Merkley Cosponsors Landmark Bill To End Federal Prohibition Of Marijuana

Marijuana Justice Act seeks to reverse decades of policy that has disproportionately impacted communities of color, low-income communities

Marijuana Justice Act seeks to reverse decades of policy that has disproportionately impacted communities of color, low-income communities DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley has announced his cosponsorship of a landmark bill to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. Senator Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances, Read the full article…

Mass Cannabis Control Commission Approves 205 Potential Licensing Applicants

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MASSACHUSETTS: The Cannabis Control Commission concluded its priority review process on Tuesday, ultimately approving 205 prospective licensees to enter the agency’s application system early and have their license applications processed first. The 205 total certified includes 82 Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMDs) and 123 Economic Empowerment Applicants, which were required to demonstrate residency, experience or business practices Read the full article…

Patients Dramatically Reduce Their Opioid Use Following Cannabis Access

MMJ reduces opioid use

CANADA: Pain patients enrolled in Canada’s legal medical cannabis access program significantly reduce their use of opioids over the long-term, according to longitudinal data provided by Tilray Canada Ltd - one of the nation’s largest, licensed provider of medicinal marijuana products. Investigators assessed opioid use patterns in a cohort of 573 patients using Tilray-provided products. Among those patients who acknowledged Read the full article…

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…

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…

Giambra Will March In NYC Cannabis Parade On Saturday

“I believe we can help a broad section of our population by legalizing recreational marijuana, both medically and financially, and that’s why I’m going to be there Saturday adding my support to the effort.”

NEW YORK:  It was back in January in frigid Buffalo that former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra called for the “toughest, tightest regulated” legalized marijuana bill in the United States as a way to raise billions of dollars in tax revenue to fix New York State’s crumbling infrastructure. Giambra called taxing legalized recreational marijuana “a 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…

Survey: More Than Seven In Ten Practicing Physicians Back Medical Marijuana Option

Doctors seek alternatives to opioids

NEW YORK: More than seven in ten practicing physicians support allowing qualified patients the option to use cannabis therapeutically, according to survey data published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. New York University investigators surveyed the attitudes of practicing physicians in New York State. Seventy-one percent of respondents said that cannabis ought to be legal for medical purposes, Read the full article…

NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally Is May 5th

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RESIST PROHIBITION, REALIZE, LEGALIZE NYC Cannabis Parade & Founding Chapter of the Global Marijuana March Leads Worldwide Day of Advocacy and Entertainment

The 47th Annual Parade starts in Midtown and marches to Union Square Park for an afternoon rally NEW YORK: New York’s longest running annual pro-cannabis event, established by The Youth International Party (Yippies) in 1971, the NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally, returns for its 47th year on May 5.   A powerful roster of elected officials, including two state Read the full article…

John Boehner And Bill Weld To Join Acreage Board Of Directors

One of the nation’s largest, multi-state actively-managed cannabis corporations, announced the appointments of former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner and former Governor of the State of Massachusetts Bill Weld to its Board of Advisors.

NEW YORK: Acreage Holdings, one of the nation’s largest, multi-state actively-managed cannabis corporations, announced the appointments of former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner and former Governor of the State of Massachusetts Bill Weld to its Board of Advisors. As members of the Board, Speaker Boehner and Governor Weld will bring an immense, collective and unique Read the full article…