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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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Pennsylvania: Marijuana possession arrests decline statewide


” “This is likely the result of two major policy changes: More than twenty decriminalization or penalty downgrade ordinances passed by city councils across the Commonwealth, and approximately a quarter of a million registered medical marijuana patients,” said Goldstein.

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

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. .

On Decriminalizing Magic Mushrooms: The Psychedelic Constituency and Its Challenges

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In February 2018, I heard about a group that wanted to decriminalize psychoactive mushrooms in Denver, but didn’t know much about it. I joined the drug policy reform movement in 1993 specifically with the goal of legalizing psychedelics, so I was glad to hear from Matthews.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/14/20


doctors to fill out the state-legal medical marijuana recommendations. Legislation is pending, House Bill 550, to expand the state’s marijuana decriminalization law. Send a message to your lawmakers in support of expanded decriminalization.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

Ready to Lobby?


With the 2020 legislative session already in full swing in many states, NORML chapters across the country are organizing lobby days to advocate for sensible reform policies in their state. Maryland Cannabis Policy Lobby Day.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/25/20


At a more local level, city council members in Springfield, Illinois approved the state’s first marijuana consumption space. 2227) is bipartisan legislation that removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, thus decriminalizing the substance at the federal level and enabling states to set their own policies. Send a message to your lawmakers in support of legalization. Send a message to 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

The Green Wave – Legal Challenges, Considerations for Investors in Cannabis Industry

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In countries or states where medical marijuana is legal, doctors can prescribe it to alleviate nerve pain or glaucoma, or at times to help with nausea caused due to chemotherapy for cancer patients as well as treatment of HIV patients. Legal Restrictions. A Narrow Legal Window.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/1/20


This week, advocates in Missouri began collecting signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization initiative for the November 2020 ballot. City council members in Berkeley, California voted to approve a proposal to allow marijuana consumption spaces. 2227) is bipartisan legislation that removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, thus decriminalizing the substance at the federal level and enabling states to set their own policies.

Mike Bloomberg Says Legalizing Marijuana Could Make Young People ‘Ruin Their Future’ – His Presidential Ambitions Thwarted Nobody Cares

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He did get American Samoa and they are as hardcore as him on the issue of legalization so he could take a 13 hour flight and sit down to agree the issue with them if he so desires. Mike Bloomberg Says Legalizing Marijuana Could Make Young People ‘Ruin Their Future’ Breaking News

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.

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.

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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/15/20


The legalization effort in New Mexico was killed as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 to table the bill this week. One of two initiative petitions to put marijuana legalization on the ballot in Oklahoma was cleared for signature gathering.

House Members Offer Resolution Condemning Police Brutality and The War on Drugs


Supported by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Drug Policy Alliance, and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); the letter brings to light the excessive force commonly utilized in even low level, non-violent drug investigations. Cannabis Legalization Isn’t Enough.

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.

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.