Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect July 1

NORML

Richmond, VA: Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation ( Senate Bill 2 | House Bill 972 ) decriminalizing marijuana possession. And while we applaud Governor Northam, his administration, and the legislature for taking this step, it’s critical that they work swiftly to legalize and regulate the responsible of cannabis by adults and begin undoing the damages prohibition has waged on tens of thousands of Virginians.” 2020 Virginia General Assembly.

Virginia: Governor Approves Bills to Decriminalize Marijuana and Legalize Medical Cannabis

NORML

Richmond, VA: Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has approved legislation ( Senate Bill 2 | House Bill 972 ) decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses. This bill will not eliminate the racial disparities surrounding marijuana, but it will prevent low-level offenders from receiving jail time for simple possession while we move toward legalization in coming years with a framework that addresses both public safety and equity in an emerging market.”

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Virginia: Legislature Approves Decriminalization and Medical Cannabis Bills

NORML

Today, the legislature approved HB 972 to decriminalize marijuana possession. This bill will not eliminate the racial disparities surrounding marijuana, but it will prevent low-level offenders from receiving jail time for simple possession while we move toward legalization in coming years with a framework that addresses both public safety and equity in an emerging market.” Broad changes to marijuana laws swept through the 2020 Virginia General Assembly.

Virginia is Seeing Progress with Cannabis Reform and Decriminalization

Veriheal

Cannabis decriminalization recently took place in Virginia. The new law is a form of decriminalization and removing criminal penalties for low-level cannabis possession. It is time to legalize and regulate the responsible use of cannabis by adults in the Commonwealth.”

USA: National Safety Council Position/Policy Statement Cannabis Impairment in Safety Sensitive Positions

Cannabis Law Report

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. Safety concerns are paramount as legalization and decriminalization continues. At this time, NSC believes there is no level of cannabis use that is safe or acceptable for employees who work in safety sensitive positions.

The Effort to Decriminalize Psilocybin in California is Underway

Canna Law Blog

Psilocybin has been in the news with increasing frequency as research into psychedelic therapy has proliferated, and a number of local jurisdictions, including the cities of Oakland, Denver , and Santa Cruz have decriminalized psilocybin to varying degrees. According to Decriminalize California, the current timeline for the initiative is as follows: Submitted to the Office of the Attorney General on 1st November 2019. Denver and Oakland have decriminalized Magic Mushrooms.

California Activists Seek Decriminalization of Magic Mushrooms

Marijuana Lawyer Blog

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.’. Together with the required $2,000 fee, an advocacy group by the name of Decriminalize California submitted ballot language to the state attorney general’s office in September. Representatives for Decriminalize California have stated the group currently aims to raise $1.5 Legal Implications.

Which Countries Are Next For Medical Marijuana Legalization In 2021?

MMJ Recs

Which countries have been taking steps towards medical marijuana (MMJ) legalization that could potentially be finalized in 2021 or shortly after? Medical Marijuana Legalization Around The World. Medical marijuana has been legalized in most US states.

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 bill also legalizes the manufacture and sale of CBD products derived from the plant. Rules and regulations are still being developed by the ODA which will be responsible for testing CBD and other hemp products for safety and accuracy. The federal government legalized hemp cultivation last year.

New York Governor Cuomo Leaves Marijuana Legalization Out of State Budget

NORML

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.

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. 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. Legalization legislation now awaits another floor date while advocates in New Jersey gain the necessary support to pass it. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of legalization.

The Week in Weed: August 28, 2020

The Blunt Truth

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Pennsylvania’s governor is supporting cannabis legalization. Arizonans will have a chance to vote on legalization in November.

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Colombia Legalizes Public Cannabis Use as Potential Legalization Looms

WeedAdvisor

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.

A New Survey Provides Insight into Youth Consumption Post Legalization

Veriheal

For many years those who have stood against the reform of cannabis laws have argued that decriminalization and/or legalization would lead to an increase in consumption among adolescents. News Research cdc legalization teens youth

Vaping Epidemic Boosts the Case for Legalization

WeedAdvisor

These incidents have boosted popular support to legalize and regulate marijuana. This is perfectly understandable, given that the prime suspect behind the epidemic – vitamin E acetate – was found in most illegal vape samples, but not legal ones. Unfortunately, marijuana’s status as a federally illegal drug limits regulation, placing it squarely on states who have legalized it. But surprisingly, even legal states are not as stringent as many of us think.

The Netherlands and Cannabis: Legal Supply Chain Experiment Continues

Canna Law Blog

Given that cannabis remains federally illegal in the United States (despite the fact that more than a majority of states have some form of cannabis legal reform), we get pretty excited when we see other countries undertake legalization experiments at the federal level.

(Meaningless?) Federal Vote on Marijuana Legalization is on the Horizon

Canna Law Blog

I’ve never understood exactly why folks get excited about, or even remotely interested, when various lifetime politicians in Congress push bills on the federal legalization/rescheduling of marijuana.

The Ketamine Clinic Craze: Legalities and Possibilities

Canna Law Blog

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. What are the exact legalities behind ketamine? And as long as the healthcare provider in charge judges the infusion therapy to be ethical and not violative of safety standards, they may prescribe it accordingly.

