CBP Statement On Canada’s Legalization Of Marijuana and Crossing The Border

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UPDATED: 10/09/2018 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforces the laws of the United States and U.S. laws will not change following Canada’s legalization of marijuana. Requirements for international travelers wishing to enter the United States are governed by and conducted in accordance with U.S. Federal Law, which supersedes state laws. Although medical and recreational Read the full article…

Connecticut: Regulators Expand Qualifying Conditions Eligible For Cannabis Therapy

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CONNECTICUT:Patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis, spasticity disorders, and neuropathic facial pain are among those who are now eligible for marijuana therapy following a decision this week by regulators to expand the program’s list of qualifying conditions. Under the just-announced rules, doctors may for the first time recommend medical cannabis to patients with the following diagnoses: spasticity, severe rheumatoid Read the full article…

Illinois Governor Signs Landmark Medical Marijuana Legislation

"This law will give thousands of Illinoisans who struggle with the negative side effects of opioids, including harmful addiction, another choice to manage their pain," the governor said.

 Gov. Rauner extends health insurance to fertility preservation
Gov. Rauner extends health insurance to fertility preservation
​A new law (HB 2617) signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner amends the Illinois insurance code to require coverage of egg or sperm preservation, a well-established medical practice that gives hope to patients who receive life-saving cancer treatment that they can one day have their own children.

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Gov. Rauner approves landmark legislation to cover hearing aids for children
The governor signed House Bill 4516 at the Capitol with 10-year-old Hunter Martin. Hunter and his brother, Owen, 7, both wear hearing aids. Hunter, who resides in Illiopolis, testified in front of House and Senate committees in 2017 and again this year to advocate for the new law.

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Governor signs measures to ramp up treatment of mental illness, opioid abuse
Gov. Bruce Rauner this week signed a bill package that increases access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment and addresses the state's opioid crisis.

 Rauner enacts legislation to streamline services for veterans
Rauner enacts legislation to streamline services for veterans
​Legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner streamlines veteran identification services and makes it easier for homeless veterans to access needed medical benefits. Rauner also made Nov. 4th GI Bill of Rights Day to pay tribute to the American Legion committee, chaired by the 29th Governor of Illinois, that wrote the historic Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944.

ILLINOIS: Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed the Alternatives to Opioids Act of 2018, adding those who might otherwise seek opioids for pain management to the list of those eligible for medical marijuana. “This law will give thousands of Illinoisans who struggle with the negative side effects of opioids, including harmful addiction, another choice to manage their Read the full article…

North Dakota: Advocates Turn In Signatures For 2018 Adult Use Initiative

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NORTH DAKOTA: Proponents of a statewide ballot initiative to legalize the adult use of marijuana in North Dakota on Monday turned in nearly 19,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office in an effort to place the measure before voters this November. State officials must certify 13,452 of those signatures in order to qualify the measure for the Read the full article…

VA Policy On Medical Marijuana And Veterans

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 The VA Medical Cannabis Act of 2018 is not yet the law of the land. So what is the official VA policy on veterans using cannabis? DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: As more states consider authorizing the medical use of marijuana, there has been a growing number of voices among the veteran community urging the Department of Veterans Read the full article…

The STATES Act and What it Could Mean for Cannabis Businesses

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By Tucker Arensberg, P.C. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Gardner introduced the “Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act” (“STATES”) Act – on June 7, 2018.  A companion bill was introduced by Representatives Earl Blumenauer and David Joyce in the House of Representatives. The STATES Act seeks to amend the Controlled Substances Read the full article…

Mass Cannabis Control Commission Approves 205 Potential Licensing Applicants

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MASSACHUSETTS: The Cannabis Control Commission concluded its priority review process on Tuesday, ultimately approving 205 prospective licensees to enter the agency’s application system early and have their license applications processed first. The 205 total certified includes 82 Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMDs) and 123 Economic Empowerment Applicants, which were required to demonstrate residency, experience or business practices Read the full article…

Cannabis Legal Trends To Watch In 2018

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By Sharon Golden Ever since you were young, your family was very problematic. There was never a day when you didn’t hear your parents shouting and arguing with each other. You would often lock yourself in your room as an escape from all the tension in the house. You’d rather be alone rather than be Read the full article…