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Maine Lawmakers Hold 6 Hour Public Hearing On Marijuana Legalization Measure

Maine lawmakers just finished a public hearing on a measure which would make Maine the 3rd state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for adults. Maine’s Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety held the hearing on LD 1229 – the Marijuana Regulation Act – and the hearing contained dozens of testimonies. “We have …

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Investors Commit Over $1 Million to Marijuana Industry and Movement at Seattle Event

At a recent Seattle event held by the marijuana investor group the ArcView Investment Network, over $1 million was committed to 5 marijuana-related businesses, and 2 marijuana legalization groups. The investments were announced at a press conference in Seattle – total commitments are expected to surpass $2 million within a week. The Marijuana Policy Project, …

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Texas Lawmakers Consider Medical Marijuana Legislation

Earlier this week Texas lawmakers held a public hearing on House Bill 594, a medical marijuana measure which would protect qualified patients in the state by adding an “affirmative defense”. This law, which is similar to affirmative defense laws in places like Washington State, gives individuals who receive an authorization from a physician a legal …

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Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

This week Vermont’s Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-1 in favor of decriminalizing the possessing of up to an ounce of marijuana for those 21 and older, making it a civil infraction – like a traffic ticket – rather than an arrestable misdemeanor that carries with it the possibility of jail time. The measure now heads …

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Colorado Lawmakers Consider Treating Marijuana Magazines Like Porn

Colorado lawmakers are considering forcing retailers to place marijuana magazines – such as High Times – behind counters with Playboy and other pornographic magazines. The provision was slipped into a regulation measure currently going through the State’s Legislature. It was added by the House as an amendment to the bill, before being approved, and sent …

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Recreational and Medical Legalization Bills Filed in Ohio

Today, Ohio State Representative Robert Hagan introduced two proposals, one which would legalize marijuana as a medicine, and one which would legalize marijuana for all adults 21 and older. “With billions upon billions spent on the war on drugs with little progress to show for it, it is time for more sensible drug policy in …

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New Study Finds THC May Be Helpful in Combating HIV

A new study published in The Journal of Leukocyte Biology has found exciting, albeit preliminary research which indicates that THC, one of the main compounds in marijuana, may have HIV fighting capabilities. Although more research is clearly needed, this study validates past research which also found marijuana’s compounds to be helpful in treating those with …

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Hawaii Legislature Approves Measure Increasing the Quantity of Medicine a Patient May Possess and Cultivate

Today Hawaii’s House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 642, a measure which expands Hawaii’s medical cannabis program. The measure, which has already passed the Senate, now heads to the governor for final approval. This bill would be the first alteration to the state’s medical marijuana law since its introduction in 2000. The legislation would alter …

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Minnesota Lawmakers to Consider Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Bipartisan Bill Being Filed

Tomorrow, May 2nd, legislation will be officially introduced in Minnesota which will legalize medical marijuana, allowing qualified patients to use and possess marijuana, as well as purchase it from state-licensed safe access points. The bill is planned to be sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of at least 40 state lawmakers, include 5 State Senators. “People …

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Louisiana House Committee Unanimously Approves Measure to Reduce Marijuana Penalties

House Bill 103, a measure filed in March which would significantly reduce the penalties associated with marijuana possession, passed today through Louisiana’s House Criminal Justice Committee with a unanimous 14-0 vote.

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