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North Carolina Medical Marijuana Bill Scheduled for Committee Hearing on May 30

After being reassigned to the House Health Committee, a North Carolina bill to legalize medical marijuana has been scheduled for a pubic hearing on Tuesday, May 30 at 10 am. Senate Bill 3, the “Compassionate Care Act”, was approved by the Senate in March,  36 to 10. The measure was quickly assigned to the House …

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Maine Bill to Remove All Marijuana Crimes and Expunge All Marijuana Convictions Advances

Maine legislation filed by Senator Joseph Baldacci would “remove all marijuana-related provisions from the Maine criminal code and expunge all convictions involving marijuana”. Senate Bill 1789 was filed last month and quickly assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. The measure has now been reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee …

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Triple-Bind, Placebo Controlled Study Finds CBD Lowers Blood Pressure in Patients with Hypertension

According to a new clinical trial “chronic administration of CBD reduces ambulatory blood pressure in those with untreated and treated hypertension”. The study was published in the recent issue of the peer-reviewed journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, and it was published online ahead of print by the US National Library of Medicine. “Recent data indicate …

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Nevada Legislature Approves Resolution Urging Federal Government to Deschedule Marijuana

A Nevada resolution that urges the federal government to deschedule marijuana was passed yesterday by the full Senate, having already passed the Assembly. Filed by State Representative Reuben D’Silva, Assembly Joint Resolution 8 is cosponsored by a bipartisan coalition of 35 other lawmakers. The resolution states that “the members of the 82nd Session of the …

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Minnesota Governor Signs Bills to Allow Drug Consumption Sites, Create Psychedelics Task Force

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has signed into law legislation that will fund the creation of safe drug consumption sites and will establish a psychedelics task force to study a pathway to legalization. The proposals allowing for safe drug consumption sites (also referred to as “overdose prevention centers”) and creating a psychedelic task force were passed …

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California Psychedelic Legalization Bill Passed by Full Senate

A California bill to legalize the personal possession of several psychedelic substances, including magic mushrooms (psilocybin), has been passed by the full Senate. The Senate voted 21 to 16 today to pass Senate Bill 58. The measure would legalize the possession of up to two grams of DMT, 15 grams of ibogaine, two grams of …

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Colorado Governor Signs Bill Establishing Framework for Legal Psychedelics With No Possession Limit

Legislation to legally regulate certain psychedelics has been signed into law by Governor Jared Polis. Governor Polis signed Senate Bill 23-290 into law today, three weeks after it was sent to him by the state’s legislature. It passed the House 45 to 18 and the Senate 25 to 11. SB 23-290 places no specific possession limits …

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Maine Bill Would Almost Double Marijuana Tax Rate

Legislation filed in the Maine Legislature would significantly increase the tax rate for legal marijuana sales. Filed by State Representative Matthew Moonen, Legislative Document 1946 has been assigned to the House Taxation Committee in the House and the Senate Taxation Committee in the Senate. The proposed law would increase the tax rate for marijuana sales …

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Louisiana Marijuana Expungement Bill Passed by House 69 to 30

Louisiana’s full House of Representatives has passed a bill to allow for the quick expungement of marijuana possession convictions. House Bill 286 was passed yesterday 69 to 30 through the House of Representatives, sending it to the Senate for consideration. The proposal allows those with a misdemeanor conviction for marijuana possession to file a motion …

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Oregon: $1 Billion in Marijuana Taxes Made Since Start of Legal Sales

Oregon has made roughly $1 billion in tax revenue from legal marijuana, according to data released by the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission. Since the start of legal marijuana sales in October, 2016, the state has made $952 million in tax revenue from the legal distribution of $5.6 billion worth of marijuana and marijuana products. …

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