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  1. Ron Strider

    France Marijuana Decriminalization, PA High Court Reins In Forfeiture, And More

    France is moving toward marijuana decriminalization, perhaps as early as September, Vermont legalization supporters still hold out hope, and more. New Hampshire Senate Committee Votes to Establish Commission to Study Marijuana Legalization. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to...
  2. Ron Strider

    FL: Calls For Special Session Already Begin

    Almost from the moment the gavel fell on the regular legislative session Monday night, there were already calls for a special session. The regular session was grinding and filled with squabbling –- and ended three days late –- and some members wanted to do it all over again. Only not really...
  3. Ron Strider

    Medical Marijuana Update

    President Donald Trump has signaled that he and the DOJ will ignore congressional mandates protecting Medical Marijuana states, Florida fails to complete Medical Marijuana implementation legislation. Thursday US AG Jeff Sessions signaled that the DOJ will enforce the laws and seek maximum...
  4. Ron Strider

    Florida Senate President Considers Special Session On Medical Marijuana

    Amid growing demands for a special session on medical marijuana and harsh criticism of lawmakers' failure to reach agreement on the issue, Senate President Joe Negron sent a memo to his members Thursday seeking input on the possibility of sealing a deal with the House. The Senate leader's...
  5. Ron Strider

    NH: Senate Votes To Decriminalize Marijuana

    Bill moves back to House for approval of change from one ounce to three-quarters. The state Senate has joined the House in passing legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The vote on Thursday afternoon in favor of an amended House Bill 640 was 17-6. The Senate...
  6. Ron Strider

    NH: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Faces Crucial Vote On Thursday

    New Hampshire's state Senate's scheduled to vote Thursday on a measure that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Similar bills have passed through the state House of Representatives eight times over the past decade. But they've been repeatedly shot in the Senate...
  7. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Legalization Bill Now Poised For Final Passage In Vermont Legislature

    The House Judiciary Committee gave its approval Wednesday morning to legislation that would legalize possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana, setting the stage for a final vote on the House floor that could come as early as Wednesday afternoon. Both the House and Senate have...
  8. Ron Strider

    OR: Eugene Lawmaker's Bill To Ban Firing Workers For Off-Hours Pot Use Evaporates

    A bill that would have blocked Oregon employers from firing workers for legal, off-hours marijuana use is dead for the session. Key backer Sen. Floyd Prozanski, a Eugene Democrat, acknowledged Tuesday the demise of Senate Bill 301 in the face of virulent business opposition and skepticism among...
  9. Ron Strider

    Legal Pot States Expanding? Vermont House Approves Recreational Marijuana Bill

    Adults in Vermont are one step closer toward being able to consume marijuana without worrying about going to jail after the House passed a measure this week aimed at legalizing recreational cannabis. Although only by a slim margin, the bill was approved with a 71 to 74 vote Tuesday. The bill...
  10. Ron Strider

    FL: House, Senate Down To The Wire On Medical Marijuana

    With just one day left to pass a bill, House and Senate Republican leaders are still struggling to strike a deal on the rollout of a voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for patients with debilitating conditions. The leaders have reached agreement on a variety of...
  11. Ron Strider

    Florida Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Implementing Bill

    A bill that details the implementation of medical marijuana in Florida has cleared another hurdle. On Thursday, the Senate approved a House bill by a 31-7 vote. The measure passed the House on Tuesday but must return to that chamber, because of changes made by the Senate, before it can go to...
  12. Ron Strider

    VT: Is A Compromise On Marijuana Legalization Brewing In Montpelier?

    There's no question that the Vermont House and Senate have very different views concerning the legalization of marijuana. In the final days of the session, some lawmakers are trying to bridge this gap with a new compromise plan. On one end of the legalization spectrum is the Senate plan to...
  13. Ron Strider

    FL: House Approves Medical Marijuana Measure

    The state would have more than a dozen pot operators – with unlimited retail locations – under a proposal overwhelmingly approved by the Florida House on Tuesday. The latest version of the House bill brings the House and Senate closer to finalizing a medical marijuana measure before Friday's...
  14. Ron Strider

    VT: Senate OKs Marijuana Legalization Amendment

    Following spirited debate Friday, April 21, the Senate supported a proposal that would legalize marijuana and create a system to regulate and tax marijuana sales. The proposal, which would set up a system similar to the model currently in place in Colorado, came after several members of the...
  15. Ron Strider

    Nevada Senators Vote To OK Smoking Pot In Businesses, Among Other Bills

    Several marijuana bills skated through the Senate and Assembly floor with unanimous passage on Tuesday for another deadline, while others passed by the skin of their teeth. Both S.B. 375, which advocates for tribes' rights to establish marijuana facilities, and S.B. 344, which aims to protect...
  16. Ron Strider

    FL: Senate Medical Marijuana Plan Ready For A Floor Vote

    When Stephani Scruggs tried to speak at a Senate committee meeting on medical marijuana last week, her husband suffered an epileptic seizure and was taken away in a wheelchair. This week, she was his voice at final committee hearings on bills to regulate medical marijuana to implement a...
  17. Ron Strider

    Nevada Senators Give Marijuana Bills Thumbs Up, Mostly

    Two marijuana bills skated through the Nevada Senate on Tuesday, another deadline day, and two others squeezed through. All bills introduced in the Senate and the Assembly had to be heard in their respective body by the end of the day on Tuesday, unless they were exempt due to fiscal notes. Both...
  18. K

    Illinois Looks Toward Legal Marijuana With Bills In House And Senate

    Illinois, one of the nation's most populous states, could soon join the ranks of the limited few with recreational marijuana following the filing Wednesday of proposed pro-pot legislation in the state House and Senate. Democrats proposed identical bills in both chambers that would legalize the...
  19. K

    FL: Senate Looks To Put Together Marijuana Plan

    TALLAHASSEE - More growers, access to treatment for snowbirds and greater flexibility in the relationship between patients and doctors are among the items likely to be included in a Senate proposal to carry out a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November to broadly legalize medical...
  20. K

    Kansas Senate Panel OKs Medical Cannabis Bill

    Topeka, Kan. – A Kansas Senate committee has endorsed a measure that would let doctors and physicians prescribe and dole out what's described as "non-intoxicating" medicine derived from a marijuana chemical compound. The Wichita Eagle reports that senators initially were supposed to vote on a...