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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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NORML Issues Report Highlighting 2021 State Legislative Victories

NORML

State legislators in 2021 enacted over 50 laws liberalizing marijuana policies in more than 25 states. The post NORML Issues Report Highlighting 2021 State Legislative Victories appeared first on NORML.

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Washington legislators strike the word ‘marijuana’ from all state laws, calling term racist

Cannabis Law Report

let’s see all other states do this and ASAP. However, Washington state is taking one word officially off the table: “marijuana.”. Legislators recently passed a law that changes every Revised Code of Washington with the word “marijuana.” State Rep.

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Nevada SC Rules “state law protecting “lawful activities” or “lawful off-duty conduct” does not apply to non-medical cannabis consumption”

Cannabis Law Report

In a decision last week, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that the state law protecting “lawful activities” or “lawful off-duty conduct” does not apply to non-medical cannabis consumption, according to an Ogletree Deakins report. Cannabis Law News

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Cato Institute “Cannabis Banking: A Clash Between Federal and State Laws”

Cannabis Law Report

Although 18 states have fully legalized, cannabis is still a sticky issue for banks and other financial institutions because it remains illegal at the federal level. The State of Banking. To be clear, the existing policy does not ban financial services for the cannabis industry.

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Oregon: UPDATE: Jackson County Hearings Officers Agree That the County’s Greenhouse Enforcement Regime Openly Flouts State Law

Cannabis Law Report

As referenced in my post, the vast majority of these citations involved land that is zoned for exclusive farm use, for which the construction of greenhouses, hoophouses or other crop protection structures have never before been controversial and is indeed allowed outright under Oregon state law.

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Reason.com: Policy Brief – Federal law unconstitutionally prohibits medical marijuana users from possessing firearms

Cannabis Law Report

To prevent violations of the Second and Fifth Amendments, Congress should amend the Gun Control Act of 1968 to permit an exception for legal medical marijuana use. . 6 Under the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is designated as a Schedule I drug. Cannabis Law News

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Law Firm Article: As More States Legalize Cannabis Use, GCs Are Rethinking Corporate Policies

Cannabis Law Report

Andrew Turnbull spoke with Corporate Counsel about how in-house counsel are reviewing corporate cannabis policies in light of new state laws allowing for medicinal marijuana use and the introduction of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act. Cannabis Law News

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Jason Straw: Medical Cannabis Policy, ISNA 2020 Conference

Cannabis Law Report

PUBLISHER: CANNABIS LAW REPORT. In Indianapolis on January 29, a quiet, eager audience of nurses give their rapt attention to Jason Straw as he takes center stage at the 2020 ISNA Policy Conference. ISNA 2020 POLICY CONFERENCE AGENDA, Jason Straw- Cannabis Policy.

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Federal vs. State Approaches to Cannabis: Recent DEA Data Shows Increase In Enforcement While States Move Toward Decriminalization and Legalization

The Blunt Truth

One might think that the recent uptick in the legalization of recreational marijuana usage would correlate with a decline in the arrests and seizures related to the leafy-green. million marijuana plants and conducted more than 6,600 marijuana related arrests.

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HR 420: The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act

NORML

This week, Congressman Earl Blumenauer reserved HR 420 for his legislation, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. Our federal marijuana laws are outdated, out of touch and have negatively impacted countless lives.”. The legislation would deschedule cannabis, thus permitting state governments to regulate these activities as they see fit. 2019 Advocacy Cannabis Caucus Citizen Lobbyists GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION Policy

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Action Needed: Marijuana Vote This Week In Congress

NORML

Known as the Blumenauer-McClintock amendment after Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Tom McClintock (R-CA), this bipartisan language would restrict the Department of Justice from interfering in the 11 states that have legalized and regulate adult-use marijuana. Today, more than one in five Americans reside in a jurisdiction where the adult use of marijuana is legal under state statute. 2019 Advocacy Citizen Lobbyists GOVERNMENT Grassroots Legalization Policy

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

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New Legislation Introduced To Protect State-Legal Marijuana Programs

NORML

The Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act essentially would give peace of mind to lawmakers, regulators, 149,000+ workers, and the millions of patients and consumers who are dependent on the normalization of lawful marijuana markets. The enactment of these policies have not negatively impacted workplace safety , crime rates , traffic safety , or youth use patterns. Tax revenues from states like Colorado, Oregon, and Washington now exceed initial projections.

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ATACH Policy Paper: The Time Has Come for U.S. Cannabis Operators to Be Listed on Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange

Cannabis Law Report

Cannabis Law NewsBy Seth A. Goldberg, Justin A.

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Federal Legislation To Facilitate Interstate Marijuana Commerce Introduced

NORML

Today, Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer introduced legislation to allow for interstate commerce when it comes to state-legal cannabis programs. Per the release distributed by Senator Wyden : Wyden and Blumenauer’s State Cannabis Commerce Act would make these existing protections permanent and expand them to include all cannabis producers and consumers in compliance with state law. ” Business Cannabis Caucus GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION Policy

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Municipalities Moving Away from Marijuana Testing for Employees

NORML

Municipal officials in various cities nationwide are moving away from policies requiring marijuana testing for public employees. The new law took effect immediately upon passage. Those new laws take effect on July 1, 2020.

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

NORML

In Senate testimony today, nominee for Attorney General William Barr committed to not use the limited resources of the Department of Justice to prosecute state-regulated and compliant marijuana businesses. 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. Thirty-three states, Washington, D.C.

