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US MN: Minnesota Legislature Takes a Break With Much Done

April 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Forum, 12 Apr 2014 – ST. PAUL – The looks on Minnesota legislators’ faces before they began a holiday break told the story: They are tired. The 201 legislators put in long hours the past couple of weeks debating and initially passing pretty much every major bill of the 2014 session, often going well after dark just as spring presents Minnesotans with longer days.

US VT: Lawmakers Balk At Medical Marijuana For PTSD

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Times Argus, 12 Apr 2014 – MONTPELIER – The House Human Services Committee advanced a medical marijuana dispensary bill Friday without including post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying diagnosis for a medical marijuana card. The committee added a bit of drama to the process, however.

One more chance for medical marijuana in Minnesota?

April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We reported earlier this week that all hopes for medical marijuana in Minnesota this year were gone. We’re happy to report we were wrong. A bill legalizing the use, cultivation and sales of med…

Maryland House approves decriminalizing 10 grams or less

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The Maryland House voted 78-55 to decriminalize possession of 10 grams or less this weekend, taking a tiny baby-step forward towards ending criminal penalties for cannabis users caught with less…

US MO: Curtman Keeps Pushing For More Drug Court Funding

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Missourian, 06 Apr 2014 – State Rep. Paul Curtman’s attempt to get an additional $7 million added to the state’s drug court program was unsuccessful in the Missouri House, but he plans to keep up the effort. The Missouri House passed its version of the budget without the additional funding that Curtman proposed.

Wisconsin Senate unanimously approves vague, CBD-extract bill

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A bill that would allow children suffering from severe seizure disorders to access cannabidiol (CBD) oil for treatment was unanimously approved by the Wisconsin state Senate yesterday — thoug…

US MD: OPED: Marijuana Decriminalization: Up In Smoke

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Baltimore Sun, 01 Apr 2014 – Last week, the Maryland Senate approved Senate Bill 364, which would "decriminalize" possession of marijuana. The Senate bill, which passed 36 to 8, would remove criminal penalties for possession of less than10 grams of marijuana and impose small civil fines, with a provision for the judge to order drug education only after the third offense. The bill has gone to the House of Delegates, where a hearing is scheduled for today. One could argue that people whose only crime is smoking or possessing a small amount of marijuana should not be punished with an arrest record, which could destroy their chances of getting a job and other benefits later in life. Those at Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) – a national organization led by Kevin Sabet, a former senior adviser for the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, and former congressman Patrick Kennedy – are of this mindset. They argue that although rational drug policy should no longer rely on the criminal justice system to address lesser offenses, we should be doing all we can to discourage marijuana use.

Hawaii Hemp Bill Advances

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A bill that would legalize hemp for the purpose of cleaning contaminated soils made its way to the Hawaii State Senate after passing the House of Representatives last week. If approved, the measure would also allow hemp to be utilized for biofuels as part of a research pr…

Hatch seeks late bid by Iowa Legislature to legalize medical marijuana – DesMoinesRegister.com

March 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

KCCI Des MoinesHatch seeks late bid by Iowa Legislature to legalize medical marijuanaDesMoinesRegister.comdesmoinesdesblog1-1post324657image14.jpg. Sen. Jack Hatch speaks at Iowa Statehouse news conference today with families of children that suffer from seizures they believe could be relieved from medical marijuana, which is now illegal in Iowa. (Photo: …Senate unveils medical marijuana planWaterloo Cedar Falls Courierall 11 news articles »

New Hampshire lawmakers nix cannabis legalization measure

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The New Hampshire House pulled an about-face last night, axing a bill they crafted that would have legalized limited amounts of cannabis possession, sales and cultivation for adults 21 and up. …

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