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Clarifying NY State Decriminalization and Marijuana Possession Related Penalties


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. As of August 28, 2019, public consumption and possession of up to two ounces of cannabis flower is punishable as a marijuana possession violation (not a crime) and the sentence of that offense is a monetary fine up to $200 under Penal Law 221. Legal Provisions.

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

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Nevada: Reform Efforts are Still Alive


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.

Atlanta Police Department No Longer Rejects Applicants For Having Used Cannabis


In fact, the question regarding cannabis consumption has been completely removed from the department’s applicant pre-screening questionnaire. According to the old policy, if the applicant answered ‘yes’ to that question, he or she was automatically rejected. Decriminalization.

NORML Remembers Dr. Mark Kleiman


Kleiman , an academic expert on cannabis policy who often shared and debated his well informed views on marijuana policy reform with those of us who were committed to advocating for a policy of adult use legalization. Policy Dale Gieringer Kleiman

Helping Underscore a Longstanding Tenet of SMPL – Cannabis Policy is a Public Health Issue Rather than a Criminal Justice One


It’s time for drug policy reform – in America and across the globe. We need more policies that treat drug abuse as a public health issue. Earlier this month, a Philadelphia judge rejected federal objections to the opening of what will be the nation’s first legal overdose prevention site—paving the way for other jurisdictions to bring this lifesaving tool to their communities. America’s “war on drugs” has failed.

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


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.).

Colombia Legalizes Public Cannabis Use as Potential Legalization Looms


Although still not fully confirmed, marijuana policy in Colombia appears to be inching closer to legalization. An analysis by Colombia’s Constitutional Court found the law on public drug consumption (among other sections) to be unconstitutional. Recreational marijuana has already been decriminalized, even allowing small amounts to be grown at home for individual use. Medical cannabis has been legal for the last three years. Legalization in the Works. .

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/21/19


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.

Cannabis Legalization Roundup: Mexico, Luxembourg, Switzerland

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We like to check in from time to time on what’s happening with marijuana legalization around the world. To date, there are something like 40 countries that have legalized marijuana for medical use. Public consumption esta prohibido. Canada Legalizes Cannabis!

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/3/19


At a more local level, members of Las Vegas, Nevada’s city council approved legislation to allow cannabis consumption lounges. Legislation is pending, House Bill 96 / Senate Bill 98, to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/8/19


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 2/1/19


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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/26/19


Republican leaders in Wisconsin’s state legislature said that Governor Evers’ medical cannabis and decriminalization budget proposals will not be passed through the legislature this session. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of decriminalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/12/19


At the state level, a bill to allow licensed social consumption spaces in Oregon was defeated for this year. Legislation is pending, House Bill 19-1230, to allow the social consumption of cannabis by adults in licensed and regulated establishments.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/5/19


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 social consumption.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/10/19


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 3/22


Activists in Oregon have filed a 2020 ballot initiative with the Secretary of State that, if approved, would allow social cannabis consumption sites and protect consumers from employment discrimination. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of legalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/4/19


At the state level, Alaska regulators have voted in favor of plans to permit on-site marijuana consumption at designated retailers. And at a more local level, Dayton, Ohio is considering a proposal to completely decriminalize marijuana and remove the $150 possession fine.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/28/19


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 2/22


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.

NORML’s 2020 Democratic Primary Marijuana Straw Poll


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 3/1/18


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


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. Alaska became the first state to permit on-site adult use cannabis consumption, as Lt. The proposed budget plan in both the New York state Senate and Assembly include marijuana legalization and regulation.

Legalizing Marijuana Leads To Fewer Illegal Grow Sites In National Forests, Study Finds

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In news that Smokey Bear, iconic protector of all forests, would be happy to hear, research shows that reports of illegal marijuana grow operations on federally protected lands fell after states began legalizing it for adult use. Cannabis legalization is insignificant in Washington.

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.

Is The End Of Cannabis Prohibition Near?

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It seems as though more states are adopting a medical and/or recreational law toward cannabis consumption. has 11 states that recognize cannabis for recreational consumption. The Farm Bill made hemp cultivation, sales and consumption across the country legal. Present Day.

Article – Cannabis Wire: Cannabis in the Caribbean, Part I: Change is Coming

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In recent years, jurisdictions throughout the area have softened their stance on the plant, largely through policies that have decriminalized simple possession and established robust programs for medical cannabis use and sales.

NORML Chapter Newsletter


“That’s why dozens of NORML chapters are organizing citizen lobby days to advocate for the end of marijuana prohibition and other reforms ranging from depenalization and expungement, to workplace drug testing and social consumption.” Marijuana policy should be evidence based.

NORML Chapter Newsletter – April 2019


“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.

NORML Chapter Newsletter – June 2019


While this bill isn’t perfect, it does provide a pathway for adults to legally obtain and consume cannabis. “It still won’t be legal to sell or smoke on the street. “Not legalizing really isn’t where we want to be as an organization and as a state.”

Ecuador sets hemp THC limit at full 1.0%,

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The limit was set in policy changes outlined during a legislative session this week that legalized industrial hemp by removing it from the Ecuadorian criminal code. Ecuador in 2015 approved a new law that decriminalized cannabis consumption.

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Freedom Leaf’s Diversity in Cannabis Impact List

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I continue to advocate for patient access to medical marijuana, and work with recreational legalization groups like Start SMART New York and Drug Policy Alliance that aim to take away one of the many tools law enforcement uses to lock up people of color, and to make sure we’re not pushed out of this industry. Policy Associate, Drug Policy Alliance , Washington, D.C.

Government of New Zealand Justice Dept is currently looking for Cannabis expert with ‘Proven Experience’ and is offering $137,479-$194,088 for the position

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The New Zealand government is currently looking to hire a cannabis expert that has “proven experience” ahead of the non-binding referendum for a legal cannabis market that will take place next year. Policy Manager – Cannabis Referendum Policy, National Office.

Buds Behind Bars: An Analysis of People v. Raybon

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Put in the simplest terms, Raybon says Proposition 64 decriminalized possession of cannabis (within the parameters of the law) in correctional institutions and Perry says it did not. and the statute should be interpreted in favor of decriminalizing possession in correctional institutions.