Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in New York Posted by on August 08, 2018 at 09:53:48 PT By Steven Epstein Source: New York Law Journal New York -- In all likelihood, New York will legalize recreational marijuana during the next legislative session. This sea-change will demand a regulatory scheme up to the task. On one hand, the regime should cabin the risks associated with legalizing a drug that affects people’s mental states and abilities to drive. But on the other hand, the regime should also maximize the health, safety and financial benefits of bringing this market into daylight. After legalization, New York will become one of the largest marijuana markets in the United States. If rolled out properly, legalization will carry net benefits that far outweigh the costs. Read More... Cuomo Takes Step Toward Legalizing Marijuana Posted by on August 02, 2018 at 20:09:06 PT By Lara Korte Source: Wall Street Journal New York -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo took another step toward legalizing marijuana in New York, announcing the formation of a 20-person work group to draft legislation allowing for recreational use by adults.
Thursday’s announcement came on the heels of a state health-department study that addressed the effects of pot legalization on public health, the economy and the criminal-justice system. The final report, released last month, concluded that the positive effects of a regulated marijuana market would outweigh the potential negatives. Read More... Historic Day for Medical Marijuana in Pa. Posted by on August 02, 2018 at 05:57:02 PT By Sam Wood, Staff Writer Source: Philadelphia Inquirer Pennsylvania -- Thom Shannon was the first in line. The medical marijuana dispensary on Old York Road in Abington wouldn’t open its doors for nine more hours. But Shannon, 43, already had been waiting 20 years.
“I was a little premature, but this day is kinda historic,” said Shannon, a burly former executive chef. “I thought this day would never come.” “Dry leaf” marijuana went on sale Wednesday morning at 16 dispensaries across the state. Additional dispensaries will begin stocking it over the next week. Also known as “flower” or “bud,” dry leaf is the form of the medicine that is the most affordable and familiar to patients and recreational users alike. Read More... Detroit Put Limit on the Number of Pot Shops Posted by on July 31, 2018 at 11:26:26 PT By Katrease Stafford and Kathleen Gray Source: Detroit Free Press Michigan -- Only 75 medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to legally operate in Detroit, after the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an ordinance that caps the number of facilities citywide and puts more regulations in place on the budding industry.
The ordinance, proposed by council member James Tate, establishes rules for five types of medical marijuana licenses including locations where medical marijuana could be grown, tested, processed, transported and dispensed to patients with state-approved medical marijuana cards. Read More... Marijuana is a Gift from God Posted by on July 29, 2018 at 06:02:22 PT By Kurtis Lee Source: Los Angeles Times Utah -- Brian Stoll faced a dilemma as his wedding day approached. For more than a year, he had been smoking marijuana to treat severe back pain, but to remain in good standing with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and get married in the temple, he had to stop using pot.
Since marijuana was illegal under Utah law, church leaders told him, it was forbidden. Stoll turned to an opioid painkiller and has continued using it since his marriage three years ago, despite unpleasant side effects and its inability to match the soothing qualities of marijuana. Read More... Marijuana Bill Protects Jobs of Federal Employees Posted by on July 28, 2018 at 05:00:45 PT By Andrew Blake, The Washington Times Source: Washington Times Washington D.C. -- Federal workers would be allowed to legally use marijuana without risking their jobs under a bipartisan bill proposed Thursday, the “Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act.”
Introduced by Rep. Charlie Crist, Florida Democrat, and Rep. Drew Ferguson, Georgia Republican, the bill would remove limitations on federal employment for anyone legally using marijuana in accordance with state law, effectively keeping government workers in most the country from being canned for their cannabis use. Read More... V.A. Shuns Medical Marijuana Posted by on July 25, 2018 at 07:38:26 PT By Dave Philipps Source: New York Times Santa Cruz, Calif. -- Some of the local growers along the coast here see it as an act of medical compassion: Donating part of their crop of high-potency medical marijuana to ailing veterans, who line up by the dozens each month in the echoing auditorium of the city’s old veterans’ hall to get a ticket they can exchange for a free bag.
