Canadian Cannabis Legalization Delayed Until at Least August

Recreational cannabis sales in Canada will not begin on July 1 as anticipated as federal lawmakers have come to an agreement that will see the legislation taken up on or before June 7, CBC News reports. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor said that it would take eight to 12 weeks after the legislation is approved to get […]

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Brian Applegarth: Cannabis Tourism in California

Brian Applegarth is the CEO and founder of Emerald Country Tours, founder of the Cannabis Trail, and founder of the California Cannabis Tourism Association. California is the country’s most recently legalized state and — as the birthplace of medical cannabis in the United States — it is steeped in cannabis history, culture, and heritage. Brian […]

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Federal Case Challenging Constitutionality of Cannabis Prohibition Heads Back to Court on Valentine’s Day

In case you missed it, there is a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions – the text of which reveals the history of the 12,000-year relationship between humans and cannabis and how prohibition not only negatively affects the plaintiffs but potentially all humankind. The suit is […]

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Michigan Anti-Cannabis Legalization Committee Nets $150K from National Prohibitionists

Smart Approaches to Marijuana of Virginia has donated $150,000 to the newly formed Healthy and Productive Michigan organization – a group fighting a potential ballot initiative to legalize cannabis in Michigan, the Detroit News reports. Kevin Sabet, SAM co-founder, indicated this is just the first donation to the prohibitionist group. “Michigan is a priority because […]

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Fox News Poll Finds 59% Support for Cannabis Legalization

A Fox News poll has found 59 percent support for recreational cannabis legalization, up from the news organization’s polls in 2013 and 2015 which found 51 percent and 46 percent support, respectively. The poll was conducted by Democratic polling firm Anderson Robbins Research and Republican firm Shaw & Company Research from Jan. 21-23. Of the […]

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Report: Canadian Cannabis Legalization Could be Stalled Past July

Some Canadian lawmakers suggest that federal cannabis legalization could be delayed past July as the legislation to implement the reforms must be approved by May in order for the industry to be fully prepared for the new regime, according to a CBC report. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said that officials from lower levels of […]

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Adult-Use Cannabis Bill Introduced in Georgia

Georgia Democratic state Sen. Curt Thompson has introduced a measure to legalize cannabis for recreational use in the state, WSB-TV2 reports. Thompson estimates that a taxed-and-regulated cannabis economy could bring in $340 million a year in tax revenues. This isn’t the first time that Thompson has introduced adult-use legislation; however, he indicated that this is […]

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Republican Senator Says Cannabis Legalization Debate ‘Likely’ This Congress

In a letter from Republican Sen. Thom Tills to North Carolina attorney Rod Kight, who works with cannabis companies, Tills suggested that cannabis legalization “will likely be discussed this Congress.” The letter from the Senate Judiciary Committee member was obtained by Business Insider. According to the report, the letter to Tills was to urge him […]

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South Korea Lawmaker Pushing for MMJ Reforms

A South Korean lawmaker is urging his colleagues to legalize cannabis for medical use, saying that the nation’s drug laws are having adverse effects and leading to arrests of people buying hemp oil, according to Korea Biomedical Review. “The law strictly forbids the sale and purchase of cannabis, which led to a recent case of […]

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NBC News/WSJ Poll: 60% of Americans Support Cannabis Legalization

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 60 percent of Americans support broad cannabis legalization, with people 18-34-years-old and Democrats leading the way with 73 percent of each demographic supporting the reforms. Sixty-seven percent of respondents aged 35-49 supported legalization, along with 64 percent of Independents, and 54 percent of those aged 50-64. Support […]

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Drug Policy Alliance Report Espouses Social Benefits of Legalization

According to a Drug Policy Alliance report, “From Prohibition to Progress: A Status Report on Marijuana Legalization,” arrests have plummeted in states that have legalized cannabis for adults, youth use has remained stable, rates of opioid-related harm have been reduced, highway safety has not decreased, the industry is creating jobs, and tax revenues derived from […]

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Poll: Nearly 57% of Michigan Voters Support Legalizing Cannabis for Adults

A new Local 4-Detroit News poll has found that 56.6 percent of Michigan voters support legalizing cannabis for adult use, with 36.7 percent opposed and 6.7 percent undecided. Support was split across party lines, with 71.5 percent of “strong” Democrats supporting the measure, along with 67 percent of those who “lean” Democrat, and 51.1 percent of […]

