The buzz on Utah’s fledgling clinical cannabis program

The state of Utah is famously conservative, both politically and culturally. In a region of the country dominated by liberalism, Utah’s elected officials are overwhelmingly Republican. The state hasn’t had a Democratic governor in 35 years and hasn’t voted for a Democrat in a presidential election since 1964. Life in the Beehive State is largely…

At this excessive college, it sounds as if weed is ok—but most attention-grabbing for of us that’re white

Katina Cottrell was at work when administrators at Northmont High School in Dayton, Ohio, called to inform her that they’d just pulled her son Jordan out of first period class for allegedly smelling like cannabis. A registered nurse, Cottrell headed to the school immediately. She brought with her a saliva-based drug test that she routinely…

Scientific cannabis invoice clears Alabama Senate committee

The Associated PressFebruary 19, 2020 Alabama is making strides toward legalizing medical marijuana. (allard1/AdobeStock) A bill to legalize medical cannabis cleared its first hurdle Thursday in the Alabama Legislature, giving hope to advocates after years of setbacks. Audience members applauded as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-1 for the bill, putting it in line for…

Brief session sinks Fresh Mexico’s legalization sing

The Associated PressFebruary 14, 2020 The governor is behind legalization, but New Mexico legislators may take a little more time to evolve on the issue. (SeanPavonePhoto/AdobeStock) SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s bid to become the 12th U.S. state to legalize recreational use of marijuana abruptly fell flat after state senators in a legislature…

Los Angeles County expunges 66,000 marijuana convictions in a day

David DownsFebruary 13, 2020 Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, working with Code for America, announced the dismissal of 66,000 marijuana convictions. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) The fruits of cannabis legalization continued to blossom in the Golden State Thursday. Los Angeles County district attorney Jackie Lacey announced Thursday the filing of a motion to expunge…

Why is Trump targeting clinical marijuana in an election yr?

Ben AdlinFebruary 11, 2020 Trump has talked up medical legalization, but his latest budget directly attacks it. (AP) Donald Trump has long claimed to support cannabis legalization. In 1990, he said the US was “losing badly the war on drugs” and would “have to legalize drugs to win that war.” As a candidate for president in…

Capitol Confidential: How cannabis prison pointers are changing in your voice this week

Ben AdlinFebruary 10, 2020 (uschools, Amanda Goehlert/iStock)   Editor’s note: This week we introduce Capitol Confidential, a pop-up column tracking dozens of cannabis bills and initiatives across the nation. We’ll continue to offer a weekly roundup of political action through the end of the legislative season in June. Florida judges skeptical of 2022 legalization On…

Lawful cannabis in Nepal? It would perhaps well happen

The Associated PressFebruary 10, 2020 In this March 4, 2019, file photo, a Hindu holy man smokes marijuana at the courtyard of the Pashupatinath Temple during Shivaratri festivalin Kathmandu, Nepal. Dozens of Nepalese parliament members have filed a proposal seeking to legalize marijuana use in the Himalayan nation. (Niranjan Shrestha/AP) KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Ruling…

US Customs seizing New Brunswick residents’ appropriate weed

For nine months of the year, the only way to get to Campobello Island in southern New Brunswick is through the United States, at the Lubec, Maine border crossing. Mail comes that way too, including legal cannabis—a fact residents believe has prompted US Customs and Border Protection to begin opening and seizing Campobello residents’ mail,…

Fresh Hampshire Senate passes homegrow invoice for medical marijuana

The New Hampshire Senate just passed SB 420 which will let qualified patients grow their own medical marijuana. The measure approved by senators on Thursday allows designated caregivers or patients to grow up to three mature plants, three immature plants, and 12 seedlings each. Although the state legalized medical cannabis in 2013, growing the plant…

Massachusetts weighs final approval of first minority-owned dispensary

The Associated PressFebruary 6, 2020 The state of Massachusetts is on the verge of licensing its first minority-owned dispensary in Boston. (SeanPavonePhoto/AdobeStock) Massachusetts is set to approve its first minority-owned retail dispensary, more than three years after voters approved the nation’s first cannabis law aimed at encouraging racial minorities and others harmed by the war on drugs…