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

NORML

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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Grassroots Activism and Marijuana Policy: A Winning Combination

NORML

When NORML was founded in 1970, roughly 12% of Americans supported legalizing marijuana. Currently sixty-five percent of adults nationwide support ending marijuana prohibition and establishing a regulated market where responsible consumers can legally purchase marijuana.

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

MassRoots

Newly sworn-in Democratic Governor Tony Evers announced Monday that he is taking Wisconsin cannabis policy reform into his own hands by attaching proposals to his spending budget this year. Decriminalization, Not Legalization.

Denver Decriminalizes Psilocybin

Canna Law Blog

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

North Dakota Decriminalizes Marijuana

WeedAdvisor

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. While North Dakota may not want to call much attention to such a critical policy change, its impact as part of a broader picture means it is worth noting. Decriminalization vs. Legalization – a Middle-Ground. .

Move Legalization Forward in New Jersey

NORML

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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/29

NORML

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.

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

NORML

I’m proud to work with NORML to create a more just national marijuana policy. My bill, The MORE Act, is the most comprehensive marijuana reform bill ever introduced, and it’s backed by a broad coalition of civil rights, criminal justice, drug policy, and immigration groups.

New York Governor Cuomo Leaves Marijuana Legalization Out of State Budget

NORML

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.

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

NORML

“After nearly a century of prohibition, it is clear this policy has been an absolute failure and a national disgrace. 2019 Advocacy Cannabis Caucus Citizen Lobbyists Expungement GOVERNMENT Legalization LEGISLATION Policy

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

NORML

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.”

U.S. Virgin Islands Finally Legalizes Medical Marijuana

MassRoots

After four years in the making, medical marijuana is finally legal in the U.S. Senator Terrence “Positive” Nelson, the bill’s main sponsor, has been fighting for cannabis policy reform in the U.S. Nelson plans to continue to participate in the rollout of his legalization amendment. “I

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

NORML

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

NORML

After the press, I was able to talk with Chief Dye for about 15 minutes on policy and real-world implications. 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. Please take action and let your legislators know that you support common sense policy!

New York: New Report Released Showing Ongoing Extreme Racial Disparities in Marijuana Enforcement at City and County Levels

NORML

At the same time, the bill would redirect tax revenue from a legal industry towards various programs that redress harms from the War on Drugs, while also increasing and improving public education and treatment programs geared towards responsible use, reducing overdoses, and saving lives.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/21/19

NORML

House of Representatives just voted to restrict the Department of Justice from interfering with the states that have legalized adult-use marijuana. New York state lawmakers approved legislation on Friday to further expand cannabis decriminalization and expunge certain records.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/8/19

NORML

Senator Ron Wyden introduced legislation in the Senate — The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act — to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of legalization.

Nevada: Pushing Reform Efforts Forward

NORML

For starters, cannabis would be decriminalized on the federal level and therefore removed from the entirety of the Controlled Substances Act. “Our volunteers look forward to our annual trip to DC each year because it provides the one-on-one opportunity to interact with policy makers.”

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/1/19

NORML

At the state level, activists in Florida and Missouri gathered in their state capitals along side state and local NORML chapters to lobby state lawmakers in favor of sensible marijuana policy reform. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of decriminalization.

Nevada: Reform Efforts are Still Alive

NORML

Even though cannabis has been recreationally legal in the Battle Born State for nearly two years and Sin City has become a greenish gold mine of legal cannabis, many problems and societal penalties still arise with the use of it; no social consumption lounges being among the most glaring.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/3/19

NORML

Governor Jay Inslee (D) of Washington signed legislation into law allowing medical cannabis to be accessed by patients on school grounds, and separate legislation allowing the production of industrial hemp in accordance with new federal hemp regulations.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/10/19

NORML

A campaign committee called Smart and Safe Arizona is preparing to launch a campaign to qualify a 2020 adult use marijuana legalization ballot initiative in the state. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical cannabis access.

Canada Inspires Legalization Proponents in Other Nations

WeedAdvisor

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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/5/19

NORML

This Act amends the Controlled Substances Act to reduce the number of instances in which federal law enforcement agencies could carry out legal actions against state-licensed cannabis businesses or other related enterprises. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of legalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/22

NORML

Similarly, activists in Arizona are attempting to qualify a 2020 legalization ballot initiative. Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) of New York announced that marijuana legalization language will no longer appear in his budget proposal.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/18/19

NORML

At the state level, patients in Ohio and Oklahoma now have access to medical cannabis, as sales began in both states this week. Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) of New York and Governor Gina Raimondo (D) of Rhode Island both included plans for cannabis legalization as a part of their budget proposals in their respective states. A medical cannabis access bill was signed into law in the U.S. Meanwhile, a decriminalization bill was defeated in the Virginia House this week.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/12/19

NORML

The measure would establish a license permit process for hospitality spaces to allow cannabis products to be legally purchased and consumed on site. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of legalization. Senate Bill 45 would make this policy consistent for juvenile offenders.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/4/19

NORML

Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (R-AK) re-introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, which protects those engaged in state-lawful medical marijuana programs from federal prosecution. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of legalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/28/19

NORML

Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer introduced legislation to allow for interstate commerce when it comes to state-legal cannabis programs. New Mexico’s new decriminalization law takes effect this coming Monday July 1. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical cannabis access at school. Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 305, to permit qualified patients the ability to access medical cannabis preparations while in health care facilities.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/26/19

NORML

At the state level, Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota signed a package of bills into law to expand the state’s medical cannabis access program. Nassau County, New York voted to prohibit retail cannabis sales in the county once it becomes legal in New York state.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/22

NORML

At the state level, the North Dakota House of Representatives defeated a decriminalization bill on the House floor by a narrow 43-47 vote. On the same day, LegalizeND announced that they will try again with a 2020 legalization ballot initiative.

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

NORML

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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/11/19

NORML

And Dayton, Ohio completely decriminalized cannabis possession, as the city commission decided to eliminate the existing $150 possession fine. Shannon Roers Jones (R) introduced legislation, House Bill 1155, to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of decriminalization. Legislation is pending, House Bill 1272, to expand access to medical cannabis in North Dakota.

NORML’s 2020 Democratic Primary Marijuana Straw Poll

NORML

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. Quote: “We need to legalize marijuana and regulate it.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/15/18

NORML

The House Financial Services subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions held a hearing Wednesday to address the lack of access to basic banking services by state-legal marijuana businesses. At the state level, John Fetterman, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania began his listening tour in central Pennsylvania to get feedback from the public on marijuana legalization. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical CBD access.