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Virginia: Legislature Approves Decriminalization and Medical Cannabis Bills

NORML

Today, the legislature approved HB 972 to decriminalize marijuana possession. ” Governor Northam has spoken in favor of decriminalizing marijuana violations and expunging past convictions as has Attorney General Mark Herring. Broad changes to marijuana laws swept through the 2020 Virginia General Assembly.

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Texas Attorney General Sues Five State Cities Over Cannabis Decriminalization

Veriheal

The Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton (R), is planning to sue five cities (Austin, San Marcos, Killeen, Elgin, and Denton) over their recent marijuana decriminalization policies. Each city passed cannabis decriminalization through voting over the last one to three years, despite marijuana still being an illegal substance in Texas.

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Texas: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill to be Considered on House Floor

NORML

On Thursday, April 25, members of the Texas House of Representatives are scheduled to consider a marijuana decriminalization bill. Thursday will be the first time in decades that marijuana decriminalization will be discussed on the House Floor.

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Could Decriminalizing Cannabis in Australia Save Taxpayers?

Cannabis Life Network

Decriminalizing cannabis in Australia could save taxpayers $850 million a year, says a recent report. Like other Western nations, Australia has a prominent underground cannabis market that has only grown more extensive and accessible in the last few years. The post Could Decriminalizing Cannabis in Australia Save Taxpayers?

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Oklahoma: Governor Vetoes Measure Expanding Medical Cannabis Access, Reducing Possession Penalties

NORML

Kevin Stitt has vetoed legislation, House Bill 3288 , which sough to expand patients’ access to medical cannabis and make other amendments to the state’s marijuana laws. Republic Gov.

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Italy Gets One Step Closer to Decriminalizing Cannabis

Veriheal

A ballot campaign launched by several pro-cannabis organizations and political parties in the country last week earned the required 500,000 signatures to continue down the road to cannabis decriminalization. The proposed legal reform will decriminalize the purchase, sale, and cultivation of cannabis, CNN reports.

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Thailand Decriminalizes Cannabis, But Not Really

Canna Law Blog

This constitutes a milestone for cannabis reform in the country and the region at large, but the Thai changes fall short of the “decriminalization” widely touted in the press. The legalization of home cultivation should facilitate access to medical cannabis, which has been legal in Thailand since 2018.