Workers’ Comp Judge Orders New Jersey Town to Pay for MMJ

A Workers’ Compensation Judge in New Jersey has ordered Freehold Township to pay for a claimant’s medical cannabis, according to a report by the New Jersey Law Journal. This is the second time a New Jersey judge has ruled in favor of worker’s comp covering medical cannabis for an injured worker, setting a powerful precedent. A lawyer representing […]

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New York Gov. Office Report Recommends Legalizing Cannabis

A report commissioned by the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released today by the New York Department of Health recommends the legalization of cannabis, Syracuse.com reports. The New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker told reporters in June that the report would recommend legalization but did not release the full report until today. “The positive effects […]

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Oklahoma Gov. Circumvents Voters, Signs Strict Cannabis Rules Into Effect

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) ratified strict emergency medical cannabis rules on Wednesday, flouting voters’ wishes on the issue, SF Gate reports. The rules were drafted by the governor’s appointees on the state Board of Health at an emergency meeting on Tuesday. The rules ban smokable cannabis and require pharmacists at all dispensaries. Medical cannabis advocates […]

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Hawaii Governor Vetoes Bill Allowing MMJ for Opioid Addiction

On Tuesday, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, vetoed state Senate Bill 2407, which would have allowed for the treatment of opioid addiction with medical cannabis, according to a Marijuana.com report. Gov. Ige announced his rationale for the veto on Tuesday. “The Department of Health already has a formal evidenced-based petition process, made available annually to patients […]

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Oklahoma MMJ Program Forges Ahead; Health Officials Tack On New Restrictions

Since Oklahoma voters decided to legalize medical cannabis last month, state officials have fast-tracked the creation of regulatory guidelines for the new industry which, under the voter-approved law, are required within 60 days of the election. Pushback from concerned health officials, however, now threatens to stunt the program’s effectiveness from the outset, the Associated Press reports. […]

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Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Approve Sweeping MMJ Expansions

Maine lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a medical cannabis reform bill on Monday in a sweeping override of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto, the Press Herald reports. The reforms will ease access to the program by allowing doctors to make cannabis recommendations for any condition that they think it might help, establishing six new medical cannabis dispensaries, permitting […]

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Adult-Use Legalization Question Expected for North Dakota’s November Ballot

North Dakota advocates have successfully submitted enough signatures in favor of adult-use cannabis legalization to put the issue on November’s ballot, the Bismarck Tribune reports. Advocates submitted some 18,700 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office on Monday; they needed a total of 13,452 signatures to put the issue before voters. “The measure legalizes the use, sale, possession, […]

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Hawaii Issues First Industrial Hemp Licenses

Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture licensed three separate farmers in June to grow hemp under the state’s pilot industrial hemp program, Maui Now reports. One grower is located on Kauai and the other two are located on Hawaii Island. The industrial hemp licenses last for just two years and licensees are required to pay annual fees of $250 […]

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Caribbean Community of Nations to Consider Legalizing Cannabis

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) of nations have embraced a report by their own regional commission on cannabis and intend to rethink the legal status of cannabis, Tom Angell reports for Marijuana Moment. In a report covering the latest session of CARICOM, the organization decided: Heads of Government recognised that the current classification of marijuana as an […]

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South Carolina’s Industrial Hemp Expansions Taking Shape

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture announced it has received 162 industrial hemp applications for 2019, according to a WYFF report. The state is doubling the number of industrial hemp farmers from 20 to 40 — and doubling their allowed acreage from 20 acres to 40 acres — for next year’s harvest. “Expanding the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program […]

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Saskatchewan Establishes Fines for Cannabis Crimes

Authorities in Saskatchewan, Canada have established a provincial fine structure for cannabis offenses for after federal legalization takes place in October. According to a Global News report, the fines will range from between $200 and $2,250 depending on the severity of the offense.  Justice Minister Don Morgan said the goal was to create “an appropriate disincentive for […]

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Efforts to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis Progress in Oklahoma

Hot on the heels of Oklahoma‘s successful medical cannabis vote, advocates in the state are collecting signatures to put adult-use legalization on the November ballot, Oklahoma’s News 4 reports. The initiative, State Question 797, would allow adults who are 21 or older to possess, use, grow, process, and sell cannabis for recreational purposes. Advocates with ‘Green the […]

