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NORML | March 19, 2019
 Marijuana Banking Bill Scheduled For Committee Markup


In the first in what are anticipated to be multiple Congressional hearings to address the federal prohibition and criminalization of marijuana, the House Financial Services Committee has scheduled to convene a markup on The Safe Banking Act, HR 1595 on Tuesday, March 26th. Thousands of state-licensed and regulated businesses lack access to the banking industry and are unable to accept credit cards, deposit revenues, or write checks to meet payroll or pay taxes because federal law discourages financial institutions from engaging in such partnerships. This ongoing federal pr....
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Marijuana Moment | March 19, 2019
 First Congressional Marijuana Vote Of 2019 Officially Scheduled For Next Week
Kyle Jaeger
A bipartisan bill designed to protect banks that service the marijuana industry from being penalized by federal regulators will get a vote in a key congressional committee next week. The legislation, which was discussed during the first cannabis-related hearing of the 116th Congress last month, will go before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday. Reps. Ed Perlmutter D-CO Denny Heck D-WA, Steve Stivers R-OH and Warren Davidson R-OH are the chief sponsors of the Secure and Fair Enforcement SAFE Banking Act. It was formally filed earlier this month, and currentl....
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Marijuana Moment | March 19, 2019
 Hawaii Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Bill In Joint Committee Hearing


Kyle Jaeger
Two Hawaii Senate committees approved a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in a joint hearing on Tuesday. The vote comes two weeks after the full House passed the amended legislation, which makes possession of three grams or less of cannabis a civil offense instead of a crime punishable by jail time. As approved by that full chamber, a first the offense was punishable by a $200 fine under the bill, but the Senate committees lowered it to $30 instead. While the quantity of marijuana is significantly less than in other states have decriminali....
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NORML | March 14, 2019
 The Veterans Equal Access Act Reintroduced


Justin Strekal
In the House, Representative Earl Blumenauer D-OR, a founder and co-Chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, has reintroduced H.R. 1647, the Veterans Equal Access Act, which expands medical cannabis access to eligible military veterans. Presently, V.A. doctors are forbidden from providing the paperwork necessary to complete a recommendation, thus forcing military veterans to seek the advice of a private, out-of-network physician. Passage of this bill would lift this prohibition. At the time of introduction, Rep. Blumenauer said, For too long, our veterans have been den....
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SFGATE | March 14, 2019
  Business Health Lifestyle Legal Activism Science Reviews Beto ORourke announces 2020 presidential bid with platform to legalize marijuana


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Oscar Pascual
Former Rep. Beto ORourke launched his presidential bid for the 2020 election with a vision to end the federal prohibition of cannabis. The Texas Democrat began his campaign in a trip to Iowa this week, where ORourke spoke to potential voters about his political platform to legalize marijuana. We can free ourselves from the distinction of being the country that imprisons more of its citizens than any other country on the face of the planet, ORourke said during an appearance at a diner in Keokuk, Iowa. And guess what: By and large they do not look like this room. They are b....
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NORML | March 13, 2019
 New York: State legislature signals support for adult-use cannabis legalization
Tyler McFadden
In news that bodes well for the future of cannabis legalization in the state of New York, both chambers of the state legislature have included legalization language in their annual budget proposals. Both budget proposals also address the expedited expungement of certain marijuana-related convictions, implementing social equity programs in the states growing marijuana industry, and diverting tax money earned through the legal cannabis industry to benefit communities that have borne the brunt of the most brutal aspects of marijuana prohibition and the war on drugs in New Yor....
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The Joint Blog | March 12, 2019
 Smokeable Medical Marijuana Bill Passed by Florida Senate


Anthony Martinelli
The Senate passed Senate Bill 182 by a vote of 34 to 4, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The measure would allow medical marijuana patients to smoke marijuana, which was legalized by voters before being prohibited by lawmakers. Marijuana is now medicine in the state of Florida and how that medicine is administered should be between their doctor and that patient, said Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Lighthouse Point. As noted by the Sentinel, lawmakers in 2017 passed a law carrying out the legalization of medical marijuana approved by 71 percent of voters in 2016, but it barred patients ....
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SFGATE | March 13, 2019
 Alaska approves rules to allow marijuana use in licensed shops


