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Tue
17
Nov

Rhode Island Marijuana Legalization: Bill to Legalize Weed Could Go to Vote in 2016

As marijuana legalization sweeps the nation, Rhode Island could very well be one of the next states to . Experts say the state is among several that may end marijuana prohibition in 2016. A bill to legalize marijuana in Rhode Island, introduced in the state Legislature in January, will likely be debated next year. 

Tue
17
Nov

War on drugs means millions are needlessly dying in pain

Ruth Dreifuss is former President of Switzerland and Minister of Home Affairs. Anand Grover is former U.N. special rapporteur on the Right to Health, India. Michel Kazatchkine is former executive director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The opinions expressed in this commentary are theirs.

Tue
17
Nov

Florida legislators may let terminally ill patients use marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida legislators may change the law to allow terminally ill patients to use marijuana.

A House panel on Tuesday approved a bill that would change the state's recently enacted "Right to Try Act." That law allows patients with less than a year to live to take experimental drugs.

Supporters of the measure (HB 307) say terminally ill patients should have access to marijuana so they don't have to rely on drugs such as morphine to relieve their pain. Patients would not be allowed to smoke or inject pot.

Tue
17
Nov

New Jersey Teen with Epilepsy and Autism Wins Right to Take Medical Marijuana at School

 

Genny Barbour, a New Jersey teen with epilepsy and autism, will return to school full time after winning the fight to have the medical marijuana oil she needs administered to her at school, her mother tells PEOPLE.

"We never thought that it would happen," says Lora Barbour, Genny's mom. "It was Governor Christie who passed this bill. We thought we would have to battle everything through the court system."

Tue
17
Nov

Florida: Legislators may let terminally ill patients use marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators may change the law to allow terminally ill patients to use marijuana.

A House panel on Tuesday approved a bill that would change the state's recently-enacted "Right to Try Act." That law allows patients with less than a year to live to take experimental drugs.

Supporters of the measure (HB 307) say terminally ill patients should have access to marijuana so they don't have to rely on drugs such as morphine to relieve their pain. Patients would not be allowed to smoke or inject pot.

Tue
17
Nov

Jamaica: Minister Hylton Says Ganja Industry Framework Must Be Right

Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the country must get the framework for a regulated and legalized cannabis industry right the first time.

He emphasized that Jamaica is left with no choice but to ensure that every aspect of legally participating in the regulated sector, is done correctly.

“The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has deliberately remained sequestered as they deliberate with key stakeholders on the tenets of the regulations that will guide the industry. They understand, as I do, the importance of developing a sustainable industry that takes into consideration the best practices, while ensuring that it will thrive within the context of Jamaican socio-economic realities,” the Minister said.

Tue
17
Nov

Do New Medical Marijuana Rules Improve on "Angry Tone" of First Draft?

Changes might be coming for Colorado cannabis physicians and the patients they serve – but at least those docs and their clients will have had a say.

Tue
17
Nov

Pittsburgh councilman to present marijuana decriminalization bill

A Pittsburgh city councilman wants to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
    
Councilman Daniel Lavelle says he'll introduce legislation Tuesday that would give city police the ability to fine people -- instead of filing criminal charges -- if they're found to be in possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana or eight grams of hashish.

The ordinance sets a civil fine of up to $100 and lets police seize the drugs. It would not supersede state law.

Lavelle, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, said in a news release that the bill will help end the consequences of unemployment, lack of education and being stuck in the criminal justice system.

Tue
17
Nov

Justice Minister gets award for 'Ganja Law' reform

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Justice Minister Mark Golding will receive the Kurt Schmoke Award for Achievement in the Field of Law at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in the DC metro area on Friday, November 20.

The award, previously the Justice Gerald Le Dain, recognises those involved in law who have worked within official institutions when extremist pressures dominate government policies.

"Every once in a rare while, a government official steps up and out to provide much needed leadership on a controversial issue," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. "That's what Mark Golding did, with skill and courage, thereby enabling Jamaica to leap to the forefront of nations in embracing just and sensible reform of cannabis laws."

Tue
17
Nov

Justin Trudeau Has Started The Marijuana Legalization Process

In a public mandate letter issued to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould Friday, Trudeau mandated his Justice Minister to "create a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has given his first official order starting the process towards legalizing weed.

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