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 »

Alabama Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill Into Law

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed Senate Bill 174, a medical cannabis proposal whichconsumecannabisdotcom was passed unanimously by the state’s House and Senate.

Under the new law, the University of Alabama’s Department of Neurology will be authorized to prescribe, produce and distribute low-THC cannabis extracts (such as cannabis oil and tincture) to those with seizure disorders. Read the rest of this entry »

Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis Filed in Oklahoma

The nonprofit organization Oklahomans for Health has submitted an initiative to Oklahoma’s Secretary of State which would legalize cannabis for medical purposes for thoseoklahoma with a qualifying condition such as  cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis.

If the initiative is approved by the Secretary of State, and enough signatures are collected from registered Oklahoma voters, it will be put to a vote this November. If approved into law, patients would be authorized to possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis and would be allowed to cultivate up to 6 cannabis plants. State-licensed dispensaries would also be legalized in order to provide patients with safe access to their medicine. Read the rest of this entry »

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 at the University of Hawaii to establish a two-year industrial hemp remediation and biofuel research program.” The dean would be permitted to “submit a final report to the legislature prior to the convening of the regular session of 2016.” Read the rest of this entry »

Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Signed Into Law by Maryland Governor

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has signed a proposal into law which explicitly legalizes medical cannabis; the measure, House Bill 1321medical-marijuana-symbol, will take effect on July 1st.

Under the new law, the possession and use of medical cannabis will be legal those with a qualifying condition such as cancer or chronic pain who receive a recommendation from a physician. The bill will establish a minimum of 94 dispensaries throughout the state to distribute cannabis to patients, and will authorize state-licensed cultivation centers. Read the rest of this entry »

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