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

NORML

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

NORML

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.

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

NORML

The bill would legalize the adult possession, use, and regulated sale of marijuana. Establishing the Community Grants Reinvestment Fund, which will invest in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the drug war through job training, economic empowerment, and youth development programming. 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.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Voices Support For Decriminalizing Psychedelics

Cannabis Law Report

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.

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. Late last week, the North Dakota State Senate overwhelmingly passed a measure to expand the state’s medical marijuana program.

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.

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

NORML

“After nearly a century of prohibition, it is clear this policy has been an absolute failure and a national disgrace. The Office of Cannabis would be one of the Justice Programs in the Department of Justice.

Texas Expands Medical Marijuana Program, but Some Limitations Still Exist

WeedAdvisor

In May, Texas failed to enact a policy to decriminalize marijuana and at least patch one hole in the sinking ship that is prohibition. Despite being legal, medical marijuana in Texas remains on a tight leash.

Sen. Schumer And Rep. Jeffries To Introduce Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Legislation

NORML

At a time when 68 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization, including outright majorities of Democrats (77 percent), Independents (62 percent), and Republicans (57 percent), it is time for ending federal prohibition to become a truly bipartisan issue in the eyes of voters.”

Havas ECS Launches Medical Education Program Focused On Cannabis Science, Law

Cannabis Law Report

The program will be called “Medical Cannabis; The science.The research. We wanted to start first with New York, specially given the jeopardy that many doctors feel they are in, now that marijuana is decriminalized.

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

NORML

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.).

California’s Rep. Barbara Lee on Why Legal Cannabis Must Require Social Equity, Too

NORML

But some Democrats have been fighting for for marijuana policy reform far longer than others. Lee is here to stay, and thank goodness, because the marijuana legalization movement needs minds like hers now more than ever. Representative Barbara Lee.

New Jersey Deserves Marijuana Justice

NORML

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. Utilizing S2703’s (the full legalization bill’s) language a new Cannabis Regulatory Commission will be created. And yet, Sweeney and other top NJ Democrats have been stalling legalization since Gov.

Majority of Maryland Voters Want Legal Cannabis

MassRoots

The majority of Maryland voters support legalizing recreational cannabis, according to the most recent Goucher Poll. Those over the age of 55 and those who identify as conservative or Republican were the least likely to support legalization, according to the poll.

New York: New Report Released Showing Ongoing Extreme Racial Disparities in Marijuana Enforcement at City and County Levels

NORML

At the same time, the bill would redirect tax revenue from a legal industry towards various programs that redress harms from the War on Drugs, while also increasing and improving public education and treatment programs geared towards responsible use, reducing overdoses, and saving lives.

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.

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. A companion proposal would expand the country’s medical marijuana program.

Nevada: Pushing Reform Efforts Forward

NORML

For starters, cannabis would be decriminalized on the federal level and therefore removed from the entirety of the Controlled Substances Act. “Our volunteers look forward to our annual trip to DC each year because it provides the one-on-one opportunity to interact with policy makers.”

Indiana Senator Files Bill To Legalize Marijuana Possession

MassRoots

Legislation to decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis has been filed in Indiana by State Senator Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes. Tallian has been fighting for cannabis policy reform in the Hoosier State since 2012.

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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.

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.

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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/3/19

NORML

The district attorney for Philadelphia, PA testified during a cannabis legalization hearing that he will not pursue cannabis DUI cases unless “people show active—I repeat active—psychoactive amounts of cannabis in their system.”

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/26/19

NORML

At the state level, Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota signed a package of bills into law to expand the state’s medical cannabis access program. Days later, the Chief Deputy announced that the cite and release program will be put on hold, without further details.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/5/19

NORML

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 3/22

NORML

Similarly, activists in Arizona are attempting to qualify a 2020 legalization ballot initiative. Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) of New York announced that marijuana legalization language will no longer appear in his budget proposal.

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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/12/19

NORML

The measure would establish a license permit process for hospitality spaces to allow cannabis products to be legally purchased and consumed on site. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of legalization. Senate Bill 45 would make this policy consistent for juvenile offenders.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/10/19

NORML

A campaign committee called Smart and Safe Arizona is preparing to launch a campaign to qualify a 2020 adult use marijuana legalization ballot initiative in the state. Legislation is pending, House Bill 96 / Senate Bill 98, to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/28/19

NORML

Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer introduced legislation to allow for interstate commerce when it comes to state-legal cannabis programs. New Mexico’s new decriminalization law takes effect this coming Monday July 1. Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 34, which would exempt compassionate care programs from paying state cannabis taxes when they are providing free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with serious health conditions.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/4/19

NORML

Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (R-AK) re-introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, which protects those engaged in state-lawful medical marijuana programs from federal prosecution. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of legalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/18/19

NORML

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. Legislation is pending, House Bill 2331, to legalize the use, possession, and retail sale of cannabis for adults.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/11/19

NORML

At the state level, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington launched a new program and began granting pardons to those with past criminal misdemeanor marijuana-related convictions on their record. 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.

NORML’s 2020 Democratic Primary Marijuana Straw Poll

NORML

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 2/22

NORML

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.