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Tagged With: marijuana

Virginia: Tell The Crime Commission to Decriminalize Marijuana

Members of the Virginia State Crime Commission are seeking written comments from the public regarding the topic of decriminalizing marijuana possession. Under current Virginia law, the possession of one-half ounce of cannabis or less is classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $ 500 fine. The commission … Continue reading »

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WATCH: Marijuana in the Halls of Congress

Yesterday, NORML moderated a Facebook Congressional Conversation on marijuana law reform with Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Tom Garrett, Beto O’Rourke, and Justin Amash. We discussed a wide range of issues including the needless burden of the federal driver’s license suspension mandate, access to medical marijuana, racial injustice, and pending bipartisan legislation to remove cannabis from the … Continue reading »

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New Hampshire: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed legislation today decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. House Bill 640, which takes effect in 60 days, eliminates criminal penalties for the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of cannabis and/or up to five grams of hashish for those age 18 or older. Under the new law, first time … Continue reading »

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Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients’ Afforded Workplace Protections, High Court Rules

State-registered medical cannabis patients may sue a private employer for discrimination if they are fired for their off-the-job marijuana use, according to a first in the nation ruling issued today by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Opining for the court, Chief Justice Ralph Gants determined that it is “not facially unreasonable” for employers to make … Continue reading »

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Wisconsin: Bill Filed To Regulate Marijuana Possession, Use, Sales

Legislation is pending for the 2017-2018 legislative session to regulate the use, growing, and distribution of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), permits adults to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis, and to possess marijuana-related paraphernalia. It also establishes regulations for the commercial production … Continue reading »

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New York: Legislation Introduced To Expand Patients’ Medical Marijuana Access

Legislation is pending in the Assembly, A. 8598, to expand the pool of patients eligible for medical cannabis therapy. The measure eliminates the state’s limiting list of qualifying conditions. Rather, it leaves the decision of whether to recommend medical cannabis entirely up to the discretion of each individual physician.  It states, “[M]edical marihuana may be … Continue reading »

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Federal: Amendment To Expand Veterans’ Access to Medical Marijuana To Be Offered In The Senate

The Veterans Equal Access Amendment, which would expand medical cannabis access to eligible military veterans, is expected to be offered to the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations (MilCon-VA) bill.  Presently, V.A. doctors are forbidden from providing the paperwork necessary to complete a recommendation, thus forcing military veterans to seek the advice … Continue reading »

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Will the House of Representatives Let Jeff Sessions Shut Down Medical Marijuana?

This week, the House Appropriations Committee 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 — limiting the Justice Department from taking action against state-sanctioned medical cannabis producers, … Continue reading »

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Nevada: Licensed Adult Use Marijuana Sales Set To Begin Saturday

Starting on Saturday, July 1, specially licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in Nevada will have the opportunity to engage in the retail sale of marijuana to adults. State tax regulators finalized temporary rules on Monday governing adult use sales. Regulators so far have issued over 80 licenses to business establishments seeking to engage in activities specific … Continue reading »

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Wisconsin: Measure Pending to Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties

Legislation is pending to reduce minor marijuana possession penalties. Under current law, possession of any amount is a misdemeanor that carries up to 6 months in jail and a $ 1,000 fine if convicted by a plea or trial. Senate Bill 318 amends state law so that marijuana possession offenses (up to 10 grams) are … Continue reading »

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