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Democrats urge feds to update banking ‘red flags’ on legal marijuana businesses 

BY: - November 17, 2023

The federal government unfairly penalizes state-legal marijuana businesses whose owners have been convicted of marijuana-related crimes, restricting them from loans and other banking tools, a group of U.S. Senate and House Democrats wrote to the Treasury Department asking for a change in policy. The group of 20 lawmakers, who mostly represent states where recreational marijuana […]

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As more states legalize pot, their uneven safety rules can pose a risk

BY: - July 10, 2023

Amid the growing acceptance and legalization of cannabis use across the country, a concerning reality has emerged: The state-by-state patchwork of safety regulations can leave marijuana consumers wandering through a haze of uncertainty, exposing them to potential risks. Under federal law, marijuana is illegal — period. So, it’s up to individual states to determine their […]

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Some NC House members warm to medical marijuana, but the bill’s outlook remains hazy

BY: - May 31, 2023

North Carolina’s medical marijuana bill has been largely dormant since passing the state Senate in early March. But members of the state House showed signs Tuesday that they were becoming more comfortable with the Compassionate Care Act. The bipartisan bill would allow doctors to authorize cannabis in treating more than a dozen debilitating medical condition […]

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North Carolina should learn from other places and try to do marijuana right

BY: - March 21, 2023

Cannabis – aka marijuana. Most Americans already live in a state where it’s lawful to sell, obtain and possess – either for medical purposes, recreational purposes or both – and the genie is clearly not going back in the bottle.

Biden Administration launches pardon app for low-level marijuana convictions

BY: - March 15, 2023

The Biden Administration has opened pardon applications for people convicted of low-level federal marijuana possession. President Joe Biden announced in October that he would issue pardons for people convicted of simple possession of marijuana, affecting about 6,500 people convicted of the federal crime between 1992 and 2021. A person can be charged with simple possession, […]

“Change is coming”: Medical marijuana legislation advances in NC legislature

BY: - February 22, 2023

Supporters of medicinal marijuana are one step closer to seeing the measure legalized in North Carolina. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee gave the green light to the NC Compassionate Care Act on Tuesday after approving a handful of new amendments. Bill sponsors say their intent is prioritize the protection of public health and safety […]

State medical cannabis programs failing to make enough progress, advocacy group finds

BY: - February 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — A report from a patient advocacy group found the future of medical cannabis in the states is hazy unless costs are decreased, product safety standards are improved, and civil rights are strengthened for patients and prescribers.  Americans for Safe Access issued its annual State of the States report on Thursday. The organization, a […]

Attempt to help states ease banking for marijuana businesses stumbles in Congress

BY: - December 8, 2022

The annual Defense Department policy bill members of Congress released late Tuesday did not include measures to loosen federal marijuana restrictions, to the disappointment of advocates. That leaves few avenues to pass marijuana measures seen as boons to states where the drug is legal before Congress adjourns for the year. As one of the last […]

Recreational marijuana use will be legal in 21 states after ballot measures pass

BY: - November 10, 2022

Advocates for marijuana liberalization saw mixed results as legalization ballot measures were counted Tuesday, with Maryland and Missouri voters approving recreational use for adults but Arkansas, South Dakota and North Dakota rejecting the proposal. Maryland and Missouri will bring the list of states where recreational marijuana use is legal to 21. Maryland’s referendum passed easily, […]

Weed on the ballot: Voters could approve legal marijuana in 5 more states

BY: - November 4, 2022

Midterm voters in five states will determine if they should join the growing list of places where recreational marijuana use is allowed, even as any use of the drug is still illegal under federal law. Referendums to legalize recreational use of marijuana are on Nov. 8 ballots in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, South Dakota and North […]

UPDATED: Biden to pardon all federal offenses for simple marijuana possession, review criminalization

BY: - October 6, 2022

President to issue landmark order addressing nation’s “failed approach to marijuana” WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday announced executive actions that would pardon thousands of people with prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession. Biden then called on governors to follow suit with state offenses for simple marijuana possession, saying that “just as no […]

Medical marijuana advances to NC House after historic vote in Senate

BY: - June 8, 2022

On Monday, the state Senate passed a historic bill that would allow patients to receive medical marijuana through a trained physician for medical conditions such as cancer, PTSD, epilepsy and more. The bill would also remove the state-level criminal penalties for medical use, cultivation and distribution of marijuana. The measure would not change civil or […]