One Vietnam veteran in the line said he was using marijuana-infused oil to treat pancreatic cancer. Another said that smoking cannabis eased the pain from a recent hip replacement better than prescription pills did. Several said that a few puffs temper the anxiety and nightmares of post-traumatic stress disorder. Read More... Has U.S. Reached Tipping Point in MJ Legalization Posted by on July 23, 2018 at 06:49:32 PT By Daniel J. Mallinson and A. Lee Hannah Source: Washington Post USA -- Has the U.S. reached the “tipping point” in marijuana legalization? That’s what one CNN commentator said happened last month when, on June 26, Oklahoma adopted medical marijuana through a ballot initiative — making it the 30th state to do so, as you can see in the figure below.
It’s true that a lot was unusual about the Oklahoma initiative. The state approved medical marijuana with roughly 57 percent of the vote — despite the fact that the ballot measure was held in a conservative state, during a primary — when only the most committed party members tend to vote — rather than during a general election, is more permissive than many comparable laws, and was opposed by statewide Republican leaders. Read More... Marijuana Decriminalization is Long Overdue Posted by on July 22, 2018 at 05:43:53 PT By Jeffrey Miron and Sietse Goffard Source: Hill USA -- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill late last month to decriminalize marijuana nationally. It’s high time that happened. Ending the federal prohibition on marijuana — and the disastrous War on Drugs more broadly — is decades overdue.
As of today, nine states — Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Nevada, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts — have legalized marijuana for recreational use. As Congress debates decriminalization, it’s worth asking: How are those states faring? Read More... In New Jersey, Legal Marijuana Is So Close Posted by on July 16, 2018 at 15:48:22 PT By Nick Corasaniti Source: New York Times Secaucus, N.J. -- Tucked inside a nondescript commercial warehouse here sits a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation. A custom filtration system feeds a proprietary cocktail of nutrients into a hydroponic, two-level farming system. Two pallets of crops are harvested every day, and the 15,000 square feet will eventually yield two tons of marijuana per year.
And it’s all legal. Read More... Cuomo Administration Report Backs Marijuana Posted by on July 13, 2018 at 10:37:48 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes New York -- The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who until recently referred to marijuana as a "gateway drug," released a state Health Department report on Friday that says the "positive effects" of legalization "outweigh the potential negative impacts."
"Numerous NYS agencies and subject matter experts in the fields of public health, mental health, substance use, public safety, transportation, and economics worked in developing this assessment," the 75-page document says. "No insurmountable obstacles to regulation of marijuana were raised." Read More... 5 Things I Found Surprising About Legal Marijuana Posted by on July 13, 2018 at 06:52:32 PT By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Source: Detroit Free Press Denver -- After landing at Denver International Airport last month, all the familiar punch lines I’ve been hearing about covering the marijuana industry from friends, family and co-workers kept echoing in my head.
So you’re going to get a little Rocky Mountain High?
We have high expectations for this trip.
This is such a burning issue this year, you really need to weed out the fake news. Read More... When Marijuana is Legal in Canada Posted by on July 12, 2018 at 06:03:45 PT By Lornet Turnbull and Katie Zezima Source: Washington Post Blaine, Wash. -- Recreational marijuana has been legal here in Washington state since 2014. Adults just a few miles away in Canada also will be able to legally buy and smoke marijuana for pleasure starting in October. But between them stands the U.S. border, a thin marijuana militarized zone, where the drug will remain forbidden by federal law.
Though marijuana will be legal for medical or recreational use in many places on either side of the roughly 6,000-mile border — including Alaska, Maine and Vermont — the U.S. government routinely bars Canadians who admit to having used the drug from entering the country. And U.S. citizens who try to cross back into the United States carrying marijuana bought legally in Canada to states where it is legal to have it could be arrested at the border crossings for possession — or drug smuggling — and face stiff fines or years in jail. Read More... Marijuana Politics Evolving in Red States Posted by on July 10, 2018 at 06:20:51 PT By Reid Wilson Source: Hill USA -- Supporters and opponents of legalizing marijuana are preparing to fight over ballot measures in half a dozen states this year, shifting the political battleground away from traditionally liberal states and into some of the country’s most conservative areas.
