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. The new law takes effect July 1, 2020 and reduces penalties for offenses involving personal possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a civil violation – punishable by a maximum $25 fine, no arrest, and no criminal record. The prohibition on marijuana has clearly failed, and impacts nearly 30,000 Virginians per year.

North Dakota: House Lawmakers Approve Measures to Legalize Marijuana Sales, Decriminalize Personal Possession

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House lawmakers approved three pieces of legislation that would legalize adult use marijuana and decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. Legalization decriminalization legalization legislation North Dakota

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Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect Wednesday, July 1

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Legislation passed this spring decriminalizes possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and seals the records of past convictions from public view. The post Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect Wednesday, July 1 appeared first on NORML. 2020 ACTIVISM Decriminalization Legislative Update Virginia cannabis decrim decriminalization featured marijuana Virginia NORML

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. The law reduces penalties for offenses involving the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a civil violation – punishable by a maximum $25 fine, no arrest, and no criminal record. The prohibition on marijuana has clearly failed, and impacts nearly 30,000 Virginians per year.

Virginia: Both Chambers Pass Decriminalization Legislation

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House and Senate lawmakers have passed legislation decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. House Bill 972 , which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 64 to 34, reduces penalties for offenses involving the possession of up to a half ounce of marijuana to a civil violation – punishable by a maximum $25 fine, no arrest, and no criminal record. Both the Governor and the Attorney General are on record in favor of decriminalization.

Will the Senate Stall Federal Cannabis Decriminalization? 

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This December the United States House of Representatives made history by voting for the first time on cannabis decriminalization. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act would effectively remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

Florida Municipality Considering Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

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The City of Jacksonville, Florida could join a growing list of cities around the country that have embraced a more pragmatic approach for dealing with marijuana-related offenses on the local level. Click Here to Review NORML’s Decriminalization Report. ” If approved, the ordinance would impose a $100 fine for possessing 20 grams or less of marijuana instead of jail time. Marijuana policy should be evidence based.

Maryland: Lawmakers Advance Decriminalization Expansion Measure

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House lawmakers today advanced legislation, HB 550 , greatly expanding the pool of marijuana offenders eligible for civil penalties. Under existing law , only possession offenses involving ten grams of marijuana or less are decriminalized. “Minor marijuana possession offenders, many of them young people, should not be saddled with a criminal record and the lifelong penalties and stigma associated with it.”

Virginia: Legislature Approves Decriminalization and Medical Cannabis Bills

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Broad changes to marijuana laws swept through the 2020 Virginia General Assembly. Today, the legislature approved HB 972 to decriminalize marijuana possession. The prohibition on marijuana has clearly failed, and impacts nearly 30,000 Virginians per year. While marijuana arrests across the nation have decreased, arrests in Virginia have increased. A complete listing of marijuana-related legislation in the 2020 Virginia General Assembly is available here.

Hawaii: Governor to Let Marijuana Decriminalization to Become Law

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David Ige publicly stated this week that he does not intend to veto pending legislation to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession offenses. House Bill 1383 reduces penalties involving the possession of up to three grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor , punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a criminal record, to a non-criminal violation – punishable by a $130 fine. Decriminalization Expungement decriminalization expungement Hawaii

New Mexico: New Marijuana Decriminalization Law Goes Into Effect Next Week

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Beginning on Monday, July 1, the personal possession of small amounts of marijuana in New Mexico will no longer be classified as a criminal offense. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation into law decriminalizing the possession of personal use amounts of cannabis. “This is a win for consumers and activists continuing to fight and reform the state’s marijuana laws,” says NORML State Policies Coordinator Carly Wolf.

New Mexico: Governor Signs Law Decriminalizing Minor Marijuana Possession

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Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation into law decriminalizing the possession of personal use amounts of cannabis. Subsequent offenses, or in situations where the defendant possesses greater amounts of marijuana, will remain punishable by the possibility of jail time. Police in New Mexico made over 3,600 marijuana possession arrests in 2016. Decriminalization decriminalization New MexicoDemocratic Gov.

