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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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NORML | November 28, 2018
 Utah: Make Your Voice Heard; Make Your Vote Count

Lawmakers are planning to convene a special session beginning on Monday, December 3 to debate replacing Proposition 2: The Utah Medical Cannabis Act.Medical marijuana Yet, the reason a majority of Utah voters decided in favor of Prop. 2 was precisely because many of these same lawmakers, year after year, failed to adequately address this issue in a manner that provided adequate access to those patients who could benefit from it. Do you trust them to do the right thing now? Proposition 2 assures that those patients with qualified debilitating conditions who need medical ca....
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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 | 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.
(image:Sonya Yruel/DPA)
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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The Oregonian | Nov 16 2018
 Oregon marijuana prices plunge and sales soar

Rampant overproduction in Oregons market for legal, recreational marijuana has produced a 50 percent decline in prices, according to state economists. That widely documented collapse has been hard on farmers and retailers but a boon for consumers. A new state analysis finds the price collapse sparked a big uptick in marijuana purchases and a corresponding increase in associated tax revenue. Lower prices are helping to drive the volume of sales higher and induce black and medical market conversions into the legal, recreational market, according to Josh Lehner of the Oreg....
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| November 14th, 2018
 N.H. voters send prohibitionists packing

Kate Zawidzki

Election results put legalization on the agenda for 2019
Last week, New Hampshire voters sent a strong message to Gov. Chris Sununu and the political establishment: its time to end marijuana prohibition Although Sununu a prohibitionist won re-election, his margin of victory over legalization supporter Molly Kelly was smaller than anticipated. Most importantly, the Democratic party which added support for legalization to its platform earlier this year gained control of both chambers of the legislature. The Senate, in particular, promises to be much less hostile to reform advocates in 2019. To illustrate, here are a few senators....
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NORML | November 13, 2018
 Congress: New House Rules Chairman Pledges To Allow Floor Votes On Marijuana-Related Amendments

Paul Armentano
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern says that he will permit federal lawmakers to debate and vote on marijuana-related amendments when he assumes control of the House Rules Committee in 2019. Unlike my predecessor, Im not going to block amendments for marijuana, he said. Citizens are passing ballot initiatives, legislatures are passing laws, and we need to respect that. Federal laws and statutes are way behind. Representative McGovern replaces outgoing Rules Chair Pete Sessions R-TX, who lost his re-election bid to Democrat Colin Allred. Representative Sessions use....
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Marijuana Moment | November 13, 2018
 Local Officials From Across US Call For Federal Marijuana Rescheduling

Kyle Jaeger
A major group representing over 19,000 cities, towns and villages across the United States is calling on the federal government to take action on marijuana reform and protect states where cannabis is legal. The National League of Cities NLC, an organization founded in 1924 to empower local governments, passed two far-reaching resolutions related to cannabis at its conference over the weekend, a representative confirmed to Marijuana Moment in an email. The first resolution focuses on marijuana businesses access to financial services and implores the Trump administration an....
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Stop the Drug | November 13, 2018
 Chronicle AM: Fed Sentencing Reform Bill Looms, HHS Recommends Kratom Ban, More... 11/13/18

Congress could move on both sentencing reform and industrial hemp in the lame duck session, HHS recommends banning kratom, Thailand moves to legalize and regulate both kratom and medical marijuana, and more. Despite spending $8 billion to suppress the poppy crop, the situation in Afghanistan is ``worse than ever,`` a new report finds. Sentencing Reform Federal Sentencing Reform Bill Set to Advance. Key senators have reached a tentative agreement on a major criminal justice reform bill that is being supported by presidential advisor and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. Th....
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NORML | November 13, 2018
 Texas NORML: Midterm Elections and the 86th Texas Legislature

Prohibitionist Pete Sessions has been ousted from office by Collin Allred and a huge number of volunteers, voters and cannabis activists Cannabis was a huge part of this races conversation. We are hopeful that this huge shake up will help marijuana bills move more expeditiously at the Federal level as Sessions has been a huge roadblock for change. Support our mission in Texas Texans has re-affirmed that they are no longer satisfied with the status quo for marijuana laws in Texas. Many advocates in North Texas and across Texas worked hard to remove Sessions, who has been a....
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The Joint Blog | November 12, 2018
 Texas Lawmaker Files Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Anthony Martinelli

Legislation to decriminalize marijuana possession has been filed in the Texas Legislature.
State Representative Joe Moody has prefiled legislation that would decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. The measure would make it so that anyone caught with up to an ounce could be fined a maximum of $250, but would not receive any jail time or criminal record. This is in stark contrast to current law, where possessing up to an ounce is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and up to six months in jail as well as a misdemeanor charge on your record. Civil penalty legislation is the first thing Ive filed on the first day of filing for the 86th Session....
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Los Angeles Times | Nov 08, 2018
 Party of Mexico`s president-elect wants to legalize marijuana
Activists march along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City on May 6, 2017, demanding the legalization of marijuana.
Activists march along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City on May 6, 2017, demanding the legalization of marijuana.
(image:Yuri Cortez / AFP/Getty Images)
The party of Mexico`s president-elect submitted legislation Thursday that would legalize marijuana possession, public use, growing and sales. Sen. Olga Sanchez Cordero presented the measure, saying that everyone should have the right to carry up to 30 grams [1 ounce] of cannabis.`` People could carry more than an ounce if they obtained a permit to do so under the proposal. ``From the point of view of negative effects, there is no reason why marijuana should not be legal, if alcohol and tobacco are,`` according to the bill. Cordero has been picked as interior secretary ....
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