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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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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.

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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.

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.

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


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.

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


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.”

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


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.).

Colombia Legalizes Public Cannabis Use as Potential Legalization Looms


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.

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


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


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 5/3/19


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 2/1/19


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 3/22


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.

Bernie Sanders Promises Marijuana Legalization by Executive Order


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 1/4/19


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 1/11/19


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 2/22


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.

Assistant Speaker Lujan Cosponsors The MORE Act and Introduces Cannabis Legislation


The federal government should not be wasting resources to wreak havoc on immigrant families when there are children held in border camps that are desperate for legal services, hygiene products, and basic humanitarian care.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/15/18


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.

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.

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


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.

Is The End Of Cannabis Prohibition Near?

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The Farm Bill made hemp cultivation, sales and consumption across the country legal. This confusion leaves legal suppliers susceptible to raids or police busts. Could a possible solution to this confusion be legalization across the board? Present Day.

Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be


” Because Player X is on a Western Conference team based in a state in which there are broad laws legalizing marijuana, he knows he’s not doing anything wrong. 16, Canada became the largest country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana. This might surprise you: Of the 123 teams across MLB, the NBA, NHL and NFL, 45 play in states or provinces where recreational marijuana is legal (36.6 Another 56 play in jurisdictions where medical marijuana is legal (45.5

Urge Kentucky Lawmakers to Support Medical Cannabis Reform Today!


In that time around a dozen other states have passed medical bills, eight more have joined Colorado and Washington in full legalization. Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump have voiced support for state governments deciding their own policies.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/8/19


Activists in Nebraska, along with two pro-legalization Senators, qualified a 2020 medical cannabis ballot initiative petition to begin collecting signatures from registered voters in the state. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of decriminalization.

NORML – Article: Assistant Speaker Lujan Cosponsors The MORE Act and Introduces Cannabis Legislation

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The federal government should not be wasting resources to wreak havoc on immigrant families when there are children held in border camps that are desperate for legal services, hygiene products, and basic humanitarian care. Here’s the full NORML report.

Light (Up) at the End of the Tunnel in Texas?

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Texas is joining the states weighing whether to expand legalized uses of marijuana, with state legislators filing almost a dozen bills related to marijuana use in advance of the legislative session, which began on January 8. (In Another bill , which would institute more sweeping changes, decriminalizes possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Legalization Efforts texas

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer Feels SAFE Banking Act is Not Enough


This will certainly open up a world of opportunity, safety and convenience to beleaguered dispensaries everywhere. However, top Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer feels that the SAFE Banking Act is insufficient and potentially detrimental to legalization.

New Mexico State Senators Think That State Govt Cannabis Stores Are The Way Forward

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state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Republicans and Democrats, as a new wave of states weighs legislation that would legalize recreational sales and consumption. SANTA FE, N.M. —

Buds Behind Bars: An Analysis of People v. Raybon

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Put in the simplest terms, Raybon says Proposition 64 decriminalized possession of cannabis (within the parameters of the law) in correctional institutions and Perry says it did not. Third, Health and Safety Code section 11362.45 (“H&S 11362.45”) is at the heart of both Raybon and Perry.

OR: OLCC “2019 Recreational Marijuana Supply and Demand Legislative Report” & Statement

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198 million in state and local sales tax revenue generated since legalization. Latest study designed to encourage sensible policy development. Oregon’s Public Policy Approach to Support Legal Marijuana Production and the State’s Abundant Supply: The Course for Seeking the Right Balance.

Reed Smith Article: New marijuana laws and court cases continue to provide inconsistent guidance for employers: a summary of recent developments in Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey and Michigan

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Over the past few years, 31 states have legalized some form of medical or recreational marijuana use and this wave of legalization continues to grow. If an employer intends to prohibit non-workplace cannabis use, then that should be clearly spelled out in an employment policy.

AAFP ( American Academy of Family Physicians) Releases Marijuana, Cannabinoids Position Paper

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During the 20 th century, law enforcement and public policy activities have undermined opportunities for scientific exploration. Relevant AAFP Policy. However, the AAFP supports decriminalization of possession of marijuana for personal use. THC is legal to produce.