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NORML | December 28, 2018
 NORML Chapters Prioritize a Wide Range of Reforms for 2019


Kevin Mahmalji
Looking back at 2018, it was another productive year for marijuana law reform advocates. In addition to advancing legislation in state houses around the country, NORML chapters played a significant role in passing marijuana law reform initiatives in Michigan and Missouri, and were instrumental in numerous municipal marijuana decriminalization victories. With more and more local and state governments taking steps to reduce the arrest and incarceration of marijuana patients and consumers, many are predicting 2019 to be a watershed year for marijuana law reform legislation. T....
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Cannabis Chronicles | SALEM, Ore.
 Oregon may look to export marijuana


The Columbian / Associated Press
Marijuana could take the next step toward joining pinot noir and craft beer on Oregons list of famous exports, under a proposal likely to go before state lawmakers in the new year. The Statesman Journal reports that the Craft Cannabis Alliance, a business association led by founder and executive director Adam Smith, is working with legislators to let Oregon start exporting pot to other legal-weed states by 2021. Among them is Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, who said he also plans to reintroduce provisions from Senate Bill 1042, a similar proposal that died in the statehou....
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| December 27, 2018
 2018 Year In Review: NORMLs Top Ten Events In Marijuana Policy


#1: Public Support in Favor of Adult Use Legalization at Historic Highs More adults than ever before believe that marijuana use by adults ought to be legal. An October poll conducted by Gallup reported that 66 percent of adults including majorities of Democrats, Independents, Republicans, and those over the age of 55 back legalization. The percentage is the highest level of support ever reported by the polling firm. A 2018 Pew poll similarly reported greater public support for legalization than ever before, while a June poll by the Center for American Progress reported th....
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The Joint Blog | December 25, 2018
 Thailand Lawmakers Unanimously Legalize Medical Marijuana


Anthony Martinelli
Following the vote Lawmaker Somchai Sawangkarn said that the passage of medical marijuana legalization could be considered as a New Year gift to Thais. The amendment on the Narcotics Bill was passed the second and third readings today. And will become effective once it is published on the Royal Gazette, said Sawangkarn. The National Legislative Assembly approved the change to the law by a vote of 153 to 0, with 13 members abstaining. This makes Thailand the first country in Southeast Asia to legally allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. As noted by CNN, the regi....
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The Joint Blog | December 17, 2018
 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Calls for Marijuana to be Legalized


Anthony Martinelli

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today called for marijuana to be legalized in his state as part of a true justice agenda.
Lets legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all, said Cuomo. He said that he plans to push for the measure within 100 days, reports NBC New York. Cuomo didnt provide a specific timeline for when he believes legalization would become a reality. Cuomos comments marks the first time hes ever stated support for legalizing marijuana; he shied away from the issue almost entirely during his first two terms he won reelection last month, and once referred to cannabis as a gateway drug. In July he said that the situation on marijuana is changing, which was the....
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The Joint Blog | December 19, 2018 Facebook Twitter Reddit Google Pinterest
 Here Are the 5 States Most Likely to Legalize Marijuana Next


Anthony Martinelli

10 states have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Which state will be the 11th?
Below is a list of the top five states we believe are the most likely to legalize marijuana next, becoming the 11th in the U.S. to do so following Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, California, Vermont and Michigan. New Jersey Governor Phillip D. Murphy, elected last year to replace Chris Christie, has made the legalization of marijuana one of his primary goals, keeping with a campaign promise. Last month, by a vote of seven to two and six to one, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Appropriations Committee appro....
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NORML | December 17, 2018
 New York: This is not a Green Rush, This is a Justice Rush
Mary Kruger
Roc NORML was in the news earlier this week talking about what consumers and activists want to see included in the legislation currently being drafted to frame New Yorks adult-use cannabis market. The legislation is being drafted by a work group, put together by Governor Cuomo, and were anticipating a first draft of the legislation will be introduced during the state of the state in January with the executive budget. So, what does this mean exactly? This means we are also anticipating the legislation will be on the trajectory to pass with the 2019 Budget Bill in April, wit....
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Smell The Truth | December 12, 2018
  Smell the Truth Business Health Lifestyle Legal Activism Science Reviews New York governor plans to legalize recreational marijuana in 2019


