The Veterans Equal Access Act Reintroduced


1647 , the Veterans Equal Access Act, which expands medical cannabis access to eligible military veterans. Blumenauer said, “For too long, our veterans have been denied access to highly effective medical marijuana treatment for conditions like chronic pain and PTSD.

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New York: Empire State NORML Files Suit Seeking Patients’ Access to Medical Cannabis While on Probation


Empire State NORML and others are suing the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Services (DOCCS) so that qualified patients may access medical cannabis products while on probation. Petitioners argue that the state’s medical cannabis access law explicitly forbids state officials from taking discriminatory actions against qualified patients. The case is Empire State NORML et al.

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Georgia’s Governor Signs Bill Into Law That Allows Medical Cannabis Patients To Access Cannabis Oil That They Could Already Access

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Why did this process of giving patients access to what they already have take 6 years ! Because of a legal quirk, patients and families have regularly broken the law to obtain low-potency medical marijuana oil. Kemps spokesman, Cody Hall, said the law takes effect July 1.

Special Report: Current Issues in Marijuana Regulation – Veterans Struggle to Gain Access to Medical Marijuana

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PUBLISHER: CANNABIS LAW REPORT. Veterans Struggle to Gain Access to Medical Marijuana. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have enacted medical marijuana programs. A military veteran is defined as a person who previously served in the United States military.

Article : Maine – Opportunities for Marijuana Establishments to Access Financial Services: Recent Advancements at the State and Federal Level

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Opportunities for Marijuana Establishments to Access Financial Services: Recent Advancements at the State and Federal Level. The result is that these businesses are cash-only businesses whose only access to capital is through private-equity. Authored By: Hannah King.

Mississippi: Medical Cannabis Initiative Certified for 2020 Ballot


A proposed measure legalizing medical cannabis access in Mississippi has qualified for the 2020 ballot. The proposed constitutional amendment establishes a state-licensed system of dispensaries to provide cannabis products to qualifying patients.

New Legislation Introduced To Protect State-Legal Marijuana Programs


The Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act essentially would give peace of mind to lawmakers, regulators, 149,000+ workers, and the millions of patients and consumers who are dependent on the normalization of lawful marijuana markets.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/21/19


House of Representatives just voted to restrict the Department of Justice from interfering with the states that have legalized adult-use marijuana. New York state lawmakers approved legislation on Friday to further expand cannabis decriminalization and expunge certain records.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/18/20


At the state level, a new decriminalization law took effect this week in Hawaii involving the possession of up to three grams of marijuana, as well as a procedure for expungement of past convictions for the same amount. Send a message to your lawmakers in support of banking access.

DEA Promises Progress on Federal Cultivation Applications, But Provides No Timetable for Action


Scientists familiar with the product have consistently said that it is of inferior quality and fails to accurately reflect the types of marijuana varieties commercially available in legal states.

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Federal Employment Protections Demanded In Appropriations Bill


“Denying responsible adults access to federal employment opportunities for engaging in state legal conduct is counterproductive and it disproportionately impacts the veteran community. Crist stated: “Voters across the country are saying yes to legalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/24/19


Governor Jared Polis (D) of Colorado signed legislation into law that allows physicians to recommend medical cannabis for any condition for which an opiate would otherwise be prescribed. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical cannabis access.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/4/19


Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (R-AK) re-introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, which protects those engaged in state-lawful medical marijuana programs from federal prosecution.

Bipartisan Bill To Protect Employment Rights


The Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act ( HR 1687 ) is bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Don Young (R-AK) to explicitly bar federal agencies from discriminating against workers solely because of their status as a cannabis consumer, or due to testing positive for marijuana use on a workplace drug test. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 31 states, D.C.,

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/8/19


Senator Ron Wyden introduced legislation in the Senate — The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act — to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical access.

Fed Chair To Senate: “I think it would be great to have clarity,” On Cannabis


As the tentacles of the federal policy of cannabis prohibition run deep into nearly every sector of American public policy, a new voice emerged to call for clarity regarding state-legal cannabis marketplaces: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.

Attorney General Nominee Commits To Leave State-Legal Marijuana Programs Alone


In Senate testimony today, nominee for Attorney General William Barr committed to not use the limited resources of the Department of Justice to prosecute state-regulated and compliant marijuana businesses. Thirty-three states, Washington, D.C.

