President Trump’s budget proposal for the fiscal year 2021 would remove a rider containing protections for state-legal medical cannabis programs; congressional lawmakers, however, are expected to override the move. The proposal also includes restrictions to block Washington D.C., where cannabis possession and personal cultivation are legal, from establishing an adult-use marketplace. See the original article […]

A newly filed proposed ballot initiative would repeal the section of the Colorado Constitution that says cannabis “should be legal for persons twenty-one years of age or older and taxed in a manner similar to alcohol.” The measure, submitted to state officials for review last month, would not change Colorado laws concerning medical cannabis or […]

Washington’s well-publicized “10 percent concentrates bill” has been stopped in committee for the 2020 session. HB 2546, “Concerning the Potency of Marijuana Products,” would have limited cannabis concentrates in the state at just 10 percent potency for THC. See the original article at Ganjapreneur

Two lawmakers in Colorado are pushing for passage of a law that would protect employees in the state from being fired for their use of pot off the job. If passed, the bill would prohibit employers “from terminating an employee for the employee’s lawful off-duty activities that are lawful under state law.” See the original […]

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing on various reform proposals on Wednesday, including cannabis reform. This comes months after the House Judiciary Committee held a historic vote approving a comprehensive legalization bill sponsored by the panel’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). That legislation—the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act—will be one of […]

The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act a.k.a. the MORE Act has passed the House judiciary committee by a vote of 24 to 10. If it is not claimed by another committee for review, HR 3884 will go onto to a floor vote in the House of Representatives. See the original article from High Times

After overwhelming support by congressional lawmakers, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed legislation that would have expanded Iowa’s medical marijuana program, calling for caution before increasing the potency of available products. Reynolds’ move slows further expansion of a medical cannabidiol program that currently allows capsules, extracts, concentrates, lotions, ointments and tinctures. Smoking medical or recreational marijuana […]

The attorneys general of 38 states and territories sent a letter to congressional leaders, urging them to allow banks to work with cannabis businesses without legal repercussions. Federal law still considers marijuana illegal, which exposes banks to legal risk if they handle weed-related money or transactions. The attorneys general say they want to move the […]

So far, there are few countries who have taken the initiative to end marijuana prohibition – but this is a year of big changes for many as Canada has already started taking action towards having marijuana legal by next Spring and now Italy’s parliament has sat down to discuss a bill which would make marijuana […]

This is going to be a transformative year for the United States. Not only are we set to vote in a new president for the first time in eight years this November, but we could also see the most rapid expansion of marijuana ever, with eight states now set to vote on recreational or medical […]

The Democratic Party released its official pre-convention platform this afternoon, giving all of us policy wonks stuck in our offices prior to the July 4 weekend something to read and grumble about. So let’s get grumbling! The party’s position on cannabis consists of 86 words of room-temp tea. Cold oatmeal. Stale fries. Choose your own […]

A tech billionaire’s plan to legalize recreational marijuana in California has taken a major step toward the November ballot. Known as the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” the ballot measure legalizes possession of small amounts of cannabis for adults, establishes tax rates and a structure for farmers to grow pot, and creates the framework for […]

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 […]

An agreement between the state Senate and Assembly on whether to legalize medical marijuana in New York is due before midnight Monday in order to be voted on before the legislative session ends later this week. But Gov. Cuomo has outlined a series of concerns to lawmakers that must be addressed before he’ll even consider signing […]

Democratic lawmakers in Delaware have introduced a bill that would decriminalize possession of a small amount of marijuana, following the lead of nearly 20 U.S. states that have moved to loosen laws surrounding non-medical use of the drug. The bill would exempt from prosecution adults 21 and older who possess marijuana for their own personal […]

Supporters of medical marijuana believe that the new version of legislature could be approved this spring. If the predictions are accurate, New York could be the 22nd state to legalize cannabis for medical purposes. “We’re closer to this than we have ever been before,” said Gabriel Sayegh of Drug Policy Alliance. Advocates recently revised the […]