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  • New Poll Shows Vast Majority Against Federal Interference in State Marijuana Laws as White House Hints at Increased Enforcement

    Just hours after a poll showing widespread support for marijuana policy reform and staunch opposition to federal interference in state marijuana laws, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a press conference that while the administration is not opposed to medical marijuana, he expects to see increased enforcement of federal law in states that … Continue reading New Poll Shows Vast Majori...

  • Congressmen Form Bipartisan Cannabis Caucus

    Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Don Young (R-AK) have formed the Congressional Cannabis Caucus to develop and promote sensible cannabis policy reform and work to ease the tension between federal and state cannabis laws. They represent constituents in four of the eight states that have enacted laws regulating cannabis … Continue reading Congressmen For...

  • CO Dept. of Revenue Reports $1.3 Billion From Marijuana Industry in 2016

    The Colorado Department of Revenue’s announcement that $1.3 billion in regulated marijuana sales took place in calendar year 2016, generating nearly $200 million in state tax revenue. These figures do not include millions of dollars in revenue generated by local taxes on marijuana. The Cannabist reports: To put the state’s third year of regulated recreational … Continue reading CO Dept. of Revenue...

Marijuana Policy Project

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 4 days ago

New blog articles detected

  • New Poll Shows Vast Majority Against Federal Interference in State Marijuana Laws as White House Hints at Increased Enforcement

    Just hours after a poll showing widespread support for marijuana policy reform and staunch opposition to federal interference in state marijuana laws, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a press conference that while the administration is not opposed to medical marijuana, he expects to see increased enforcement of federal law in states that … Continue reading New Poll Shows Vast Majori...

  • Congressmen Form Bipartisan Cannabis Caucus

    Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Don Young (R-AK) have formed the Congressional Cannabis Caucus to develop and promote sensible cannabis policy reform and work to ease the tension between federal and state cannabis laws. They represent constituents in four of the eight states that have enacted laws regulating cannabis … Continue reading Congressmen For...

  • CO Dept. of Revenue Reports $1.3 Billion From Marijuana Industry in 2016

    The Colorado Department of Revenue’s announcement that $1.3 billion in regulated marijuana sales took place in calendar year 2016, generating nearly $200 million in state tax revenue. These figures do not include millions of dollars in revenue generated by local taxes on marijuana. The Cannabist reports: To put the state’s third year of regulated recreational … Continue reading CO Dept. of Revenue...

Marijuana Policy Project

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  • Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in Kansas

    A proposal to make Kansas the 29th medical marijuana state has been introduced by Senator David Haley (D-Kansas City), and it’s supported by local advocacy group Bleeding Kansas. SB 155, the Kansas Safe Access Act, would allow seriously ill Kansas residents with certain qualifying conditions to access medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. Sixty-eight percent … Continue reading Medical ...

  • Minnesota Lawmaker Introduces Marijuana Regulation Bill

    Minnesota House Deputy Minority Leader Rep. Jon Applebaum (DFL-Minnetonka) has filed a bill to end cannabis prohibition and regulate marijuana like alcohol for adults ages 21 and up. If passed, bill HF927 would go into effect on January 1, 2018. It would allow adults to possess and purchase up to an ounce of marijuana, and … Continue reading Minnesota Lawmaker Introduces Marijuana Regulation Bill ...

  • Vermont Police Major Claims Governor Opposed to Non-Commercial Legalization

    A Vermont state police major claimed to be speaking on behalf of Governor Phil Scott’s administration while testifying in opposition to H. 170, a bill that would eliminate penalties for adults’ possession of two ounces or less of marijuana and two mature plants. An administration official later backed the major’s statement. This would appear to … Continue reading Vermont Police Major Claims Govern...

  • New Hampshire House Committee Approves Decriminalization Bill

    The New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee overwhelmingly voted to pass HB 640, a bill that would decriminalize possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. The vote, 14-2, was overwhelming, and it appears very likely that the House will pass HB 640 with a huge margin of support. The Committee also … Continue reading New Hampshire House Committee Approves Decriminalizati...

  • Adult Use Bills Introduced in Maryland Senate

    This week, two companion bills that would legalize and regulate personal use amounts of cannabis for adults 21 and up were introduced in the Maryland Senate. SB 928 would allow adults to possess up to one ounce of cannabis and to grow up to six plants, and would set up regulated businesses that would cultivate, … Continue reading Adult Use Bills Introduced in Maryland Senate The post Adult Use Bil...

  • Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General

    On Wednesday, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions was narrowly confirmed as the new Attorney General in a 51-47 vote, split largely along party lines. MPP released the following statement from its federal policies director, Robert Capecchi: “MPP remains cautiously optimistic that the Trump administration will refrain from interfering in state marijuana laws. When asked about his … Continue reading Jeff Ses...

