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Congress: New House Rules Chairman Pledges To Allow Floor Votes On Marijuana-Related Amendments

Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern says that he will permit federal lawmakers to debate and vote on marijuana-related amendments when he assumes control of the House Rules Committee in 2019. “Unlike my predecessor, I’m not going to block amendments for marijuana,” he said. “Citizens are passing ballot initiatives, legislatures are passing laws, and we need … 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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Missouri: Expungement Bill Fails to Receive Senate Floor Vote

Legislation to expand the list of offenses eligible for expungement to include the possession of marijuana, among other offenses, failed to receive a Senate floor vote. Members of the Senate Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee had previously voted in favor of the measure. Additional information is available from Missouri NORML here or on their Facebook … Continue reading »

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Texas House Adjourns Without Floor Votes on Marijuana Reform Measures

House lawmakers adjourned on Thursday without taking floor votes on several pending bills to amend state marijuana laws. Both HB 507 (decriminalization) and HB 557 (relating to industrial hemp) were placed on the House calendar, but were never called for a vote. House Bill 557 had previously passed unanimously out of the Agriculture and Livestock … Continue reading »

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