Wednesday, February 19, 2020
seattle-judges-vacate-more-than-500-marijuana-cases
  Back in September 2018, a panel of seven Seattle judges vacated more than 500 marijuana cases going back 30 years. The city of Seattle filed a motion with the Seattle Municipal Court to vacate hundreds of marijuana-possession convictions in April 2018. Seattle is one of many cities and states working to reverse the injustices…
colorado-allows-patients-to-use-marijuana-instead-of-opioids
  A Colorado law passed in 2019 allows patients to use medical marijuana instead of opioids. Gov. Jared Polis signed the momentous Senate Bill 13 in May 2019 allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana and reduce the unwanted side effects of opioids and the number of overdose cases. The new law went into effect on Aug.…
il-medical-patient-count-increases-after-adult-use-legalization
  Illinois’ medical patient count has seen a remarkable increase after adult-use legalization took effect. In the three weeks following the start of weed legalization in Illinois, the state has had 2,573 patients apply for a medical marijuana card from Jan. 1 to 17. The number is up from 1,922 during the same time period…
vacant-massachusetts-mill-is-now-home-to-a-vibrant-pot-business
A vacant Massachusetts mill is now home to a vibrant pot business, Revolutionary Clinics, that cultivates, trims, packages, and produces a wide range of marijuana products for its recreational shops. The 140,000 square foot building in Fitchburg was converted from a dormant shoe factory into a marijuana cultivation facility bringing in jobsand meeting market demand.…
illinois-approves-its-first-marijuana-lounge
The Praire State’s residents rejoiced after Illinois lawmakers approved their first marijuana lounge, just hours away from Chicago. A Springfield cannabis dispensary was the first in the state to receive approval from the city council for social cannabis consumption at their marijuana lounge. Illinois Supply and Provisions plans to connect the space to their dispensary…
kentucky-lawmaker-optimistic-about-medical-marijuana-bill
    As support heats up for marijuana legalization in the Bluegrass State, a Kentucky lawmaker is optimistic about the prospects of the medical marijuana bill he recently re-introduced to the House. Rep. Jason Nemes (R-Louisville) received unprecedented support last year for similar legislation. He hopes his new bill will finally bring medical marijuana to…
oklahoma-makes-record-revenue-with-marijuana-tax-dollars
In a big win for state coffers, Oklahoma has made a record revenue with medical marijuana tax dollars over the past year and a half of sales. The state managed to bring in $7.2 million in December. Experts estimate that if Oklahoma residents continue to bring in $7 million in medical marijuana tax revenue in…
cuomo-vows-to-legalize-marijuana-in-2020
New Yorkers may be feeling a bit of deja vu as Gov. Andrew Cuomo vows to legalize marijuana in 2020. New Yorkers remember a similar promise being made in 2019 when he promised to legalize recreational pot before the Legislature adjourned. This year, Cuomo is more hopeful that lawmakers will be able to agree on…
cops-are-using-nasal-ranger-to-target-marijuana-users
In another blatant attempt to stigmatize marijuana use and the plant itself, cops are using the ‘Nasal Ranger’ to target marijuana users. The Michigan town of Bessemer recently bought a high-powered device called the Nasal Ranger to detect the smell of marijuana and train police officers on identifying the plant. While not the first city…
colorado-bill-protects-employees-who-use-pot-off-the-clock
  A newly introduced Colorado bill aims to protect employees who use pot off the clock. The bill specifically “prohibits an employer from terminating an employee for the employee’s lawful off-duty activities that are lawful under state law.” Most states with adult-use laws allow employers to enforce zero-tolerance drug policies and fire employees for off-duty…