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Idaho medical marijuana advocates can start gathering signatures for 2020 ballot initiative

8/10/19--Medical marijuana advocates have until April 30, 2020 to collect signatures from 55,057 registered Idaho voters to get an initiative on the general election ballot next year. Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney on Friday announced the petition filed by Idaho Cannabis Coalition has met all requirements, and petitioners are cleared to begin collecting signatures. Read

Oregon activists take next step to legalize psilocybin for medical use

8/12/19--Oregon activists are one step closer to getting a psilocybin legalization measure on the state’s 2020 ballot. The organizers behind it are putting their resources into an initiative that would create a regulatory framework for the legal use of psilocybin for therapeutic purposes. Read

Marijuana reform could be key in 2020

8/12/19--Georgia State Representative Dar’shun Kendrick, (D – Lithonia) is addressing marijuana reform in the state, and she plans to introduce legislation regarding marijuana use in Georgia as well as record expungement for marijuana-related convictions in 2020. Kendrick also plans to introduce legislation in 2020 that would create a committee to study financing options, including low-interest loans to increase minority participation in the marijuana industry. Read

How would medical marijuana in Alabama compare to other states?

4/24/19--Medical marijuana is one step closer to being legal in Alabama. The Care Act would allow the use of marijuana to treat 33 conditions including addiction, anxiety, chronic pain, and cancer. If passed, the Care Act would establish a medical cannabis fund within the state's general fund. Which supports several state programs like child development and criminal justice. Read

Chestnut weighs in on medical pot proposal

3/22/19--A medical marijuana bill introduced by Rep. Mike Ball, R-Madison, is slated to go before the House Committee on Health next week and, if it receives a favorable vote, may go before the full House before the week is over. If so, Rep. Prince Chestnut, D-Selma, will have the opportunity to cast a vote on the measure. He believes it would be beneficial for the state, and he's open to legalizing medical marijuana under strict doctor supervision. Read

Proponent discusses medical marijuana bill for Kentucky

3/8/19--According to Jennifer Knapp, a member of Kentuckians for Medicinal Marijuana, another step is made in the fight for legalizing medical marijuana in the state with the passing of House Bill 136. The piece of legislation would give doctors the ability to prescribe marijuana to treat chronic conditions like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis with the properties provided by cannabis, like CBD and THC. Read

Proponent discusses medical marijuana bill for Kentucky

3/8/19--In Frankfort, the House Judiciary Committee approved House Bill 136. The legislation would give doctors the ability to prescribe marijuana to treat chronic conditions like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis with the properties provided by cannabis, like CBD and THC. Kentucky's Legislative Research Commission said the bill requires a second reading, which can be done as soon as Tuesday, March 12. After that, it would be able to go for a full vote in the House. Read

Effort underway to get medical marijuana and hemp initiative on Idaho ballot in 2020

3/8/19--Legalizing medical marijuana and industrial hemp in Idaho is the first citizen initiative proposal out of the gate for the 2020 election. A new marijuana advocacy group, Idaho Cannabis Coalition, is spearheading the effort. The group said it has filed a medical marijuana/industrial hemp petition with the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office to start the process. Read

General Assembly eyeing next step in medical marijuana

3/1/19--Georgia took the first step away from a total ban on marijuana four years ago with the passage of legislation legalizing possession of cannabis oil with a prescription for patients suffering from cancer, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, mitochondrial disease and sickle-cell anemia. Read

Nebraska medical marijuana ballot measure cleared for signature gathering

3/2/19--A petition to get medical marijuana on the 2020 ballot in Nebraska is officially available for voters to sign after the secretary of state approved the initiative’s language on Friday. Because the state legislature has rejected multiple legislative attempts to establish a medical marijuana program, Senators Adam Morfeld (D) and Anna Wishart (D) joined with activists to form a committee last year to put the issue before voters instead. Read

Gov. Matt Bevin shows support for medical marijuana

2/13/19--Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he'll be happy to sign a bill approving the use of medical marijuana after witnessing the death of a teenage nephew who had cancer who he believes could have been helped by marijuana. However, Gov. Bevin states he won't budge on his opposition to legalizing recreational marijuana in Kentucky. Read

Georgia bill seeks in-state medical marijuana growing and sales

2/14/19--Legislation filed Thursday would allow medical marijuana oil to be sold to patients in Georgia. The proposal calls for medical marijuana dispensaries to serve the state’s rising number of registered patients — more than 8,400 so far. The drug would be legally grown, manufactured, tested, tracked, and distributed for the first time if House Bill 324 passes. Read

