House and Senate lawmakers have approved spending legislation that contains a historic provision restricting the Justice Department from interfering with the implementation of state-sanctioned medical cannabis and/or hemp programs. Members of the Senate approved the House version of the bill Saturday night. President Barack Obama indicated Monday that he intends to sign the measure imminently. Specifically, an amendment sponsored by California Reps. Dana Rohrbacher and Sam Farr to the $1.1 trillion spending bill states, “None of the funds made available in this act to the Department of Justice may be used … to prevent … states … from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.” Said Farr following Congress’ passage of the legislation: “The federal government will finally respect the decisions made by the majority of states that passed medical marijuana laws. This is great day for common sense because now our federal dollars will be spent more wisely on prosecuting criminals and not sick patients.” Similar language prohibiting the Justice Department from undermining state-sanctioned hemp cultivation programs was also included in the bill. Also contained in the appropriations measure is a rider sponsored by Maryland Republican Andy Harris that seeks to limit DC officials’ ability to fully implement a November 2014 municipal initiative depenalizing the personal adult possession and cultivation of cannabis. At this time however, it remains unclear whether the enacted language is written in a manner that can actually do so. On Saturday, The Washington Post reported that DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson “plans to ignore the provision” and that he will “send a bill implementing Initiative 71 to Congress in January for a 30-day review, during which federal lawmakers can veto it or let it stand.” Such a review is necessary before any DC initiative can become law. Washington DC’s Initiative 71, which was approved by 70 percent of District voters, removes criminal and civil penalties regarding the adult possession of up to two ounces of cannabis and/or the cultivation of up to six plants.
The Blade, 01 Dec 2014 – Would Make It Easier to Give Anti-Addiction Medication to Help Users U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) was in Toledo today to generate support for a bill he’s co-sponsoring that would make it easier to give anti-addiction medication to help heroin users break their heroin habit.
It has been less than a month since voters in the District of Columbia approved an initiative to legalize the cultivation and possession of recreational marijuana, and already lawmakers are moving forward with a measure to establish a taxed and regulated pot market simila…
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WCYBVa. state senator proposes marijuana decriminalization13newsnow.comRICHMOND — A Virginia state senator has introduced a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the bill is sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin , a Democrat from Alexandria. Under the proposal …Bill introduced to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in VirginiaThe Daily ProgressVirginia state senator introduces marijuana decriminalization billWXII The TriadSenate bill would decriminalize simple possession of marijuanaRoanoke Timesall 31 news articles »
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NavyTimes.comNew bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana for patientsWashington Post (blog)Arguing that medical marijuana may help wounded warriors with anxiety and stress disorders to “survive and thrive,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would allow Department of Veterans …Medical Marijuana May Soon Be Available For VeteransDaily CallerLawmakers seek to give veterans easier access to medical marijuanaNavyTimes.comall 5 news articles »
Rome News-Tribune, 17 Nov 2014 – Atlanta (AP) – While an effort to bring a form of medical marijuana to Georgia garnered bipartisan support during the most recent legislative session, hurdles remain as lawmakers prepare to make another attempt at passing the legislation next year. A bill is being drafted after a series of committee hearings and included testimony from leaders within the law enforcement and medical communities who raised concerns about the use of medical cannabis even under narrow circumstances. Meanwhile, progress is being made in terms of bringing clinical trials to Georgia, but advocates warn that will not be enough to help all those who see the drug as their best hope to manage debilitating conditions.
RTLeave DC alone: Republican joins Democrats, residents in support of marijuana …RTAndy Harris (R-Md) threatened to try to sabotage the initiative by attaching a rider to another piece of legislation, and DC Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser previously suggested that legislation should be passed to regulate and tax marijuana before Congress …Marijuana and the workplace: Q&A on Oregon's legalization of recreational potThe Oregonian – OregonLive.comRepublican Congressman Joins Democrats To Support D.C. Marijuana …Huffington PostMarijuana-friendly states team up on Capitol HillKOMO NewsLos Angeles Times -The Denver Post -ABC Newsall 236 news articles »
Judge tosses out rules for 'Charlotte's Web' medical potOrlando SentinelA judge on Friday tossed out the state's proposed rules for "Charlotte's Web" medical marijuana, which means families waiting for the drug to help epileptic children and others will have to wait even longer. Because of the decision, the Florida …State health officials work on Charlotte's Web regulationsWESH OrlandoJudge strikes down Charlotte's Web rulesWFTV Orlandoall 4 news articles »
Voters in Washington D.C. may have approved the legalization of limited amounts of pot for adults 21 and up earlier this month, but the U.S. Congress will have the final say. According to D.C. l…
Pot-friendly lawmakers in the District of Columbia have done everything but pistol-whip the president in the name of reforming the marijuana laws in our nation’s capital. Earlier this year, the DC Council voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, while a ba…