St. Louis Decriminalization Measure Takes Effect June 1st

A measure intending to bring about the decriminalization of marijuana in St. Louis has been officially signed by the city’s mayor, and will become law on June03.18.13news-flickr-marijuana-edit 1st, 2013. The measure was approved last month by the St. Louis Board of Alderman with a 22-3 vote.

Once it becomes law on June 1st, the ordinance will give police officers the option to ticket individuals possessing small amounts of marijuana rather than arresting them and hitting them with a misdemeanor.

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Illinois Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Legalization Measure

A measure to legalize medical marijuana, which has already passed the Illinois full House of Representatives, was approved today by a key Senate7878545medical-marijuana-rx committee. The Senate Executive Committee voted 10-5 to approve HB1, which would authorize qualified patients to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, which they would obtain through one of sixty state-licensed dispensaries in the state.

In April, over 200 physicians in the state signed on to a resolution urging lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana, which is something that recent polling has shown is supported by 63% of the state’s residents.

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Lawmakers Consider Bill to Remove Unscientific Marijuana Driving Limit for Patients in Nevada

Today Nevada’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 351, a measure to protect patienevadants from being prosecuted when driving unimpaired by removing the state’s unscientific driving limit which finds someone instantly guilty of a DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) if they have 2 ng/ml or more THC in their blood, which is determined through a blood draw. The measure was approved by the Nevada State Assembly last month with a 31-8 vote.

The legislation is sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, a Democrat from Las Vegas. “Marijuana is currently the only drug we have a limit where we say, ‘you have this much, so you must be impaired,’” Horne stated today during the public hearing, “I think that’s unfair.” Continue reading

New Research Finds Habitual Marijuana Consumption Not Linked to Lung Cancer

A new study reported on this week at the annual meeting for the American Association of Cancer Research has found that habitual marijuana consumers have no more increased risk of lung cancer than casualmarijuana-smoker1 consumers, or those who don’t consume at all. This was found to be true regardless of how many times a day a person consumes cannabis, and regardless of how long they’ve been a consumer.

The study included data from six case-control studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. It included a subject pool of 2,159 lung cancer cases and 2,985 controls – the studies were part of the International Lung Cancer Consortium (ILCCO), an international group of lung cancer researchers. Continue reading

Federal Measure to End Marijuana Prohibition Gains 15th Bipartisan Sponsor

Earlier this week Alaskan Congressman Don Young announced, in a press release, that he’s joining a growing list of bipartisan sponsors who support H.R. 1523, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013. The measure wskipould explicitly protect marijuana consumers and businesses from federal prosecution if they’re following state law, such as in Colorado and Washington where recreational marijuana retail sales were recently legalized. The measure would effectively put an end to the U.S. government’s prohibition on marijuana – it would be up to the states to decide their marijuana laws.

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Colorado Legislature Approves Taxes for Recreational Marijuana Sales, Heads to Governor

Today, after weeks of debate, Colorado’s Senate and House approved House Bill 1318, which would establish a 25% tax on recreational marijuana sales. The tax would be split up into two parts; a 15% excise tax, anCannabis leafd a 10% sales tax. The governor is expected to sign the measure, which would put it to a vote of the people this November. The tax money would be used for school construction, as well as regulating the newly-legal recreational marijuana industry.

The Senate also approved House Bill 1317 this morning, sending it to the full House. The measure would enact specific regulations on the marijuana industry, which includes everything from basic regulations such as requiring operators of marijuana retail outlets to be Colorado residents, to adjusting penalties for a minor possessing marijuana to be analogous to a minor possessing alcohol. Continue reading

Arizona Pharmacists Plan Study On Dosage Rates for Medical Marijuana Edibles

The Coconino County Health Department in Arizona is joining a group of pharmacists in hopes of providing patients with dosing guidelines for c222222222annabis medicated foods and drinks.

The group plans to start a study soon with the University of Arizona’s College of Pharmacy in an attempt to examine dosing guidelines, as well as guidelines for keeping contaminants out of such foods and drinks.

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Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Legalization in New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s Senate Health Education and Human Services Committee has taken the state one more step towards becoming the 20th in the nMedicalMarijuana_Shutterstockation to legalize some form of medical marijuana. The committee approved House Bill 573 with a unanimous 5-0 vote. The measure has already passed the House with an overwhelming vote of 286-64. Committee

If approved , the measure would authorize qualified patients to possess up to 2 ounces of cannabis, and would establish several state-licensed dispensaries for them to obtain it from. Continue reading

Arizona Governor Signs Law Allowing Marijuana Research on College Campuses

Today, Governor Jan Brewer officially signed legislation in Arizona, approving it into law, which would allow colleges in the state to conduct marijuana research. The state’s House and Senate approved the measure last month.

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

The bill would remove a provision that was placed in a piece of 2012 legislation which banned all marijuana from college campuses, even if the marijuana was possessed or consumed by a qualifying patient in the state, or was being used for scientific research.

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Vermont Senate Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

Today, with a strong 24-6 vote, Vermont’s full Senate voted to approve legislation to decriminalize the posjointsession of up to an ounce of marijuana, making it a simple ticket, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor. The measure passed the full House in April with a 92-49 vote.

Under current law, someone possessing up to an ounce in Vermont can be charged with up to 6 months in prison, making this effort a huge opportunity to free up prison space, as well as police resources, allowing them to focus on serious crimes, rather than someone possessing the dried bud of a nonlethal plant.

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