Marijuana Policy Project

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 week ago

New blog articles detected

  • Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in Kansas

    A proposal to make Kansas the 29th medical marijuana state has been introduced by Senator David Haley (D-Kansas City), and it’s supported by local advocacy group Bleeding Kansas. SB 155, the Kansas Safe Access Act, would allow seriously ill Kansas residents with certain qualifying conditions to access medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. Sixty-eight percent … Continue reading Medical ...

  • Minnesota Lawmaker Introduces Marijuana Regulation Bill

    Minnesota House Deputy Minority Leader Rep. Jon Applebaum (DFL-Minnetonka) has filed a bill to end cannabis prohibition and regulate marijuana like alcohol for adults ages 21 and up. If passed, bill HF927 would go into effect on January 1, 2018. It would allow adults to possess and purchase up to an ounce of marijuana, and … Continue reading Minnesota Lawmaker Introduces Marijuana Regulation Bill ...

  • Vermont Police Major Claims Governor Opposed to Non-Commercial Legalization

    A Vermont state police major claimed to be speaking on behalf of Governor Phil Scott’s administration while testifying in opposition to H. 170, a bill that would eliminate penalties for adults’ possession of two ounces or less of marijuana and two mature plants. An administration official later backed the major’s statement. This would appear to … Continue reading Vermont Police Major Claims Govern...

  • New Hampshire House Committee Approves Decriminalization Bill

    The New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee overwhelmingly voted to pass HB 640, a bill that would decriminalize possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. The vote, 14-2, was overwhelming, and it appears very likely that the House will pass HB 640 with a huge margin of support. The Committee also … Continue reading New Hampshire House Committee Approves Decriminalizati...

  • Adult Use Bills Introduced in Maryland Senate

    This week, two companion bills that would legalize and regulate personal use amounts of cannabis for adults 21 and up were introduced in the Maryland Senate. SB 928 would allow adults to possess up to one ounce of cannabis and to grow up to six plants, and would set up regulated businesses that would cultivate, … Continue reading Adult Use Bills Introduced in Maryland Senate The post Adult Use Bil...

  • Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General

    On Wednesday, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions was narrowly confirmed as the new Attorney General in a 51-47 vote, split largely along party lines. MPP released the following statement from its federal policies director, Robert Capecchi: “MPP remains cautiously optimistic that the Trump administration will refrain from interfering in state marijuana laws. When asked about his … Continue reading Jeff Ses...

Marijuana Policy Project

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  • Vermont House Judiciary Hearings on Marijuana Bill to Begin This Week

    The Vermont House Judiciary Committee will begin holding hearings this week on H. 170, a bill that would legalize possession and limited home cultivation of marijuana for adults 21 and older. This bill is sponsored by the committee’s chairman, vice-chair, and ranking Republican, and its prospects appear to be bright: Vermont Public Radio reported on … Continue reading Vermont House Judiciary Heari...

  • Annual Colorado Government Report on Marijuana-related Health Concerns Highlights Several ‘Encouraging Trends’

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment highlighted several “encouraging trends” in its latest annual report on marijuana-related health concerns. According to the report: •    “For adults and adolescents, past-month marijuana use has not changed since legalization either in terms of the number of people using or the frequency of use among users.” •   … Continue reading Annual Col...

  • GOP Congressman Introduces ‘Respect State Marijuana Laws Act’

    Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that would resolve the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws and allow states to determine their own marijuana policies. The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act exempts individuals and entities from certain provisions of the Controlled Substances Act if … Continue r...

  • Rhode Island Poll Shows Rising Support for Making Marijuana Legal for Adults

    A new poll provides further evidence that an overwhelming majority of Rhode Island voters stand with us in supporting regulating marijuana like alcohol. The survey found that 3 out of 5 Rhode Islanders favor making marijuana legal for adults. It’s encouraging that support continues to steadily rise (in 2015, support was at 57%), but it’s … Continue reading Rhode Island Poll Shows Rising Support fo...

  • New York Legalization Bills Introduced

    Bills to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adults have been introduced in both the New York Senate and the Assembly. The bills — S3040 and A3506 — would allow adults 18 and over to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants. They also set up a regulatory system … Continue reading New York Legalization Bills Introduced The post New York Legalization Bills Introduce...

Marijuana Policy Project

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New blog articles detected

  • Rhode Island Poll Shows Rising Support for Making Marijuana Legal for Adults

    A new poll provides further evidence that an overwhelming majority of Rhode Island voters stand with us in supporting regulating marijuana like alcohol. The survey found that 3 out of 5 Rhode Islanders favor making marijuana legal for adults. It’s encouraging that support continues to steadily rise (in 2015, support was at 57%), but it’s … Continue reading Rhode Island Poll Shows Rising Support fo...

