COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Medical marijuana is now legal in Ohio, but -- and it's a big but -- patients won't be able to legally buy it here for at least a year, maybe two.
A proposal to let people caught with small amounts of marijuana in Nashville have the chance of avoiding a criminal record took a major step forward Tuesday. The Metro Council, by a voice vote, advanced legislation on a second of three readings that would add Nashville to the growing list of cities and states that have passed measures aimed at decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot.
If pot laws were colors, a map of the U.S. map would resemble a tie-dye T-shirt. In some states, marijuana is illegal. In others, it's legal for medical purposes. And still in others, it is even legal for recreational use.
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.