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. And while we applaud Governor Northam, his administration, and the legislature for taking this step, it’s critical that they work swiftly to legalize and regulate the responsible of cannabis by adults and begin undoing the damages prohibition has waged on tens of thousands of Virginians.” 2020 Virginia General Assembly.

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. This bill will not eliminate the racial disparities surrounding marijuana, but it will prevent low-level offenders from receiving jail time for simple possession while we move toward legalization in coming years with a framework that addresses both public safety and equity in an emerging market.”

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Virginia: Both Chambers Pass Decriminalization Legislation

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House and Senate lawmakers have passed legislation decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. Both the Governor and the Attorney General are on record in favor of decriminalization. ” 2020 Decriminalization decriminalization Virginia

Maryland: Lawmakers Advance Decriminalization Expansion Measure

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Under existing law , only possession offenses involving ten grams of marijuana or less are decriminalized. “Expanding the decriminalization of low-level marijuana offenses allows police and the courts to re-prioritize their resources toward addressing more serious crimes,” said Luke Jones, Executive Director of Maryland NORML and a proponent of the bill. ” Maryland lawmakers initially decriminalized minor marijuana possession offenses in 2014.

Virginia: Legislature Approves Decriminalization and Medical Cannabis Bills

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Today, the legislature approved HB 972 to decriminalize marijuana possession. This bill will not eliminate the racial disparities surrounding marijuana, but it will prevent low-level offenders from receiving jail time for simple possession while we move toward legalization in coming years with a framework that addresses both public safety and equity in an emerging market.” Broad changes to marijuana laws swept through the 2020 Virginia General Assembly.

New Jersey: Assembly Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation

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As currently written, the measure decriminalizes the possession and distribution of up to two ounces of marijuana by adults — making these activities punishable by a $50 fine. Twenty six additional states and the District of Columbia have either legalized or decriminalized the adult possession and use of marijuana. As originally written, A1897 would have decriminalized the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana.

Election 2020: Oregon psilocybin and drug decriminalization initiatives guide

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Oregon voters will consider one measure to legalize the medical use of psilocybin, and another to decriminalize small amounts of all drugs. The post Election 2020: Oregon psilocybin and drug decriminalization initiatives guide appeared first on Leafly.

City of Ann Arbor decriminalizes psychedelic plants and fungi

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The post City of Ann Arbor decriminalizes psychedelic plants and fungi appeared first on Leafly. Politics legalization Michigan mushrooms psilocybin psilocybin legalizationThe city council has declared psychedelics a "lowest enforcement priority.".

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. Twenty five states and the District of Columbia have either legalized or decriminalized the adult possession and use of marijuana. Legislation in Hawaii to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession offenses is awaiting action from the Governor, while Illinois Gov. Pritzker is expected to sign legalization legislation into law this week.

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. Twenty five states and the District of Columbia have either legalized or decriminalized the adult possession and use of marijuana. Decriminalization Expungement decriminalization expungement HawaiiDemocratic Gov.

New Mexico: Governor Signs Law Decriminalizing Minor Marijuana Possession

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Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation into law decriminalizing the possession of personal use amounts of cannabis. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have either legalized or decriminalized the adult possession and use of marijuana. Decriminalization decriminalization New MexicoDemocratic Gov.

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. 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. Decriminalization Expungement decriminalization expungement Hawaii

Low-Level Marijuana Possession Offenses Now Decriminalized in New Mexico

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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. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have either legalized or decriminalized the adult possession and use of marijuana. Decriminalization decriminalization New Mexico

Wisconsin Could Decriminalize Cannabis, Legalize Medical Use

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He'd also decriminalize less than 25 grams, and allow expungements of past records. The post Wisconsin Could Decriminalize Cannabis, Legalize Medical Use appeared first on Leafly. Politics decriminalization medical marijuana wisconsinTony Evers would allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana.

Hawaii: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses to be Decriminalized Next Week

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Legislation takes effect on Saturday, January 11, decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. 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

Oregon could decriminalize all drugs in November election

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The post Oregon could decriminalize all drugs in November election appeared first on Leafly. Politics decriminalization drug legalization drug reform Oregon recoveryThe nation's most wide-ranging drug reform measure secures a spot on the ballot.

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. Such convictions may not be subject to the newly enacted expungement provisions as they are “controlled substances” offenses and not “marijuana” offenses which were the sole targets for expungement under the new decriminalization law.

What’s next for psychedelic decriminalization?

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Decriminalize Nature is spearheading the movement to decriminalize psychedelics for medicinal use all over the world. The post What’s next for psychedelic decriminalization? Health Industry legalizationSee where they're gaining momentum. appeared first on Leafly.

New Mexico: Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization, Other Reform Bills

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State lawmakers have approved a series of bills reducing penalties for marijuana possession offenses and strengthening and expanding legal protections for medical cannabis patients. DECRIMINALIZATION. It also enacts explicit legal protections prohibiting employers, social service workers, and hospitals from arbitrarily discriminating against patients solely for their medical cannabis status and/or for their failure to pass a drug test. LEGALIZATION.

