Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect July 1


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


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


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.

Florida Municipality Considering Marijuana Decriminalization Measure


Click Here to Review NORML’s Decriminalization Report. Families were in debt because of legal issues, loss of employment or the inability to secure gainful employment; based on these misdemeanor arrests,” said Council Member Dennis. Marijuana policy should be evidence based.

Hawaii: Governor to Let Marijuana Decriminalization to Become Law


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


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

What Is the MORE Act, and How Could It Change Marijuana Policy Forever?


The MORE Act, which was introduced to the US Congress last month, would completely decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. The issue isn’t if marijuana will be legalized anymore. It’s actually a reestablishment of the legal term [for] cannabis.

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Hawaii: Lawmakers Pass Legislation Decriminalizing Low-Level Possession Offenses


House and Senate lawmakers have finalized and passed legislation, House Bill 1383 , decriminalizing low-level marijuana possession offenses and vacating past convictions. The measure also establishes a task force to review cannabis policy and to make recommendations to the legislature by 2021. 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.

Clarifying NY State Decriminalization and Marijuana Possession Related Penalties


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.

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. Decriminalization is a very different concept. Colorado Legal Issues

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.

Hawaii Decriminalizes Cannabis

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Hawaii on Tuesday decriminalized marijuana, making it the 26th state to decriminalize or legalize the drug. The new law removes the possibility of jail time as a penalty for up to three grams of marijuana, but maintains a $130 fine.

Grassroots Activism and Marijuana Policy: A Winning Combination


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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Hawaii Decriminalizes Marijuana, but with Strict Limitations


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


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. .

Texas Decriminalizes Marijuana


This is why it is particularly remarkable that, on April 22 nd , the Texas government passed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana possession. While Texas Democrats would rather see things go one step further into full legalization, decriminalization is still a step in the right direction.

Report: Marijuana Legalization Not Associated with Adverse ‘Spillover’ Effects in Neighboring States


The study , entitled “Measuring the Criminal Justice System Impacts of Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization Using State Data,” assessed the impact of adult-use regulation schemes on criminal justice resources in both legalization states and neighboring non-legalization states.

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 Senate vote on decriminalization was 27-13.

Hawaii Gov Accedes To Cannabis Decriminalization

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We continue to learn from other states about the problems that they see with recreational marijuana,” he said, echoing concerns he has about legalization and noting that he’s been discussing the possible reform with governors from some western states that have already enacted it. “We

New Jersey cannabis consumers seek relief before 2020


“With another delay for full legalization, we hope elected officials will explore every option to stop these needless arrests.” For regional context, Philadelphia decriminalized marijuana in 2014, and 20 additional cities in Pennsylvania followed suit.

New York: the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA)


The bill would legalize the adult possession, use, and regulated sale of marijuana. Adult-use cannabis legalization must be passed in the state budget, and support for the MRTA goes a long way towards making that a reality. A.1617 , the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), has been re-introduced this legislative session. Over the past twenty years, many New Yorkers have been negatively affected by the harms of prohibition in New York.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Voices Support For Decriminalizing Psychedelics

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called for decriminalizing the use of and research on psychedelics, as well as comprehensive marijuana legalization, in a video message played for a drug policy reform conference on Thursday.

Pennsylvania: Marijuana possession arrests decline statewide


” “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.

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Rep. Nadler: You and I are going to legalize marijuana


I’m proud to work with NORML to create a more just national marijuana policy. My bill, The MORE Act, is the most comprehensive marijuana reform bill ever introduced, and it’s backed by a broad coalition of civil rights, criminal justice, drug policy, and immigration groups.

Move Legalization Forward in New Jersey


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.

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.

Cannabis Legalization Leaders Weigh 2019’s Wins and Losses


Illinois legalized, New York decriminalized, and presidential candidates rejected prohibition. The post Cannabis Legalization Leaders Weigh 2019’s Wins and Losses appeared first on Leafly. Politics Congress marijuana policy project NORML

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. FDA Federal law and policy ketamine

Wisconsin Democrats Aim to Decriminalize Marijuana

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Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin introduced legislation recently that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana for those 21 and older. Tony Evers earlier this year called for decriminalizing up to 25 grams.

USA: National Safety Council Position/Policy Statement Cannabis Impairment in Safety Sensitive Positions

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The National Safety Council (NSC) supports policies to mitigate and eliminate the risks of cannabis (marijuana) and other products containing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the impairing component in cannabis. Safety concerns are paramount as legalization and decriminalization continues.

New York Governor Cuomo Leaves Marijuana Legalization Out of State Budget


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.

HISTORIC: House Judiciary Subcommittee Holds First-Ever Hearing on Federally Descheduling Marijuana


Members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security heard expert testimony today challenging the federal government’s failed policy of cannabis prohibition.

Historic: Judiciary Committee Chairman Introduces Bill To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition


“After nearly a century of prohibition, it is clear this policy has been an absolute failure and a national disgrace. 2019 Advocacy Cannabis Caucus Citizen Lobbyists Expungement GOVERNMENT Legalization LEGISLATION Policy

U.S. Virgin Islands Finally Legalizes Medical Marijuana


After four years in the making, medical marijuana is finally legal in the U.S. Senator Terrence “Positive” Nelson, the bill’s main sponsor, has been fighting for cannabis policy reform in the U.S. Nelson plans to continue to participate in the rollout of his legalization amendment. “I

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.

On Decriminalizing Magic Mushrooms: The Psychedelic Constituency and Its Challenges

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In February 2018, I heard about a group that wanted to decriminalize psychoactive mushrooms in Denver, but didn’t know much about it. I joined the drug policy reform movement in 1993 specifically with the goal of legalizing psychedelics, so I was glad to hear from Matthews.