National Conference Of State Legislatures Endorses Resolution Calling For Marijuana To Be Descheduled

The National Conference of State Legislatures has endorsed a resolution calling for marijuana to be removed from the US Controlled Substances Act.

MASSACHUSETTS: The National Conference of State Legislatures has endorsed a resolution calling for marijuana to be removed from the US Controlled Substances Act. The plant and all of its organic constituents are classified under federal law as a schedule I controlled substance – the most restrictive categorization available. Over three-quarters of legislators participating in this week’s legislative summit Read the full article…

The Congressional Record: Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act

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[Pages S4669-S4672] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS By Mr. BOOKER: S. 1689. A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Read the full article…

City Of Sandy Bans Medical Marijuana Shops, Angering Would-Be Pot Shop Owner

Matt Naegeli waited 16 months to open his marijuana shop, but now he'll have to wait another 16 before voters decide whether he can operate one.

OREGON:  Sandy is banning medical marijuana shops even though voters narrowly approved allowing recreational use last year. It’s an admitted stall tactic that’s making a would-be pot shop owner irate. “I don’t take no very well,” said Matt Naegeli. “It’s disheartening and it makes one question the democratic process.” Naegeli first tried to open up Read the full article…

Colorado Hemp Grows From Novelty To Industry With Potential

Despite perceptions and immature economic status, advocates project a steep growth curve for the hemp industry.

COLORADO:  The hype over hemp that erupted last year during Colorado’s first sensational flirtations with the marijuana look-alike is now starting to live up to expectations. A handful of growers in 2014 planted and harvested small-scale crops that attracted large-scale attention under hemp’s newly legal status. This year, hype is being replaced with indicators of Read the full article…

Hemp Industry Enters 2nd Year With Hazy Market Potential

The newly legal hemp industry is entering its second growing season with some big questions for producers experimenting with marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin.

COLORADO:  The newly legal hemp industry is entering its second growing season with some big questions for producers experimenting with marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin. The federal government has allowed limited imports of hemp seed — in Colorado’s case, this month — for research and development purposes. Companies trying to create a U.S. hemp industry are seeking Read the full article…

New Bill Makes Feds ‘Respect State Marijuana Laws’

Six Congressional Republicans and six Democrat co-sponsors re-introduced a bill today that would end the federal war on pot in states that had legalized it,

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Six Congressional Republicans and six Democrat co-sponsors re-introduced a bill today that would end the federal war on pot in states that had legalized it, Marijuana Policy Project reports. The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act would amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to immunize from federal prosecution citizens acting in compliance with Read the full article…

Ruling On Marijuana Classification Disappoints Advocates

A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs.

CALIFORNIA:  A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs, disappointing activists who saw the case as a chance to get closer to their goal of nationwide legalization. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller said during a brief court hearing that she was initially prepared to rule that Read the full article…

A Closer Look At The Federal MMJ Bill

Now that the federal 'CARERS' legislation has been published in its entirely, the broader scope of its intentions have been revealed.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  There was a historical piece of legislation introduced to Congress that aims to legalize medical marijuana on a national level. Senators Rand Paul, Cory Booker and Kristen Gillibrand held a press conference on Tuesday to announce the filing of the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act of 2015 (CARERS), which would emancipate Read the full article…

A Sensible Bill On Medical Marijuana

Three senators, two Democrats and a Republican, introduced a bill on Tuesday that would reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Three senators, two Democrats and a Republican, introduced a bill on Tuesday that would allow patients to use marijuana for medical purposes in states where it is legal, without fear of federal prosecution for violating narcotics laws. The bill makes a number of important changes to federal marijuana policies — and it Read the full article…

Polis Co-Sponsors Bill Undoing Federal Hemp Ban

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COLORADO:  U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and representatives from Kentucky, Oregon and California have introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives a bill that would eliminate the federal ban on hemp production, Polis’s office announced Thursday. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act would bring the hemp crop back to U.S. agriculture, removing industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Read the full article…