Feedback
There's 1 total comments on my blog. There's 194 total trackbacks on my blog. Subscribe and never miss an entry: All Posts | All Comments There's 2733 total post on my blog.

New Hampshire Lawmakers Continue to Hash Out Medical Marijuana Law

May 31st

Medical marijuana dispensaries

CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire Senate last Thursday approved medical marijuana legislation, but removed language allowing patients to grow their own and protecting them from arrest before state ID cards are issued.

The House in March had approved the bill with those provisions, so now it goes before a conference committee to try to reconcile differences.

The Senate version also came with several other amendments, including reducing the number of state-licensed dispensaries, requiring that patients get written permission from a property owner before being able to use medical marijuana on privately owned land, and eliminating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the list of eligible conditions for marijuana use.

Sponsored by Rep. Donna Schlachman (D-Exeter), House Bill 573, would allow state residents with serious illnesses, su. . . . . READ MORE

Written by admin

More post by

admin has written 2733 posts on What Is Marijuana?

Follow me on Twitter

Follow me on Facebook

Rhode Island Marijuana Legalization Bill Revisited by Lawmakers

May 29th

Rhode-Island-State-House-marijuana

PROVIDENCE, RI — Testimony on a bill to make Rhode Island the third state in the country to legalize and regulate the possession of marijuana by adults has been revisited by lawmakers, receiving a hearing Tuesday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard several hours of testimony late Tuesday on Senate Bill 334, The Marijuana Regulation, Control And Taxation Act, which was introduced  by Sen. Donna Nesselbush (D-District 15) earlier this year.

The bill would regulate and tax marijuana similar to alcohol for adults 21 or older.

Sen. Nesselbush estimates that the projected tax revenue that would come from legal sales of marijuana in Rhode Island is between 20 and 71 million dollars per year.

“We don’t know exactly, because we don’t know how many people are smoking marijuana,” she said. “But, whatever revenues are raised, 50 percent of those revenues would go to the general funds, and 40 percent would go toward education and treatment of drug issues.”

A companion bill filed in the House,  House Bill 5274, was READ MORE

Written by admin

More post by

admin has written 2733 posts on What Is Marijuana?

Follow me on Twitter

Follow me on Facebook

New Hampshire Senate Votes to Approve Statewide Medical Marijuana Law

May 23rd

medical-marijuana-Afghani_Kush

CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire Senate voted 18-6 today to approve HB 573, bringing the state closer to passing the country’s next medical marijuana law.

The New Hampshire House overwhelmingly approved a similar version of the bill in March by a 286-64 vote, making this the third time in four years that the legislature has passed a medical marijuana law.

The previous two bills were vetoed by then-Governor John Lynch, but HB 573 is expected to be signed by Governor Maggie Hassan after the bill is finalized in a House/Senate conference committee.

Earlier this month, under threat of veto by Governor Hassan, the Senate Committee on Health, Education & Human Services amended the legislation.

In particular, the governor objected to a provision in the House bill allowing qualified patients to cultivate 3 plants for themselves under strict conditions.<. . . . . READ MORE

Written by admin

More post by

admin has written 2733 posts on What Is Marijuana?

Follow me on Twitter

Follow me on Facebook

New Hampshire Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Bill

May 23rd

medical marijuana bags

NASHUA, NH — The New Hampshire Senate voted 18-6 Thursday to approve a bill that will make New Hampshire the final state in New England to authorize the medical use of marijuana.

The bill is a Senate-amended version of House Bill 573, which a veto-proof majority of the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 286-64 in favor of  in March.

The bill now goes back to the House, which can agree to the changes made by the Senate, or ask to negotiate a compromise, before the bill can be sent to the desk of Gov. Maggie Hassan.

In the version passed by the Senate, two key elements were removed from the House-approved bill.  Under the Senate-amended bill, patients will now longer be allowed to grow their own medical marijuana, and PTSD was removed from the list of qualifying conditions.

Qualifying medical conditions, according to the Senate amendment, include: severely debilitating or terminal medical conditions, cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C currently receiving antiviral treatment, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, musc. . . . . READ MORE

Written by admin

More post by

admin has written 2733 posts on What Is Marijuana?

Follow me on Twitter

Follow me on Facebook

New Hampshire Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Bill

May 23rd

medical marijuana bags

NASHUA, NH — The New Hampshire Senate voted 18-6 Thursday to approve a bill that will make New Hampshire the final state in New England to authorize the medical use of marijuana.

The bill is a Senate-amended version of House Bill 573, which a veto-proof majority of the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 286-64 in favor of  in March.

The bill now goes back to the House, which can agree to the changes made by the Senate, or ask to negotiate a compromise, before the bill can be sent to the desk of Gov. Maggie Hassan.

In the version passed by the Senate, two key elements were removed from the House-approved bill.  Under the Senate-amended bill, patients will now longer be allowed to grow their own medical marijuana, and PTSD was removed from the list of qualifying conditions.

Qualifying medical conditions, according to the Senate amendment, include: severely debilitating or terminal medical conditions, cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C currently receiving antiviral treatment, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, musc. . . . . READ MORE

Written by admin

More post by

admin has written 2733 posts on What Is Marijuana?

