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Colorado doctors allowed to prescribe marijuana instead of opioids

May 25, 2019
New Law to Allow Colorado Doctors to Prescribe Marijuana in Place of Opioids

A new law will allow doctors in Colorado to prescribe marijuana to patients instead of opioids. Gov. Jared Polis signed the legislation last week. It expands the list of medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana to include conditions that can be treated with opioids. "Colorado loses a community member... more »

May 20, 2019
Massachusetts OKs Cannabis Cafes

Massachusetts marijuana regulators have approved a plan to slowly roll out cannabis cafes where adults could use pot in a social setting. The 3-2 vote by the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday calls for an initial test program in as many as a dozen communities where licenses would be granted... more »

May 16, 2019
New York Introduces New Marijuana Bill

After the failure to include recreational marijuana in the New York state budget earlier this year, sponsors of the legislation are introducing a new bill. The proposal would create an Office of Cannabis Management to oversee commercial marijuana, medically based cannabis and hemp production. Revenue from marijuana sales wold be... more »

May 15, 2019
Georgia Becomes 42nd State to Allow Hemp Farming

Hemp, Inc., a global leader in the industrial hemp industry, announced that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed a bill to allow hemp farming. "Governor Kemp signing this bill is a monumental step forward for Georgia — a state known for having land and many skilled farmers who are excited... more »
Texas medical marijuana

May 9, 2019
Texas House Passes Bill to Expand Access to Medical Marijuana

The Texas House advanced a bill on Monday that would expand the list of debilitating conditions that allow Texans to legally use medical cannabis. House Bill 1365 would add Alzheimer's, Crohn's disease, muscular dystrophy, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism and other illnesses to the existing state program that currently applies only... more »

May 7, 2019
Illinois Governor Plans to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Saturday that he has reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year. The legislation would allow adults 21 and older to legally buy cannabis for recreational use from licensed dispensaries. Illinois residents could... more »

April 24, 2019
Vermont Agriculture Agency Releases Proposed Hemp Rules

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) has released a set of proposed rules that set the stage for growing the Vermont hemp industry and the state’s economy. The agency filed the rules with the Interagency Committee on Administrative Rules (ICAR), which begins the rulemaking process in Vermont.... more »

April 8, 2019
Bill to Protect States’ Marijuana Policies Reintroduced in Congress

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) have reintroduced the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act) to "ensure that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders." U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and David... more »

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