Medical Marijuana News

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January 6, 2020

Virginia Governor Wants To Decriminalize Low-Level Cannabis Possession

Virginia looks poised to join the ranks of states to decriminalize marijuana, with Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announcing last week that he backs the policy. The proposal is part of Northam’s broader criminal justice reform agenda for the new year, which along with cannabis decriminalization includes parole reform, raising the […]
January 6, 2020

Maine: Regulators Now Accepting Retail Marijuana Business Applications

State regulators have begun accepting applications from those wishing to open licensed retail cannabis facilities. Maine voters initially approved the legalization of adult-use cannabis sales in November 2016 by passing a statewide initiative, but lawmakers — led by former Republican Gov. Paul LePage — repeatedly took steps to delay the […]
January 6, 2020

Several Illinois Dispensaries Have Already Run Out Of Recreational Weed

The first day of recreational cannabis sales in Illinois generated nearly $3.2 million. By the close of business on January 2, sales had leapt to $5.5 million. Total retail transactions are climbing into the hundreds of thousands. By any measure, the start of legal retail in Illinois has been an […]
January 6, 2020

Utah Health Officials Award Medical Cannabis Licenses, Announce Store Locations

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah health officials plan to award pharmacy licenses to 10 companies to dispense medical marijuana at 14 sites across the state, a major development in the program’s approaching launch. The chosen sites announced Friday by the Department of Health are largely in metro Salt Lake […]
January 6, 2020

Cannabis Crops Could Be Straining New Mexico’s Water Supplies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More medical marijuana plants are being grown in New Mexico than ever, and the crop could be straining local water supplies. Two rural water systems in Sandoval County say the crop may be depleting local water supplies, and they say they have been left powerless to […]
January 3, 2020

County Officials In Colorado Launch ‘Marijuana Is Not Harmless’ Campaign

A Colorado county has launched a public service campaign to warn residents that there may be risks associated with using cannabis. The campaign, dubbed “Marijuana is Not Harmless,” was kicked off by the Weld County Health and Environment Department on Thursday. Eric Aakko, a spokesman for the department, said that […]
January 3, 2020

Low-Level Cannabis Convictions Plummet After Texas Legalizes Hemp

Seven months ago, the Texas House of Representatives and State Senate unanimously voted for hemp legalization. That decision is having major repercussions on the way the state prosecutes marijuana possession, mainly because law enforcement has very limited resources when it comes to knowing the difference between marijuana and hemp. The […]
January 3, 2020

New Study Shows Students Are Less likely to Binge Drink Where Cannabis Is Legal

Ten year’s worth of data from a survey of American college students with 1.1 million participants shows that of-age students are less likely to binge drink where recreational cannabis is legal. That’s according to a new study just published in Addictive Behaviors, one of the first to investigate how university […]
January 3, 2020

Illinois State Rifle Association Clears Up Laws Regarding Gun Ownership and Pot Use

The new year has brought legal weed to Illinois, and with it, plenty of questions. One of the state’s top gun lobbyists has set out to answer some of them.  On Tuesday, a day before the state’s new marijuana law took effect, the Illinois State Rifle Association posted a primer […]
January 3, 2020

Missouri Family Sues After Being Denied a License To Grow Medical Cannabis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge on Thursday denied a request for a temporary restraining order against the state that was sought by a southwestern Missouri family who was denied a license to grow medical marijuana. Paul Callicoat and his family sued the Missouri Department of Health and Senior […]
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