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Schumer Celebrates 4/20 Marijuana Holiday On Senate Floor

Schumer Celebrates 4/20 Marijuana Holiday On Senate Floor

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday marked the marijuana holiday 4/20 by making the case for ending federal prohibition on the Senate floor.In a speech, the senator said April 20 is “a very unofficial American holiday,” and the occasion is “as appropriate a time as any to take a hard look at our laws that have over-criminalized the use of marijuana and put it on a par with heroin, LSD and other narcotics that bear little or no resemblance in their effect either on individuals or on society more broadly.”“The war on drugs has too often been a war on people, particularly...

Apr 20
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Illinois Gets More Tax Revenue From Marijuana Than Alcohol, State Says

Illinois Gets More Tax Revenue From Marijuana Than Alcohol, State Says

Illinois took in more tax dollars from marijuana than alcohol for the first time last quarter, according to the state Department of Revenue.From January to March, Illinois generated about $86,537,000 in adult-use marijuana tax revenue, compared to $72,281,000 from liquor sales.Those following the cannabis market in Illinois might not be entirely surprised, as the state has consistently been reporting record-breaking sales, even amid the pandemic. In March alone, adults spent $109,149,355 on recreational cannabis products—the largest single month of sales since retailers opened shop.Via...

Apr 13
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Minnesota Marijuana Legalization Bill Sails Through Fifth Committee, With Floor Vote Expected Next Month

Minnesota Marijuana Legalization Bill Sails Through Fifth Committee, With Floor Vote Expected Next Month

A bill to legalize marijuana in Minnesota advanced again on Monday, passing a fifth House committee as it moves closer to floor action.House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (D), Speaker Melissa Hortman (D) and other lawmakers . It would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis and cultivate up to eight plants, four of which could be mature.The House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee approved the bill, which it amended, in a 11-7 vote on Monday.“This bill, first and foremost, is a recognition of the major racial disparities in...

Apr 12
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New Mexico Governor Sends Marijuana Bill Sponsors A ‘Save The Date’ For Expected Legalization Bill Signing

New Mexico Governor Sends Marijuana Bill Sponsors A ‘Save The Date’ For Expected Legalization Bill Signing

The governor of New Mexico seems poised to sign a bill to legalize marijuana first thing next week, with a sponsor of the reform legislation telling Marijuana Moment that she’s received a “save the date” notice for what appears to be a signing ceremony on Monday.The legislature sent Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) an adult-use legalization proposal late last month after that she convened specifically to finalize the reform. Advocates have been eagerly awaiting its signing, though there are procedural reasons it has not yet happened.Rep. Andrea Romero (D), a sponsor of the reform bill, told...

Apr 9
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Kansas Lawmakers Approve Changes To Medical Marijuana Bill In Committee

Kansas Lawmakers Approve Changes To Medical Marijuana Bill In Committee

Kansas lawmakers on Thursday began making decisions on proposed amendments to a bill to legalize medical marijuana, moving the proposal closer to a committee vote that could come next week.Members of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee have been meeting daily this week to go over more than a dozen proposed revisions. Chairman John Barker (R) that the plan was to have legislators take most of the week to review the amendments and then hold a vote on Thursday.But the large number of amendments has slowed the pace of progress, and now the chairman says he will be asking the House...

Mar 25
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South Carolina Senator Threatens To Block ‘Every Single Other Bill’ If Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Get A Vote

South Carolina Senator Threatens To Block ‘Every Single Other Bill’ If Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Get A Vote

If other South Carolina senators move to block a , its sponsor said on Tuesday that he would use his power to stop every other piece of legislation on the chamber’s calendar in protest.“We’re going to get this bill passed,” Sen. Tom Davis (R), who filed the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, said at a press conference with supporters. “And if there are some up on the Senate floor that are still in this reefer madness, drug war mentality and block and stand in the way of this bill, I will exercise my rights as a senator to respond in kind to every single other bill on this...

Apr 7
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New York Marijuana Legalization Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk

New York Marijuana Legalization Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk

A is heading to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) desk following back-to-back votes in the Senate and Assembly on Tuesday.Legislative leaders made clear that they intended to swiftly advance the legislation, which is the result of extensive negotiations with the governor. The latest text of the bill was only released on Saturday, yet it moved through four committees and passed on the floor in both chambers of the legislature within the span of hours just days later.The Senate approved the measure in a 40-23 vote, and the Assembly passed it 94-56.Cuomo called the move “a major step forward for the...

Mar 31
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Kansas Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill, Clearing It For Floor Vote

Kansas Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill, Clearing It For Floor Vote

A Kansas House committee on Monday adopted another set of amendments to a medical marijuana legalization bill and approved the overall measure, clearing its path to a floor vote.The legislation, which was introduced last month in the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, has been the subject of multiple hearings in the panel, with members going through numerous proposed changes in recent days.Chairman John Barker (R)  that the plan was to have legislators take most of the week to review the amendments and then vote on Thursday, but that timeline was delayed. Despite complaints from...

Mar 29
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New York Marijuana Legalization Bill Moves Fast, With Three Committee Hearings And Possible Floor Votes Tuesday

New York Marijuana Legalization Bill Moves Fast, With Three Committee Hearings And Possible Floor Votes Tuesday

Just days after a revised following negotiations between the governor and Senate and Assembly leaders, formal hearings have been scheduled for the proposal in three committees on Tuesday. And floor votes could immediately follow action by the panels, a top lawmaker says.Put simply, things are moving fast—which is consistent with what legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said to expect after a deal was reached. The Assembly and Committees and the Senate Committee are scheduled to start considering the legislation within minutes of each other on Tuesday morning.While the bill is not...

Mar 29
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NFL Funds Marijuana Research As Federal Prohibition ‘Adversely’ Impacts Studies Into Opioid Alternative For Players

NFL Funds Marijuana Research As Federal Prohibition ‘Adversely’ Impacts Studies Into Opioid Alternative For Players

A commission formed between the NFL and the league’s players union plans to award up to $1 million in grants for researchers to investigate the therapeutic potential of marijuana, CBD and other alternatives to opioids for treating pain. At a press conference on Tuesday, a representative from the NFL-NFLPA’s Joint Pain Management Committee (PMC) said “clearly there are a lot of great ideas in this space and there’s a lot of important research that needs to be funded.” Asked by Marijuana Moment if the ongoing prohibition of cannabis as a Schedule I drug is to blame for the relative lack of...

Jun 8
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