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Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances; New Poll Shows Strong Public Support

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:03:10 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances; New Poll Shows Strong Public Support | Marijuana Policy Project

MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont House Judiciary Committee approved a bill 8-3 Wednesday that would make personal possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older. “Today’s vote shows just how far this issue has advanced in just this past year,” said Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy […]

Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances; New Poll Shows Strong Public Support | The Daily Chronic

Illinois General Assembly to Consider Ending Marijuana Prohibition, Regulating and Taxing Marijuana for Adult Use

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:53:22 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Illinois General Assembly to Consider Ending Marijuana Prohibition, Regulating and Taxing Marijuana for Adult Use | Marijuana Policy Project

SPRINGFIELD, IL — State lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would end marijuana prohibition in Illinois and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed for adult use. The Senate bill, SB 316, is sponsored by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Heather Steans (D-Chicago), while the House version, HB 2353, was presented by Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago). […]

Illinois General Assembly to Consider Ending Marijuana Prohibition, Regulating and Taxing Marijuana for Adult Use | The Daily Chronic

Federal Marijuana Sentences Plummet: Report

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Federal Marijuana Sentences Plummet: Report | Paul Armentano

WASHINGTON, DC — The number of federal offenders sentenced for violating marijuana laws has fallen significantly since 2012, according to data provided by the United States Sentencing Commission. Just over 3,000 federal defendants were sentenced for marijuana violations in 2016, according to the Commission. That total is roughly half of the number of federal defendants that […]

Federal Marijuana Sentences Plummet: Report | The Daily Chronic

Patients With Access to Medical Marijuana Reduce Their Use of Opioids, Study Finds

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:20:00 +0000
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Patients With Access to Medical Marijuana Reduce Their Use of Opioids, Study Finds | Paul Armentano

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Patients registered to use medical cannabis decrease their use of opioids, according to data compiled by researchers at the University of New Mexico. Investigators assessed the use of prescription opioids over an 18-month period among patients enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program compared to similar patients who were not. They reported […]

Patients With Access to Medical Marijuana Reduce Their Use of Opioids, Study Finds | The Daily Chronic

Los Angeles Voters Approve Marijuana Licensing Measure M

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:31:00 +0000
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Los Angeles Voters Approve Marijuana Licensing Measure M | NORML

LOS ANGELES, CA — Los Angeles city voters decided last week in favor of Measure M – a city council sponsored ballot measure to establish rules on how and where marijuana retailers may operate within the city limits. Passage of the new ordinance paves the way for the repeal of Proposition D, which voters approved in […]

Los Angeles Voters Approve Marijuana Licensing Measure M | The Daily Chronic

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Hemp Research Bills

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:30:00 +0000
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New Mexico Governor Vetoes Hemp Research Bills | NORML

SANTA FE, NM — New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has vetoed a pair of measures that sought to establish a hemp research program through the state’s Department of Agriculture. The Governor gave no public explanation for the vetoes. The Governor has historically been an outspoken opponent of marijuana law reform efforts – receiving an ‘F’ […]

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Hemp Research Bills | The Daily Chronic

Marijuana Reform Groups Respond to Attorney General’s Comments

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:53:00 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Marijuana Reform Groups Respond to Attorney General’s Comments | HWN

WASHINGTON DC — On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made several statements regarding marijuana, claiming that marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin and telling reporters that “medical marijuana has been hyped, maybe too much.” In a prepared statement, Sessions also said: “I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in […]

Marijuana Reform Groups Respond to Attorney General’s Comments | The Daily Chronic

Jeff Sessions Claims Marijuana Only “Slightly Less Awful” Than Heroin

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:59:00 +0000
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Jeff Sessions Claims Marijuana Only “Slightly Less Awful” Than Heroin | Phillip Smith

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions once again displayed his ignorance about drugs Wednesday as he claimed that marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin. In the same speech, he acknowledged rising heroin and prescription opioid overdose death levels, but failed to note that no one dies from overdosing on marijuana. Heroin produces physical addiction […]

Jeff Sessions Claims Marijuana Only “Slightly Less Awful” Than Heroin | The Daily Chronic

Texas House to Hold Hearing on Reducing Marijuana Penalties Today

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:33:53 +0000
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Texas House to Hold Hearing on Reducing Marijuana Penalties Today | Marijuana Policy Project

AUSTIN, TX — A bill that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in Texas is scheduled to receive a hearing Monday afternoon in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. “I’m proud to present HB 81 to the committee and build on the bipartisan support it’s had from the very beginning,” said Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Joe Moody (D-El […]

Texas House to Hold Hearing on Reducing Marijuana Penalties Today | The Daily Chronic

Here Are the 23 States That Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:52:00 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Here Are the 23 States That Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD | Phillip Smith

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not rare. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, about eight million adults suffer from it in any given year, including tens of thousands of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans. Somewhere between 11% and 20% of those vets will suffer from it each year. PTSD isn’t limited to vets, though—trauma comes […]

Here Are the 23 States That Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD | The Daily Chronic

Jeff Sessions Won’t Rule Out Using Mafia Law to Go After Legal Marijuana

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:42:00 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Jeff Sessions Won’t Rule Out Using Mafia Law to Go After Legal Marijuana | Phillip Smith

On conservative radio talker Hugh Hewitt’s program Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued to bad mouth marijuana and suggested he might use laws enacted to go after the Mafia against the legal marijuana industry. “I think it’s a more dangerous drug than a lot of people realize. I don’t think we’re going to be a […]

Jeff Sessions Won’t Rule Out Using Mafia Law to Go After Legal Marijuana | The Daily Chronic