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Weedmaps Dodges Class-Action Lawsuit by Implementing New Advertising Policy

Canna Law Blog

Weedmaps, founded in 2008 and based in Irvine, California, is a well-known website for those in search of a local marijuana dispensary. Where the marijuana market is more saturated, Weedmaps changes for higher placements in listings. In February 2018, the Bureau of Cannabis Control sent Weedmaps a cease and desist letter telling the company it was breaking state law by including advertisements for unlicensed businesses.

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Calls Federal Pot Prohibition Policies Incoherent

Cannabis Law Report

This week, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal of a summons issued to a marijuana dispensary in Colorado for purposes of an IRS federal tax audit. Justice Clarence Thomas rarely speaks on the bench. When he does, people listen.

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

NORML

Delaware 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. These changes include encouraging prosecutors and “police agencies to expand the use of civil citations [for] marijuana possession in lieu of criminal arrest.” LAW ENFORCEMENT Policy decriminalization Delaware

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The Future of Federal Marijuana Laws Remains Dazed and Confusing

NewsMunchies

Marijuana’s categorization under U.S. federal law as a Schedule 1 drug puts us far behind our international partners and scientific competitors, including the U.K., Although, marijuana may be one of the truly bipartisan issues in the U.S.

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American Bar Association Endorses Ending Marijuana Prohibition

NORML

The American Bar Association (ABA) has passed a resolution in support of ending federal marijuana prohibition and removing the substance from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). In language that does not mince words, the proposal reads : FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges Congress to enact legislation to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

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Too Natural for Naturalization: Even Decriminalized Marijuana Can be a Bar to US Citizenship

The Blunt Truth

As a number of states and the District of Columbia have moved to permit possession, use and sale of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes and the business of legalized cannabis distribution has grown exponentially, federal law banning such activity remains unchanged. Deeming the trend in state law irrelevant, federal immigration authorities have in fact moved in the opposite direction. USCIS Policy Manual, Chapter 5 Section C.3.

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AG Nominee Merrick Garland Signals Hands-Off Policy For State-Legal Pot

SpeedWeed

Attorney General, has indicated a reluctance to prosecute cannabis activities that are legal under state law in hearings with senators tasked with weighing his appointment. Circuit, to the nation’s highest law enforcement position on January 7.

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New Orleans: City Eliminates Penalties for Marijuana Possession, Vacates Thousands of Past Convictions

Cannabis Law Report

Members of the New Orleans city council approved a municipal ordinance late last night effectively eliminating local penalties for low-level marijuana possession offenses. In a separate action, city officials also moved to vacate thousands of past marijuana-related convictions.

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Majority of Virginians Favor Legalizing Marijuana

NORML

A University of Mary Washington survey shows 61 percent of Virginians favor legalizing the adult use of marijuana. Virginia attitudes, like American attitudes, are increasingly supportive of ending the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and replacing it with a legal marketplace in which products can be safely regulated for responsible consumers. “It comes as no surprise that a majority of Virginians support legalizing marijuana.

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Vanderbilt Law School’s Course on Marijuana Law and Policy Review

The Joint Blog

Although it may come as a surprise to many in the mainstream and those who don’t pay attention to marijuana-related topics, many public and private universities offer both courses, certificates and degrees related to marijuana and its many compounds including CBD.

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California Supreme Court: Cannabis Law Not Applicable to Prison Inmates

Marijuana Lawyer Blog

Inmates in prison are not allowed to possess recreational marijuana while incarcerated, according to a new ruling by the California Supreme Court. Raybon , involves five inmates in a California state prison who were convicted on felony charges after being found with marijuana in their cells.

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Marijuana Users Scoring New Employment Protections

Cannabis Law Report

A little more than a decade ago, marijuana use was illegal in every state. Marijuana use is now fully legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia, and an additional 18 states allow use for medical reasons. State Law Considerations.

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Vicente Sederberg Update: Voters in Maryland and Missouri Approve Measures to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana for Adult Use

Cannabis Law Report

Cannabis Law News

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Whitepaper: Marijuana and Workers’ Compensation

Cannabis Law Report

Abstract: Today, marijuana use has employers balancing state laws against federal anti-drug policies, as well as against employees’ rights and maintaining a safe and drug-free … Read More.

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Minnesota Department of Corrections Changes Medical Cannabis Policy

Cannabis Law Report

The Minnesota Lawyer continues… The department has decided that persons on parole, supervised release or conditional release may use the drug in accordance with state law, which includes registration. The DOC said through its spokesperson, Sarah Fitzgerald, that the change was a result of the change in state administration. However, the about-face came the day before a motion challenging the former policy was scheduled in Carver County District Court.

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Whitepaper: Marijuana and Workers’ Compensation

Cannabis Law Report

Today, marijuana use has employers balancing state laws against federal anti-drug policies, as well as against employees’ rights and maintaining a safe and drug-free workplace. The post Whitepaper: Marijuana and Workers’ Compensation first appeared on Cannabis Law Report.

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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. However, marijuana reform has stalled in the past few months. Send a general letter in support of sensible marijuana reform in New Jersey NOW. There are three major reform bills in the New Jersey State Legislature during the current legislative session.

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Connecticut Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Cannabis Law Report

Connecticut has become the 19 th state to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults. Provisions regarding lawful possession go into effect July 1, 2021, but the provisions affecting employers will take effect next year on July 1, 2022.

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Too Natural for Naturalization: An Update

The Blunt Truth

On May 29, 2019, forty-seven members of Congress wrote a letter to Attorney General Bob Barr and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan registering their disagreement with the application of USCIS policy guidance to those who have been employed in the legal cannabis industry. Joe Neguse, Kelly Armstrong and Hakeem Jeffries, noted that thirty states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medical and/or recreational purposes.

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