Wisconsin Marijuana Activists Erect Billboard Calling Out Senators’ Obstruction of Medical Marijuana

MADISON, WI -- The League of Marijuana Voters launched a billboard Monday that highlights two Wisconsin state senators' obstruction of medical marijuana legalization. The first ever billboard advocating for medical marijuana legislation in Wisconsin is part of a new campaign targeting Senators Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) and Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) for preventing passage of a bill that would allow people suffering from debilitating conditions to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. The group is coordinating with the local Southeastern Wisconsin NORML chapter to raise awareness in the Senators' districts. The billboard, which faces eastbound traffic on I-94 by 121st St. in West Allis, features silhouettes of the two legislators, their names, and their phone numbers. It reads, "WI patients have NO access to medical marijuana," and encourages voters to, "Ask [them] why!" The ad will run from September 29 through November 9. The billboard was designed by a volunteer and paid for by more than 100 individual donors. Planning and fundraising for more billboards around the state are currently underway. Sen. Vukmir, who chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, refused to allow a committee vote on the Jacki Rickert Medical Cannabis Act (JRMCA). Sen. Lazich (R-New Berlin), who serves on the committee,

Pennsylvania Senate Approves Limited Medical Marijuana Bill

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania state senators approved legislation Wednesday that, if enacted, would make several forms of medical marijuana legal, including extracted oil, edible products, and ointments and tinctures, to patients with debilitating medical conditions. According to the proposal, Pennsylvania residents would need an access card from the health department

Attorney General Eric Holder Reconsiders Marijuana’s Schedule I Status

WASHINGTON, DC — Just before U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reported his resignation from the Justice Department, he stated in an interview with Yahoo News that it’s time to reconsider whether marijuana should be a Schedule I substance treated similarly to heroin. “I think it’s certainly a question that we

Attorney General Eric Holder to Resign

WASHINGTON, DC — Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that he will be resigning from office once a replacement is found. Drug policy and criminal justice reform advocates expressed disappointment he is leaving office, praising his leadership and calling on President Obama to nominate a replacement who will carry on

Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission Proposes $125,000 in Grower Fees

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Managing a medical marijuana operation in Maryland could potentially cost each grower more than $125,000 a year in fees, a sum so exorbitant some officials believe it may affect small and newly developing marijuana businesses. According to reports, Maryland’s medical marijuana commission has proposed for such a

Philly Mayor Agrees to Compromise, Will Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Philly Mayor Agrees to Compromise, Will Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Yesterday, Mayor Michael Nutter announced that he had agreed to sign a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession in Philadelphia, with one small tweak. In June, the City Council voted 13-3 to replace the current penalties of a $200 fine and an arrest record for possessing up…

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter to Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter to Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

PHILADELPHIA, PA — City mayor Michael Nutter announced today that he will sign municipal legislation into law decriminalizing marijuana possession penalties. Under the measure, penalties pertaining to the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis would be reduced from a criminal misdemeanor to a non-summary civil offense, punishable…

New Mexico: Albuquerque Considers Marijuana Decriminalization

New Mexico: Albuquerque Considers Marijuana Decriminalization

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The city of Albuquerque may eliminate jail time for offenders caught with small amounts of marijuana after a city councilor proposed giving only small fines to those caught with less than an ounce of pot. City Councilor Rey Garduno says the legislation he introduced at a…

What You Need to Know About DC’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law

What You Need to Know About DC’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law

WASHINGTON, DC — As of midnight Wednesday, misdemeanor criminal charges for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana in Washington, DC have been replaced by a civil violation resulting in a $25 fine. While our nation’s capital now has some of the least punitive marijuana laws in the…

Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect in the Nation’s Capital

Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect in the Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON, DC — A far-reaching marijuana decriminalization law takes effect in the District of Columbia Thursday that replaces jail time with a $25 fine for the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, ending a year-long effort in the nation’s capital to reduce severe racial disparities in marijuana…