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marijuana dispensaries to apply for licenses to allow on-site consumption
Alaskas licensed cannabis shops will soon be safe havens for anyone looking for a place to smoke a joint, blunt, or bong. Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer approved a set of regulations on Tuesday to let marijuana dispensaries apply for licenses to allow on-site consumption, according to the Associated Press. Dispensary owners can register for a special onsite use endorsement beginning April 11. Businesses will be required to adhere to a certain set of guidelines before gaining approval of the Marijuana Control Board, including factors such as proper security and ventilation. Vendors....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Mar 08, 2019
 New Mexico`s House of Representatives passes legalization bill


Kate Zawidzki
If you live in New Mexico, contact your senator today asking them to end marijuana prohibition. Yesterday, in a 36-34 vote, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed HB 356, which would legalize marijuana for adults. The bill is a product of a last-minute compromise and incorporates parts of the Republican-sponsored bill. It now heads to the Senate, where any vote is expected to be close. If enough New Mexicans reach out to their state senators, there is a chance the state will legalize marijuana this year Ask your state senator to make marijuana legal for adults tod....
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NORML | March 8, 2019
 The SAFE Banking Act Reintroduced


Justin Strekal
A bipartisan coalition of more than 100 co-sponsors has reintroduced legislation in Congress, The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act SAFE Banking Act, HR 1595, to allow state-licensed marijuana-related businesses to engage freely in relationships with banks and other financial institutions. Click here to send a message to your member of Congress and urge them to cosponsor the bill. If enacted, banks would no longer face the threat of federal sanction for working with marijuana-related businesses and entrepreneurs. Currently, hundreds of licensed and regulated busine....
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NORML | March 7, 2019
 Bipartisan Legislation To End Marijuana Prohibition Filed


Representatives Tulsi Gabbard HI-02 and Don Young AK-AL introduced today two landmark bipartisan marijuana bills. Introduced was The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019, to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances list and allow states the freedom to regulate marijuana as they choose, without federal interference. In the previous Congress, The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act became the first bill in American history to end the federal policy of criminalization that earned bipartisan support. The Ending Federal Prohibition Act is about....
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Marijuana Moment | March 8, 2019
 New Mexico House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill


Tom Angell
New Mexicos House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize marijuana for adult use on Thursday. After getting a favorable report from two House committees last month, the legislation cleared the full chamber in a narrow 36-34 vote, but not before being significantly amended from its original form. Sponsored by Reps. Javier Martinez D and Antonio Maestas D, the bill would establish a retail cannabis system in the state and would automatically seal previous records of individuals with convictions for marijuana offenses that are made legal by the bill. Before final pass....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Mar 06, 2019
 New Mexico Senate passes decriminalization


Yesterday, the New Mexico Senate overwhelmingly passed SB 323, a bill that would decriminalize the possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana. However, there is no guarantee that the House will schedule a vote on the bill. Reach out to your lawmakers today in support of both marijuana decriminalization and legalization in New Mexico. Marijuana decriminalization will allow for law enforcement to better prioritize their resources. It also means that otherwise law-abiding adults won`t face jail time and criminal records for using a substance safer than alcohol. Last year....
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SFGATE | March 6, 2019
 Hawaii will allow visitors to access medical marijuana
Medical marijuana on display.
Medical marijuana on display.
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Oscar Pascual
Medical cannabis patients can soon travel to Hawaii without having to worry about receiving medicine. The state Department of Health announced Tuesday that the state will begin allowing out-of-state visitors to register for medical cannabis, the Associated Press reports. According to the states Health Department, visitors who qualify as medical marijuana patients from other U.S. states will now be able to register online for a temporary card that allows them to purchase medical cannabis products during their visit. Out-of-state patients can register before arriving in Haw....
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