Bi-Partisan Legislation Introduced In The House Thursday To Protect State Laws Regulating Cannabis

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A bipartisan bill protecting state laws regulating marijuana use from the federal government was reintroduced on Thursday in the House and Senate. The legislation, which allows states to determine their own cannabis policies, was offered by Sens. Cannabis Law News

ACLU Sues Pennsylvania County Over Medical Cannabis Policy

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The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against Lebanon County, alleging that the county’s policy of barring people on probation from using medical cannabis violates state law. Cannabis Law News

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Weedmaps Dodges Class-Action Lawsuit by Implementing New Advertising Policy

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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.

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

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For the past three years, I have taught a class called “Cannabis Law & Policy” at Lewis & Clark Law School here in Portland, Oregon. The old laws are worse than you think. The new laws are pretty lousy too. The federal laws aren’t any better.

Minnesota Department of Corrections Changes Medical Cannabis Policy

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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.

Are Multi-State Employers “Rolled Too Tight” on their Drug Testing Policies?

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In a time where marijuana legalization is rapidly expanding, all employers should be reassessing their workplace drug testing policies to be sure they are in compliance with existing and soon to be effective state and local laws. Currently, thirty-three states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have passed laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form. Drug Testing Employment Law drug testing medical marijuana

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

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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.

New Legislation Introduced To Protect State-Legal Marijuana Programs

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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.

Action Needed: Marijuana Vote This Week In Congress

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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.

Too Natural for Naturalization: An Update

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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.

Federal Employment Protections Demanded In Appropriations Bill

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“Denying responsible adults access to federal employment opportunities for engaging in state legal conduct is counterproductive and it disproportionately impacts the veteran community. Crist stated: “Voters across the country are saying yes to legalization.

House Members Pass Historic Legislation Legitimizing Retail Cannabis Sales

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Members of the House of Representatives voted 321 to 103 in favor, representing 79% of the vote of HR 1595: The SAFE Banking Act, which amends federal law so that explicitly banks and other financial institutions may work directly with state-legal marijuana businesses.

HR 420: The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act

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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.

Fed Chair To Senate: “I think it would be great to have clarity,” On Cannabis

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As the tentacles of the federal policy of cannabis prohibition run deep into nearly every sector of American public policy, a new voice emerged to call for clarity regarding state-legal cannabis marketplaces: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/21/19

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House of Representatives just voted to restrict the Department of Justice from interfering with the states that have legalized adult-use marijuana. New York state lawmakers approved legislation on Friday to further expand cannabis decriminalization and expunge certain records.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/18/20

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The US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a legislative hearing entitled “Cannabis Policies for the New Decade.” Update : LD 1621 is scheduled for a public hearing in the State House on 1/27/20 at 10am.

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

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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. Thirty-three states, Washington, D.C.

The Veterans Equal Access Act Reintroduced

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This simple bill would align veterans VA treatment with their very popular state laws, usually approved by the voters. 2019 Advocacy Cannabis Caucus Citizen Lobbyists GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION Policy Veterans

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Federal Legislation To Facilitate Interstate Marijuana Commerce Introduced

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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

Bipartisan Bill To Protect Employment Rights

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The Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act ( HR 1687 ) is bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Don Young (R-AK) to explicitly bar federal agencies from discriminating against workers solely because of their status as a cannabis consumer, or due to testing positive for marijuana use on a workplace drug test. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 31 states, D.C.,

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

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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. ” News radio station WHHY reports that the decriminalization policy will apply to possession cases involving up to 175 grams of cannabis. Under state law , the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis is a civil violation.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/12/19

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At the state level, a bill to allow licensed social consumption spaces in Oregon was defeated for this year. A bill to allow patients to use medical cannabis while on probation or parole died in Montana’s state Senate.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/8/19

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Senator Ron Wyden introduced legislation in the Senate — The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act — to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. State Sen.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/3/19

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Governor Jay Inslee (D) of Washington signed legislation into law allowing medical cannabis to be accessed by patients on school grounds, and separate legislation allowing the production of industrial hemp in accordance with new federal hemp regulations.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/24/19

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Governor Jared Polis (D) of Colorado signed legislation into law that allows physicians to recommend medical cannabis for any condition for which an opiate would otherwise be prescribed. Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 420, to expand upon Oregon’s expungement law.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/5/19

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Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Representatives David Joyce (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), have reintroduced The STATES Act of 2019. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) of New Mexico signed cannabis decriminalization legislation into law.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/7/19

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House of Representatives has for the first time included limited protections for cannabis businesses engaged in the legal marketplaces in 33 states. Governor John Bel Edwards (D) of Louisiana signed legislation into law to allow the production of industrial hemp and hemp-derived CBD products.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/29

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Governor Jim Justice (R) of West Virginia signed legislation into law that allows financial institutions to provide banking services related to the state’s medical marijuana program. Earlier, a similar bill was overwhelmingly passed in the State House.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/4/19

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Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (R-AK) re-introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, which protects those engaged in state-lawful medical marijuana programs from federal prosecution.

Move Legalization Forward in New Jersey

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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. There are three major reform bills in the New Jersey State Legislature during the current legislative session. 3205 ) and to send a message to your state lawmaker in urgent support of this legislation, click here. In New Jersey, there has been a great deal of progress in the last few years.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/26/19

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At the state level, Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota signed a package of bills into law to expand the state’s medical cannabis access program. Nassau County, New York voted to prohibit retail cannabis sales in the county once it becomes legal in New York state.

Federal Lawmakers Aim To Legalize Marijuana This Year

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It’s time to bring our country’s marijuana policies into the 21st century, and my legislation is the way to do it.”. It’s time to bring our country’s marijuana policies into the 21st century, and my legislation is the way to do it.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/22

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Activists in Oregon have filed a 2020 ballot initiative with the Secretary of State that, if approved, would allow social cannabis consumption sites and protect consumers from employment discrimination. Under state law, adults face civil penalties for minor marijuana possession offenses.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/22

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At the state level, the North Dakota House of Representatives defeated a decriminalization bill on the House floor by a narrow 43-47 vote. Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/11/19

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HR 420 (yes, you read that right): The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act would deschedule cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, thus permitting state governments to regulate these activities as they see fit. At the state level, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington launched a new program and began granting pardons to those with past criminal misdemeanor marijuana-related convictions on their record. State Sen.