Numerous Bills Passed to Improve Cannabis Laws in New Mexico

Back in 2007, New Mexico became the 12th state to legalize medical cannabis and create a sustainable state-wide system. Since its implementation, areas for improvement were identified and House Bill 527 was approved by the legislature in 2017. Although the measure easily passed with bipartisan support, Republican Governor Susan Martinez vetoed the bill once it…

Texas Looks to Expand & Improve 2015 Compassionate Use Act

In Texas, the current medical cannabis system is one of the most limited out there. Patients must be permanent residents of the state, and intractable epilepsy is the only qualifying condition. Right now, there are just three dispensaries operating, smoking is outlawed along with home cultivation, and only CBD oils with minimal levels of THC…

South Carolina Compassionate Care Act Could Be Passed in 2019

In January, South Carolina lawmakers, Senator Tom Davis and State Representative Peter McCoy, once again introduced the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act to the General Assembly. While a similar bill was introduced during the 2018 session and passed by several committees, it never made it to the House and Senate floor for a final vote…

Colorado appears ready to open cannabis markets to outside investors

Colorado’s $1.5 billion-a-year marijuana industry appears on the threshold of opening its recreational and medical markets to a potential rush of outside investors and capital, almost a year after former Gov. John Hickenlooper shot down similar legislation. Bipartisan legislation that would allow publicly held companies to both invest in and hold marijuana licenses in Colorado…

Lawmakers Consider Legalizing Adult Use Cannabis in Connecticut

When the Connecticut General Assembly convened in January, lawmakers wasted no time introducing several bills to legalize adult use cannabis. While the state currently has a medical cannabis program in place, more reform appears to be on the horizon. If a bill is passed by both House and Senate, it’s likely that Connecticut Governor Ned…

Medical Cannabis in the Philippines Passed by House of Representatives

On January 29, House Bill 6517 was passed by a nearly unanimous vote of 165-5 (3 abstentions) in the lower house of the Philippines Congress. Known as the Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, the legislation paves the way for legalizing the use and domestic production of cannabis for patients in need. It will also enable…

U.S. Virgin Islands Officially Legalizes Medical Cannabis

In November 2014, 56.5% of voters in the U.S. Virgin Islands voted in favor of a non-binding referendum indicating their support of legalizing medical cannabis. Four long years later, and after several failed bills were introduced by Senator Positive T.A. Nelson, the Virgin Islands Medicinal Cannabis Patient Care Act was finally signed into law by…

New Jersey Legislature Fails to Vote on Adult Use Cannabis in 2018

During Governor Phil Murphy’s campaign for the Garden State’s top office in the 2017 election, he promised to work with the state’s legislature to legalize adult use cannabis in New Jersey during his first year in office. However, the drive fell short despite a major victory in November when two panels in the Senate and…

Medical Cannabis Bill Passes in New Zealand

On December 11, 2018, nearly a year after it was first introduced, New Zealand’s Parliament passed the Misuse of Drugs (Medical Cannabis) Amendment Bill on its third and final reading. With a vote of 63 in favor and 53 against, the bill was backed by the Labour, New Zealand First and Green Party. It received…
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