Colorado Bill Prohibiting Courts from Preventing Those on Bond from Using Medical Cannabis Advances

Colorado courts would be banned from prohibiting those out on bond from using medical cannabis under legislation that continues to advance in the state’s legislature.

Senate Bill 178, sponsored by Senator Vicki Marble (R), passed through its second reading in the House today, three days after being advanced by the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee. The measure unanimously passed the Senate earlier this month.

According to the official summary of the bill, it “prohibits a court from imposing as a bond condition a ban on marijuana use if the person possesses a valid medical marijuana registry identification card.”

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Hawaii Bill to Expand Medical Cannabis Law Passes Senate Committee, Already Passed House

Legislation to expand Hawaii’s medical cannabis program has been passed by its initial Senate committee; it’s already passed the full House of Representatives.

House Bill 1488 was reported out of the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health Committee today. Earlier this month it passed the full House of Representatives.

The proposed law would amend “the definition of “adequate supply” of marijuana to include seven marijuana seedlings”, and would amend “the definition of “debilitating medical condition” to include lupus, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and autism as conditions that qualify for the legal use of medical marijuana.”

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Oregon Bill to Increase Tobacco Age to 21 Passes Senate Committee

An Oregon Senate committee has given approval to legislation that would raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and tobacco products to 21.

Senate Bill 754 was passed by the Senate Healthcare Committee with a close 3 to 2 vote, sending it towards a full Senate vote. The measure was filed by a bipartisan coalition of nine senators and state representatives.

The proposed law “Increases from 18 to 21 years old the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products.” It would establish “a set of fines ranging from $250-$1,000 for individuals or businesses that distribute or sell tobacco-related products or inhalant delivery systems to persons under 21 years of age.”

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Oregon Senate Passes Measure to Ban Marijuana Outlets from Retaining Personal Information Over 48 Hours

Marijuana businesses in Oregon would be prohibited from retaining personal customer information for more than 48 hours under a bill approved by the Senate.

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Senate Bill 863 would prohibit marijuana retailers and medical marijuana dispensaries “from retaining identification information of consumers and registry identification cardholders for more than 48 hours after close of business on business day on which marijuana retailer or medical marijuana dispensary acquired information.”

The measure also “Prohibits marijuana retailer from recording, retaining, or transferring information that may be used to identify a customer.” It does provide an exception “for customers that voluntarily offer name and contact information for marketing purposes”, and “Requires marijuana retailer to destroy any information that may be used to identify a customer within 30 days of the effective date.”

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Massachusetts to Garner Up to $172 Million in Annual Taxes From Marijuana Sales By 2020

Massachusetts is set to receive a large influx of annual tax money from marijuana sales once the industry gets underway, according to the Department of Revenue.

According to the department, the state will receive up to $172 million in annual tax revenue from legal marijuana sales by 2020. Voters legalized cannabis last year, but cannabis retail outlets aren’t expected to be open until next year.

The numbers are based on a 12% tax rate; this includes the standard 6.25% sales tax, a 3.75% excise tax and a 2% city-wide tax. Nevada lawmakers may still raise this to a higher tax rate, however. According to the department, if lawmakers raise the excise tax from 3.75% to 5%, the state would garner an additional $11 million in annual taxes.

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Chronic Pain Now a Medical Cannabis Condition in New York

As of today, chronic pain is a qualifying medical cannabis condition in New York.

Chronic PainThe change brought forth by New York’s Health Department allows those with chronic pain to legally possess and use cannabis medicines if they receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the state. This would allow them to access one of the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries.

“After conducting a thorough review of the scientific literature it became clear that there may be certain benefits in the use of medical marijuana by patients suffering from chronic pain”; Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said when the department first announced the change in December. “Medical marijuana is already helping thousands of patients across New York State; and adding chronic pain as a qualifying condition will help more patients and further strengthen the program.”

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Companion Bills to Legalize Cannabis Filed in Illinois

Legislation to legalize cannabis fro everyone 21 and older has been filed in the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 316 was filed by Senator Heather Steans (D), and House Bill 2353 was filed by State Representative Kelly Cassidy. Senator Steans was the lead sponsor of a 2016 measure that has since decriminalized the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis in the state.

Both SB 316 and HB 2353 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. The proposals would legalize regulated and taxes system of cannabis retail outlets and cultivation centers. All-in-all, the measures would legalize cannabis “in a manner similar to alcohol”.

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Stephen Colbert Makes Fun of Jeff Sessions Over Marijuana Comments

On yesterday’s episode of Late Night With Stephen Colbert, Colbert made fun of Sessions’ recent remarks that marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin.

Before responding to Sessions remark, Colbert made a cannabis-related joke within the first two minutes of his opening monologue.

“White House staffers are so afraid that a deep state of career military and intelligence officials are out to destroy them. Now, what is a deep state? I thought a deep state is what you achieve after doing three bong hits and watching Planet Earth? Very deep… very deep. Those lizards are going to get caught by those snakes!”

A few minutes later Colbert asked his audience; “Does anyone dabble in the marijuana?”, which led to heavy cheering from the crowd. “Shh… not so loud” Colbert said. “Don’t tell our attorney general and forest gnome whose riddles are kind of racist Jeff Sessions.”

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Washington Bill to Legalize Hemp Passed Unanimously by Senate Committee, Already Passed Full House

Legislation that would explicitly legalize hemp in Washington State has been passed by its initial Senate committee.

hempHouse Bill 2064 was given unanimous approval this morning by the Senate Law & Justice Committee. Earlier this month it was passed unanimously by the state’s House of Representatives.

If passed into law, the measure would exclude “industrial hemp from the definitions of “controlled substance” and “marijuana” for purposes of the uniform controlled substances act.” This would legalize hemp in a manner similar to other agricultural crops such as tomatoes, as in their would be no limit on the amount grown, and no license required to begin cultivation.

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Vermont House Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Marijuana Possession and Cultivation

Legislation that would legalize marijuana for those 21 and older has been passed by the House Judiciary Committee.

The committee passed the measure with an 8 to 3 vote; it’s expected to be voted on soon by the full House. The measure would allow those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis, and grow up to two mature cannabis plants (and four immature plants).

“Today’s vote shows just how far this issue has advanced in just this past year,” said Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Most Vermonters agree it makes no sense to continue punishing adults for consuming a less harmful substance than alcohol — especially now that it is legal for adults in Massachusetts and Maine. Vermonters are ready to close the book on marijuana prohibition.”

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