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Senate Apr 21, 2016

Sen. Appropriations Committee Renews Amendment Protecting Medical Marijuana States

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill that is intended to prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration from interfering with state medical marijuana programs.

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IL Apr 19, 2016

Illinois Senate Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

The Illinois Senate approved a bill 40-14 that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana. It will now go to the House for further consideration.

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PA Apr 17, 2016

Pa. Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Into Law

In a ceremony crowded with patients and supporters, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill into law that will provide seriously ill Pennsylvanians with legal access to medical marijuana. The passage of SB 3 makes Pennsylvania the 24th state to allow medical marijuana. More than half of Americans now live in states with effective medical marijuana laws.

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VT flag Apr 15, 2016

Vt. House Committee Approves Marijuana Bill, Restores Legalization Provision

The House Ways and Means Committee approved S. 241 (6-3) after amending it to allow adults in Vermont to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana. The bill will now go to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration.

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"Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care. ... It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record."
DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young, Ruling in the matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition, September 6, 1988