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Tagged With: Legislative

Weekly Legislative Update 7/1/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of the NORML legislative roundup! At the federal level, the House Appropriations Committee this week released its 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which determines the funding levels for numerous federal agencies, including the Department of Justice. Predictably, the bill does not include language — known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment … Continue reading »

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Weekly Legislative Update 6/17/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of the NORML legislative roundup! At the Federal level, the biggest news this week was two-fold. First, in a letter made public by Tom Angell of Marijuana Moment, it was revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote a private message to Congressional leadership requesting that they lift restrictions on the … Continue reading »

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Weekly Legislative Update 6/10/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of the NORML legislative roundup! First off, apologies to weekly readers for skipping last week’s update. We held a NORML Legal Committee seminar in Colorado about tactics to continue the fight against prohibition and protect those facing jail and other adverse ramifications of prohibition. You can watch NORML’s Executive Director … Continue reading »

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Weekly Legislative Update 5/27/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of the NORML legislative roundup! Republican Gov. Phil Scott rejected legislation earlier this week, Senate Bill 22, which sought to eliminate criminal and civil penalties for the adult use and possession of marijuana. The Governor said that he did not support the legislation as written, but remains open to working with lawmakers … Continue reading »

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Weekly Legislative Update 5/20/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of the NORML legislative roundup! This year, it seems that multiple states are vying for the honor of becoming the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislative process and four of them had movement this week. Ranked most-to-least likely, here is the action we saw in the last 7 days: Vermont: S. … Continue reading »

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Weekly Legislative Update 5/13/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of the NORML legislative roundup! So much to talk about this week, so let’s start with our favorite villain, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. This week, Sessions superseded the 2010 Holder Memo, regarding DOJ’s policy on charging and sentencing decisions – establishing what I like to now refer to as The Sessions … Continue reading »

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Weekly Legislative Update 5/6/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of the NORML legislative roundup! The biggest story this week in the marijuana world was the inclusion of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer language (Section 537) in the omnibus spending package to prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with lawful state-regulated medical marijuana consumers and businesses. In a signing statement by President … Continue reading »

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Weekly Legislative Update 4/29/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of the NORML legislative roundup! At the federal level, it is important to highlight two key developments pertaining to established marijuana consumers, businesses, and regulatory structures. First, the protections for lawful medical marijuana patients and businesses from the Department of Justice provided by the Rohrabacher-Farr budget amendment was temporarily expended … Continue reading »

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Weekly Legislative Update 4/22/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of the NORML legislative roundup! What a week it has been! With our 4/20 Online Day of Action, we have blown past the goals we had set and have now driven over 35,000 messages to Congress on HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017. If you have … Continue reading »

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Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/15/2017

Welcome to this week’s edition of the NORML legislative roundup! First off – Happy Tax Day! (If you’re into that sort of thing) As we approach 4/20, a number of bills at the state level have seen significant movement, both good and ugly for progress. First, the downers: In Tennessee, the state legislature passed and … Continue reading »

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