WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, today joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers requesting that President Trump urge Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reinstate the Cole Memorandum.
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Warren, Polis, Colleagues Lead Bipartisan Letter to President Trump Urging Action to Protect State Marijuana Laws
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Representative Jared Polis (D-Colo.), and 52 of their Senate and House colleagues sent a bipartisan letter today to President Trump requesting he urge Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reinstate the Cole Memorandum.
DeGette Signs Bipartisan Letter to President Trump Urging Action to Protect State Marijuana Laws
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, and 53 House and Senate colleagues sent a bipartisan letter today to President Donald J. Trump requesting that he urge Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reinstate the Cole Memorandum. Doing so would create a pathway to a more comprehensive marijuana policy that respects state interests.
Steans: A Regulated Cannabis Market Doesn’t Increase Teen Use
CHICAGO, Jan. 22, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Issues of teen use and cannabis public education programs were discussed today at the Senate and House committee hearing on legalizing adult-use cannabis.
Rep. Yaroch Calls for the Federal Government to Decide: Can States Regulate Marijuana or Not?
LANSING, Mich., July 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — State Rep. Jeff Yaroch has introduced a resolution calling for clarity from the federal government on enforcement of laws involving marijuana.
Senate and House Reintroduce Groundbreaking Medical Marijuana Bill
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives introduced the CARERS Act. The Senate bill was introduced by Senators Booker (D-NJ), Paul (R-KY), Gillibrand (D-NY), Lee (R-UT), Franken (D-MN), and Murkowski (R-AK). The House companion was reintroduced by Rep Young (R-AK) and Rep Cohen (D-TN).
Maine Legislature Passes Bill to Fund the Implementation of the Marijuana Legalization Initiative and Change the Agency That Will Regulate Marijuana for Adult Use
AUGUSTA, Maine, May 25, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Maine Legislature has passed a bill to fund the implementation of the successful 2016 marijuana legalization initiative and change the agency that will regulate marijuana for adult use.
Delaware House Committee Approves Bill to Regulate and Tax Marijuana Like Alcohol
DOVER, Del., May 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Delaware House Revenue and Finance Committee approved a bill Wednesday (9-2) that would make marijuana legal for adults and regulate it similarly to alcohol. HB 110, also known as the Delaware Marijuana Control Act, will now be considered by the full House of Representatives.
Vermont Senate Passes Bill That Would Eliminate Penalties for Adult Marijuana Possession and Cultivation, Create a Study Commission to Consider Regulating and Taxing Marijuana
MONTPELIER, VT., May 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Friday that would make personal possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older beginning in July 2018.
Indiana Legislature Approves Bills on Marijuana-Derived Oil
On April 6, 2017, both chambers of the Indiana Legislature approved measures loosening restrictions on a marijuana-derived oil used to treat epilepsy.
West Virginia Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Bill
CHARLESTON, W. VA., April 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — A medical marijuana bill received final approval in the West Virginia Legislature on Thursday and is headed to the desk of Gov. Jim Justice.
West Virginia House Votes for Medical Marijuana
West Virginia’s House voted Tuesday to legalize doctor-prescribed marijuana to treat certain medical conditions following Senate passage of a similar measure last week.
Cannabis Business Alliance statement: Path to Marijuana Reform Introduced to Congress
DENVER, March 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Cannabis Business Alliance (CBA) has released a statement regarding the recent decision by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives to introduce a package of marijuana reform bills intended to lay the framework for federal regulation of cannabis while protecting and existing states-based programs.
Sweeping Bipartisan Marijuana Bills Introduced in Congress
WASHINGTON, March 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives introduced seven measures to advance more sensible cannabis policy at the federal level. The bills covered a broad range of issues related to resolving the tension between state and federal cannabis laws.
Congressmen Curbelo, Blumenauer and Senators Wyden, Paul Release 280E Tax Reform Bills
DENVER, March 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The New Federalism Fund applauds Reps. Carlos Curbleo (R-FL 26), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR 3) and Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY) for introducing the Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2017 in the U.S. House and Senate on Thursday, March 30.
Arkansas Senate Says Yes to Medical Marijuana Restrictions
On March 23, 2017, the Arkansas Senate voted to approve House Bill 1400 and Senate Bill 721, providing requirements and restrictions on the state’s medical marijuana program.
Texas Bill to Reduce Marijuana Penalties Gets Committee Hearing
A bill that would reduce the penalties for the possession of marijuana in Texas got a hearing Monday.
Lawmakers to Rewrite Massachusetts Marijuana Law
The Massachusetts House and Senate created a new “Committee on Marijuana Policy” to take a second look at the recreational pot law. Top state leaders have several concerns, from public safety to the tax structure, to the number of pot plants someone can grow at home.
Donald Trump Adds Another Marijuana Opponent to His Cabinet
Tom Price is one of the most consistently anti-marijuana members of Congress, voting against a number of marijuana proposals before the House in recent years.
Legislators announce endorsements of the Yes on Question 4 Campaign to Regulate and Tax Marijuana
BOSTON, July 28, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Ten Massachusetts legislators today announced their endorsement of the Yes on Question 4 Campaign, which is backing a November ballot measure to regulate and tax marijuana.
NCIA Calls on Congress to Restore Commonsense, Majority-Favored Marijuana Proposals to Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Recent actions by congressional leadership have derailed two commonsense, majority-favored marijuana policy reform proposals that had been expected to pass through the appropriations process. Today, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) called on members of Congress to work to restore those provisions as the budget negotiation process continues.
Congress Blocks Medical Marijuana for Military Veterans
Despite strong bipartisan votes in both the House and Senate to allow military veterans to receive medical marijuana recommendations through the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.), Congressional leadership is blocking the change from becoming law.
