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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.   On March 21st, Utah’s governor signed into law a proposal which legalizes cannabis extracts (such as oils and …

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Hawaii Legislature Overwhelmingly Passes Hemp Bill

Hawaii’s full Legislature has overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 2175, a proposal to establish a two-year hemp research program. The measure now heads to the governor for consideration. If signed into law by the governor, or allowed to become law without his signature, Senate Bill 2175 would “authorize the dean of the college of tropical agriculture and human resources …

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Maryland Governor Signs Measure Decriminalizing Cannabis

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has signed Senate Bill 364. The measure decriminalizes the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis. Under the new law, someone caught possessing 10 grams of cannabis or less will be given, at most, a simple $100 ticket for their first offense. For someone’s second offenses, they can be given a …

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Kentucky Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill Into Law

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has signed Senate Bill 124 into law, legalizing cannabidiol (a non-psychoactive cannabis compound) for medical purposes. Under the new law, which was approved unanimously by the Kentuck’ys House and Senate, universities in the state with a school of medicine will be authorized to produce and distribute the cannabis extract cannabidiol to qualified …

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U.S. Sentencing Commission Unanimously Votes To Shorten Prison Sentences for Drug Offenders

The United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) voted unanimously this week to reduce sentences for the majority of federal drug trafficking defendants. The move will effect up to 70% of all federal drug offenses, reducing the sentence by an average of 11 months per case. Unless Congress votes to stop the amendment, it will go into effect on November 1st. Attorney …

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