WASHINGTON, DC — The US Supreme Court Monday declined to hear an appeal from medical marijuana advocacy groups who had challenged the DEA’s decision to maintain marijuana’s status as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, the category reserved for the most dangerous substances. The court denied in summary order a petition for a writ […]
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BUCHAREST, ROMANIA — The country of Romania legalized medical marijuana this week, becoming the tenth member of the European Union to allow the use of marijuana to treat certain aliments, primarily to alleviate pain and seizures. Romanian lawmakers on Oct. 4 moved to amend an across-the-board ban on marijuana in the country, allowing medical marijuana for […]
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SPRINGFIELD, IL — State officials in Illinois met this week to begin drafting the rules for medical marijuana distribution under House Bill 1, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, which passed earlier this year. Representatives of Gov. Pat Quinn (D) met with officials from three agencies Tuesday: The state Department of Health is examining how […]
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CHEYENNE, WY — In a sign of changing times, at least two separate marijuana initiative campaigns are getting underway in Wyoming, one of the reddest of the red states. One initiative would legalize marijuana and hemp, while the other limits itself to medical marijuana. The first initiative, sponsored by Wyoming NORML (“established 4/20/2013″), would “tax and legalize […]
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TORONTO, ONTARIO – Ailing Canadians are only hours away from being able to legally buy medical marijuana for medical purposes on the free market, officials said Monday. As of Tuesday, Health Canada will phase out a system of homegrown marijuana for a factory-style operation that will grow, package and distribute a variety of marijuana, the Toronto […]
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma NORML Friday released survey results from a Sooner Poll showing strong support for medical marijuana and majority support for marijuana decriminalization. The poll had support for medical marijuana at 71% and support for Oat 57%. The poll did not ask about legalization. The poll of registered voters was conducted between August 28 and September […]
TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill on Wednesday that will allow children access to edible medical marijuana products and removed the only state-imposed restriction on the number of medical cannabis trains grown by authorized facilities. The story has gained national media attention, but the blunt Republican governor hasn’t really softened his […]
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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. law enforcement agencies are in talks about steps they may take under federal law to allow legal marijuana businesses to have access to bank accounts, a Justice Department official said on Tuesday. Deputy Attorney General James Cole said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that the existing situation of marijuana shops operating […]
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SACRAMENTO, CA — The president of the California Senate and Chair of Assembly Public Safety introduced bills Monday to crack down on illegal cultivation and distribution under guise of medical marijuana, and to create one of the most comprehensive regulatory structures in the country to allow bona fide patients to access medical marijuana, from state registered […]
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WASHINGTON, DC — The Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon held a hearing on marijuana legalization and conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws. Led by committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the hearing featured testimony from the deputy attorney general who has set Justice Department policy, two officials in states that have legalized marijuana and one critic […]
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