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.

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.

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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.

Georgia medical cannabis program starts

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The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports… Georgia’s top elected leaders moved forward Tuesday with a program to provide medical marijuana to the state’s 15,000 registered patients, nearly seven months after Gov. Brian Kemp signed it into law.

Will California Get a Hemp Social Equity Program?

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As states across the country develop regulated cannabis programs, more and more are incorporating social equity programs. Illinois’ new adult-use cannabis law, for example, made waves for its broad social equity program. Los Angeles’ program ).

USDA Announces Details of Insurance Programs for USA Hemp Producers

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Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of two programs that protect hemp producers’ crops from natural disasters. Producers may apply now, and the deadline to sign up for both programs is March 16, 2020. “We Multi-Peril Crop Insurance Pilot Insurance Program.

Expanding the Paycheck Protection Program to All Cannabis Businesses

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Earlier this week, MassRoots obtained a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), which has been critical to ensuring our employees are paid their regular salaries so they, in turn, have the money they need to support their families, cover medical bills, and pay rent.

House minority leader takes issue with special process for medical cannabis bill

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The bill in question, SB 139, would change state law to only allow New Mexico residents to enroll in the state’s Medical Cannabis Program. News 2020 Legislative Session Brian Egolf Daymon Ely Jim Townsend medical cannabis Medical Cannabis Program

Medical cannabis reciprocity on hold

The NM Political Report | Medical Cannabis Program

Medical cannabis patients from other states will have to wait until they can purchase or use their medicine in New Mexico. News consumption areas Dominick Zurlo Medical Cannabis Program reciprocity

Massachusetts Compliance & Training Program For Cannabis Companies (Nation’s First) Deemed A Success

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1 deadline to train managers and employees under a new compliance and safety program that is the first of its kind in the nation. The state’s Responsible Vendor Training Program is designed to support licensee compliance and enhance the safety of customers and employees.

West Virginia: State Treasurer John Perdue Looking To Hire Attorneys To Handle Medical Cannabis Program

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The Charles Gazette-Mail report… State Treasurer John Perdue is hiring an attorney to assist with his office’s handling of banking services for West Virginia’s medical cannabis program, a show of escalating tension with the district’s federal prosecutor. Cannabis Law News

Bi-Partisan Legislation Introduced In The House Thursday To Protect State Laws Regulating Cannabis

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A bipartisan bill protecting state laws regulating marijuana use from the federal government was reintroduced on Thursday in the House and Senate. The legislation, which allows states to determine their own cannabis policies, was offered by Sens. Cannabis Law News

Changes To Medical Cannabis Rules Could Overhaul NY’s Medical Cannabis Program

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On May 6, 2019, New York State law makers proposed two bills, A7467 and S5657 (both are the same), that would overhaul New York’s medical cannabis program.

The Week in Weed: April 5, 2019

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Our weekly review starts in Georgia, where the governor is expected to sign a medical marijuana reform bill into law. The law will allow grow houses and production facilities in the state, which will be heavily regulated. Now the Governor is saying that he will expand the state’s medical marijuana program if adult-use marijuana is not legalized by May. The General Law Committee has passed a bill that would establish a marijuana industry in the state.

NM governor intervenes in court case over medical cannabis cards

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New Mexico’s governor has officially become a party in a legal battle over whether medical cannabis cards should be issued to out-of-state residents. On Wednesday, a state district judge approved Gov. healthcare policy for our State,” the court filing read.

Cannabis advisory board meeting unable to address qualifying conditions due to lack of quorum

The NM Political Report | Medical Cannabis Program

A state panel met but was unable to make any actual recommendations for adding more qualifying conditions to the list of reasons approved patients can use medical cannabis. News Quick Reads Dominick Zurlo Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Medical Cannabis Program

Weed and Worry — The Immigration Consequences of Engaging in the Cannabis Trade

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As several states and foreign countries have enacted laws decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, a fresh rush of reefer madness has overtaken the business world. Should you be worried about legal marijuana’s adverse consequences under federal immigration law? practicing law in the U.S. ” Black’s Law Dictionary, 1340 (5th ed. ” Black’s Law Dictionary , supra, at 673.

