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Opinion: The Future of Federal Legalization
The province responded to the the federal Liberals' promise to move toward cannabis legalization this week, with officials hoping they will be consulted.
More and more states are legalizing marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, but could it really be legalized nationwide? We take a closer look.
Over the past year, a number of lawmakers and industry experts have speculated the end to federal marijuana prohibition – casting predictions that cannabis will be legal across America within the next decade. The most recent forecast into America: The Land of the Weed comes spewing from the mouth of former New Mexico Governor Gary …
There's a lot of pro-marijuana bills in Congress now, but they're not likely to go anywhere. Here's why.
by Rick MaceyTwo of the leading pro-cannabis Congressmen were at work advancing the cause in late February, each introducing a bill to the House of Representatives that together would legalize and …
The Senate could vote to legalize cannabis at the federal level if Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado can successfully amend a prison reform bill.
How can Obama be less progressive towards cannabis than some republican states? Check out his interview with Bill Maher for his opinion.
But when will Congress start listening to public opinion?
Getting Up to Speed on Hemp Legalization
The national struggle for industrial hemp legalization is currently heating up. KwayNews.com did a feature on a bill introduced to the senate by Rand Paul, R-Ky, Ron Wyden, D-Ore, and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. Recently Politico reported on the bill’s growing support in the senate and the beginnings…
The unified 2018 Farm Bill was passed by the U.S. Senate and then soared through the House of Representatives this week, paving the road for American farmers to cultivate industrial hemp. The $867 billion bill struggled
A hemp legalization amendment in the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill bans people with felony drug convictions from participating in the hemp industry.
Parlaying the recent passing of Alaska’s Ballot Measure 2, which legalized cannabis for recreational sale in the state, Democratic Senator Johnny Ellis has pre-filed a bill seeking to make hemp – marijuana’s non-psychoactive sibling – the state’s next agricultural cash crop. According to reports, “Ellis had been considering proposing an industrial hemp bill for several years …
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President Donald Trump signed hemp legalization into law Thursday, a change that's expected to unleash seismic market changes for the entire cannabis industry.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY) announced a bill on Monday that would legalize industrial hemp as an agricultural product. The bill — dubbed the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 — has bipartisan support, with Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) both listed as co-sponsors for the legislation.
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2018 Legalization Initiatives from Michigan, Utah, Missouri and North Dakota
North Dakota Medical Marijuana News
In Michigan and North Dakota, initiatives gave voters the opportunity to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Supported byMarijuana Embraced in Michigan, Utah and Missouri, but Rejected in North DakotaImageMarijuana plants growing at a dispensary in New Jersey. Three competing measures on the ballot were related to the regulation of medical cannabis.With 65.5 percent support, voters approved Amendment 2, which will legalize medical marijuana with a 4 percent tax. As of Wednesday, just over 53 percent of voters had endorsed the ballot initiative. It remains illegal at the federal level.But in North Dakota, 59.5 percent of voters gave a thumbs down to Measure 3, which would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana for people who are 21 or older.
This has the possibility to be another banner year for the cannabis legalization movement, with up to six states potentially legalizing some form of cannabis by the end of 2018. Vermont and Oklahoma already passed legalization
Proponents of a statewide ballot initiative to legalize the adult use of marijuana in North Dakota turned in nearly 19,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office today in an effort to place the measure before voters this November. State officials must certify 13,452 signatures in order to...
On Nov. 6, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana and the first in the Midwest, while Missouri and Utah joined 30 other states with medical-cannabis laws. Measure 3 in North Dakota and two others in Missouri were unsuccessful.
On Aug. 13, North Dakota's Secretary of State Alvin Jaeger approved the North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Initiative for the Nov. 6 ballot.
Despite growing interest in North Dakota’s marijuana legalization ballot measure among the state’s voters, it is groups and individuals from outside the state who are driving much of the funding on either side of the debate heading up to Election Day on Nov. 6, 2018. And newly filed campaign finance reports show that opponents have far more resources on hand than do supporters of ending cannabis prohibition. Measure 3, the Marijuana Legalization and Automatic Expungement Initiative, would legally allow the recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and older, including “growing, manufacturing, distributing, selling or testing of marijuana.” It would also create an automatic process to expunge the criminal records of “individuals with convictions for a controlled substance that has been legalized.” The proposal was certified for the ballot in August 2018, with advocates having collected 1,100 more valid signatures than the 13,452 required to place it before voters. Two campaign
Are you an elected official who opposes marijuana reform? Based on what I’ve been noticing this election cycle, you may be in jeopardy of becoming a victim of your own anti-marijuana propaganda. Voters in Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, and Utah will vote Nov. 6, 2018, on measures to legalize some form of marijuana use. Accomplished by voter initiatives, the ballot measures in Michigan and North Dakota would legalize recreational marijuana for those 21 and older. Meanwhile, voters in Utah and Missouri will cast their ballots for or against medical marijuana. We seem to be at the marijuana-reform crossroads in this country. While it’s been incredible to witness the demise of prohibition and the start of legalization, it’s disheartening and disturbing to know that some elected officials are made uncomfortable by the idea of informed adults turning to marijuana for medicinal or recreational use. With that thought in mind, here are a few things to consider before the November vote.
Medical: Yes Recreational: No Decriminalized: No August 13, 2018: On July 9, the Legalize ND campaign submitted more than 18,000 signatures for a legalization initiative, which was significantly...