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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.

Luxembourg Planning to Legalize Cannabis

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A government coalition formed by three parties – the Liberals, Social Democrats and Greens – decided to start the process of fully legalizing marijuana in Luxembourg, making it the first European country to do so. Luxembourg already has a solid foundation for a legal framework.

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Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/21/19

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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.

Finnish Cannabis Association Collecting Signatures To Get Referendum On Cannabis Legalization

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Newsweed report… While cannabis is not really a political issue in Finland, a citizens’ initiative has taken up the subject and proposes to decriminalize cannabis in Finland . Drug policy activism from the bottom up. Mark Taylor UK / EU Cannabis Compliance Blog

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/8/19

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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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/3/19

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The district attorney for Philadelphia, PA testified during a cannabis legalization hearing that he will not pursue cannabis DUI cases unless “people show active—I repeat active—psychoactive amounts of cannabis in their system.”

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/12/19

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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 5/10/19

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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. Legislation is pending, House Bill 96 / Senate Bill 98, to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/5/19

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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

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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 2/22

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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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/18/19

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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. Meanwhile, a decriminalization bill was defeated in the Virginia House this week. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of legalization. Legislation is pending, House Bill 2331, to legalize the use, possession, and retail sale of cannabis for adults.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/11/19

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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. Lawmakers decriminalized minor marijuana possession offenses in 2017. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of legalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/28/19

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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. Senate Bill 45 would make this policy consistent for juvenile offenders. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of juvenile decriminalization. 2019 ACTIVISM Advocacy GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION Policy SOCIETY

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/15/18

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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 legalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/1/18

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Roers Jones, who sponsored the recently defeated decriminalization bill, is trying to get her language inserted as a part of separate legislation. As New Jersey lawmakers and Governor Phil Murphy continue to work out details of a marijuana legalization bill, two anti-legalization lawmakers in the state introduced a proposal that would let the voters decide on the issue with a 2020 ballot question. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of legalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/15/18

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After months of negotiation, Governor Murphy of New Jersey and state legislators have reached a deal on what will be included in upcoming legislation to legalize the adult-use and retail sale of marijuana in the state of New Jersey. The proposed budget plan in both the New York state Senate and Assembly include marijuana legalization and regulation. Members of Minnesota’s Senate Judiciary Committee defeated a legalization bill this week.

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.

EU drug agency releases key report as lawmakers commit to cannabis study

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Europe’s cannabis industry is predicted to be worth €115.7bn ($132bn) by 2028, making it the world’s largest legal marijuana market. Some jurisdictions, such as the Netherlands, have decriminalized the drug, while others have a more draconian approach and will jail anyone found in possession.

So How Did It Go? – The SAFE Banking Act Senate Hearing

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He cited that polling now shows about 65% of Americans support legalization of marijuana and 93% support medical marijuana. Federal law and policy NewsAs we reported last week , a Senate Banking Committee hearing occurred this past Tuesday to consider the SAFE Banking Act.

It is Time to Acknowledge Reality and End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

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Currently, ten states and the District of Columbia have legalized the adult use of marijuana and thirty-three states and DC have medical marijuana programs. This is not just good policy, but good politics.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/8/19

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Activists in Nebraska, along with two pro-legalization Senators, qualified a 2020 medical cannabis ballot initiative petition to begin collecting signatures from registered voters in the state. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of decriminalization.

NORML Chapter Newsletter – April 2019

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“The restaurant will also host speakers who advocate for the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana, including state Sen. Virginia NORML Hosts Marijuana Decriminalization Panel Discussion.

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer Feels SAFE Banking Act is Not Enough

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However, top Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer feels that the SAFE Banking Act is insufficient and potentially detrimental to legalization. We need decriminalization at the federal level, criminal justice reform, and investment in opportunity for minority & women-owned small businesses.”.

Texas Expands Medical Marijuana Program, but Some Limitations Still Exist

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In May, Texas failed to enact a policy to decriminalize marijuana and at least patch one hole in the sinking ship that is prohibition. Despite being legal, medical marijuana in Texas remains on a tight leash.

Sheppard Mullin Launch 70 Member Cannabis Team In The US

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Sarah also advises cannabis companies and ancillary businesses on regulatory compliance. She also counsels consumer products manufacturers and distributors on products liability and regulatory compliance issues. Environmental Compliance.

OR: OLCC “2019 Recreational Marijuana Supply and Demand Legislative Report” & Statement

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198 million in state and local sales tax revenue generated since legalization. Latest study designed to encourage sensible policy development. Oregon’s Public Policy Approach to Support Legal Marijuana Production and the State’s Abundant Supply: The Course for Seeking the Right Balance.

Florida Representatives Show Bipartisan Support for Marijuana Reform, Citing Racial Disparities

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Although on a micro scale compared to a congressional hearing, this bipartisan move in Florida is just another example of sweeping cannabis reform, held back only by a dam of counterproductive policies. The route to complete marijuana legalization in the U.S.

Italian Interior Minister Takes Extreme Anti-Cannabis Stance, but Analysts See it as Empty Rhetoric

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Bred for its CBD content from hemp (a member of the cannabis genus), Italian law states that no legal cannabis can contain more than 0.6% Recreational marijuana remains illegal, but is decriminalized. It is no secret that marijuana has its fair share of detractors.

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NY: CPA & Business Advisory Service Launches Cannabis & Hemp Advisory Practice

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The Cannabis and Hemp Advisory practice will provide counsel and support to existing businesses, start-ups, and ancillary service providers within the cannabis industry, especially in the areas of: tax planning; compliance with section 280E of the U.S. Hemp Legalization.

Dentons Cannabis Practice Are Now Publishing A Regular Roundup

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In this week’s edition: Oregon Legislative Assembly passes bill allowing interstate transfers of cannabis, subject to certain limitations, in the event of a federal policy change. Medical cannabis legalization has stalled in the Alabama Legislature.

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AAFP ( American Academy of Family Physicians) Releases Marijuana, Cannabinoids Position Paper

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During the 20 th century, law enforcement and public policy activities have undermined opportunities for scientific exploration. Relevant AAFP Policy. However, the AAFP supports decriminalization of possession of marijuana for personal use. THC is legal to produce.

Meritas Law Firms Worldwide Article: Global Cannabis Industry: The Essential Primer

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As more countries legalize or decriminalize the cultivation, manufacture, sale, and use of cannabis, companies across a variety of industries are looking for opportunities to capitalize on this emerging market. Colorado has legalized both recreational and medical use of cannabis.

Forget About the Courts, What About My Personal Cannabis Rights?

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This recommendation or approval does not provide patients with any sort of legal protection under federal law, but it may be the basis for legal protection under state law. Edibles and topicals emerged as the two categories users indicated that were consuming more of post-legalization.