Alabama: Senate Advances Medical Cannabis Access Measure

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Senate lawmakers approved legislation yesterday that seeks to regulate patients’ access to select medical cannabis products. Last year, members of Senate similarly approved medical cannabis access legislation, but that effort was opposed by the House.

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The Veterans Equal Access Act Reintroduced

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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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Washington State University Research Article Says , “Washington state law enforcement officers cite concerns with marijuana legalization”

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Increased drugged driving, greater youth access to marijuana and insufficient officer training are a few of … Read More. Cannabis Law NewsHere’s what the report is outlining… PULLMAN, Wash.

Lanham Act Preemption of State Law Where Cannabis Trademarks Are At Issue

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As cannabis products become legal in more and more states, commercial interest grows in protecting the trademarks associated with those products. But what about state or common law rights in trademarks for cannabis products? Source: JD Supra.

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

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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.

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.

Maryland: Governor Vetoes Bill Shielding Marijuana-Related Convictions from Public View

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” The database provides public access to the case records of the Maryland Judiciary. State law currently allows those previously convicted of a marijuana possession offense to petition the courts to have their criminal record expunged. Republican Gov.

NORML’s Statement Regarding the Designation of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries as “Essential Services”

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The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is issuing the following statements regarding the continued operation of medical cannabis dispensaries during the COVID crisis. “There are several million state-licensed medical cannabis patients in America.

Mississippi: Medical Cannabis Initiative Certified for 2020 Ballot

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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.

Municipalities Moving Away from Marijuana Testing for Employees

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The new law took effect immediately upon passage. “Now is the time for municipalities throughout the state to review and update their policies so they may better align with state law and public opinion.” Those new laws take effect on July 1, 2020.

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New Legislation Introduced To Protect State-Legal Marijuana Programs

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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.

New Jersey: Medical Marijuana Expansion Measure Signed Into Law

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Phil Murphy signed legislation into law today significantly amending and expanding the state’s medical cannabis access program. The new law takes immediate effect. The law also permits specific health care facility employees to operate as patient caregivers.

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Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/21/20

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However, the work of reforming our nation’s failed marijuana laws is not suspended therefore we’re still updating you policy efforts across the country. Veteran Access : HR 1647, the Veterans Equal Access Act, would allow V.A.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/21/19

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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.

Cannabis Workers, Unemployment Insurance, and the Small Business Administration: What You Need to Know

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According to a recent report by Leafy.com , the state-licensed cannabis industry employs more than 240,000 American workers. To put that total in context, the state-authorized cannabis marketplace employs over four times the number of American workers as does the coal industry.

Louisiana Expands State Medical Marijuana Program

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New laws expanding the medical marijuana program in Louisiana went into effect on August 1. Only two facilities are allowed to cultivate medical cannabis for the entire state, and only nine pharmacies are licensed to distribute it to patients. Federal Law: SAFE Banking Act.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/18/20

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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

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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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Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/14/20

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Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state. Veteran Access : HR 1647, the Veterans Equal Access Act, would allow V.A.

Federal Employment Protections Demanded In Appropriations Bill

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“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

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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 2/8/19

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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

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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.

Federal Lawmakers Aim To Legalize Marijuana This Year

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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.

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

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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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/22/20

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Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state. Send a message to your lawmakers in support of medical marijuana access.

Bipartisan Bill To Protect Employment Rights

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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 1/4/19

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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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/29/20

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Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state. The measure prohibits the release of past records for any marijuana offense that is no longer defined as a crime under state law.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/18/19

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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 3/7/20

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Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state. Legislation is pending, House Bill 847, that seeks to criminalize the possession and transportation of hemp flower in the state.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/3/19

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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 5/31/19

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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 4/12/19

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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.

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

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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.