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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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NORML | March 19, 2019
 Oregon NORML, In Partnership With The Oregon Justice League, Files Legalization Justice Act of 2020

Justin Strekal
Chief Petitioners Madeline Martinez, Leia Flynn, and Angela Bacca filed a ballot measure to be known as The Legalization Justice Act of 2020 at the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, March 18. All three women are longtime West Coast cannabis advocates. Madeline MartinezMadeline Martinez is the executive director of Oregon NORML and the only Latina member of the board of directors of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NORML. She generated international headlines when she opened the World Famous Cannabis Cafe in 2009, the nations first public-facing cann....
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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 18, 2019
 New York: the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act MRTA

Tyler McFadden
A.1617, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act MRTA, has been re-introduced this legislative session. The bill would legalize the adult possession, use, and regulated sale of marijuana. Over the past twenty years, many New Yorkers have been negatively affected by the harms of prohibition in New York. With people of color accounting for nearly 85 percent of those arrested annually, the MRTA directs the benefits of taxing and regulating marijuana to these communities. Because structural racism is ingrained in marijuana prohibition, its important that the MRTA both ends ma....
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Marijuana Moment | March 14, 2019
 Bipartisan Bill Shields Federal Workers From Being Fired For Marijuana

Kyle Jaeger
Federal agencies couldnt fire employees in legalized states simply because they test positive for marijuana if a bipartisan bill that was introduced in Congress on Tuesday is enacted. The legislation, filed by Reps. Charlie Crist D-FL and Don Young R-AK, along with eight other cosponsors, is designed to provide protections for federal workers who consume cannabis in compliance with state law. Under current law, federal employees can be terminatedor not even hired in the first placeover marijuana, regardless of state law. As Crists office noted in a bill summary obtained b....
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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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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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NORML | March 5, 2019
 Legal Marijuana Industry Employs Over 200,000 Full-Time Workers
Paul Armentano
The state-licensed cannabis industry gained over 64,000 new employees in 2018, and now employs over 200,000 full-time workers, according to data compiled by Whitney Economics and the online content provider Commenting on the new findings, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said, The federal government needs to deschedule marijuana to allow states to better and more fully benefit from the economic growth engine that is the legal marijuana industry. Further, state regulators need to ensure as this sector expands its economic benefits are shared by all, includi....
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