What Is the MORE Act, and How Could It Change Marijuana Policy Forever?

NORML

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.

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House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Considers ‘Cannabis Policies for the New Decade’

NORML

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health today held a legislative hearing, “ Cannabis Policies for the New Decade ,” during which they considered multiple legislative bills aimed at amending federal cannabis laws. This marks the first time that members of the Energy and Commerce Committee have debated issues specific to marijuana policy reform. He continued: “The fact of the matter is that legalization and regulation work.

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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.

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NORML Canada Launches Post-Legalization Platform on One Year Anniversary of Marijuana Legalization

NORML

NORML Canada launches official Post-Legalization platform to focus advocacy efforts on reforming Canada’s legal Cannabis system. 2) Transitioning “Unregulated Market” into the legal framework.

Gubernatorial Report Card: Learn Where Your Governor Stands on Marijuana Policy

NORML

This extensive database assigns a letter grade ‘A’ through ‘F’ to states’ governors based upon their comments and voting records specific to matters of marijuana policy.

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New York: An Analysis of Governor Cuomo’s Legalization Proposal

NORML

A complex and comprehensive plan laid out in over 200 pages of legislative text, the CRTA would implement one of the most tightly regulated, highly taxed and heavily controlled legal cannabis markets in the world. 2020 ACTIVISM Advocacy GOVERNMENT Legalization NORML Chapters Policy SOCIETY

Illinois Gov. Pritzker Signs Bill to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

NORML

Pritzker has signed legislation legalizing the adult use of marijuana and regulating its commercial production and retail sale. Patients enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program will be legally permitted for the first time to personally cultivate up to five marijuana plants.

Connecticut: Big news for marijuana legalization

NORML

Big news out of Connecticut today, as a bill to legalize the adult-use and retail sale of marijuana has passed through a critical vote in the General Law Committee with a 10-8 majority. In addition to legalizing adult-use and establishing a regulated retail market, the bill also includes strong social justice language that incentivizes minority participation in the state’s marijuana market.

Check your governor’s grades on cannabis policy

Leafly

The post Check your governor’s grades on cannabis policy appeared first on Leafly. Politics adult-use cannabis legalization medical marijuanaNine governors got an “A”, eight got an “F.”.

Report: Marijuana Legalization Not Associated with Adverse ‘Spillover’ Effects in Neighboring States

NORML

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.

The STATES Act Reintroduced: Bipartisan Measure Limits Federal Government’s Ability To Interfere With State-Sanctioned Marijuana Business, Policies

NORML

This Act amends the Controlled Substances Act to reduce the number of instances in which federal law enforcement agencies could carry out legal actions against state-licensed cannabis businesses or other related enterprises. It is time for the federal government to cease standing in the way of these voter-backed regulatory policies being implemented throughout the country,” said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. INDUSTRY LEGISLATION Policy

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Federal policy kills buzz for advertising pot

Cannabis Chronicles

With a growing number of states legalizing weed for recreational and medical purposes, the U.S. Though many weed sellers — legal and black market — continue to operate accounts on Instagram, some complain that the social-media site shuts down their accounts with little warning or explanation.

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Article & Program Report: Perfecting Cannabis Policy

Cannabis Law Report

The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy continued to place a spotlight on issues of equality, inequality, equity, and inequity with its most recent program, “Pot and Parity.”. Martin began with a brief history of cannabis policy in Massachusetts.

Legalization Proposals Progress Around the Country

NORML

Just about two months into the 2019 legislative session, legalization proposals are swiftly moving forward in states across the country. Senate Bill 686 seeks to legalize the use, possession, cultivation, and retail sale of small amounts of marijuana for adults. This marked the first time a legislative committee in Hawaii moved a legalization proposal forward. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is supportive of legalization, having campaigned and won on the issue.

Recent Legal Actions Causing U.S. Employers to Revisit Marijuana Policies

WeedAdvisor

They treat marijuana like any other illegal substance, even if the drug is legal statewide. According to Bloomberg , employees who pursue legal action in this regard continue seeing more and more success. Despite marijuana being legal in some form in most U.S. At the same time, their policies on drugs can change at their own discretion, regardless of legal status on a state level. Employer Re-Considering Marijuana Policies. .

Germany Considers Marijuana Legalization in a “Historic Policy Turn”

WeedAdvisor

Germany is considering joining the list of industrialized nations who plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the near – albeit unspecified – future. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing party, the Christian Democratic Union, opened up to the idea of legalization in what German broadcaster Deutsche Welle calls “…a historic policy turn for the conservative party.”. Luxembourg already announced its intentions to legalize marijuana.

Move Legalization Forward in New Jersey

NORML

Several bills have been introduced in the state legislature, ranging from legalization to expungement, and the fight for freedom has never been more widely supported than now. 2318 would allow for expedited expungement of records for those previously convicted of a marijuana crime upon passage of decriminalization or legalization measures in the state of New Jersey, as long as those past violations are no longer considered a crime under state law.

Federal Lawmakers Aim To Legalize Marijuana This Year

MassRoots

I introduced S.420, my bill to legalize and responsibly regulate and tax marijuana,” Wyden tweeted on February 8. “It’s It’s time to bring our country’s marijuana policies into the 21st century, and my legislation is the way to do it.”.