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Pennsylvania Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill 43-7

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill 43-7

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Senate voted 43-7 to approve an amended version of a medical marijuana bill Wednesday, sending Senate Bill 1182 to the House for consideration. “History has been made, as this is the first vote a bill of this kind has ever seen in Pennsylvania,” Senator…

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Committee, Full Senate Vote Expected Tomorrow

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Committee, Full Senate Vote Expected Tomorrow

UPDATE: Pennsylvania Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill 43-7 HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania is one step closer to becoming the 24th state to allow access to medical marijuana after Senate Bill 1182 cleared a key Senate committee Tuesday, although the bill saw significant changes.  The bill is expected to be…

Sick Pennsylvanians Are Running Out of Time

Sick Pennsylvanians Are Running Out of Time

Pennsylvania’s Compassionate Use Act, Senate Bill 1182, will legalize medicinal marijuana for critically ill Pennsylvanians. The bill stands poised to pass the Pennsylvania Senate with widespread bi-partisan support. It passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously in June. The bill’s prime sponsors, State Senators Daylin Leach (D – Montgomery) and…

Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Medical Marijuana Legalization

Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Medical Marijuana Legalization

COLUMBUS, OH — Eighty-seven percent of Ohio voters think that people should be able to use marijuana as medicine, although nearly all of the currently elected state officials, including Gov. John Kasich, disagree. However, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, some of the candidates running in November’s election — Ed…

Georgia Marijuana Advocates Seek Whole Plant Medicine:  CBD Oil Only Legislation Unacceptable

Georgia Marijuana Advocates Seek Whole Plant Medicine: CBD Oil Only Legislation Unacceptable

ATLANTA, GA – As hearings continue in Macon on the limited medicinal use of the cannabis plant, advocates for medical marijuana question current the push for cannabidiol (CBD) oil – only legislation. The advocacy group Georgia C.A.R.E. said whole plant therapeutics is the key to a success program that…

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Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Stop Militarizing U.S. Law Enforcement

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Stop Militarizing U.S. Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced legislation to reform the Pentagon’s Military Transfer Program, which transfers military equipment to law enforcement. The program has come under increased scrutiny from lawmakers after images from Ferguson, Missouri, showed law enforcement dressed like combat soldiers,…

Federal Bill to Legalize CBD Oil Introduced by Pennsylvania Republican

Federal Bill to Legalize CBD Oil Introduced by Pennsylvania Republican

WASHINGTON, DC — A Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania will introduce a bill to Congress that would make cannabidiol legal under federal law.  Also known as CBD oil, the marijuana-based oil has been shown to reduce seizures in children with debilitating epilepsy. US Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) announced the bill at a press conference…

Sen. Rand Paul Proposes Amendment to Protect Marijuana Laws

Sen. Rand Paul Proposes Amendment to Protect Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul proposed an amendment that would keep the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana patients and physicians as well as interfering with states that implement medical marijuana laws. The amendment was added to a jobs bill currently being heard on the Senate…

US House Votes to Limit Restrictions on State-Approved Marijuana Commerce

US House Votes to Limit Restrictions on State-Approved Marijuana Commerce

WASHINGTON, DC — A majority of members of the US House of Representatives voted last week in favor of an amendment that restricts the Treasury Department‘s ability to take action against financial institutions that possess relations with businesses engaged in state-sanctioned activities specific to cannabis commerce. The amendment, offered…

Medical Marijuana Patients Hail Landmark Victory with Another Unprecedented Vote in Congress

Medical Marijuana Patients Hail Landmark Victory with Another Unprecedented Vote in Congress

WASHINGTON, DC — Medical marijuana patients hailed another landmark victory Wednesday when Congress voted 231-192 to restrict Department of Treasury funds from “being used to prohibit or penalize a financial institution from providing services to a marijuana-related business that engages in activities permissible under state or local laws.” The amendment…

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