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Posted Date: 10/27/2016

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A majority of Californians say “the use of marijuana should be legal,” according to statewide survey data provided by the Public Policy Institute of California. Fifty-nine percent of men and 50 percent of females support legalization. Support was highest among African Americans (78 percent), those respondents ages 18 to 34 (66 percent), Caucasians […]


Posted Date: 10/27/2016

PROVIDENCE, RI — Regulate Rhode Island will deliver a petition to General Assembly leaders on Thursday signed by more than 1,300 Rhode Islanders who want them to let lawmakers vote on pending legislation that would legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use. The Change.org petition was launched just four weeks ago. Coalition leaders deliver the […]


Posted Date: 10/27/2016

WASHINGTON, DC — The nation’s largest marijuana policy organization, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), has launched an updated presidential candidate voter guide for the general election, which now includes third-party candidates. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who was nominated Sunday by the Libertarian Party, and physician Jill Stein, the presumptive Green Party nominee, both […]


Posted Date: 10/27/2016

OAKLAND, CA — New data analyses conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California find that racial disparities in marijuana policing have persisted, following the reduction of low-level marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction in 2011. Possession of under an ounce of marijuana is punishable in California by a base fine up […]


Posted Date: 10/27/2016

WASHINGTON, DC — Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) are excited to announce a collaboration to develop a cannabis specific laboratory accreditation program based upon the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 and ASA’ s Patient Focused Certification (PFC) Program. This joint accreditation program will be recognized by the International Laboratory […]


Posted Date: 10/27/2016

With the recent passage of Ohio’s relatively comprehensive medical marijuana bill in the state legislature, a leading campaign working to place the issue of medical marijuana legalization before voters in November announced Saturday that they were suspending their signature drive. Brandon Lynaugh, campaign manager for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, made the announcement in a statement to supporters: […]


Posted Date: 10/27/2016

WASHINGTON, DC — Late on Wednesday night, the Ohio Legislature passed a medical marijuana bill, HB 523, which would create a system of retail distribution in the state. The bill passed by a vote of 18-15 in the Senate, followed shortly by a 67-28 vote in the House. Governor John Kasich (R) is expected to the sign the […]


Posted Date: 10/27/2016

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation into law on Friday, May 13, to expand the pool of patients eligible to possess cannabidiol (CBD) under a physician’s authorization. Presently, Oklahoma law exempts patients with intractable forms of pediatric epilepsy from state criminal penalties if they possess liquid preparations containing CBD and no […]


Posted Date: 10/27/2016

Fewer adolescents are consuming cannabis; among those who do, fewer are engaging in problematic use of the plant, according to newly published data in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis evaluated government survey data on adolescents’ self-reported drug use during […]


Posted Date: 10/27/2016

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary on Wednesday unanimously approved asset forfeiture reform legislation. Known as the DUE PROCESS Act (H.R. 5283) and sponsored by Crime Subcommittee Chairman Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), Crime Subcommittee Ranking Member Sheila Jackson […]