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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.

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

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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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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. W-Cannabis Impairment in Safety Sensitive Positions - 153.

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. 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.

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

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

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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.”

NORML Remembers Dr. Mark Kleiman

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Kleiman , an academic expert on cannabis policy who often shared and debated his well informed views on marijuana policy reform with those of us who were committed to advocating for a policy of adult use legalization. Policy Dale Gieringer Kleiman

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

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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.).

It Is Now Legal To Possess Marijuana In Virginia

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Virginia has officially joined the ranks of progressive states that have elected to decriminalize the personal possession of cannabis. What amount of marijuana is legal to possess? ” Exploring Legalization. More Than Just Decriminalization.

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.

Colombia Legalizes Public Cannabis Use as Potential Legalization Looms

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Although still not fully confirmed, marijuana policy in Colombia appears to be inching closer to legalization. Recreational marijuana has already been decriminalized, even allowing small amounts to be grown at home for individual use. Medical cannabis has been legal for the last three years. Now, with this sudden change in policy, legalization is the final possible step. But needless to say, this legal epiphany could spark much broader reforms.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/8/20

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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.

Municipalities Moving Away from Marijuana Testing for Employees

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Municipal officials in various cities nationwide are moving away from policies requiring marijuana testing for public employees. In the city of Rochester, council members approved municipal legislation on Tuesday barring pre-employment marijuana testing for non-safety sensitive city employees.

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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 3/14/20

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doctors to fill out the state-legal medical marijuana recommendations. Legislation is pending, House Bill 550, to expand the state’s marijuana decriminalization law. Send a message to your lawmakers in support of expanded decriminalization.

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

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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.

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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/25/20

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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. Update : HB 1663 is scheduled for a public hearing and executive session in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on 2/5/20 beginning at 10am. Send a message to your lawmakers in support of legalization.

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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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.”

Marijuana Drug Tests: Employers Change Position

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A long-standing problem for medical marijuana patients across the nation is that while many states have loosened up restrictions on cannabis use, company policies on marijuana have remained mostly unchanged. CITIES WITH NEW MARIJUANA TESTING POLICIES. Legal Medical Marijuana Card

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/22

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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.

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.

Kentucky NORML Advocates for Medical Marijuana in Frankfort

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The bus is a state-of-the-art rolling dispensary showroom meant to showcase Enlighten’s high-tech line of dispensary products, as well as educate people on the safety and regulations enacted in a regulated cannabis market. Lawmakers were encouraged to take a private tour of the Cannabus to experience it firsthand, and many took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the industry as well as safety protocols that are implemented in other states to prevent diversion.

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Grading the Democratic Presidential Candidates on Marijuana: Andrew Yang

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We examine each candidate’s historic approach to marijuana law and policy, and we also canvas their current respective stances on marijuana. Stance on marijuana: Andrew Yang supports legalizing marijuana as part of his criminal justice platform.

Bernie Sanders Promises Marijuana Legalization by Executive Order

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Marijuana legalization has overwhelming support from both the public and most Democratic candidates. Ironically, the frontrunner – Joe Biden – is the only person who wants to stop at decriminalization. Marijuana legalization would certainly take a bite out of that statistic.

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. Lawmakers decriminalized minor marijuana possession offenses in 2017. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of legalization.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/1/20

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This week, advocates in Missouri began collecting signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization initiative for the November 2020 ballot. 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. Update : SB 79 was approved by the House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee on 1/29/20.

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 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 legalization.

NY Daily News Publishes Opinion Piece By Two DA’s Saying It Is Now To To Legalize & Regulate Cannabis

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Legalize marijuana now, New York: Two district attorneys say the time has come to permit use of the substance. As the district attorneys for Albany County and Manhattan, it is our duty to uphold justice and public safety on behalf of our upstate and downstate communities.

The Marijuana Justice Act Introduced In Both Chambers Of Congress

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NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said: “The Marijuana Justice Act is the most comprehensive piece of federal legislation ever introduced to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and to address the egregious harms that this policy has wrought on already marginalized communities.”

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Article – Major, Lindsey & Africa: Cannabis Legalization and Employee Drug Testing: A Tricky Combination

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This is unlikely to change anytime soon, particularly in automotive, construction, manufacturing and other sectors where safety is paramount. But with more states working to decriminalize or legalize marijuana use, routine workplace drug screening deserves a closer look.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/22/20

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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 legalization.