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.). It does not specifically legalize the possession of medical cannabis, but it does provide a reasonable defense from prosecution if the person is a registered patient.

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. Currently, public support for legalizing weed nationwide is at an all-time high: 62 percent of Americans favor legalizing the adult use of marijuana, while over 90 percent want access to medical cannabis. 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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What Does Cannabis Legalization Look Like in the UK?

Veriheal

All over the world, governments are moving towards legalizing or at least decriminalizing, cannabis. Should the UK Legalize Cannabis? Cannabis is legal for medicinal purposes in around 33 states and for recreational use in around 11 states. .

Pennsylvania Legalization Advocate Pushes Pa. Court To Reclassify

Cannabis Law Report

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. ( What you’re asking us to do is judicially decriminalize recreational marijuana.”. Thankyou to to Andrew Sacks of Sacks Weston Diamond LLC. for the pointer. Law 360 Reports.

It Is Now Legal To Possess Marijuana In Virginia

MassRoots

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. The committee will be made up of representatives from the departments of Agriculture and Forestry, Finance, Health and Human Resources, and Public Safety and Homeland Security. More Than Just Decriminalization.

The Ketamine Clinic Craze: Legalities and Possibilities

Canna Law Blog

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. What are the exact legalities behind ketamine? And as long as the healthcare provider in charge judges the infusion therapy to be ethical and not violative of safety standards, they may prescribe it accordingly.

The Week in Weed: May 29, 2020

The Blunt Truth

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Virginia decriminalized marijuana. Regular readers will recall that we reported last month on Virginia decriminalization. Proponents of decriminalizing marijuana won more time and the right to use e-signatures at the federal district court. The news is mostly happening in the states this week. Oklahoma is having some medical marijuana issues.

Guest Post: European Countries that legalized medical cannabis

Cannabis Law Report

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. Let’s have an overview of the cannabis regulations of the European countries that legalized medical cannabis. In short, you are legally backed in Belgium as long as you don’t keep more than 3grams of marijuana with you.

Op-Ed: Gov. Kristi Noem: ‘Legalizing industrial hemp legalizes marijuana by default’

Cannabis Law Report

Legalizing industrial hemp legalizes marijuana by default. Police officers are unable to distinguish between hemp and marijuana on the road, essentially legalizing marijuana. Proponents in Texas told legislators that legalizing hemp would not decriminalize marijuana. Last week, my Secretary of Public Safety, Craig Price, said that “the more we study this issue, the more concerns I have for the impact on public safety. Here’s her full op-ed.

Bernie Sanders Promises Marijuana Legalization by Executive Order

WeedAdvisor

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. According to Newsweek , Sanders was the first and only presidential candidate in 2016 who openly endorsed marijuana legalization. What makes Sanders’s approach to legalization interesting is that he does not rely on arguments related to increased revenue or even job creation.

NY Senator Wants Cannabis Legalized as Part of Criminal Justice Reform

Veriheal

Bills being recently introduced and passed in various jurisdictions include various elements of criminal justice reforms addressing everything from police use of force to legalizing cannabis. Largely focused on policing reform, the Safer NY Act is a collection of five bills that have been previously introduced, which also contains legislation to legalize cannabis for adult use. Legalizing isn’t enough but it is a step in the right direction. Civil unrest continues.

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.” ” At the time of introduction, the bill sponsors said: “It’s time to decriminalize marijuana, and this bill is a critical first step,” said Leader Charles E.

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.

Municipalities Moving Away from Marijuana Testing for Employees

NORML

In the city of Rochester, council members approved municipal legislation on Tuesday barring pre-employment marijuana testing for non-safety sensitive city employees. Also this week, city council members in Richmond, Virginia passed a resolution excluding non-safety sensitive employees and job applicants from marijuana testing. ” Additional information is available from the NORML fact-sheet , “Marijuana Legalization and Impact on the Workplace.”

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

WeedAdvisor

The recent moves to legalize or decriminalize marijuana in several states are no secret by now, nor is the increasing popular support for legalization. Although he sees the pitfalls of treating cannabis users like criminals, Adams believes states were overly quick to respond with legalization. It also happens to be one of Adams’s primary concerns around legalization. could have been better prepared for legalization prior to enacting it.

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Marijuana Drug Tests: Employers Change Position

CannaMD

Rochester, specifically, passed a law on May 12, 2020, which no longer requires city employees to take pre-employment marijuana drug screening tests, except when applying for safety-sensitive positions, such as commercial driving and police officer positions. Exceptions were again made for safety-sensitive positions. Additionally, Virginia passed several other pro-medical marijuana laws that decriminalize marijuana possession and relax restrictions on medical marijuana access.

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

Cannabis Law Report

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. Alarmingly, the state’s continued failure to legalize marijuana has perpetuated significant racial injustices while constraining law enforcement resources.

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

Cannabis Law Report

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. The increased legalization—and utilization—of cannabis creates a decidedly gray area for employers. However, doing this can get treacherous from a legal standpoint. Authored By.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/8/20

NORML

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.