Low-Level Marijuana Possession Offenses Now Decriminalized in New Mexico

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As of today, the personal possession of small amounts of marijuana in New Mexico is no longer be classified as a criminal offense. “This is a win for consumers and activists continuing to fight and reform the state’s marijuana laws,” says NORML State Policies Coordinator Carly Wolf. ” Police in New Mexico made over 3,600 marijuana possession arrests in 2016. Decriminalization decriminalization New Mexico

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. Senate Bill 323 amends minor marijuana possession penalties. Subsequent offenses, or in instances where the defendant possesses greater amounts of marijuana, remain punishable by the possibility of jail time.

NJ Passes Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana, Ease Penalty For Mushrooms

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On Thursday, the New Jersey state legislature amended a bill that will decriminalize possessing up to six ounces of marijuana, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

New Jersey: Assembly Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation

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Members of the New Jersey state Assembly approved legislation to decriminalize the possession and distribution of up to two ounces of marijuana by adults. The post New Jersey: Assembly Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation appeared first on NORML. Uncategorized decriminalization New Jersey

Hawaii: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses to be Decriminalized Next Week

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Legislation takes effect on Saturday, January 11, decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. The new law , which was passed in July, reduces penalties involving the possession of up to three grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a criminal record, to a non-criminal violation – punishable by a $130 fine. Decriminalization Expungement decriminalization expungement Hawaii

Clarifying NY State Decriminalization and Marijuana Possession Related Penalties

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There has been some confusion and misinformation circulating about what New York’s latest expansion of marijuana decriminalization means and what impact it will have on criminal prosecutions going forward. There are 2 provisions of New York’s Penal Law that relate marijuana-related offenses. ACTIVISM Advocacy Decriminalization GOVERNMENT NORML Chapters Policy

Hawaii: Lawmakers Pass Legislation Decriminalizing Low-Level Possession Offenses

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House and Senate lawmakers have finalized and passed legislation, House Bill 1383 , decriminalizing low-level marijuana possession offenses and vacating past convictions. The measure reduces penalties involving the possession of up to three grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor , punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a criminal record, to a non-criminal violation – punishable by a $130 fine.

Virginia’s marijuana decriminalization law goes into effect today

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The post Virginia’s marijuana decriminalization law goes into effect today appeared first on Leafly. Politics drug reform marijuana decriminalization virginiaPossession of up to one ounce is now just a $25 fine, and medical dispensaries should open later this year.

Vancouver Mayor proposes motion to decriminalize all drugs

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Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart made an announcement today, proposing the decriminalization of all drugs. The post Vancouver Mayor proposes motion to decriminalize all drugs appeared first on Latest Cannabis News Today - Headlines, Videos & Stocks.

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. However, this did not deter Cuomo from pushing for some marijuana reform in New York. Unlike full legalization, decriminalization was a middle-of-the-road compromise that sat better with lawmakers who opposed Cuomo’s legalization efforts. At least with decriminalization, small-time offences will no longer waste time and money on law enforcement and court proceedings.

Texas: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances Out Of Key Committee

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Joe Moody’s bill to reduce penalties for low-level marijuana possession has passed out of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee with a bipartisan vote of 5-2! Minor marijuana possession offenders, many of them young people, should not be saddled with a criminal record and the lifelong penalties and stigma associated with it. Governor Dan Patrick says he’s not supportive of marijuana law reform. Texas patients need safe access to medical marijuana. *

MORE Act, Federal Cannabis Decriminalization Or Corporatization?

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This new act proposes to decriminalize pot which was classified as a schedule one narcotic fifty years ago. The post MORE Act, Federal Cannabis Decriminalization Or Corporatization? Democrats and a few Republicans have given in and admitted their views on cannabis must change.

Virginia just decriminalized marijuana. Here’s what that means

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The post Virginia just decriminalized marijuana. Politics marijuana decriminalization virginiaIt's now a $25 ticket for possession. But decrim is a half-step that leaves consumers stuck with untested and possibly tainted products. Here’s what that means appeared first on Leafly.

