LAW & POLITICS

  • Rights Groups, Unions Call for Ending Marijuana Prohibition
    by Marijuana Moment on December 14, 2018 at 10:55 PM

    A coalition of major civil rights organizations, labor unions and other groups is calling on Congress to completely remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and divert revenue to communities that have been harmed by the enforcement of cannabis prohibition.   “Pass legislation de-scheduling marijuana with racial equity and justice reform components,” reads one recommendation [... […]

  • How Trump Government Shutdown Threat Could Affect Marijuana
    by Marijuana Moment on December 13, 2018 at 12:22 AM

    President Donald Trump is threatening to shut down the government if Democrats refuse billions of dollars in funding for a border wall — but the consequences of that action would extend far beyond border security. WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump threatens gov't shutdown in heated meeting with Dem leaders over border wall, squabbling over election results. [... […]

  • Colorado County Considers Canceling Cannabis Convictions
    by Associated Press on December 6, 2018 at 11:57 PM

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors in a Colorado county are preparing to dismiss and seal thousands of marijuana possession convictions after state voters legalized the use and sale of cannabis in 2012. The Boulder Daily Camera reported that the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office as part of a “Moving on from Marijuana” program has identified [... […]

  • GOP House Leader Calling for Legal Marijuana in Rhode Island
    by Marijuana Moment on December 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    The Republican leader in Rhode Island’s House of Representatives thinks the state should fully legalize marijuana. But while that news would typically bode well for reform efforts in state legislatures, the problem is that the Democratic speaker isn’t quite on board — and the House is dominantly controlled by Democrats. In an interview with Rhode [... […]

  • ‘Compromise’ Medical Marijuana Bill is Made Into Law in Utah
    by Marijuana Moment on December 4, 2018 at 9:14 PM

    Utah lawmakers approved a controversial medical marijuana bill in a special session Dec. 3, 2018. There’s your final vote on the medical marijuana “compromise.” #utpol pic.twitter.com/w9Ip3KQE8E — Robert Gehrke (@RobertGehrke) December 3, 2018 During the Nov. 6, 2018, election, Utah voters passed a separate medical cannabis initiative, Proposition 2, that would allow patients with certain [... […]

  • Utah Lawmakers’ Special Session To Hash Out Marijuana Policy
    by Marijuana Moment on December 3, 2018 at 8:58 PM

    Utah lawmakers will convene in a special session Dec. 3, 2018, to discuss a medical marijuana “compromise” bill after voters approved a separate measure that faced opposition from the Mormon church, Utah Medical Association and political insiders. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert made the announcement on Friday. Here’s the letter @GovHerbert sent to the #utleg calling [... […]

  • House, Senate Reach Accord for Legalizing Hemp in Farm Bill
    by Marijuana Moment on December 2, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    The 2018 Farm Bill will include a provision to legalize industrial hemp, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the top Republican and Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee confirmed Nov. 29, 2018. Thanks for your hard work, @SenPatRoberts, for our farmers, rural communities and all Americans. Pleased that my provision to legalize industrial hemp [... […]

  • Bernie Sanders: ‘Prohibition of Marijuana Has Also Failed’
    by Marijuana Moment on November 30, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said he’s still “thinking about” a possible run for the presidency in 2020 — and if he does run, it’s a safe bet that marijuana reform will be one of his priorities. That might not be news to anyone who followed Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, during which he [... […]

  • New Jersey Legislative Panels OK Marijuana Legalization Laws
    by Marijuana Moment on November 27, 2018 at 12:15 AM

    New Jersey got one step closer to legalizing marijuana Nov. 26, 2018, after lawmakers approved an adult-use legalization bill in a joint session of Senate and Assembly committees. A total of three cannabis bills were approved at the hearing: one to fully legalize marijuana, one to expand the state’s existing medical cannabis program, and another [... […]

  • Marijuana Reform On Agenda for 3 Democratic Chair Hopefuls
    by Marijuana Moment on November 24, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Three Democratic lawmakers poised to chair major House committees have each gone on the record saying marijuana reform will be on the agenda in the next Congress when they and fellow party members take control of the gavels. Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who’s expected to chair the House Financial Services Committee, told The Wall [... […]