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Wed
09
Jan

Appeals court digs into marijuana smoking ban in Florida

Newly minted Gov. Ron DeSantis has indicated he may drop the state’s appeal of a court decision that said a Florida law banning patients from smoking medical marijuana is unconstitutional.

But on the same day the Republican successor to former Gov. Rick Scott was sworn into office, lawyers for the state tried to persuade a three-judge panel to uphold the smoking prohibition.

Tuesday’s arguments at the 1st District Court of Appeal were the latest twist in a challenge to a 2017 law aimed at implementing a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. More than 71 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment in 2016.

Wed
09
Jan

Pediatric nurse appointed to Arkansas marijuana board

A pediatric nurse who says he's seen the positive effects of medical marijuana on his patients has been appointed to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission.

Justin Smith, 38, was appointed to the board Monday, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported . Smith is a nurse at Arkansas Children's Hospital and has worked in pediatric care for 11 years. He replaces James Miller, who resigned last month to focus on his family and business.

Smith said he's seen cannabis products help treat children with epilepsy.

"I've seen it work with my own eyes," Smith said. "When you see that, it kind of changes your mind and perspective on things. Especially in my case, when you see it work on children, you can't really deny it has some benefit with proper application."

Wed
09
Jan

Former Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day urges leaders to support cannabis entrepreneurs on First Nations

A former Ontario Regional Chief is putting out a new magazine that he hopes clarifies jurisdictional issues around cannabis legalization and First Nations.

Isadore Day is CEO of a company called Bimaadzwin that focuses on Indigenous nationhood.

The new online publication, called Growth and Prosperity, seems to reflect his optimism about the potential role of retail cannabis sales in Indigenous communities.

Day says the publication will work as a reference that covers areas left blank by governments that failed to include First Nations in designing a retail system to sell legal cannabis.

Wed
09
Jan

A Vermont Supreme Court ruling on marijuana and traffic stops is a landmark victory for racial justice

The Vermont Supreme Court issued a one-two punch against police misconduct on Friday in a landmark case involving privacy rights, racial discrimination, and marijuana. The justices first rendered the state liable for unreasonable searches and seizures—meaning victims of law enforcement overreach can sue the government for monetary damages. They then held that the faint odor of marijuana in a car does not justify its seizure by the state. The decision rests solely on the state constitution and effectively rejects widely criticized U.S. Supreme Court precedent to the contrary.

Tue
08
Jan

Hemp legalization could mean big business for Montana

Hemp is poised to grow into a major industry in Montana.

After President Donald Trump's signature decriminalized hemp cultivation Thursday, Montana is looking at what could be a big market — from pharmaceuticals to animal feed — said Ben Thomas of the Montana Department of Agriculture.

“This removed a lot of the restrictions around the market,” Thomas said.

Until now, hemp cultivation was limited mainly to research and pilot programs. 

Tue
08
Jan

Plans for a marijuana shop near Boston College are met with skepticism by some

Dreams of a reinvented Cleveland Circle collided with fears of widespread marijuana use at a meeting Monday night in Brighton, where residents debated plans to turn the longtime dive bar Mary Ann’s into a recreational marijuana shop.

Several residents said the proposed location was ill-suited for a neighborhood filled with college students and other young residents.

“This is a neighborhood that has a lot of young people,” said Eva, a Brighton resident who declined to give her last name. “They have to be taking good care of their minds and not to be exposed to the temptation to be going and getting marijuana every day.”

Tue
08
Jan

U.S. Surgeon General says America should reclassify marijuana

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams has been pretty accepting of marijuana legalization, and now he's taking his views a step further by saying America should reclassify cannabis, writes Joseph Misulonas. 

Tue
08
Jan

5 Ways 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has supported marijuana legalization

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren became the first major Democrat to announce that they were exploring running for president in 2020. Many people have since discussed whether or not Warren would be a good candidate for the Democrats in 2020. But not many people have talked about her stance on marijuana, writes Joseph Misulonas. 

So here are five times Warren has supported marijuana legalization:

Tue
08
Jan

Fox News accuses Democrats of only supporting marijuana for money

Fox News doesn't ever give any positive coverage towards Democrats or liberal causes. So it's no surprise that one Fox News columnist is accusing Democrats of only supporting marijuana legalization for money, writes Joseph Misulonas. 

Mon
07
Jan

Wisconsin Republican leaders remain opposed to marijuana legalization despite moves by neighbors

In 2009, it looked like Wisconsin was going to be a leader in passing progressive marijuana legislation. Democrats controlled the Legislature and a bill that would have made Wisconsin the 15th state to legalize medical marijuana had the support of Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle. Polls showed wide public support.

But the bill died in committee when Democratic Rep. Julie Lassa voted with Republicans to tank it.

Nearly a decade later, Wisconsin remains on the sidelines, watching as Michigan and Illinois battle it out to see which state can attract marijuana tourists first. 

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