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Federal – House and Senate Measures Seek to Protect Marijuana Businesses and Consumers

Update: HR 1824 and S 780 were referred to committees. Senator Wyden and Representative Blumenauer have introduced legislation in the House and Senate (HR 1824 and S 780) to offer a wide range of legal protections to state-compliant marijuana-related businesses and consumers. Specifically, these measures will protect consumers in legal marijuana states by ensuring them access to … Continue reading »

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Marijuana Treated Like Alcohol? Legislation Filed In Senate and House

Senator Ron Wyden and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Jared Polis have introduced legislation in the House and Senate — The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act — to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. In addition to removing marijuana from the United States Controlled Substances Act, this legislation also removes … Continue reading »

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New Hampshire: Senate Legalization Bill Pending

Update: Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee debated Senate Bill 233 on February 21. Legislation is pending in the state Senate, SB 233, that seeks to legalize and regulate the adult possession, use, and cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana (up to three mature plants and the harvest yielded from them and/or one ounce). The … Continue reading »

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Senate Judiciary Advances the Nomination of Marijuana Prohibitionist Jeff Sessions to be the Attorney General

Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the confirmation of Jeff Sessions to be the next US Attorney General on a party line vote of 11 to 9. There a numerous groups in the criminal justice advocacy space, ranging from the NAACP to the ACLU who are opposed Senator Sessions becoming the nation’s … Continue reading »

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Connecticut: Senate President Pro Tem Introduces Measure To Regulate Cannabis Possession and Commerce

Senate legislation has been prefiled for the 2017 legislative session to regulate the personal use and retail sale of marijuana by adults. Proposed bill 339 seeks to establish regulations regarding the licensed production and sale of cannabis. Additional legislation specific to regulating the adult use of marijuana is also expected to be introduced soon in … Continue reading »

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New Mexico: Senate Resolution To Regulate Marijuana Tabled

Lawmakers have failed to act on legislation, Senate Joint Resolution 2, which sought to permit the personal cultivation and retail sale of marijuana.  Members of the Senate Rules Committee voted in February to pass the measure. It was then assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which failed to take further action on the measure prior … Continue reading »

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Missouri: Expungement Bill Fails to Receive Senate Floor Vote

Legislation to expand the list of offenses eligible for expungement to include the possession of marijuana, among other offenses, failed to receive a Senate floor vote. Members of the Senate Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee had previously voted in favor of the measure. Additional information is available from Missouri NORML here or on their Facebook … Continue reading »

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Federal: CARERS Act Gains Momentum in Senate

Legislation, Senate Bill 683: The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act, is pending in the US Senate to strengthen statewide medical marijuana protections and impose various changes to federal law. The bill now has 15 cosponsors including high-ranking Democrat Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Democrat Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Identical companion legislation, HR 1538, is … Continue reading »

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Delaware: Senate Leader To Introduce Marijuana Legalization Legislation In 2017

Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry intends to introduce legislation in the 2017 legislative session that legalizes and regulates the adult use and retail sale of marijuana. The soon-to-be sponsor and author of the state’s medical marijuana legislation said at a recent Medical Marijuana Act Oversight Committee meeting, “Education is suffering. Revenue from legalizing marijuana could … Continue reading »

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Georgia: Lawmakers Fail To Act on Senate Resolution That Would Have Placed Marijuana Question Before Voters

Senate lawmakers failed to act on Senate Resolution 6, which sought to place a constitutional amendment on the November 2016 ballot to regulate adult marijuana use, prior to a legislative deadline – thus tabling it for this session.  NORML would like to thank those of you who took time to contact your state Senator and … Continue reading »

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