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Tagged With: Decriminalization

Atlanta: Support Pending Decriminalization Ordinance

Municipal legislation is pending, Ordinance 1700-1152, to decriminalize marijuana possession offenses in the city of Atlanta.  The measure amends local law so that the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is punishable by a $ 75 fine — no arrest, jail time, or criminal arrest record.  Annually, over 30,000 Georgians — many of … Continue reading »

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Historic: Decriminalization is Scheduled to Be Heard on the Texas House Floor

On May 11, new ground will be broken in Texas politics and the marijuana movement. HB 81, to decriminalize marijuana from jail time to a simple ticket, will be heard by the full Texas House. This is unprecedented as sensible sentencing reform has not been debated from the house floor since 1973, , when Texas changed their laws to … Continue reading »

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Kansas City Voters to Weigh in on Decriminalization Measure – Yes on 5

After more than a year of negotiations with city officials, and countless hours cultivating support for a ballot measure aimed at decriminalizing certain amounts of marijuana, members of Kansas City NORML will finally have a chance to hear from voters on the issue. Next Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Kansas City voters will weigh in on … Continue reading »

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Florida: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure introduced

Legislation is pending in the Senate, SB 1662, to amend marijuana penalties so that the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis (28.5 grams) is no longer a criminal offense. Senate Bill 1662 reclassifies minor marijuana offenses for those age 18 and older to a civil offense, punishable by a fine only — no … Continue reading »

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New Mexico: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Gains Momentum

Update: SB 258 has passed out of two committees and awaits action by the full Senate. Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 258, to reduce penalties for the possession of up to eight ounces of cannabis. The measure eliminates criminal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis, reducing the offense to … Continue reading »

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Tennessee: Legislation Seeks to Nullify Citywide Decriminalization Ordinances

Legislation is pending in the Tennessee House, HB 173, to nullify the enactment of citywide marijuana decriminalization ordinances and to prevent additional municipalities from enacting similar marijuana reform measures. The intent of the bill is to override the passage of recent citywide measures in Nashville and Memphis — both of which passed local ordinances last year making … Continue reading »

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North Dakota: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Introduced

Legislation is pending in the House to decriminalize the possession of marijuana and marijuana-related paraphernalia.  House Bill 1340 amends existing law so that activities involving the possession of marijuana, marijuana-related paraphernalia, or the internal possession of marijuana are reduced from criminal misdemeanors to non-criminal infractions — punishable by a fine only, no arrest, no jail, … Continue reading »

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Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Introduced

Legislation is pending to eliminate criminal penalties for marijuana possession offenses. Senate bill 1269 provides a civil penalty of no more than $ 100 for a first-time marijuana possession violation — no arrest, no jail time, and no criminal record.  Under current law, a first offense is punishable by a maximum fine of $ 500 … Continue reading »

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Hawaii: Legislature Once Again Faces Decriminalization Measure

Senate lawmakers are once again considering legislation to decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults.  Senate Bill 16 will decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. It also creates a civil penalty for both open possession and possession on school property.  According to an analysis of 2010 marijuana … Continue reading »

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Wyoming: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Introduced

Wyoming State Rep. Mark Baker has introduced HB 157 to decriminalize the possession of up to 3 ounces of marijuana.  Baker’s bill is more robust than previous year’s legislation and marks a shift in attitude among state lawmakers. More than 70% of Wyoming residents support decriminalization. Currently under state law, first-time marijuana possession offenses are … Continue reading »

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