Oklahoma Becomes 31st State To Legalize Medical Marijuana Access

State Question 788 permits licensed medical marijuana patients to cultivate up to six mature plants and to possess personal use quantities of marijuana flowers, edibles, or infused concentrates.

OKLAHOMA: A majority of Oklahomans voted on Tuesday to enact State Question 788 – a statewide voter-initiated measure that permits doctors to use their discretion to recommend medical cannabis to patients who may benefit from it. Oklahoma is the 31st state to legalize and regulate the use of medical cannabis under state law. State Question 788 permits licensed medical marijuana patients Read the full article…

Oklahoma Gov. Fallin: No Special Legislative Session To Implement State Question 788

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OKLAHOMA: Governor Mary Fallin issued the following statement on how the state will proceed with developing rules and regulations to deal with implementing State Question 788, the medical marijuana ballot issue approved by Oklahoma voters earlier this week: “After conferring with House and Senate leaders, we believe a special legislative session is not necessary to implement Read the full article…

FDA Approves First Cannabis-Based Epilepsy Drug

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MARYLAND: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) [CBD] oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older. This is the first FDA-approved drug that contains a purified drug substance derived from Read the full article…

The STATES Act and What it Could Mean for Cannabis Businesses

Washington: Felony Marijuana Convictions Fall Nearly 90 Percent

By Tucker Arensberg, P.C. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Gardner introduced the “Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act” (“STATES”) Act – on June 7, 2018.  A companion bill was introduced by Representatives Earl Blumenauer and David Joyce in the House of Representatives. The STATES Act seeks to amend the Controlled Substances Read the full article…

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…