1/21/22 – State Policy Update

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State Policy Update (1/7/2022)

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FLORIDA Legislation has been filed… The post State Policy Update (1/7/2022) appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM decriminalization legalization medical cannabis medical marijuana TakeActionUpdates on filed and moving legislation over the last week.

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State Policy Update (1/14/2022)

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The post State Policy Update (1/14/2022) appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM Alaska decriminalization Delaware Florida Georgia Indiana Kentucky legalization medical cannabis medical marijuana Mississippi South Carolina South Dakota TakeAction West Virginia

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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.

State Policy Weekly Update 2/4/2022

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The post State Policy Weekly Update 2/4/2022 appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM Alabama Alaska Colorado decriminalization Illinois legalization Maine medical cannabis medical marijuana Minnesota Mississippi Ohio Pennsylvania South Carolina South Dakota TakeAction Utah West Virginia Wisconsin

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State Policy Weekly Update 1/28/2022

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The post State Policy Weekly Update 1/28/2022 appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM decriminalization Delaware Hawaii Illinois Kansas legalization medical cannabis medical marijuana Ohio oho Pennsylvania South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Utah Virginia Washington

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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. Those in possession of up to one ounce of cannabis for personal use will no longer be subject to criminal prosecution and will instead face a maximum $25 civil penalty.

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.

New Mexico: New Marijuana Decriminalization Law Goes Into Effect Next Week

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Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation into law decriminalizing the possession of personal use amounts of cannabis. The new law reduces first-time penalties for the possession of up to one-half ounce of cannabis from a criminal misdemeanor — punishable by up to 15 days in jail — to a ‘penalty assessment,’ punishable by a $50 fine. Decriminalization decriminalization New Mexico

Hawaii: Governor to Let Marijuana Decriminalization to Become Law

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David Ige publicly stated this week that he does not intend to veto pending legislation to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession offenses. It also establishes a task force to review cannabis policy and to make recommendations to the legislature by 2021. Twenty five states and the District of Columbia have either legalized or decriminalized the adult possession and use of marijuana. Decriminalization Expungement decriminalization expungement Hawaii

Hawaii: Lawmakers Pass Legislation Decriminalizing Low-Level Possession Offenses

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House and Senate lawmakers have finalized and passed legislation, House Bill 1383 , decriminalizing low-level marijuana possession offenses and vacating past convictions. The measure also establishes a task force to review cannabis policy and to make recommendations to the legislature by 2021. To date, 23 states and the District of Columbia have either legalized or decriminalized (eliminated the possibility of jail time) the adult possession and personal use of marijuana.

Austin’s Cannabis Decriminalization, Vancouver’s Magic Mushroom Shops, & One Woman’s MMJ Story

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Austin decriminalized cannabis possession, Vancouver is now home to some not-so-legal magic mushroom shops, and a British woman shared her life-changing medical marijuana journey. Austin Voters Pass Cannabis Decriminalization Bill.

Low-Level Marijuana Possession Offenses Now Decriminalized in New Mexico

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The new law reduces first-time penalties for the possession of up to one-half ounce of cannabis from a criminal misdemeanor — formerly punishable by up to 15 days in jail — to a ‘penalty assessment,’ punishable by a $50 fine. Late last week, the Governor announced the formation of a new task-force to make policy recommendations with regard to 2020 legislation to legalize the adult use of cannabis. Decriminalization decriminalization New Mexico

Clarifying NY State Decriminalization and Marijuana Possession Related Penalties

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There has been some confusion and misinformation circulating about what New York’s latest expansion of marijuana decriminalization means and what impact it will have on criminal prosecutions going forward. Penal Law 220 relates to “controlled substances” offenses which include possession of “concentrated cannabis” which is defined as being more than 2 1/2% by volume of the total volume of cannabis seized.

Will the Senate Stall Federal Cannabis Decriminalization? 

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This December the United States House of Representatives made history by voting for the first time on cannabis decriminalization. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act would effectively remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

Cannabis Decriminalization Reduces Racial Disparity, According to New Data

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Black Americans are being arrested for cannabis possession laws at a rate of nearly four times that of white Americans despite the fact that the groups consume cannabis at similar rates. Racial Disparity in Cannabis Arrests. Decriminalization: The Key to Equality.

Few impressed with Biden’s weak new marijuana decriminalization plan

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Under the 'Biden Plan for Black America,' cannabis would be okay to possess but illegal to purchase. The post Few impressed with Biden’s weak new marijuana decriminalization plan appeared first on Leafly. Politics drug war drug-policy Election 2020 Joe Biden presidential candidates

Seattle Decriminalizes Psychedelics

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Seattle just became the largest city in the United States to decriminalize a wide range of psychedelic substances including psilocybin, ayahuasca, ibogaine, and mescaline. What substances are decriminalized? Decriminalization vs. Legalization.

Texas: House Lawmakers Advance Medical Marijuana Expansion, Penalty Reduction Measures

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LEGISLATION 2021 decriminalization featured legislation medical cannabis state policy TexasHouse lawmakers approved two bills so far, with a third anticipated later this week.

