Texas State Police Memo Directs Officers To Stop Marijuana Possession Arrests
Jolie McCullough, The Texas Tribune
Texas largest law enforcement agency is moving away from arresting people for low-level marijuana offenses. Its the latest development in the chaos that has surrounded pot prosecution after state lawmakers legalized hemp this year.
As of July 10, all Texas Department of Public Safety officers have been instructed not to arrest people with a misdemeanor amount of the suspected drug less than 4 ounces in possession cases if possible, according to an interoffice memo obtained by The Texas Tribune. Instead, they would issue a citation requiring a person to appear in court an....
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....
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 ....
Joe Biden Defends His Role as Co-Author of 1994 Crime Bill
Former vice president and 2020 presidential contender Joe Biden on Wednesday defended his support for the 1994 crime bill, which imposed mandatory minimum sentences on nonviolent offenders, directed billions of dollars toward prison construction and led the United States to become the worlds largest mass incarcerator. Bidens defense of the law, which he co-authored while serving as a senator from Delaware, came as the annual convention of the NAACP wrapped up in Detroit.
Joe Biden: 1994 crime bill, we had a gigantic epidemic in America of violence, particularly in Afri....
New York Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization And Expungements Bill
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo D signed a bill on Monday further decriminalizing marijuana possession and enabling those with prior cannabis convictions to have their records expunged.
The law, which takes effect in 30 days, will make it so that possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is punishable by a $50-$200 fine with no jail time. Cuomo said the states existing cannabis policy has disproportionately impacted communities of color and, with the signing of the legislation, we are ending this injustice once and for all.
By providing individuals who have suffered the cons....
Canadas New Marijuana Licensing Rules Favors Wealthy Companies, Says Industry Experts
According to a report by Reuters, industry experts say that a new licensing process for legal cannabis producers in Canada limits the ability of smaller companies to attract investment, which could leave the fledgling industry dominated wealthy companies.
The rule changes for licensing came about after Health Canada, the federal health agency in charge of the licensing process, was swamped by applications for licensed producers, putting a strain on its resources and causing months of delays for applicants. The agency has received over 800 applications for cannabis licenses since 2013. Of those, 457 passed the initial paper-based review, but 70 percent of them have yet to show evidence they have built a facility.
This backlog is contributing to wait times for more mature applications and an inefficient allocation of resource....
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. (image:Creative Commons)
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
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....
Oregons Pot Glut: Great for Consumers, Not So Much for Producers
``NEED WEED? Exit Here`` and the succinct ``MARIJUANA This exit.``
Drivers heading north on I-5 in southern Oregon not only enjoy the regions towering mountains and evergreen forests, they are also treated to the occasional enticement. At various points along the way, giant billboards appear, shouting out messages like NEED WEED? Exit Here and the succinct MARIJUANA This exit.
The popular Blue Dream strain is available for $2 gram or $45 an ounce in one Oregon shop. Thats not unusual CP/Flickr
And when motorists pull off the highway and wander into those shops, theyre finding weed at unbelievable prices. One shop offered grams of the pop....
Chronicle AM: AZ 2020 Pot Initiative Campaign Gearing Up, Land Mines in the Coca Fields, More...
Arizona pot legalization supporters prepare to try again, New Jersey is set for a big medical marijuana expansion, tension in Colombia`s coca fields, and more.
Things are heating up in Colombia`s coca fields. DEA
Arizona 2020 Legalization Initiative Campaign Getting Underway. Marijuana legalization supporters are set to try once again to legalize weed via the popular vote after coming up short in 2016. Proponents argue the scenery has shifted enough since then that they can win next year. They will need some 237,000 valid voter signatures by next summe....
Illinois Gov. Pritzker Signs Bill to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation legalizing the adult use of marijuana and regulating its commercial production and retail sale. Illinois is now the eleventh state to legalize adult-use marijuana, and it is the second state to legalize marijuana use via legislative action rather than by voter initiative. The Prairie State is the first state to legislatively regulate cannabis sales.
Today, Illinois residents and political leaders demonstrated the power of democracy in action, using the political process to achieve sensible policies that protect individual ....
New Mexico: New Marijuana Decriminalization Law Goes Into Effect Next Week
Beginning on Monday, July 1, the personal possession of small amounts of marijuana in New Mexico will no longer be classified as a criminal offense.
In April, Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation into law decriminalizing the possession of personal use amounts of cannabis.
The new law reduces first-time penalties for the possession of up to one-half ounce of cannabis from a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to 15 days in jail to a penalty assessment, punishable by a $50 fine. Subsequent offenses, however, remain punishable by the possibility of j....
Oregon Governor Signs Bill To Allow Interstate Marijuana Imports And Exports
If federal marijuana laws change, Oregon would be positioned to export and import cannabis to and from other states under a bill signed by Gov. Kate Brown D last week. It was one of three pieces of marijuana legislation she approved in the span of a few days.
The export and import bill grants the governor authority to make agreements with neighboring states where marijuana is legal to provide for lawful interstate commerce of cannabis products. But the governor can only exercise that authority if the federal government makes it legal or if the Justice Department implements....
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Illinois Legalizes Marijuana
Illinois has officially become the 11th U.S. state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.
As reported by the Associated Press, Illinois new governor signed the legislation into law today making his state the 11th to approve marijuana for recreational use in a program offering legal remedies and economic benefits to minorities whose lives critics say were damaged by a wayward war on drugs.
The new law means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or less may have those records expunged, a provision minority lawmakers and interest groups demanded. It also gives cannabis-vendor preference to minority owne....
Chronicle AM: IL Becomes 11th Legal Marijuana State, Iran Says Sanctions Hinder Drug Fight, More...
With the governor`s signature, Illinois becomes the 11th legal marijuana state; Hawaii`s governor wields the veto pen against hemp and asset forfeiture bills, Iran says US sanctions are hurting its war on drugs, and more.
It`s Official: Illinois Legalizes Marijuana. Illinois has just become the 11th state to legalize marijuana. Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed into law a legalization bill passed with bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate late last month. With that signature, Illinois became the first state to get a marijuana legalization bill all the way through the legislative process this year, and it became the first state to create a system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce through the legislative process rather than through a voter initiative ....
Oregon: Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Landlords From Discriminating Against Medical Marijuana Patients
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has signed legislation, Senate Bill 970, prohibiting landlords from taking discriminatory action against those who either use medical cannabis or possess cannabis-related convictions.
The measure states that a landlord may not take into consideration an applicants status as a medical marijuana patient or whether they have a conviction based solely on the use or possession of marijuana.
Often times patients are forced to choose between their health and well-being and suitable housing, said NORML State Policies Coordinator Carly Wolf. No human bei....
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