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Vermont Becomes 17th State To End Criminal Sanctions For Marijuana Possession Offenses

Montpelier, VT: Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin signed legislation into laweliminating criminal penalties for adults who possess personal use amounts of cannabis and/or hashish. The new law amends penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and/or marijuana paraphernalia by a person 21 years of age or older from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by up to six-months in jail and a $500 fine)…
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Colorado: Governor Signs First-In-The-Nation Legislation Authorizing Retail Cannabis Production And Sales

Denver, CO: Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed legislation into law regulating the commercial production and retail selling of marijuana to those age 21 or older. Colorado is the first state to approve regulations authorizing a legal cannabis market for adult consumers. State-licensed cannabis retailers are expected to be approved under the new law by early 2014. Marijuana retailers must be Colorado residents. Cannabis sales…
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Study: Regular Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Risk Factors For Type 2 Diabete

Boston, MA, Thursday, 23 May 2013: Subjects who regularly consume cannabis possess favorable indices related to diabetic control as compared to occasional consumers or non-users of the substance, according to trial data published in The American Journal of Medicine. Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston assessed the relationship between marijuana use and fasting insulin, glucose, and insulin resistance in…
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Study: Marijuana Smoking Not Associated With Greater Mortality Risk Among Heart Attack Survivors

Boston, MA, January, 31, 2013: The use of cannabis among patients with established coronary disease is not associated with increased mortality risk, according to trial data published online in the American Heart Journal.  Investigators at the Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, conducted a prospective study assessing the survival rates of 3,886 heart attack survivors over an 18-year period. Authors reported that 519 subjects died…
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Massachusetts’ Medical Cannabis Law Takes Effect

Boston, MA, Thursday, 03 January 2013 : Question 3, 'An Initiative Petition for a Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana,' took effect on Tuesday, January 1. Sixty-three percent of state voters approved the measure on Election Day. Massachusetts is the 18th state since 1996 to allow for the physician-authorized use of cannabis as a therapeutic option for qualified patients. Neighboring states Connecticut, Maine, Rhode…
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Possessing And Cultivating Cannabis Now Legal In Colorado

Denver, CO: Governor John Hickenlooper signed an executive order on Monday amending the state Constitution to allow for those age 21 or older to legally possess and cultivate cannabis in private. Fifty-five percent of Colorado voters on Election Day approved Amendment 64, which legalizes the adult personal use of cannabis and calls on state lawmakers to enact regulations licensing its commercial production and sales. "Voters…
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Massachusetts: NORML Files Friend Of Court Brief – Argues That Sharing A Marijuana Cigarette Is Not Criminal Distribution

Boston, MA, Thursday, 29 November 2012: Members of the NORML Legal Committee (NLC) have filed a friend-of-the-court amicus brief in the case of Commonwealth v. Antonio Pacheco, scheduled for oral argument in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) at 9:00 AM on Thursday December 6, 2012 in Boston. NORML's brief was filed in response to the SJC's invitation for amicus briefs on the question of…
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Missouri: Regulating Cannabis In State Would Produce $149 Million Annually In Savings And Revenue

Boston, MA,Thursday, 11 October 2012 : Legalizing and regulating the production and distribution of cannabis in Missouri for adults would produce $149 million annually in combined statewide savings and revenue, according to an economic analysispublished Wednesday. The white paper, entitled "The Budgetary Implications of Legalizing Marijuana in Missouri," is co-authored by Harvard University economist Jeffrey Miron and was commissioned by the National Cannabis Coalition. The…
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Colorado: Passage Of Marijuana Legalization Measure Would Potentially Yield $60 Million In New Annual Revenue And Savings, Study Says

Denver, CO: The passage and enactment of a statewide marijuana ballot measure this fall could generate as much as $60 million in annual savings and revenue, according to a budgetary analysis prepared by the Colorado Center on Law & Policy. Amendment 64, The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012, allows for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and/or the cultivation of up…
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Massachusetts: Measure To Legalize State-Sanctioned Distribution Of Medical Cannabis Approved For November Ballot

Boston, MA,Thursday, 12 July 2012:  A statewide proposal that seeks to allow for the possession and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for therapeutic purposes will appearon the November electoral ballot. A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office reported this week that initiative proponents, the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, had collected sufficient signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the 2012 ballot. If passed…
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Vermont Drugged Driving

In Vermont, a person is guilty of DUI if he or she operates any vehicle on a highway when the person is under the influence of any drug or under the combined influence of alcohol and any drug to a degree which renders the person incapable of driving safely. The fact that a person charged with a violation of this section is or has been…
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