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Thu
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May

Should New Hampshire allow patients to grow their own medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana is legal in New Hampshire, but patients have to buy their therapeutic cannabis at one of a handful of Alternative Treatment Centers. Now, legislators are considering allowing patients to grow their own marijuana at home.

The law as it stands

Back in 2013, New Hampshire legalized the use of marijuana as a medical treatment. Under that law — RSA 126-X — patients with certain symptoms can be prescribed the use of cannabis by their healthcare provider. Some of these include:

â– suffering from chronic severe pain;

â– diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition such as cancer, glaucoma, or HIV;

Thu
13
May

Georgia Governor Signs SB 195 To Expand Medical Cannabis Program

After a long legacy of having a medical cannabis program that barely took care of patients, the governor of Georgia has finally signed SB 195—a law that will expand the medical cannabis program to license retailers of low-THC cannabis 

Thu
13
May

API Confusion and Lack of Regional Standards: Issues On The Road To The German Cannabis Market

 

Destination Germany is the watchword for those in the international cannabis industry—but it is still a rocky path to gaining access for most. Specifically, there is a lot of confusion surrounding API and cannabis classification and issues from a lack of consistent standards.

Thu
13
May

Louisiana House Approves HB 652, A Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

The Louisiana House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that effectively decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana. Under the measure, House Bill 652 (HB 652), possession of up to 14 grams (about a half an ounce) of cannabis would be punished by only a fine of up to $100 on the first and second offense. Minor marijuana possession offenses would still be classified as misdemeanors but would no longer carry the threat of time in jail.

Wed
12
May

Mississippians could soon see ballot initiative aimed to legalize marijuana

Mississippians could soon see a ballot initiative aimed to fully legalize marijuana during the next general election.

While the State Department of Health is still working out the kinds of a state medical marijuana program, one Mississippi doctor thinks now is the time to go all the way and fully legalize marijuana.

During the past general election, Mississippians voted in droves for initiative 64, which allows regulated medical marijuana.

"I mean it really is time a lot of states are already ahead us there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be doing it," said David Nelms.

Some want to take it a step further. Dr. David Alan, the author of initiative 77, wants to fully legalize the possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana up to 99 plants.

Wed
12
May

$146 million in cannabis plants seized in bust spanning several California counties

A cross-county search in California involving five warrants and numerous law enforcement agencies has bagged US$120 million ($146 million) worth of illegal cannabis.

While cannabis and hemp cultivation can be legal depending on the local ordinances, according to the Solano County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), “it is a crime when it is not done in compliance with the law.

In California, people 21 and older can legally grow up to six cannabis plants for recreational use. Outdoor grows are off-limits, unless specified by local authority.

Wed
12
May

We’re About To See If Senate Filibuster Will Ruin National Cannabis Reform

Chuck Schumer and crew have been talking a lot of smack this year about how they will introduce a comprehensive cannabis reform bill, and how it’s going to pass.

There has been a lot of chatter during President Biden’s first 100 days in office over this thing called a “filibuster” and how it will prevent the Democrats from legalizing marijuana at the national level. However, we’re about to enter a time when cannabis advocates, pot industry executives, and lobbyists will get to see firsthand just how much of a crude destructor this old Senate rule is going to be for the course of federal marijuana reform. Welcome to the next 100 days.

Wed
12
May

Will your New York marijuana conviction be expunged? The simple numbers to know

Trying to figure out who qualifies to have a New York marijuana conviction expunged? Reading the law is a brain-teaser, at best.

The recent legalization bill doesn’t even call it marijuana anymore -- those criminal laws have been completely erased. It’s now officially cannabis.

The repeal of the old law is expected to clear 150,000 people of marijuana convictions, according to a state court system estimate.

For those who qualify, it’s great news: the courts and legal authorities are required to proactively go into their own records and erase all traces of any marijuana arrests, prosecutions or convictions. Background reports shouldn’t show any marijuana arrests, let alone convictions, once the process is over in two years.

Wed
12
May

Oregon Retailers Pushing For Inter-state Cannabis Sales

Oregon businesses growing and selling cannabis want the ability to sell their product to people in other states, but until the federal law changes making marijuana legal, Gov. Kate Brown says her hands are tied, according to the Portland Business Journal.

Sixteen states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes, and 36 allow medical marijuana use. But under federal law, marijuana remains listed as an illegal drug like heroin, LSD, and ecstasy.

Wed
12
May

The problem with legalizing pot in Virginia by July 1

Governor Ralph Northam and his administration celebrated the day he signed the bill legalizing marijuana in Virginia.

"This is yet another example of Democrats, yes Democrats listening to Virginians and taking action on the will of the people," Northam said.

However, David Lewis isn't celebrating the new pot laws. He's been in recovery for more than three years and knows first-hand the dark side of marijuana.

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