Federal Marijuana Legalization Is A Lock Posted by on December 11, 2019 at 14:31:32 PT By Mike Adams, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- If you listen carefully, you will hear the sound of a crooked foundation known as marijuana prohibition starting to crumble in the United States. It has been more than eight decades since the federal government outlawed the cannabis plant nationwide, and yet, here we are finally standing on its lawn with torches in hand waiting for a day of reckoning.
Because no matter how much the suits on the Hill have schemed to enslave a population through backasswards drug laws, the nation has risen up in true knock-down-drag-out fashion and fought for its freedom back. Admittedly, this battle for legal bud took a lot longer than it should have, but considering that everyone in the trenches was stoned beyond belief, the marijuana movement seems to be arriving right on time. Read More... Hemp or Pot Farm? Can’t Always Tell Posted by on December 05, 2019 at 14:42:59 PT By Sarah Maslin Nir Source: New York Times Salem, N.Y. -- She planted her spring crops at the family farm, following the same steps as her ancestors did as they farmed the land for seven generations. She tilled the soil, sowed the seeds, irrigated the earth and waited for the bushy green hemp plants to sprout.
Then Iris Rogers did something her farmer forebears never had to do: She put up warning signs. “Not marijuana,” it reads. “Will not get you high.” Read More... Marijuana Legalization Vote Was Truly Historic Posted by on November 23, 2019 at 09:26:25 PT By Justin Strekal Source: Hill Washington, D.C. -- On Wednesday, members of Congress did something that they had never done before. For the first time ever, a body of the U.S. Congress voted to end cannabis’s nearly century-long status as a federally prohibited substance.
By a vote of more than two to one, members of the United States House Judiciary Committee passed legislation, House Bill 3884: The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act. Read More... Monumental Day for Cannabis in U.S. Congress Posted by on November 20, 2019 at 19:21:51 PT By Sam Wood Source: Philadelphia Inquirer Washington, D.C. -- As impeachment hearings transpired across the hall in the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee, by a vote of 24-10, advanced a bill that could make use of marijuana legal.
The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Opportunity (MORE) Act of 2019, which has bipartisan support and 55 cosponsors, would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, which means the federal government treats it as if it were as dangerous as heroin or LSD and has no medical benefit. Read More... House Judiciary Committee Approves Legalization Posted by on November 20, 2019 at 16:15:13 PT By Marty Johnson Source: Hill Washington, D.C. -- The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill Wednesday that would effectively make marijuana legal. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019 passed by a count of 24-10.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the committee, introduced the bill and has gathered more than 50 co-sponsors of the bill in the House. “Today’s vote marks a turning point for federal cannabis policy, and is truly a sign that prohibition’s days are numbered,” Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, said in a press release. Read More... Only 8 Percent Say Marijuana Should Be Illegal Posted by on November 15, 2019 at 06:13:48 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- Most Americans — 2 out of 3 — say marijuana use should be legal, according to new data from Pew Research Center that builds on a decades-long trend line. The share of those opposed, meanwhile, has plunged 20 percentage points, to 32 percent, in the past decade.
Legalization is supported by 78 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of Republicans. It has roughly two-thirds support among every racial, gender and educational group in the U.S., according to the survey. Read More... Marijuana and Vaping Posted by on October 21, 2019 at 05:59:07 PT By Matt Richtel Source: New York Times San Francisco -- For years, a divisive debate has raged in the United States over the health consequences of nicotine e-cigarettes. During the same time, vaping of a more contentious substance has been swiftly growing, with scant notice from public health officials.
Millions of people now inhale marijuana not from joints or pipes filled with burning leaves but through sleek devices and cartridges filled with flavored cannabis oils. People in the legalized marijuana industry say vaping products now account for 30 percent or more of their business. Read More... On-Site Smoking of Marijuana One Step Closer Posted by on October 14, 2019 at 15:45:08 PT By Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News Source: Anchorage Daily News Alaska -- Pro- and anti-marijuana groups have six months to pitch voters on whether Anchorage should take the next step in the legal marijuana world and allow people to smoke pot in retail locations around town.
