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Posted Date: 06/09/2017

ALBANY, NY – Lawmakers in New York state will join with advocates next week to reintroduce a proposal to legalize marijuana in the Empire State. On Monday, June 12, a coalition of community advocates led by the Drug Policy Alliance will join Senator Liz Krueger (D-New York) and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) to announce reintroduction […]


Posted Date: 06/09/2017

PROVIDENCE, RI — Marijuana legalization advocates from Regulate Rhode Island and allied legislators are announcing a new proposal they call “incremental legalization.” Specifically, the compromise legislation would: legalize possession of an ounce or less for adults 21 and older on July 1, 2018 when marijuana retail stores are scheduled to open in Massachusetts; and establish a six-person advisory […]


Posted Date: 06/07/2017

WICHITA, KS — The Wichita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to give preliminary approval to an ordinance that aims to reduce penalties for some first-time marijuana offenses. Under the ordinance approved Tuesday, which still requires another vote at a later date, first time offenders would receive a $50 fine for possessing marijuana. Here are the […]


Posted Date: 06/07/2017

DENVER, CO — Colorado residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, will soon gain access to the state’s medical marijuana program. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law this week Senate Bill 17, adding the ailment to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in the state. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that […]


Posted Date: 06/07/2017

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s next governor will be kinder on marijuana than the outgoing Chris Christie, who has been the state’s largest roadblock to marijuana reform, from slowing implementation of medical marijuana in the state to blocking any attempts to legalize or decriminalize the plant. Both major party candidates elected in Tuesday’s primaries, Democrat […]


Posted Date: 06/05/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp launched the 8th annual Hemp History Week, to occur June 5-11, 2017, throughout the country. As event organizers advocate for full federal legalization of industrial hemp farming this Spring, Hemp History Week raises awareness about the environmental sustainability, health benefits, regenerative agriculture potential, and […]


Posted Date: 06/05/2017

After the 2016 elections saw four more states legalizing recreational marijuana for adults, a total of eight states, and the District of Columbia, now have removed criminal penalties for the possession of marijuana by those 21 or older.  But with legal, regulated marijuana sales still a year or more away, access to “legal” marijuana can still […]


Posted Date: 06/05/2017

CARSON CITY, NV — Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed into law a bill that will expand the state’s industrial hemp program. Senate Bill 396 was among dozens of bills signed by the Governor late last week, and had received near-unanimous approval in the state legislature. The measure will expand Nevada’s current law, passed in 2015, that […]


Posted Date: 06/05/2017

CONCORD, NH — Getting busted for small amounts of marijuana in a state who’s motto is “Live Free or Die” will soon no longer result in the possibility of jail time. New Hampshire will finally become the final state in New England to decriminalize marijuana possession, as the House of Representatives voted Thursday to give final […]


Posted Date: 06/05/2017

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California State Assembly passed legislation Thursday night that would prohibit state and local agencies from using resources to assist federal law enforcement authorities with marijuana enforcement against people in compliance with California state law. The successful Assembly floor vote means the bill, Assembly Bill 1578, has cleared its first house, before today’s […]