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The New York Times | APRIL 13, 2017 Continue reading the main storyShare This Page Share Tweet Email More Save | OTTAWA
 Trudeau Unveils Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Canada
Crowds celebrated National Marijuana Day last year on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Crowds celebrated National Marijuana Day last year on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
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Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation on Thursday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada. Many nations have either decriminalized marijuana, allowed it to be prescribed medically or effectively stopped enforcing laws against it. But when Mr. Trudeaus bill passes as expected, Canada will become only the second nation, after Uruguay, to completely legalize marijuana as a consumer product. Criminal prohibition has failed to protect our kids and our communities, said Bill Blair, a lawmaker and former Toronto police....
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NORML | April 8, 2017
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/08/17

Justin Strekal
First off HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO KC NORML If you didnt already hear, on Tuesday the voters of Kansas City passed Question 5 to decriminalize possession of marijuana by over 70 percent. You can read more by clicking here. Another bright spot to follow right now is the City of Atlanta, which is considering decriminalizing marijuana by reducing the fine to just $75 and eliminating the potential for jail time. You can read more about it from PeachTree NORML and support their efforts. Below are the bills from around the country that weve tracked this week and as always, che....
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The Cannabist | APR 1, 2017
``Hopefully it will lead to some positive changes,`` says the email
 DEA asks Colorado for info on marijuana crimes, for the new administration
John Ingold
Amid speculation about how the Trump administration will confront marijuana legalization in states such as Colorado, a Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor has sent an e-mail to a prosecutor in the state attorney generals office seeking information, for the new administration. The e-mail was sent early last month by a supervisor on the financial investigations team in the DEAs Denver field office to Michael Melito, a senior assistant attorney general. The e-mail asks for Melito to provide case numbers for several prosecutions relating to marijuana, including one that....
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The Seattle Times | April 3, 2017
 Watch: John Oliver gets serious on perils of disjointed weed laws

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Christine Clarridge
For those of us in Washington and Colorado, the weed leaders in the campaign to legalize recreational marijuana use, John Olivers rather serious 12-minute monologue on the disparities between state and federal laws was somewhat old school. On Sundays Last Week Tonight, Oliver explained that while 44 states allow medical marijuana and eight states have now legalized weed for recreational use, federal law remains unchanged. In a 1970 law, the United States classified marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance, purportedly more dangerous than methamphetamines which according to th....
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NORML | 4/01/17
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/01/17

Justin Strekal
Welcome to this weeks edition of the NORML legislative roundup Happy April Fools Day unfortunately I have no light-hearted gag for you today as marijuana prohibition is still very much in effect with thousands of people a week arrested throughout the country for mere possession of the plant. Nationwide, we have topped 1,600+ bills being filed throughout the country pertaining to marijuana. From new efforts in the Senate to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and to tax and regulate marijuana to tax reform that would treat marijuana businesses just like ev....
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NORML | March 30, 2017
 Marijuana Treated Like Alcohol? Legislation Filed In Senate and House
Senator Ron Wyden and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Jared Polis have introduced legislation in the House and Senate The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. In addition to removing marijuana from the United States Controlled Substances Act, this legislation also removes enforcement power from the US Drug Enforcement Administration in matter concerning marijuana possession, production, and sales thus permitting state governments to regulate these activities as they ....
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NORML | March 21, 2017
 What Would A Federal Marijuana Crackdown Look Like?

Erik Altieri
Ever since the 2016 election, marijuana legalization supporters have been wondering if President Trump will crack down on state-approved recreational and/or medical marijuana programs. The Heritage Foundation believes it knows the answer. According to the conservative think tank, there are actions the government can take without needing to pass any new legislation or expend much political capital, such as reaffirming the federal governments position as supporting marijuanas illegality under the Controlled Substances Act CSA and reasserting support for the international tre....
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