This is a pivotal year for American drug policy. More states than ever will consider easing restrictions on marijuana use this November: Voters in five states will decide whether to fully legalize recreational use, while voters in four more will weigh in on whether to allow medical marijuana.
A federal ban on the sale of guns to holders of medical marijuana cards doesn't violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has told gun sellers they can assume that a person with a medical marijuana card uses the drug.
For more than four decades, the University of Mississippi has had an exclusive license with the government to grow marijuana for federally sanctioned research. But this month, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would grant permission to other growers — an effort, it said, to expand the supply and variety of marijuana available for research.
The Medical Marijuana Program now offers home delivery and nurse practitioners are now authorized to certify patients for the program. The New York State Department of Health says allowing nurses to prescribe controlled substances, including opioids, will help more patients suffering from severe, debilitating or life threatening conditions.
Gov. Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania needs to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession in systematic fashion, and remains guarded about the kind of recreational legalization in place in several western states.
A campaign to put a marijuana-legalization question on Michigan ballots suffered a setback today that could keep the measure off November ballots. The petition campaign called MI Legalize failed to submit enough valid petition signatures, according to a ruling by the Michigan Court of Claims.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Maine for almost 20 years. But Farmington physician Jean Antonucci says she continues to feel unprepared when counseling sick patients about whether the drug could benefit them.
Oregon has processed $25.5 million in tax payments from recreational marijuana from January through the end of July.
Arizona may have passed medical marijuana laws in 2010 and have recreational marijuana on the ballot this November, but that doesn’t mean law enforcement officers are going to be lax with marijuana cases. In July, the Arizona Supreme Court made a significant ruling stating that police can still use the odor of marijuana as probable cause to pull an individual over. Chief Supreme Court Justice Scott Bales made it very clear that the only permissible uses of marijuana are the specific circumstances dictated by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.