Medical Marijuana News

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January 2, 2020

Governor Of Illinois Grants Over 11,000 Pardons For Low-Level Cannabis Convictions

On the eve of cannabis legalization in Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker spoke at Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s Far South Side. On New Year’s Eve, he took the opportunity to announce a kick-start to the lengthy drug war expungement process which awaits the state. Over 11,000 pardons for […]
January 2, 2020

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Raises Minimum Age to Buy Tobacco To 21

Following the passage of a new spending package at the end of December, the age for purchasing tobacco in the U.S. has now changed. Specifically, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has raised the age from 18 to 21. Spending Package Initiates Change to Tobacco Rules The new change was […]
January 2, 2020

People Are Crossing State Lines To Buy Recreational Cannabis In Illinois

Cannabis consumers are crossing state lines to visit dispensaries in Illinois, where sales of recreational marijuana became legal on New Year’s Day. Four of the five states that border Illinois — Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri — have not yet legalized cannabis for recreational use. Sales of recreational marijuana began […]
January 2, 2020

Washington State Takes Down Online Map Of Marijuana Businesses Following Burglaries

After a string of burglaries at cannabis businesses in the state, a Washington regulatory agency is suspending an online resource that could be a valuable tool for the culprits. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has taken down a map from its website that identified the locations of various […]
January 2, 2020

Hawaii: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses to be Decriminalized Next Week

Legislation takes effect on Saturday, January 11, decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. The new law, which was passed in July, reduces penalties involving the possession of up to three grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a criminal […]
December 31, 2019

Illinois: Governor Issues Over 11,000 Pardons Ahead of Marijuana Legalization

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker today issued over 11,000 pardons to those with low-level marijuana convictions. The action came on the eve of the enactment of legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis sales. “As one of the authors of this historic law, I am so proud to witness equity being put into practice […]
December 30, 2019

Report: Marijuana Reform Is Normal

2019 has been an unprecedented year for the passage of state-level marijuana law reforms and when we zoom out, it’s remarkable to reflect upon what we have accomplished.  That is why are proud to publish Marijuana Reform Is Normal, which is the only comprehensive report detailing all of our collective […]
December 27, 2019

Illinois: Retail Marijuana Sales Begin Next Week

Adults will be able to purchase cannabis from select retailers next week, beginning on Wednesday, January 1. Under the new law, state-licensed retailers may provide up to 30 grams of cannabis to those over the age of 21. Those who are visiting from out of state may purchase 15 grams […]
December 25, 2019

Police And Other Agencies Are Adopting New Overdose-Tracking Systems

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Drug overdose patients rushed to some emergency rooms in New York’s Hudson Valley are asked a series of questions: Do you have stable housing? Do you have food? Times and location of overdoses are noted, too. The information is entered into a new overdose-tracking system that […]
December 24, 2019

Colorado Cannabis Stores Will Begin Posting Warning Signs About THC Risks During Pregnancy

Legal weed has been available in Colorado for years, but the law will add a new component in 2020. Starting January 1, cannabis stores in the state will be required to post warning signs urging caution to pregnant customers about the risks of marijuana to newborns.  The law is a […]
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