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Mon
13
Jul

OKlahoma: State temporarily halts enforcement of some marijuana business rules

Pending litigation, the Oklahoma attorney general’s office temporarily has agreed the state will not enforce some medical marijuana laws that could force some dispensaries to close their doors.

On Monday, Oklahoma’s assistant solicitor general agreed the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority will not enforce certain residency and location requirements that pertain to medical marijuana businesses and how long their owners have resided in Oklahoma.

Fri
10
Jul

Court reinstates ban on smokable hemp in U.S. state of Indiana

A U.S. federal appeals court has ruled the state of Indiana may ban the production, possession and delivery of smokable hemp, affirming states have the right to regulate hemp production and reversing a decision earlier this year by a lower court that struck down the ban.

Fri
10
Jul

3 Cannabis Legislation Predictions Ahead of the 2020 Election

The glacial pace at which the federal government has implemented cannabis policy–particularly in light of the rapid evolution of cannabis laws at the state level–is at the same time predictable and frustrating to those seeking a measure of certainty. And it begs the question: Will Congress act soon to bring a measure of common sense to this country’s cannabis policy? What about the states?

Mark Twain wrote that “[p]rophesy is a good line of business, but it is full of risks.” With those risks in mind–and a plate of crow in the warming drawer–I offer the following three predictions about cannabis policy, and its implications, for the remainder of 2020.

 

Fri
10
Jul

Virginia’s Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Went Into Effect This Week—What Does That Mean and What’s Next?

As we previously wrote about, Virginia enacted a law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana earlier this year. Unfortunately, there seem to be a lot of misconceptions about what that law—which became effective this week—actually means. Despite the label of a “decriminalization” law, it does not actually make possession of marijuana legal; rather, it changes possession of up to an ounce from a crime subject to arrest, jail time, and significant fines, to a civil offense that does not allow for arrest and results in a fine of only $25. The new law also removes the escalating penalties that used to be in place for multiple violations. Growing and distributing marijuana remain crimes subject to arrest and jail or prison time.

Fri
10
Jul

Medical Marijuana Likely Heading to Nebraska Ballot this November

According to a news report from the Associated Press, Nebraska voters will likely get to vote this November on initiatives to legalize medical marijuana and casino gambling after advocates for both announced Thursday that they have enough signatures to put them on the November ballot.

According to the AP, organizers of the Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana campaign said they’ve gathered 182,000 signatures. To qualify for the ballot, the campaign needed to turn in more than 121,000 valid signatures, representing more than 10% of the voters in the state. Campaign officials also needed to collect signatures from at least 5% of voters in at least 38 Nebraska counties.

 

Fri
10
Jul

Head of cannabis retailer says Canada needs thousands more stores to compete with black market weed

The chief executive officer of independent cannabis retailer Fire and Flower Holdings said this week Canada needs 4,000 pot shops in order to compete with the country’s still-thriving

Fri
10
Jul

This state could vote to decriminalize all drugs this November

More radical change to drug policy could be coming to Oregon after the November federal election.

The Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, which would decriminalize drugs in the state, qualified for the ballot after it amassed a total of 116,622 valid signatures of support, per the Oregon Secretary of State.

Fri
10
Jul

Joe Biden’s New Cannabis Policy Proposals Met With Criticism, Disappointment

In a bid to win over still-skeptical progressives, Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled a set of policy proposals that moved him more closely aligned with his one-time rival, Bernie Sanders. But on the matter of marijuana, the former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee remains miles away from legalization.

Thu
09
Jul

Nebraska Medical Marijuana Petition Gathers 182,000 Signatures

It’s been a long time coming, but medical marijuana could finally appear on Nebraska’s ballot in November 2020.

Currently, there is no medical marijuana program of any type in Nebraska. After a number of unsuccessful attempts to rectify the situation, that may soon change.

Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana reported last week it will deliver more than 182,000 signatures gathered across the state supporting a ballot initiative to enable patients access to medical marijuana as recommended by their physician or nurse practitioner.

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