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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. Twenty six states additional states and the District of Columbia have either legalized or decriminalized the adult possession and use of marijuana.

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. In addition to approving marijuana decriminalization, Gov.

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Virginia: Legislature Approves Decriminalization and Medical Cannabis Bills

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Today, the legislature approved HB 972 to decriminalize marijuana possession. ” Governor Northam has spoken in favor of decriminalizing marijuana violations and expunging past convictions as has Attorney General Mark Herring.

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. It also establishes a task force to review cannabis policy and to make recommendations to the legislature by 2021. Democratic Gov.

Low-Level Marijuana Possession Offenses Now Decriminalized in New Mexico

NORML

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. Decriminalization decriminalization New Mexico

New Mexico: New Marijuana Decriminalization Law Goes Into Effect Next Week

NORML

Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation into law decriminalizing the possession of personal use amounts of cannabis. “This is a win for consumers and activists continuing to fight and reform the state’s marijuana laws,” says NORML State Policies Coordinator Carly Wolf. “The criminalization of patients and consumers is a failed public policy, and there is finally a more sensible alternative in place.

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

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

Move Legalization Forward in New Jersey

NORML

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.

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.

Cannabis Decriminalization Approved By Virginia Senate And House

Cannabis Law Report

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 Senate vote on decriminalization was 27-13.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/29

NORML

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.

U.S. Virgin Islands Finally Legalizes Medical Marijuana

MassRoots

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 Approved patients will be issued registration cards.

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.

The Ketamine Clinic Craze: Legalities and Possibilities

Canna Law Blog

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. FDA Federal law and policy ketamine

United States: Congressional Committee Takes Historic Step Toward Decriminalizing Marijuana

Cannabis Law Report

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. Medical marijuana, prescribed by physicians, is legal in 33 states.

Why the MRTA gets an A- & the CRTA gets a C-

NORML

New York State is set to legalize and regulate cannabis for adult-use, and improve our existing medical marijuana and hemp programs by April 1st with the 2020-2021 NYS Budget. But our work isn’t over yet and we need to fight for SMART legalization now more than ever! MRTA: A-.

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. To be fair, Democrats didn’t mention weed legalization on their party’s official platform until 2016.).

The Differences Between Medical and Recreational Cannabis

United Patients Group

More and more states are considering and passing adult-use marijuana regulations, which give all adults over the age of 21 legal access to a variety of cannabis products for recreational use. Budtenders at recreational dispensaries are legally prohibited from this kind of assistance.

Ready to Lobby?

NORML

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. Patients First: Rallying to Fix Medical Marijuana in PA.

Texas Police Chiefs Association Hold Marijuana Press Conference

NORML

After the press, I was able to talk with Chief Dye for about 15 minutes on policy and real-world implications. 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. Please take action and let your legislators know that you support common sense policy!

Cannabis Legalization Roundup: Mexico, Luxembourg, Switzerland

Canna Law Blog

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. Edibles and infused beverages can only be bought by medical marijuana patients.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/18/20

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The US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a legislative hearing entitled “Cannabis Policies for the New Decade.” Send a message to your lawmakers in support of legalization. Send a message to your lawmakers in support of decriminalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/8/20

NORML

Members of the Las Cruces, New Mexico City Council approved a resolution supporting statewide marijuana legalization, as the legislature considers proposals to regulate the substance in the state. Governor Lamont outlined funds within his 2021 budget proposal to prepare for the legalization and regulation of adult use marijuana in the state. Send a message to your lawmakers in support of legalization. Send a message to your lawmakers in support of expanded decriminalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/14/20

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doctors to fill out the state-legal medical marijuana recommendations. Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 165, to establish a medical marijuana access program for qualified patients with a physician’s recommendation to access medical marijuana from licensed retail outlets.

New Jersey Deserves Marijuana Justice

NORML

Marijuana smokers and medical cannabis patients in New Jersey are to remain second class citizens. Legalization is on hold. Decriminalization isn’t really being entertained. Everyone talking about the money that comes with legalization – profits, taxes, stock launches – should be more worried about the welfare of their customers. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Red Bank) was promising home cultivation for medical patients.

Virginia: Majority Shift in Legislature Opens Door for Major Marijuana Law Reform

NORML

Tuesday, November 5, control of Virginia’s legislature shifted to democrats, opening the door for decriminalization , expungement, and establishing a clear path to legalizing responsible adult-use in the Commonwealth.

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Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/21/19

NORML

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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/8/19

NORML

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 2/29/20

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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 decriminalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/1/19

NORML

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.

Nevada: Reform Efforts are Still Alive

NORML

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.

The Week in Weed: April 17, 2020

The Blunt Truth

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. It has put state legalization campaigns on hold, delayed sales roll-outs, and the problems in Massachusetts could fill this blog post all by themselves.

Ready to Lobby?

NORML

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. Patients First: Rallying to Fix Medical Marijuana in PA.

Nevada: Pushing Reform Efforts Forward

NORML

Las Vegas NORML has once again found themselves busy with many types of advocacy for patient and consumer rights, both statewide and federally. For starters, cannabis would be decriminalized on the federal level and therefore removed from the entirety of the Controlled Substances Act.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/3/19

NORML

Governor Jay Inslee (D) of Washington signed legislation into law allowing medical cannabis to be accessed by patients on school grounds, and separate legislation allowing the production of industrial hemp in accordance with new federal hemp regulations.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/25/20

NORML

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. Legislation is pending, House Bill 331, to allow registered medical cannabis patients to access their medicine while at school. Send a message to your lawmakers in support of legalization. Send a message to your lawmakers in support of decriminalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/22

NORML

Similarly, activists in Arizona are attempting to qualify a 2020 legalization ballot initiative. Governor Ron DeSantis (R) of Florida signed legislation into law to restore patients’ right to smoke medical cannabis. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of legalization.