City mayor Michael Nutter announced today that he will sign municipal legislation into law decriminalizing marijuana possession penalties. Under the measure, penalties pertaining to the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis would be reduced from a criminal misdemeanor to a non-summary civil offense, punishable by a $25 fine – no arrest and no criminal record. Members of the City Council in June voted 13 to 3 to reduce municipal marijuana penalties. A slightly amended version of this proposal is anticipated to be before the mayor by the end of this month. The revised language is expected to take effect on October 20
Nearly seven out of ten Pennsylvania voters believe that marijuana should be legal for either medicinal or recreational use, according to the results of a statewide survey released by Keystone Analytics. Sixty-nine percent of respondents said that cannabis should be made legal under state law, with 47 percent of voters endorsing its medicinal use and another 22 percent agreeing with the statement, “It should be legal for any adult to use for any reason.” Twenty-seven percent of respondents believed that cannabis “is a harmful substance that should remain illegal to buy and use in Pennsylvania.” The poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percent. House and Senate legislation (HB 1181/SB 1182) seeking to authorize cannabis therapy to qualified patients remains pending in the state. A Senate floor vote on the measure is expected when lawmakers return from their summer recess. In coming months, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association will be holding a series of educational seminars on the subject of cannabis and its potential therapeutic application. The Association is on record in support of “the establishment of efficient drug (cannabis) delivery, growing and dispensing systems as contained within SB 1182.”
August 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
The Blade, 07 Aug 2014 – Congress should change an outdated law that is hindering states in their battle against addiction Ohio’s heroin and opioid epidemic has finally grabbed the attention of Congress. A recently introduced bill would expand treatment by changing an outdated law that restricts the use of Medicaid dollars to respond to addiction.
In the immortal words of Lynyrd Skynyrd — "Ooooh that smell, Can't you smell that smell?" Ever since recreational marijuana sales got started earlier this month in Washington state, some residents have been complaining that they cannot relax in their backya…
Hardcore Harvest talks about their Ace of Spades strain, plus the Michigan legalization scene, and more at the 2014 HIGH TIMES Michigan Medical Cannabis Cup.
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Minnesota’s new 23-person medical cannabis task force has two public meetings coming up. The first of which, scheduled July 31, is intended mostly as a meet-and-greet for the task force member…
A new District ordinance reducing marijuana possession penalties to a $25.00 fine-only violation goes into effect at midnight tonight. Washington, DC City Council members overwhelmingly approved the legislation, entitled “The Simple Possession of Small Quantities of Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Act,” this past spring. The measure amends District law involving the possession or transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor (formerly punishable by up to 6 months incarceration and a maximum fine of $1,000) to a civil violation (punishable by a $25.00 fine, no arrest, no jail time, and no criminal record). Offenses involving the public consumption of cannabis remain classified as a criminal misdemeanor under DC law, punishable by up to six-months in jail and a $500 fine. The possession of cannabis-related paraphernalia will be re-classified as a violation, not a criminal offense
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Governor approves cannabis extract lawThe Rolla Daily NewsMissourians with epilepsy that cannot be effectively treated by conventional means will now be able to use a cannabis extract under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Jay Nixon. The legislation was sponsored by St. Louis County Republican Eric …
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KTUU.comAlaskans Watch Closely as Legal Pot Sales in Washington BeginKTUU.comLegal marijuana sales started in Washington state on Tuesday. It's an issue far from Alaska, but one that many here are sure to watch closely — especially since voters will soon decide whether to legalize marijuana in Alaska. Brandon Emmett, a …
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Chafee signs legislation that changes Rhode Island's medical marijuana lawThe Providence JournalPROVIDENCE, R.I. — Legislation that amends Rhode Island's medical marijuana law, resetting the amounts of marijuana that can be grown in some settings and establishing new regulatory mechanisms, has been signed by Governor Chafee. The legislation …and more »