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


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.

North Dakota Decriminalizes Marijuana


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. .

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Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/29


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.

Rhode Island: Gov. Raimondo’s Proposed Marijuana Legalization Budget Plan


Gina Raimondo unveiled a budget proposal for 2020 that would legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island “with reluctance,” as she told The Providence Journal. Like it or not, we’re going to be incurring public safety and public health expenses because it’s legal in Massachusetts… And I think it is time for us to put together our own regulatory and taxing framework,” she said. On January 17, 2019, Gov.

Luxembourg Planning to Legalize Cannabis


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.

U.S. Virgin Islands Finally Legalizes Medical Marijuana


After four years in the making, medical marijuana is finally legal in the U.S. According to the Virgin Islands Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act, licenses will be issued for cultivators, testing labs, product manufacturers, and retail dispensaries.

Senator Rice Needs to Get Woke About Weed, Pt. 2


As New Jersey continues to fail its constituents each day they do not pass cannabis legalization for adult-use, the name of one state senator at the forefront of the fight against legalization remains permanently inked in shame: State Senator Ron Rice of the 28th District. State Senator Rice released an op-ed on the 4th of July, in which he made a plea to his peers in the New Jersey State Legislature to prioritize decriminalization-.

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.).

Majority of Maryland Voters Want Legal Cannabis


The majority of Maryland voters support legalizing recreational cannabis, according to the most recent Goucher Poll. Those over the age of 55 and those who identify as conservative or Republican were the least likely to support legalization, according to the poll.

Indiana Senator Files Bill To Legalize Marijuana Possession


Legislation to decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis has been filed in Indiana by State Senator Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes. Tallian has been fighting for cannabis policy reform in the Hoosier State since 2012.

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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 3/22


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 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 4/5/19


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 legalization.

Hawaii is very liberal, but in no rush to legalize marijuana

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But when it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana for adult use, the islands are out of step with liberal stalwarts such as California and Vermont that have already done so, and other left-leaning states such as New York and New Jersey that are racing toward joining them.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/11/19


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 additional dispensaries.

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 2/15/18


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. Allows licensed dispensaries to sell edible cannabis and cannabidiol products.

Two Democratic lawmakers introduce bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania

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Marijuana deliveries and social use lounges at dispensaries would also be permitted. Daylin Leach and Sharif Street have introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania for users over the age of 21. Amongst other things the Bill would allow.

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. Allows licensed dispensaries to sell edible cannabis and cannabidiol products.

Bernie Sanders unveils plan to legalize marijuana, invest tax revenue in minority businesses


Bernie Sanders released a comprehensive plan late Thursday afternoon to legalize marijuana, begin a process to expunge old pot-related convictions and take steps to shape the emerging legal sales industry. “When we’re in the White House, we’re going to end the greed and corruption of the big corporations and make sure that Americans hit hardest by the war on drugs will be the first to benefit from legalization.” (CNN) Sen.

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. 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.

NORML Chapter Newsletter – May 2019


“This bill offers retail consumers the option to consume legally in a social setting,” said Ashley Weber, executive director of the Colorado office of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. I loved some of the policy.”

NORML Chapter Newsletter – June 2019


“This is really a Los Angeles phenomenon … I can’t tell you where there would be an unlicensed dispensary operating in Oakland or San Francisco.” While this bill isn’t perfect, it does provide a pathway for adults to legally obtain and consume cannabis.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/8/19


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.

Light (Up) at the End of the Tunnel in Texas?

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Texas is joining the states weighing whether to expand legalized uses of marijuana, with state legislators filing almost a dozen bills related to marijuana use in advance of the legislative session, which began on January 8. (In Texas first established a limited compassionate use program for medical marijuana in 2015, and three dispensaries are currently in operation under that program. Legalization Efforts texas

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.

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer Feels SAFE Banking Act is Not Enough


This will certainly open up a world of opportunity, safety and convenience to beleaguered dispensaries everywhere. However, top Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer feels that the SAFE Banking Act is insufficient and potentially detrimental to legalization.

Caribbean Update

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It is also aimed at providing access to quality-controlled cannabis for medicinal purposes, in keeping with government policy. The Jamaica Observer also reports…… Itopia opens as Kingston’s second ganja dispensary. Some developments in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago.

Jamaican Government Urging Congress to Allow Banks into the Cannabis Industry


If passed, this bipartisan bill would demolish an obstacle that has plagued banks and dispensaries alike. The SAFE Act will effectively solve both of these issues by giving banks the green light (no pun intended) to work with dispensaries in legal states, without fear of prosecution.

Texas Expands Medical Marijuana Program, but Some Limitations Still Exist


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.

Article: It’s high time someone studied marijuana taxes – so we did

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student of public policy , and my colleagues and I studied data from marijuana users in Oregon. As of 2019, 33 states have permitted medical marijuana or decriminalized marijuana possession, and most Americans support legalization. The Conversation reports.

NORML Chapter Newsletter


Thus every pound of cannabis which is donated free of charge to legal patients is liable for nearly $1000 in state taxes.”. He believes marijuana is only dangerous because it is illegal, explaining that a friend of his consumed marijuana that was laced with fentanyl, something he said would not happen if cannabis was legalized and regulated.”. He believes that people who are allowed medical marijuana from states with legalized marijuana will be protected.”.

Trump’s New U.S. Attorney General Pick Says He Won’t Pursue Pot Crackdown

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Senators preparing to hold his confirmation meeting that he would not be pursuing a crackdown against legal marijuana if he attains the position. He personally, however, is opposed to marijuana legalization. More Blog Entries: Pot Policy 101: L.A.