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August 4, 2019
Bill Introduced to Increase Federal Research into Marijuana

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) has introduced legislation that would lift federal barriers and increase research into cannabis. The Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act would remove restrictions on federal research into cannabis and expand studies on the potential benefits and harms from cannabis use. "With some form of legalization... more »
New York recreational marijuana

July 30, 2019
New York Decriminalizes Up to 2 Ounces of Marijuana

The state of New York in now one step closer to making recreational marijuana legal. On Monday, July 29, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that decriminalized recreational marijuana use — making possession of small amounts of the drug punished with fines rather than prison time. It remains illegal in... more »

July 2, 2019
New Jersey Expands Medical Marijuana Program

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law today that significantly expands the state's medical cannabis program, including a regulatory framework that could accommodate broader legalization in the future. The new law creates a Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) with five full-time members to oversee the medical marijuana industry, instead of... more »

Illinois recreational marijuana

June 26, 2019
Illinois Becomes 11th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill Tuesday that permits residents to purchase and possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis at a time and non-residents up to 15 grams. The move also means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or... more »

June 14, 2019
Nevada Lawmakers Ban Employers From Denying Applicants Who Fail Marijuana Tests

Nevada has become the first state to ban employers from refusing to hire job applicants because they tested positive for marijuana in a drug screening. A bill signed by Gov. Steve Sisolak prohibits, with some exceptions, employers from refusing to hire a prospective employee because the job seeker failed a... more »
Nevada cannabis laws

June 11, 2019
Nevada Employers Banned from Refusing to Hire Applicants Who Fail Drug Test

Nevada has become the first state to ban employers from refusing to hire job applicants who fail a marijuana screening test. Gov. Steve Sisolak signed the law on June 5, and it will take effect at the start of 2020. The law states, "It is unlawful for any employer in... more »
Illinois approves recreational marijuana

June 1, 2019
Illinois House Approves Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Illinois will become the 11th state in the country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults under a bill that won final passage in the state legislature on Friday. With a bipartisan vote of 66-47, the House approved the bill that had been passed by the Senate on... more »

May 28, 2019
TSA Approves CBD-Containing Drug on Flights

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will now permit a pediatric epilepsy drug containing cannabis on flights, according to the agency's guidelines. The guidelines state that "products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the... more »

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