By Dan Viets, J.D., SMCR Board Chair A bill which would allow patients who have a doctor’s written certification of a legitimate medical need to possess, use and cultivate marijuana for the treatment of serious medical conditions has been filed in the Missouri House of Representatives. House Bill 688 was filed recently by Representative Mike Colona of Saint Louis along with three co-sponsors, including Representative Chris Kelly of Columbia. HB 688 would permit patients who have a physician’s certification to cultivate up to three mature plants, along with four immature [...]
Compassionate Idaho is releasing our New Petition for circulation to put Medical Marijuana for the Seriously and Terminally Ill Patients of The Great State of Idaho on the 2014 Ballot for the Voters to decide to allow this medicine! On 3/15/13 Compassionate Idaho will release a petition to address the failed medical marijuana policy of Idaho that is putting seriously ill and terminally ill patients in a position of being a “criminal.” This petition, once law, will protect our Seriously and Terminally ill patients and their caregivers from arrest, prosecution, [...]
Longview Police raid a Kelso dispensary over 25 plants, one pound, and $4,366 in cash… in Washington State, where possession of an ounce is legal, possession of 24 ounces and 15 plants is legal for a patient, and 45 plants and 4.5 lbs is legal for a collective. Plus, buying and selling will be legal soon.
By Phillip Smith The Hawaii Senate Tuesday voted unanimously to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The measure now goes to the House. The bill, Senate Bill 472, would make possession of up to an ounce a civil infraction with a maximum $1,000 fine. The bill originally called for a maximum $100 fine, but was amended by lawmakers who said they wanted to emphasize that marijuana would still be illegal. Bill supporters said it was aimed at reducing congestion in the state’s criminal justice system. Earlier this session, the [...]
Yesterday, after a tense week of political maneuvering, the Kentucky House Agriculture and Small Business Committee held a vote for Senate Bill 50, the industrial hemp farming bill, and it passed 24 to 1. The bill has already passed the Kentucky Senate and should now get a vote on the floor of the House, where it’s expected to pass if a vote is held. But, due to obstructionism a vote may not be held. We need your help and ask that you make phone calls in support of SB 50 [...]
By Roy Kaufmann, Marijuana Policy Project Last week, a bill to regulate marijuana like alcohol was introduced in the Oregon Legislature! This new bill – HB 3371 – presents an incredible opportunity to educate our legislators about a simple, scientifically proven fact: marijuana is safer – in every sense of the word – than alcohol. Therefore, it makes no sense to punish adults for using marijuana instead of the more harmful substance, alcohol. Contact your representative now to ask him or her to support HB 3371. Even as we live in [...]
By Mason Tvert, Marijuana Policy Project Last week, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) slapped former middleweight champion boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. with a $900,000 fine and nine-month suspension. Why? Not for using a performance-enhancing drug or throwing a match, but simply because he tested positive for marijuana. Such an excessive punishment should not go unanswered, and fortunately Chavez is planning to appeal the decision. We need to get behind him and take this opportunity to send a message to the sporting world that it’s time to revisit their marijuana [...]
Show-Me Cannabis Regulation Hires Lobbyist with Law Enforcement Experience and Conservative Credentials On Thursday, Show-Me Cannabis Regulation announced that it has contracted with Gary Wiegert to lobby for the reform of Missouri’s marijuana laws in Jefferson City. Wiegert is a sergeant with the Saint Louis Police Department and has served on the city’s police force for over 32 years. He also represented his fellow officers as president of the Saint Louis Police Officer’s Association from 1999 to 2003 and again from 2007 to 2009. In his political life, Wiegert has [...]