berated unlicensed medical cannabis dispensary operators as…

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Arizona Parents Group Launches Pro-Marijuana Billboard

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PHOENIX, AZ — A group of concerned parents, organized for the purpose of highlighting the benefits of regulating marijuana to protect teens, launched a Father’s Day-themed billboard Thursday in support of the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Arizona. Parents for Responsible Regulation (PRR) revealed the billboard at a 10 am news conference. The billboard, which will […]

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NY Assembly Passes Bill to Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions

NY Assembly Passes Bill to Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions

Bill is First Step Toward Comprehensive Plan to Redress Harms of the War on Drugs in Communities of Color; As Legislative Clock Winds Down, Advocates and Assemblymembers Urge Senate to Quickly Pass the Companion Bill in the Senate

ALBANY, NY — On Wednesday, the New York State Assembly voted in support of Assembly Bill 10092, a bill that will seal the criminal records of people who have been unjustly and unconstitutionally arrested for simple possession of marijuana in public view. The bipartisan vote was 99 in favor and 42 opposed.

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Illinois Set to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

The Illinois House of Representatives voted Wednesday to remove criminal penalties for possession of a personal amount of marijuana in a vote of 64-50. The bill — SB 2228 — will now be sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature.

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The bill, sponsored by Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Kelly Cassidy, represents a historic change in Illinois. Instead of arresting and jailing people in possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana, those found in possession would simply pay a fine of up to $200….

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Washington DC Permanently Bans Cannabis Clubs

City lawmakers in Washington DC voted to slap a permanent ban on private clubs catering to marijuana users, eliminating the chance for recreational cannabis business opportunities in the nation’s capital.

The D.C. Council’s 7-6 vote sends the measure to Mayor Muriel Bowser, who already has said she supports outlawing the clubs, Washingtonian magazine reported.

District voters approved a ballot measure in 2014 legalizing the possession, home cultivation and private use of cannabis by…

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Arizona Campaign Collects More Than 200K Signatures

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Arizona announced Tuesday that it has collected more than 200,000 signatures in support of a proposed initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona. The campaign needs to collect 150,642 valid signatures of registered Arizona voters to qualify the initiative for the November ballot.

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Louisiana Considering Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill

Last week, Louisiana Rep. Ted James (D–Baton Rouge) filed HB 1112, the Louisiana Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Act, which would establish a comprehensive program allowing seriously ill Louisianans to use and safely access medical marijuana.

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While the legislature enacted a bill seeking to institute a similar program last year, problems with that law — and prior ones dating to 1978 — have made the systems unworkable. For example, the current program requires a doctor’s prescription for a patient…

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Ohio Attorney General Certifies Medical Marijuana Initiative

Ohio Attorney General Certifies Medical Marijuana Initiative

The measure proposed by Ohioans for Medical Marijuana would allow patients with debilitating medical conditions to legally access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it

COLUMBUS, OH — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine notified Ohioans for Medical Marijuana on Friday that he has certified the summary of the group’s proposed ballot initiative to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program and submitted it to the Ohio Secretary of State.

The attorney general confirmed the group submitted at least 1,000 valid signatures of…

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New Video Features Pennsylvania Patients and Families Who Are Sick of Waiting for Medical Marijuana

For more than two years, a remarkable group of Pennsylvania advocates has been fighting for seriously ill patients to have access to medical cannabis, a safe and effective treatment option. Last month, patients and their loved ones gathered in the Capitol rotunda to tell the House of Representatives that they were sick of waiting for the House to act. Days later, Majority Leader Dave Reed announced S.B. 3 will finally be brought to the House floor for consideration on March 14.

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Cannabis Company’s Deal With Celebrity Chef Part of Growing Trend

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By Omar Sacirbey

Cresco Labs CEO Charles Bachtell has been going to Mindy’s Hot Chocolate, a well-known Chicago restaurant a short walk from his house, for about 10 years.

Little did Bachtell know that one day he would team up with the restaurant’s owner – nationally known chef Mindy Segal (pictured) – on a cannabis-related endeavor.

Segal and Cresco are partnering to produce a line of marijuana-infused sweets. Cresco, which won three cultivation licenses in Illinois, will provide the…

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How the Candidates Responded to MPP’s ChangePolitics.Org Question

Last month, MPP partnered with ChangePolitics.org to seeChangePolitics-Socialshare-280x150 if we could get the presidential candidates on the record about serious marijuana policy reform issues. With you help and votes, we were able to get one of our questions asked of all the candidates last week!

The question: “If elected, how would your administration address the current tension between state and federal marijuana laws?

