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State Policy Weekly Update 1/24/2023

NORML

Lawmakers in many states have started pre-filing marijuana law reform legislation and some sessions have already begun holding hearings. The post State Policy Weekly Update 1/24/2023 appeared first on NORML.

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State Policy Weekly Update 1/17/2023

NORML

Lawmakers in many states have started to pre-file marijuana law reform legislation and some sessions have already begun holding hearings. The post State Policy Weekly Update 1/17/2023 appeared first on NORML.

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State Policy Weekly Update (1/10/23)

NORML

Lawmakers in many states have started to pre-file marijuana law reform legislation and some sessions have already begun holding hearings. The post State Policy Weekly Update (1/10/23) appeared first on NORML.

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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. The prohibition on marijuana has clearly failed, and impacts nearly 30,000 Virginians per year. 2020 Virginia General Assembly.

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NORML Report Highlights Citywide Policies Depenalizing Marijuana Law Enforcement

NORML

Today, even in jurisdictions where cannabis remains criminalized under state law, tens of millions of Americans reside in cities and counties where local laws either depenalizing or decriminalizing cannabis-related activities are in effect.

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Louisiana: Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation Signed into Law

NORML

“The passage of this legislation is great progress toward ending the racially discriminatory policy of branding otherwise law-abiding Louisianans as criminals for minor marijuana possession offenses when law enforcement should instead be focusing on fighting legitimate crime.”.

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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. The prohibition on marijuana has clearly failed, and impacts nearly 30,000 Virginians per year.

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State Policy Update (1/7/2022)

NORML

FLORIDA Legislation has been filed… The post State Policy Update (1/7/2022) appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM decriminalization legalization medical cannabis medical marijuana TakeActionUpdates on filed and moving legislation over the last week.

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1/21/22 – State Policy Update

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The post 1/21/22 – State Policy Update appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM decriminalization depenalization equity expungement legalization medical cannabis medical marijuana TakeAction

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State Policy Update (1/14/2022)

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The post State Policy Update (1/14/2022) appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM Alaska decriminalization Delaware Florida Georgia Indiana Kentucky legalization medical cannabis medical marijuana Mississippi South Carolina South Dakota TakeAction West Virginia

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State Policy Weekly Update 1/28/2022

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The post State Policy Weekly Update 1/28/2022 appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM decriminalization Delaware Hawaii Illinois Kansas legalization medical cannabis medical marijuana Ohio oho Pennsylvania South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Utah Virginia Washington

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State Policy Weekly Update 2/4/2022

NORML

The post State Policy Weekly Update 2/4/2022 appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM Alabama Alaska Colorado decriminalization Illinois legalization Maine medical cannabis medical marijuana Minnesota Mississippi Ohio Pennsylvania South Carolina South Dakota TakeAction Utah West Virginia Wisconsin

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Virginia: Legislature Approves Decriminalization and Medical Cannabis Bills

NORML

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.

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Florida Municipality Considering Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

NORML

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.

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

NORML

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.

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Hawaii: Governor to Let Marijuana Decriminalization to Become Law

NORML

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

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Biden’s Marijuana Plan Is out of Step with Public Opinion, Would Do Little to Mitigate the Failed Policy of Federal Prohibition

NORML

NORML is skeptical that this proposed recommendation will bring about the sort of tangible marijuana policy changes that voters have consistently demanded — in national polls and at the ballot box.

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Low-Level Marijuana Possession Offenses Now Decriminalized in New Mexico

NORML

As of today, the personal possession of small amounts of marijuana in New Mexico is no longer be classified as a criminal offense. Late last week, the Governor announced the formation of a new task-force to make policy recommendations with regard to 2020 legislation to legalize the adult use 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.

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Clarifying NY State Decriminalization and Marijuana Possession Related Penalties

NORML

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

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Texas: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances Out Of Key Committee

NORML

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! The policy proposed by this bill is in line with the Republican and Democratic Platforms as well as numerous other states. 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.

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Hawaii: Lawmakers Pass Legislation Decriminalizing Low-Level Possession Offenses

NORML

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.