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Cannabis Law Report Columnist, Chris Nani, Partners With MCBA On Case Study ” To Rate Efficacy of Los Angeles’ Social Equity Program”

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MCBA Engages in Case Study to Rate Efficacy of Los Angeles’ Social Equity Program. Partnering with the MCBA on this effort is Chris Nani, an Ohio State Law student who recently released a similar study that focused on these equity policies in three other California cities.

Ohio Medical Cannabis Patients Rejoice As Edibles Will Soon Be Available

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The first medical cannabis product manufacturing license was just awarded in Ohio, giving patients in the program a reason to celebrate. There are 37 more manufacturing businesses waiting in the state that have already been issued provisional licenses.

Alabama: Senate Advances Medical Cannabis Access Measure

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In December, the commission called for lawmakers to enact a limited legalization program. Under state law , personal marijuana possession is punishable by up to one-year in jail, while sales of cannabis are classified as felonies punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment.

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New York’s Medical Marijuana Program: The Patient-Doctor Disconnect

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Introduced in July 2014, New York’s medical marijuana program has been a work in progress from the get-go. The state recently announced an expansion to its program that is beginning to open the door to improved patient access.

Alabama: Jefferson County Police To Cite, Rather Than Prosecute, Minor Marijuana Violators

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A spokesperson for the Jefferson County (population: 658,000) Sheriff’s Office announced today that local law enforcement will begin citing, rather than arresting, low-level marijuana offenders. Decriminalization LAW ENFORCEMENT Municipal Alabama citation summons

Federal Legislation To Facilitate Interstate Marijuana Commerce Introduced

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Today, Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer introduced legislation to allow for interstate commerce when it comes to state-legal cannabis programs. Per the release distributed by Senator Wyden : Wyden and Blumenauer’s State Cannabis Commerce Act would make these existing protections permanent and expand them to include all cannabis producers and consumers in compliance with state law.

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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Action Needed: Marijuana Vote This Week In Congress

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Known as the Blumenauer-McClintock amendment after Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Tom McClintock (R-CA), this bipartisan language would restrict the Department of Justice from interfering in the 11 states that have legalized and regulate adult-use marijuana.

New Jersey: Lawmakers Approve Measure to Place Marijuana Legalization Question on the 2020 Ballot

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State law requires that three-fifths of lawmakers in both chambers approve a resolution to place an amendment on the ballot. The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market.

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.

Minnesota: Attorney For State’s Largest County To No Longer Criminally Prosecute Marijuana Possession Offenses

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Rather, defendants will be ordered to complete a diversion program or partake in community service. Under state law , marijuana possession offenses involving over 42.5 Freeman said the policy change was necessary because he believes that the state law is overly punitive and produces racial disparities in incarceration rates. Courts Decriminalization LAW ENFORCEMENT Municipal decriminalization Minneapolis Minnesota

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.

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.,

AG Nominee Reiterates Non-Interference Stance

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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 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.

Veterans Are Often Forced to the Illegal Market Despite Cannabis Legalization

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Whether veterans live in a state with a legal cannabis market or not has nothing to do with how medicine is obtained. The very gray area and smokescreen that exists between federal and state laws put veterans in a very vicarious place similar to banks.

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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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. Legislation is pending, House Bill 847, that seeks to criminalize the possession and transportation of hemp flower in the state.

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Looking To Hire, “Responsible Vendor Trainers for Marijuana Establishment Agents”

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Starting tomorrow, the Cannabis Control Commission (Commission) will begin accepting applications from entities seeking to achieve state certification as Responsible Vendor Trainers for Marijuana Establishment Agents.