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Limited MMJ Bill Introduced in Nebraska Despite Electoral Defeat of Longtime Champion

Freshman Nebraska State Sen. Anna Wishart has introduced medical cannabis legislation, continuing the work of former Sen. Tommy Garrett who […]

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Bill Filed to Allow Students to Consume Cannabis at School in Washington State

One of the major concerns around cannabis has always been youth access. However, like adults, some kids need cannabis products […]

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Obama Commutes Hundreds of Federal Drug Sentences

With his term ending in just two days, President Barack Obama has commuted hundreds more federal drug sentences for those […]

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Adult-Use Bill Filed in New Mexico

Two Democratic New Mexico state Representatives have pre-filed legislation that would legalize adult-use cannabis in the state, setting up a […]

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Wisconsin Democrats Hoping to Introduce MMJ Expansion Bill

Democrats in Wisconsin are seeking co-sponsors for a comprehensive medical cannabis bill with plans to introduce the legislation this session, […]

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Lawmakers Likely to Delay MMJ Implementation in North Dakota

North Dakota lawmakers are considering delaying the rollout of the state’s voter-backed medical cannabis initiative, with legislators from both sides […]

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New York Gov. Urges Lawmakers to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for decriminalizing cannabis in his annual State of the State address, saying that […]

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Indiana Veteran Pushing Lawmakers for MMJ Access

A U.S. Marines Veteran is emerging as a leading advocate for medical cannabis access in Indiana as lawmakers continue to […]

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Guam Gov. Sends Adult-Use Bill to Legislature

Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo has sent a bill to the legislature that would legalize adult cannabis use in the U.S. […]

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Sessions Vague on Cannabis Questions During First Day of Confirmation Hearings

U.S. Attorney General nominee Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions was evasive when asked about how he would approach legalized cannabis during […]

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Calaveras County, CA Measure Could Let Residents Vote to Ban Commercial Cultivation

Voters could have the opportunity to decide on banning commercial cannabis cultivation in Calaveras County, California after elections officials certified a […]

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Activist-Drafted Bill Would Legalize Washington Home-Growing

Activists in Washington have drafted a bill that would legalize home cannabis cultivation and sharing – provisions not included in […]

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South Dakota Cannabis Activists Gearing up for 2018 Ballot Initiatives

Pro-cannabis activists in South Dakota are planning to introduce both adult-use and medical cannabis proposals for initiated measures to go […]

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Freshman Nebraska State Senator Plans to Introduce MMJ Bill in Upcoming Session

Nebraska is one of just five states without any sort of medical cannabis program but freshman nonpartisan State Sen. Anna […]

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D.C.-Based Group Planning to Smoke Out Trump’s Inauguration

Cannabis advocacy group DCMJ is planning to light 4,200 joints during the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump at […]

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Things MMJ Activists Should Watch for in Florida

After a long battle, Florida finally passed a real medical cannabis bill in November, 2016. The historic amendment requires the […]

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Maine Gov. Calls for Moratorium of Question 1 Rollout

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed the proclamation confirming November’s voter-approved ballot question to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state, […]

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Georgia Lawmaker to Introduce Bill Allowing In-State MMJ Cultivation

A Republican lawmaker in Georgia plans to introduce legislation as early as next week that would allow voters to decide […]

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Houston DA Promises to End Jail Sentences for Misdemeanor Cannabis Possession

The incoming District Attorney for Harris County, Texas unveiled a progressive future for cannabis prosecutions during her inauguration ceremony yesterday. […]

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Senators Urge FinCEN to Allow Bank Access to Legal Canna-businesses

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has sent a letter to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network urging the agency to […]

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New Mexico State Senators to Push for Legalization Next Session

A pair of New Mexico state senators plan on introducing legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis in the coming legislative session, […]

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Quietly Pass Bill Delaying Adult-Use Market Rollout

During an informal legislative session lawmakers in Massachusetts have approved a bill that will likely delay the opening of retail […]

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Bill Removing Hemp from State Drug Schedule Pre-Filed in New Hampshire

A coalition of Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire has pre-filed a bill that would prohibit hemp’s designation as a controlled substance […]

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City Council of Belfast, Maine Considers Cannabis Business Moratorium

The Belfast, Maine City Council has introduced a measure that would impose a six-month moratorium on adult-use cannabis establishments – […]

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Two MMJ Bills Pre-Filed in Missouri Senate

Two separate bills have been pre-filed in the Missouri Senate that would implement a more comprehensive medical cannabis program. Senate […]

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Scammers in Maryland Targeting Would-be MMJ Patients

Officials in Maryland are warning of companies attempting to scam would-be medical cannabis patients by offering preapproval exams and selling […]

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Former DEA Spokesperson: Marijuana is ‘Cash Cow’ and ‘We Will Never Give Up’

Twelve years ago, former DEA propagandist Belita Nelson quit her job after spending six years (1998-2004) as an international media […]

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California Bill Would Amend Advertising, Co-op, and Trademark Rules Under Prop. 64

California lawmakers have introduced legislation to amend Proposition 64 — the voter-enacted initiative to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state — […]

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South Carolina Cannabis Activists Optimistic About MMJ Chances in 2017

South Carolina is one of the many Southern states that allow the use of cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, for […]

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Ohio MMJ Rules Proposal Would Allow Just 40 Dispensaries

Under proposed rules by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy that would dictate the state’s medical cannabis program, there would be […]

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Hemp and MMJ Bill Introduced in Costa Rica

Note: This piece was updated on 12/20/16. The previous version of the article did not mention prohibitionist stall tactics in […]

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Maine Gov. Wants to Shutter MMJ Program if Adult-Use Bill Survives Recount

In an interview with news radio WGAN, Maine Gov. Paul LePage called for ending the state’s medical cannabis program if […]

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MMJ Bill Introduced in Tennessee

Two Republican lawmakers in Tennessee have introduced medical cannabis legislation and are urging citizens who support its use to “educate” […]

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Provisions of Mass. Legalization Initiative Take Effect Today

Massachusetts is officially the sixth state to eliminate criminal penalties for adult possession and personal use of cannabis, as some […]

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Did the DEA Just Outlaw Hemp-Derived CBD?

A new rule published by the DEA today led many in the cannabis industry to assume the worst – that […]

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Spokane County Lawmakers Pass Sneaky Moratorium on Outdoor Cannabis

Officials in Spokane County, Washington have passed a local ordinance banning outdoor cannabis growing — without adding it to the […]

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Missouri County Prosecutor Files Injunction to Prevent Certification of Cannabis Ballot Initiatives

Cole County, Missouri Prosecuting Attorney Mark Richardson has filed an injunction seeking to prohibit Secretary of State Jason Kander from […]

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Canadian Cannabis Legalization Task Force Issues Recommendations; Cannabis Stocks Jump

Canada’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, appointed by the federal government to research legalization, has issued their report, […]

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Arkansas MMJ Commission Names Members; First Meeting Today

Top lawmakers in Arkansas have appointed the five-member Medical Marijuana Commission ahead of their first meeting today, NPR station KUAR […]

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Vermont Gov. Could Pardon Thousands Convicted of State Cannabis Possession Crimes

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will consider pardoning Vermont convictions of cannabis possession up to one ounce, which has been decriminalized […]

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