Philadelphia: District Attorney To Cease Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Offenders

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PENNSYLVANIA: 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 right thing to Read the full article…

Removal Of Controversial Drugged Driving PSA Highlights Seriousness Of Impaired Driving

California PSA draws strong reaction

CALIFORNIA: A January 5 article at The Sacramento Bee reports on the decision to stop running a controversial public service announcement sponsored by the California Office of Traffic Safety.  Critics argued that the ad – which featured a diverse group of individuals explaining why they use pot but also do not drive while high — promoted the use Read the full article…

Cannabis Legal Trends To Watch In 2018

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By Sharon Golden Ever since you were young, your family was very problematic. There was never a day when you didn’t hear your parents shouting and arguing with each other. You would often lock yourself in your room as an escape from all the tension in the house. You’d rather be alone rather than be Read the full article…

FDA Grants ‘Priority Review’ Of Plant-Derived CBD Extract

If Epidiolex achieves FDA-approval, analysts suggest the product could retail for between $30,000 to $60,000 annually.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Representatives of the US Food and Drug Administration will undertake a ‘priority review‘ of data specific to the safety and efficacy of Epidiolex, a standardized, plant-derived CBD extract formulated by a British pharmaceutical company. The review is scheduled to be completed by June 27, 2018. Phase III clinical trial data shows that Epidiolex Read the full article…

Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs H. 511 Legalizing Marijuana For Adult Use

Vermont Gov Phil Scott signs bill legalizing adult-use of cannabis in Vermont

VERMONT:  On January 22nd, 2018 Governor Phil Scott signed H. 511, An act relating to eliminating penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older, into law. Read his full message to the General Assembly below: “Today, with mixed emotions, I have signed H. 511. “As I said when I Read the full article…

Study: Marijuana Regulation Reduces Organized Crime Activity

Support for making marijuana legal is increasing around the world

NORWAY: The regulation of marijuana for medical purposes is associated in a decrease in violent crimes committed by Mexican drug trafficking organizations, according to data published in The Economic Journal. A team of researchers from Norway and the United States assessed the relationship between medical marijuana regulation and criminal activity (homicides, assaults, and robberies) in Mexican border states. Researchers reported that Read the full article…

Organized Crime Remains Interested In Cannabis Even After Legalization

Only a few die-hard prohibitionists believe that marijuana legalization reduces the overall social harm of the drug, but those who believe that organized crime has lost interest in pot are just as wrong.

By Andrew Richards One of the arguments for legalizing marijuana is that it takes a source of revenue away from organized crime. However, that is not entirely accurate. Legalization and control of cannabis reduces the mob’s take home pay, but it doesn’t eliminate it completely. The economics of black markets simply makes it too attractive. Read the full article…

MMJ International Holdings Pursuing Legal FDA Cannabis Medicine Approval

MMJ International Holdings Pursuing Legal FDA Cannabis Medicine Approval

NEW YORK: MMJ International Holdings announced that its affiliate, MMJ Bioscience, has finalized a partnership agreement with Terra Life Science group, a private Canadian based pharmaceutical manufacturer, to produce cannabis medicines for the groups FDA approved studies. Last weeks announcement by Attorney General Sessions on the recision of the Cole Memorandum positions MMJ International Holdings as Read the full article…

Oregon AG Rosenblum Statement On U.S. DOJ Rescinding Federal Marijuana Guidance

"This is an industry that Oregonians have chosen—and one I will do everything within my legal authority to protect.”

OREGON: Statement from Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum: “Last year in Oregon, we collected over $60 million in state taxes as a result of our now legal marijuana industry. At the Oregon Department of Justice we will continue to make sure Oregon’s marijuana industry thrives under our carefully considered state regulatory requirements. The United States Read the full article…

Justice Department Issues Memo On Marijuana Enforcement

Justice Department Issues Memo on Marijuana Enforcement

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The Department of Justice today issued a memo on federal marijuana enforcement policy announcing a return to the rule of law and the rescission of previous guidance documents. Since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in 1970, Congress has generally prohibited the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana. In the Read the full article…