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Published: Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:48:47 -0700

Last Build Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:10:02 GMT


US MO Supporters Pushing For Missouri To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Kansas City Star, 17 Apr 2018 - Rep. Jim Neely has seen firsthand how a terminal illness like cancer ravages the body. His own daughter died from cancer three years ago. With a background in health care working as a physician and managing a hospice agency, Neely, R-Cameron, knows the importance of patients receiving comfort.

US MA: Northboro Seeks To Ban Medical Marijuana Other Towns Eye Only

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 06 Apr 2018 - RECREATIONAL POT Since last month's release of revised regulations for adult recreational marijuana use, municipalities are heading to town meetings this spring to decide whether to ban or allow marijuana establishments and ways to regulate them.

US CT: Fourth Legislative Committee Holds Recreational Pot Hearing

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Hartford Courant, 02 Apr 2018 - FOCUSES ON TAXATION On Monday, the finance, revenue and bonding committee became the fourth panel to hold a public hearing on recreational marijuana this legislative session. This time, on a bill that focuses on the taxation of marijuana and marijuana products sold in the state should they be legalized.

US CA: Pot and Justice: Stark Contrasts In 2 Cities

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 18 Mar 2018 - OAKLAND, Calif. - When officers burst into Rickey McCullough's two-story home in Oakland a decade ago they noted a "strong fresh odor of marijuana." Mr. McCullough had been growing large amounts of marijuana illegally, the police said. He was arrested and spent a month in jail. A few weeks ago the city of Oakland, now promoting itself as a hub for marijuana entrepreneurs, awarded Mr. McCullough, 33, a license to sell marijuana and the prospect of interest-free loans.

US MA: Recreational Marijuana Companies Face Bans, Moratoriums In

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 16 Mar 2018 - Marijuana companies will be banned from a majority of cities and towns in Massachusetts when recreational sales begin this summer, a Globe review has found, the latest indication that there will be fewer pot stores in the early going than many consumers expected. At least 189 of the state's 351 municipalities have barred retail marijuana stores and, in most cases, cultivation facilities and other cannabis operations, too, according to local news reports, municipal records, and data collected by the office of Attorney General Maura Healey.

US KY: Kentucky Medical Marijuana Bill Shelved By House Committee

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Lexington Herald-Leader, 07 Mar 2018 - FRANKFORT -- Kentucky lawmakers shelved Wednesday a controversial bill to legalize medical marijuana, but supporters of the measure pledged to continue their fight. Some backers of House Bill 166 were in tears after the House Judiciary Committee voted 14-4 to "pass over" the measure. That's a procedure to put off voting on the bill until a later date.

US IL: Legal Marijuana Question A Step Closer To Being On November

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Chicago Tribune, 01 Mar 2018 - The state Senate on Thursday voted to ask on the November ballot whether recreational use of marijuana should be legalized and taxed in Illinois. The ballot question would be only advisory, so even if voters approve, lawmakers still would have to act.

US MD: Legalizing Marijuana, Other Pot Proposals Await Action In

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 26 Feb 2018 - Pot is hot for Maryland lawmakers in Annapolis this year. The General Assembly is considering more than two dozen bills on marijuana -- or cannabis, as the substance is called when used as a medicine.

US MD: Editorial: It's Not Whether Maryland Will Legalize Marijuana

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 27 Feb 2018 - There isn't a better reader of the tea lives in Annapolis than Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. He's been saying for a couple of years now that legalization of recreational marijuana in Maryland -- something that seemed like a far-out idea when former Del. Heather Mizeur made it a central plank of her 2014 gubernatorial campaign -- is inevitable. We're inclined to believe him. Public attitudes on the drug have shifted rapidly in recent years, and it is now legal for recreational use in nine states and (sort of) Washington, D.C. The most recent polls on the issue report that about 60 percent of Maryland voters support legalization. At least four of the seven Democrats running to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan have voiced support for some form of it. But legalization still may not happen as fast as proponents might like. With the exception of Vermont, every state that has legalized recreational marijuana has done so through a ballot initiative, often over the objections of governors and legislative leaders.The only kind of referendum that's allowed under Maryland's constitution is one in which voters petition to repeal a new law that the General Assembly has enacted; there is no mechanism for voters to directly propose legislation. That means supporters of recreational marijuana will need to convince 71 members of the House of Delegates and 24 senators (though in reality, probably 29 to avoid a filibuster) to vote for legalization. If the governor isn't on board and vetoes the bill, the threshold goes up. Given the cautiousness of many lawmakers when it comes to an issue like this, that's a heavy lift.