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Marijuana Policy Project | Oct 02, 2020

Gov. Phil Scott said this week that he remains undecided please email or call him today Yesterday, the bill to legalize and regulate cannabis sales landed on the desk of Gov. Phil Scott. He will have until Wednesday to sign or veto it if he takes no action, it will become law without his signature. Please call or email Gov. Scott today and urge him to sign S. 54 During a debate on Wednesday evening, Gov. Scott made this alarming statement: In terms of the pot bill, I havent made up my mind about that. I have received a lot of groupsracial equity groupsthat are asking m.... View more in new window

NORML | October 1, 2020

The total number of persons arrested in the United States for violating marijuana laws declined for the first time in four years, but still outpaces arrests for all violent crimes, according to data released today by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to the FBIs Uniform Crime Report, police made 545,602 arrests for marijuana-related violations in 2019. That total is nine percent higher than the total number of persons arrested for the commission of violent crimes 495,871. Of those arrested for cannabis-related activities, some 92 percent 500,395 were arrest.... View more in new window | October 1, 2020

Kyle Jaeger
The governor of Colorado on Thursday signed an executive order granting nearly 3,000 pardons for people convicted of possession one ounce of less of marijuana. Pursuant to a new law that he signed in June, Gov. Jared Polis D made the pardons on the first day the policy took effect. While the law gives him authority to grant clemency for cases of possession of up to two ounces, his office explained that he limited it to one ounce because thats the legal possession limit under Colorados cannabis program. We are finally cleaning up some of the inequities of the past by pardo.... View more in new window | October 01, 2020
Moving to Montana soon?
Moving to Montana soon?
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Come November, Big Sky Country could be among the latest places to free the weed. As is the case in Arizona, New Jersey, and South Dakota, marijuana legalization is on the ballot in Montana this year. Moving to Montana soon? Gmark1/Creative Commons In Montana, though, people will be voting on not one but two complementary initiatives. I-190 would legalize marijuana, while CI-118 would amend the state constitution to allow for the age of majorityset at 18to be raised for marijuana as it is for alcohol. I-190 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by.... View more in new window | October 01, 2020
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott R has found a new reason to vote a marijuana sales bill after his old reasons were addressed
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott R has found a new reason to vote a marijuana sales bill after his old reasons were addressed
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New Jersey`s governor gets behing the marijuana legalization initiative, the Department of Health and Human Services wants to impose hair drug testing on federal employees, the New Zealand marijuana legalization referendum is facing headwinds, and more. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott R has found a new reason to vote a marijuana sales bill after his old reasons were addressed. CC Marijuana Policy New Jersey Governor Joins Marijuana Legalization Campaign. In an email from the Democratic State Committee Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy D called for marijuana to be legalized as a socia.... View more in new window

NORML | September 29, 2020

Nearly three-in-ten women have either used or are currently using cannabis to manage menopause symptoms, according to data to be presented at the annual meeting of The North American Menopause Society. A team of investigators affiliated with the San Francisco VA Medical Center examined patterns of self-reported cannabis use for menopause symptoms in a sample of 232 female veterans mean age 56 years. They reported: Current or ever use of cannabis for menopause symptom management was reported by 27 percent of all participants, while an additional 10 percent expressed inte.... View more in new window

NORML | September 28, 2020

Patients enrolled in the states medical cannabis access program will be able to purchase cannabis-infused edible products from licensed dispensaries for the first time, under legislation recently signed into law by Democratic Gov. David Ige. The legislation, House Bill 2097, allows licensed dispensaries to manufacture and distribute edible cannabis products. Though enacted some two decades ago, Hawaiis medical cannabis law had previously not allowed for dispensaries to engage in the sale of cannabis-infused edible products. The states Department of Health will oversee the.... View more in new window | September 30, 2020