That comes after the Anchorage Assembly voted 7-4 Tuesday night to send the question to voters. The decision followed months of deliberation on how to handle the idea. The question will be on the April 7 city election ballot. Read More... Legalizing MJ Would Make Pennsylvania More Just Posted by on October 06, 2019 at 13:37:32 PT By The Inquirer Editorial Board Source: Philadelphia Inquirer Pennsylvania -- After running for 2018 reelection without a clear position on marijuana, Gov. Tom Wolf came out in support of legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana last month. The announcement followed Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s listening tour through every county in the state, where he found a majority of residents supporting legalization.
We agree with those residents, and with the governor. Legalizing recreational marijuana could bring economic activity, improve public health, and make Pennsylvania a more just commonwealth. Read More... VA Under Pressure To Ease Medical Marijuana Rules Posted by on September 24, 2019 at 16:16:03 PT By Nathaniel Weixel Source: Hill Washington, D.C. -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is under pressure to ease restrictions on veterans’ access to medical marijuana to help treat pain and other ailments. Veterans advocacy groups want to know if marijuana can treat chronic pain, as well as help address widespread suicides among veteran communities.
While 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, veterans are finding themselves fighting stigma and roadblocks from the federal government’s drug laws. Read More... Officers Said They Smelled Pot Posted by on September 13, 2019 at 05:50:48 PT By Joseph Goldstein Source: New York Times New York -- Police officers can often justify a search with six words: “I smelled an odor of marijuana.”
Courts in New York have long ruled if a car smells like marijuana smoke, the police can search it — and, according to some judges, even the occupants — without a warrant. But in late July, a judge in the Bronx said in a scathing opinion that officers claim to smell marijuana so often that it strains credulity, and she called on judges across the state to stop letting police officers get away with lying about it. Read More... DEA Wants 3.2 Million Grams Of Marijuana Grown Posted by on September 12, 2019 at 05:27:07 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) wants 3,200,000 grams of marijuana to be legally grown in the U.S. next year, the agency announced in a notice set to be published on Thursday. The more than 7,000 pounds of cannabis will be used in scientific studies investigating the effects of the plant.
The proposal is part of DEA's annual quota for the manufacture of controlled substances "to provide for the estimated medical, scientific, research, and industrial needs of the United States, lawful export requirements, and the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks." Read More... DEA Responds To Medical Marijuana Research Posted by on September 03, 2019 at 06:41:59 PT By Sara Brittany Somerset, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- Last week, the federal government announced it would begin processing dozens of pending applications for the “steps necessary to improve access to marijuana research.” The announcement came two days prior to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)’s court-mandated response to a lawsuit brought by a cannabis researcher.
The petitioner, Dr. Sue Sisley, heads the Scottsdale Research Institute in Arizona. Dr. Sisley is seemingly frustrated by the University of Mississippi, inexplicably having the monopoly on federally-approved medical cannabis for research purposes. She believes the cannabis “Ole Miss” disseminates to other researchers is low-quality, which could detrimentally impact their research. Read More... Do We Really Want a Microsoft of Marijuana? Posted by on August 31, 2019 at 16:25:33 PT By Christopher Caldwell Source: New York Times USA -- The legalization of marijuana as a medicine in 33 states, 11 of which allow its use as a recreational drug, has made weed a dynamic American industry, among the economy’s fastest-growing sources of new jobs. California alone, with $3.1 billion in projected marijuana sales for this year, has a legal market as large as that of any country on the planet.
Entrepreneurs grumble nonetheless. Not since Ronald Reagan ran for president have American newspapers been so full of anecdotes about heroic jobs-creating businessmen stymied by regulation. Read More... Marijuana Convictions to Be Erased in New York Posted by on August 29, 2019 at 05:36:06 PT By Azi Paybarah Source: New York Times New York -- Even as states across the country have legalized marijuana, potentially opening the door to a multibillion dollar industry, the impact of marijuana criminalization is still being felt by people — mostly black and Hispanic — whose records are marked by low-level convictions related to the drug.
