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Mon
14
Jan

Bill would allow use of marijuana at schools

A bill proposed by state Rep. Brian Blake of Aberdeen would allow marijuana on school campuses for students who require aid for medical conditions.

The state Legislature convenes today.

House Bill 1060 aims to permit students to consume medical marijuana on school property, aboard buses and while attending school-sponsored events.

Students would have to meet the demands of state law RCW 69.51A.220, which requires that health care professionals must authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Minors would receive treatment with the approval of their guardians.

Mon
14
Jan

Here's where presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard stands on cannabis

The fight for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2020 is intensifying as another contender has entered the fray. On Friday, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii announced her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, writes James McClure. 

"I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," Rep. Gabbard told CNN in an interviewed that aired during Saturday's episode of "The Van Jones Show."

Gabbard is an Iraq War veteran who is also the first Hindu and the first American Samoan member of Congress. And if she gets elected, she would become a powerful ally in the fight for marijuana reform.

Fri
11
Jan

Donation money from Calgary Cannabis Club refused by cancer foundation

Cannabis may be legal in Canada but its stigma has not been eliminated entirely. This seems to be especially true when an organization in Alberta recently turned down a donation from another.

Members of the Calgary Cannabis Club raised $6,000 in honor of a former member Rick Beaver who passed away in November following a long battle with cancer. Beaver used cannabis to ease some of the symptoms associated with the bladder and esophageal cancer he experienced later in life.

Fri
11
Jan

New bill to legalize marijuana fittingly titled 'H.R. 420'

A new bill introduced in Congress to legalize marijuana has been give the most fitting name ever, Writes Joseph Misulonas. 

Fri
11
Jan

Maine lawmakers developing bills to expunge past cannabis convictions

As many other states with legal adult-use cannabis (and some without) have done, Mainelawmakers will soon consider a handful of bills to expunge or seal past cannabis convictions. At this stage, however, legislators are only weighing bill titles related to those policies. Lawmakers say they haven’t yet drafted specific details about the policies or how the state would implement them. But two competing approaches are currently emerging.

Fri
11
Jan

Tennessee lawmakers to introduce new, comprehensive medical marijuana bill

Two state lawmakers in Tennessee announced on Thursday that they plan to introduce a comprehensive medical marijuana legalization bill. Sen. Janice Bowling and Rep. Ron Travis plan to introduce the bill in the coming weeks, according to media reports.

Bowling said in a press release that she believes cannabis can be part of the solution to the nationwide epidemic of opioid overdose deaths.

Fri
11
Jan

Minnesota's senate majority is spouting misinformation about marijuana legalization

Legalizing cannabis is not on the agenda for Minnesota's Republican-controlled Senate, writes Calvin Hughes. 

While Minnesota's neighbor Michigan legalized recreational cannabislast November, residents of the North Star State shouldn't get their hopes up about legal weed any time soon. At least according to Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R).

Thu
10
Jan

Vermont supreme court rules marijuana smell is not grounds for search

January is already shaking out to be a big month for court rulings on the civil and criminal liabilities people should or shouldn’t face over the smell of cannabis. On the heels of a federal judge’s dismissal of a racketeering lawsuit against a smelly cannabis farmer, the Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that certain marijuana odors are not grounds for a search of persons or seizure of property. The important ruling creates a binding legal precedent across all courts in Vermont and comes at the end of a lengthy lawsuit by the Vermont ACLU.

Thu
10
Jan

Recreational weed may spark up Michigan's medical marijuana industry

One in four applications for a license to run a medical marijuana facility made it to the state licensing board in 2018 as state officials conducted extensive vetting and fielded inquiries from 900 prospective businesses.

Last year the industry welcomed new regulations and legal clarity from a 2016 law -- the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) -- and the state saw the first retail sale of medical marijuana in October.

The 2018 launch of the commercialized medical marijuana industry ended with a marijuana shortage and the closure of at least 72 dispensaries. Starting 2019, patients are having trouble finding their medicine.

Thu
10
Jan

Proposed Easthampton marijuana shop The Verb is Herb may pitch online appointments to control crowds

The president of The Verb is Herb will propose offering online appointments to customers if such a measure is needed to win city approval for a retail adult-use marijuana shop in a 74 Cottage St. storefront.

The proposed store’s special permit is back before the Planning Board at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the Municipal Building at 50 Payson Ave.

At a December hearing, the city’s Planning Board sent The Verb is Herb president and CEO William S. Hartley home without the needed special permit. The board requested more information on crowd control, especially on opening day, and said the plan would need Police Chief Robert Alberti’s approval.

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