Federal Lawmakers Aim To Legalize Marijuana This Year


Now that more than half of the states in the nation have legalized cannabis for either medicinal or recreational purposes, those state-legal businesses deserve to be able to operate as such. It also allows legal cannabis businesses to have access to normal banking services, permits U.S.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/18/19


At the state level, patients in Ohio and Oklahoma now have access to medical cannabis, as sales began in both states this week. Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) of New York and Governor Gina Raimondo (D) of Rhode Island both included plans for cannabis legalization as a part of their budget proposals in their respective states. A medical cannabis access bill was signed into law in the U.S. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical access.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/12/19


At the state level, a bill to allow licensed social consumption spaces in Oregon was defeated for this year. A bill to allow patients to use medical cannabis while on probation or parole died in Montana’s state Senate.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/31/19


Governor Jared Polis (D) of Colorado signed multiple cannabis reform bills into law that regulate cannabis delivery services and social consumption spaces, and reduce criminal penalties for the possession of large quantities of cannabis.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/3/19


Governor Jay Inslee (D) of Washington signed legislation into law allowing medical cannabis to be accessed by patients on school grounds, and separate legislation allowing the production of industrial hemp in accordance with new federal hemp regulations.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/28/19


Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer introduced legislation to allow for interstate commerce when it comes to state-legal cannabis programs. Governor Janet Mills (D) of Maine signed legislation into law setting rules and regulations for the adult use cannabis market. Governor Chris Sununu (R) of New Hampshire signed legislation into law allowing physicians assistants to recommend medical cannabis to their patients.

American Bar Association: Resolution 104 On States Rights & Cannabis Regulation

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The American Bar Association (ABA) adopted a resolution on Monday that calls on Congress to allow states to set their own marijuana policies and recommends rescheduling or descheduling cannabis under federal law. Cannabis Law NewsWatch the video of the motion being proposed.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/22


At the state level, the North Dakota House of Representatives defeated a decriminalization bill on the House floor by a narrow 43-47 vote. Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/29


Governor Jim Justice (R) of West Virginia signed legislation into law that allows financial institutions to provide banking services related to the state’s medical marijuana program. Earlier, a similar bill was overwhelmingly passed in the State House.

2018 States of States Report: Frequently Asked Questions

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This week Americans for Safe Access released “ Medical Marijuana Access in the United States: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws.”

AG Nominee Reiterates Non-Interference Stance


First reported on Forbes , William Barr, former Attorney General, advocate for increased incarceration , and current nominee to be the next Attorney General reiterated his stance in writing to not “go after” state legal marijuana programs and expressed support for increased research.

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Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/5/19


Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Representatives David Joyce (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), have reintroduced The STATES Act of 2019. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) of New Mexico signed cannabis decriminalization legislation into law.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/7/19


House of Representatives has for the first time included limited protections for cannabis businesses engaged in the legal marketplaces in 33 states. Governor John Bel Edwards (D) of Louisiana signed legislation into law to allow the production of industrial hemp and hemp-derived CBD products.

Move Legalization Forward in New Jersey


Several bills have been introduced in the state legislature, ranging from legalization to expungement, and the fight for freedom has never been more widely supported than now. There are three major reform bills in the New Jersey State Legislature during the current legislative session. 3205 ) and to send a message to your state lawmaker in urgent support of this legislation, click here. 10 would expand patients’ access to medical cannabis through several means.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/26/19


At the state level, Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota signed a package of bills into law to expand the state’s medical cannabis access program. Nassau County, New York voted to prohibit retail cannabis sales in the county once it becomes legal in New York state.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/22


Activists in Oregon have filed a 2020 ballot initiative with the Secretary of State that, if approved, would allow social cannabis consumption sites and protect consumers from employment discrimination. Under state law, adults face civil penalties for minor marijuana possession offenses.

Clark County continues to eye pot-law changes

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They also reflect updates to state law, such as eliminating “collective gardens,” which were previously used for medical marijuana. The thousand-foot buffer will still stand for public playgrounds, as well as elementary and secondary schools as required by state law.

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Article – Thompson Coburn LLP: United States: Congress Moves To Address Cannabis Banking Reform

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House Democrats have introduced bipartisan legislation to address the conflict between states that have legalized cannabis within their borders for medical and/or personal use, and federal law, under which cannabis remains a Schedule I controlled substance.