The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has raised concerns over marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 drug amid efforts to remove the plant from the government’s list of controlled substances. “The Committee is concerned that restrictions associated with Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substance Act effectively limit the amount and type of research that can be […]

The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved a bill Friday that would legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes for patients with certain medical conditions. The bill must still win approval of the Appropriations Committee. But, while proponents of medical marijuana celebrated, the future of the bill was uncertain. Most GOP leaders in the House oppose it […]

Senators Rand Paul and Cory Booker offered an amendment to a federal spending bill that would prohibit the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from undermining state marijuana laws. The House approved a similar bipartisan measure last month.  “The House just made history last month by voting to stop the DEA from […]

As RayAnn Moseley, a child who suffers from intractable epilepsy, and her parents watched and waited, the Florida Senate passed a bill 36-3 to allow a limited strain of medical cannabis to be legalized in Florida. The chamber immediately sent the so-called “Charlotte’s Web” bill to the House, where its fate remains uncertain as leaders there […]

Marijuana decriminalization bills advanced this week in both Maryland and New Hampshire. If approved, both states will  reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of cannabis to a civil offense. Read Full Story On http://www.alternet.org