LAW & POLITICS

  • Where is Louisiana’s Medical Marijuana Program?
    by Lesley Nickus on October 17, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    There’s a saying that things in the South move at their own pace. Such is the case with medical marijuana in Louisiana, it seems. In 2015, both the Louisiana House of Representatives and the Senate voted to pass medical marijuana legislation — again. Louisiana legislators approved medical marijuana twice before — in 1978 with Act [... […]

  • Michigan Announces “Marihuana” Advisory Panel
    by Duke London on October 16, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    On Friday, Governor Rick Snyder made public the first round of members appointed to the Marihuana Advisory Panel — a requirement of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act implemented in December of last year. The 17-member Marihuana Advisory Panel will consist of experts from a wide variety of fields who will suggest best practices for [... […]

  • Where in the US is Marijuana Legal?
    by Lesley Nickus on October 12, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    The United States has an interesting relationship with cannabis. Its citizens have repeatedly expressed a desire for more research and access to the plant. On the federal level, those outcries have fallen largely on the tone-deaf ears of national policymakers. State legislators have been taking action to meet the demands of their constituents. Since California [... […]

  • Political Party in Costa Rica Vows to Legalize Marijuana
    by Jon Hiltz on October 12, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    Federal elections in Costa Rica take place in February and a new political party in the Central American nation has vowed to legalize adult-use marijuana. The VAMOS Party, which in English translates to “Let’s Go,” has made the campaign promise to usher in a countrywide legal cannabis sector for Costa Ricans and tourists alike, should [... […]

  • Supreme Court Case Over Alcohol May Determine Future of Pot Sales in Canada
    by Jon Hiltz on October 11, 2017 at 11:45 PM

    A case headed to the Supreme Court of Canada that involves domestic liquor distribution may affect the way pot will be sold for years to come. In Canada, there are significant restrictions on alcohol transport over provincial borders. These regulations have not been disputed for 95 years and are in place to respect variances in government-controlled [... […]

  • 20,000 Public Comments on Cannabis Regulations for British Columbia
    by Jon Hiltz on October 10, 2017 at 6:26 PM

    The most marijuana-friendly Canadian province is also the most vocal when it comes to cannabis regulation. In late September, the provincial government of British Columbia (BC) started a five-week consultation period, asking residents for their input on a number of issues related to the regulation of cannabis. These points of interest include what the minimum age [... […]

  • Minnesota Health Officials Debate Adding Autism, Nausea, and Dementia to List of Qualifying Conditions
    by Monterey Bud on October 10, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Minnesota’s medical marijuana law was first passed in 2014, enacted in 2015, and revised to include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2016. Still a work in progress, officials within the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will debate the expansion of the state’s medical cannabis program today – Tuesday, Oct. 10 – at the State Office [... […]

  • California Governor Shoots Down Three Anti-Weed Bills
    by Duke London on October 9, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    “There must be some limit to the coercive power of government,” said California Governor Jerry Brown in response to one of three cannabis-related bills he vetoed late last week. Specifically, Gov. Brown was referring to Senate Bill 386, which aimed to ban smoking at all California parks and beaches as well as post signage alerting [... […]

  • Alberta Announces its Marijuana Framework
    by Jon Hiltz on October 5, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    In the second official announcement of a complete framework for legal marijuana, the Province of Alberta has set their minimum age to use and purchase pot at 18 years. Although New Brunswick has partially laid out its plans, and information from Québec’s upcoming system has been leaked, Ontario is the only province up until this [... […]

  • Richard Branson: North America’s Opioid Crisis Calls for “Pragmatism” Over “Ideology”
    by Monterey Bud on October 3, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Sir Richard Branson, the astute billionaire and founder of the Virgin Group, is pleading for “pragmatism” over “ideology” in combating the scourge of North America – opioid addiction. Branson, an entrepreneur and an advocate for social issues, is also a commissioner on the Global Commission on Drug Policy. A leader who employs more than 100,000 [... […]