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Vermont: House Blocks Marijuana Depenalization Bill From Further Consideration

Members of the Vermont House of Representatives decided late last night to block a marijuana depenalization measure, H. 511, from further consideration this legislative session. The vote came after Senate members approved the bill, which eliminated civil and criminal penalties for the private possession and cultivation of small quantities of marijuana. Republican Gov. Phil Scott … Continue reading »

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Maine: Do Not Deny Medical Cannabis Patients From Receiving Organ Transplants

Legislation (LD 764) is before Gov. Paul LePage that will prohibit medical cannabis patients from being denied organ transplants. The measure “prohibits a transplant evaluator from determining a qualifying patient to be unsuitable to receive an anatomical gift solely because the qualifying patient uses medical marijuana.” No sound scientific evidence exists showing that medical cannabis … Continue reading »

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Alaska: Bill Introduced to Protect Marijuana Industry from Federal Interference

State officials in Alaska are considering legislation, HJR 21, to urge the federal government to restrain from interfering in state marijuana laws. HJR 21 urges the current Administration to respect previous federal arrangements in regard to state laws and to continue a policy of allowing legalized states autonomy. The bill points to several reasons that … Continue reading »

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Last Chance To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients and Providers From Jeff Sessions

Update: Congress passed a one-week Continuing Resolution, to maintain the current spending levels and Rohrabacher-Farr, meaning state medical marijuana patients and businesses will remain protected from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice until May 5. Today is the final day that Congress has to pass a short-term budget to fund the federal government … Continue reading »

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Colorado: Support Legislation to Protect Marijuana Laws From Federal Interference

Update: Members of the House voted 56 to 7 on April 26 in favor of the bill. It now awaits action from the Senate. Legislation is pending to prohibit public employees from assisting federal agents in “arresting a Colorado citizen for committing an act that is a Colorado constitutional right.” Such acts would include the production … Continue reading »

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Federal Legislation Introduced To Exclude Cannabis From The Controlled Substances Act

Representatives Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) have introduced bipartisan legislation in Congress to exclude marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act, thus providing states with the exclusive authority to regulate the plant how best they see fit. The “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” removes the cannabis plant from the CSA so that … Continue reading »

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California: Support Legislation to Protect Marijuana Laws From Federal Interference

Legislation is pending, Assembly Bill 1578, to try and limit potential federal interference in the state’s marijuana regulatory laws. The bill states, “This bill would prohibit a state or local agency, as defined, from taking certain actions without a court order signed by a judge, including using agency money, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to … Continue reading »

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Michigan NORML: Presidents’ Day Letter To Congress From The Front Lines

Read the letter here: MI Federal Legislator Letter 2017 By: Matthew Abel Executive Director Michigan NORML Today, on the occasion of President’s Day, and in the spirit of the President’s heralded as “leaders of the free world”, the Michigan Affiliate of NORML participated in a national campaign to contact our members of Congress by mailing them each … Continue reading »

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Happy Danksgiving from NORML!

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, NORML would like to acknowledge and give thanks to you, our faithful members and supporters. Without you, there is no us.  As we reflect upon this unprecedented year, we have much to be thankful for: – Lawmakers in 24 states approved more than 30 pieces of legislation specific to marijuana … Continue reading »

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Federal: Members Of Congress Move To Exclude Hemp From the Controlled Substances Act

Members of Congress have reintroduced legislation to amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp. House Bill 525 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The measure has 49 co-sponsors. The measure has 49 co-sponsors. Senate companion legislation, S. 134, is also pending. If … Continue reading »

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