South Dakota: Legislative Committee Votes to Rescind Home Grow Rights From State’s Medical Cannabis Access Law

Members of the state’s medical-marijuana subcommittee voted this week to rescind key provisions in South Dakota’s voter-approved medical cannabis initiative (Measure 26). On Wednesday, subcommittee members decided 6 to 4 to eliminate the ability for qualified patients to home-cultivate marijuana. Nearly 70 percent of voters decided in favor of the ballot Measure (Measure 26) last November, which […]

Spending Bill Escalates Disastrous War on Drugs

Washington, D.C. — Today, a group of leading civil rights activists and policy experts expressed their disappointment at the inclusion of a provision in the stopgap spending bill passed by Congress that would extend the temporary classification of fentanyl-related substances (FRS) as Schedule I drugs. This classwide policy measure, which would disproportionately impact people of […]

House Judiciary Committee Passes MORE Act

Drug Policy Alliance Celebrates Clearance of Procedural Hurdle and Urges House to Swiftly Bring Critical Marijuana Reform to the Floor Washington, D.C. – Today, in response to the House Judiciary Committee again marking up and passing the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment & Expungement (MORE) Act (H.R. 3617), Maritza Perez, Director of the Office of National Affairs […]

California: Governor Signs Measure into Law Allowing Medical Cannabis Use in Hospitals

Governor Gavin Newsom (D) signed legislation into law providing for the use of medical cannabis products within hospitals and other eligible health care facilities. Senate Bill 311 (a/k/a Ryan’s Law) provides for “a terminally ill patient’s use of medicinal cannabis within [a] health care facility.” The proposal prohibits patients from either inhaling or vaping herbal cannabis […]

FACTCHECK: No Evidence of Fentanyl in Marijuana Edibles

We had reported a story a week back about some illicit edibles going around the suburbs of Philadelphia with trace amounts of fentanyl in the mix. At the time, the only info out was a public health alert due to similar cases of overdoses, seemingly from edibles. The Director of Public Safety at Cabrini University, […]

Mississippi: Lawmakers Request Special Session to Address Medical Marijuana Access

Legislative leaders in Mississippi have requested that Republican Governor Tate Reeves convene a special legislative session in the coming days to address medical marijuana access. The request comes after lawmakers last week revealed that they have reached an agreement on a draft legislation to regulate medical marijuana access in the state. If the Governor agrees […]

Psilocybin updates across the US

The snowballing of psilocybin legislation has begun in earnest, and just within the past week we are seeing some real action being taken on different levels. NIDA For one, studies continue to be conducted across the board. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a top federal agency, has approved a grant for researchers at Johns […]

Marijuana Arrests Fall Precipitously Nationwide in 2020

The estimated number of persons arrested in the United States for violating marijuana laws declined precipitously in 2020, according to data released today by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. Nonetheless, several hundred thousand Americans continue to be arrested on marijuana-related charges, primarily in states where possession of the plant remains criminally outlawed. According to the FBI’s […]

Agtech firm iUNU acquires high-tech greenhouse software provider Artemis

iUNU, a Seattle-based agricultural technology company that created the computer vision and machine learning LUNA cultivation platform, has acquired New York-based Artemis, a leading enterprise software and cultivation management platform serving the hemp, cannabis and fruit and vegetable industries, the two companies announced Monday. Adam Greenberg, CEO, iUNU The companies are joining forces to both […]

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