Quebec Battles Federal Law and Facts En Route to Legalization

As Quebec moves—seemingly unwillingly—toward legalization, the details of its legal cannabis framework are still unresolved, which means provincial debate rages on.

Contrary to the federal law allowing up to four plants, Quebec will allow no homegrown cannabis at all.

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Iowa bill reducing marijuana penalties faces obstacles

A proposal in the Iowa Legislature to lessen penalties for people who possess small amounts of marijuana for the first time would save the state money and reduce the disproportionate number of African-Americans in its criminal justice system. Continue reading “Iowa bill reducing marijuana penalties faces obstacles”

Massachusetts Cannabis Overhaul Could Prompt Legal Challenge

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to sign a cannabis overhaul bill that the state Legislature sent to his desk on Thursday, but one Republican lawmaker is already warning that one of the bill’s provisions could invite a lawsuit. Continue reading “Massachusetts Cannabis Overhaul Could Prompt Legal Challenge”

Florida Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Legislation

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a bill that outlines how patients can qualify and receive medical marijuana under the state’s constitutional amendment.

The bill still bans smoking, despite amendment supporters threatening to sue after saying it is written into the language. Continue reading “Florida Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Legislation”

Massachusetts Whiplash: Cannabis Tax Pulled Back to 12%

 The debate over Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana law took a new twist on Friday with the release of a plan that would not raise taxes on cannabis and would leave decisions on whether to ban retail marijuana stores in the hands of local voters. Continue reading “Massachusetts Whiplash: Cannabis Tax Pulled Back to 12%”

Georgia legislature eyes medical marijuana expansion, craft beer sales and opioid addiction response

Lawmakers began talks about the ongoing opioid crisis this week at the Georgia Capitol as lawmakers passed the quarter mark of the 40-day working session.

Here’s a look at some of the major activity, major goals in proposed legislation and what’s coming up when lawmakers return to the Capitol on Tuesday Continue reading “Georgia legislature eyes medical marijuana expansion, craft beer sales and opioid addiction response”

Vermont looks again at legalizing recreational cannabis

A bill has been proposed in the Vermont House that would make it legal for adults to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana.

The proposal would remove all civil and criminal penalties for adult possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana and for the cultivation of a total two mature marijuana plants and seven immature plants. Continue reading “Vermont looks again at legalizing recreational cannabis”

Colorado’s marijuana czar and fellow top regulator make leap into consulting