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Oregon House Health Care Committee Votes to Raise Tobacco Age to 21, Already Passed Senate

Legislation to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and tobacco products to 21 has been approved by Oregon’s House Health Care Committee. The committee voted 7 to 2 on Friday to give approval to Senate Bill 754. The vote on the bill comes roughly a month and a half after it was passed by …

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One Million Police Hours Spent Each Year Enforcing Marijuana Prohibition in U.K.

The U.K.’s Liberal Democrats say over a million police hours are wasted annually enforcing marijuana’s prohibition. According to research conducted by the party – using official governemnt figures – a total of 87,247 police caseloads related to marijuana were opened in 2015. The average cost to the taxpayer per case is estimated at £2,256 (roughly …

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New Hampshire Governor to Sign Measure to Decriminalize Marijuana

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu says he will sign into law a bill that decriminalizes cannabis. Once signed into law, House Bill 640 will decriminalize the possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, reducing the charge from an arrestable misdemeanor as it is today, to a simple civil infraction punishable by a …

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New Jersey Officials Vote to Expand Medical Cannabis Program

A New Jersey panel today approved expanding the state’s medical cannabis program by including several new qualifying conditions. The Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel voted to approve to use of medical cannabis for those with anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, Tourette syndrome and chronic pain related to muscular skeletal disorders. This would allow those with these conditions to …

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Bill Allowing Sealing of Marijuana Misdemeanors Approved by Colorado Legislature

A bill to allow those convicted of a marijuana possession misdemeanor to have the conviction sealed from their criminal record has been approved by Colorado’s full legislature. House Bill 1266 has now been approved by the full House of Representatives and Senate, sending it to Governor John Hickenlooper for consideration. Hickenlooper has yet to state …

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New Hampshire Senate Passes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

New Hampshire’s Senate has just passed a marijuana decriminalization bill which has already passed the House of Representatives. House Bill 640 was approved today by the Senate, roughly three months after it was passed by the House of Representatives with an overhwleming 318 to 36 vote. Given the proposal was amended in the Senate, it …

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Illinois Senate Votes to Legalize Hemp

A hemp legalization bill has been given approval by Illinois’ full Senate. Senate Bill 1294 was passed last week by the Senate, sending it to the House of Representatives; it currently sits in the House Rules Committee. Passage in the House would send it to Governor Bruce Rauner for consideration. If signed into law by …

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Legislation Allowing Medical Cannabis for PTSD and Chronic Pain Approved by New Hampshire Legislature

A measure allowing medical cannabis for post traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain has been approved by New Hampshire’s Senate. The legislation has already been approved by the state’s House of Representatives; it will soon be sent to Governor Chris Sununu for consideration. The proposed law would allow those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) …

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Delaware Lawmakers Approve Bill to Legalize Marijuana Including Retail Outlets

House Bill 110, which would legalize marijuana for those 21 and older, was approved by a House committee and will now be considered by the full House of Representatives The Delaware House Revenue and Finance Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would make marijuana legal for adults and regulate it similarly to alcohol; the vote …

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Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Approved by Legislature, Sent to Governor

Vermont’s full legislature has passed a bill to legalize marijuana, making them the first in U.S. history to do so. Senate Bill 22, which has now been approved by both the House of Representatives and Senate, would legalize the possession and use of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. It …

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