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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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