Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect July 1

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Richmond, VA: Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation ( Senate Bill 2 | House Bill 972 ) decriminalizing marijuana possession. Twenty six states additional states and the District of Columbia have either legalized or decriminalized the adult possession and use of marijuana.

Virginia: Governor Approves Bills to Decriminalize Marijuana and Legalize Medical Cannabis

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Richmond, VA: Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has approved legislation ( Senate Bill 2 | House Bill 972 ) decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses. In addition to approving marijuana decriminalization, Gov.

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Virginia: Legislature Approves Decriminalization and Medical Cannabis Bills

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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.

New Mexico: Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization, Other Reform Bills

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State lawmakers have approved a series of bills reducing penalties for marijuana possession offenses and strengthening and expanding legal protections for medical cannabis patients. DECRIMINALIZATION. LEGALIZATION.

Denver Decriminalizes Psilocybin

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jurisdiction to decriminalize psilocybin-containing mushrooms. jurisdiction has actually approved of the decriminalization of psilocybin, and this could have major effects throughout the nation. Decriminalization is a very different concept. Colorado Legal Issues

Wisconsin Governor Aims To Legalize Medical Marijuana And Decriminalize Recreational This Year

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Evers aims to legalize medical cannabis, decriminalize recreational possession and use, and expunge qualifying arrest records. Legalizing cannabis for a medicinal purpose in Wisconsin is inspired by Evers’ own experience with a debilitating disease.

North Dakota Decriminalizes Marijuana

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Whether it is decriminalization, medical permission or full-blown legalization, signature moves like these typically start and end with a decent amount of fanfare. According to Vox , the state decriminalized marijuana in early May, yet they didn’t make a peep. Doug Burgum signed a bill decriminalizing marijuana last week — but the issue got little to no attention from his office or news media. Decriminalization vs. Legalization – a Middle-Ground. .

New Hampshire: House Lawmakers Approve Bill Allowing Personal Possession of Marijuana

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The measure legalizes the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of marijuana by those age 21 or older. Chris Sununu , who has previously said that he will “absolutely” veto any legalization legislation, “regardless of what the language looks like.”

Marijuana Legalization Measures Gaining Momentum In Several States

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Lawmakers in several states have recently moved forward legislative proposals to either legalize or decriminalize marijuana-related activities. LEGALIZATION. Chris Sununu, who has pledged to veto any legalization bill, “regardless of what the language looks like.”

Rep. Nadler: You and I are going to legalize marijuana

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Removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, which decriminalizes it at the federal level and thereby enables states to set their own policies. In 1977, I cast my first vote as a freshman member of the State Assembly to decriminalize marijuana in my home state of New York.

Hawaii Says Aloha to Decriminalization

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Yet even though Hawaii became the 26th state to decriminalize possession of marijuana in 2020, I am not convinced Hawaii is so concerned with peace, tranquility, and wellness. Hawaii’s decriminalization – not legalization – of pot took effect on January 11, 2020.

New York: the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA)

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The bill would legalize the adult possession, use, and regulated sale of marijuana. Significant steps are taken in the amended MRTA to ensure racial justice and a small business-friendly industry, including: Creating a micro-licensing structure, similar to New York’s rapidly growing craft wine and beer industry, which allows small-scale production and sale plus delivery to reduce barriers to entry for people with less access to capital and traditional avenues of financing.

Move Legalization Forward in New Jersey

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Several bills have been introduced in the state legislature, ranging from legalization to expungement, and the fight for freedom has never been more widely supported than now. 2318 would allow for expedited expungement of records for those previously convicted of a marijuana crime upon passage of decriminalization or legalization measures in the state of New Jersey, as long as those past violations are no longer considered a crime under state law.

U.S. Virgin Islands Finally Legalizes Medical Marijuana

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After four years in the making, medical marijuana is finally legal in the U.S. Virgin Islands since 2014 when the legislation he introduced to decriminalize possession of up to one ounce was approved by the Legislature. Legalization Marijuana News Albert Bryan Jr.

Proposed Legislation: Ensuring Safe Capital Access for All Small Business Act of 2019

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Chairwoman Velázquez Announces Bills to Open SBA Programs to Legal Cannabis Businesses. 3540, the Ensuring Safe Capital Access for All Small Businesses Act of 2019. 3543, the Ensuring Access to Counseling and Training Programs for All Small Business Act of 2019.

Marijuana reform is budding in New Hampshire!

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Several bills have been introduced in the state legislature, ranging from legal hemp production to adult-use marijuana legalization, and the fight for freedom has never been more widely supported than now. — Bipartisan bill HB 481 would legalize the personal adult-use, possession, cultivation, and retail sale of marijuana. We need your help to keep fighting to legalize marijuana nationwide.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/29

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Guam became the first US territory to send a bill legalizing the adult-use of marijuana to the governor’s desk in 2019. New Jersey tabled a scheduled vote to pass adult-use marijuana legalization after falling just a few votes short of the threshold needed to pass.

Can Texas Build a Working Medical Cannabis Program in 2019?

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In 2019 Texans will find out whether lawmakers are ready to build a viable medical cannabis program or whether old-fashioned politics will limit access to effective medicine. Health Politics decriminalization laws legalization medical marijuana qualifying conditions texasThe post Can Texas Build a Working Medical Cannabis Program in 2019? appeared first on Leafly.

