Florida Judge Upholds MMJ Decision, Says Smoking Ban is Unconstitutional

Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers on Tuesday upheld her May 25 ruling, lifting a stay on her decision that the Florida legislature’s statewide ban on smokeable medical cannabis products is unconstitutional, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Judge Gievers said that the state has until June 11 to enact a process to allow smokeable cannabis products […]

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U.S. Senate Unanimous In Support of Industrial Hemp

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously and without amendment passed a resolution recognizing the economic potential of industrial hemp. The non-binding measure was passed in recognition of Hemp History Week, according to reporter Tom Angell’s investigation for Forbes. This is the third year in a row that the U.S. Senate has adopted non-binding resolutions recognizing the […]

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Michigan Legislature Misses Deadline to Act on Cannabis Legalization

The Michigan Legislature has decided to pass on Tuesday, June 5th’s midnight deadline to act on a voter initiative to legalize adult-use cannabis, the Detroit Free Press reports. Senate Republicans had wanted to take up and pass the measure before it was put on November’s ballot in order to immediately amend the language of the […]

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Colorado Gov. Vetoes Bill Making Autism a Qualifying Condition for MMJ

Gov. John Hickenlooper, in a record-setting ninth veto of the year, rejected a bill that would have added Autism Spectrum Disorder to the list of conditions qualifying for medical marijuana on Tuesday, the Denver Post reports. Hickenlooper said, regarding the veto, he could not ignore overwhelming concerns from the medical community. “If we sign that bill […]

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Colorado Governor Vetoes Cannabis “Tasting Room” Bill

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed a bill on Monday that would have allowed licensed cannabis tasting rooms, citing health and safety concerns, according to a Denver Post report. The legislation — the first of its kind in the nation — would have allowed adults at recreational cannabis retailers to consume small amounts of cannabis via either a […]

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North Carolina Bill Seeks to Legalize Possessing Up to Four Ounces of Cannabis

According to a report by the Winston-Salem Journal, a Forsyth County, North Carolina legislator has sponsored a state Senate bill that would legalize the possession of up to four ounces of cannabis flower or plant material (for personal use) before one could be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. The language of the bill redefines less than […]

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Deadline Approaches for Legislative Action on Michigan’s Legalization Ballot Initiative

According to a Michigan Radio report, advocates from the “Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” say they are watching closely as the deadline approaches for legislative action on the state’s cannabis legalization issue. Tuesday, June 5th is the deadline for the legislature to decide whether to approve the petition and write it into law or leave […]

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Louisiana Gov. Signs MMJ Expansions Into Law

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a medical cannabis expansion program into law on Saturday that adds to the list of qualifying conditions that qualify a patient for participating in the program, according to a USA Today Network Friday report. House Bill 579, which contained the expansions, was first proposed by state Rep. Ted James […]

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State Legislatures Address Hemp Policies During 2018 Sessions

It’s, so far, been a banner year for hemp policy as Alaska, Kansas, Arizona, and Oklahoma each passed industrial hemp legislation during their respective sessions while two other states – New York and South Carolina – expanded their programs; while one state program, Wisconsin, came online. Illinois, too, is just one Senate concurrence vote away […]

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California Senate Advances Bill Establishing Statewide Cannabis Banking Services

The California Senate has advanced Senate Bill 930 — a.k.a. the Cannabis Limited Charter Banking and Credit Union Law — which seeks to establish new rules allowing California banks to serve businesses who are denied banking services due to their involvement in the still federally prohibited cannabis industry. According to an Associated Press report, the bill passed through […]

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Montana Hemp Farmer Wins Contract to Use Fed-Controlled Water for Irrigation

A Montana hemp farmer has secured a contract to use federally-controlled water to irrigate her plants, the Associated Press reports. Kim Phillips had battled the Helena Valley Irrigation District and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for more than a year to use water from the Canyon Ferry Reservoir to water her 12-acre hemp crop. “It […]

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Michigan Extends Deadline for Unlicensed Canna-businesses to Remain Operational

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is allowing unlicensed medical cannabis dispensaries to remain open until Sept. 15 without risking future licensing eligibility. Operators had faced a June 15 deadline; however, regulators have been slow in issuing licenses under the new regime approved by lawmakers in 2016. According to LARA, the extension allows […]

