LAW & POLITICS

  • DC Reduces Public Marijuana Smoking Penalty to $25 Fine
    by Associated Press on September 24, 2018 at 9:30 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — People caught smoking marijuana in public in Washington, D.C., will now get a citation instead of being taken into custody. News outlets reported that Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham announced the policy change Sept. 21, 2018, going into effect immediately. Metropolitan police already had the option [... […]

  • North Dakota Selects Fargo, Bismarck Dispensaries
    by Associated Press on September 24, 2018 at 8:16 PM

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department has named companies to open medical cannabis dispensaries in the state’s two largest cities. A review panel selected HOFB, or Harvest of Bismarck, to open a facility in that city, and Acreage North Dakota to operate one in Fargo. The companies must meet additional requirements before becoming [... […]

  • ‘Stoned’ Lobsters Off the Menu for Now at Maine Shop
    by Associated Press on September 24, 2018 at 8:11 PM

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (AP) — State health inspectors are investigating a Maine lobster restaurant that tried to mellow out lobsters with marijuana. The Portland Press Herald reported that Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor remains open but has stopped allowing customers to request meat from lobsters sedated with marijuana. Owner Charlotte Gill is a [... […]

  • Q & A: Activist Leo Bridgewater Guides People of Color Within the Cannabis Community
    by Lulu Cohen on September 19, 2018 at 12:28 AM

    The advocacy group Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana (M4MM) is one of many non-profit organizations that is promoting social equity for communities of color in America’s burgeoning legal cannabis industry. Established by Roz McCarthy in 2016, M4MM has 18 chapters in the United States and Jamaica. The hope for M4MM is to move away from cannabis [... […]

  • Revelations of Marijuana Found in Home of Dallas Man Slain by Officer Fuel Outrage
    by Maureen Meehan on September 18, 2018 at 11:28 PM

    One week after off-duty Dallas police officer Amber Guyger entered the apartment of 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean on Sept. 6, 2018, and shot two bullets into his torso, allegedly because she thought she was in her own home and that he was a burglar, the Dallas Fox affiliate tweeted: “DEVELOPING: Search warrant: Marijuana found in [... […]

  • Louisiana Drops 100-Patient Cap on Marijuana Dispensaries
    by Associated Press on September 18, 2018 at 12:30 AM

    By, Melinda Deslatte NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Amid concerns about bottlenecks to access, Louisiana regulators agreed Monday to loosen limits on how many patients doctors authorized to dispense medical cannabis can treat. Louisiana’s State Board of Medical Examiners voted 8-1 to remove a cap established in 2016 that limited physicians to 100 medical marijuana patients. [... […]

  • Mormon Church Urges Utah Legislature to Pass Medical Marijuana Law
    by Associated Press on September 17, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church leaders are calling for Utah lawmakers to pass medical cannabis legislation by the end of 2018 even as they urge people to vote against a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Church leaders say they oppose the ballot measure, Proposition 2, because they believe [... […]

  • RICO Act Being Used by Attorneys to Hinder Legal Marijuana Businesses
    by Maureen Meehan on September 15, 2018 at 1:20 AM

    As the 2018 outdoor cannabis harvest heads into its final phase across most of the country — including swaths of illegal cultivations spotted in California and Oregon by Fish and Wildlife officers hanging from helicopters — an ominous legal game is afoot. A small group of lawyers in several states is attempting to sue hundreds [... […]

  • NY Democrats Favor Experience Over Star Power, Picking Gov. Cuomo over Cynthia Nixon
    by Associated Press on September 14, 2018 at 9:36 PM

    By, David Klepper NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo easily beat back a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon on Thursday, thwarting her attempt to become the latest insurgent liberal to knock off an establishment Democrat. Cuomo, who always led in the polls and outspent his rival more than 8 [... […]

  • Michigan Judge Halts Shutdown of Marijuana Businesses
    by Associated Press on September 14, 2018 at 8:06 PM

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge has halted plans by state regulators that would have shuttered nearly 100 medical marijuana businesses as part of a newly approved set of licensing rules. Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello granted an injunction Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, that was requested by a lawyer for a medical marijuana [... […]