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: Both Chambers Pass Decriminalization Legislation

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House and Senate lawmakers have passed legislation decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. Both the Governor and the Attorney General are on record in favor of decriminalization. ” 2020 Decriminalization decriminalization Virginia

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.

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. .

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

New Hampshire: House Lawmakers Approve Bill Allowing Personal Possession of Marijuana

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The measure legalizes the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of marijuana by those age 21 or older. Chris Sununu , who has previously said that he will “absolutely” veto any legalization legislation, “regardless of what the language looks like.”

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

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.

Ohio Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Hemp

The Joint Blog

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s has signed into law legislation that decriminalizes hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana. The Associated Press reports that the agency will create and administer a new hemp program in the state.

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.

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.

Hawaii Says Aloha to Decriminalization

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Yet even though Hawaii became the 26th state to decriminalize possession of marijuana in 2020, I am not convinced Hawaii is so concerned with peace, tranquility, and wellness. Hawaii’s decriminalization – not legalization – of pot took effect on January 11, 2020.

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.

Virginia Senate Judiciary Committees Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

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The measure states that for those under 18 who are caught with marijuana, they might be sent to substance abuse screening program or have their license suspended. State Attorney General Mark Herring not only supports decriminalizing marijuana, he supports legalizing it as well.

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.

Pennsylvania: Marijuana possession arrests decline statewide

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” “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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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.

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.

Cannabis Legalization Roundup: Mexico, Luxembourg, Switzerland

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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.

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.

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.).

People v. Charles Hill, 2020 IL 124595.”Smelling and seeing cannabis justified probable cause for a police officer in central Illinois to search a man’s car, despite cannabis’ decriminalization”

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The justices were asked whether two 2016 laws — the Illinois Cannabis Control Act and the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act — changed the basis for probable cause in a May 2017 warrantless search of Charles Hill’s car.

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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The Week in Weed: April 17, 2020

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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 has put state legalization campaigns on hold, delayed sales roll-outs, and the problems in Massachusetts could fill this blog post all by themselves.

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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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. (

Initiative to Legalize Marijuana Filed in Oklahoma

The Joint Blog

Activists seeking to legalize marijuana for all adults in Oklahoma have officially filed an initiative to do just that. An entirely separate initiative to decriminalize – but not legalize – marijuana was also filed by Tulsa resident Paul Tay.

Guest Post: European Countries that legalized medical cannabis

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It doesn’t matter how they call it at your location but, “is it legal to trade, transport, or use medical cannabis in your location?” However, some European countries have legalized the usage of cannabis for medical purposes. Medical cannabis is legalized in Germany.

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.

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

Cannabis Law Report

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.

Why the MRTA gets an A- & the CRTA gets a C-

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New York State is set to legalize and regulate cannabis for adult-use, and improve our existing medical marijuana and hemp programs by April 1st with the 2020-2021 NYS Budget. But our work isn’t over yet and we need to fight for SMART legalization now more than ever!

Virginia: Majority Shift in Legislature Opens Door for Major Marijuana Law Reform

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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.

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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.”

Alabama Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill

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An Alabama Senate committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. This vote comes two months after a panel created by the legislature, the Medical Cannabis Study Commission, issued a recommendation that Alabama implement a medical cannabis program. The full Senate approved a medical cannabis legalization bill last year , but it was diluted in the House to only provide for the establishment of the study commission.