Medical cannabis bill coming in a few weeks

1/30/19--Legislators introducing a bill expanding access to medical marijuana in Georgia is being crafted on the House side, and will go through the House of Representatives before heading over to the Senate, according to State Sen. Matt Brass, former co-chairman of the Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access. Read

Marijuana activist group says Indiana could see medical marijuana legalization by 2020

1/20/19--Now that Indiana has legalized CBD oil, Indiana NORML, a non-profit activist organization with focus of legalizing medicinal and recreational marijuana, thinks it's a first step in other forms of legalized marijuana. Support for the reform movement is growing in Indiana, and according to David Phipps, communications director of Indiana NORML, the state could see legalization of medical marijuana by 2020. Read

Indiana medical marijuana supporters call for governor’s backing

1/8/19--Advocates of medical marijuana said studies show that marijuana for medical use can help people battling serious illness and addiction, so they had a town hall meeting to discuss the legislation they hope gets passed this session. They also discussed why the idea should have Gov. Eric Holcomb's support. Read

Push on for in-state cannabis cultivation

1/6/19--Proponents of expanded medical marijuana access are gearing up for a push for in-state cultivation this month, when a new administration and more than two dozen new lawmakers converge under the Gold Dome for a new legislative session. The recommendations of the commission, issued last month, first urge Congress to act by rescheduling marijuana, freeing the low THC oil for distribution. Read

Making sense of Missouri’s 3 medical marijuana votes

10/27/18--Missouri voters are not only considering the legalization of medical marijuana, but they’ll have three General Election ballot measures to do it. Amendments 2 and 3 and Proposition C all give voters the choice of legalizing marijuana for medical treatments. Each ballot question varies from the others, though, in the taxation and regulation of the substance. Read

Six north central Wisconsin counties to vote on medical marijuana referendum

10/26/18--Six counties in north central Wisconsin will see a medical marijuana referendum on their ballot this November. Marathon, Lincoln, Langlade, Portage, Clark, and Forest counties will all vote on the non-binding referendum. If voters are in favor of marijuana for medical use, the state legislature will decide how to move forward. Read

Marijuana skeptics fear ‘de facto legalization’ in states

10/6/18--With nine states, and the District of Columbia, now allowing the recreational use of cannabis — and more in the pipeline — advocates on both sides of the issue say that medical cannabis programs are increasingly functioning as a Trojan horse for de facto legalization in the 40 states where the politics of legalization aren’t quite ripe yet. And that’s rapidly changing the political and policy dynamics surrounding the emerging industry. Read

Lawmaker will push for vote if Legislature punts on medical marijuana deal

10/5/18--Utah Republican lawmaker Rep. Brad Daw (R-Orem) fully expects the Legislature to approve the new proposed medical marijuana compromise, but if it is not approved Daw, who has sponsored medical marijuana legislation at the Capitol — and who supports the compromise, and opposes Prop 2, says he has backup plans. First, he would run the compromise as a bill in the upcoming 2019 session. Read

Fight to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri intensifies as groups battle over tax rates

10/5/18--With about one month left until voters head to the polls, things are heating up in the fight to legalize marijuana for medical use in Missouri. New Approach Missouri, Missouri NORML, St. Louis’s NAACP chapter, Freedom Incorporated, and the St. Louis American newspaper are all supporting Amendment 2. This amendment would tax retail marijuana sales at four percent, and the third initiative, Missourians for Patient Care-backed Proposition C, would impose a two percent sales tax rate. Read

Utah’s first set of proposed rules for medicalized marijuana regulates production and distribution of industrial hemp

8/31/18--The first set of draft rules for how the state would govern the cultivation and distribution of medicalized marijuana in Utah for terminally ill patients was inadvertently released Friday, outlining how the state would regulate the production, labeling, and sale of industrial hemp. Read

Missouri judge tosses lawsuit on measure that would legalize marijuana for medical use

8/31/18--Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce dismissed a lawsuit that sought to remove an initiative that would legalize marijuana for medical use from the November ballot. It was filed by a rival who is trying to remove two other competing proposals from the ballot. Read

