DOJ Task Force: Maintain ‘Hands Off’ Approach To States’ Marijuana Laws

DOJ Task Force: Maintain 'Hands Off' Approach To States' Marijuana Laws

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A special Justice Department committee tasked with reviewing existing marijuana enforcement policies and making recommendations has failed to offer support for a federally led crackdown in legal marijuana states, according to documents obtained last week by the Associated Press. The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, a group consisting of federal prosecutors and members of law Read the full article…

National Conference Of State Legislatures Endorses Resolution Calling For Marijuana To Be Descheduled

The National Conference of State Legislatures has endorsed a resolution calling for marijuana to be removed from the US Controlled Substances Act.

MASSACHUSETTS: The National Conference of State Legislatures has endorsed a resolution calling for marijuana to be removed from the US Controlled Substances Act. The plant and all of its organic constituents are classified under federal law as a schedule I controlled substance – the most restrictive categorization available. Over three-quarters of legislators participating in this week’s legislative summit Read the full article…

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…

Texas House Chairman Joe Moody Hosts Public Hearing On Reducing Penalties For Small Amounts Of Marijuana

HB 334 was introduced in the special legislative session and would replace criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession with a civil citation

HB 334 was introduced in the special legislative session and would replace criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession with a civil citation TEXAS:  Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Joe Moody held a public hearing to discuss reducing state marijuana possession penalties on Wednesday and to support HB 334, which was introduced by Chairman Moody in the Read the full article…

Washington AG Ferguson Statement On Sessions Letter

“Any action from the Department of Justice short of allowing our well-regulated, voter-approved system to continue is unacceptable. I will continue to defend the will of Washington voters.”

WASHINGTON:  In response to a letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding Washington’s marijuana regulations, Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the following statement: “I was disappointed by Attorney General Sessions’ letter, which relies on incomplete, inaccurate and out-of-date information on the status of Washington’s marijuana regulations. I’m also disappointed that he has yet to accept my repeated Read the full article…

The Congressional Record: Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act

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[Pages S4669-S4672] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS By Mr. BOOKER: S. 1689. A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Read the full article…

Booker-Sanders-Casey Statement on CBO Score of Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bernard Sanders (D-VT), and Bob Casey (D-PA) issued the following joint statement in reaction to the preliminary cost estimate of the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act issued by the Congressional Budget Office: “We are glad to see the independent Congressional Budget Office recognize that the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Read the full article…

Reverend Al Sharpton To Keynote CWCBExpo In LA & Boston

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NEW JERSEY:  Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo) is pleased to announce that civil rights leader and founder of the National Action Network, Rev. Al Sharpton will be continuing his Keynote Address series at the upcoming 4th Annual Los Angeles event, September 13-15, at the LA Convention Center and at the premiere of the Read the full article…

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

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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…