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Texas GOP Endorses Cannabis Decriminalization, Rescheduling, & Industrial Hemp

The Republican Party of Texas officially endorsed the decriminalization of cannabis last month. Party leaders also called on the federal government to reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II under the Controlled Substances Act and to legalize industrial hemp. “Civil Penalty: We support a change in the law to make it a civil, and […]

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Cleveland, Ohio Forms Adult-Use Cannabis Council

Cleveland, Ohio City Councilman Blaine Griffin has organized a working group on cannabis policy for the city, News 5 Cleveland reports. The group was created to bring together law enforcement and city departments to begin the bureaucratic process of transition to legal cannabis. “We believe it’s time for us to start having that discussion and seeing if […]

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Senate Passes Farm Bill with Hemp Legalization Language Attached

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 86-to-11 to pass its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, The Washington Post reports. The Farm Bill, which provides $428 billion in subsidies and other funding, includes language for the federal legalization of industrial hemp. However, some hurdles remain before the bill can be fully passed, despite overwhelming bipartisan support […]

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Cannabis Advocates Running for Office in Washington State

Washington state’s cannabis caucus is poised to grow this year, with at least five candidates who are either cannabis activists, have worked in the industry, or currently own cannabis businesses running for state and local offices. Statewide elections Crystal Oliver — who owns an outdoor cannabis farm in Eastern Washington, is an executive assistant to […]

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New Hampshire Democrats Add Legal Cannabis to Party Platform

The New Hampshire Democratic Party has made cannabis legalization a part of the party’s political platform this week, according to an Associated Press report. The move will appease advocates, who fear the state is falling far behind neighboring Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont — the New England states that have already legalized cannabis for adult use. Specifically, the […]

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Maine Legislature Completes Adult-Use and MMJ Regulations

Maine legislators passed a bill on Tuesday with sweeping reforms for medical and adult-use cannabis laws in the state, the Press Herald reports. The bill is primarily focused on reforming Maine’s medical marijuana “caregiver” system — if passed, the bill would close some loopholes, give caregivers more freedom with their business, and give municipalities the ability […]

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Russia Condemns Canada’s Cannabis Legalization

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned Canada’s recent legalization of adult-use cannabis, according to a Newsweek report. The Ministry said in an official statement that the move was a breach of Canada’s “international legal obligations.” “We expect Canada’s partners in the G7 to respond to its “high-handedness” because this alliance has repeatedly declared its adherence to the […]

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Sen. Chuck Schumer Introduces Cannabis De-Scheduling Legislation

The Senate’s top Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York), has introduced legislation that aims to end cannabis prohibition and let states decide for themselves the legality of the plant. The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act would decriminalize cannabis by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act; however, the federal government would maintain the authority to prevent […]

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Massachusetts Plans Nation’s First Social Equity Cannabis Work Program

Massachusetts is in the early stages of launching the first social equity cannabis work program in the nation, according to a MassLive report. The program would be designed to give minorities and others previously convicted of drug offenses a chance at working in the legal cannabis industry. The commission currently gives priority for cannabis license applicants to those […]

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Senate Approves Medical Cannabis Protections for Veterans

U.S. Senators voted 86-5 on Monday in favor of legislation that establishes protections for veterans seeking state-legal medical cannabis therapies, according to a report by Marijuana Moment‘s Tom Angell. The measure was added to legislation funding large parts of the federal government, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, through the fiscal year 2019. Specifically, the provision protects […]

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Pennsylvania Governor Signs MMJ Amendment Allowing Research

Gov. Tom Wolfe of Pennsylvania, a Democrat, on Friday signed a bill amending the Pennsylvania medical cannabis law so that the state can proceed with its MMJ research program, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. The bill was written to avoid a pending lawsuit that alleges the state improperly delegated authority to medical schools regarding the selection […]

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Connecticut Physicians Reject Opiate Withdrawal As MMJ Qualifying Condition

On Monday, Connecticut’s state medical marijuana board voted against a proposal to add opioid use disorder and opiate withdrawal as qualifying conditions for medical cannabis, the Hartford Courant reports. The proposal would have been one of the first in the country to clearly identify medical marijuana as a treatment for opioid addiction. The nine-member board, consisting […]

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