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Inside the Hearings to Reclassify Marijuana

In a case that could change the relationship between states and the federal government regarding marijuana, a US district judge in Sacramento, California held a three-day hearing recently that challenged the federal status of cannabis.  At issue is classification of marijuana by the US Drug Enforcement Administration as a “Schedule I” drug, a ranking system established in the early 1970s, and Schedule I is the same classification given to...

Brookings Fellow on Crucial “Marijuana Midterms”

Brookings Institution Fellows John Hudak and Philip Wallach recently published a concise guide to the three major marijuana legalization initiatives on the ballot this November in Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia  … CRN’s Brian Bahouth spoke with John Hudak about his findings …   http://www.cannabisradionews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/john-hudak-final-dwnld.mp3...

Florida Poised to Vote on Medical Marijuana

On November 4, Florida voters will decide whether seriously ill residents should be allowed to use medical marijuana with a valid doctor’s recommendation and whether the state should register and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.  Should Question 2 garner the requisite number of “yes” votes, Florida would become the 24th state to adopt a medical marijuana law and the first to do so in the South.  With less than a week before...

An Interview with Adam Eidinger, Chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign

Voters in Washington, D.C. will consider marijuana legalization Initiative 71 this election day, and if passed, adults in DC could legally possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana and six cannabis plants, and polling shows passage is likely; but the special relationship between the District of Columbia and the US Congress clouds the fate of this initiative, and if voters choose to legalize cannabis in the nation’s capital, Congress has 60...

Two Maine Cities will Vote on Legalization: an Activist Reflects

Maine passed a medical marijuana law in 1999 with 61% of the vote.  A 2009 ballot initiative amended the law to allow dispensaries and add additional qualifying conditions.  Eight dispensaries are currently in operation.  Also in 2009, the state legislature decriminalized possession of a limited amount of cannabis, and last year, 67% of Portland voters decided to make it legal for adults to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana....

Cannabis Grows a New Generation of Voters in Mississippi

A month ago, community activist Kelly Jacobs filed a petition with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office that marked the first step on the road to get a marijuana legalization initiative on the state-wide ballot in 2016.  Since then, a grass-roots movement to legalize marijuana has formed, and many early supporters are younger than thirty and represent a segment of voters who have traditionally lacked an issue to drive...

First Civil Citation For Marijuana Issued To PhillyNORML Activist

The City of Philadelphia has now implemented a new fine structure for marijuana possession, and PhillyNORML activist and US Marine Corps combat veteran Mike Whiter received the first citation at 8:00AM on Monday, October 20. Whiter negotiated with PPD Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan and Civil Affairs department head Captain Stephen Glenn to engage in the peaceful action. Whiter, an underground medical cannabis patient, walked into the outdoor rotunda at...

Competing Marijuana Ballot Measures in Santa Ana

The city of Santa Ana in Orange County , California imposed a ban on medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives in 2007, and this November voters will consider a pair of competing ballot measures that would both end the ban but impose very different sets of regulations.  For insight, CRN’s Brian Bahouth spoke with Kandice Hawes,  Executive Director of Orange County NORML and Principle Officer of the Committee to Support...

Colorado Edibles Work Group Wrestles with Regulations

Colorado Department of Public Health authorities suggested a near ban on the sales of cannabis infused edibles Monday; enraged members of the industry group working to formulate new regulations for marijuana infused edibles in the state pressed back; and by the end of the day the state relented on its suggestions.  The Colorado state legislature impaneled the work group to further refine edibles regulations.  The members will meet again...