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Senate Leader Unveils Long-Awaited Marijuana Descheduling Plan

NORML

United States Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) unveiled draft legislation repealing the federal prohibition of marijuana at a press conference on Wednesday. 2021 Decriminalization Legalization LEGISLATION Policy featured

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Few impressed with Biden’s weak new marijuana decriminalization plan

Leafly

The post Few impressed with Biden’s weak new marijuana decriminalization plan appeared first on Leafly. Politics drug war drug-policy Election 2020 Joe Biden presidential candidates

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Will the Senate Stall Federal Cannabis Decriminalization? 

Leafwell

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).

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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. Jarrold Nadler (D-NY) and presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act , which is arguably the most revolutionary and socially conscious federal marijuana reform bill introduced to date. The issue isn’t if marijuana will be legalized anymore.

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Texas: House Lawmakers Advance Medical Marijuana Expansion, Penalty Reduction Measures

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The post Texas: House Lawmakers Advance Medical Marijuana Expansion, Penalty Reduction Measures appeared first on NORML. LEGISLATION 2021 decriminalization featured legislation medical cannabis state policy Texas

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Grassroots Activism and Marijuana Policy: A Winning Combination

NORML

When NORML was founded in 1970, roughly 12% of Americans supported legalizing marijuana. Currently sixty-five percent of adults nationwide support ending marijuana prohibition and establishing a regulated market where responsible consumers can legally purchase marijuana. With a network of more than 160 affiliate chapters, NORML offers plenty of opportunities to join the fight to end marijuana prohibition. Regardless of the policy you’re advocating for (e.g.,

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Cannabis Decriminalization Reduces Racial Disparity, According to New Data

Veriheal

Fortunately, a study recently published in Social Science & Medicine discovered a solution to the racial disparity rampant in cannabis regulation: decriminalization. Decriminalization: The Key to Equality.

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

MassRoots

Newly sworn-in Democratic Governor Tony Evers announced Monday that he is taking Wisconsin cannabis policy reform into his own hands by attaching proposals to his spending budget this year. Evers aims to legalize medical cannabis, decriminalize recreational possession and use, and expunge qualifying arrest records. The racial disparity in marijuana arrests has long been noted throughout the United States and Evers wants to change it in the Badger State.

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Pennsylvania: Marijuana possession arrests decline statewide

NORML

Preliminary data*, released on request from the Pennsylvania State Police Uniform Crime Reporting System, reveals that overall arrests for marijuana possession showed a decline in 2019. Now, there is a clear downward trend in arresting marijuana consumers.”

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Hawaii Decriminalizes Marijuana, but with Strict Limitations

WeedAdvisor

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.

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North Dakota Decriminalizes Marijuana

WeedAdvisor

Whether it is decriminalization, medical permission or full-blown legalization, signature moves like these typically start and end with a decent amount of fanfare. According to Vox , the state decriminalized marijuana in early May, yet they didn’t make a peep. While North Dakota may not want to call much attention to such a critical policy change, its impact as part of a broader picture means it is worth noting. Decriminalization vs. Legalization – a Middle-Ground. .

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Thailand Decriminalizes Cannabis, But Not Really

Canna Law Blog

This constitutes a milestone for cannabis reform in the country and the region at large, but the Thai changes fall short of the “decriminalization” widely touted in the press. Looking at the big picture, the overall policy direction is encouraging.

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Bipartisan Wisconsin Lawmakers Unveil Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Cannabis Law Report

Marijuana Moment reports. Bipartisan Wisconsin lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession, a notable development in a state where cannabis reform has consistently stalled in the GOP-controlled legislature despite support from the Democratic governor.

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Seattle Decriminalizes Psychedelics

Cannabis Law Report

Seattle just became the largest city in the United States to decriminalize a wide range of psychedelic substances including psilocybin, ayahuasca, ibogaine, and mescaline. What substances are decriminalized? Decriminalization vs. Legalization.

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Austin’s Cannabis Decriminalization, Vancouver’s Magic Mushroom Shops, & One Woman’s MMJ Story

Veriheal

Austin decriminalized cannabis possession, Vancouver is now home to some not-so-legal magic mushroom shops, and a British woman shared her life-changing medical marijuana journey. Austin Voters Pass Cannabis Decriminalization Bill.

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

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A.1617 , the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), has been re-introduced this legislative session. The bill would legalize the adult possession, use, and regulated sale of marijuana. With people of color accounting for nearly 85% of those arrested annually, the MRTA directs the benefits of taxing and regulating marijuana to these communities. Over the past twenty years, many New Yorkers have been negatively affected by the harms of prohibition in New York.

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