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. The program is expected to be operational and dispensing cannabis products to authorized patients by mid-year. ” 2020 Decriminalization decriminalization Virginia

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.

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. Ige did announce his intent to veto legislation allowing medical cannabis patients to transport their medicine between islands, stating that such activities are in direct violation of federal law.

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. “The criminalization of patients and consumers is a failed public policy, and there is finally a more sensible alternative in place. Twenty five states and the District of Columbia have either legalized or decriminalized the adult possession and use of marijuana. Pritzker is expected to sign legalization legislation into law this week.

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. Senate Bill 406 expands medical cannabis access and provides important new patient protections. LEGALIZATION. ACTIVISM LEGISLATION Legislative Update Medical Marijuana access decriminalization employment hemp medical marijuana New Mexico

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.

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.

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. Registered, card-holding patients would also be permitted to cultivate up to 12 mature plants at home.

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.

Win Some, Lose Some, Fight Another Day: Cannabis Decriminalized in New York and Full Legalization Discussions Postponed

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On July 29, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed state legislation that further decriminalizes the possession of cannabis. Cannabis was first decriminalized in New York in 1977, when the punishment for possession of about an ounce or less of cannabis was reduced from a misdemeanor and jail time to the payment of fines. While some advocates of cannabis legalization see the passage of the decriminalization bill as a victory, others believe it missed the mark.

New Hampshire: House Lawmakers Approve Bill Allowing Personal Possession of Marijuana

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The measure legalizes the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of marijuana by those age 21 or older. Chris Sununu , who has previously said that he will “absolutely” veto any legalization legislation, “regardless of what the language looks like.” 2020 Decriminalization decriminalization depenalization New Hampshire Sununu

Move Legalization Forward in New Jersey

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Several bills have been introduced in the state legislature, ranging from legalization to expungement, and the fight for freedom has never been more widely supported than now. 2318 would allow for expedited expungement of records for those previously convicted of a marijuana crime upon passage of decriminalization or legalization measures in the state of New Jersey, as long as those past violations are no longer considered a crime under state law.

Cannabis Decriminalization Approved By Virginia Senate And House

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The Virginia Senate approved a bill on Tuesday to decriminalize possession of marijuana. This comes one day after the House of Delegates passed similar cannabis decriminalization legislation. The chamber also unanimously passed another bill to formally legalize possession of CBD and THC-A medial cannabis preparations that are recommended by a doctor, as opposed to simply regulating it and offering patients an affirmative defense, which is the current policy.

California Activists Seek Decriminalization of Magic Mushrooms

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With the 2020 ballot fast approaching, California activists are keenly working towards securing a measure that would decriminalize psilocybin, also commonly known as ‘magic mushrooms.’. Together with the required $2,000 fee, an advocacy group by the name of Decriminalize California submitted ballot language to the state attorney general’s office in September. Representatives for Decriminalize California have stated the group currently aims to raise $1.5 Legal Implications.

Which Countries Are Next For Medical Marijuana Legalization In 2021?

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Which countries have been taking steps towards medical marijuana (MMJ) legalization that could potentially be finalized in 2021 or shortly after? Patients are getting a whole new lease on life thanks to MMJ treatment, which is extremely effective in pain management and symptom reduction.

Illinois: Governor Issues Over 11,000 Pardons Ahead of Marijuana Legalization

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The action came on the eve of the enactment of legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis sales. Specifically, it permits qualified patients for the first time to engage in the home cultivation of up to five plants, while decriminalizing home grows for non-patients. Expungement Legalization expungement Illinoius legalizationDemocratic Gov. Pritzker today issued over 11,000 pardons to those with low-level marijuana convictions.

U.S. Virgin Islands Finally Legalizes Medical Marijuana

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After four years in the making, medical marijuana is finally legal in the U.S. D), signed the “ Virgin Islands Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act ” into law on Saturday, January 12, 2019. “I Any patient suffering from one of the qualifying medical conditions will be eligible to receive a recommendation for medical cannabis from a licensed physician. Approved patients will be issued registration cards. Legalization Marijuana News Albert Bryan Jr.

Israel Declares Plans to Legalize Recreational Cannabis in Less Than a Year

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Israel has announced that they plan to legalize recreational cannabis within 9 months. Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn stated that Israel is planning on legalizing recreational cannabis while balancing “liberalism and responsibility”. .

Marijuana reform is budding in New Hampshire!

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Several bills have been introduced in the state legislature, ranging from legal hemp production to adult-use marijuana legalization, and the fight for freedom has never been more widely supported than now. — Bipartisan bill HB 481 would legalize the personal adult-use, possession, cultivation, and retail sale of marijuana. We need your help to keep fighting to legalize marijuana nationwide.