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California Lawmakers Kill Cannabis Bills as Session Winds Down; 7 Remain

Editor’s update: A previous version of this article indicated incorrectly that the delivery-focused bill outlined below had already been rejected by lawmakers. At the time of this update (12:05 pm PST), the bill is currently on the California Senate floor. Several cannabis-related bills have failed in California just days before the deadline for them to pass […]

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Federal Alcohol Regulators: No CBD in Beer

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has made it official: the agency will not approve any alcohol formulations containing CBD or THC. The announcement coincides with a report last week that the agency ordered a California brewery to cease production of its CBD infused brews. But isn’t CBD legal in all 50 states? No, […]

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Florida Judge Rules MMJ Smoking Ban Unconstitutional; Stay Ordered as State Appeals

A Florida judge has ruled the state’s ban on smoking medical cannabis unconstitutional, calling the Legislature-approved ban “invalid and unenforceable.” “Qualifying patients have the right to use the form of medical marijuana for [the] treatment of their debilitating medical condition as recommended by their certified physicians, including the use of smokable marijuana in private places.” […]

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Feds Tell California Brewer to Cease CBD Beer Production

The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau have ordered a California brewery to cease production of their CBD-infused beer because hemp is a non-standard beer ingredient, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Black Hammer Brewing unveiled Toke Back Mountain on Apr. 20 and released eight more CBD-infused beers, which owner Jim Furman said became […]

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7-Eleven Stores to Carry CBD Products by Year’s End

Editor’s update: Since this news broke, 7-Eleven has denied having a partnership with CBD company Phoenix Tears and claims that the press release cited in the below article is false. 7-Eleven stores across the country will begin carrying CBD products by the end of 2018, CBD company Phoenix Tears announced today in a press release. […]

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Texas Health Officials Backing Off Retail CBD Confiscations, For Now

The Texas Department of State Health Services is backing off a plan – for now – to remove CBD products off retail store shelves, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The agency proposed an inspection protocol in April that would have subjected CBD products to confiscation during inspections. Health regulators are holding off on the action while […]

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Ohio Board of Pharmacy Pushes Back MMJ Dispensary Licensing Meeting

The rollout of Ohio’s medical cannabis industry has been potentially delayed as the state Board of Pharmacy has canceled its meeting to discuss provisional licensing for dispensaries. The meeting, which was planned for today, has been moved to June 4-6. But that’s not the only setback: According to a WLWT5 report, there are just 89 […]

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U.S. Attorney for Oregon Stepping Up Enforcement to Curb Cannabis Trafficking & Diversion

U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams has announced five priority areas of enforcing federal law in the state, including what his office sees as threats to public safety and interstate trafficking, the Argus Observer reports. Williams outlined his concerns about the state’s industry in a January op-ed in the Oregonian and those concerns are reflected […]

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New Jersey Legislation Would Expand MMJ Program

New Jersey Sen. Joseph Vitale has unveiled an early draft of legislation to expand the state’s medical cannabis program which would see several conditions added to the qualifying conditions list, increase the purchase amount per 30 days, and set up employment protections for the state’s registered patients, the Press of Atlantic City reports. What else […]

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Utah Lawsuit Seeks to Block MMJ Ballot Initiative

Medical cannabis opponents in Utah have filed an emergency motion to block the ballot initiative from November ballots, the Associated Press reports. The plaintiffs of the lawsuit argue that the proposal, organized by the Utah Patients Coalition, would break federal law. The lawsuit, filed by Drug Safe Utah, names Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox as the […]

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New York City Mayor Directs Police to Stop Cannabis-Smoking Arrests

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has told the city’s top police officials to stop arresting people for smoking cannabis and, instead, issue citations, CNN reports. The directive comes about a week after the New York Times published an investigative report which found that black people were arrested for low-level cannabis charges at eight […]

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Michigan Prohibitionists Would Support Legalization if Passed by Legislature

A Michigan anti-cannabis legalization group has indicated that they would be open to cannabis legalization if the reforms were passed by the Legislature, the Detroit Free Press reports. The Committee to Keep Pot out of Neighborhoods and Schools has conceded that legalization “will be a reality” in the state but hopes legislative action will create […]

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