Policy and Legislation
Puerto Rico’s governor on Sunday signed an executive order to authorize the use of medical marijuana in the United States territory in an unexpected move following a lengthy public debate. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the island’s health secretary has three months to issue a report detailing how the executive
By Jeff Nagel This article originally appeared on Terrance Standard, April 30th 2015. B.C.’s provincial health officer is defending the value of marijuana as a medicine after federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose urged the City of Vancouver to shut down all local pot dispensaries rather than regulating them. Dr. Perry
By Tim Devaney This article originally appeared on The Hill, April 29th 2015. Marijuana businesses could open bank accounts under legislation unveiled in the House Wednesday. Banks are currently prohibited from doing business with marijuana dealers, even if they are licensed by their state, because they are selling a federally
By Philip Ross This article originally appeared on International Business Times, April 29th 2015. Pro marijuana advocates in Maine are expected to start collecting signatures to get recreational pot on the ballot in 2016 following approval Tuesday of a petition by the Secretary of State’s office, the Associated Press reported.
By Christine D’Antonio This article originally appeared on CBS Pittsburgh, April 28th 2015. PITTSBURGH (KDKA)- Pittsburgh NORML hosted a forum Monday night on medical marijuana. It was held at the Union Project in the East Liberty-Highland Park section of Pittsburgh. State House Rep. Ed Gainey was on hand to lend
Bipartisan Legislation Introduced in New York to Expedite Access to Medical Marijuana for Critically Ill Patients
This press release originally appeared on Drug Policy Alliance, on April 28th 2015. Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb Join as Co-Sponsors. Patients & Families Rally in Albany to Demand Emergency Access Before More Loved Ones Die Albany– Patients, family members and
By Frances Bula This article originally appeared on The Globe and Mail, April 22nd 2015. Vancouver is about to become the first city in Canada to regulate medical-marijuana dispensaries, setting up strict conditions that will include obtaining a special business licence, paying a $30,000 permit fee and not operating close
By M. Martin Hine This article originally appeared on OPEDNEWS.com, April 20th 2015 Last week, Georgia Governor Deal enjoyed the applause of cannabis refugees when he signed a new medical marijuana bill into law. Mike Hopkins had reservations. “Right now, nothing in the state house…is going to get us home
By Carly Schwartz This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post, April 20th 2015 Ecuador is in the process of considering a groundbreaking piece of legislation that would decriminalize the use of illegal drugs, including marijuana and cocaine, according to GlobalPost. “Treating the drug phenomenon in a repressive way, as
By David Beasley This article originally appeared in Reuters April 16th 2015 ATLANTA (Reuters) – People with seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis and other illnesses will be allowed to use a non-smoking form of medical marijuana in Georgia after the state’s Republican governor signed a measure legalizing the drug on Thursday.