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NORML Member Tries To Kick Medical Marijuana Off Arkansas Ballot

Why would a member of NORML’s National Legal Committee file a lawsuit seeking to get a medical marijuana measure kicked off of Arkansas’s November ballot? Thats’s the question many cannabis policy observers are asking after Kara Benca, a lifetime member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’s attorneys panel, sued on Friday […] Thanks to

NRA Silent On Medical Marijuana Patients’ Gun Rights

When there’s a policy development that affects gun rights you can usually count on the National Rifle Association (NRA) to have something to say about it. But the firearms lobby’s most powerful organization had nothing to say this week after a federal court upheld a policy preventing medical marijuana patients from purchasing guns. The San Francisco Chronicle reported: […] Thanks to


Bangor, Maine City Officials Look to Other Legalized States for Guidance on Marijuana Policy

Though Maine isn’t set to vote on recreational marijuana legalization until November, city officials in the state’s capital want to hit the ground running logistically. Bangor leadership is studying best practices from legalized states around the country to hammer out any restrictions or guidelines that would need to be put in place come November; the […] Thanks to

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Arkansas: Two Medical Marijuana Measures on November Ballot

Arkansas officials certified two separate medical marijuana initiatives for the state’s November ballot on Friday. The secretary of state’s office has not yet made an official announcement, and a spokesman did not respond to a request for comment, but Ryan Denham, deputy campaign director for one of the medical cannabis efforts, shared the news with […] Thanks to


Maryland Continues to Make Mistakes with Marijuana Legalization

Though Maryland became the 21st state to legalize medical marijuana more than two years ago, patients in the mid-Atlantic state have no lawful way to access their meds. Unfortunately for those in need, it’s not a problem with a speedy solution. Before the issue of distribution can be tackled by opening physical dispensaries, the state […] Thanks to

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Medical Marijuana Finally Breaking into Oklahoma?

Historically a state with severe and excessive marijuana laws, Oklahoma has finally made its voice heard through a petition for medical marijuana. Oklahoma Secretary of State, Chris Benge, announced yesterday that his office finished counting the signatures on Initiative Petition 412 — great news for Oklahoma patients — in just 90 days the petition exceeded […] Thanks to

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While California May Appear to Have Marijuana Figured Out, New Data Shows Major Flaws

To the rest of the world, California seems like a westernized Amsterdam, a half-baked haven for stoners. But is it really as pot-friendly as we think? New data suggests otherwise. Though California blazed the trail for medical marijuana in America back in 1996 and decriminalized possession of under an ounce of the plant in 2010 […] Thanks to

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Canadian Government Says MMJ Patients Can Grow Their Own Pot

In a trickle of empathy from the federal government in Canada, Canadians who are registered as medical marijuana patients will soon be allowed to grow “small quantities” of pot. In a scheduled press conference, Health Canada had this to say: In response to the Federal Court of Canada’s decision in Allard vs. Canada, Health Canada […] Thanks to

DEA Rules Against Marijuana Rescheduling

The federal government is keeping marijuana in Schedule I for now. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is expected to announce Thursday that it has decided to rule against petitions to reclassify cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), according to NPR. In a separate move to be announced along with the scheduling determination, the agency […] Thanks to


Kohl’s May Be On the Hook for Defamation in Marijuana Termination Case

Retail giant Kohl’s may have a hefty lawsuit on their hands after wrongfully firing an employee for failing a drug test. Justin Shepherd, a former shift supervisor at the big box department store, was fired in 2014 after testing positive for marijuana. His cannabis use came to light after an injury on the job, when […] Thanks to

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