Zero Tolerance Driving Policy for Cannabis Struck Down by Arizona Supreme Court

By Associated Press

Authorities can’t prosecute Arizona motorists for driving under the influence of marijuana unless the person is impaired at the time of the stop, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesdaygavel in the latest opinion on an issue that several states have grappled with across the nation.

The ruling overturned a state Court of Appeals decision last year that upheld the right of authorities to prosecute pot smokers for DUI even when there is no evidence of impairment.

The opinion focuses on two chemical compounds in marijuana that show up in blood and urine tests — one that causes impairment and one that doesn’t but stays in a pot user’s system for weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

President Obama Plans to Release Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands of Inmates Jailed for Drug Offenses Early

The Obama administration has announced that it will be actively encouraging prisoners serving sentences for drug offenses to presidentobamaapply for clemency – with the goal of releasing hundreds, if not thousands, of inmates early.

White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler spoke about the presidential plans to grant wide-spread clemency at New York University’s law school last Tuesday, indicating that the Obama administration is officially recognizing the harms associated with the war on drugs, and more specifically, the war on low-level drug offenders. Read the rest of this entry »

Medical Cannabis Measures Becomes Law in Mississippi

Mississippi House Bill 1231, a measure legalizing cannabis extracts for medical purposes, has officially become law without the governor’s signature. The governor had untilmississippisign April 18th to either sign the bill into law, veto it, or allow it to become law without signing it; he chose the latter.

Under the new law, which takes effect on July 1st (and is named after Harper Grace Durval, a 22-month-old girl who has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy), the possession of low-THC cannabis extracts such as cannabis oil and tincture will be legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. The University of Mississippi Medical Center would be authorized to dispense the medicine. Read the rest of this entry »

Bill to Ease Hemp Regulations Passes Colorado Senate Committee Unanimously

Colorado’s Senate Local Government Committee has given unanimous approval to Senate Bill 14-184, a measure to ease regulations regarding industrial hemphemp cultivation, and to establish a hemp research grant program.

Under current Colorado law, an individual who wishes to cultivate hemp must apply for a license with the Department of Agriculture by May 1st of each year; under Senate Bill 14-184, an individual would be allowed to apply for, and receive a license at any point during the year. The measure would also remove a 10-acre restriction on those growing hemp for research or development purposes, and would remove a restriction that hemp farmers must cultivate the plant outdoors, opening the way for greenhouse-grown hemp. Read the rest of this entry »

6 States Plus D.C. Sign Cannabis Bills Into Law in Less than a Month

It’s been an incredibly busy, and productive year thus far for the cannabis reform movement, and the past month has been a shining example of this progress. Here’s a look at some of what’s been accomplished.  wacanna

On March 21st, Utah’s governor signed into law a proposal which legalizes cannabis extracts (such as oils and tinctures) for medical purposes. The measure takes effect on July 1st.

On March 31st, Washington D.C.’s mayor signed a measure into law which removes criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. The new law reduces the penalty from an arrestable misdemeanor, to a $25 ticket. Read the rest of this entry »

Wisconsin Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Extract Legalization Measure Into Law

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has signed Assembly Bill 726, a proposal to legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes, into law. The measure was approved overwhelmingly by the state’s legislature, including being passed unanimously by the Senate.

Cannabis oil.

Cannabis oil.

Under the new law, practitioners are authorized to recommend, as well as distribute, cannabis extract such as oil or tincture that’s low in THC (tetrahydocannabinol), and high in CBD (cannabidiol). Governor Walker’s signature marks the third state in the last week – including Kentucky and Alabama – that has legalized medical cannabis extracts. Read the rest of this entry »

NCAA Votes to Alter Cannabis Policy, Cutting Penalty in Half

The NCAA’s (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Legislative Council has voted to alter the league’s substance abuse policy so that cannabis is no longer considered a performance enhancing drug. The change will cut the penalty for a playerncaa testing positive for cannabis in half.

Under current NCAA rules, a player caught with cannabis in their system can be suspended for up to an entire season. The change approved by the council would make the maximum penalty a half season suspension.  Read the rest of this entry »

Signature Collection Begins Tomorrow on Oregon Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

New Approach Oregon will begin collecting signatures tomorrow on an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis. The groupnao will have until July 3rd to collect 87,213 signatures to put the proposal to a vote this November.

Under the proposed law, the possession of up to 8 ounces of cannabis and the cultivation of up to 4 cannabis plants would be legalized for everyone 21 and older. Cannabis retail outlets would also be authorized to distribute the substance. Read the rest of this entry »

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