Congress: New House Rules Chairman Pledges To Allow Floor Votes On Marijuana-Related Amendments
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern says that he will permit federal lawmakers to debate and vote on marijuana-related amendments when he assumes control of the House Rules Committee in 2019.
Unlike my predecessor, Im not going to block amendments for marijuana, he said. Citizens are passing ballot initiatives, legislatures are passing laws, and we need to respect that. Federal laws and statutes are way behind.
Representative McGovern replaces outgoing Rules Chair Pete Sessions R-TX, who lost his re-election bid to Democrat Colin Allred. Representative Sessions use....
Local Officials From Across US Call For Federal Marijuana Rescheduling
A major group representing over 19,000 cities, towns and villages across the United States is calling on the federal government to take action on marijuana reform and protect states where cannabis is legal.
The National League of Cities NLC, an organization founded in 1924 to empower local governments, passed two far-reaching resolutions related to cannabis at its conference over the weekend, a representative confirmed to Marijuana Moment in an email.
The first resolution focuses on marijuana businesses access to financial services and implores the Trump administration an....
Congress could move on both sentencing reform and industrial hemp in the lame duck session, HHS recommends banning kratom, Thailand moves to legalize and regulate both kratom and medical marijuana, and more.
Despite spending $8 billion to suppress the poppy crop, the situation in Afghanistan is ``worse than ever,`` a new report finds.
Federal Sentencing Reform Bill Set to Advance. Key senators have reached a tentative agreement on a major criminal justice reform bill that is being supported by presidential advisor and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. Th....
Texas NORML: Midterm Elections and the 86th Texas Legislature
Prohibitionist Pete Sessions has been ousted from office by Collin Allred and a huge number of volunteers, voters and cannabis activists Cannabis was a huge part of this races conversation. We are hopeful that this huge shake up will help marijuana bills move more expeditiously at the Federal level as Sessions has been a huge roadblock for change.
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Texans has re-affirmed that they are no longer satisfied with the status quo for marijuana laws in Texas. Many advocates in North Texas and across Texas worked hard to remove Sessions, who has been a....
Texas Lawmaker Files Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession
Legislation to decriminalize marijuana possession has been filed in the Texas Legislature.
State Representative Joe Moody has prefiled legislation that would decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. The measure would make it so that anyone caught with up to an ounce could be fined a maximum of $250, but would not receive any jail time or criminal record. This is in stark contrast to current law, where possessing up to an ounce is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and up to six months in jail as well as a misdemeanor charge on your record.
Civil penalty legislation is the first thing Ive filed on the first day of filing for the 86th Session....
Party of Mexico`s president-elect wants to legalize marijuana
Activists march along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City on May 6, 2017, demanding the legalization of marijuana. (image:Yuri Cortez / AFP/Getty Images)
The party of Mexico`s president-elect submitted legislation Thursday that would legalize marijuana possession, public use, growing and sales.
Sen. Olga Sanchez Cordero presented the measure, saying that everyone should have the right to carry up to 30 grams [1 ounce] of cannabis.`` People could carry more than an ounce if they obtained a permit to do so under the proposal.
``From the point of view of negative effects, there is no reason why marijuana should not be legal, if alcohol and tobacco are,`` according to the bill.
Cordero has been picked as interior secretary ....
After long wait, 1st legal marijuana shops on East Coast to open
In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 photo a humidity indicator rests in a bowl of a strain of cannabis called ``Walker Kush`` at New England Treatment Access medical cannabis dispensary, in Northampton, Mass. The Walker Kush strain of cannabis is intended for legal recreational consumption once cannabis products can be sold legally in the state. Within days perhaps, the medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton expects to receive the final go-ahead to throw its doors open to anyone 21 or older who wants to purchase cannabis products ranging from flower to edibles, creams and even suppositories
With its youthful vibe and eclectic mix of culture, a small Massachusetts city seems a logical site for the nations first legal recreational marijuana sales east of Colorado.
