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America’s First Federal Anti-Marijuana Law Now 80 Years Old

The first federal anti-marijuana law in the United States was signed into law 80 years ago today. President Franklin Roosevelt signed House Bill 6385 – the Marihuana Tax Act – into law on August 2nd, 1937. The law was the first federal policy in the United States to place criminal penalties on the possession, production …

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Bill to Legalize Marijuana, Expunge Marijuana Crimes, Introduced in U.S. Senate

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) today introduced The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, which would legalize marijuana on the federal level by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act. The Marijuana Justice Act also incentivize states to end the racially disparate criminalization of marijuana consumers through federal funds, expunges federal marijuana possession and use crimes, allows …

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2028 Summer Olympics to be First to Occur in Area with Legal Marijuana

The Los Angeles Organizing Committee has reached an agreement with the International Olympic Committee to bring the 2028 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles, making it the first Olympic Games to occur in a region where marijuana is legal. The agreement will make the 2028 Olympics the third to occur in California, with Los Angeles having …

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Federal Legislation Introduced to End Industrial Hemp Prohibition

Congressmen James Comer (R-KY), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Thomas Massie (R-KY) have introduced federal legislation to the federal prohibition on industrial hemp. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act exempts industrial hemp from the Controlled Substance Act’s definition of marijuana, creates a new category for hemp research at universities and state departments of agriculture, …

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Poll: 78% of Utah Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Medical Marijuana

According to new polling, 78% of voters in Utah are in favor of a proposed initiative that would legalize medical marijuana for those with certain medical conditions. The initiative, proposed by the Utah Patients Coalition, would legalize marijuana medicines – including oils, edibles and topicals – for those with serious medical conditions such as cancer, …

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Lawmakers in York Pass Ordinance to Decriminalize Marijuana for Those 18+

The York City Council has given approval to an ordinance that decriminalizes the possession of slightly over an ounce of marijuana. The ordinance, approved on a 4 to 1 vote, decriminalizes the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis for those 18 and older: The measure was introduced by Councilmember Judy Ritter-Dickson. Under the …

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Compromise Bill Into law

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law today a marijuana compromise bill sent to him last week by the Legislature, which sets the stage for creation of the regulatory structure to oversee legal marijuana sales in Massachusetts. “We thank the governor for signing the bill and we urge all of the executive and legislative officials …

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U.S. Senate Committee Votes to Protect Medical Marijuana States

This morning the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to include an amendment in a larger spending bill that prohibits the federal government from interfering with state-level medical cannabis laws. The amendment, introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (R-VT), was included in the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The amendment explicitly prevents …

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Former NFL Player Sues Department of Justice to Decriminalize Marijuana

A group of plaintiffs including former NFL defensive end Marvin Washington have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration, asking them to decriminalize marijuana. The lawsuit was filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York. Washington, who was a defensive end for …

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Hemp Bill Signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that aims to boost hemp production in the state. According to the Associated Press, Governor Cuomo announced $10 million in state funds to boost industrial hemp research and development. The bill signed by Cuomo formally adds hemp to the state’s list of agricultural commodities and …

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