WATCH LIVE – Vancouver City Council votes on drug decriminalization today

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18th, the Mayor is hoping to make Vancouver the first Canadian city to decriminalize drug possession. The post WATCH LIVE – Vancouver City Council votes on drug decriminalization today appeared first on Latest Cannabis News Today - Headlines, Videos & Stocks. At 9:30 a.m.

Hawaii: Measure Decriminalizing Minor Marijuana Possession Becomes Law Absent Governor’s Signature

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David Ige failed to take action on legislation decriminalizing low-level marijuana possession offenses, thereby allowing the measure to become law without his signature. House Bill 1383 reduces penalties involving the possession of up to three grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor , punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a criminal record, to a non-criminal violation – punishable by a $130 fine. ACTIVISM decriminalization expungement Hawaii Ig

A Founder Looks at 50: Some Early, Unexpected Supporters of Marijuana Decriminalization

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Hawaii: Committee passes cannabis decriminalization bill

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measure that would decriminalize the possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana passed… Read More. The post Hawaii: Committee passes cannabis decriminalization bill first appeared on Cannabis Law Report. The Hawaii Tribune Herald reports.A

Vancouver City Council Has Voted To Decriminalize All Drugs

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In an unprecedented move in Canadian history, on Wednesday the Vancouver city council voted to decriminalize the possession of small quantities of all illicit drugs.

Texas: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill to be Considered on House Floor

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On Thursday, April 25, members of the Texas House of Representatives are scheduled to consider a marijuana decriminalization bill. House Bill 63 would reduce penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana from a class B misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail, to a civil offense punishable by a $250 fine only. Thursday will be the first time in decades that marijuana decriminalization will be discussed on the House Floor.

New Mexico Judge Rules Inmates Can Access Medical Marijuana

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One of the first big wins for cannabis in 2021 comes out of New Mexico when District Court Judge Lucy Solimon ruled that inmates have a right to medical marijuana too.

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US Senate Approves Marijuana Research Bill, Will They Vote on Decriminalization Next? 

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Senate recently unanimously approved a marijuana research bill called the Cannabidiol and Marihuana Research Expansion Act. The bill, will most importantly, make a more streamlined process for those looking to research medical marijuana.

Oregon Measure 110, Drug Decriminalization And Addiction Treatment

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Oregon Measure 110, the Drug Decriminalization and Addiction Treatment Initiative was approved on November 3rd, 2020, with 58.82% support. The post Oregon Measure 110, Drug Decriminalization And Addiction Treatment appeared first on Latest Cannabis News Today - Headlines, Videos & Stocks.

Hawaii Decriminalizes Marijuana, but with Strict Limitations

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states – now 26 in total – to pass this type of marijuana reform, according to The Hill. Under current rules, up to an ounce of marijuana can lead to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Hawaii’s move to decriminalize marijuana was actually not easy. But at the end of the day, strict decriminalization is better than outright prohibition. The decriminalization law is known as HB1383. WeedAdvisor’s Support for Marijuana Reform.

North Carolina: Governor’s Task Force Recommends Liberalizing State’s Marijuana Penalties

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"it is time for North Carolina to start having real conversations about a safe, measured, public health approach to potentially legalizing marijuana.". The post North Carolina: Governor’s Task Force Recommends Liberalizing State’s Marijuana Penalties appeared first on NORML.

Wisconsin Governor Aims To Legalize Medical Marijuana And Decriminalize Recreational This Year

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Evers aims to legalize medical cannabis, decriminalize recreational possession and use, and expunge qualifying arrest records. Our budget will decriminalize possession of marijuana in amounts of 25 grams or less, and we’ll also be creating a path for expungement for these crimes for those who’ve completed their sentence or probation,” wrote Evers on Twitter. The full details of the medical marijuana policy outlined by Evers will not be released until February 28.