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Kentucky House Votes to Ask Congress to Remove Hemp from Controlled Substances Act

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:06:25 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Kentucky House Votes to Ask Congress to Remove Hemp from Controlled Substances Act | Press Release

FRANKFORT, KY — The Kentucky House voted Wednesday to ask Congress to remove hemp from the definition of marijuana in the federal Controlled Substances Act. The request would be made under House Concurrent Resolution 35, sponsored by Rep. DJ Johnson, R-Owensboro, who told the House that hemp, like marijuana, is a variety of the cannabis […]

Kentucky House Votes to Ask Congress to Remove Hemp from Controlled Substances Act | The Daily Chronic

Medical Marijuana Sales Begin in Pennsylvania

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:51:08 +0000
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Medical Marijuana Sales Begin in Pennsylvania | Marijuana Policy Project

HARRISBURG, PA — Medical marijuana sales began in Pennsylvania on Thursday, allowing certified patients to obtain their medicine legally for the first time. Six out of the 10 dispensaries that have been approved to operate were set to open their doors, and up to 81 more dispensaries are expected to open across the state over […]

Medical Marijuana Sales Begin in Pennsylvania | The Daily Chronic

Federal Judge Hears Legal Arguments In Lawsuit Challenging Marijuana’s Schedule I Status

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:35:01 +0000
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Federal Judge Hears Legal Arguments In Lawsuit Challenging Marijuana’s Schedule I Status | NORML

NEW YORK, NY — A judge for the Federal District Court in Manhattan heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of federal cannabis prohibition. The 98-page complaint contends that the federal government “does not believe, and upon information and belief never has believed” that cannabis meets the requirements for a Schedule I designation under the Controlled Substances Act. […]

Federal Judge Hears Legal Arguments In Lawsuit Challenging Marijuana’s Schedule I Status | The Daily Chronic

Fox News Poll Finds Record Support in Favor of Marijuana Legalization

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:22:01 +0000
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Fox News Poll Finds Record Support in Favor of Marijuana Legalization | NORML

NEW YORK, NY — Fifty-nine percent of voters believe the adult use of marijuana should be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled by Fox News. The percentage marks an eight-point percentage increase since 2015, and is the highest level of support ever reported by the media agency. Majorities of Democrats (68 percent) and Independents (67 percent) back […]

Fox News Poll Finds Record Support in Favor of Marijuana Legalization | The Daily Chronic

Marijuana Use Not Significantly Associated With Increased Traffic Accident Risk, According to New Study

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:06:18 +0000
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Marijuana Use Not Significantly Associated With Increased Traffic Accident Risk, According to New Study | NORML

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA — Cannabis exposure is not strongly associated with an increased risk of motor vehicle accident, according to a meta-analysis of 24 epidemiological studies published in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology. Investigators at the University of Bucharest, Department of Medicine and Pharmacy reviewed data from two-dozen studies assessing the association between cannabis-positive drivers and unfavorable traffic outcomes, […]

Marijuana Use Not Significantly Associated With Increased Traffic Accident Risk, According to New Study | The Daily Chronic

Sessions vs. Grassley: Sentencing Reform Sparks Fight on the Conservative Right

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:22:36 +0000
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Sessions vs. Grassley: Sentencing Reform Sparks Fight on the Conservative Right | Phillip Smith

Attorney General Jeff Sessions came out against a painstakingly cobbled-together Senate sentencing reform bill Wednesday, sparking a public food fight with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the very face of dour Corn Belt conservatism. In a letter reported by Reuters, Sessions warned the committee not to approve the sentencing […]

Sessions vs. Grassley: Sentencing Reform Sparks Fight on the Conservative Right | The Daily Chronic

Seattle City Officials Back Plan to Vacate Past Marijuana Convictions

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:42:27 +0000
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Seattle City Officials Back Plan to Vacate Past Marijuana Convictions | NORML

SEATTLE, WA — Seattle city officials have announced their intentions to vacate the criminal convictions of minor marijuana possession offenders. The city’s mayor and city attorney announced the plan last Thursday. “This action is a necessary first step in righting the wrongs of the past and putting our progressive values into action,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. […]

Seattle City Officials Back Plan to Vacate Past Marijuana Convictions | The Daily Chronic

New Federal Bill Aims to Protect Legal Marijuana States and Businesses

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:33:07 +0000
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New Federal Bill Aims to Protect Legal Marijuana States and Businesses | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) has introduced the Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act which would essentially codify the protections that were outlined in the now-rescinded Cole Memo. “To date, eight states have legalized recreational cannabis, and twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia, representing more than half of the American population, have enacted legislation to permit […]

New Federal Bill Aims to Protect Legal Marijuana States and Businesses | The Daily Chronic

Federal Judge Reserves Decision After Hearing Arguments in Washington v. Sessions

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:02:01 +0000
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Federal Judge Reserves Decision After Hearing Arguments in Washington v. Sessions | Justin Strekal

NEW YORK, NY — On Wednesday, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York heard oral arguments on the motion to dismiss Washington, et.al v. Sessions, et.al, a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Schedule I classification of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act. The federal government […]

Federal Judge Reserves Decision After Hearing Arguments in Washington v. Sessions | The Daily Chronic

Jackson City Council Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize Marijuana, Heads to Mayor’s Desk

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:20:39 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Jackson City Council Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize Marijuana, Heads to Mayor’s Desk | Drug Policy Alliance

JACKSON, MS — The City Council of Jackson, Mississippi voted unanimously on Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana, amending Chapter 86, Article III in the City of Jackson Code of Ordinances to effectively limit the maximum penalty for possession of 30 grams or less of cannabis to a $100 fine, with no prison time. Jackson’s ordinance is […]

Jackson City Council Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize Marijuana, Heads to Mayor’s Desk | The Daily Chronic

Travel Writer and Television Host Rick Steves Briefs Congress on Marijuana Policy

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:05:23 +0000
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Travel Writer and Television Host Rick Steves Briefs Congress on Marijuana Policy | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — Tuesday on Capitol Hill, bestselling guidebook author and travel host Rick Steves held two briefings to address marijuana prohibition to a gathering of members of Congress and their staff. Inspired by Europe’s pragmatic approach to drug policy, with success measured by harm reduction rather than incarceration, Steves said that he is motivated to […]

Travel Writer and Television Host Rick Steves Briefs Congress on Marijuana Policy | The Daily Chronic