Ohio: Senate Overwhelmingly Advances Measure to Expand Decriminalization Policies

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Members of the Ohio senate advanced a measure expanding the state’s long-standing decriminalization policies. The post Ohio: Senate Overwhelmingly Advances Measure to Expand Decriminalization Policies appeared first on NORML.

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.

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New Jersey: Assembly Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation

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As currently written, the measure decriminalizes the possession and distribution of up to two ounces of marijuana by adults — making these activities punishable by a $50 fine. As originally written, A1897 would have decriminalized the possession of up to 10 grams 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.

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.

Florida Municipality Considering Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

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Click Here to Review NORML’s Decriminalization Report. Marijuana policy should be evidence based. 2019 Advocacy Citizen Lobbyists Community Organizing Decriminalization Grassroots Municipal decriminalization Florida municipal ordinance

Low-Level Marijuana Possession Offenses Now Decriminalized in New Mexico

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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. Decriminalization decriminalization New Mexico

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

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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. “The criminalization of patients and consumers is a failed public policy, and there is finally a more sensible alternative in place. Decriminalization decriminalization New Mexico

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 also establishes a task force to review cannabis policy and to make recommendations to the legislature by 2021. To date, 23 states and the District of Columbia have either legalized or decriminalized (eliminated the possibility of jail time) the adult possession and personal use of marijuana.

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. Such convictions may not be subject to the newly enacted expungement provisions as they are “controlled substances” offenses and not “marijuana” offenses which were the sole targets for expungement under the new decriminalization law.

Texas: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances Out Of Key Committee

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The policy proposed by this bill is in line with the Republican and Democratic Platforms as well as numerous other states. ACTIVISM Advocacy Citizen Lobbyists Community Organizing Decriminalization Grassroots PolicyJoe 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!

Few impressed with Biden’s weak new marijuana decriminalization plan

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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 candidatesUnder the 'Biden Plan for Black America,' cannabis would be okay to possess but illegal to purchase.

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. “One of the first votes he cast as an elected official in the New York Assembly was to decriminalize the state of New York.”

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Grassroots Activism and Marijuana Policy: A Winning Combination

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Regardless of the policy you’re advocating for (e.g., adult-use, patient access, decriminalization etc.) Marijuana policy should be evidence based. When NORML was founded in 1970, roughly 12% of Americans supported legalizing marijuana.

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Denver Decriminalizes Psilocybin

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jurisdiction to decriminalize psilocybin-containing mushrooms. jurisdiction has actually approved of the decriminalization of psilocybin, and this could have major effects throughout the nation. Decriminalization is a very different concept.

Hawaii Decriminalizes Cannabis

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Hawaii on Tuesday decriminalized marijuana, making it the 26th state to decriminalize or legalize the drug. The new law removes the possibility of jail time as a penalty for up to three grams of marijuana, but maintains a $130 fine.

Mexican President Reveals Plan to Decriminalize All Drugs

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In a dramatic policy shift, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador admits that 'prohibition is unsustainable.' The post Mexican President Reveals Plan to Decriminalize All Drugs appeared first on Leafly. Politics decriminalization mexicoHe thinks ending it will better protect public health.

Hawaii Decriminalizes Marijuana, but with Strict Limitations

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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. According to the bill, the decriminalization of marijuana in Hawaii comes with a few other changes. Decriminalizes the possession of three grams or less of marijuana and establishes that the possession is a violation punishable by a monetary fine of $130.

North Dakota Decriminalizes Marijuana

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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. .

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

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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. Decriminalization, Not Legalization.

Texas Decriminalizes Marijuana

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This is why it is particularly remarkable that, on April 22 nd , the Texas government passed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana possession. While Texas Democrats would rather see things go one step further into full legalization, decriminalization is still a step in the right direction.

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.

Hawaii Gov Accedes To Cannabis Decriminalization

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Marijuana Moment reports”Hawaii Gov.

Cannabis Decriminalization Approved By Virginia Senate And House

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The Virginia Senate approved a bill on Tuesday to decriminalize possession of marijuana. This comes one day after the House of Delegates passed similar cannabis decriminalization legislation. The Senate vote on decriminalization was 27-13.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Voices Support For Decriminalizing Psychedelics

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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.

New Jersey cannabis consumers seek relief before 2020

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” In addition to supporting full legalization, Garden State NORML supports decriminalizing marijuana – utilizing civil fines – for all ages. For regional context, Philadelphia decriminalized marijuana in 2014, and 20 additional cities in Pennsylvania followed suit.

Oakland (City) officially decriminalizes plant based psychedelics

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RESOLVED, That the Oakland City Council directs the City Administrator to instruct the City’s state and federal lobbyists to work in support of decriminalizing all Entheogenic Plants and plant-based compounds that are listed on the Federal Controlled Substances Schedule 1; AND BE IT FURTHER.

NORML Letter to NIDA: Prohibition Must Be Recognized as More Damaging than Marijuana Itself

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” To those of us who have long advocated for social justice-based cannabis policy reforms, we know these unfortunate truths far too well. 2020 ACTIVISM Advocacy Collateral Consequences Decriminalization GOVERNMENT SOCIETYNORML leadership today sent an open letter to Nora D.

Oklahoma: Governor Vetoes Measure Expanding Medical Cannabis Access, Reducing Possession Penalties

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In his veto message, the Governor wrote: “The language in the bill makes substantial policy changes to the medical marijuana program that were not fully scrutinized through normal legislative procedures before the bill was received by my office in the middle of the night Saturday.

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

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420 ACTIVISM Advocacy Business Community Organizing Decriminalization ECONOMICS Expungement GOVERNMENT Grassroots INDUSTRY Legalization LEGISLATION Policy cannabis equity justice legalization marijuana New York NORML prohibition racial justice Small Business war on drugsA.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.

Delaware: Attorney General Calls For Expanding Use Of Civil Penalties For Marijuana Violations

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” News radio station WHHY reports that the decriminalization policy will apply to possession cases involving up to 175 grams of cannabis. LAW ENFORCEMENT Policy decriminalization DelawareDelaware prosecutors will no longer be encouraged to pursue criminal charges against those who possess marijuana for personal use, according to guidelines issued by the state’s new Attorney General, Kathleen Jennings.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/29

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In Texas, the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence passed a marijuana decriminalization bill out of committee this week. Senate Bill 45 would make this policy consistent for juvenile offenders. Click here to email your lawmakers in support of decriminalization.

United States: Congressional Committee Takes Historic Step Toward Decriminalizing Marijuana

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United States : Congressional Committee Takes Historic Step Toward Decriminalizing Marijuana. Rather, the STATES Act would leave cannabis policy to the various states. Last Updated: November 29 2019. Article by Robert M. Kline. McDermott Will & Emery.

Alabama: Jefferson County Police To Cite, Rather Than Prosecute, Minor Marijuana Violators

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Under the new policy, police will issue a summons to those who possess personal amounts of marijuana or cannabis-related paraphernalia. Additional information is available from NORML’s ‘Local Decriminalization’ report, online here.

HISTORIC: House Judiciary Subcommittee Holds First-Ever Hearing on Federally Descheduling Marijuana

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Members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security heard expert testimony today challenging the federal government’s failed policy of cannabis prohibition.

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

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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.

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

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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.