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Posted 8 months ago in Government Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Obama Administration Won’t Block State Marijuana Reforms

The Obama administration announced Thursday it will not seek to strike down state marijuana laws that conflict with federal law, including last year’s voter-driven legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington. Attorney General Eric Holder hosted a conference call with the Governors of Colorado and Washington to inform them of the decision and warn them that the Department of Justice would be closely monitoring the marijuana activity in their states. Holder described a “trust but verify” system in which …

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Posted 8 months ago in Marijuana by Josh Crank  
DOJ Scraps Mandatory Minimums for Nonviolent Drug Offenders

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the Department of Justice will stop charging certain nonviolent drug offenders with charges that carry mandatory minimum sentences. Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in San Francisco, Holder outlined a variety of efforts the DOJ plans to undertake “to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, deter, and rehabilitate – not merely to warehouse and forget.” Among those efforts is a change to federal charging policies for nonviolent …

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Posted 9 months ago in Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Illinois Becomes 20th Medical Marijuana State

Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a bill making Illinois the 20th state to legalize marijuana for medical use. “This is really an important day, I think, for healing in Illinois,” said Quinn at the signing ceremony at the University of Chicago. The new law is a clear victory for medical marijuana supporters, but Illinois’ statute is also one of the most restrictive in the nation. State legislators who championed the bill say the tight regulations will prevent crime …

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Posted 9 months ago in Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Denial of Marijuana Reclassification Appealed to Supreme Court

Medical marijuana advocates want the United States Supreme Court to hear an appeal that could lead to marijuana’s removal from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Americans for Safe Access appealed a January decision from the District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court that found a lack of “adequate and well-controlled studies” proving the medical efficacy of marijuana. Even though plaintiffs presented more than 200 peer-reviewed studies, the three-judge panel concluded that the studies did not meet certain standards and …

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Posted 9 months ago in Marijuana by Josh Crank  
New Hampshire Legalizes Medical Marijuana

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Tuesday legalizing marijuana for approved medical use. New Hampshire became the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana, and the final New England state to do so. The new law, HB 573, provides for as many as four nonprofit dispensaries and allows qualified patients to possess up to two ounces of marijuana. To qualify, patients must have at least one of a limited range of conditions like cancer, Crohn’s disease or multiple sclerosis. …

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