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

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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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Grassroots Activism and Marijuana Policy: A Winning Combination

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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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Illinois Gov. Pritzker Signs Bill to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

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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.

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

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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.

Policy 240

POTUS: Feds “Allowing States” to Choose Legalization

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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.

Connecticut: Big news for marijuana legalization

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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.

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

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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. .

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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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.

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

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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

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

New Legislation Introduced To Protect State-Legal Marijuana Programs

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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

Rep. Nadler: You and I are going to legalize marijuana

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I’m proud to work with NORML to create a more just national marijuana policy. My bill, The MORE Act, is the most comprehensive marijuana reform bill ever introduced, and it’s backed by a broad coalition of civil rights, criminal justice, drug policy, and immigration groups.

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?

Cannabis Use in the NFL – Will Policies Change?

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The National Football League (NFL) preseason is upon us, and though the players may have changed, the league’s strict cannabis policies have not. We will continue to monitor the NFL’s and other professional sports’ policies on cannabis use.

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.

Bloomberg Article Looks At Harborside, 280E and “drug war policy”

Cannabis Law Report

The court sided with the government and is expected to charge Harborside between $11 million and $13 million in back taxes under a drug war-era tax policy that’s become the bane of pot company CPAs’ existence: Section 280E.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Hires Former Director of Federal Policy Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)

Cannabis Law Report

The former director of federal policy for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) has joined the staff of newly sworn-in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as a senior counsel and policy advisor. She’s already upset quite a few people for just being herself.

Law.com – Article: In-House Cannabis Lawyers Should Help Shape Company Advertising Policies

Cannabis Law Report

Cannabis advertising alone is a regulatory concern, and in-house counsel should play a role in their company’s advertising policies to avoid hefty fines and other consequences, according to in-house and law firm lawyers who practice in the growing cannabis industry. “It’s

New York Governor Cuomo Leaves Marijuana Legalization Out of State Budget

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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.

Former High-Profile Bahamian Politician Blasts Government Over Marijuana Policy

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However, Bahama’s Tribune 242 reports that Minister of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez did more than just offer an opinion. His message is simple, explaining that the current cannabis policies are poorly thought-out and poorly executed. If cocaine and cocaine-based medicines are perfectly legal to administer by a physician, what could be the argument for a doctor not legally being in a position to administer marijuana-based medications?”.

“Historic” Illinois Marijuana Legalization Presents an Opportunity to Restore Equality in Drug Policy

WeedAdvisor

Although some time has passed since Illinois became the 11 th state to fully legalize marijuana, the state’s decision continues to make headlines – and for good reason. Aside from simply legalizing the drug, lawmakers beefed up the bill to provide a slew of other benefits. Access to more expensive and better legal representation, better overall perception to police, blatant class or racial prejudice, etc.

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.

Oregon NORML, In Partnership With The Oregon Justice League, Files “Legalization Justice Act of 2020”

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Chief Petitioners Madeline Martinez, Leia Flynn, and Angela Bacca filed a ballot measure to be known as “The Legalization Justice Act of 2020” at the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, March 18.

Report: Legal Marijuana Industry Employs Over 200,000 Full-Time Workers

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Commenting on the new findings, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said, “The federal government needs to deschedule marijuana to allow states to better and more fully benefit from the economic growth engine that is the legal marijuana industry. Further, state regulators need to ensure as this sector expands its economic benefits are shared by all, including and most especially by those who suffered most under the failed policy of criminal prohibition.”

Cannabis Legalization Leaders Weigh 2019’s Wins and Losses

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Illinois legalized, New York decriminalized, and presidential candidates rejected prohibition. The post Cannabis Legalization Leaders Weigh 2019’s Wins and Losses appeared first on Leafly. Politics Congress marijuana policy project NORML

Legal Cannabis Spurs Increase in Cookie Sales, According to Study

MassRoots

Furthering the mystery of the cannabis-induced munchies, adults with safe, reliable access to legal recreational-cannabis spend more money on cookies, ice cream, and chips than their counterparts, according to a new study.

Arizona NORML, Partners File 2020 Statewide Legalization Initiative

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A coalition of activist groups, including Arizona NORML, the Drug Policy Alliance, and the state chapter of the ACLU, have filed language with the Secretary of State seeking to legalize the adult use and dispensing of cannabis.

Google Play – Developer Policy Centre Says No To Cannabis Apps

Cannabis Law Report

It’s the “regardless of legality” that indicates nothing will be changing until there is across the board federal legislation. These apps simply need to move the shopping cart flow outside of the app itself to be compliant with this new policy,” the spokesperson said. “We’ve Another new section of the policies stipulates that apps “that facilitate the sale of tobacco (including e-cigarettes)” are prohibited.