Utah: Medical Access Initiative Certified For November Ballot

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UTAH: State regulators have certified a voter-initiated medical cannabis access measure for the 2018 ballot. Officials announced last week that proponents had gathered nearly 154,000 validated initiative signatures from registered voters – far exceeding the total necessary to place the measure before a statewide vote. The Utah Medical Cannabis Act permits qualified patients to obtain either herbal cannabis or cannabis-infused Read the full article…

Gardner, Warren, Joyce and Blumenauer Unveil Bicameral, Bipartisan Legislation to Protect State Marijuana Policies

Gardner, Warren, Joyce and Blumenauer Unveil Bicameral, Bipartisan Legislation to Protect State Marijuana Policies

Forty-Six States, Washington D.C., Two Territories, and a Number of Tribes Have Legalized Marijuana in Some Form DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representatives David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) today introduced the bicameral, bipartisan Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act) to ensure Read the full article…

Florida: Court Strikes Down Legislative Ban On Medical Cannabis Smoking

NORML has long argued against regulations that limit or restrict patients' access to whole plant herbal cannabis.

FLORIDA: A Florida Circuit Court judge has ruled that a legislatively enacted ban on the smoking of medical cannabis by qualified patients is unconstitutional. State lawmakers in 2017 passed Senate Bill 8A - which sought to amend provisions in Amendment 2, a voter initiated constitutional amendment permitting the use and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes. Specifically, SB Read the full article…

Maryland Hemp Distribution Bill Signed Into Law

House Bill 698 expands the state's existing pilot program to explicitly permit for the distribution, marketing, and sale of hemp - both in state and out of state. Lawmakers had overwhelmingly passed the bill by a vote of 182 to 1.

MARYLAND:  Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has signed legislation into law expanding the state’s hemp production program. House Bill 698 expands the state’s existing pilot program to explicitly permit for the distribution, marketing, and sale of hemp – both in state and out of state. Lawmakers had overwhelmingly passed the bill by a vote of 182 to 1. For more information, contact Read the full article…

DEA: Marijuana Seizures Fell Nearly 40 Percent In 2017

The agency and its partners reported making 4,502 arrests in conjunction with their cannabis eradication efforts - a 20 percent decline from 2016.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Seizures of indoor and outdoor cannabis crops in the United States fell nearly 40 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to annual data compiled by the US Drug Enforcement Administration. According to figures published in the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report, the agency and its law enforcement partners confiscated an estimated 3.38 million marijuana Read the full article…

DEA Clarifies Stance: Not All CBD Is Prohibited

The Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed this month that CBD does not fall under the CSA

Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed this month that CBD does not fall under the Controlled Substances Act CALIFORNIA: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a statement further clarifying their interpretation and enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). In their statement, they make clear the critical difference between CBD and THC, a distinction that cannabidiol retailers Read the full article…

OLCC Will Pause Acceptance of Marijuana License Applications

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Focus Will Be on Existing Licensees and Current Applicants OREGON:  The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced today it will temporarily shift licensing staff to exclusively process recreational marijuana license renewals and applications for recreational marijuana licenses received by June 15, 2018.  Any applications for recreational marijuana submitted after June 15 will be set aside for processing until the Read the full article…

Arizona: Supreme Court Affirms That Lawmakers Cannot Ban Medical Cannabis Access on College Campuses

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ARIZONA:  The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld an appellate court decision striking down a 2012 law that sought to forbid medical cannabis access on college campuses. Lifetime NORML Legal Committee member Tom Dean represented the patient-defendant in the case pro bono, and called the decision a “victory for democracy.” Justices opined that the 2012 law was unconstitutional because it impermissibly sought to Read the full article…

OPINION: Marijuana Legislation In New Jersey

New Jersey is poised at the brink of an era ready for common sense, modern, post-prohibition style drug policy and the legalization of marijuana.

By: Jamel Holley, NJ Assemblyman Led by our dynamic Union County State Senator, Nick Scutari, New Jersey is poised at the brink of an era ready for common sense, modern, post-prohibition style drug policy and the legalization of marijuana. Admittedly, I was skeptical during the early stages of this discussion, concerned about the well being Read the full article…

California Licensing Authorities Propose Readoption Of Emergency Cannabis Regulations

Proposed Readoption of Emergency Cannabis Regulations

CALIFORNIA: The Bureau of Cannabis Control, California Department of Public Health and California Department of Food and Agriculture have proposed to readopt their emergency regulations that are currently in effect, extending the time those regulations are in effect for another 180-day period. The three licensing authorities are proposing some changes to the regulatory provisions to provide Read the full article…