NJ MJNews: Murphy Administration Expands Patient Access to Medical Marijuana, Lowers Fees For Patients and Caregivers

Beginning today, New Jersey will finally have a medical marijuana program that is compassionate, progressive, and patient-friendly.

Approves New Medical Conditions for Treatment and Allows Current Dispensaries to Open Satellite Locations NEW JERSEY: Governor Phil Murphy has announced major reforms to New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program. Reforms include the addition of medical conditions, lowered patient and caregiver fees, allowing dispensaries to add satellite locations, and proposed legislative changes that would increase the monthly product Read the full article…

Senator McConnell and Commissioner Quarles Announce Hemp Legislation

Senator McConnell plans to introduce the bill in the Senate, with Senator Rand Paul and a bipartisan group of members, following this state work period.

KENTUCKY: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles (R-KY) announced today the impending introduction of legislation in the United States Senate to support Kentucky’s hemp industry. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 will legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances.Senator McConnell Read the full article…

Aurora Cannabis Increases Stake In Hempco To 35%

"With this further investment by Aurora we are now very well capitalized to accelerate our various strategic initiatives to drive growth at Hempco,"

CANADA: Aurora Cannabis and Hempco Food and Fiber announced that Aurora has exercised 10,558,676 warrants to purchase common shares of Hempco for total proceeds of $4.3 million to Hempco. Consequent the warrant exercise, Aurora now owns 21,117,352 Hempco common shares, reflecting an ownership interest of approximately 35%. “With this further investment by Aurora we are now very well capitalized Read the full article…

Study: Marijuana Decriminalization Leads To Decreased Arrests, No Increase In Youth Use

"Decriminalization of cannabis in five states between the years 2009 and 2014 was associated with large and immediate decreases in drug-related arrests for both youth and adults. ... The sharp drop in arrest rates suggests that implementation of these policies likely changed police behavior as intended."

MISSOURI: State laws reducing minor marijuana possession offenses from criminal to civil violations (aka decriminalization) are associated with dramatic reductions in drug-related arrests, and are not linked to any uptick in youth cannabis use, according to data published by researchers affiliated with Washington University and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Investigators examined the impact of cannabis decriminalization Read the full article…

House Passes Budget With Medical Cannabis Protection Amendment

Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment will Protect Patients from AG Sessions until September

Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment will Protect Patients from AG Sessions until September  DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: After months of debate and continuing resolutions, the House of Representatives has passed its Appropriations package for the fiscal year of 2018. Unlike previous short term measures, this bill will fully fund the government through September 30, 2018. At over 2,200 pages the bill Read the full article…

Ontario Moves Ahead With Plan To License Cannabis Lounges

The proposed cannabis lounges could lag behind legalization legislation, which is expected by July.

CANADA: Initially, the province of Ontario – Canada’s most populated area – planned to institute a categorical ban on public smoking which would have restricted consumption to homes. However, that proposal harbored various shortcomings, including exposing children to second-hand smoke. Additionally, people living in buildings that ban smoking would have no place to smoke. Trina Fraser, an Ottawa Read the full article…

NORML Founder Keith Stroup To Address NJ Cannabis Symposium March 29 At NJPAC

NORML Founder Keith Stroup

NEW JERSEY:  The granddaddy of the marijuana reform movement, NORML founder Keith Stroup, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming NJ Cannabis Symposium’s “Finance and Investments” event.  The symposium takes place on March 29th at the NJPAC in Newark. During his address, Stroup is expected to unveil The NORML Legal Committee (“NLC”) listserv, an attorney’s resource dedicated to Read the full article…

Reno Cannabis Convention To Be Held April 7-8 At Whitney Peak Hotel

A Nevada focused Cannabis trade show!
co-produced by NECANN
April 7-8, 2018

First Time Cannabis Convention In Reno NEVADA:  Celebrating the arrival of adult use Cannabis in the state of Nevada, the first Reno Cannabis Convention will be held the weekend of April 7 at Reno’s Whitney Peak Hotel. Cole Markus, Owner of the convention, made the announcement this week. Designed to appeal to all cannabis users, – Read the full article…

Michigan: Support Grows For Proposed Adult Use Initiative

Michigan likes its marijuana

MICHIGAN: More than six in ten Michigan voters endorse a proposed statewide ballot initiative legalizing the adult use and sale of cannabis. According to polling data compiled by the EPIC-MRA polling research firm and commissioned by Michigan NORML, 61 percent of voters say that they would vote yes on the measure “if the election were held today.” That percentage Read the full article…

Giambra Says Marijuana Tax Revenues Could Deliver $500 Million A Year

"This is a plan to rebuild New York without continuing to raise taxes," said Giambra.  "There's another billion dollars in taxes and fees already projected in the Albany pipeline this year to deal with a deficit estimated of at least $4.4 billion.  I think the citizens have had enough.  Let's take marijuana off the black market, like other states have, and begin to phase in that new revenue stream and put that money to work for the people of New York."

New Revenue Stream Could Help Rebuild State, Says Gubernatorial Candidate NEW YORK:  “Conservative projections of an estimated $500 million a year in initial marijuana tax revenues for New York State could leverage enormous economic impact across the board and help rebuild our state,” says former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, an independent candidate for governor Read the full article…