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NPR | September 7, 2019
 Colombia Is Turning Into A Major Medical Marijuana Producer


John Otis
Patricia Santiago and her family were forced to flee their home near Colombia`s Caribbean coast after complaining about neighborhood dope dealers who, in turn, threatened to kill them. But in an odd twist, Santiago now works in the drug trade at a medical marijuana facility. At first, Santiago felt like she was breaking the law as she pruned and clipped cannabis plants on a plantation run by a Colombian firm called Clever Leaves. However, the government legalized medical marijuana in 2016 and now Clever Leaves is exporting cannabis-based products to Canada and the United ....
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Marijuana Moment | September 5, 2019
 Washington, D.C. Enacts New Employment Protections For Medical Marijuana Patients


Kyle Jaeger
Government workers in Washington, D.C. cannot be punished simply because theyre medical marijuana patients under a local law that was enacted on Wednesday. The legislation, which must still undergo a standard 30-day congressional review before taking effect, stipulates that a public employer may not refuse to hire, terminate from employment, penalize, fail to promote, or otherwise take adverse employment action against an individual based upon the individuals status as a qualifying patient unless the individual used, possessed, or was impaired by marijuana at the individua....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Sep 03, 2019
 N.H.: Medical program flunks audit, bolstering case for home grow
Kate Zawidzki
Patients have expressed dissatisfaction with New Hampshire`s therapeutic cannabis program from the outset, so it should come as no great surprise that the program has flunked a legislative performance audit. On Sunday, the Union Leader reported that the medical cannabis program received a ``failing grade,`` in part because ``nearly 100 percent of patients fail to receive cards... within a mandated time frame.`` The opponents of allowing home cultivation have frequently argued that the state`s medical cannabis program is fine the way it is, but the performance audit tells a....
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The Joint Blog | September 2, 2019
 Washington State Officials Consider Massive Overhaul of Legal Marijuana Program


Rishi Madan

Washington State legalized marijuana in 2012, and now, nearly seven years later, state officials are proposing laws that would overhaul the legal marijuana system, including legalizing home delivery for patients and boosting minority ownership of marijuana businesses.
Rick Garza, director of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, told the Associated Press that the overhaul is being dubbed Cannabis 2.0. Weve typically been so challenged with the issues of the day we havent been looking out long-term to determine what the future looks like, says Garza, who notes that Cannabis 2.0 is meant to give the state a clearer image of what the marijuana industry will look like in five years and beyond. One issue the board is considering is abandoning the states seed-to-sale marijuana tracking program in favor of a system where businesses ....
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Democracy Now | Jul 24, 2019
 Sen. Harris and Rep. Nadler Introduce Marijuana Decriminalization Bill


Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris and Congressmember Jerrold Nadler introduced a bill Tuesday that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and expunge low-level marijuana offenses. The legislation also invests in communities of color, which have been disproportionately targeted by harsh drug laws. The Drug Policy Alliance praised the bill, saying, Marijuana convictions have disrupted peoples livesfrom ones ability to secure or maintain employment, housing, funds for education, a valid drivers license to the ability to keep ones kids or remain ....
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NORML | August 2, 2019
 Congressional Lawmakers Introduce the Fair Chance at Housing Act


Kevin Mahmalji
Following a recent trend in Congress to address the collateral consequences associated with a marijuana-related conviction, Senator Kamala Harris and Representative Ocasio-Cortez have introduced the Fair Chance at Housing Act. If passed by Congress, the bill would make it easier for people with criminal records to receive federal housing assistance by prohibiting the use of suspicionless drug and alcohol testing, banning discriminatory 1-strike and no-fault policies and more. As our country continues working toward much-needed reform of our criminal justice system, I am pr....
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Marijuana Moment | August 1, 2019
 Texas State Police Memo Directs Officers To Stop Marijuana Possession Arrests


Jolie McCullough, The Texas Tribune
Texas largest law enforcement agency is moving away from arresting people for low-level marijuana offenses. Its the latest development in the chaos that has surrounded pot prosecution after state lawmakers legalized hemp this year. As of July 10, all Texas Department of Public Safety officers have been instructed not to arrest people with a misdemeanor amount of the suspected drug less than 4 ounces in possession cases if possible, according to an interoffice memo obtained by The Texas Tribune. Instead, they would issue a citation requiring a person to appear in court an....
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The Joint Blog | July 31, 2019
 New York Governor Signs Bill Reducing Marijuana Penalties, Allows for Expungements



New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed a bill into law that reduces the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana, while also allowing for the expungement of some past offenses.
The law which takes effect within 30 days changes an unlawful possession of marijuana statute into a violation thats similar to a traffic ticket, instead of a criminal charge, reports the Associated Press. Under the new law, the maximum penalty is $50 for possessing less than one ounce of pot and a maximum of $200 for between one and two ounces. The law also requires that records tied to low-level marijuana cases be automatically sealed and creates a process for expungement. Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by-laws governing marijuana for far to....
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Democracy Now | Jul 24, 2019
 Sen. Harris and Rep. Nadler Introduce Marijuana Decriminalization Bill


Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris and Congressmember Jerrold Nadler introduced a bill Tuesday that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and expunge low-level marijuana offenses. The legislation also invests in communities of color, which have been disproportionately targeted by harsh drug laws. The Drug Policy Alliance praised the bill, saying, Marijuana convictions have disrupted peoples livesfrom ones ability to secure or maintain employment, housing, funds for education, a valid drivers license to the ability to keep ones kids or remain ....
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Democracy Now | Jul 25, 2019
 Joe Biden Defends His Role as Co-Author of 1994 Crime Bill


Former vice president and 2020 presidential contender Joe Biden on Wednesday defended his support for the 1994 crime bill, which imposed mandatory minimum sentences on nonviolent offenders, directed billions of dollars toward prison construction and led the United States to become the worlds largest mass incarcerator. Bidens defense of the law, which he co-authored while serving as a senator from Delaware, came as the annual convention of the NAACP wrapped up in Detroit. Joe Biden: 1994 crime bill, we had a gigantic epidemic in America of violence, particularly in Afri....
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Stop the Drug War | 7/29/19
 Chronicle AM: Cuomo Signs NY Pot Decriminalization Bill, UK MPs See Legal Pot Within Five Years, More...
Andrew Cuomo D couldn`t get legalization through the legislature, but he has now signed a decrim bill.
Andrew Cuomo D couldn`t get legalization through the legislature, but he has now signed a decrim bill.
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New York`s governor signs a bill deepening pot decriminalization, a new congressional bill would let students with pot convictions get access to federal aid--if they complete drug treatment--and more. Andrew Cuomo D couldn`t get legalization through the legislature, but he has now signed a decrim bill. Creative Commons Marijuana Policy New Bill Would Let Some Students with Pot Convictions Access Federal AidIf They Complete Drug Treatment. Led by Reps. Bill Foster D-IL and Gwen Moore D-WI, a group of Democratic lawmakers filed a bill Friday that would protect college st....
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