Justice

Connecticut Expunges Records of 40,000 Cannabis Law Violators

NEW HAVEN–Yesterday, on January 1, 2023, almost 40,000 citizens of Connecticut with cannabis-related offenses would have their records completely or partially deleted in an act called ‘’The Clean Slate Act.’’ According to the legalizing legislation that Connecticut adopted last year, thousands of people will have their low-level cannabis offenses automatically dismissed as effective January 1.  ...

January 2nd, 2023|
  • Seizures of Contraband and Unauthorized Items at the Regional Reception Centre

Seizure of Contraband and Unauthorized Items at the Regional Reception Centre

SAINTE-ANNE-DES-PLAINES, QC - On November 30, 2022, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, contraband and unauthorized items were seized at the Regional Reception Centre, a federal multi-level security institution. The contraband and unauthorized items seized included 368 grams of hashish, 33 grams of marijuana, 203 grams of tobacco, one USB key, one ...

December 13th, 2022|

Biden Signs Law Paving the Way for Cannabis Research

WASHINGTON, D.C.-President Joe Biden signed legislation on Friday that will facilitate cannabis research and promote the creation of pharmaceuticals derived from the plant. Bipartisan advocates for the Medical cannabis and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act expressed hope that other cannabis-related initiatives in Congress' lame-duck session would follow suit. The co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, Reps. ...

December 5th, 2022|

Colorado Leads The Way To Legalizing Psychedelic Medicine

DENVER –In this week's midterm elections, the Mile High State of Colorado appears to be on track to legalize magic mushrooms after the group opposing the ballot question conceded defeat.  Though the result was still too close to call officially as of Thursday afternoon with 89% of the ballots counted, Proposition 122 was winning with ...

November 11th, 2022|

Texas Cities Vote To Stop Punishment for Cannabis Possession

DALLAS– Five Texas communities had their municipal ballot measures approved by voters, ending local enforcement of minor cannabis infractions. The propositions were approved by voters in the cities of Denton, Killeen, San Marcos, Elgin, and Harker Heights.  The regulations specifically prohibit local law enforcement from issuing citations or making arrests for the majority of cannabis-related ...

November 8th, 2022|

Maryland Becomes 20th State to Legalize Cannabis for Adult Use

ANNAPOLIS–Maryland voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum (Question 4) directing state lawmakers to establish rules and regulations governing the production and sale of cannabis to adults. “Maryland voters have overwhelmingly rejected the failed policy of prohibition and voted for the common sense policy of legalization,” commented NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri, “For far too many decades, ...

November 8th, 2022|

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Names First Internal Cannabis Advisor

NEW YORK- According to an internal memo from earlier this week that an FDA spokesperson provided to the financial publication, MarketWatch, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has appointed Norman Birenbaum, the former director of cannabis programs for New York State, as its first senior public health adviser on cannabis research and regulation initiatives.  Douglas ...

October 10th, 2022|

Biden Announces Plan to Erase Federal Possession of Cannabis Convictions

WASHINGTON, D.C.– President Joe Biden is beginning the process of decriminalizing cannabis and fulfilling a campaign promise to overturn earlier federal possession convictions. He is also beginning to relax the drug's official categorization. Senior administration officials predicted that thousands of Americans would be impacted by Biden's decision to pardon all previous federal crimes of simple ...

October 6th, 2022|

California Governor Newsom Signs Off On Cannabis Laws Including: Interstate Commerce, Employment Protections & Expungement

SACRAMENTO – California's Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he has signed several measures to strengthen California’s cannabis laws, expand the legal cannabis market and redress the harms of cannabis prohibition. Though the state has made significant progress since the legalization of cannabis, local opposition, rigid bureaucracy and federal prohibition continue to pose challenges to ...

September 20th, 2022|

San Francisco Decriminalizes Psychedelics & Entheogenic Plants

SAN FRANCISCO–A resolution that decriminalizes psychedelics and other "entheogenic plants" including magic mushrooms (psilocybin), ibogaine, and ayahuasca, which was proposed last month by Supervisors Dean Preston and Hillary Ronen, has been approved. In a stroke of a pen, magic mushrooms and ayahuasca have been decriminalized in San Francisco, making it the latest U.S. city to ...

September 7th, 2022|
  • Cannabis Market

American Council of Cannabis Medicine Announces Strategic Partnership to Begin Working With the Health Care Sharing Industry

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2022. Today the American Council of Cannabis Medicine announced selection and participation in the NHCSA Building Bridges Program. To help foster understanding and provide resources for the health care sharing industry, and their millions of members across the country. "ACCM was selected because of our recognized role as the premiere industry organization," ...

August 25th, 2022|

Politics: Amendment to Safeguard State Cannabis Programs Approved by House Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C.–In order to avoid the Department of Justice meddling with adult-use cannabis programs, an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2023 was approved by the House Committee on Appropriations this week. With the non-committee support of former supporters Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Tom McClintock (R-CA), and ...