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Vermont Gov. Signs Cannabis Legalization Bill into Law

Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) has signed the state’s cannabis legalization bill into law, making Vermont the ninth state to legalize adult-use cannabis and the first to do so without a ballot initiative. Vermont’s legalization plan will allow adults 21 and older to grow and possess cannabis, but stops short of a full “tax and regulate” […]

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New York Gov. Wants Adult-Use Cannabis Study

In his State of the State address, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on lawmakers to approve funding for a recreational cannabis feasibility study as two of its border states – Massachusetts and Vermont – move forward with their own legalization plans, the Democrat & Chronicle reports. The governor’s announcement comes the day after a […]

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New York GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Adult-Use Cannabis Program

During a press conference in Buffalo, New York, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Joel Giambra pitched cannabis legalization tax revenues as a way to address the state’s infrastructure problems, WGRZ2 reports. However, the former Erie County Executive stopped short of offering a plan or an exact tax dollar amount a taxed-and-regulated cannabis industry could offer state coffers. […]

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California Congresswoman Introduces Bill to Protect State-Legal Cannabis Programs

California Rep. Barbara Lee, a Democrat, has introduced legislation to protect state-approved cannabis programs from federal interference. The measure is titled the Restraining Excessive Federal Enforcement and Regulations of Cannabis Act – or REFER. “The federal government has no business interfering in states that have decriminalized cannabis. American voters have sent a clear message – […]

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Cannabis Legalization Bill Introduced in New Jersey

New Jersey state Sen. Nicholas Scutari has introduced legislation to legalize cannabis for recreational use in the state. The measure would allow adults 21-and-older to purchase cannabis products in a taxed-and-regulated market. The move comes on the first day of the state’s legislative session, which will mark the first term of incoming Democratic Gov. Phil […]

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New York Lawmakers Hold Cannabis Legalization Hearing

New York Assembly members held a hearing to debate the merits of legalizing cannabis in the state – the first step toward potential reforms – but advocates will have a huge roadblock to overcome in Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who still believes in the gateway theory. The measure would legalize cannabis for individuals 21-and-older and […]

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Federal Proposal Would Add Adult-Use Protections to Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment

An amendment proposed by U.S. Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Tom McClintock (R-CA) would create protections for state-legal, adult-use cannabis markets from federal interference. The McClintock-Polis fix is actually quite simple: if approved, the amendment would update the existing Rohrabacher-Blumenauer protections by simply removing the word “medical” in “medical cannabis.” This would extend Rohrabacher-Blumenauer protections […]

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Vermont Legalizes Cannabis For Adults; No Tax-and-Reg

Vermont has become the first state to legalize cannabis via the legislature for the second time today in a voice vote, rather than a debate and roll call vote. The approval will allow adults 21-and-older to possess up to 1 ounce of flower, 5 grams of concentrate, and grow up to two mature plants beginning […]

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New Hampshire House Approves Adult Use Measure, Refers Bill to Committee

Lawmakers in the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 207-139 on Tuesday for a bill that would legalize the possession, consumption, and home cultivation of cannabis for adults. Instead of moving immediately to the Senate for consideration, however, HB 656 has been referred by leadership to the House Ways & Means Committee for further review, according […]

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Massachusetts U.S. Attorney ‘Cannot Provide Assurances’ Cannabis Licensees Won’t Face Federal Prosecution

In a memo dated Jan. 8, the U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts, Andrew E. Lelling, said he cannot “provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution.” “This is a straightforward rule of law issue. Congress has unambiguously made it a federal crime to cultivate, distribute and/or […]

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California AG Wants Meeting with Federal Attorneys About Cannabis

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has asked to meet with the state’s four federal prosecutors to figure out whether they plan to enforce federal cannabis laws in the recently legalized state, NBC Los Angeles reports. The issue comes one week after adult-use sales took effect throughout California and on the heels of a memo by […]

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Vermont House Passes Revised Adult-Use Bill; Moves to Senate

On the eve of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ directive to rescind the cannabis industry protections in the Cole Memo, House lawmakers in Vermont pushed forward a bill to legalize cannabis for adults, passing the measure 81-63. If approved by the Senate – the vote is expected on Tuesday – and signed by Gov. Phil Scott, […]

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