District Attorney Vance to End the Prosecution of Marijuana Possession and Smoking Cases

"The dual mission of the @ ManhattanDA's Office is a safer New York and a more equal justice system. The ongoing arrest and criminal prosecution of predominantly black and brown New Yorkers for smoking marijuana serves neither of these goals. "

New Manhattan D.A. “Decline to Prosecute” Policy Effective August 1st NEW YORK:  Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced a new effort to reduce inequality and unnecessary interactions with the criminal justice system. Beginning August 1st, the D.A.’s Office will decline to prosecute marijuana possession and smoking cases. The District Attorney’s Office has invited Read the full article…

Harris Cosponsors Landmark Bill To End Federal Prohibition Of Marijuana

Sen Kamala Harris joins Cory Booker in co-sponsoring  Marijuana Justice Act

Marijuana Justice Act Seeks To Reverse Decades Of Policy That Has Disproportionately Impacted Communities Of Color, Low-Income Communities DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) today became the fourth U.S. senator to cosponsor Senator Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) landmark bill to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. The Marijuana Justice Act would remove marijuana from the list Read the full article…

OLCC Commissioners Ratify Stipulated Settlement On Recreational Marijuana License

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OREGON:  At its monthly meeting April 19, 2018, the Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission ratified the following fines and/or marijuana license suspensions and destruction orders based on stipulated settlement: Jenny’s Dispensary, Deschutes County; will pay a fine of $6,105 or serve a 37-day recreational marijuana retailer license suspension for two violations.  The first violation is for the licensee or its employees, agents, or representatives Read the full article…

Georgia: Governor Signs Legislation Expanding CBD Exemption Law

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GEORGIA: Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation into law expanding the pool of patients eligible to possess CBD oil under the state’s limited medical exemption law. Passage of House Bill 65 permits patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain to receive a physician’s authorization to possess oils high in cannabidiol and low in THC. The bill also creates a Read the full article…

Court Rejects Challenge To DEA’s Classification Of Marijuana Extracts

Court Rejects Challenge To DEA's Classification Of Marijuana Extracts

CALIFORNIA: A three judge panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a petition filed by the Hemp Industries Association challenging the DEA’s authority to establish a new administrative drug code specifically for marijuana extracts. The DEA first announced the proposed rule change in 2011, but did not enact the new policy until January 13, 2017. In a Read the full article…

OLCC Notice Of Public Hearing: Sale Of Marijuana Items To Minors

Court Rejects Challenge To DEA's Classification Of Marijuana Extracts

OREGON: The OLCC Rule Amendments increase the penalty for any sale of a marijuana item to a minor. The Commission is charged with regulating the sale of marijuana items. From the inception of the marijuana program, one of the key public safety concerns has been preventing the sale of marijuana items to minors. The Commission also requests Read the full article…

Michigan: Adult Use Legalization Measure Certified For November’s Ballot

According to statewide polling commissioned by Michigan NORML, which is a member of the Coalition, 61 percent of voters say that they intend to vote yes on the measure.

MICHIGAN: Election officials have confirmed that proponents of a statewide ballot measure, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, have gathered a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to place it on the electoral ballot this November. Proponents of the voter-initiated measure, The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, submitted more than 360,000 signatures in an effort to qualify it Read the full article…

Marijuana Refinery Sues Boulder-Based Wana Brands Alleging $5 Million in Damages Following Failed Merger

LP's lawsuit says merger discussions ended in December 2017 after its sales allegedly plummeted and several LP employees resigned allegedly in anticipation of the merger.

COLORADO: A Colorado marijuana refinery, LP Capital LLC (LP), has sued Mountain High Products, which does business as Wana Brands, an edibles company, and the edible maker’s CEO following a failed merger. The refinery’s lawsuit (District Court, Boulder County, 2018CV30336) seeks monetary damages, to enjoin Wana from using and continuing to use certain business information learned during Read the full article…

Washington: Updated List of Pesticides Allowed for Use in Marijuana Production

Washington: Updated List of Pesticides Allowed for Use in Marijuana Production

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has recently updated the list of pesticides that are allowed for use in marijuana production in Washington State, based on criteria previously established by WSDA.  WSDA has removed 2 pesticides that were placed on stop sale by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). The ODA reported that both Read the full article…

Study: Adult Use Marijuana Laws Associated With Reduced Criminal Activity

Adult Use Marijuana Laws Associated With Reduced Criminal Activity

ITALY: The enactment of adult use marijuana regulatory laws is associated with reduced levels of property crimes and violent criminal activity, according to data published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Investigators from Italy’s University of Bologna evaluated the association between the enactment of adult use regulations and county level crime rates in jurisdictions in close proximity Read the full article…