Movement to legalize medical marijuana gains momentum after town hall

8/11/18--The movement to legalize medical marijuana in Indiana took on new momentum Saturday after lawmakers, veterans, and local citizens gathered for a cannabis town hall downtown. Nearly 100 people showed up for the town all at the Indiana State Library. Read

Speaker Ralston announces members of several study committees & commissions

7/3/18--Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) today announced the members of three House study committees and three joint House-Senate committees/commissions established during the 2018 legislative session. Read

Doctor warns voters about supposed dangers of marijuana

3/8/18--Oklahoma is currently embroiled in a debate about whether or not to legalize medical marijuana. Voters in the state are set to vote on a medical marijuana bill this summer. Addiction psychiatrist Harold Urschel spoke to the Oklahoma Medical Board yesterday with a mission to convince everyone that cannabis is extremely dangerous. Most of Urschel’s complaints centered on the idea that cannabis is super addictive. Read

Fallin to set election date for vote on medical marijuana

12/28/17--After the start of the new year, Governor Mary Fallin has said she plans to set an election date for a medical marijuana ballot measure — State Question 788. The announcement has reignited conversations on both sides of the issue, but those lobbying for the measure and lawmakers agree – when it comes to a vote, the sooner the better. Governor Fallin will determine if the question will appear on the June primary ballot or during the general election in November. Read

The Savage Truth: Medical marijuana legislation awaits lawmakers

11/16/17--Two more medical marijuana proposals await Georgia lawmakers when they convene in Atlanta for their 2018 legislative session. In the last three sessions, lawmakers enacted legislation that legalized medical marijuana for several illnesses. However, it remains illegal to grow the plant in Georgia or to bring the medicine derived from it into Georgia from states where it's legal. Read

TN democrats vote to support medical marijuana

11/2/17--Tennessee Democrats have voted to support resolutions calling for the legalization of medical marijuana, wider health care coverage, and a $15 minimum wage. The state executive committee passed the resolutions aimed at expressing the positions of the state Democratic Party. Read

Councilman Trapp calls for Columbia to push legal medical marijuana

8/24/17--To combat the opioid epidemic and open a door for improved policing practices, Columbia Councilman Michael Trapp plans to push for legalization of medicinal marijuana. Trapp hopes to rally a majority of the city council behind an effort to add medicinal cannabis legalization to the city’s lobbying agenda. Alongside directing the city lobbyist to advance drug reform legislation, Trapp said he also plans to ask the council to approve a resolution supporting statewide legalization petitions. Read

Town hall to discuss medical marijuana

8/24/17--A panel of speakers will discuss medical marijuana at a town hall meeting. The session, open to the public but expected to be standing-room only, begins at noon at the Indiana State Library. The meeting is an attempt to provide legislators with facts, including scientific studies, emphasizing medical uses of cannabis. Read

Marijuana isn’t a medical treatment or moneymaker for Missouri, but that could change after 2018

6/27/17--All of the marijuana legalization initiative-petition proposals in Missouri seeking to amend the state constitution face a tough challenge. Roughly 190,000 signatures from registered voters in at least six congressional districts are required in order to get on the 2018 ballot. At the moment, the group that has the best chance is New Approach Missouri. It has raised the most money for its initiative petition drive to legalize marijuana for the treatment of dozens of diseases. Read

LDS Church calls for more study of medical marijuana

6/28/17--The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says more research on the benefits and risks of medical marijuana is necessary before it is approved for use by patients. The church believes that passing a ballot initiative in Utah to legalize medical marijuana would put state law at odds with U.S. law. Read

On medical marijuana, Hastings against growing but open to dispensing

6/16/17--Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings said he has mixed feelings on the new medical marijuana licensing and dispensing program in Ohio. According to The Times-Gazette, even if it’s not grown in the state, Hastings is less resistant to medical marijuana being dispensed locally. Read

Bill to ease pot restrictions introduced in US Senate

6/18/17--Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Friday introduced The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) in the U.S. Senate that would remove the federal prohibition on medical marijuana and ease restrictions on cannabis research. Senator Booker was the original sponsor of the bill when it was first introduced in 2015, but never got a hearing. Read

Group pushes to get marijuana measures on the ballot

4/23/17--New Approach South Dakota is pushing to legalize medical and recreational cannabis in the state. The organization says recreational and medical marijuana would boost tax revenue for South Dakota, and create a safe, alternative medicine for patients who may suffer from epilepsy, PTSD, and more. Read