Former Drug Warrior Biden Unveils Cannabis Decriminalization Plan

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But no federal adult use legalization. The post Former Drug Warrior Biden Unveils Cannabis Decriminalization Plan appeared first on Leafly. Politics decriminalization Election 2020 expungement legalizationAutomatic expungements and rescheduling included.

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

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Evers aims to legalize medical cannabis, decriminalize recreational possession and use, and expunge qualifying arrest records. Our budget will decriminalize possession of marijuana in amounts of 25 grams or less, and we’ll also be creating a path for expungement for these crimes for those who’ve completed their sentence or probation,” wrote Evers on Twitter. Decriminalization, Not Legalization.

New York Decriminalizes Marijuana

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New York decriminalized marijuana on July 29 th , as explained by Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. During his campaign, Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged to legalize the drug. Unlike full legalization, decriminalization was a middle-of-the-road compromise that sat better with lawmakers who opposed Cuomo’s legalization efforts. Despite progress in many states, a lot of legislators sit on the fence as to whether they want to take the plunge for full legalization.

Hawaii: Measure Decriminalizing Minor Marijuana Possession Becomes Law Absent Governor’s Signature

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David Ige failed to take action on legislation decriminalizing low-level marijuana possession offenses, thereby allowing the measure to become law without his signature. Twenty-six states and Washington, DC have either legalized or decriminalized the adult possession and use of marijuana. ACTIVISM decriminalization expungement Hawaii IgeDemocratic Gov.

Medical Cannabis Coming to Mexico, Maybe Decriminalization Too

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Mexico is making moves on cannabis, with medical regulations expected in coming months and even the possibility of decriminalization later this year. The post Medical Cannabis Coming to Mexico, Maybe Decriminalization Too appeared first on Leafly. Politics decriminalization legalization medical marijuana mexico

Virginia is Seeing Progress with Cannabis Reform and Decriminalization

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Cannabis decriminalization recently took place in Virginia. The new law is a form of decriminalization and removing criminal penalties for low-level cannabis possession. It is time to legalize and regulate the responsible use of cannabis by adults in the Commonwealth.”

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.

New York State Decriminalizes Marijuana After Failed Legalization Attempt

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It is no secret that legalization was a major point of contention for New York state in recent weeks. While lawmakers, lobbyists and everyday proponents hoped to see recreational dispensaries open their doors, the legalization bill was ultimately stalled after it hit too many political roadblocks. According to ABC News , lawmakers finally voted to decriminalize marijuana after a marathon session that ended on June 21 st , just before 6:00 AM.

Texas Moves Ahead With Weakened Decriminalization Bill

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Abbott refuses to consider legalization. The post Texas Moves Ahead With Weakened Decriminalization Bill appeared first on Leafly. Politics decriminalization texasSomething's better than nothing: Texas Republicans want more, but Gov.

Texas: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill to be Considered on House Floor

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On Thursday, April 25, members of the Texas House of Representatives are scheduled to consider a marijuana decriminalization bill. Thursday will be the first time in decades that marijuana decriminalization will be discussed on the House Floor. Click here to send a message to your Texas state representatives now in support of decriminalization, and urge them to co-author HB 63.

Cannabis In Canada: Two Year Anniversary of Legalization

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On October 17, 2018, the Canadian government decriminalized weed for recreational use. It has been two years of cannabis legalization in Canada but it was not an easy path. The same day cannabis was legalized […]. legalization day

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. The new law removes the possibility of jail time as a penalty for up to three grams of marijuana, but maintains a $130 fine.

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. Ultimately, this could just be a “baby step” toward full legalization.

North Dakota Decriminalizes Marijuana

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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. Doug Burgum signed a bill decriminalizing marijuana last week — but the issue got little to no attention from his office or news media. Decriminalization vs. Legalization – a Middle-Ground. .

Florida Representative Introduces Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

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In a rather unexpected turn of events, one Democratic representative from Florida filed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana. Florida is not exactly a cannabis-friendly state, dragging its feet to role out medical marijuana long after it was legalized. His aim is to make Florida the 27 th state to decriminalize the drug. Also known as HB-25 , the bill puts forward the usual reforms that come with decriminalization. WeedAdvisor’s Support for Decriminalization. .

Marijuana Legalization Measures Gaining Momentum In Several States

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Lawmakers in several states have recently moved forward legislative proposals to either legalize or decriminalize marijuana-related activities. LEGALIZATION. New Hampshire: By a margin of 209 to 147, House members voted late last week in favor of House Bill 481 , which legalizes the possession and cultivate of personal use quantities of cannabis by adults, and establishes a licensed system of commercial production and retail sales.

The Effort to Decriminalize Psilocybin in California is Underway

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Psilocybin has been in the news with increasing frequency as research into psychedelic therapy has proliferated, and a number of local jurisdictions, including the cities of Oakland, Denver , and Santa Cruz have decriminalized psilocybin to varying degrees. According to Decriminalize California, the current timeline for the initiative is as follows: Submitted to the Office of the Attorney General on 1st November 2019. Denver and Oakland have decriminalized Magic Mushrooms.

Breaking the stigma: how cannabis got a bad reputation

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There once was a time when cannabis was a popular medicinal substance carried in pharmacies across the U.S. and farmers were even given government incentives to grow hemp. Fast forward a few decades, marijuana drug became classified as a Schedule 1 substance.