New Mexico: Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization, Other Reform Bills

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State lawmakers have approved a series of bills reducing penalties for marijuana possession offenses and strengthening and expanding legal protections for medical cannabis patients. DECRIMINALIZATION. LEGALIZATION.

New York Decriminalizes Marijuana

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New York decriminalized marijuana on July 29 th , as explained by Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. During his campaign, Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged to legalize the drug. New York Decriminalizes Up to Two Ounces of Marijuana. . WeedAdvisor’s Preference for Legalization. .

Florida Representative Introduces Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

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In a rather unexpected turn of events, one Democratic representative from Florida filed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana. Florida is not exactly a cannabis-friendly state, dragging its feet to role out medical marijuana long after it was legalized.

Can Texas Build a Working Medical Cannabis Program in 2019?

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In 2019 Texans will find out whether lawmakers are ready to build a viable medical cannabis program or whether old-fashioned politics will limit access to effective medicine. The post Can Texas Build a Working Medical Cannabis Program in 2019? Health Politics decriminalization laws legalization medical marijuana qualifying conditions texas

California Activists Seek Decriminalization of Magic Mushrooms

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With the 2020 ballot fast approaching, California activists are keenly working towards securing a measure that would decriminalize psilocybin, also commonly known as ‘magic mushrooms.’. Representatives for Decriminalize California have stated the group currently aims to raise $1.5

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

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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.

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

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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.

Texas Expands Medical Marijuana Program, but Some Limitations Still Exist

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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.

Marijuana reform is budding in New Hampshire!

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Several bills have been introduced in the state legislature, ranging from legal hemp production to adult-use marijuana legalization, and the fight for freedom has never been more widely supported than now. — Bipartisan bill HB 481 would legalize the personal adult-use, possession, cultivation, and retail sale of marijuana. — Bills SB 175 and HB 461 would expand the qualifying conditions under New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program.

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

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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.

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

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.).

Majority of Maryland Voters Want Legal Cannabis

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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.

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.

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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Indiana Senator Files Bill To Legalize Marijuana Possession

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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. Scientific research is mounting as ten states have legalized recreational use, and 33 have legalized it for medicinal purposes.

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Pennsylvania Legalization Advocate Pushes Pa. Court To Reclassify

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Pennsylvania’s classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug without any accepted medical use runs counter to the state’s own medical marijuana program and should be eliminated, a defense attorney and legalization advocate told a Superior Court of Pennsylvania panel Wednesday. (

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

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The American public is overwhelmingly ready to legalize marijuana, their elected officials in Washington need to finally start representing the will of the people and advance this sensible legislation,” said NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri.

Pennsylvania Governor Announces Support for Legalizing Marijuana

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says that he is now in favor of legalizing marijuana for all purposes, including recreation, for all adults. “Our caucus has no plans or interest in legalizing recreational marijuana,” the House’s Republican leadership said in a joint statement.

Mid-Atlantic States Enact Historic Reforms, But Remain Stalled on Legalization

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New Jersey May Renew Push to Legalize Marijuana in 2019. Recent comments from Governor Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney suggest one final legislative effort to legalize marijuana in 2019. The legislative effort to legalize marijuana thus appeared on indefinite hiatus.

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.”

Hawaii is very liberal, but in no rush to legalize marijuana

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But when it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana for adult use, the islands are out of step with liberal stalwarts such as California and Vermont that have already done so, and other left-leaning states such as New York and New Jersey that are racing toward joining them.

The Week in Weed: August 9, 2019

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Welcome back to the Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. It’s been a bumpy ride to the sales counter, so any optimism about the success of the program is cautious. Meanwhile, in Utah, there are two different issues with the state’s medical marijuana program. Several companies denied licenses to grow for the program filed appeals, saying the process was flawed.

DC Mayor Announces Plans for Recreational Marijuana Program

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Earlier this week Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington DC announced her plan to legalize recreational marijuana. Five years ago, DC residents voted in overwhelming support for legalization, but since then federal legislation has continued to stand in the way.

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. States are moving forward on decriminalization and legalization.

U.S. Surgeon General Says States Were Too Hasty to Legalize Marijuana

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The recent moves to legalize or decriminalize marijuana in several states are no secret by now, nor is the increasing popular support for legalization. It also happens to be one of Adams’s primary concerns around legalization.

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The Week in Weed: July 26, 2019

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Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Kamala Harris (D-CA) have introduced a bill calling for the decriminalizing of marijuana. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has introduced a bill allowing cannabis businesses (operating in states where it is legal) to obtain insurance services. In Utah , growers have been chosen for their medicinal cannabis program.

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New Jersey Deserves Marijuana Justice

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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.

Authored: 2018 Year in Review: Steady Progress Toward Legalization in NJ, NY & PA, Massachusetts Opens Recreational Dispensaries

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The committees also submitted legislation to further expand New Jersey’s medical cannabis program and develop a process for criminal expungements. In the fall momentum towards legalization renewed with positive comments coming from legislative leadership. Authored By: Patrick McKnight.

Report: Federal Marijuana Legalization Would Create $86 Billion in New Tax Revenue by 2025

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today announced new economic data detailing the potential impact of federal cannabis legalization in the United States. The federal legalization of medical and adult-use cannabis would create $86 billion in additional U.S. states have enacted legal state cannabis programs.

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.

The Marijuana Justice Act Introduced In Both Chambers Of Congress

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Health education programs. “The Marijuana Justice Act seeks to reverse decades of this unfair, unjust, and failed policy by removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances and making it legal at the federal level.”

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Upcoming Webinar: Risky Business: US Immigration Law and the Marijuana Industry

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About the Program: Despite the growing trend by states and foreign countries to legalize cannabis for recreational or medicinal use, and the growth of the legalized cannabis business in the U.S. Read more about the program and speakers here.

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.

Upcoming Webinar: Risky Business: US Immigration Law and the Marijuana Industry

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About the Program: Despite the growing trend by states and foreign countries to legalize cannabis for recreational or medicinal use, and the growth of the legalized cannabis business in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has announced new bars to entry for Canadians “working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry.” ” Read more about the program and speakers here.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/20/19

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A decriminalization bill was defeated in the Missouri House of Representatives this week. At a more local level, The city commissioners of Daytona Beach voted to decriminalize up to 20 grams of marijuana possession. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of decriminalization.

NJ Politics Digest Wonders Whether Legislature Can Even Get Decriminalisation Through

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Now that it appears New Jersey won’t be legalizing marijuana until at least after November 2020, state legislators might move this week to essentially decriminalize possession of small amounts of the drug. Here’s their short report.