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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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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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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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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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