Posted Date: 11/04/2016

CHICAGO, IL — The Illinois House approved a bill 64-50 on Tuesday that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana. It will now go to Gov. Bruce Rauner for approval, having previously passed in the Senate. Senate Bill 2228, introduced by Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), would make […]


Posted Date: 11/04/2016

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill that is intended to ease access to medical marijuana for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, serious injuries, and other debilitating conditions. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a similar amendment to its version of […]


Posted Date: 11/04/2016

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday (62-31) that would make the state the 25th in the nation — and the first in the South — to adopt a workable medical marijuana law. The measure has already been approved by the Senate, but will return for a concurrence vote […]


Posted Date: 11/04/2016

Solid majorities of voters in the swing states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania support the legalization of marijuana for adult use, and super-majorities in Florida and Ohio support efforts to medicalize the plant, according to polling data provided today by Quinnipiac University. Fifty-six percent of Florida voters believe that state law ought to allow “adults […]


Posted Date: 11/04/2016

WASHINGTON, DC — United States treaty obligations do not mandate the federal government to limit marijuana production to a single licensed facility, according to written statements provided by the State Department to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The Department’s statements run counter to opinions expressed by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which has long alleged […]


Posted Date: 11/04/2016

MONTGOMERY, AL — Governor Robert Bentley signed legislation into law last week expanding legal protections for qualified patients who use cannabidiol-dominant extracts for therapeutic purposes. Under the legislation, House Bill 61, also known as Leni’s Law, patients may possess extract preparations of CBD that also contain up to three percent THC for the treatment of a seizure-related […]


Posted Date: 11/04/2016

ORLANDO, FL — Members of the Orlando City Council voted 4 to 3 this week in favor of a new municipal ordinance giving police the option to cite, rather than arrest, minor marijuana possession offenders. Under the ordinance, which takes effect on October 1, 2016, first-time and second-time possession offenses involving up to 20 grams of […]


Posted Date: 11/04/2016

OAKLAND, CA — In a stunning victory for California’s marijuana industry, federal prosecutors have agreed to end their years-long effort to close and seize Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the nation’s largest dispensary with more than 100,000 patients. Harborside broke the news with a press release Tuesday, followed up by a press conference attended by Oakland […]


Posted Date: 11/04/2016

PHOENIX, AZ — Backers of an initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona launched a pair of Mother’s Day-themed billboards in Phoenix and Tucson on Monday. The ads, which are targeted at younger voters, feature a young woman sitting with her mother and ask: “Have you talked to your parents about marijuana?” The goal of […]


Posted Date: 11/04/2016

WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of  58  people incarcerated in federal prison for drug offenses on Thursday. This follows the commutation of  61 individuals on March 30, 2016, 95 people in December of 2015, 45 people in July, 22 people in March 2015, and 8 people in December of 2014. All of those […]