It Is Now Legal To Possess Marijuana In Virginia

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Virginia has officially joined the ranks of progressive states that have elected to decriminalize the personal possession of cannabis. What amount of marijuana is legal to possess? ” Exploring Legalization. More Than Just Decriminalization.

The Ketamine Clinic Craze: Legalities and Possibilities

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Recently, the decriminalization of psilocybin (by various cities) has been in the news as an emerging medicine. Still, for all its promise, would-be clinic owners, practitioners, and consumers may be confused about the legality of such clinics.

New York Governor Cuomo Leaves Marijuana Legalization Out of State Budget

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Legal Advisor to Roc NORML, and Mary Kruger, Start SMART NY Coalition Member and Executive Director of Roc NORML. Sixty-five percent of New York residents support the legalization of cannabis. Cannabis legalization was not included in the 2019 – 2020 New York State Budget. Beyond the possibility that New York may see unified control disappear in upcoming elections, if New York to wait until 2020 or longer, the probability of federal legalization drastically increases.

Virginia, Marijuana, and How Medical Legalization May Unfold in the South

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The American South has been one of the toughest (weed) cookies to crack when it comes to marijuana reform, despite legalization’s wildfire spread over the past half-decade. To be fair, Democrats didn’t mention weed legalization on their party’s official platform until 2016.).

Texas Police Chiefs Association Hold Marijuana Press Conference

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It was disappointing to see Law Enforcement advocating for policy that continues to saddle Texans with criminal records and all those collateral consequences as well as putting fear ahead of regulated patient access to medical marijuana. Our research has found that marijuana in legalized states can increase crime, negatively impact public health, place additional strain on social services, fail to eradicate criminal enterprises, and that expenditures often outpace revenue collection.

The Week in Weed: April 17, 2020

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Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. It has put state legalization campaigns on hold, delayed sales roll-outs, and the problems in Massachusetts could fill this blog post all by themselves.

Canada Inspires Legalization Proponents in Other Nations

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Despite the difficult rollout, there is no doubt that Canada’s decision to legalize cannabis has been monumental. As the first G7 country to fully lift prohibition on the drug, Canada has sent a clear message that legalization is nothing to be feared.

What Is the MORE Act, and How Could It Change Marijuana Policy Forever?

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The MORE Act, which was introduced to the US Congress last month, would completely decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. The issue isn’t if marijuana will be legalized anymore. It’s actually a reestablishment of the legal term [for] cannabis.

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The Ketamine Clinic Craze: Legalities and Possibilities

Canna Law Blog

Recently, the decriminalization of psilocybin (by various cities) has been in the news as an emerging medicine. Still, for all its promise, would-be clinic owners, practitioners, and consumers may be confused about the legality of such clinics.

Guest Post: European Countries that legalized medical cannabis

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It doesn’t matter how they call it at your location but, “is it legal to trade, transport, or use medical cannabis in your location?” However, some European countries have legalized the usage of cannabis for medical purposes. Medical cannabis is legalized in Germany.

Initiative to Legalize Marijuana Filed in Oklahoma

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Activists seeking to legalize marijuana for all adults in Oklahoma have officially filed an initiative to do just that. An entirely separate initiative to decriminalize – but not legalize – marijuana was also filed by Tulsa resident Paul Tay.

Ohio Legalization Campaign Given More Flexibility to Gather Necessary Signatures

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A federal judge has ruled that Ohio must allow groups pursuing voting law changes, a minimum wage increase and marijuana decriminalization more time and flexibility to qualify for ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Associated Press.

Historic: Judiciary Committee Chairman Introduces Bill To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

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The American public is overwhelmingly ready to legalize marijuana, their elected officials in Washington need to finally start representing the will of the people and advance this sensible legislation,” said NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri.

Can A State Recriminalize Medical Marijuana?

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you could purchase marijuana legally. And more are sure to be on the way, with several other states putting measures to further legalize marijuana in many states. here’s what you need to know about where things are likely headed regarding legal marijuana in the current climate.

Virginia: Majority Shift in Legislature Opens Door for Major Marijuana Law Reform

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Tuesday, November 5, control of Virginia’s legislature shifted to democrats, opening the door for decriminalization , expungement, and establishing a clear path to legalizing responsible adult-use in the Commonwealth.

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NORML’s 2020 Democratic Primary Marijuana Straw Poll

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She remained generally opposed to legalization, while supporting states having the right to reform their own policies, until she clarified her stance as being in support of it after announcing her 2020 presidential campaign. States are moving forward on decriminalization and legalization.

New York’s Marijuana Legalization Bill “Dead for Now”

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Unfortunately, like New Jersey, New York’s bill to legalize recreational marijuana appears to be a no-go for at least one more year, repots The Wall Street Journal. In fact, many Democratic lawmakers – whom we would expect to be more receptive about legalization – were staunchly opposed to the measure. The failed bid at legalization could lead to other related legislation that will prove helpful from a health, legal and societal perspective.

Sen. Schumer And Rep. Jeffries To Introduce Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Legislation

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At a time when 68 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization, including outright majorities of Democrats (77 percent), Independents (62 percent), and Republicans (57 percent), it is time for ending federal prohibition to become a truly bipartisan issue in the eyes of voters.”

Why the MRTA gets an A- & the CRTA gets a C-

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New York State is set to legalize and regulate cannabis for adult-use, and improve our existing medical marijuana and hemp programs by April 1st with the 2020-2021 NYS Budget. But our work isn’t over yet and we need to fight for SMART legalization now more than ever! MRTA: A-.