But on Wednesday, New York began the process of expunging many of those records, as part of a new state law to reduce penalties associated with marijuana-related crimes, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo confirmed. Read More... Why Marijuana Could Be Legal in Florida Soon Posted by on August 19, 2019 at 07:42:18 PT By Xander Peters Source: Rolling Stone Florida -- For years, the possibility of legalizing recreational adult-use marijuana in Florida was little more than an afterthought — but in recently, momentum’s picked up. In 2016, Florida voters approved an initiative that legalized medical cannabis, only for state lawmakers to subsequently ban smokeable forms until earlier this year. Now, legal recreational marijuana in Florida may be a reality as soon as 2020. Read More... Chairman Sends Marijuana Email To NORML Posted by on August 13, 2019 at 08:33:25 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who last month filed legislation to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and begin repairing the harms of prohibition enforcement, asked the advocacy group's supporters to write their own members of Congress in support of his bill, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act.
"America has a moral responsibility to pass my legislation to end the prohibition of marijuana and take on the oppression at the heart of the War on Drugs," Nadler wrote. "I’m proud to work with NORML to create a more just national marijuana policy." Read More... The Most Marijuana-Friendly Congress In History Posted by on August 01, 2019 at 13:30:14 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- Seven months into the session, there have already been seven hearings on cannabis, a marijuana banking bill passed a key committee and the full House adopted a far-reaching amendment to block federal interference in state legalization laws. And those are just the highlights. "Congress has never moved this far, this fast on marijuana policy, period," NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said in an interview.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who has worked for decades to end marijuana prohibition, said that those "long overdue efforts to reform our outdated cannabis laws are finally resonating in Congress." Read More... NY Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Posted by on July 29, 2019 at 15:30:08 PT By Chris Mills Rodrigo Source: Hill New York -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday signed a bill decriminalizing the use of marijuana in the state and expunge the records of some people convicted on cannabis-related charges.
"Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far too long, and today we are ending this injustice once and for all," Cuomo said in a statement. Read More... Harris Introduces Law to Federally Legalize MJ Posted by on July 25, 2019 at 09:15:42 PT By EJ Dickson Source: Rolling Stone Washington, D.C. -- On Tuesday, Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris announced that she is teaming up with House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler to co-sponsor the MORE Act of 2019, a bill that would decriminalize marijuana on the federal level and expunge low-level marijuana possession convictions. If enacted, the bill would also provide grants to members of communities of color, in an attempt to reverse decades of damage that cannabis criminalization has done to those communities. Read More... American Companies Not Prepared For Legalization Posted by on July 19, 2019 at 19:57:49 PT By Mike Adams, Contributor Source: Forbes USA -- Marijuana legalization is not a new idea. For the past two decades, states have been chiseling away at pot reform in the United States, first passing voter initiatives to legalize for medicinal use and then finally, just about five years ago, pulling the trigger on the recreational front. Now, well over half the country has legalized the leaf in some form or fashion. Sure, some of these laws are as good as a three-legged horse and in desperate need of being put down. But no matter how flimsy they might be, it still proves the nation is perfectly capable of rising above the drug war mentality. Read More... Legalizing Pot Tied To Less Teen Marijuana Use Posted by CN Staff on July 10, 2019 at 08:35:08 PT By Lisa Rapaport Source: Reuters USA -- Marijuana legalization laws don’t appear to increase teen pot use and instead may have the opposite effect, a U.S. study suggests.
To see how teen marijuana use compares in states with and without such laws, researchers examined survey data on substance use collected from 1.4 million adolescents between 1993 and 2017. During that period, 27 states and Washington, D.C. legalized medical marijuana and seven states legalized cannabis for recreational purposes. Read More... Reefer Madness or Pot Paradise? Posted by on June 30, 2019 at 05:56:41 PT By Jack Healy Source: New York Times Denver -- Serenity Christensen, 14, is too young to set foot in one of Colorado’s many marijuana shops, but she was able to spot a business opportunity in legal weed. She is a Girl Scout, and this year, she and her mother decided to sell their cookies outside a dispensary. “Good business,” Serenity said.