Two measures are already scheduled to appear on November ballots: Michigan voters will decide whether to become the ninth state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, while the electorate in Utah will choose whether to join 22 other states by legalizing pot for medical use. Read More... FDA Rejects Petition To Further Restrict Marijuana Posted by CN Staff on July 05, 2018 at 19:50:49 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied a request from an anti-legalization group to place marijuana and its derivatives on a list of restricted substances that are not "generally recognized as safe and effective."
The move is "not necessary for the protection of public health," Janet Woodcock, the director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and research wrote on Monday in a letter to the group, Drug Watch International. Read More... Senate Committee Slams MJ's Federal Classification Posted by on July 03, 2018 at 14:56:29 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- A key U.S. Senate committee says that marijuana's current federal classification blocks scientific research on its effects — something that legalization advocates have long argued.
"The Committee is concerned that restrictions associated with Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substance Act effectively limit the amount and type of research that can be conducted on certain Schedule 1 drugs, especially marijuana or its component chemicals and certain synthetic drugs," the Senate Appropriations Committee wrote in a new report under the headline, "Barriers to Research." Read More... Chilling Out on Gifted Weed In The Roasting Sun Posted by on July 02, 2018 at 07:08:25 PT By Nicole Higgins DeSmet, Burlington Free Press Source: Burlington Free Press Johnson, Vermont -- It was sweltering hot on Sunday in Lamoille County, but the free weed gifted by cultivation consultants at the legalization celebration kept things upbeat and chill.
"I'm here for the brotherhood. People having a good time and enjoying each other’s company," volunteer Chris Benoit said as he stood at the parking entrance. It was just about noon and 94 degrees as he was finishing his shift. Read More... Vermont Recreational Marijuana Legalization Posted by on July 01, 2018 at 14:51:33 PT By Jason Lemon Source: Newsweek Vermont -- Recreational marijuana use officially became legal in Vermont on Sunday.
Vermont is the ninth state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis for recreational use and also the first state in the country to do so through its legislature. The law was signed in January by the state’s governor, Phil Scott. Now, individuals 21 years of age or older in the state can legally possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and own up to six marijuana plants (two of which can be mature and four of which must be immature). Read More... Marijuana Is Now Legal In Canada Posted by on June 27, 2018 at 09:09:29 PT By Jordan Waldrep, Contributor Source: Forbes USA -- This fall, Canada is set to become the 2nd nation in the world to allow legal consumption of recreational marijuana. The Cannabis Act, passed by the Canadian Senate on June 21, controls and regulates the growth, distribution and sale of recreational marijuana in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expects everything to be in place for consumption to begin on October 17. Canada is the first G-7 country to take this step and the second overall after Uruguay. With voters in many developed countries advocating for decriminalization and legalization of cannabis, this appears to be a trend. The U.S. would become the largest potential market for legal cannabis. So, it makes sense to ask: “Will it actually happen here?” Read More... Oklahoma Voters Legalize Marijuana For Medical Use Posted by on June 27, 2018 at 06:04:05 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Oklahoma -- Voters in Oklahoma approved a ballot measure making the state the 30th in the nation to allow broad access to medical marijuana. The proposal, which passed by a 57% to 43% margin on Tuesday, will allow doctors to recommend cannabis for any medical condition they see fit.
Most other state medical marijuana laws delineate a specific list of diseases and disorders for which physicians can authorize patients' participation. Read More... U.S. OKs Marijuana-Based Drug for Seizures Posted by on June 25, 2018 at 13:47:00 PT By Matthew Perrone, Associated Press Source: Chicago Tribune Washington, D.C. -- U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication, called Epidiolex, to treat two rare forms of epilepsy that begin in childhood. But it's not quite medical marijuana. Read More... FDA Approves Drug Derived from Marijuana Posted by on June 25, 2018 at 13:21:57 PT By Tom Howell Jr., The Washington Times Source: Washington Times Washington D.C. -- For the first time, the U.S. government on Monday approved a drug with ingredients derived from marijuana, paving the way for research into similar products.
The Food and Drug Administration said Epidiolex, which treats seizures from rare types of epilepsy, contains a chemical from marijuana known as cannabidiol, though it won’t produce the “high” associated with the common street drug. Read More... Mass. Issues First Recreational Pot License Posted by on June 21, 2018 at 17:12:17 PT By Dan Adams, Globe Staff Source: Boston Globe Massachusetts -- The recreational marijuana era is officially underway in Massachusetts. Officials at the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday afternoon granted the state’s first-ever recreational marijuana license to a cultivation facility in Milford operated by Sira Naturals.
