Cannabis In Politics

Minnesota Expunges Over 60,000 Misdemeanor Cannabis Records Ahead of Schedule

Minnesota Expunges Over 60,000 Misdemeanor Cannabis Records Ahead of Schedule

Minnesota is making significant strides in rectifying past cannabis-related injustices as it expunges more than 60,000 misdemeanor records ahead of schedule. This expedited process, which was initially slated for August, comes as a result of the state’s adult-use cannabis law passed last year. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Records reports that the expungements are expected […]

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Virginia Governor Signs Bill Protecting Medical Cannabis Patients from Discrimination

Virginia Governor Signs Bill Protecting Medical Cannabis Patients from Discrimination

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has taken a significant step towards protecting the rights of medical cannabis patients in the state by signing a bill that shields state employees from discrimination based on their status as registered patients. This legislation covers a wide range of public sector workers, including firefighters, emergency service providers, teachers, and civil

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Washington Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Cannabis Waste Conversion

Washington Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Cannabis Waste Conversion

Lawmakers in Washington state have forwarded a proposal to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk that would permit cannabis operators to repurpose their green waste into commercial composts and other products, as reported by the Spokesman-Review. The bill would enable cannabis operators to transform the byproducts of commercial cannabis harvests, such as stalks, stems, leaves, and roots,

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Biden Budget Blocks D.C. Cannabis Marketplace Implementation

Biden Budget Blocks D.C. Cannabis Marketplace Implementation

The Biden Administration’s budget proposal, continues to include a rider preventing Washington D.C. from utilizing funds to establish its voter-approved adult-use cannabis marketplace. This measure, initially introduced by U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) in 2014, has persisted despite D.C. voters’ overwhelming support for Initiative 71, which legalized cannabis possession and cultivation for adults. Despite efforts

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Oregon Legislature Passes Bill to Cap Cannabis Licenses, Introduce Regulatory Measures

Oregon Legislature Passes Bill to Cap Cannabis Licenses, Introduce Regulatory Measures

In response to concerns over oversaturation in Oregon’s cannabis industry, the state legislature recently approved a bill aimed at curbing the proliferation of cannabis licenses. The legislation, passed last week, sets limits on the number of production, retail, processor, and wholesale licenses issued, with the goal of stabilizing the market and addressing economic challenges. According

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Massachusetts Governor Moves to Pardon Misdemeanor Cannabis Convictions

Massachusetts Governor Moves to Pardon Misdemeanor Cannabis Convictions

Governor Maura Healey of Massachusetts (D) announced her intention to pardon all misdemeanor cannabis possession convictions issued by the state. This decision is poised to have an immediate impact on thousands of individuals who have been burdened by past convictions for minor cannabis offenses. The pardon initiative, proposed by Governor Healey, requires approval from the

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Sen. Fetterman Criticizes Biden's Marijuana Pardons Over Military Code Exclusions

Sen. Fetterman Criticizes Biden’s Marijuana Pardons Over Military Code Exclusions

In a recent interview, Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) expressed disappointment with President Joe Biden’s marijuana pardons, arguing that they should cover possession offenses under military code. Fetterman emphasized that cannabis should be treated similarly to alcohol under federal law. The senator’s remarks came during a conversation with Ask a Pol’s Matt Laslo, where he diverged

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Virginia House Approves Bill to Protect Public Workers from Medical Marijuana Firing

Virginia House Approves Bill to Protect Public Workers from Medical Marijuana Firing

The Virginia House of Delegates has taken a significant step forward in protecting public sector workers, such as government officials and teachers, from being terminated due to medical marijuana use. In a resounding 80-18 vote, the House advanced a Senate-passed bill introduced by Sen. Stella Pekarsky (D), sending it to the governor’s desk for final

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Thailand's Cannabis Industry Faces Legal Battle Amidst Decriminalization Rollback

Thailand’s Cannabis Industry Faces Legal Battle Amidst Decriminalization Rollback

Thailand’s cannabis industry is on edge as the government weighs potential rollbacks of its historic decriminalization reforms, prompting cannabis entrepreneurs and operators to brace for legal battles, reports This Week in Asia. The threat of litigation looms large following the introduction of legislation earlier this year by Thailand’s health minister, which could effectively criminalize recreational

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Texas Attorney General Launches Lawsuit Against Cities Over Cannabis Decriminalization

Texas Attorney General Launches Lawsuit Against Cities Over Cannabis Decriminalization

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) has announced a new legal battle against five Texas cities that have implemented cannabis decriminalization policies, as reported by The Hill. The lawsuit targets city mayors and council members from Austin, Denton, Elgin, Killeen, and San Marcos, arguing that their decriminalization policies violate Texas laws on marijuana possession and

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