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  1. Ron Strider

    Does The Marijuana Justice Act Have A Chance

    When New Jersey Senator Cory Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Act on Aug. 1, he knew its odds of becoming law were slim to none. From a practical perspective, the bill – which would remove cannabis from the Drug Enforcement Agency's scheduling system – is likely to fare no better (and...
  2. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Legalization May Gain Prominence In 2020 Election

    While the primary issues that will be debated in the 2020 presidential race will likely include the usual topics – jobs, infrastructure spending, national security, taxes, healthcare laws, trade, crime, immigration, and economic growth, another topic that may very well take on added prominence...
  3. Ron Strider

    Medical Marijuana Bill Aims To Fight Jeff Sessions' Renewed War On Drugs

    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill on Thursday that would allow state medical marijuana laws to supersede the current federal prohibition on weed. The bill is dubbed the CARERS Act, which stands for the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act...
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    CT: Sen. Ed Gomes To Hold Forum On Legalizing Marijuana

    BRIDGEPORT–With marijuana slated to be sold legally across the border in Massachusetts next year, Connecticut lawmakers are increasingly pondering the politics of pot. State Sen. Ed Gomes is inviting the public to voice their views at open forum next week. More than just a town hall, the...
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    MT: Bill Would Fix Start-Date Of Medical Marijuana Initiative

    Helena – A bill to correct a drafting error that delayed when the three-patient provision for medical marijuana providers was repealed passed out of the Senate State Administration Committee on Monday on a 6-2 vote. Sen. Fred Thomas, who carried Senate Bill 131, asked for quick consideration...
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    What Will Sen. Sessions Do About Marijuana Laws If He Becomes Trump's AG?

    So much of the conversation about U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination to be Donald Trump's attorney general has concentrated on his views about race and immigration. And for good reason, by the way. But Sessions, R-Mobile, is a strong opponent of the legalization of marijuana, which has...
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    GA: Sen. Fort, Mayoral Candidate, Seeks To Decriminalize Cannabis In Atlanta

    Atlanta - When State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) announced his run for Mayor of Atlanta on November 12, 2016, he became the first candidate for Atlanta elected office to run on a platform that includes decriminalization of cannabis, or marijuana, within City limits. This would mean that...
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    VA: Sen. Tommy Norment Says He Supports Decriminalizing Marijuana

    Virginia - Senator Tommy Norment, R-Va., tells 10 On Your Side he supports the decriminalization of small, modest amounts of marijuana. Sen. Norment is the Republican majority leader of the Virginia Senate and is considered one of the the most powerful political leaders in the Commonwealth...
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    IA: Grassley Is Wrong On Medical Cannabis

    Senator Chuck Grassley is moving too slowly. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet with our U.S. Senator from Iowa to discuss medical cannabis. Sen. Grassley was receptive to hearing about how my 4-year-old son Abram, who suffers from an extremely rare genetic mutation that causes...
  10. K

    IA: Grassley Is Wrong On Medical Cannabis

    Senator Chuck Grassley is moving too slowly. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet with our U.S. Senator from Iowa to discuss medical cannabis. Sen. Grassley was receptive to hearing about how my 4-year-old son Abram, who suffers from an extremely rare genetic mutation that causes...
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    Medical Marijuana - Remove The Obstacles

    Staten Island, New York - A a result of the relentless, passionate and persistent efforts of state Sen. Diane Savino, medical marijuana is now legal in New York. But for Staten Island patients who meet the well-defined criteria for obtaining a prescription - there are unnecessary and...
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    Medical Marijuana - Remove The Obstacles

    Staten Island, New York - A a result of the relentless, passionate and persistent efforts of state Sen. Diane Savino, medical marijuana is now legal in New York. But for Staten Island patients who meet the well-defined criteria for obtaining a prescription - there are unnecessary and...
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    One Out Of Four US Senators Is A Pot Prohibitionist - Is Yours One Of Them?

    Marijuana legalization now consistently scores majorities in national public opinion polls, marijuana is already legal in four states and the District of Columbia and likely to be legal in a handful more, including California, before year's end, and the Obama administration has effectively...
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    Reluctant Or Not, Lawmakers Send Medical Marijuana To Kasic

    After passing a reluctant Senate by just three votes, Ohio is poised to become the latest state to legalize medical marijuana, so long as Gov. John Kasich signs it into law. After more than a day of uncertainty about whether the bill had enough support in the Senate, the chamber voted 18-15...
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    Reluctant Or Not, Lawmakers Send Medical Marijuana To Kasic

    After passing a reluctant Senate by just three votes, Ohio is poised to become the latest state to legalize medical marijuana, so long as Gov. John Kasich signs it into law. After more than a day of uncertainty about whether the bill had enough support in the Senate, the chamber voted 18-15...
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    SC: Senators Reject Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana

    State senators voted 7-4 Thursday against a bill that would have allowed medical marijuana in South Carolina. The bill would have allowed patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions, like cancer, glaucoma, and chronic pain, to get a doctor's prescription for the drug. Sen. Tom...
  17. R

    Sen. Warren: Medical Marijuana May Be Answer To Opioid Crisis

    Massachusetts senior senator said "medical marijuana may be a viable alternative" way to treat those in pain and help to tackle the "opioid crisis." "One way to tackle the opioid crisis is to invest in more research on alternative pain therapies, including physical therapies, and new drugs that...
  18. R

    Republicans Maintain Unconstitutional Status Quo; Kill Industrial Hemp Bill In SD

    After passing the House by a 57-11 margin on Feb. 4, five Republican senators killed a bill that would have legalized industrial hemp for commercial production and distribution in South Dakota. Rep. Mike Verchio (R-Hill City) along with a bipartisan coalition of 39 cosponsors introduced House...
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    Key Players In Nebraska's Legalization Of Industrial Hemp Farming

    In 2014, Nebraska joined the growing list of states legalizing hemp for commercial and industrial purposes. Because of a decades-long ban on the production of hemp due to it coming from the same plant as marijuana, United States manufacturers had to import hemp for use in products, such as...