Attorney General Nominee Commits To Leave State-Legal Marijuana Programs Alone

NORML

His statements came response to questions from Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) — each of whom represent states where marijuana is legally regulated for either medical or recreational purposes. Advocacy Attorney General GOVERNMENT Legalization Policy SOCIETY

Pew Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Say “Marijuana Should Be Made Legal”

NORML

More than two out of three US adults believe that the personal use of cannabis should be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled and released today by the Pew Research Center. Sixty-seven percent of respondents say that the “use of marijuana should be made legal.”

New Jersey: Adult-use legalization is closer than ever

NORML

After months of negotiation, Governor Murphy and NJ state legislators have reached a deal on what will be included in upcoming legislation to legalize the adult-use and retail sale of marijuana in the state of New Jersey. We need urgent action from New Jersey residents to make adult-use cannabis legalization a reality in the Garden State. Click here to send an urgent letter to your state legislators in support of adult-use cannabis legalization in New Jersey.

POTUS: Feds “Allowing States” to Choose Legalization

NORML

The federal government is not standing in the way of states that decide in favor of legalizing and regulating marijuana, President Donald Trump stated on Friday in comments first reported by MarijuanaMoment.net. In response to a reporter’s question regarding whether or not the administration will support a change in federal marijuana policy, President Trump responded: “It’s a very big subject and right now we are allowing states to make that decision.

Anatomy of a Cannabis Insurance Policy, Part 1: The Basics

Canna Law Blog

Insurance in the cannabis industry is big business, and business owners need to know what policies are available and what those policies cover. Because in insurance policies, like all other business contracts (e.g. Business Basics Legal Issues Real Estate

Not-very-NICE: UK Cannabis Policy and Harm to Patients

CannaTech

Many countries weighing legalizing medical cannabis are doing so under public pressure – England is one such country. In the UK, cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMP) were legalized in November 2018. UK cannabis policy is not serving the interests of patients.

Ontario Cannabis Policy Continues to Hurt the Legal Market

WeedAdvisor

From opt-outs to gross limitations on the number of initial cannabis stores, “competent” is hardly a word we could use to describe Ontario’s marijuana policy. WeedAdvisor is proud to play a key role before and after cannabis legalization in Canada.

MPP (Marijuana Policy Project) Publishes Vapes Policy Paper: “Regulating Cannabis Oil Vaporizers”

Cannabis Law Report

In the recent wake of vaping-related illnesses and fatalities, the Marijuana Policy Project has released a report, titled Regulating Cannabis Oil Vaporizers, that examines the issue and provides recommendations for policymakers who wish to respond. MPP Policy Paper - Vaporizers.

Rest in Peace Mark Kleiman, Giant of Cannabis Policy

Canna Law Blog

Kleiman was probably the most influential scholar on cannabis policy. He was a strong opponent of the War on Drugs going back to the early 1980s, yet he also opposed a full commercial model for marijuana legalization. Which Drugs Should be Legalized?

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Weedmaps Dodges Class-Action Lawsuit by Implementing New Advertising Policy

Canna Law Blog

Weedmaps’ announcement follows months of complaints from licensed cannabis businesses of harm caused by Weedmaps’ inclusion of ads for unlicensed companies – namely, that allowing such companies’ product on the site really served to undercut the legal cannabis market.

Former State Rep. Diane Russell on Maine’s Cannabis Legalization Woes

NORML

On November 5, 2016, Maine’s voters legalized recreational, or adult-use, marijuana. At the time, the state’s legalization bill was one of the most progressive, which included protections for home growers, preservation of one of the nation’s best medical marijuana programs, and a social consumption clause that would’ve made Maine one of the first states to host licensed cannabis bars and lounges. ” And building toward legalization worked.

CCIA Policy Conference What’s Missing?

Cannabis Law Report

CCIA Policy Conference What’s Missing? – On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, the California Cannabis Industry Association (“CCIA”) will host its 4th Annual Policy Conference in Sacramento, California. 2019 Policy Development & Legislation , moderated by Amy Jenkins, CCIA.

Virginia Announces New Policy Allowing the Production of Hemp Extracts

Cannabis Law Report

Under a new policy announced by the Northam Administration, the Commonwealth of Virginia will soon officially authorize hemp processors to produce hemp extracts for human consumption. He is a member of the Hemp Industries Association and has previously served on the NORML Legal Committee.

New Legislation Introduced To Protect State-Legal Marijuana Programs

NORML

The enactment of these policies have not negatively impacted workplace safety , crime rates , traffic safety , or youth use patterns. ACTIVISM Advocacy Cannabis Caucus Citizen Lobbyists GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION Policy

Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana for Personal Use

NORML

An estimated two out of three Americans believe that cannabis should be legal for recreational purposes, according to nationwide polling data compiled by PPRI (the Public Religion Research Institute) — a non-partisan research and public policy institute.

Cannabis Law and Policy: What I’ve Learned From Teaching

Canna Law Blog

For the past three years, I have taught a class called “Cannabis Law & Policy” at Lewis & Clark Law School here in Portland, Oregon. Cannabis law is vexing; policy is harder. But as a sheer intellectual exercise, policy stuff is harder.

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Thailand Legalized Medical Marijuana

MassRoots

Making history as the first country in Southeast Asia to do so, Thailand legalized medical cannabis on December 24, 2018. Those who want to produce or sell medical marijuana in Thailand will require a license to do so legally. Why did Thailand Legalize Medical Marijuana?