On 4/20, SC’s medical marijuana bill looks unlikely to pass

4/20/17--As of 4/20, the medicinal use of the drug is still on hold in South Carolina. Legislators introduced the Compassionate Care Act this year in hopes of medical marijuana being allowed in the state. However, with only weeks to go in the 2017 session and more pressing issues on lawmakers’ calendars, it looks like the clock has run out on the medical marijuana movement for this year. Read

Legal medical marijuana passes Iowa Senate on 45-5 vote

4/17/17--Senate File 506, a wide-ranging bill authorizing the use of medical marijuana for ailments from cancer to post-traumatic stress disorder, was passed Monday night by the Iowa Senate. It would allow for patients with a range of medical conditions to obtain a medical cannabis registration card after receiving written approval from a doctor. Read

Medical marijuana legislation amended in West Virginia Senate

4/4/18--The use of medical marijuana in leaf form would be prohibited under an amendment to a legislation narrowly approved by the West Virginia House of Delegates. Senate Bill 386, a bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state, had its second of three required readings in the House of Delegates, but the measure must be read a third time before there is a vote for passage. Read

Medical marijuana uncertainty

4/2/17--The proposed West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act would make it legal for doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical treatment, which has already been legalized in 28 states. The act is scheduled for second reading Monday in the House, and at least two area legislators say they most likely will support it. Read

Medical pot bill in S. Carolina bolstered by conservatives

3/26/17--This year's renewed push in South Carolina for comprehensive medical marijuana programs is bolstered by some of the state's most conservative legislators whose opinions have shifted due to personal losses, or the pleadings of parents and pastors in their districts. Read

Medical marijuana advocates begin the process to put it on the 2018 ballot in Utah

3/20/17--Advocates for medical cannabis are beginning the process to put a proposed bill on the the 2018 ballot for Utah voters to decide. After a legislative session that saw only a handful of bills pass, patient advocates who want a more robust medical marijuana program plan to begin the process next month for a ballot initiative. Read

Medical marijuana supporters upset with Kansas bill

3/13/17--A Kansas Senate committee endorsed a measure that would let doctors and physicians prescribe "non-intoxicating" medicine derived from a marijuana chemical compound. Supporters called it a step forward for medical marijuana use in the state. But opponents, including actual marijuana advocacy groups, fear it won't do much. Read

Medical marijuana proposed for state

3/5/17--SB 386 and House Bill 2071 have been introduced in both the House and Senate to legalize marijuana for medicinal use in West Virginia by authorizing the use of pharmaceutical cannabis to treat certain medical conditions. Read

Medical marijuana could be legal in SC if advancing proposal becomes law

2/22/17--A House panel on Tuesday advanced a bill that seeks to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, over the objections of South Carolina’s top cop and other law enforcement representatives. The bill calls for allowing those with debilitating or chronic diseases to buy up to 2 ounces of marijuana from a licensed dispensary if physicians certify in writing that their patients could benefit from the medical use of marijuana. Read

Medical marijuana backers gear up for 2018 campaign

2/17/17--The nonprofit New Approach Missouri began collecting signatures this week for its bid to change the state's constitution to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to people with conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, and Alzheimer's. They're a full year ahead of last cycle's schedule, when organizers had just three months to gather about 160,000 signatures before the May deadline. Read

Wisconsin lawmakers to unveil medical marijuana proposal

2/3/17--Senator Jon Erpenbach and Representative Chris Taylor will unveil a medical marijuana proposal and a statewide referendum bill at a press conference in Madison Monday. If passed, Wisconsin would be the 29th state to allow seriously ill patients access to medical marijuana. Read

Senator battles for reform of marijuana laws

1/13/17--Each year, Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) submits a marijuana bill. Her latest work -- Senate Bill 255 -- would establish a medical marijuana program permitting caregivers and patients who have received a physician recommendation to possess a certain quantity of marijuana for treatment of certain medical conditions. Read

Bills going to VA General Assembly on marijuana, opiods and heroin

1/9/17--More than a dozen bills have been proposed for the General Assembly to consider surrounding marijuana, opioids, and heroin. The Community Coalitions of Virginia, a group of prevention groups from around the Commonwealth, meets Monday to talk about their stance on fourteen bills going before the General Assembly this year. Read

Top Wisconsin legislator ‘open’ to medical marijuana legalization

1/5/17--Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he was open to legalizing medical marijuana in Wisconsin, but stopped short of saying he'd bring forward legislation to that effect. According to a FOX 6 report, the news came as quite a shock to his fellow legislators. Read

