House Bill 892 would legalize oils containing CBD, a non-euphoric component of marijuana known to treat epilepsy and other chronic medical conditions. By 2018, the measure would allow the state to regulate and distribute the oils to epilepsy patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication. The measure was left pending by the House Committee on Public Health.
Michigan voters legalized medical marijuana in 2010 but legislators still struggle to agree on terms for licensing and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.
A judge has ordered state regulators to allow a company previously headed by former congressman William Delahunt to move forward with plans to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Mashpee and Plymouth, ruling it was improperly denied licenses last year.
Two months from now, on July 1, Oregon will become the fourth state to allow residents to legally purchase marijuana for recreational use. In anticipation of legalization, the governing body that will oversee marijuana licensing and sales is preparing for something unexpected: A huge influx of cold, hard cash.
Proposed legislation would allow only 30 licenses in the entire state to sell marijuana. That means restricted access for those seeking relief. But it also would fatten the bottom line for those few that land a license.
Nevada lawmakers who took a fact-finding trip to Colorado over the weekend say they were impressed to see the state’s recreational marijuana industry in action.
Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left the police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill on Friday that attempts to clean up that largely unregulated system and to bring it in line with Washington’s new recreational marijuana market.
Newly-confirmed U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is known to be opposed to marijuana legalization, while another pot opponent is set to exit the DEA.
A Colorado man who moved his business to South Carolina says the state’s decision to legalize pot has left him with a stoned labor pool. When workers at his Colorado business went to pot, Mark Brawner said it was enough for him to roll out of the Rockies and head for South Carolina.
The Illinois House approved a measure April 23, 2015, that would penalize possession of small amounts of marijuana with a fine instead of arrest. Low-level cannabis possession, of up to 15 grams or less, would be treated more like a traffic ticket: no court time and a fine of up to $125.