  • New York Legalization Bills Introduced

    Bills to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adults have been introduced in both the New York Senate and the Assembly. The bills — S3040 and A3506 — would allow adults 18 and over to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants. They also set up a regulatory system … Continue reading New York Legalization Bills Introduced The post New York Legalization Bills Introduce...

  • Vermont House Judiciary Hearings on Marijuana Bill to Begin This Week

    The Vermont House Judiciary Committee will begin holding hearings this week on H. 170, a bill that would legalize possession and limited home cultivation of marijuana for adults 21 and older. This bill is sponsored by the committee’s chairman, vice-chair, and ranking Republican, and its prospects appear to be bright: Vermont Public Radio reported on … Continue reading Vermont House Judiciary Heari...

  • Annual Colorado Government Report on Marijuana-related Health Concerns Highlights Several ‘Encouraging Trends’

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment highlighted several “encouraging trends” in its latest annual report on marijuana-related health concerns. According to the report: •    “For adults and adolescents, past-month marijuana use has not changed since legalization either in terms of the number of people using or the frequency of use among users.” •   … Continue reading Annual Col...

  • GOP Congressman Introduces ‘Respect State Marijuana Laws Act’

    Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that would resolve the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws and allow states to determine their own marijuana policies. The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act exempts individuals and entities from certain provisions of the Controlled Substances Act if … Continue r...

Marijuana Policy Project

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New blog articles detected

  • Maine Legalization Takes Effect

    A voter-approved initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine officially took effect Monday, making it legal for adults 21 and older to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana. Under Question 1, which voters approved in November and Gov. Paul LePage certified on December 31, adults 21 years of age and older can legally possess up … Continue reading Maine Legalization Takes Effect The pos...

  • New Hampshire Hearings on Marijuana Bills Wednesday

    Two of New Hampshire’s most anticipated marijuana policy reform bills of the year have been scheduled for hearings on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 1. The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will consider public testimony on the decriminalization bill, HB 640, beginning at 1 p.m. in the House chamber. The public hearing on HB … Continue reading New Hampshire Hearings on Marij...

  • Marijuana Bills Moving Through the Virginia Legislature

    The Virginia General Assembly is in full swing, and lawmakers have already considered several marijuana policy reform bills. Sen. Adam Ebbin’s SB 1091 — which would end the automatic six-month driver’s license suspension for first offense possession of marijuana — was approved by the Senate on Friday. Last year, the General Assembly approved a bill … Continue reading Marijuana Bills Moving Through...

  • Decriminalization Bill Introduced in Wyoming

    A new bill, HB 157, has been introduced in Wyoming by Rep. Mark Baker (R-Sweetwater) and a bipartisan group of legislators that would eliminate criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. This would avoid branding someone with a lifelong criminal record for using a substance that is safer than alcohol. HB 157 would … Continue reading Decriminalization Bill Introduced in Wyomin...

  • Update: Kentucky Bills Introduced

    Sen. Perry Clark has introduced two bills that would overhaul marijuana policies in Kentucky. SB 57 would make medical marijuana legal for seriously ill Kentuckians, and SB 72 would legalize marijuana for adult use and create a regulated and taxed system. SB 57 would protect qualifying patients from arrest and allow them to cultivate marijuana … Continue reading Update: Kentucky Bills Introduced T...

  • Legalization Under Attack in Massachusetts

    On Friday, we received a clear indication of what to expect from the Massachusetts Legislature in the next few months. Politicians introduced a number of bills that would adversely impact the implementation of Question 4 and restrict the new law’s home cultivation and personal possession limits. Legislators have filed bills that would push back sales … Continue reading Legalization Under Attack in...

  • Proposed Florida Medical Marijuana Rules Spell Disaster for Patients

    Tuesday morning, the Florida Health Department released draft rules that are supposed to implement the medical marijuana law approved by 71% of Florida voters. It doesn’t appear regulators actually read Amendment 2, however. Instead, they tried to simply slightly expand the existing, and ineffective, low-THC program. These rules would be a disaster for patients: They … Continue reading Proposed Fl...

  • North Dakota Senate Unanimously Votes to Delay Medical Marijuana Law

    The North Dakota Senate unanimously passed S.B. 2154 on Tuesday, which blocks the implementation of Measure 5 until either July or until a new replacement medical marijuana law goes into effect. Now, the bill heads to the House. Unless representatives hear their constituents oppose this delay, S.B. 2154 is likely to pass. Lawmakers need to … Continue reading North Dakota Senate Unanimously Votes t...

