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Tagged With: Reform

Where Is The Future For Marijuana Banking Reform?

The election of Donald Trump coincided with a whirlwind of activity surrounding marijuana policy, as voters in eight states decided in favor of initiatives regulating the distribution of cannabis for either medical or non-medical purposes. Yet despite this statewide progress, the specter of marijuana prohibitionists such as Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions being appointed to federal … Continue reading »

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Wisconsin: GOP Lawmakers Consider Support for Marijuana Law Reform Legislation

GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin have a track record of opposing efforts to reform marijuana laws in the Badger State, but a recent comment from Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has some marijuana advocates hopeful for progress during the 2017 legislative session. “If you get a prescription to use an opiate or you get a prescription to … 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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Vermont: House Members Turn Back Marijuana Reform Efforts

Members of the Vermont House spent over six hours on Tuesday, May 3, debating various amendments to reform marijuana policy, but ultimately decided against enacting any significant changes in law. House lawmakers voted 121 to 28 to reject Senate-approved language that sought to regulate the adult use, commercial production, and retail sale of marijuana. Although … Continue reading »

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Kansas: Governor Signs Marijuana Sentencing Reform Measure

Governor Brownback signed House Bill 2462 into law on Friday, May 13th 2016 to amend marijuana possession penalties.  The law reduces criminal penalties for first-time marijuana possession offenses from a Class A misdemeanor (punishable by up to one year incarceration and a $ 2,500 fine) to a Class B misdemeanor (punishable by no more than … Continue reading »

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Oklahoma: Governor Signs Sentencing Reform Measure For Subsequent Marijuana Violations

Governor Mary Fallin has signed legislation into law decreasing criminal penalties for certain marijuana violations. House Bill 2479 reduces sentencing guidelines involving a second marijuana related offense from a maximum penalty of up to ten years in prison to no more than five. It also reduces the existing mandatory minimum penalty from two years in prison to … Continue reading »

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Black Rock OG Supports Cannabis Law Reform

As more and more states continue to embrace some form of legal cannabis, it’s important that we begin to examine what partnership opportunities exist among the thousands of emerging cannabis-related companies that are eager to promote their products and/or services to NORML’s vast network of cannabis consumers and advocates. But where do we begin? From … Continue reading »

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Oregon: Governor Signs Marijuana Banking Reform Measure

Governor Kate Brown has signed legislation into law that seeks to encourage financial institutions to engage in financial relationships with state-compliant marijuana businesses.  The emergency legislation, House Bill 4094, “exempts financial institutions that provide financial services to marijuana related businesses, researchers and laboratories from any criminal law of this state” if it can be substantiated … Continue reading »

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