While marijuana is illegal under federal law, four states have adopted laws regulating the cultivation and distribution of…

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Iowa State University NORML Chapter Wins Censorship Case

Last week, a federal court ruling struck a blow against censorship directed at marijuana policy reform advocates at Iowa State University. The case, brought by two students with the university’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), was heralded as a major victory by the plaintiffs.

…the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa issued a permanent injunction barring Iowa State University (ISU)…

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Marijuana Policy Predictions for 2016

MPP executive director Rob Kampia’s “Marijuana Policy Predictions for 2016” has been published by The Huffington Post.

predictions 2I don’t often use superlatives, but it’s easy to say that 2016 will be the most significant year yet in the battle to repeal marijuana prohibition in the United States.

Up until now, the two biggest years were 1996, when California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, and 2012, when Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize marijuana for adults 21…

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Top 10 Marijuana Policy Victories of 2015

MPP executive director Rob Kampia’s list of the “Top 10 Marijuana Policy Victories of 2015” has been published by The Huffington Post.

In 2015, state legislators considered bills to legalize marijuana in 21 states, decriminalize marijuana possession in 17 states, and legalize medical marijuana in 19 states.

Most of the action in 2015 was aimed at achieving substantial victories in 2016, which is slated to be the most successful year in the history of the movement to end marijuana prohibition.

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D.C. Advocates Urge Council to Ease Limits on Private Consumption

Late last week, the D.C. Council Committee on the Judiciary met to consider B21-0107, which would make permanent an expansion of what is considered “open to the public” for purposes of banning marijuana consumption. This legislation is overbroad and unnecessary.2000px-Flag_of_Washington,_D.C._icon.svg

Should B21-0107 fail, owners and operators of private clubs and event spaces will be allowed to decide for themselves if they want to allow marijuana consumption by adults 21 and older. Currently, District residents are legally allowed to consume…

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Alaska Regulators to Allow Onsite Consumption in Some Marijuana Retail Stores

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board voted on Friday to create a class of retail marijuana license that will allow onsite consumption. This is an important decision that benefits adult consumers, those who will be licensed to provide to them, and the communities that want to regulate use.Alaska-StateSeal.svg

Despite clear language contained in Measure 2, some state staff members had advised the board that it could not authorize retail licenses to allow onsite consumption. Many of those who supported Measure 2 were concerned that the…

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New York Expedites Access As First Crop Is Harvested

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed two bills on Wednesday to establish an “emergency” medical marijuana program for qualified patients, separate Compassionate Care Act set to roll out in January, the New York Times reported.

Despite Coumo’s announcement, there was uncertainty about who would provide medical cannabis under the emergency program. Cuomo’s statement indicated the New York program would be “giving preference” to cultivators in other states that could provide medical…

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New York Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill

New York Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill

Patients and Families Applaud Gov. Cuomo and Call on Health Department to Implement Law Quickly and Get Medicine to Critically Ill Patients

NEW YORK, NY — After months of pressure from patients and advocates, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Wednesday that will expedite access to medical marijuana for critically ill patients in the Empire State.

In June, with overwhelming bipartisan support, both houses of the legislature passed A.7060 (Gottfried) / S.5086 (Griffo), directing the state to establish a program to help…

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Guest Column: Preparing for Battle With the Federal Reserve Over Cannabis Banking

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By Mark Goldfogel

On Dec. 28, 2015, the Fourth Corner Credit Union will finally have its day in court.

Fourth Corner was founded last year to provide banking services to supporters of the hemp and cannabis industries. It received a charter from the state of Colorado on Nov. 19, 2014.

In July of 2015, the Federal Reserve denied the credit union access to the nation’s electronic banking system. As a result, the credit union filed suit in federal court for equal access to the payments system.

As…

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Federal Court Ruling Is Big Win for Medical Marijuana Patients, Businesses

A federal judge ruled Monday that a budget amendment approved by Congress prevents the Department of Justice from taking action against medical marijuana patients and providers who are operating in compliance with state laws.

Northern District of California Judge Charles Breyer

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said that by enacting the so-called Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, “Congress dictated…that it intended to prohibit the Department of Justice from expending any funds in…

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Ex-Assistant Attorney General to Lead Massachusetts 2016 Marijuana Legalization Campaign

Ex-Assistant Attorney General to Lead Massachusetts 2016 Marijuana Legalization Campaign

‘Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Massachusetts’ to Be Headed by Former Assistant Attorney General and Director of State Substance Abuse and Prevention Council Will Luzier

BOSTON, MA — The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced Wednesday that Will Luzier will lead the campaign in support of a 2016 ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Massachusetts.

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Will Luzier

Luzier, a former Massachusetts assistant attorney general, served as executive director of the Massachusetts Interagency Council on Substance…

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