An existing medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton nestled in Massachusetts scenic Pioneer Valley plans to open its doors within days to anyone 21 or older looking for products ranging from pre-rolled joints to cannabis-infused edibles, creams, lotions and cooking oils. A second store in the small town of Leicester could also open at or around the same time, while dozens of other retail applica....
Week in Review: Judge tosses NM medical cannabis plant cap, Sessions fired & MA adult-use sales expected to start soon
Bart Schaneman, Jeff Smith and Omar Sacirbey
A New Mexico judge strikes down the states cap on the number of plants medical marijuana producers can grow, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fired, and a top cannabis regulator in Massachusetts says adult-use sales are expected to begin soon in the Bay State.
Heres a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry this week.
New Mexico opens up
A New Mexico judges decision to strike down the state-imposed limit on the number of plants medical marijuana producers can grow should be a boon for the states vertically integrated MMJ businesses.
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.
Green Wave Update: Marijuana Initiatives Go Three for Four in Midterms, and More [FEATURE]
It`s a glorious day in Michigan and Missouri and Utah (image:Creative Commons)
The expansion of legal marijuana continued apace in Tuesdays elections, with medical marijuana initiatives winning in Missouri and Utah and recreational marijuana winning in Michigan. The only loss for weed came in North Dakota, where voters approved medical marijuana two years ago but werent ready to take the next step this year.
It`s a glorious day in Michigan and Missouri and Utah Creative Commons
Michigan becomes the 10th state to legalize marijuana and the first one in the Midwest. With Missouri and Utah now joining the ranks, medical marijuana is now legal in 32 stat....
3 More States OK Easing Their Marijuana Laws: Michigan, Utah, Missouri
Michigan has become the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana, after voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday. Here, a clerk reaches for a container of marijuana buds at Utopia Gardens, a medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit. (image:Carlos Osorio/AP)
November 7, 2018
Voters in Michigan approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana on Tuesday, and two other states Missouri and Utah endorsed medical marijuana laws. Voters in North Dakota didn`t partake, rejecting a measure to legalize recreational marijuana use.
Now 33 states have legalized marijuana to some degree, and recreational pot use is now legal in 10 states, along with Washington, D.C. But possessing, selling or using marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Coming into the Nov. 6 vote, both Michigan and North Dakota already had medical marijuana law....
Voters Approve Proposition 2 Legalizing Medical Marijuana Access in Utah
With the approval of Proposition 2, Utah has become the 33rd state to regulate the licensed production and distribution of medical cannabis products to qualified patients. The vote comes ahead of a proposed special legislative session of the Utah legislature to address specific rules and regulations governing medical cannabis patient access.
NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said, It is our hope that Utahs politicians will respect the will of the electorate and move swiftly to enact The Utah Medical Cannabis Act in a manner that comports with both the spirit of the l....
Michigan Voters Overwhelmingly Pass Proposition 1 Legalizing the Retail Sale of Marijuana For Adults
With the approval of voter-initiated Proposal 1, Michigan has become the 10th state to legalize the possession and use of marijuana for adults.
NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said, Voters in Michigan sent a resounding rebuke to their states failed policy of prohibition and elected to follow a new, more sensible path of regulation and legalization. Instead of arresting thousands of citizens a year for possession of a plant, Michigan will now be able to prioritize law enforcement resources towards combating violent crime, honor personal freedom and civil liberties, e....
Texas: Leading Marijuana Prohibitionist Fails In Congressional Re-Election Bid
One of Congress most powerful and vocal marijuana prohibitionists, Republican Pete Sessions of Texas, failed in his re-election bid for Congress 32nd District. Sessions was defeated by Democratic challenger Colin Allred.
Representative Sessions used his position as Chairman of the House Rules Committee to block House floor members from voting on over three-dozen marijuana-related amendments during his leadership tenure. His actions single-handedly killed a number of popular, bipartisan-led reforms such as facilitating medical cannabis access to military veterans and amend....
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