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Apr

'We don't have the resources to police marijuana dispensaries,' Sessions allegedly admits to Colorado governor

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to raid every marijuana dispensary in every state that has legalized cannabis for medicinal or recreational use, but he knows that he doesn't have the resources, according to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, writes James McClure.

Tue
10
Apr

Michigan republicans want to legalize marijuana to prevent liberals from voting in November

When politicians support marijuana, they usually do so for reasons such as increased tax revenue or criminal justice reform, writes Joseph Misulonas.

But Michigan Republicans are considering legalizing cannabis for one reason: to win elections.

The state of Michigan is set to vote on a ballot initiative this November that would legalize recreational marijuana.

Tue
10
Apr

Celebrities will not be allowed to endorse Canadian cannabis products

Celebrities will not be allowed to endorse recreational cannabis products in Canada and a July 1 legalization date was “never on the table,” according to the government’s legalization point-man MP Bill Blair.

The former Toronto Police chief appeared on The West Block to clarify some aspects of the nation’s forthcoming legalization scheme.

Tue
10
Apr

Israeli pharmacies to sell medical marijuana under pilot program this month

Starting April 20, some Israeli pharmacies will begin selling medical cannabis products under a national pilot program, CTECH reports.

The program, approved by the government in 2016, will see participation from 20 pharmacies as part of a broader Ministry of Health-approved expansion.

Mon
09
Apr

Federal court rules that cannabis protections do not apply to federal land

The Department of Justice is blocked from prosecuting state-legal cannabis operations, but a California court ruled that it’s free to prosecute anyone growing weed on federal property.

Although the Trump administration has made constant threats to crack down on legal weed, state-legal cannabis industries have enjoyed some degree of protection from federal interference thanks to the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment. This amendment, attached to every annual federal budget bill since 2014, prohibits the Department of Justice from using federal funds to prosecute medical marijuana patients, producers, and caregivers that are legal under state law.

Mon
09
Apr

School nurses in Colorado could soon administer medical marijuana to students

The Colorado legislature has advanced a bill that would allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students, writes Calvin Hughes.

While students in Colorado are already permitted to use medicinal cannabis at school it must be administer by a legal guardian or parent

Mon
09
Apr

Connecticut takes historic first steps towards legalizing recreational marijuana

For the first time in the Connecticut legislature, a recreational marijuana bill has made it out of committee and is headed to the full General Assembly for consideration.

The appropriations committee voted 27-24 Thursday to approve the bill.

"This bill deserves an opportunity for further conversation and to get into the fine points of what that conversation would be," said Sen. Paul Formica, a Republican from East Lyme and a committee co-chair.

The legislation calls for officials from several state agencies to develop a plan for the legalization and regulation of cannabis.

Mon
09
Apr

New Jersey: Medical marijuana patients struggle with costs

Donnah Marvel’s life has been turned upside-down more than once.

After losing her son, Nickolas, 18, who was struck and killed by a car while walking home with friends along Route 9 in Linwood in 2004, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent surgery and chemotherapy and had a double hip replacement due to disease in her bones.

Through it all, she’s developed anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain in her hips. Her participation in the state’s medical marijuana program is one of the few things she said has made a huge difference in her quality of life, but some months, she can barely afford it.

Mon
09
Apr

Colorado lawmakers still not onboard with social marijuana

No matter how hard Colorado cannabis advocates work to expand the state’s recreational marijuana law, the suits over at the Capitol just cannot seem to wrap their heads around social use. Earlier this week, the Colorado General Assembly butchered and left for dead a proposal that would have brought the concept of cannabis lounges to fruition.

Yet, they did not stop there. As if flushing another social use proposal down the proverbial drain wasn’t enough, lawmakers also canned a separate measure that would have allowed dispensaries to host cannabis tasting events. But why? Mostly because some state officials believe the measures are risks to public safety.

Fri
06
Apr

Maine lawmakers rewrite legal cannabis regulations (again)

Recreational pot sales have been in limbo while state lawmakers struggle to draft regulations. As a result, Maine’s medical marijuana businesses are suffering.

It has been nearly two years since Maine residents voted for the legalization of recreational cannabis, but the adult-use pot dispensaries and social-use clubs that voters approved are still nowhere in sight.

A state legislative committee is now wrapping up a second attempt at drafting regulations for retail sales, which will soon move to the state's House for a vote, potentially opening the door for sales to begin next year.

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