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[Click here for more recent cannabis industry news] | March 22, 2021
Colombian coca growers face the threat of being sprayed with toxic glyphosate.
Colombian coca growers face the threat of being sprayed with toxic glyphosate.
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Colorado`s governor signs a marijuana socieal equity bill, Arizona`s sheriffs and prosecutors don`t want to lose civil asset forfeiture, Mexican cartel hitmen gun down 13 cops in Mexico state, and more. Marijuana Policy Colorado Governor Signs Marijuana Social Equity Bill. Gov. Jared Polis D last Friday signed into law SB21-111, which is designed to support social equity licensees in the industry. The bill creates a program in the Office of Economic Development that will provide loans and grants to such licensees and is initially funded with $4 million from the marijuan.... View more in new window | 3/19/21
Former West Virginia Health Commissioner Rahul Gupta has emerged as a leading candidate to head the ONDCP
Former West Virginia Health Commissioner Rahul Gupta has emerged as a leading candidate to head the ONDCP
White House staffers get fired or suspended for past marijuana use, NYC mayoral candidates call for safer injection sites, more. Biden White House Fires Five, Sidelines Dozens of Staffers for Past Marijuana Use. Five White House staffers have been fired and dozens more suspended, asked to resign, or shifted to remote work programs because of past marijuana use -- even in states where it is legal. Some staffers said they felt sandbagged, saying transition officials had told them some past marijuana use would be overlooked. White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded t.... View more in new window

NORML | March 10, 2021

Today, in a bipartisan 70-30 vote, members of the US Senate approved Merrick Garland to be the next Attorney General of the United States. Commenting on his successful nomination and its potential impact on the future of marijuana policy reform efforts at the state and federal level, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said: There are many reasons for marijuana policy reform advocates to be optimistic about Attorney General Merrick Garland. During his confirmation hearing, he recognized that criminalizing the use of marijuana has contributed to mass incarceration and ra.... View more in new window

NORML | March 11, 2021

Carly Wolf
House Bill 1100, seeking to delay the implementation of Measure 26, the voter-approved medical marijuana access law, was defeated on Wednesday after lawmakers failed to reconcile difference between House and Senate proposals. As a result, Measure 26 will go into effect on July 1, 2021, as voters intended when 70 percent of South Dakotans decided in favor of the ballot measure during the 2020 election. As initially introduced, HB 1100, which was backed by Governor Noem and other legislative leaders, sought to delay the laws implementation by at least one year. However, Hou.... View more in new window | March 12, 2021

A Vermont drug decriminalization bill is filed, Rhose Island`s governor rolls out a marijuana legalization plan, Morocco moves toward legalizing hemp and medical marijuana, and more. The Maryland House has approved sweeping police reforms including limits on no-knock raids. Creative Commons Marijuana Policy Key Congressional Chair Will Refile Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill. Rep. Jerrold Nadler D-NY, head of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Thursday that he will reintroduce his bill to legalize marijuana this session. The bill, the Marijuana Opportunity, Rei.... View more in new window | March 11, 2021

Mexico took a giant step toward ending marijuana prohibition Wednesday night as the Chamber of Deputies approved a legalization bill on a vote of 316-129. The Senate approved the bill late last year, and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has signaled he will sign it into law. But it`s not quite a done deal yet. Because the bill was amended in the Chamber of Deputies -- and lawmakers were still debating possible amendments late Wednesday night -- it must now go back to the Senate for approval of the changes. Still, Mexico, a country legendary for marijuana production.... View more in new window

NORML | March 10, 2021

Carly Wolf
Members of the Hawaii state Senate on Tuesday voted to approve two separate marijuana reform bills, sending both to the House for further consideration. The Senate voted 20 to 5 to advance Senate Bill 767, which would legalize and regulate the commercial marijuana market in the state. The measure would allow adults 21 and over to purchase and possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six up to three mature marijuana plants for personal use. Legislation enacted in 2019 reduced penalties involving the possession of up to three grams of marijuana from a criminal mi.... View more in new window

