June 9, 2020

Kansas Medical Cannabis Bill Stalls in Committee

A bill to legalize medical cannabis in Kansas stalled in committee during the legislature’s recent special session, as reported by Marijuana Moment.
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June 9, 2020

Amidst budget concerns, advocates push for medical marijuana legalization

According to the Kansas Division of Budget, the state is expecting to face a $653 million shortfall in fiscal year 2021, this includes a projected $1.3 billion loss in tax revenue. Proponents of legalizing marijuana in the state say marijuana sales tax revenue could help.
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June 9, 2020

Mississippi Lawmakers Take Steps To Distinguish Alternative Medical Marijuana Measure From Activist Version

Mississippi lawmakers are taking steps to spell out the details of a relatively restrictive medical marijuana system they are proposing as an alternative to a more comprehensive activist-driven version as voters prepare to decide between the two models in November.
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June 9, 2020

'Probably one of the biggest industry changers we've seen': Farmer hopeful about hemp sales

For Pleasanton farmer Rory Cruise, the timing was right to look for another cash crop. "As a corn and soybean farmer, we've been struggling for long time," Cruise said. So when the state opened up its application process to more than just 10 growers as it did in 2019, Cruise along with 73 other producers applied and received a license to grow hemp.
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June 8, 2020

Arrests for having up to 1 pound of weed would be banned in N.J. under new bill

New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a bill that would decrease punishments for marijuana possession from arrests to fines, reviving a years-long effort as the nation grapples with racial bias and brutality in policing. The new bill, S2535, introduced to the state Senate Thursday afternoon, would decriminalize possession and distribution of less than one pound of weed, but would not make marijuana legal. Violators would receive a written warning for a first offense and a face fines of $25 for second and subsequent offenses.
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June 8, 2020

Spouses of government employees could get Michigan medical marijuana licenses under bill

Michigan lawmakers want to loosen restrictions on who is able to possess a medical marijuana business license to now include the spouses of government employees. The current rules, created within the 2016 Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act, forbid the spouse of any government employee or elected official from being issued a medical marijuana business license by the state Marijuana Regulatory Agency. It’s not clear how many times this has become a reason to deny an application or revoke a license.
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June 8, 2020

New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Effort Gets Boost From Ouster Of Anti-Reform Senators

Several key New Mexico state senators who have helped to block marijuana legalization legislation are on their way out after Tuesday’s primary election. The secretary of state has called at least major four races where progressive challengers in districts across the state have won their contests against conservative-leaning incumbents. The Senate president pro tem, Finance Committee chair and several other lawmakers who remain opposed to adult-use legalization were rejected by Democratic voters.
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June 8, 2020

Navajo Police Warn Against Illegal Marijuana, Hemp Farms

Authorities on the largest Native American reservation in the U.S. are warning people against illegally growing marijuana and hemp. Navajo Nation police issued the warning Wednesday after confirming that officers were investigating complaints about marijuana or hemp being grown near the northwestern New Mexico community of Shiprock. Police Chief Phillip Francisco says his department has turned over its findings to tribal prosecutors for further review.
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June 4, 2020

Congressional bill would require legal marijuana states to consider impaired driving policies

Democratic leadership in a House committee introduced a bill Wednesday that includes a provision requiring legal marijuana states — and only those states — to consider ways to promote education about the dangers of cannabis-impaired driving while curbing such behavior. The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee filed the legislation, which is also being cosponsored by several chairs of subcommittees under the panel.
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June 4, 2020

New York Senator Pushes To Legalize Marijuana As Part Of Criminal Justice Package Amid Protests

As mass protests over police killings of black Americans continue across the U.S., there’s a renewed push in New York to pass a package of criminal justice reform legislation that includes marijuana legalization. The Safer NY Act is a collection of five bills that have been previously introduced and largely focus on policing reform, but it also contains legislation to legalize cannabis for adult use.
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