But on the other side of Denver, legalization has turned another high school student, David Perez, against the warehouselike marijuana cultivations now clustered around his neighborhood. He said their skunky aroma often smacks him in the face when he walks out his front door. Read More... Inside Illinois’ New Marijuana Legalization Bill Posted by on June 25, 2019 at 17:28:25 PT By Thor Benson Source: Rolling Stone Illinois -- When Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act into law on Tuesday, Illinois became the first state to legalize a comprehensive adult-use marijuana market through its legislature, setting up what looks to be a booming industry in the state, while helping to assist communities of color that have been ravaged by the War on Drugs.
Starting on January 1st, Illinois residents over the age of 21 will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis, and adult visitors will be allowed to possess up to 15 grams. Medical marijuana patients will be allowed to grow up to five plants at home, though growing at home for social use will not be allowed. Cannabis flower that has under 35 percent THC will be taxed at 10 percent, products that contain over 35 percent THC (like vape oils and other concentrates) will be taxed at 25 percent, and cannabis-infused products will be taxed at 20 percent. Read More... Gov. Pritzker Expected To Sign Bill Into Law Posted by on June 25, 2019 at 05:23:24 PT By Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune Source: Chicago Tribune Illinois -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected Tuesday to approve a plan to legalize marijuana in Illinois next year, marking a momentous shift in how the state treats drug use.
The governor is set to sign into law a bill allowing the licensed growth, sales, possession and consumption of cannabis for adults 21 and over, according to state Sen. Heather Steans, a co-sponsor of the bill. While the plant remains illegal under federal law, and the state previously decriminalized possession of small amounts, the new statute would end part of the war on drugs that led to thousands of arrests and convictions. Read More... Marijuana Decriminalization Expanded in New York Posted by on June 21, 2019 at 05:56:57 PT By Jesse McKinley and Vivian Wang Source: New York Times Albany -- New York lawmakers, having fallen short in a push to fully legalize marijuana, have agreed to further decriminalize possession of the drug and automatically expunge many low-level marijuana convictions across the state.
The measure, which would treat possession of up to two ounces of marijuana as a violation instead of a crime, is a significant change in a state in which tens of thousands of residents have been arrested for small-scale possession. Read More... Congress Votes To Block Feds From Enforcing MJ Law Posted by on June 21, 2019 at 05:41:35 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- The House of Representatives approved a far-reaching measure on Thursday to prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with state marijuana laws, including those allowing recreational use, cultivation and sales.
The amendment, which also shields cannabis laws in Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories, is now attached to a large-scale appropriations bill to fund parts of the federal government for Fiscal Year 2020. Read More... New York Won't Legalize Marijuana This Year Posted by on June 20, 2019 at 05:45:03 PT By Reid Wilson Source: Hill New York -- A bill that would legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational use is dead in the New York state legislature this year, dealing another blow to legalization advocates who had planned an ambitious campaign in states across the country. The prime sponsor of the bill said Wednesday morning it had become obvious that legalization would not advance this year.
“It is clear now that [the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act] is not going to pass this session,” state Sen. Liz Krueger (D) said in a statement. “This is not the end of the road, it is only a delay. Unfortunately, that delay means countless more New Yorkers will have their lives up-ended by unnecessary and racially disparate enforcement measures before we inevitably legalize.” Read More... People Smoked Cannabis in China 2,500 Years Ago Posted by on June 14, 2019 at 15:02:02 PT By Amina Khan Source: Los Angeles Times World -- High in the Pamir Mountains of western China, scientists exploring an ancient cemetery have uncovered 2,500-year old vessels containing the chemical remains of burned cannabis plants.
The discovery, described Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, marks the earliest solid chemical evidence that ancient people sought out cannabis for its mind-altering properties, and could shed light on the interactions between ancient human cultures as well as our evolving relationship with certain plants. Read More... Marijuana Experts? There Really Is No Such Thing Posted by on June 12, 2019 at 04:52:35 PT By Mike Adams, Contributor Source: Forbes USA -- It was just last week that some coroner from Louisiana made national news by claiming that a woman died as a result of a marijuana overdose. Considering that there have never been any reports of someone croaking from cannabis, the story sparked a significant amount of outrage in the advocacy community. These folks can be an especially sensitive breed, presumably because the past several decades have been spent on a mostly fruitless crusade to get weed recognized for its medicinal benefits and made legal at the national level just like alcohol and tobacco. Read More...
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