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Poll: 60% of California Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

A new PPIC Statewide Survey has found that 60% of voters in California support the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, an initiative to legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older that advocates are currently attempting to place on this November’s presidential election ballot. According to the poll, the initiative is supported by 69% of Democrats, …

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Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Passed by Ohio Legislature, Sent to Governor Kasich

Ohio’s full legislature has now given approval to legislation (House Bill 523) that would legalize the possession, use and state-licensed distribution of cannabis based medicines for medical use. The vote in the House of Representatives was 67 to 28, while the Senate passed the bill with an 18 to 15 vote. The measure now goes …

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215,000 Signatures Collected on Arizona Initiative to Legalize Cannabis, Likely to be on November Ballot

Activists in Arizona have collected over 215,000 signatures on their initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older, well more than the 150,000 needed to place the measure on the November presidential election ballot. Although the number of signatures for the measure has far surpassed the 150,000 mark, the Arizona Campaign to Regulate …

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Rhode Island Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Add PTSD as Medical Cannabis Condition

Rhode Island’s full Senate has given unanimous approval to a bill that would add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying medical cannabis condition. The measure now goes to the House of Representatives, where its passage will send it Governor Gina Raimondo for consideration. Under current Rhode Island law, medical cannabis is legal for …

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Legislation to Defelonize Cannabis Possession Signed into Law in Tennessee

Legislation to remove the possibility of a felony conviction for the personal possession of up to half an ounce of cannabis has been signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Under current law, someone caught possessing up to a half ounce of cannabis for the third time can be charged with a felony punishable …

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Louisiana Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law a bill that brings the state one step closer to creating a workable medical marijuana law that establishes a program for the legal use and distribution of medical cannabis. Senate Bill 271 replaces language in the current law that allows doctors to “prescribe” medical cannabis, which …

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Seattle IRS Agent Behind Bars After Accepting a $20,000 Cannabis Bribe

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By Allie Beckett, Marijuana.com A couple of days ago it was announced that a former Seattle IRS agent, who took a $20,000 bribe from Seattle’s Have a Heart Cafe, was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison. According to the Seattle PI, Federal prosecutors described Hurley, 44, as a corrupt tax collector who took in …

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U.S. House Approves Measure Allowing Veterans Affair Doctors to Recommend Medical Cannabis

The United States House of Representatives today gave approval to an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill that is intended to ease access to medical cannabis for veterans suffering from a variety of medical conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a similar amendment to its version …

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Oregon: Cannabis Legalization Has Created Over 2,100 New Jobs, More than Liquor Industry

Despite being passed into law just a year and a half ago, the legalization of cannabis in Oregon has already created over 2,100 jobs, with many more to come, according to the new Oregon Cannabis Jobs Report. The total number of jobs has already far surpassed the number of people employed in the beer, wine …

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Cannabis Decrim Bill Passed by Illinois Legislature, Sent to Governor

Roughly a month after Illinois’ Senate gave approval to legislation (Senate Bill 2228) that would decriminalize cannabis possession, the state’s House of Representatives has passed the same bill, sending it to Governor Bruce Rauner for consideration. The vote in the Senate was 40 to 14, while the vote in the House was 64 to 50. …

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Ohio Senate Committee Votes to Pass Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill

Ohio’s Senate’s State and Local Government Committee has given approval to House Bill 523, a proposal to legalize the medical use of cannabis medicines. The measure was recently passed by the full House of Representatives with a 71 to 26 vote. Under the proposed law, the possession, use and retail distribution of cannabis and cannabis …

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Connecticut: Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis for Children Signed into Law by Governor

Legislation (House Bill 5450) to legalize the medical use of cannabis for those under 18 has been signed into law by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy after being approved 152 to 24 by the state’s legislature. The new law also protects nurses who administer medical cannabis to qualified patients in hospitals from any criminal, civil, …

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Colorado Governor Who Called Cannabis Legalization ‘Reckless’ No Longer Opposes it

In 2012, Colorado voters gave approval to Amendment 64, legalizing recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older. Among the law’s most vocal and prominent opponents was the state’s Governor, John Hickenlooper, who called the decision by voters “reckless”. At the time, Hickenlooper said he would “wave a magic wand” to reverse the decision, if he …

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Canada to Allow Prescription Heroin

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org Health Canada announced Friday that it is proposing new regulations to allow access to prescription heroin under its Special Access Program (SAP). That program allows for emergency access to drugs for serious or life-threatening conditions when conventional treatments have failed or are unsuitable. “A significant body of scientific evidence supports the …

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill Into law

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed into law legislation to legalize the medical use of low-THC cannabis oil. House Bill 2835 allows those with certain medical conditions who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis oil, given it has no more than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Last year Oklahoma lawmakers passed a …

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