Washington Medical Marijuana After July 1

Black-market marijuana will be cheaper than legal medical cannabis, when state-regulated retail shops open later this year.

By Aaron Pelley and Anne van Leynseele Many clients and potential clients have been asking NWMJLaw about the changes coming to Washington State’s medical marijuana system when the new laws take effect on July 1, 2016. Specifically, we have been asked how the collective garden statute being repealed will affect patients and Farmers’ Markets. Farmers’ Markets Read the full article…

How the Justice Department Seems To Have Misled Congress On Medical Marijuana

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

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Last year, the Justice Department warned Congress that a medical marijuana provision in an appropriations bill could  “limit or possibly eliminate the Department’s ability to enforce federal law in recreational marijuana cases as well.” The “informal talking points,” according to a Justice Department memoobtained by Tom Angell, a legalization advocate and writer for marijuana.com, were “intended to discourage passage” of Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Program On Track For Summer Launch, Officials Say

Lawmakers now are pursuing several options to ensure patients can acquire cannabis oil, even if the marijuana plant isn’t grown here.

MINNESOTA:  Minnesota will have at least one state-approved medical marijuana manufacturer by Dec. 1, the leader of the state’s Office of Medical Cannabis said Thursday. The prediction comes five months after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the state’s new medical marijuana law, and as officials say they remain on track to launch the program next summer. Read the full article…

Cuomo Wants Health Department To Speed Up Medical Marijuana Availability For Children With Epilepsy

Gov Cuomo

NEW YORK:  Gov. Cuomo wants to make medical marijuana available soon to children with epilepsy — but he’s not acting quickly enough for the anguished mom of a 9-year-old girl who died this month. Cuomo, in a letter Wednesday, asked the state Health Department to study making the drug available to epileptic children sooner than Read the full article…

At Issue: Wisconsin Medical Marijuana

This bill (AB480, SB363) creates a medical use defense to marijuana-related prosecutions and fines, and prohibits the arrest or prosecution of people who are registered with the Department of Health Services (DHS) and have certain debilitating medical conditions or treatments.

WISCONSIN: In a nutshell: Current Wisconsin law prohibits a person from possessing, manufacturing or distributing marijuana. This bill (AB480, SB363) creates a medical use defense to marijuana-related prosecutions and fines, and prohibits the arrest or prosecution of people who are registered with the Department of Health Services (DHS) and have certain debilitating medical conditions or treatments. People Read the full article…

Labor: Medical Marijuana Law Comes to Illinois

Gov Pat Quinn's Medical Marijuana Decision has employment law implications

ILLINOIS: Gov. Patrick Quinn signed into effect Illinois’ version of state laws allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Entitled the “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act,” Illinois now joins almost two dozen other states who allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes.

Labor: Medical Marijuana Law Comes to Illinois

Gov Pat Quinn's Medical Marijuana Decision has employment law implications

ILLINOIS: Gov. Patrick Quinn signed into effect Illinois’ version of state laws allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Entitled the “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act,” Illinois now joins almost two dozen other states who allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes.

Medical marijuana dispensaries a signature away from approval

Medical Marijuana dispensaries a signature away from approval

OREGON: SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Medical marijuana dispensaries are a signature away from being legal in Oregon. The state House of Representatives approved a bill Saturday to establish a licensing system for medical marijuana outlets. The bill, which passed 32-27, now goes to Gov. John Kitzhaber to sign.