Category Archives: legislation

Oregon Revisits Worker Protections for Off-Duty Cannabis Enjoyment

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers will consider making it illegal for businesses to fire employees who flunk drug tests for using marijuana off the clock, reviving a workers’ rights campaign that failed in the statehouse last year. RELATED STORY Why Legal Cannabis Can Still Get You Fired The Statesman Journal reports that a proposed bill would […]

Silver Heads: Medical Cannabis Advocacy for Seniors

Seniors, like many other demographics, can benefit immensely from cannabis. Here are a few groups dedicated to educating and advocating for them: Grannies for Grass Silver Heads/ High Times This organization has grown to include chapters all over the United States and international locations in countries such as Canada, Denmark and Australia. There are 73 […]

California’s Cannabis Equity Act Just Changed the Game

California took another step this week toward making reparations for its war on marijuana users. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Thursday a bill offering small cannabis business assistance to those most impacted by past drug law enforcement. The California Cannabis Equity Act magnifies programs already up and running in cities like San Francisco […]

Bill to Legalize Cannabis in Northern Mariana Islands Lands on Governor’s Desk

After its back-and-forth journey between the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ two legislative chambers, a bill to move the U.S. territory from total cannabis prohibition to full legalization is headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres. SB 20-62 passed the CNMI House earlier this month. Today, the Senate voted without […]

Michigan Dems Hoping Legalization Drives Youth Vote

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — As both parties continue pumping funds into the 2018 race, Michigan Democrats hope to cash in on another kind of green. A proposal to legalize marijuana will be on Michigan’s November ballot, putting the state on the cusp of allowing recreational use of the drug for those 21 and older. If […]

The Governor of Utah Just Signed A Medical Marijuana Bill

On Wednesday, Gov. Gary Hubert signed a stack of bills into law. Among them was House Bill 195, which gives terminally ill individuals in the final stages of their life the freedom to use medical cannabis. Or in the terms of the bill, terminally ill patients have the “right to try” cannabis-based treatments. And that’s […]

Connecticut Lawmakers Taking Another Look at Legalizing Cannabis

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut legislators are under pressure to revisit legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, as a growing number of New England states are allowing people to possess and use cannabis. There is concern among some members of the General Assembly that Connecticut could miss out on the push toward legalization. “Yes, there […]

California Bill Would Temporarily Cut State Cannabis Taxes

California lawmakers are proposing a temporary tax cut for cannabis in an effort to undercut the illicit market and encourage the state’s transition to legal, regulated sales. RELATED STORY California’s High Cannabis Tax Could Doom Legalization. Here’s a Fix On Thursday, Assemblymembers Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced Assembly Bill 3157, which for […]

States Mull ‘Sanctuary’ Status for Cannabis Businesses

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Taking a cue from the fight over immigration, some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed cannabis businesses, hoping to protect the fledgling industry from a shift in federal enforcement policy. “This is a new engine of a healthy economy.” Ben Bartlett, Berkeley City Council […]

Canada Seems Ready to Break Three International Treaties to Legalize Cannabis

With the legalization of recreational cannabis just around the corner, Canadians are talking a lot about sales and distribution, impaired driving, and the impact on children—but little has been said about international law. If all goes according to the plan laid out by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Cannabis Act will place Canada in violation […]