  • National Academies of Sciences Confirms Marijuana’s Benefits, Dispels Myths

    The National Academies of Sciences released a report on the health impacts of marijuana Thursday, confirming the existence of medical benefits and dispelling some long-held myths about the substance. The review of more than 10,000 scientific abstracts found, “There is conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective” for the treatment of chronic … Continue reading Nat...

  • Survey Shows Majority of Police Support Marijuana Policy Reform

    In a survey released this week, Pew Research Center showed that 69% of police officers polled support allowing marijuana for medical or adult use, despite frequent opposition to sensible reforms from law enforcement organizations. Washington Post reports: The nationally representative survey of law enforcement, one of the largest of its kind, found that 32 percent of … Continue reading Survey Show...

Marijuana Policy Project

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 weeks ago

New blog articles detected

  • Maine Legalization Takes Effect

    A voter-approved initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine officially took effect Monday, making it legal for adults 21 and older to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana. Under Question 1, which voters approved in November and Gov. Paul LePage certified on December 31, adults 21 years of age and older can legally possess up … Continue reading Maine Legalization Takes Effect The pos...

  • New Hampshire Hearings on Marijuana Bills Wednesday

    Two of New Hampshire’s most anticipated marijuana policy reform bills of the year have been scheduled for hearings on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 1. The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will consider public testimony on the decriminalization bill, HB 640, beginning at 1 p.m. in the House chamber. The public hearing on HB … Continue reading New Hampshire Hearings on Marij...

  • Marijuana Bills Moving Through the Virginia Legislature

    The Virginia General Assembly is in full swing, and lawmakers have already considered several marijuana policy reform bills. Sen. Adam Ebbin’s SB 1091 — which would end the automatic six-month driver’s license suspension for first offense possession of marijuana — was approved by the Senate on Friday. Last year, the General Assembly approved a bill … Continue reading Marijuana Bills Moving Through...

  • Decriminalization Bill Introduced in Wyoming

    A new bill, HB 157, has been introduced in Wyoming by Rep. Mark Baker (R-Sweetwater) and a bipartisan group of legislators that would eliminate criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. This would avoid branding someone with a lifelong criminal record for using a substance that is safer than alcohol. HB 157 would … Continue reading Decriminalization Bill Introduced in Wyomin...

  • Update: Kentucky Bills Introduced

    Sen. Perry Clark has introduced two bills that would overhaul marijuana policies in Kentucky. SB 57 would make medical marijuana legal for seriously ill Kentuckians, and SB 72 would legalize marijuana for adult use and create a regulated and taxed system. SB 57 would protect qualifying patients from arrest and allow them to cultivate marijuana … Continue reading Update: Kentucky Bills Introduced T...

  • Legalization Under Attack in Massachusetts

    On Friday, we received a clear indication of what to expect from the Massachusetts Legislature in the next few months. Politicians introduced a number of bills that would adversely impact the implementation of Question 4 and restrict the new law’s home cultivation and personal possession limits. Legislators have filed bills that would push back sales … Continue reading Legalization Under Attack in...

  • Proposed Florida Medical Marijuana Rules Spell Disaster for Patients

    Tuesday morning, the Florida Health Department released draft rules that are supposed to implement the medical marijuana law approved by 71% of Florida voters. It doesn’t appear regulators actually read Amendment 2, however. Instead, they tried to simply slightly expand the existing, and ineffective, low-THC program. These rules would be a disaster for patients: They … Continue reading Proposed Fl...

  • North Dakota Senate Unanimously Votes to Delay Medical Marijuana Law

    The North Dakota Senate unanimously passed S.B. 2154 on Tuesday, which blocks the implementation of Measure 5 until either July or until a new replacement medical marijuana law goes into effect. Now, the bill heads to the House. Unless representatives hear their constituents oppose this delay, S.B. 2154 is likely to pass. Lawmakers need to … Continue reading North Dakota Senate Unanimously Votes t...

  • National Academies of Sciences Confirms Marijuana’s Benefits, Dispels Myths

    The National Academies of Sciences released a report on the health impacts of marijuana Thursday, confirming the existence of medical benefits and dispelling some long-held myths about the substance. The review of more than 10,000 scientific abstracts found, “There is conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective” for the treatment of chronic … Continue reading Nat...

  • Survey Shows Majority of Police Support Marijuana Policy Reform

    In a survey released this week, Pew Research Center showed that 69% of police officers polled support allowing marijuana for medical or adult use, despite frequent opposition to sensible reforms from law enforcement organizations. Washington Post reports: The nationally representative survey of law enforcement, one of the largest of its kind, found that 32 percent of … Continue reading Survey Show...

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