Mississippi Cannabis Legalization Guide

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This November 2020 election, cannabis legalization initiatives will appear on the ballots of five states: Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota. Cannabis, recreational or medical, is currently not legal in Mississippi.

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. Governor Gary Herbert (R) of Utah signed legislation into law that strengthens protections for medical cannabis patients and further improves upon the state’s new medical cannabis access program. 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.

United States: Congressional Committee Takes Historic Step Toward Decriminalizing Marijuana

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United States : Congressional Committee Takes Historic Step Toward Decriminalizing Marijuana. For the first time in American history, a congressional committee approved a marijuana legalization bill. Under current federal law, doctors at the VA can discuss marijuana use with patients, but they cannot recommend it, even in states where marijuana is legal under local law. To date, 11 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for recreational use.

New York Governor Cuomo Leaves Marijuana Legalization Out of State Budget

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Legal Advisor to Roc NORML, and Mary Kruger, Start SMART NY Coalition Member and Executive Director of Roc NORML. Sixty-five percent of New York residents support the legalization of cannabis. Cannabis legalization was not included in the 2019 – 2020 New York State Budget. Beyond the possibility that New York may see unified control disappear in upcoming elections, if New York to wait until 2020 or longer, the probability of federal legalization drastically increases.

Oregon is the First State to Boldly Contest the War on Drugs

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Oregon is all the buzz when it comes to the conversation of drugs and their legalization. The 2020 election saw Oregon put ALL drug legalization on its 2020 ballet. Measure 110 passed with flying colors making Oregon the first state in America to decriminalize the minor personal possession of ALL drugs. Not Everyone Was High on the Idea of Decriminalizing All Drugs. News Politics Treatment cannabis legalization decriminalization Oregon war on drugs

Hawaii Legalizes Edibles: What You Need to Know

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Hawaii legalized cannabis in its’ House Bill 2729 which was passed in 2018. Despite such an early move to allow medical cannabis consumption, the act did not account for or allow for cannabis in the legal market as well as for it to be sold in dispensaries. .

It’s a Firm ‘No’ for Cannabis Legalization in the Democratic Party Platform

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have legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes, the democratic party refuses to include cannabis legalization reform in their platform. Democratic Delegates Vote ‘No’ to Supporting Legalization. ” Democratic Support for Legalization is Elevated.

New Zealand Voters Support Legalizing the ‘Right to Die’ Over Cannabis

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After this vote, New Zealand will join a small number of countries that have legalized physician-assisted euthanasia, but what’s to be said of the matter on cannabis? The legalization of assisted euthanasia was passed with having 65% of the votes as support.

New Mexico Medical Marijuana Patient Levels Spike Since Mid-2018

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As the stigma and laws around marijuana both relax, patient access to medical marijuana continues to broaden in many states. The number of registered patients has notably jumped in the last few months, with an even larger overall increase over the past year. Spike in Registered Patients. . According to New Mexico’s Department of Health, the number of medical marijuana patients in the states rose by 10% since January. A Step to Legalization? .

Pennsylvania: Marijuana possession arrests decline statewide

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” “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. “We are clearly going to legalize marijuana and tax it here in the Keystone State, so we should stop these arrests right now,” said Reidy.

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New Jersey Votes to Legalize Recreational Cannabis but Now What?

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Other important things that must be considered include home grow, workplace drug testing, decriminalization, limits on possession, and more. One of the major issues facing medical cannabis patients today are availability and accessibility.

Texas Police Chiefs Association Hold Marijuana Press Conference

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It was disappointing to see Law Enforcement advocating for policy that continues to saddle Texans with criminal records and all those collateral consequences as well as putting fear ahead of regulated patient access to medical marijuana. Our research has found that marijuana in legalized states can increase crime, negatively impact public health, place additional strain on social services, fail to eradicate criminal enterprises, and that expenditures often outpace revenue collection.

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

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Virginia has been one of the most reluctant states to consider marijuana law reform, though it recently began allowing some forms of cannabis oil for approved patients. 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.).

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. Many more countries have decriminalized marijuana for recreational use in various amounts, and a few have straight up “legalized” recreational marijuana. Just a few months ago, it seemed certain that Mexico would legalize marijuana for recreational use before December 31.

The Ketamine Clinic Craze: Legalities and Possibilities

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Recently, the decriminalization of psilocybin (by various cities) has been in the news as an emerging medicine. Still, for all its promise, would-be clinic owners, practitioners, and consumers may be confused about the legality of such clinics. What are the exact legalities behind ketamine? Failure to follow these very specific legal directives can lead to immediate criminal liability under federal law.