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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. Decriminalization decriminalization New Mexico

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.

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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. “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.

Grassroots Activism and Marijuana Policy: A Winning Combination

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When NORML was founded in 1970, roughly 12% of Americans supported legalizing marijuana. Currently sixty-five percent of adults nationwide support ending marijuana prohibition and establishing a regulated market where responsible consumers can legally purchase marijuana.

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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

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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.

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

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.

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

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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.

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 Approved patients will be issued registration cards.

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.).

Texas Police Chiefs Association Hold Marijuana Press Conference

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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!

New Jersey Deserves Marijuana Justice

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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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/21/19

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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

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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.

Nevada: Pushing Reform Efforts Forward

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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.

Nevada: Reform Efforts are Still Alive

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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.

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

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/1/19

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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

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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 3/22

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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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/26/19

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Among the changes are: allowing physicians assistants to recommend medical cannabis to their patients, adding several new qualifying conditions, and authorizing cancer patients to possess greater quantities of cannabis than typically allowed.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/5/19

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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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/12/19

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A bill to allow patients to use medical cannabis while on probation or parole died in Montana’s state Senate. The measure would establish a license permit process for hospitality spaces to allow cannabis products to be legally purchased and consumed on site.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/10/19

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Governor Kevin Stitt (R) of Oklahoma signed legislation into law to permit osteopaths to recommend medical cannabis to their patients. Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 236, to allow qualifying patients with certain debilitating conditions to use and safely access medical cannabis.

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

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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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/22

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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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/28/19

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Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer introduced legislation to allow for interstate commerce when it comes to state-legal cannabis programs. Governor Chris Sununu (R) of New Hampshire signed legislation into law allowing physicians assistants to recommend medical cannabis to their patients. New Mexico’s new decriminalization law takes effect this coming Monday July 1. Senate Bill 45 would make this policy consistent for juvenile offenders.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/18/19

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At the state level, patients in Ohio and Oklahoma now have access to medical cannabis, as sales began in both states this week. Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) of New York and Governor Gina Raimondo (D) of Rhode Island both included plans for cannabis legalization as a part of their budget proposals in their respective states. Meanwhile, a decriminalization bill was defeated in the Virginia House this week. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of legalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/11/19

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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. Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 2134, to permit qualifying patients to cultivate personal use quantities of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/4/19

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Separate provisions in the bill exclude cannabidiol from the federal definition of marijuana, permit VA doctors to authorize medical cannabis access to qualified patients, and remove undue federal barriers to clinical trial research to better assess the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/15/18

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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. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of allowing patients to smoke medical cannabis.

NORML’s 2020 Democratic Primary Marijuana Straw Poll

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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 3/1/18

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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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/15/18

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) signed legislation into law that would strengthen and clarify medical cannabis patient protections. 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.