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Hawaii House Unanimously Passes Hemp Bill

In an applaud-worthy bipartisan showing of support for considering hemp as the commodity it is, Hawaii’s House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 154, to establish a state-funded starter program examining the benefits of hemp. More specifically, the primary focus of the research will be phytoremediation, the process by which a plant draws toxins out …

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DEA Set to Lose Over $150 Million in Funding

Thanks to the incoming government sequester, automatic budget cuts are put in place today, March 1st. As part of these budget cuts, the Drug Enforcement Administration is set to lose $166 million in funding. This cut will drop the overall funding of the DEA to a level it hasn’t been at since the 2002-2003 budgetary …

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Oregon Measure to Add PTSD as a Qualifying Medical Marijuana Condition Advances

By a vote of 4-1, Oregon’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved Senate Bill 281, moving it past its initial hurdle towards becoming law. The bill would make Oregon the 4th state in the country – joining Connecticut, Delaware and New Mexico – to allow PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) to be used as a …

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Police Ordered to Give Washington Man His Marijuana Back

In what will likely set legal precedent in the area, a Pierce County judge ruled yesterday that police must return seized marijuana that was taken from a designated provider during a traffic stop last year. According to the man who’s getting his bud back, Joseph Robertson, “I feel great”, he said outside of the court …

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Colorado’s Marijuana Task Force Makes Final Recommendations

Yesterday Colorado’s marijuana task force – established by the state’s governor to study and recommend regulations on legal cannabis in the state – held its final meeting, and concluded on a number of issues that they were discussing. The panel has voted on a variety of other suggestions prior to today’s meeting, including recommending last …

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Alabama Medical Marijuana Exemption Bill Introduced, Assigned Committee

Recently we reported that 5 cannabis reform measures were in the works in Alabama thanks to Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd and the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition (AMMC). One of these measures, Alabama’s Medical Exemption Act, has been introduced in the House – now officially House Bill 315 – and has been assigned to House …

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Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Unanimously to Decrease Marijuana Possession Penalties

In a state where hash can get you life in prison, movement is being made to decrease the punishment associated with simple cannabis possession. Under current Oklahoma law, possessing cannabis can net someone a felony charge, and subsequent cannabis charges are guaranteed felonies that come with a jail sentence of 2-10 years. The measure approved …

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New Poll: Majority in California Support Legalization

Voters in California support legalizing cannabis by double-digit margins, according to a new California Field Poll released today. 54% are in support, while 43% oppose. The poll also found that 67% oppose ongoing crackdowns of medical dispensaries by the state’s four U.S. attorneys. These results are sure to be seen as encouraging to advocates in …

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Poll: 52% In New Mexico Support Legalizing Marijuana

Today the Drug Policy Alliance held a press conference to discuss recent legislation moving forward in New Mexico, as well as new polling they released today that shows a strong majority of New Mexico residents support reform. According to the polling, conducted by the firm Research & Polling, Inc., 52% in the state support legalizing …

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New Mexico Bill Decriminalizing 4 Ounces of Cannabis Passes Through Committee

Coming on the heals of polling released that shows 57% of New Mexico residents support decriminalizing cannabis, the state’s House Committee on Consumer and Public Affairs approved a measure doing just that, with a vote of 3-2. The measure, House Bill 465, would make possession of up to four ounces of cannabis no longer a …

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