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…

Proposed CBD Ban Endangers Patients Warns Texas Cannabis Industry Association

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TEXAS: Texas Cannabis Industry Association warns that the Texas Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS) is days away from the unprecedented banning of hemp-CBD products in the state of Texas. This would present a blow to the liberty of thousands of Texans who choose hemp-CBD as a general wellness product and rely on it for the natural treatment of Read the full article…

Cannabis Legal Trends To Watch In 2018

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By Sharon Golden Ever since you were young, your family was very problematic. There was never a day when you didn’t hear your parents shouting and arguing with each other. You would often lock yourself in your room as an escape from all the tension in the house. You’d rather be alone rather than be Read the full article…

FDA Grants ‘Priority Review’ Of Plant-Derived CBD Extract

If Epidiolex achieves FDA-approval, analysts suggest the product could retail for between $30,000 to $60,000 annually.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Representatives of the US Food and Drug Administration will undertake a ‘priority review‘ of data specific to the safety and efficacy of Epidiolex, a standardized, plant-derived CBD extract formulated by a British pharmaceutical company. The review is scheduled to be completed by June 27, 2018. Phase III clinical trial data shows that Epidiolex Read the full article…

Lawmakers Demand The VA Study Medical Marijuana

Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz, along with nine other Democrat members of the Committee, authored an October 26, 2017 letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Members of the US House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs are demanding that the Department of Veterans Affairs facilitate protocols to assess the efficacy of medical cannabis in veterans suffering from chronic pain conditions and post-traumatic stress. Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz, along with nine other Democrat members of the Committee, authored an October 26, 2017 letter to VA Secretary Read the full article…

ACLU Pennsylvania: Blacks Eight Times More Likely Than Whites To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession

Blacks Eight Times More Likely Than Whites To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession

PENNSYLVANIA: African Americans in Pennsylvania are eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU Pennsylvania report reviewed arrest data for all 67 counties from 2010 to 2016. Excluding Philadelphia, which decriminalized cannabis possession offenses in 2014, adult marijuana Read the full article…

Federal Marijuana Protections Extended Through April

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Members of Congress have re-authorized a federal provision prohibiting the Justice Department from interfering in state-authorized medical cannabis programs. The provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, was included in short-term spending legislation, House Resolution 2028, and will expire on April 28, 2017. Initially enacted by Congress in 2014, the amendment maintains that federal funds Read the full article…

DEA Hurts Growing Industry; Enacts Final Rule Seeking To Make Any Extract Of Cannabis Plant Schedule 1 Drug

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By Bob Hoban, Managing Partner – Hoban Law Group On December 13, 2016, the DEA issued its Final Rule, “Establishment of New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract,” which serves to potentially devastate developing businesses and consumer, textile and manufacturing industries related to cannabinoids. Robert Hoban, a cannabis, cannabinoid and hemp lawyer and expert as well as Read the full article…

MPP Statement Regarding the Nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General

MPP statement on Sen. Jeff Sessions nomination as AG

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Marijuana Policy Project released the following statement Friday in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general. Statement from MPP Director of Communications Mason Tvert: “President-elect Trump has said on multiple occasions that he respects states’ right to establish their own marijuana policies. We would expect Read the full article…

Pittsburgh’s Proposed Marijuana Decriminalization Would Free Up Law-Enforcement Resources

“From a fiscally responsible government perspective,” says Pittsburgh City Councilor Daniel Lavelle, “when police have to go about dealing with small amounts of marijuana and these charges end up having to go through the court system, it ultimately is a huge burden and fiscal waste of government resources.”

PENNSYLVANIA: Most people can come up with a slew of reasons to decriminalize or even legalize marijuana: It has proven medicinal benefits; it consistently accounts for fewer deaths annually than alcohol consumption; and many believe minorities are disproportionately persecuted for its possession. But another case for decriminalizing marijuana is that it can reduce the strain on Read the full article…