Legalization In Vermont, 6 questions For MPP’s Matt Simon

Matt Simon MPP

by Bailey Hirschburg  Vermont is poised to become the first state to legalize cannabis through its legislature, rather than the ballot box. House Bill 170 narrowly passed the house early last month, the bill would all legalize possession of up to an ounce of cannabis and growing up six plants (2 mature, 4 immature) by Read the full article…

OmniCannabis II: The amending

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by Bailey Hirschburg This is a follow up to an earlier story reported by MJNewsNetwork: OMNICANNABIS: The WA State Senate Made Behemoth Pot Legislation, And It May Be Too Big To Fail In the end, my observation in the first omnicannabis article was omniscient, “in rushing to remove the band-aid from this wound, Washington Senators sacrificed Read the full article…

Questions, Answers About North Dakota And Medical Marijuana

Questions about mmj

By Blake Nicholson, Associated Press NORTH DAKOTA: With the pending signature of Gov. Doug Burgum, medical marijuana will become legal in North Dakota. Here’s a look at what’s next: WHEN WILL IT BE AVAILABLE? Within a year, according to state health officials who will regulate the system. The health department expects five of every 1,000 North Read the full article…

Senate Leaders: Vermont Pot Bill Unlikely To Pass

MARIJUANA AND MONEY

By Associated Press  VERMONT: Top Senate lawmakers in Vermont say passing a marijuana legalization bill is becoming exceedingly unlikely. The Vermont House is still debating their version of a legalization bill, which would simply legalize personal cannabis use, possession and cultivation. There are just over three weeks to go in the lawmaking session and Senate Read the full article…

California Campaign Watchdog Fines Legal Marijuana Opponents

California Fair Political Practices Committee

By Associated Press CALIFORNIA: California’s campaign watchdog said Monday that it is proposing fines of nearly $10,000 against opponents of the state’s new recreational marijuana law for violations last year. The Fair Political Practices Commission announced the actions against two campaign committees that unsuccessfully fought Proposition 64. About 57 percent of voters approved legalizing recreational Read the full article…

PA Auditor General Recommends Regulating, Taxing Marijuana

Result would bring in revenue, create jobs, reduce corrections costs

PENNSYLVANIA: Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today Pennsylvania should strongly consider regulating and taxing marijuana to benefit from a booming industry expected to be worth $20 billion and employ more than 280,000 in the next decade. “The regulation and taxation of the marijuana train has rumbled out of the station, and it is time to Read the full article…

What Would “Greater Enforcement” Mean for Washington’s Cannabis Businesses?

Walker to sign marijuana extract bill

Justice Department has options to crack down, but may galvanize the push for even wider legalization By Andy Aley WASHINGTON: In statements that were perhaps inevitable but nonetheless surprising to the cannabis industry, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on February 23, 2017, provided the first official comments on how the Trump administration may address Read the full article…

Statement On The Formation Of The Cannabis Caucus

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The nation’s leading cannabis and drug policy reform organizations commended Congressional members Thursday on the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Don Young (R-AK) formed the Congressional Cannabis Caucus to develop and promote sensible cannabis policy reform and work to ease the Read the full article…

NORML Responds To Jeff Sessions Being Confirmed As Attorney General

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Despite historic opposition to a nominee for Attorney General, today Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (R-AL) has been confirmed to assume the role of our nation’s top law enforcement official. “Jeff Sessions’ views are out of step with mainstream America and they are in conflict with the laws regarding marijuana in over half of Read the full article…

WA NORML Pac Lobbyist: Growing Opportunities For Cannabis Consumers

Bailey Hirschburg Lobbyist

By M. Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: It’s difficult asking people to get excited about lobbyists. Who can blame them? There are enough examples of lobbyists putting personal gain and access to power ahead of public good, or striking deals on issues they barely care about just to cash a paycheck. Still, I’m excited to be a Read the full article…