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July 12, 2018

Oklahoma Governor Signs Restrictive Amendments To State’s Voter-Initiated Marijuana Law

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin yesterday signed into law emergency regulations amending SQ 788 -- the state's voter-initiated medical marijuana access law. The Oklahoma State Medical Association, which opposed the passage of SQ 788, lobbied for many of the amendments. Governor Fallin also was a vocal critic of the initiative campaign.
July 11, 2018

NORML Questions Police Tactics That Led to Man’s Death Over Small Marijuana Grow

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) questions the excessive use of force used by Pennsylvania law enforcement, whose pursuit of a man suspected of growing a small amount of marijuana outdoors ultimately led to his death.
July 11, 2018

Study: Medical Cannabis Access Associated With Significant Reduction In Prescription Opioid Use

The enactment of medical cannabis access laws is associated with significant reductions in prescription opioid use among Medicaid enrollees, according to just-published data in the journal Addiction. Authors reported, “For Schedule III opioid prescriptions, medical cannabis legalization was associated with a 29.6 percent reduction in number of prescriptions, 29.9 percent reduction in dosage, and 28.8 percent reduction in related Medicaid spending.”
July 11, 2018

Rhode Island: Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Legislation Into Law

Democrat Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed legislation permitting those with past marijuana convictions to have their records expunged. “If an act has been decriminalized since a person was charged and paid their price for it, that person shouldn’t have to keep paying the price in the form of being denied jobs and other opportunities because of their criminal record,” bill sponsor Sen. Harold Metts said in a statement.