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  1. Ron Strider

    Vermont Lawmakers Expected To Resume Marijuana Debate

    Vermont lawmakers are expecting to resume the debate about whether the state should become the first in the country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana through an act of a legislative body in the opening days of the 2018 legislative session, which begins Wednesday. A revised...
  2. Ron Strider

    MD: State Leaders Reject Call For Special Session On Medical Marijuana

    There will not be a special legislative session to address charges of racial inequity in Maryland's burgeoning medical marijuana industry. The General Assembly's Democratic presiding officers have officially rejected the call from black lawmakers to summon the full legislature to Annapolis...
  3. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Advocates Aim To Pressure Abbott During Special Session

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's office staff can expect to hear a lot about marijuana over the next few weeks. Advocates for broadly legalizing marijuana in Texas for medical purposes, and for decriminalizing low-volume possession of all pot, have begun exhorting supporters to email or call the...
  4. Ron Strider

    MD: Fight For Black Medical Cannabis Dispensers Continues

    Cheryl Glenn, chair of Maryland's Legislative Black Caucus (LBC), recently urged Maryland residents to join the LBC and demand the state's lawmakers call a special session of the Maryland General Assembly to vote on legislation providing opportunities for African Americans to access the state's...
  5. Ron Strider

    CT: Marijuana Bill Debated, Pulled Before Vote

    The debate over recreational marijuana for adults raged in the House for 90 minutes Tuesday afternoon into the evening, before it was pulled from a stage-managed debate. Democratic House leaders allowed proponents the time to bring the issue to public discussion, as a possible first step...
  6. Ron Strider

    FL: Medical Marijuana Left Out Of Legislature's Special Session, But That May Change

    When Florida lawmakers begin a special session next week, one issue that has support from 71 percent of voters won't be on their agenda: Medical marijuana. After failing to pass a bill creating a system for patients to buy medical cannabis, a groundswell of support among lawmakers and...
  7. Ron Strider

    FL: Medical Marijuana Special Session Appears All But Certain

    It looks all but certain that state lawmakers will find themselves back in Tallahassee before the month's end. Two high-ranking state senators close to President Joe Negron say they believe he will join the call for a special session to implement the voter-approved medical marijuana...
  8. Ron Strider

    VT: An Uncertain Future For Marijuana Legalization In June's Special Session

    Backers of a compromise plan to legalize the recreational use of marijuana to have a proposal ready for lawmakers to consider when a special veto session begins on June 21. But they're concerned that no action will take place. That's because House Republicans are threatening to block...
  9. Ron Strider

    FL: Putnam Faces Criticisms For "Bandwagoning" Over Medical Marijuana Special Session

    Commissioner of Agriculture and Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam says the time is now for Florida to hold a special session on medical marijuana. Earlier this week Putnam added his name to the growing list of lawmakers and politicians who say the issue is too important for...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. Ron Strider

    FL: Richard Corcoran Calls For Special Session On Medical Marijuana

    House Speaker Richard Corcoran is joining the ranks of those calling for a special session to pass medical marijuana legislation after lawmakers failed to reach agreement on the issue last Friday. "I think there should be a special session on medical marijuana," Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, told...
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    AB: Council To Participate In Marijuana Education Session Monday

    Calgary's elected officials will gather on Monday for an education session on marijuana, as the legalization of weed looms in Canada. Mayor Naheed Nenshi said council will hear from experts including officials from American municipalities that have already lifted pot prohibition. "We...
  14. K

    CT: Marijuana Hot Topic During Legislative Session

    Hartford, CT - Friday was the deadline for lawmakers to submit bills for this year's legislative session. There are hundreds of them. The focus this session will be on ways to save money and create revenue as the state faces a deficit of well over a billion dollars. The state needs to cut...
  15. K

    11 Bills Are Working Toward Legalizing Marijuana In Texas In 2017

    Marijuana legalization is expected to be the mostly widely discussed issue of the 85th Texas Legislature, with a plethora of bills pertaining to the subject already waiting to be heard in the coming months. This is not surprising, especially considering the way the state's legislative forces...
  16. K

    Kansas Lawmaker Ready To Push Medical Hemp Oil Bill Next Session

    A Kansas lawmaker hopes legislation that would allow the medicinal use of hemp oil can make headway next legislative session. It would allow the use of hemp oil to treat certain conditions. The oil is made from hemp, a plant that's the same species as marijuana, but hemp oil doesn't cause a...
  17. K

    CT: Proposal To Legalize Marijuana Among Many Lawmakers To Address In 2017 Session

    The 2017 legislative session is scheduled to start Wednesday with hundreds of campaign promises at stake and a General Assembly split by just seven seats in the House and a tiebreaking lieutenant governor in the Senate. The budget – depending on which analyst you believe – is in deficit by...
  18. K

    MA: How Could So Few Get A Marijuana Delay Through The Legislature?

    Just a half-dozen Massachusetts legislators passed a measure Wednesday that delayed, by six months, the opening date for recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts. How could so few lawmakers meeting in an informal session decide such an important issue? The move, which took less than...
  19. K

    TX: Marijuana Advocates Train Locals About Medical Use

    State and local advocates of reforming marijuana policy met in Amarillo on Saturday to train others with similar views on how to be more effective change agents. The event, hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is the first in a series of ones being held across Texas as part of...
  20. K

    TX: Marijuana Advocates Train Locals About Medical Use

    State and local advocates of reforming marijuana policy met in Amarillo on Saturday to train others with similar views on how to be more effective change agents. The event, hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is the first in a series of ones being held across Texas as part of...