Kyle Jaeger
The governor of Vermont on Tuesday signaled that he might veto a bill to legalize marijuana sales in the state, citing concerns about whether the legislation that has been sent to his desk adequately addresses racial equity. Gov. Phil Scott R had previously centered his criticism of the policy change on issues such as impaired driving, taxes and local control. Some advocates suspect that his newly expressed worries about racial justice amount to a cop-out to justify rejecting the reform bill after legislators revised it to largely account for the other issues hed raised. .... View more in new window | September 29, 2020
 Theres no a field manual for people who want to challenge psychedelic criminalization at the local level.
Theres no a field manual for people who want to challenge psychedelic criminalization at the local level.
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The battle over medical marijuana in Mississippi is heating up, a proposed 2022 Oklahoma marijuana legalization initiative has to go back to the drawing board, and more. Marijuana Policy Arizona Poll Has Marijuana Legalization Initiative in Dead Heat. A new poll from OH Predictive Insights has the states voters evenly split on support for the Prop 207 marijuana legalization initiative, with 46 percent in favor and 45 percent opposed and 9 percent undecided. Thats down from a 62 percent-32 percent lead in the same poll in July. The shift is being driven by older voters, .... View more in new window | September 25, 2020
Kyle Jaeger
On Friday afternoon, a bipartisan bill to promote marijuana research was included in a list of legislation that was scheduled for consideration on the House floor next week. But hours later, it was removed. Sources told Marijuana Moment that the bills initial inclusion seemed to be a clerical error. This is the second cannabis-related scheduling complication to occur within the House this month. The chambers leadership had previously announced plans to hold a vote on a comprehensive federal cannabis legalization bill this week, but that action was postponed following pushb.... View more in new window | September 20, 2020

Yesterday Vermonts House of Representatives approved a measure Bill 54 to legalize and tax the regulated sale of marijuana and marijuana products. The measure was passed 92 to 56. The measure has already passed the Senate and will now go to the governor for final approval. The measure would place a 14 percent tax on marijuana which would be in addition to the states 6 percent standard sales tax. A newly-created Cannabis Control Commission would be the ones to handle licenses for retailers, growers, manufacturers, wholesalers and labs. Its exciting to see that Vermont is .... View more in new window | September 21, 2020

People with small-time pot possession convictions in New York state can not move to get them expunged, Secretary of State Pompeo promises more anti-drug aid for Colombia, and more. Cocaine is driving US policy toward Colombia,and the illicit trade is sparking violence and calls for reform. Pixabay Marijuana Policy New Marijuana Coalition Unveils Plan to Legalize Interstate Marijuana Commerce. A group of advocacy groups and marijuana businesses calling itself the Alliance for Sensible Markets has rolled out a plan to allow marijuana commerce between states that have lega.... View more in new window

Marijuana Policy Project | Sep 14, 2020

Kate Zawidzki
Members of Congress are still on track to vote on the MORE Act later this month a federal bill that would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and eliminate criminal penalties under federal law. If enacted, the MORE Act would essentially end the war on cannabis at the federal level. This is big, and you can help. Follow this link to send a message to your representative in the House, who should hear from you on this. In addition to decriminalizing cannabis, MORE does other important things: it would expunge criminal histories related to marijuana and prohib.... View more in new window

NORML | September 14, 2020

Just over a week ahead of an anticipated House vote on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement MORE Act, HR 3884, the bill continues to gain traction with an increase in the number of Republican commitments to vote yes and Democratic cosponsors. Momentum continues to build towards a successful vote in the House, said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. The American public will look favorably upon the bipartisan majority that would vote to pass the MORE Act. Last week, Congressman Don Young told Alaska Public Radio of the MORE Act, Its a big vote. .... View more in new window | September 15, 2020

Kyle Jaeger
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris D-CA said on Monday that a Biden administration would not be taking incremental half-steps toward criminal justice reform if electedbut she also touted marijuana policies they would pursue that advocates argue fit that exact description. The senator said during a virtual town hall event that, under a Biden-Harris administration, we will decriminalize the use of marijuana and automatically expunge all marijuana use convictions and incarceration for drug use alone. This is no timefrom, I think, our collective perspecti.... View more in new window

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