The unanimous decision by the agency’s five commissioners is a major milestone in the long process of implementing the state’s commercial marijuana market, which voters approved in a November 2016 ballot referendum. Read More... Canadians Brace for Cultural Changes Posted by on June 21, 2018 at 05:41:28 PT By Dan Bilefsky and Catherine Porter Source: New York Times Montreal -- For one of Canada’s largest legal cannabis companies, the vote in Parliament this week to legalize recreational marijuana use represents a broad opportunity to develop new products, including marijuana infused drinks.
The hope, said Adam Greenblatt, a manager with the company, Canopy Growth, “is that in five years time people will be drinking cannabis drinks at a cocktail party as if drinking a good wine.” Read More... Canada’s Senate Votes To Legalize Marijuana Posted by on June 20, 2018 at 06:28:58 PT By Katie Zezima Source: Washington Post Toronto -- Canada’s Senate voted on Tuesday to pass the federal government’s historic bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, clearing the way for the country to become the first advanced industrialized nation to legalize the drug nationwide and fulfilling a major campaign promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The Senate passed Bill C-45 by a vote of 52 to 29 with two abstentions, lifting a prohibition on the recreational use of marijuana that has been in place since 1923. The law will not come into effect until it receives royal assent — a final ceremonial stage of the legislative process — and the government sets a date for legalization. Read More... Canada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Use Posted by on June 20, 2018 at 06:20:46 PT By Jon Blistein Source: Rolling Stone Ottawa -- Canada has legalized recreational marijuana use after the country's two legislative chambers approved the Cannabis Act Tuesday, the CBC reports. The Canadian government announced last year that pot would be recreationally legal mid-2018 – but some dispensaries are getting a head start on sales
The bill will allow Canadian provinces to control and regulate how marijuana can be grown, distributed and sold, and it's likely that sales will begin by the end of the summer. The Cannabis Act makes Canada the first Group of Seven nation, and the second country in the world (after Uruguay) to legalize marijuana for adults nationally. Read More... Canada Paves Way for Legalization of Marijuana Posted by on June 20, 2018 at 06:09:25 PT By Ian Austen Source: New York Times Ottawa -- Canada’s Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that will make the country the first major economy to legalize recreational marijuana use.
The bill, which was approved by the House of Commons on Monday, goes next to the governor-general, the representative of Queen Elizabeth, as a formality. Once it is formally approved, the legislation is expected to create a multibillion dollar industry, with Canada joining Uruguay in allowing its citizens on a national level to use marijuana without fear of arrest. Read More... Canada Senate Approves Recreational Marijuana Posted by CN Staff on June 20, 2018 at 05:35:28 PT By Denny Thomas, Reuters Staff Source: Reuters Toronto -- Canada’s upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a revised bill to legalize recreational marijuana, setting the stage for the country to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize cannabis.
The Senate voted 52-29 in favor of the revised bill from the elected House of Commons, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks. Read More... New York Moves Toward Legal Marijuana Posted by on June 18, 2018 at 19:30:44 PT By Jesse McKinley and Benjamin Mueller Source: New York Times Albany -- New York moved a significant step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana, as a study commissioned by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will recommend that the state allow adults to consume marijuana legally, the governor’s health commissioner said on Monday.
The announcement by the commissioner, Howard Zucker, signals a broad turnaround for the administration of Mr. Cuomo, a second-term Democrat who said as recently as last year that marijuana was a “gateway drug.” Read More... Thank You Sessions for Kickstarting Legalization Posted by on June 17, 2018 at 07:17:46 PT By The LA Times Editorial Board Source: Los Angeles Times Washington, D.C. -- Good job, Jeff Sessions! It seems the attorney general’s misguided attempts to revive the unpopular and unjust federal war on marijuana may be having the exact opposite effect — prompting a new bipartisan effort in Congress to allow states to legalize cannabis.
Last week Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) introduced a bill that would essentially end the federal prohibition in states that have chosen to permit medical or recreational marijuana under their own laws. In an unexpected boost for the bill, President Trump said he probably would support it. Read More...
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