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Democracy Now | Jul 24, 2019
 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 ....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Jul 30, 2019
 N.H.: Home grow bill finally lands on Gov. Sununus desk
Call the governor`s office one last time today and urge him to sign HB 364 Yesterday, after a series of delays, the medical cannabis home cultivation bill was finally delivered to Gov. Chris Sununu`s desk. That means the governor will have until Saturday to sign or veto HB 364, which would allow registered patients and caregivers to cultivate a limited supply of cannabis at home. If he takes no action, the bill will become law without his signature. Please call Gov. Sununu one last time and urge him to sign HB 364 After you call Gov. Sununu, please share this important u....
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NORML | August 2, 2019
 Congressional Lawmakers Introduce the Fair Chance at Housing Act


Kevin Mahmalji
Following a recent trend in Congress to address the collateral consequences associated with a marijuana-related conviction, Senator Kamala Harris and Representative Ocasio-Cortez have introduced the Fair Chance at Housing Act. If passed by Congress, the bill would make it easier for people with criminal records to receive federal housing assistance by prohibiting the use of suspicionless drug and alcohol testing, banning discriminatory 1-strike and no-fault policies and more. As our country continues working toward much-needed reform of our criminal justice system, I am pr....
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NORML | August 2, 2019
 Louisiana: Medical Cannabis Access to Begin Next Week


Paul Armentano
Qualified patients are anticipated to finally begin accessing medical cannabis products next week, according to a statement issued by regulators at the states Department of Agriculture and Forestry LDAF. Lawmakers initially approved the establishment of the states medical cannabis access program in 2015, but its rollout has faced numerous delays. Under the law, licensed cannabis products may only be grown and manufactured by operations affiliated with two of the states universities, LSU and Southern University. Nine pharmacies throughout the state are designated to provide....
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Marijuana Moment | August 1, 2019
 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....
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The Joint Blog | July 31, 2019
 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....
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Democracy Now | Jul 24, 2019
 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 ....
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Democracy Now | Jul 25, 2019
 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....
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Marijuana Moment | July 29, 2019
 New York Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization And Expungements Bill


Kyle Jaeger
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....
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The Joint Blog | July 28, 2019
 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....
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Stop the Drug War | 7/29/19
 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.
Andrew Cuomo D couldn`t get legalization through the legislature, but he has now signed a decrim bill.
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psmith
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 Marijuana Policy 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....
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Stop the Drug War | July 17, 2019
 Oregons Pot Glut: Great for Consumers, Not So Much for Producers


psmith

``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....
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Stop the Drug War | 7/3/19
 Chronicle AM: AZ 2020 Pot Initiative Campaign Gearing Up, Land Mines in the Coca Fields, More...


psmith
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 Marijuana Policy 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....
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NORML | June 25, 2019
 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 ....
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