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Washington House Approves Allowing Tribes to Participate in Cannabis Industry

By Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – The Washington state House of Representatives passed by a wide margin a bill to allow the state’s Native American tribes to formally participate in the state’s legalized marijuana business. The bill passed the House Thursday with bipartisan support in an 80-18 vote Thursday afternoon. It authorizes the governor’s …

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New Hampshire Committee Approves Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis

New Hampshire’s House Committee on Criminal Justice voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve House Bill 618, a measure that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis. If approved into law, the proposal would make the possession of up to half an ounce of cannabis a simple ticket rather than an arrestable misdemeanor. Under current …

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Bills to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Rhode Island’s House and Senate

Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller and Representative Scott A. Slater have introduced companion bills in Rhode Island’s House and Senate to make cannabis legal for adults 21 and older, and to establish a system in which cannabis is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. “Marijuana prohibition has been a long-term failure,” …

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North Carolina Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Approved by House of Representatives

North Carolina’s full House of Representatives has given initial approval to House Bill 78, a proposal to legalize the possession, private cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis. House Bill 78 would legalize the possession of up to 24 ounces of cannabis for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. Patients would also be authorized …

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New Hampshire House Passes Measure to Expand State’s Medical Cannabis Program

On Wednesday New Hampshire’s full House of Representatives passed House Bill 476, a measure to add epilepsy, lupus, Parkinson’s disease and dementia to the list of conditions that qualify an individual to become a legal medical cannabis patient. Under New Hampshire’s current medical cannabis law, an individual must have both a debilitating disease such as …

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Florida SWAT Cop Guns Down Unarmed Man in Cannabis Raid

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org A Volusia County sheriff’s deputy on a dawn SWAT team pot raid shot and killed an unarmed resident of the home Tuesday. Derek Cruice, 26, becomes the 10th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year. According to The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Cruice was unarmed …

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Hawaii House Committee Approves Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

A proposal to legalize medical cannabis dispensaries in Hawaii has been approved with a 13 to 2 vote by the state’s House Finance Committee. The measure has already received unanimously approval in the House Judiciary Committee, meaning it will now be up for a full House vote. House Bill 321 would establish a system of …

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D.C. Council Votes Unanimously to Prohibit Pre-Employment Drug Testing for Cannabis Use

Washington D.C.’s Council has given approval to legislation which would prohibit employers from testing potential employees for cannabis use. The vote was unanimous. The proposal, titled the Prohibition of Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing Emergency Act, was introduced by Councilmember Vincent Orange and would ban employers from testing for cannabis until after an offer for employment has …

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Bill to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Georgia

Georgia State Senator Curt Thompson has filed a constitutional amendment which would legalize the possession, use and state-licensed distribution of recreational cannabis. The proposal also addresses the medical use of cannabis by allowing patients to purchase the medicine tax-free. Under Senator Thompson’s proposal, the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis would be legal …

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A D.C. Man Walks Into A Police Station And Asks For Cannabis… And Gets It

By Martin Austermuhle, American University Radio D.C. police often confiscate drugs during the course of searches and arrests, but now D.C. residents are legally allowed to ask for them back — and one recently did. According to D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), a resident walked into the Sixth District police station in Ward …

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Survey: Majority of Americans Support Legalizing Recreational Cannabis

For the first time in the poll’s 43 years of existence, the Gold Society Survey has found that a majority of Americans support the legalization of recreational cannabis. The survey is considered by many to be the absolute gold standard in public opinion research, and is widely regarded as the single best source of data …

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Utah Senate Approves Measure to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Utah’s full Senate has given approval to a proposal to legalize medical cannabis. The measure, filed by Republican State Senator Mark Madsen, was approved with a 16 to 13 vote. Senate Bill 259 would allow those with debilitating conditions such as HIV/AIDS and epilepsy to possess and use cannabis-infused products such as edibles, lotions, oils …

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