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Tagged With: Measure

Maine: Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Amend Voter-Initiated Adult Use Measure

Maine lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1719; the enactment of the legislation establishes a framework for the retail sale of marijuana to adults, but also amends numerous provisions of the 2016 voter-approved measure — including those specific to home grow limits and taxation. Specifically, LD 1719 limits … Continue reading »

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Michigan: Adult Use Legalization Measure Certified For November’s Ballot

Election officials today confirmed that proponents of a statewide ballot measure, The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, have gathered a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to place it on the electoral ballot this November. Proponents of the voter-initiated measure, The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, submitted more than 360,000 signatures … Continue reading »

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Utah: Proponents Of 2018 Medical Cannabis Ballot Measure Achieve Signature Milestone

Proponents of a proposed 2018 medicalization initiative have gathered an estimated 160,000 signatures and appear poised to place the measure on the November ballot. Last week, a representative from the Lt. Governor’s Office said that officials have already validated 117,000 signatures from registered voters — more than than the 113,000 necessary to qualify for the … Continue reading »

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Maine: Marijuana Moratorium Measure Expires

Emergency legislation enacted in January 2017 to delay the implementation of several provisions of Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act expired today. Proposed legislation in Maine’s House of Representatives to extend the moratorium until May 1, 2018 failed by a vote of 81 to 65. Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who opposed Question 1, had demanded … Continue reading »

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Vermont: Governor Announces He Will Sign Marijuana Depenalization Measure

Republican Gov. Phil Scott publicly announced at a news conference that he intends to sign legislation into law legalizing the use and cultivation of personal use quantities of marijuana by adults. The Governor vetoed similar legislation last year. House Bill 511 eliminates existing civil penalties specific to the possession of up to one ounce of … 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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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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New York: Legalization Measure Introduced to Legislature

Update: A newly formed campaign, Start Smart NY, was launched on June 12 to support legalization. Empire State NORML is a member of the coalition supporting it’s efforts.  Update: The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, State Senate Bill S3040, has been referred to the Finance Committee. Senator Liz Krueger (D) has introduced the Marijuana Regulation … Continue reading »

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Vermont: Governor Vetoes Marijuana Depenalization Measure; Says He Remains Open To Working With Lawmakers This Summer

Update: Lawmakers have sent a revised depenalization bill to Gov. Scott for his consideration during a special legislative session. The bill would eliminate criminal and civil penalities regarding the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and/or the cultivation of two mature plants. The bill also imposes civil fines for marijuana use while in a … Continue reading »

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Rhode Island: Marijuana Legalization Measure Introduced

Update: Members of the House Judiciary Committee unanimously advanced H. 5551 on May 17, but failed to call The Adult Use of Cannabis Act for a vote. The study bill now awaits action on the House floor while H. 5555 is likely dead for this session. Update: Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, a lead sponsor on the … Continue reading »

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