Oscar Pascual
Smell the Truth Business Health Lifestyle Legal Activism Science Reviews New York governor plans to legalize recreational marijuana in 2019 By Oscar Pascual on December 12, 2018 at 4:11 PM New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo D is taking steps to make New York the next state to legalize recreational cannabis use for adults. Cuomo on Thursday announced plans to include marijuana legalization as part of his executive budget for 2019, reports the New York Post. As we work to implement the reports recommendations through legislation, we must thoroughly consider all aspec....
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NORML | December 7, 2018
 A NORML Statement on William Barr as Attorney General Nominee


Washington, DC: Today, President Trump announced his intention to nominate former Attorney General William Barr to be considered by the Senate to replace former Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. With every move by the Department of Justice facing intense public scrutiny, maintaining Jeff Sessions policy of reefer madness would be self-defeating, said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. The movement to end the failed and cruel policy of marijuana criminalization is larger and stronger than ever, supported by a majority of Democrats, Republicans, and non-p....
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The Joint Blog | November 29, 2018
 Marijuana and Marijuana Concentrates Become Legal in Michigan on December 6



The possession of marijuana and marijuana concentrates will become legal in Michigan next week on Thursday, December 6.
Michigans Board of State Canvassers certified the election results for Proposition 1 on Thursday, meaning that key provisions of the initiative will take effect 10 days after, on Decebember 6. Starting that day, those 21 and older in the state will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and up to 15 grams of marijuana concentrates. In addition, they will be allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants at a private residence. The initiative also legalized marijuana stores, though they wont be open for some time. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs n....
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Stop the Drug War.org | 11/30/18
 Chronicle AM: Harborside Loses Pot Tax Case, Hemp in Final Version of Farm Bill, More... 11/30/18
Pot shops can`t deduct standard business expenses, the US Tax Court ruled in a case Thursday.
Pot shops can`t deduct standard business expenses, the US Tax Court ruled in a case Thursday.
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The US Tax Court has ruled against Harborside being able to deduct standard business expenses, a hemp provision is in the final version of the farm bill, Mexico and the US disagree over Mexican heroin production levels, and more. Pot shops can`t deduct standard business expenses, the US Tax Court ruled in a case Thursday. Sonya Yruel/DPA Marijuana Policy California Dispensary Loses in US Tax Court. In a decision Thursday, the US Tax Court rejected a bid from Harborside Health Center to be able to declare normal business expenses on its taxes. The court held that Harbors....
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Boston Globe | November 20, 2018 | NORTHAMPTON
 Recreational marijuana sales begin in Massachusetts, first on the East Coast
Dan Adams, Michael Levenson and Felicia Gans
Daquaan Hamilton wasnt about to let a little sleet stop him from making history. On Tuesday morning, the 22-year-old UMass Amherst student and hundreds of other people from around New England rose hours before dawn, bundled up in warm clothing and rain jackets, and made a pilgrimage to this progressive enclave for one reason: to be among the first to legally purchase recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. ADVERTISING The legalization of marijuana is a huge step forward for all of us, and I wanted to be a part of that, said Hamilton. Advertisement He waited outside the ....
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NORML | November 20, 2018
 Massachusetts Marijuana Sales Begin; Rep. Joe Kennedy Supports Legalization


Justin Strekal
Citizens of the Bay State have much to be thankful for this week. On November 20th, just two days before Thanksgiving, adults over the age of 21 were able to legally purchase marijuana in the state of Massachusetts for the first time in over a century. Massachusetts was the first state to enact marijuana prohibition doing so on April 29th, 1911. Voters decided in favor of repealing the ban in November 2016. This signal to open retail marijuana establishments marks a major milestone for voters who approved legal, adult-use cannabis in our state, Commission Chairman Steve....
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