NORML | March 9, 2021

Justin Strekal
On Monday, March 8th, Representative Brendan Boyle PA-02 introduced legislation HR 1614 to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act by removing marijuana offenses as grounds of inadmissibility or consideration in a good moral character determination, among other legal changes. ​For generations, a mere possession charge by an individual who seeks to become a US citizen could scuttle their ability to do so. Upon induction of the bill, Representative Boyle said, As applicants go through the Green Card and/or naturalization process, they currently encounter questions.... View more in new window | March 9, 2021

Ben Adlin
A New Mexico Senate panel advanced two competing marijuana legalization bills at a Tuesday hearing as lawmakers work to merge a handful of proposals into a single measure ahead of a legislative deadline later this month. The Senate Tax, Business and Transportation committee unanimously passed a Republican-led Senate bill to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older at the hearing. In a separate 74 vote, the panel also advanced an amended version of House legislation approved by that chamber late last month..... View more in new window | March 10, 2021

Angus M. Thuermer Jr.
Supporters of a sweeping bill to legalize and regulate marijuana anticipate a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, where they hope to dispel myths and stereotypes held by resistant lawmakers. Twelve representatives and two senators co-sponsored House Bill 209Regulation of marijuana, which would license the cultivation and sale of marijuana and tax cannabis products, including edibles and infused drinks. Chief sponsor Rep. Jared Olsen R-Cheyenne, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, brought the bill only months after a majority of state residents sa.... View more in new window

NORML | March 3, 2021

Marijuana seizures along the southern border have fallen over 80 percent since 2013, according to data published this week by the US Drug Enforcement Administration. In the agencys 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment publication, authors write: In US markets, Mexican marijuana has largely been supplanted by domestic-produced marijuana. In 2019, CBP [US Customs and Border Protection] seized nearly 249,000 kilograms of marijuana along the SWB [southwest border], a decline from over 287,000 kilograms in 2018. CBP marijuana seizures along the SWB have decreased more than 81 p.... View more in new window | March 04, 2021
Virginia House chamber
Virginia House chamber
Last Saturday, the Virginia House and Senate approved a pair of bills to legalize marijuana -- but not for three years and with significant portions of the package required to be approved again next year, which could prove difficult if Democrats lose control of the legislature. The bills now go to the desk of Gov. Ralph Northam, who has previously voiced support for marijuana legalization, but some unhappy advocates are calling on him to amend them to address what they see as serious failings. The bills, SB 1406 HB 2312 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of .... View more in new window | February 28, 2021
Kyle Jaeger
The mayor of Washington, D.C. on Friday introduced a bill to create a regulated marijuana market in the District. And while similar legislation has been introduced in past years, the new proposal comes as Democrats take control of both chambers of Congressa situation that bodes well for removing a federal spending rider that has long blocked legal cannabis sales from being implemented in the nations capital. In other words, theres renewed hope among advocates that 2021 will finally be the year that a commercial cannabis industry can be established in D.C., where voters app.... View more in new window
N P R | February 26
A new generation of states are wrestling with how to legalize marijuana with a focus on racial equity that was missing from early legalization efforts.
A new generation of states are wrestling with how to legalize marijuana with a focus on racial equity that was missing from early legalization efforts.
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It`s been almost a decade since Washington and Colorado became the first states in America to legalize recreational marijuana. Now a new generation of states are wrestling with how to do it with a focus on racial equity that was missing from early legalization efforts. WBEZ reporter Mariah Woelfel reports from Chicago on why legalization plans in Illinois are still leaving Black businesses behind. VPM reporters Ben Paviour and Whittney Evans explain how lawmakers in Virginia are designing new marijuana legislation with equity in mind. In participating regions, you`ll als.... View more in new window

February 26, 2021

Kyle Jaeger
The New Mexico House of Representatives on Friday approved a bill to legalize marijuana in the state, one day ahead of a scheduled Senate committee hearing on that chambers separate proposals to end cannabis prohibition. The legislation that cleared the Housewhich would allow adults 21 and older to possess at least two ounces of cannabis and grow up to six mature and six immature plants for personal userecently sailed through two committees before moving to the floor, where it was approved in a 39-31 vote. The measure is favored by reform advocates becauseunlike other H.... View more in new window

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