July 1st, 2022|

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Cases Seeking Workers’ Comp for Medical Cannabis

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The US Supreme Court's justices have declined to take a position on whether or not workers' compensation insurance policies should cover the costs of employees' medical cannabis-related expenses.  Following differing opinions from multiple state supreme courts, litigants requested the Court's involvement. In a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief, Empire State NORML and two other organizations—the ...

June 24th, 2022|
  • The Canadian Vaping Association: Canada’s vaping excise tax

Canada’s Vaping Excise Tax Will Have Unintended Consequences

BEAMSVILLE - The Canadian Vaping Association has expressed its concerns to regulators about the proposed vaping excise tax rate. The association believes the proposed rate is too high and will lead to an increase in smoking and a significant contraband market. If the rate remains as proposed a flourishing black market is inevitable. This is ...

June 18th, 2022|

Off-Duty Cops in New Jersey Can Get Stoned, Says State’s Attorney General

TRENTON-New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin stated last week that under the state's new cannabis legislation, off-duty cops will be able to buy and consume cannabis. In a statement emailed to New Jersey police departments on Wednesday, Platkin's outlined the policy, which comes roughly a week before recreational cannabis sales begin in the state. According ...

April 18th, 2022|

DEA Acknowledged Cannabis Seeds, Tissue Cultures, and Genetic Material Do Not Fall Under the Controlled Substances Act

LOS ANGLES–The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has agreed that cannabis seeds are considered hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill if they don't exceed the 0.3 percent THC standard. This came from a response to a question from attorney Shane Pennington, the DEA recently conducted a study of federal law and regulations, which he released on ...

April 11th, 2022|

After Officials Relaxed Laws 6 Canadian Terminal Cancer Patients Received Psilocybin

TORONTO - Under new guidelines governing access to psilocybin, the hallucinogenic component found in "magic" mushrooms, six terminally ill cancer patients in Canada got the country's first legally produced psilocybin.  Over the weekend, the patients were given the medicine as well as counseling.  In January, Health Canada changed its rules to allow doctors to request ...

April 8th, 2022|

House Lawmakers Approve Legislation to End Federal Cannabis Prohibition

LOS ANGELES - A majority of the US House of Representatives approved the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, or H.R. 3617, in a floor vote on Friday. The MORE Act removes cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act, thereby allowing states to legalize cannabis markets free from federal interference. The Act also provides ...

April 4th, 2022|

U.S. House of Representatives Aims To Pass Bill Legalizing Cannabis This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The House is expected to pass legislation legalizing cannabis this week, marking the latest example of rapidly shifting attitudes about drug prohibitions, which marks a near reversal from Presidents Nixon and Reagan's failed ''war on drugs,'' which destroyed countless lives and devastated minority communities unnecessarily. The bill, authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler ...

March 29th, 2022|

New York to Issue First Retail Licenses To People Who Had Cannabis Convictions

NEW YORK–New York Governor Kathy Hochul stated on Thursday that the first licenses to open the newly authorized cannabis retail stores coming to the state later this year will be reserved for those with prior cannabis-related crimes. The proposal, which was adopted by the state's Cannabis Control Board earlier in the day, aims to provide ...

March 11th, 2022|

U.S. House of Representatives Advances Cannabis Banking Bill; Final Passage Uncertain

WASHINGTON, D.C.–On Friday, the United States House of Representatives approved a popular cannabis banking reform amendment proposed by the U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) that would provide protections to financial institutions assisting legal cannabis-based businesses as part of a larger package. Perlmutter's bipartisan Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act was approved by the US ...

February 4th, 2022|

Mississippi Becomes 37th State to Legalize Medical Cananbis

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi has legalized medical cannabis for those suffering from terminal illnesses like cancer, AIDS, and sickle cell disease. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, signed the bill on Wednesday, and it went into effect immediately. However, the first canabis dispensaries may not operate for months. "There is no doubt that there are individuals ...

February 3rd, 2022|

Medical Cannabis Bill Passes, Heads to Mississippi Governor

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi lawmakers are sending a bill to the governor that would establish a medical cannabis program for persons suffering from debilitating illnesses. Mississippi would join the majority of states that allow people to use cannabis for medical purposes if it becomes law, as expected. The final form of the bill, Senate Bill ...

January 26th, 2022|

California Grants Access to Medical Cannabis in Hospitals for Terminally-Ill Patients

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed legislation by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) expanding end-of-life treatment options for Californians by requiring that hospitals and certain types of healthcare facilities in the state allow terminally-ill patients to use medical cannabis for treatment and/or pain relief. “It is inconceivable to me that, in a state where ...

January 18th, 2022|
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