Category: Legislative

Arizona Supreme Court Rules Medical Marijuana is Allowed on College Campuses

The road to fair treatment for medical marijuana patients has surpassed another obstacle as the Arizona Supreme Court made their ruling this week that patients are free to have their medicine on college campuses without fear of arrest. Voters approved medical marijuana via ballot initiative, which put the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in place as a constitutional amendment in 2010. Two years later, legislators saw fit to make changes to the list of places where medical marijuana was not allowed – which originally included prisons, schools and school buses – to include university campuses. At least one Arizona State...

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Some Changes Have Been Made to California’s Marijuana Rules

Much has been made about the apparent slow rollout of the recreational cannabis sales market in California. Various factors have combined to inhibit the explosion of economic activity expected in a state with a massive population that is already used to legal cannabis. At times, the state agencies overseeing the legal cannabis industry in CA have seemed overwhelmed. To be fair, there is a lot involved when it comes to a state the size of California and the licensing of several thousand marijuana businesses in the first year alone – while simultaneously reigning in hundreds of unlicensed businesses operating...

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Ohio Officials Set to Announce Medical Marijuana Dispensary Approvals This Week

It has been two long years since Ohio legalized medical marijuana, and state officials are finally expected to announce the locations of up to 56 of the dispensaries that have been awarded licenses. This is out of 376 applicants that are hoping to hear that they were chosen as one of the first to be awarded a license to sell medical marijuana to registered patients. The Board of Pharmacy expects that patient registry will begin as soon as July – and the goal is for the program to finally be fully functional by September 2018. While many cities have...

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New Philippines Corrections Chief Wants Death Penalty for All Drug Offenses

The New Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief in the Philippines, Director General Ronald dela Rosa, is taking an extreme stand against drugs – extreme even by the standards of his country. He thinks lethal injection should be utilized for anyone involved in the drug trade, even low-level possessors. “Everything pertaining to drugs, we have to end them. I also want to end the problem with drugs. It should be that strict when it comes to drugs,” dela Rosa said earlier this month.  When asked specifically about those caught with small amounts of drugs getting the death penalty, dela Rosa...

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Florida Patients Continue to Fight for the Right to Smoke Medical Marijuana

When voters legalized medical marijuana in Florida, they did so with a landslide vote – and most, if not all, voters were expecting smoking to be allowed under the constitutional amendment they approved. Unfortunately, lawmakers took it upon themselves to specifically ban smoking – making medical marijuana available to qualified patients through vaping, edibles, oils, sprays and tinctures – and claim it was within their power to enact the ban to “regulate health, safety and welfare” of the public. “The amendment itself says smoking is not allowed in public places. I don’t think you need to be too much...

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Ohio Activists Prepare Again to Gather Signatures to Put Legalization on the Ballot

In 2015, Ohio voters had the opportunity to pass a ballot initiative that would have legalized marijuana for adult use – before the state had even legalized medical marijuana. Unfortunately, the nature of the initiative aimed to create a monopoly on the cannabis industry by limiting grow sites to 10 and giving those sites away to campaign investors – and that was enough to lose support of many pro-legalization groups and ultimately lead to its defeat. Then, in 2016 lawmakers took it upon themselves to legalize medical marijuana, and the law went into effect immediately. However, it has taken...

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