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With Historic Release of Drug Offenders & Help for Re-entry, US Takes ``First Step`` on Prison Crisis
In the largest one-time release of federal prisoners in U.S. history, more than 6,000 inmates have been freed early under a resentencing effort for people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes. Decisions by the U.S. Sentencing Commission last year reduced prison terms for certain drug offenses and applied those changes retroactively. Most have been released to halfway houses and home confinement, while close to one-thirdabout 1,700 peopleare undocumented immigrants who now face immediate deportation. The release comes as President Obama has announced a series of steps to help....
Yesterday Mexicos Supreme Court ruled in a 4-1 vote that the prohibition of marijuana is unconstitutional. The ruling declared that individuals should have the right to grow and distribute marijuana for their personal use.
Mexico has increasingly considered reforming their marijuana policies in recent months following the well known case of 8 year old, Graciela Elizalde, whose parents launched a successful social media campaign to pressure the Mexican government to approve a CBD treatment for their daughter. This treatment however, was approved only for Graciela, leaving m....
Week in Review: Florida CBD, Ohio Marijuana Bill & Colorado Edibles Recall
John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey
Florida experiences another CBD setback, Ohios marijuana measure could result in a stagnant year for legalization, and two more companies issue edibles recalls in Colorado.
Heres a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.
Figuring Out Florida
Florida missed its October goal of selecting five companies to grow cannabis, process it into CBD-heavy medicines and sell them via dispensaries, creating yet another setback for an oft-delayed program.
Now, some observers say the state might not make a decision until Thanksgiving at....
Industrial Hemp Cultivation Now Legal in North Carolina
With it now being October 31st EDT, the production and cultivation of hemp is now legal in North Carolina. This is due to Senate Bill 313 becoming law without Governor Pat McCrorys signature.
The new law, which was approved overwhelmingly in the states legislature, establishes an industrial hemp commission tasked with licensing hemp farmers and overseeing a hemp pilot program. The new law will allow hemp to be legally cultivated in North Carolina for the first time in decades.
In addition to allowing farmers to grow hemp, researchers at the states A&T University will also....
Mexico Supreme Court rules marijuana use is a human right
Mexicos Supreme Court has ruled in favor for the right to cannabis.
The courts criminal chamber on Wednesday ruled that individuals must have rights to the possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana, according to an AP report.
The five-justice panel voted in favor of the argument that smoking or cultivating marijuana should be legal under the right of free development of personality.
Its really a monumental case, said Hannah Hetzer of the Drug Policy Alliance, in an interview with the Washington Post. It was argued on human rights grounds, which is unusual, and its ta....
Minnesota Advisory Panel Recommends Adding Intractable Pain As Qualifying Condition For Medical Marijuana
The Minnesota Office of Medical Cannabis Intractable Pain Advisory Committee posted its recommendations on the question of whether intractable pain should be a medical cannabis qualifying condition late Wednesday. A majority of the panel opposed adding intractable pain, despite marijuanas relative safety when compared to commonly prescribed pain medications. The panel also listed a variety of conditions that it suggests be met if the Commissioner of Health were to ultimately decide to add intractable pain to the program.
The recommendations which include a 21 and older ag....
Issue 3, the marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot in Ohio this past Tuesday, was surprisingly unpopular with the voters, and lost the vote by 65 percent to 35 percent. It was an old-fashioned ass kicking a drubbing that came despite polls indicating a slim majority of the public in Ohio favored legalizing marijuana.
That dramatic difference between the generic support for the concept of marijuana legalization, and the far lower support for the provisions contained in Issue 3, lead to a number of conclusions.
First, it suggests that unlimited amounts of money m....
Sean Parker initiative ignites California marijuana legalization
Philanthropist Sean Parker shakes up marijuana legalization in California
Billionaire technology and music industry disruptor Sean Parker upended another sector this afternoon, with the release of a new initiative to legalize marijuana in California in 2016.
Parkers proposal called the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act calls for ending cannabis prohibition in California, and allowing folks to possess up to one ounce of bud and grow up to six plants. Cities would have wide latitude on cannabis commerce, but couldnt ban small, secure personal indoor gardens.
Philanthropist Sean Parker shakes up marijuana legalization in Calif....
Mexicos Supreme Court Declares Individuals Have the Right To Consume And Cultivate Marijuana
Today, in a 4 to 1 vote, Mexicos Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition of the consumption and cultivation of marijuana for personal use is unconstitutional. The Court determined that the prohibition of the consumption of marijuana and its cultivation for non-commercial ends violates the human right to the free development of ones personality. This landmark case could lead to the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes if followed up with legislation.
This vote by Mexicos Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons: it is being argued on human rights gro....
New Hampshire Cancer Patient To File Suit Against State Over Medical Marijuana Access
A terminal cancer patient seeking access to medical marijuana will file a lawsuit Thursday in Merrimack County Superior Court against New Hampshire Commissioner of Health and Human Services Nicholas Toumpas.
Linda Horan of Alstead, who is suffering from Stage 4 lung cancer, filed a pre-registration application to participate in New Hampshires medical marijuana program after receiving approval from all five of her physicians. She wants to receive a medical marijuana ID card that will allow her to obtain medical marijuana legally in Maine and protect her from arrest and pros....
Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill In Senate To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition
As expected, Bernie Sanders introduced a bill today into the United States Senate that would end federal marijuana prohibition. It wouldnt legalize marijuana, as states would be able to decide the issue themselves, but it would remove marijuana prohibition at the federal level. Below is a reaction by Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority:
This is the first time a bill to end federal marijuana prohibition has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. A growing majority of Americans want states to be able to enact their own marijuana laws without harassment from the DEA, and ....
Southern Oregon pot harvest underway, some growers wary of new market
For years, Jane Fossens work has been based on a relatively simple arrangement: Medical marijuana patients ask her to grow for them, and she does.
It allows Fossen to earn enough to support what she describes as a modest life in the Applegate Valley, the quiet southern Oregon community where she was born and raised.
But change is coming. Fossen is already testing out Oregons recreational cannabis market. She recently bought her first smart phone. She consults a business lawyer at a Portland law firm and packs her premium flowers, strains such as Skywalker OG and Peachy Pi....
The controversial Ohio marijuana legalization initiative has gone down to defeat, with voters rejecting it by a margin of 66 percent to 34 percent, according to early voting results. Local media outlets called the election minutes after vote counting began at 9 p.m..
The initiative was sponsored by ResponsibleOhio, which gathered up 10 sets of investors willing to pony up $2 million each to get one of the 10 commercial marijuana cultivation sites envisioned in the initiative. Passage of the initiative would have locked this legal marijuana cultivation monopoly into the st....
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