Senate Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Measure
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved an amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill that is intended to ease access to banking and other financial services for state-legal marijuana businesses.
Phoenix VA Blocks Medical Marijuana Presentation
On May 26, 2016, KTAR News reported that the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Medical Center has blocked Dr. Sue Sisley’s request to give a presentation on medical marijuana and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
House Approves Veterans Equal Access Amendment
On May 19, 2016, the United States House of Representatives voted 233-189 to approve the Veterans Equal Access Amendment, which would allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients in states where it is legal.
Illinois House Approves Bill to Remove Criminal Penalties for Marijuana Possession
CHICAGO, Ill., May 18, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Illinois House approved a bill 64-50 on Wednesday that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana. It will now go to Gov. Bruce Rauner for approval.
Louisiana House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill
On May 11, 2016, the Louisiana House of Representatives voted to approve SB 271, a bill designed to help kick start the state’s sputtering medical marijuana program.
Ohio Medical Marijuana Bill Moves Forward
On May 5, 2016, the Ohio House Select Committee on Medical Marijuana voted to clear HB 523, a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state of Ohio.
Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Louisiana House Committee
On May 3, 2016, the Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee voted 8-6 approve SB 271, which, among other things, would expand the number of qualifying conditions for the state’s limited medical marijuana program.
Alabama Legislature Decriminalizes Medical Marijuana Oil
On April 28, 2016, the Alabama State Legislature voted to allow the possession of low-THC medical marijuana oil. According to AL.com, the Senate voted in favor of its version of the bill, SB 115, by a margin of 29-3 and the House voted for its version, HB61, 95-4.
Michigan House Votes to Study Legal Limits for Drugged Driving
On April 26, 2016, the Michigan House of Representatives voted 107-1 to approve a measure that would create a legislative commission aimed at setting a legal limit for drivers under the influence of marijuana.
Louisiana Senate Votes to Expand Conditions for Medical Marijuana
On April 20, 2016, the Louisiana State Senate voted to approve a bill that would expand the number of qualifying conditions for the state’s limited medical marijuana program.
Illinois Senate Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana
On April 19, 2016, the Illinois State Senate voted 40-14 to approve Senate Bill 2228, a measure that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana in Illinois.
Marijuana Edibles Possibly Banned for Appealing to Children
DENVER (AP) – Pot-infused lemon drops and other marijuana edibles that resemble fruits could be coming off Colorado shelves.
South Carolina Senate Committee Rejects Medical Marijuana
On April 7, 2016, the South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs Committee rejected S 0672, a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for patients suffering from debilitating conditions, such as cancer, PTSD, and chronic pain.
‘Vermont Is Ready’ to Regulate Marijuana: New TV Ad Airing in State
On April 5, 2016, the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana began airing a new television ad across the state proclaiming that “Vermont is ready” to end prohibition and regulate marijuana.
Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill at Risk
Pennsylvania Senate Bill 3, a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state, is close to failing in the legislature.
Pennsylvania House Approves Medical Marijuana Bill
On March 16, 2016, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to approve SB 3, a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state.
Georgia Lawmaker Makes Final Effort to Expand Medical Marijuana Law
In Georgia, a state lawmaker is making a last ditch effort to expand the state’s medical marijuana laws.
Vermont Senate Passes Recreational Marijuana
Recreational marijuana is on the cusp of becoming legal in the state of Vermont. On Feb. 25, 2016, the Vermont Senate voted 17-12 to approve S.241, a bill which would legalize recreational marijuana in small amounts.
Utah Senate Asks Congress to Reclassify Marijuana
In a more minor part of legislative debates on medical marijuana, the [Utah] Senate passed SCR11 on Tuesday calling for Congress to reclassify marijuana to allow more research into its possible medical uses.
Medical Marijuana Bill Advances in Florida Senate
A bill which would allow terminally ill patients to have access to medical marijuana has advanced in the Florida State Senate.
Pennsylvania House Amendment Would Alter Medical Marijuana Bill
In Pennsylvania, an amendment is making its way through the House of Representatives that would drastically alter Senate Bill 3, a bill which would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
Senate Approves Bill to Allow Veterans Access to Medical Marijuana
On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, the Senate passed the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, which includes a critical provision for veterans interested in having legal access to medical marijuana treatment options.
Ohio House to Revisit Medical Marijuana
On Nov. 3, 2015, Ohio voters went to the polls and soundly rejected Issue 3, a measure that would have legalized both recreational and medicinal marijuana; however, even though marijuana was defeated at the polls, that does not mean the end of marijuana in Ohio.
Michigan House Passes Medical Marijuana Reform Package
When Michigan passed medical marijuana reform in 2008, hopes were high that the program could help the seriously ill patients of the state. Seven years later, many medical marijuana patients would argue that is not the case.
Pennsylvania House Panel Issues Medical Marijuana Recommendations
On September 28, 2015, a bipartisan House panel issued its recommendations regarding the topic of medical marijuana, bringing it one step closer to going before the House for a vote.
Could Legal Recreational Sales Begin in DC in 2016?
The Financial Services spending bill adopted by the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 23, 2015, omitted language that would ban regulated sales of marijuana in Washington, D.C.
Analysis: Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act
The marijuana banking bill introduced on July 9, 2015, in the Senate and passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 23, is way overdue.
Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Seeks Path to Legalization
Medical marijuana has not had the easiest time in Pennsylvania. When the Senate overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 3, a bill legalizing medical marijuana, by a vote of 40-7, many thought that the bill would be a slam dunk in the House, but it has stalled in committee.