Canada Introduces Legislation To Legalize Marijuana

Cannabis in Canada

By Rob Gilles, Associated Press CANADA:— Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government introduced legislation Thursday to let adult possess up to 30 grams of marijuana in public — a measure that would make Canada the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition on recreational marijuana. Trudeau has long promised to legalize recreational pot use and Read the full article…

California Campaign Watchdog Fines Legal Marijuana Opponents

California Fair Political Practices Committee

By Associated Press CALIFORNIA: California’s campaign watchdog said Monday that it is proposing fines of nearly $10,000 against opponents of the state’s new recreational marijuana law for violations last year. The Fair Political Practices Commission announced the actions against two campaign committees that unsuccessfully fought Proposition 64. About 57 percent of voters approved legalizing recreational Read the full article…

Recognizing 21 Years Of Responsible Cannabis Use

Like gravity, responsible cannabis use existed before it was defined, but it got easier to see and explain once it was. A popular tactic for deflecting from legalization is opposing adult use because of the problems of underage use.

By Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: Sometimes, the big anniversaries sneak up, or pass you by without you noticing it. It was March before I noticed NORML’s groundbreaking Principles of Responsible Cannabis Use turned 21 I’m February. If these principles were a person, they’d be able to buy cannabis in Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, or Washington. Like gravity, responsible Read the full article…

Colorado To Cannabis Retailers: How We Doing?

An amendment to allow banks to deal with marijuana businesses shows a clear trend toward a loosening of anti-marijuana sentiment in the government.

COLORADO:  The State of Colorado wants to be a better partner it’s legally-licensed pot shops, and in an effort to better understand their needs has tapped the expertise of Clear Voice Research to conduct a first-ever research study.  Designed to help inform how the Colorado Department of Health and Environment can be a better partner to Read the full article…

Grow-less In Seattle: A Tale Of Two Home Growing Bills

Home grow is a good thing

By Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: If you’ve been following legalization in Washington,  you probably know that we’re the only one of the eight legal states (plus the District of Columbia) that does not allow adults to grow their own cannabis at home. Initiative 502′s authors decided to drop home grow, in an effort to broaden its appeal. Washington’s initiative Read the full article…

WA NORML Pac Lobbyist: Growing Opportunities For Cannabis Consumers

Bailey Hirschburg Lobbyist

By M. Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: It’s difficult asking people to get excited about lobbyists. Who can blame them? There are enough examples of lobbyists putting personal gain and access to power ahead of public good, or striking deals on issues they barely care about just to cash a paycheck. Still, I’m excited to be a Read the full article…

2017 Outlook for Cannabis in Minnesota

2017 Outlook for MN

EXCLUSIVE TO MJNewsNetwork! By Rachelle G MINNESOTA: Often considered one of the more liberal states in the Midwest, Minnesota is fragmented —  a sea of blue centered around the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area surrounded by red rural areas. In terms of cannabis law, Minnesota is a bit ahead of other Midwest states but not by Read the full article…

MPP Issues Statement Regarding Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions

Sen. Jeff Sessions testifies

Sessions did NOT commit to vigorously enforcing federal prohibition laws in states that have adopted conflicting laws Earlier in the day, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer signaled that Sessions would follow Trump’s lead on marijuana policy; Trump has said states should be able to establish their own marijuana laws DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — The Marijuana Policy Read the full article…

Marijuana Advocates Tell Senators #JustSayNoToSessions

NORML organized #JustSayNoToSessions

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Yesterday, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and its supporters organized a “Day of Action” to mobilize opposition to the appointment of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General. “Senator Sessions’ views are out of step with mainstream America and they are in conflict with laws throughout a Read the full article…

Vermont Legislative Committee To Ponder State Marijuana Laws

Vermont Pol says decriminalization is working

VERMONT: A Vermont lawmaker says the House Judiciary Committee is likely to consider the further decriminalization of marijuana — or even its legalization — in the current session. Democratic Rep. Maxine Grad, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, says the decriminalization of marijuana has been working well in Vermont. Grad, of Moretown, tells the Barre-Montpelier Read the full article…