Follow me on Twitter

Follow me on Facebook

Maine Voters Could Decide on Marijuana Legalization in November

May 22nd

BANGOR, ME — Residents of Maine may get the opportunity to vote on ending their state’s marijuana prohibition this fall, if lawmakers approve of an amended version of LD 1229: An Act to Tax and Regulate Marijuana in the coming weeks.

LD 1229 was introduced earlier in the session by Representative Diane Russell (D-Portland) and 35 co-sponsors. Despite the unprecedented legislative support, the measure faced a challenging work session last week, which initially looked as if it would scuttle the bill entirely.

Legalize Maine 2013Fortunately for supporters of ending prohibition, the fight continues on despite the negative recommendation out of committee. Representative Russell and the bill’s supporters intend to take the fight for legalization to the House floor in the coming weeks and they need our help.

Thanks to amendments offered by Senators Plummer and Wilson, LD 1229 was revised to contain only a simple r. . . . . READ MORE

Written by admin

More post by

admin has written 2733 posts on What Is Marijuana?

Follow me on Twitter

Follow me on Facebook

Maine Marijuana Legalization Bill Set Back, But Not Dead

May 15th

marijuana leaf 3

AUGUSTA, ME – A bill that would make Maine the third state to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana failed to gain a key committee endorsement Tuesday, but the bill’s sponsor feels that enough support exists among state lawmakers for the bill to continue.

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday voted 8-3 against endorsing LD 1229, “An Act to Tax and Regulate Marijuana,” sponsored by State Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland) and 35 co-sponsors,  citing concerns that the legislation would put Maine in conflict with federal laws prohibiting marijuana.

The committee’s House chair, Rep. Mark Dion (D-Portland), said he voted against the measure because the federal government needs to first resolve their position on marijuana before he could endorse the bill.

Although the committee vote would normally suggest the death of a bill, there remains considerable suppo. . . . . READ MORE

Written by admin

More post by

admin has written 2733 posts on What Is Marijuana?

Follow me on Twitter

Follow me on Facebook

Vermont Hemp Bill Passes Legislature, Heads to Governor

May 15th

industrial hemp

MONTPELIER, VT — Perhaps overshadowed by the passage of a bill decriminalizing marijuana possession in the state, another bill that would modify Vermont’s law permitting the growth of hemp by farmers was passed by both chambers of the Vermont legislature Monday just prior to the legislature adjourning for the year.

Once signed by the governor, Senate Bill 157  will modify the requirements for hemp production in the state of Vermont, which was authorized in 2008 but has not yet been implemented due to a federal ban on the cultivation of the crop.

The bill will remove language from the 2008 law which states that Vermont farmers can grow hemp “when federal regulations permit.”  Instead, the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture can begin issuing licenses to grow hemp to farmers, but will be required to inform them that the cultivation of hemp may be in violation the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Farmers would assume the risk of federal prosecution for growing hemp in violation of federal l. . . . . READ MORE

Written by admin

More post by

admin has written 2733 posts on What Is Marijuana?

Follow me on Twitter

Follow me on Facebook

Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Heads to Governor

May 14th

hand holding marijuana leaf

MONTPELIER, VT – A bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana has made it through the Vermont legislature, winning final approval Monday. Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) has said he supports it. If he indeed signs it, Vermont will become the 17th state to either decriminalize or legalize marijuana.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is expected to sign the measure in coming weeks.

Senate Bill 48, sponsored by Sen. Joe Benning, and House Bill 200, sponsored by Rep. Chris Pearson, would impose a civil fine on possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. Under H. 200, a person under 21 who is found in possession of up to an ounce of marijuana would have to undergo substance abuse screening and possible treatment. That language was carried over in the final votes.

Under current state law, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail for a first offense and up to two years in jail fo. . . . . READ MORE

Written by admin

More post by

admin has written 2733 posts on What Is Marijuana?

Follow me on Twitter

Follow me on Facebook

New Hampshire Patients Plea to Keep Home Cultivation in Medical Marijuana Bill

May 10th

CONCORD, NH — A former congressional candidate suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma has posted a plea YouTube to New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, asking her to reconsider prohibiting medical marijuana patients to grow their own medicine.

“Let the patients grow their three plants,” says Hardy Macia, a former Libertarian candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s 2nd District. “It’s not going to affect the market share of marijuana on the market here in New Hampshire because people can get it regardless. Think about the people, think about the patients, ignore the police unions. You really need to do this for the state.”

Hardy Macia

Hardy Macia

Macia recorded the video from his hospital bed, where he is undergoing treatment for lymphoma.  He estimates that he only expects to live one or two more months, and is unlikely to see legal medical marijuana become a reality in his home state of New Hampshire.

A veto-proof majority of the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 286-64 in favor of House Bill 573 in March.  As adopted by the H. . . . . READ MORE

Written by admin

More post by

admin has written 2733 posts on What Is Marijuana?

Follow me on Twitter

Follow me on Facebook