Port Townsend Washington Decriminalizes Psychedelics

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City leaders in Port Townsend, Washington voted this week to decriminalize entheogenic plants and fungi, joining a growing list of communities that have relaxed their policies on psychedelic drugs.

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. How will it work, and what will it do for cannabis consumers, pot convicts, and the burgeoning gray-market industry? Currently, public support for legalizing weed nationwide is at an all-time high: 62 percent of Americans favor legalizing the adult use of marijuana, while over 90 percent want access to medical cannabis.

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Hawaii Decriminalizes Cannabis

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Hawaii on Tuesday decriminalized marijuana, making it the 26th state to decriminalize or legalize the drug. Unfortunately, three grams would be the smallest amount of any state that has decriminalized (or legalized) simple possession of marijuana,” the Marijuana Policy Project, an advocacy group, noted in a statement. Still, removing criminal penalties and possible jail time for possession of a small amount of cannabis is an improvement.”. Cannabis Law News

Psilocybin Alpha Publish Psychedelic Legalization & Decriminalization Tracker

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Mapping Psychedelic Drug Policy Reform. Psilocybin and psychedelic drugs are still illegal in those jurisdictions under state law, so it is inaccurate to say it is “decriminalized.” This is what they are saying.

Grassroots Activism and Marijuana Policy: A Winning Combination

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Regardless of the policy you’re advocating for (e.g., adult-use, patient access, decriminalization etc.) Priority legislation includes: the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act , the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act , the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act and more! Marijuana policy should be evidence based. When NORML was founded in 1970, roughly 12% of Americans supported legalizing marijuana.

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Bipartisan Wisconsin Lawmakers Unveil Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

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Bipartisan Wisconsin lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession, a notable development in a state where cannabis reform has consistently stalled in the GOP-controlled legislature despite support from the Democratic governor. Cannabis Law News

Foreign Policy Article: Africa Needs Cannabis to Spark Economic Growth

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Decriminalization of marijuana would create jobs and boost tax revenue across the continent. Writes the publication Here is what they… Read More. Breaking News

St Louis Mayor Signs Into Law Bill To Decriminalize Cannabis Possession & Cultivation

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Louis on Monday signed a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession and cultivation for adults, a local reform that comes as efforts to legalize cannabis statewide in Missouri are also gaining momentum. Louis Mayor Signs Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana Possession And Cultivation.

Texas: Austin Says Yes To Decriminalizing Low Level Cannabis Possession With 85% Majority

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Voters in Austin, Texas overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative to decriminalize low-level cannabis possession and ban no-knock warrants, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Police will be allowed to seize cannabis under the policy.

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

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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. Evers aims to legalize medical cannabis, decriminalize recreational possession and use, and expunge qualifying arrest records. Medical Cannabis in Wisconsin. The full details of the medical marijuana policy outlined by Evers will not be released until February 28.

Hawaii Decriminalizes Marijuana, but with Strict Limitations

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Hawaii’s move to decriminalize marijuana was actually not easy. This meant strict opposition, despite medical cannabis being legal there since 2,000. But at the end of the day, strict decriminalization is better than outright prohibition. The decriminalization law is known as HB1383. According to the bill, the decriminalization of marijuana in Hawaii comes with a few other changes. e-news cannabis Decriminalization Hawaii Marijuana

North Dakota Decriminalizes Marijuana

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With the “Green Wave” being at the forefront of current events, it seems that every move in favour of cannabis reform is being shouted from the rooftops. 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. Decriminalization vs. Legalization – a Middle-Ground. .

Here we go! They are all Bickering at Decriminalize Nature

Cannabis Law Report

While the national leadership of the activist group Decriminalize Nature has supported dozens of local chapters to push for the reform of laws governing psychedelics, some of those chapters are now breaking away due to disagreements over guiding principles and conflicts with board members.

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. First, the law doesn’t “legalize” psilocybin to the same extent that cannabis has been “legalized” in many states. Decriminalization is a very different concept. Decriminalization just will protect some users from facing jail time.

An Update from the MAPS Policy and Advocacy Team

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Drug Decriminalization: Election Results and Articles. The post An Update from the MAPS Policy and Advocacy Team first appeared on Cannabis Law Report.

Decriminalize Nature Looks To Raise $30,000 As It Looks To Operate In Over 42 US Cities

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Decriminalize Nature is growing with DN teams active in over 42+ cities across the US Since Oakland passed on June… Read More. Global Advocacy & Policy Global Forum

Why Decriminalizing Hard Drugs Could Be More Helpful Than You Think

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Oregon became the first state in America to decriminalize all drugs. While many other states will most likely take a very slow approach to this, some are looking at laws similar to those in Oregon that either decriminalize or legalize medicinal psilocybin.

Press Release – Summary: Dismantling the Federal Drug War: A Comprehensive Drug Decriminalization Framework (The Drug Policy Reform Act)

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The DPA write… For most of the past century the United States has adopted increasingly punitive policies toward the possession, use and distribution of drugs; … Read More.