Georgia: lawmaker intends to introduce medical marijuana bill

1/5/17--Georgia State Representative Allen Peake supports medical marijuana in the State of Georgia and has made it clear that he wants to introduce a medical marijuana bill this session. Instead of expecting the Georgia Legislature to pass and implement the bill, Peake is hopeful that odds may be better to get a referendum placed on the 2018 ballot in Georgia. Read

Mexican Senate approves medical marijuana bill

tmr_image-block12/14/16--Mexico’s Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing medical marijuana on Tuesday after a national debate on narcotics policy in a country mired in brutal drug violence. In a major policy shift, President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed legalizing medical marijuana in April after his government organized forums to discuss changes to the laws. Read

Texas bill would legalize full-strength medical marijuana

tmr_image-block12/6/16--Texas Sen. José Menéndez has introduced a bill that would expand the state’s current CBD program to include full-strength medical marijuana and additional qualifying conditions, which could create a massive new MMJ market. The legislation is expected to face an uphill battle. “Doctors, not politicians, should be determining what is best for Texas patients,” Menéndez said. “This is legitimate medicine that can help a variety of sick people.” Read

Texas Senator Menendez to file medical marijuana bill tomorrow

screen-shot-2016-12-27-at-9-50-05-am12/5/16--A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Texas is expected to be introduced tomorrow by the bill’s sponsor, Texas Senator Jose Menendez. Several patients, who would benefit from the legislation, will join Senator Menéndez for a press conference after filing his comprehensive medical cannabis bill allowing patients with debilitating and chronic medical conditions to receive cannabis under recommendation and consultation of their doctor. Read

Arkansas may be the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana

fb-square-english-spanish11/7/16--Arkansas may be the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana, which could signal a cultural tipping point suggesting it’s just matter of time before patients nationwide will be able to access the drug to treat certain maladies. The Cannabist looks at where things stand with Issue 6, which appears in front of voters asking whether or not they should legalize Arkansas medical marijuana. Read

Medical marijuana advocates and opponents vow to work together

fb-square-english-spanish11/6/16--Arkansas surgeon general Dr. Greg Bledsoe is against Issue 6, while David Couch, who has been driving the medical marijuana amendment, is a strong advocate. Yet, despite varying positions and passionate arguments from both sides on the issue, they have maintained a professional respect for each other and plan to work together regardless of the outcome. Read

Marijuana news roundup: 3 of 5 states on track to approve recreational use

fb-square-english-spanish11/6/16--Voters in five states will decide whether to allow recreational marijuana use, and voters in the other four are considering medical marijuana use. New polling in California has increased the proportion of voters who say they support Prop 64 by three points. In Massachusetts the proportion of supporters jumped from less than 50% to 62% in the most recent poll. In Nevada, no new poll results were reported this week. In Arizona, the latest poll shows a close vote in favor of legalization. In Maine, support dropped by three points. Read

Marijuana on the ballot

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-11-45-22-am11/6/16--There’s strong support for the legalization of recreational marijuana use, but there is some resistance, as well, as Barry Petersen of CBS News uncovered and revealed. A poll released in California on Friday shows 57 percent in favor of legalization -- a contrast to six years ago, when a similar measure was voted down. Still, there is impassioned opposition from religious leaders of Oakland’s African-American community. Additionally, a majority of small growers actually opposes legalization -- afraid that big business coming into the state will put them out of business. Read

Election 2016: States where marijuana is on the ballot

fb-square-english-spanish11/4/16--Voters in nine states will decide whether to pass marijuana-related measures on Election Day. Four of them—Florida, Montana, North Dakota, and Arkansas—will be voting on medical marijuana measures that either expand or establish the availability of cannabis for patients. Five others—California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Maine—will be voting on whether to allow adults 21 and older to consume cannabis recreationally. If all the measures pass, nearly a quarter of Americans will be able to use pot recreationally. Read

Out-of-state groups dominate fundraising in medical marijuana fight

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-11-23-15-am11/3/16--For the last two months, most of the money fueling Florida’s medical marijuana fight has come from out-of-state groups. In all, $3.7 million in donations have been made in the last two months to United for Care, the political committee supporting medical marijuana, and Drug Free Florida, the group opposing it. Of that, roughly $2.6 million has come from out-of-state donors. Read