NY Department Of Health Proposes Regulations That Would Expand Medical Marijuana Program

The Department of Health has made several changes to the program since it issued a report in August 2016, including adding chronic pain as a qualifying condition and allowing registered nurses and physician’s assistants to recommended medical marijuana.

NEW YORK: The Department of Health just announced the issuance of new proposed regulations that would make changes to the state’s medical marijuana program to improve access. Among other things, they would reduce some of the onerous security requirements for registered organizations, shorten the length of the medical marijuana course certifying practitioners must take from Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Amendment Could Be On 2016 Ohio Ballot

“It’s really about time,” said Mason Tvert, a spokesperson for MPP. “We just can’t wait any longer.”

OHIO: A Washington D.C.-based organization wants to put a medical marijuana amendment on Ohio’s November ballot. Marijuana Policy Project, founded in 1995, plans to propose a constitutional amendment that would create a medical marijuana system similar to those states that have already legalized medical marijuana. The group has led several successful marijuana advocacy efforts in Michigan, Read the full article…

Paul Finds Unlikely Support From Marijuana Advocates

National Cannabis Industry Association gave $5,000. Its executive director and federal lobbyist added another $2,000, according to a tally by the Center for Responsive Politic

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA :Among the top contributors to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign are the usual suspects — a financial management firm, a real estate developer, a manufacturer of hand tools. But Paul also is getting significant support from an unlikely source for a conservative Republican — the marijuana industry. The Marijuana Policy Project Read the full article…

Big Marijuana Is Coming — And Even Legalization Supporters Are Worried

Some legalization backers are increasingly concerned that something like Ohio's initiative will become standard — and the interests of the pot industry, which will grow more and more as legalization spreads, will take priority over the public's best interests.

OHIO: Last month, Ohioans rejected a very unusual marijuana legalization proposal. Beyond legalizing pot, the ballot initiative would have given campaign donors direct rights to the state’s 10 pot farms as an explicit gift for their support. It was, even legalization advocates argued, a flagrant display of would-be members of the pot industry trying to cash in on a movement motivated Read the full article…

Pro-Marijuana Group Rereleases Republicans’ Ratings Before Debate in Colorado

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COLORADO: At a Republican presidential debate hosted in Colorado, one issue is destined to come up: pot. Colorado’s experiment with legalized marijuana remains a hot topic as the next election approaches, and for many Republicans, the subject requires a balancing act between wanting to protect individual and state rights without seeming to condone people getting Read the full article…

U.S. Marijuana Arrests Up Despite Changing Views: Pro-Pot Group

"These numbers refute the myth that nobody actually gets arrested for using marijuana," Tvert said. "It's hard to imagine why more people were arrested for marijuana possession when fewer people than ever believe it should be a crime."

Despite an increasing number of Americans who do not view marijuana use as a crime, pot arrests across the United States increased last year for the first time since 2009, proponents of the drug’s legalization said on Monday. Citing the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report released on Monday, the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project said 700,993 Read the full article…

Who’s Legalizing Marijuana In U.S.?

MPP organizers hope to replicate those efforts in five other states during the 2016 elections, an undertaking they say will — if successful — prove significant for the effort to end marijuana prohibition.

By Brianna Gurciullo, Karen Mawdsley and Katie Campbell, News21 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Advocacy groups have poured millions of dollars into legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana in states across the country. One of the most powerful and influential groups — Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project – was behind successful recreational measures in Alaska and Colorado, two Read the full article…

Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Consumers

To qualify for MPP’s list, individuals must (1) be alive, (2) be a U.S. citizen, and (3) have consumed marijuana at least once in their life according to either their own account or that of a legitimate source. They do not need to currently consume marijuana or support marijuana policy reform.

The Marijuana Policy Project’s list of the Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Consumers is intended to identify individuals who have used marijuana and achieved high levels of success or influence. It was created using the criteria employed by Out Magazine to produce its “Power 50” list of LGBT Americans, including “power to influence cultural and social attitudes, political clout, individual wealth, and a Read the full article…

State Lawmakers To Congress: Butt Out Of Our Marijuana Laws

State lawmakers are calling on the federal government to change its drug laws to let states experiment with marijuana and hemp policy.

WASHIGNTON:  State lawmakers are calling on the federal government to change its drug laws to let states experiment with marijuana and hemp policy. The National Conference of State Legislatures, the de facto bipartisan group of lawmakers, passed a resolution at its annual meeting Thursday calling on the federal government to amend the Controlled Substances Act to authorize state marijuana Read the full article…

Forfeiture Funds Used To Oppose Marijuana Legalization

Yavapai County Attorney wants to use more public funds to fight a planned cannabis legalization measure in Arizona.

ARIZONA:  A law-enforcement task force in Yavapai County cut a $50,000 check from RICO funds to a substance-abuse group dedicated to fighting marijuana legalization in Arizona, New Times has learned. The deal between the Yavapai County-based Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) task force and MATFORCE was made soon after the Marijuana Policy Project announced it would launch Read the full article…