Category: Law & Politics

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News and commentary on cannabis law and politics

July 25, 2014
07/25/2014
9-Year-Old Girl’s Death Shines a Tragic Light on Medical Marijuana Debate

9-Year-Old Girl’s Death Shines a Tragic Light on Medical Marijuana Debate

Drug reform advocates across New York state are demanding emergency access to medical marijuana for critically ill patients after the death last week of a 9-year-old girl...
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July 25, 2014
07/25/2014
University of Arizona Alumnus Starts Petition to Reinstate Sue Sisley

University of Arizona Alumnus Starts Petition to Reinstate Sue Sisley

Ricardo Pereyda, a University of Arizona alumnus and veteran diagnosed with PTSD, has begun a petition for the university to reinstate Sue Sisley, one of the foremost...
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July 25, 2014
07/25/2014
Chilean Senators Propose Legalizing Marijuana for Personal Use Including Growing the Plant

Chilean Senators Propose Legalizing Marijuana for Personal Use Including Growing the Plant

On July 24, Senator Isabelle Allende Bussi, who is President of the Chilean Senate, introduced a motion to modify the law in Chile to permit people to...
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July 25, 2014
07/25/2014
Rand Paul Files Medical Marijuana Amendment

Rand Paul Files Medical Marijuana Amendment

US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) today filed an amendment to Senate Bill 2569, the “Bring Jobs Home Act,” that would explicitly allow states to pass medical marijuana laws...
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July 25, 2014
07/25/2014
Minnesota Names Michelle Larson as Marijuana Director

Minnesota Names Michelle Larson as Marijuana Director

  Minnesota has named Michelle Larson as their first marijuana director with less than a year before their medical marijuana law takes effect, the Star Tribune reports....
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July 25, 2014
07/25/2014
Seattle police: African-Americans and Homeless Ticketed Most for Pot

Seattle police: African-Americans and Homeless Ticketed Most for Pot

An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African-American males are more likely to be ticketed...
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July 25, 2014
07/25/2014
Drug Testing in MMJ and Legal Cannabis States

Drug Testing in MMJ and Legal Cannabis States

One of the (many) problematic issues that arises from the conflict between state and federal cannabis law is the still-legal vocational drug testing that screens for marijuana.
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July 24, 2014
07/24/2014
Majority of Australians Support Medical Marijuana

Majority of Australians Support Medical Marijuana

Almost two-thirds of Australians support the legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes, according to a new poll which coincides with a renewed push to relax the laws. A...
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July 24, 2014
07/24/2014
Medical Marijuana Update (2014.07.23)

Medical Marijuana Update (2014.07.23)

Medical marijuana takes another step toward self-regulation, patients and supporters rally for a fired Arizona medical marijuana researcher, Illinois expands its medical marijuana program, and more. Let’s...
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July 24, 2014
07/24/2014
Arizona Law Unclear on Whether Medical Marijuana Users Could Also Sell Drug

Arizona Law Unclear on Whether Medical Marijuana Users Could Also Sell Drug

In Arizona, a Pima County Superior Court judge may have paved the way for the state’s more than 52,000 medical marijuana users to get into business of...
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July 24, 2014
07/24/2014
Sentencing Commission Cuts Up to 46,000 Drug War Prisoners’ Sentences

Sentencing Commission Cuts Up to 46,000 Drug War Prisoners’ Sentences

In a much anticipated move, the US Sentencing Commission last Friday voted unanimously to retroactively apply previously approved reductions in federal sentencing guidelines to federal drug war...
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July 24, 2014
07/24/2014
New Canadian Rules Force Epileptic Boy to Smoke Marijuana?

New Canadian Rules Force Epileptic Boy to Smoke Marijuana?

Recent changes to Health Canada’s medical marijuana regulations have forced a six-year-old boy suffering from Dravet syndrome to smoke marijuana in order to tame his seizures because the...
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July 24, 2014
07/24/2014
Dabless in Seattle?

Dabless in Seattle?

I must admit the suspense is killing me. It would appear that bad news is coming, but it’s just how bad that worries me. Legal weed is...
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July 23, 2014
07/23/2014
Portland Mayor Is Already Planning for Legal Marijuana

Portland Mayor Is Already Planning for Legal Marijuana

Oregon voters won’t decide on legal recreational cannabis until November, but Portland Mayor Charlie Hayes is already planning under the assumption the ballot measure will likely pass....
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July 23, 2014
07/23/2014
Germany Allows Seriously Ill Patients to Grow Their Own Cannabis

Germany Allows Seriously Ill Patients to Grow Their Own Cannabis

In Germany, five people who couldn’t afford medical marijuana had their requests to grow originally denied, but three were given the green light on Tuesday. A court spokesperson...
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July 23, 2014
07/23/2014
Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot

Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot

The New Approach Oregon marijuana legalization initiative has qualified for the November ballot, the secretary of state’s office reported today. It won’t get a measure number until next month....
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July 22, 2014
07/22/2014
Illinois Seizure Bill Becomes Law

Illinois Seizure Bill Becomes Law

On Sunday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill that will add seizure conditions to Illinois’ medical cannabis program for both adults and minors. The new law also allows parents to...
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July 22, 2014
07/22/2014
264 Charged With Marijuana Possession Since Philadelphia City Council Voted to Decriminalize

264 Charged With Marijuana Possession Since Philadelphia City Council Voted to Decriminalize

On June 19th, Philadelphia City Council voted to decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, but in the month following the bill’s passing, 264...
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July 22, 2014
07/22/2014
Rand Corporation to Consult on Marijuana Study in Vermont

Rand Corporation to Consult on Marijuana Study in Vermont

Beginning this week, the Rand Corporation will send representatives to Vermont to work with the state’s Secretary of Administration on a study of the effects of taxing...
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July 22, 2014
07/22/2014
Cannabis and Child Abuse: The Proximity Dilemma

Cannabis and Child Abuse: The Proximity Dilemma

For many medical marijuana patients, simply having cannabis in a house where children reside could result in claims of child abuse. No one runs the risk of...
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