Another election, and another historic night for marijuana reform
Michigan has passed legalization MPP played a central role in this campaign from start to finish. From coordinating the initiative drafting to overseeing the production of TV ads, MPP staffers worked alongside a excellent campaign team for two years to make Michigan the first state in the Midwest to adopt legalization. This is a huge win that will maintain our momentum in Washington, D.C. to pass a landmark federal reform bill through Congress in the near future.
Utah passed medical marijuana MPP led the drafting process and played an important supporting role throughout t....
Marijuana reformers enjoyed numerous federal, state, and local victories last night. Here are the highlights.
STATE BALLOT INITIATIVES
Florida: Sixty-three percent of Florida voters approved Amendment 4, which amends the state constitution to restore voting privileges to those with non-violent felony convictions including tens of thousands of those convicted of marijuana-related offenses. Passage of the amendment is anticipated to reinstate voting rights to some 1.4 million Floridians.
Michigan: Voters by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent approved Proposal 1, legaliz....
Cannabis on the Ballot: What the Election Results Mean For Residents and Businesses
November 6, 2018, may have resulted in a split decision for Republicans and Democrats, but cannabis emerged from the midterm election a clear winner. Voters in Missouri and Utah green-lighted medical programs, becoming the 31st and 32nd states to do so. Michigan voters turned their state into the 10thand the first in the Midwestto legalize recreational use. A long-shot measure to legalize recreational use in North Dakota failed.
In Colorado, an amendment removing the definition of industrial hemp from the states constitution squeezed through with 61 percent of the vote.
First cannabis-based medicine approved by FDA arrives in the U.S.
GW Pharmaceuticals Epidiolex, a medicine made from the marijuana plant but without THC. The medicine reduced seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
For the first time, a marijuana-based medicine approved by federal regulators is available for prescription in the United States.
The medicine, called Epidiolex, is used to treat seizures related to Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes, two forms of epilepsy, which is a neurological disorder, according to a news release.
Because these patients have historically not responded well to available seizure medications, there has been a dire need for new therapies that aim to reduce the frequency and impact of seizures, said Justin Gover, chief executive officer of GW Pharmaceuti....
Lawsuit over pot, property values could have broad impacts
Hope and Mike Reilly (image:David Zalubowski)
Vulnerability to similar property value lawsuits is among the many risks facing marijuana businesses licensed by states
A federal trial in Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the United States budding marijuana industry if a jury sides with a couple who say having a cannabis business as a neighbor hurts their propertys value.
The trial set to begin Monday in Denver is the first time a jury will consider a lawsuit using federal anti-racketeering law to target cannabis companies. But the marijuana industry has closely watched the case since 2015, when attorneys with a Washington, D.C.-based firm first filed their sweeping complaint on behalf of Hope and Michael Reilly.
One of the cou....
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