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Vermont Committee Approves Proposal To Legalize Marijuana

March 23, 2017, 7:30 am Johnny Green

The state House Judiciary Committee approved a bill 8-3 Wednesday that would make personal possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older. A new statewide poll finds a substantial majority of Vermont voters are in favor of the policy change proposed in H. 170. […]

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Illinois General Assembly To Consider Marijuana Legalization

March 23, 2017, 6:46 am Johnny Green

State lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would end marijuana prohibition in Illinois and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed for adult use. The Senate bill, SB 316, is sponsored by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Heather Steans (D-Chicago), while the House version, HB 2353, was presented by Rep. Kelly […]

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Tennessee: Medical Marijuana Will Not Be Coming This Year

March 22, 2017, 7:15 am Johnny Green

The push to legalize medical marijuana this year in Tennessee is officially dead. A bill that was introduced in the House was getting some consideration, but due to what sounds like reefer madness fears, the effort to get the legislation moving couldn’t get off the ground. As it stands right […]

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Drug Policy Alliance Receives Award For Video Featuring Jay Z

March 22, 2017, 6:30 am Johnny Green

The Drug Policy Alliance received the 2017 DoGooder Best Nonprofit Video for Good Award for its video slamming the war on drugs, narrated by Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and illustrated by acclaimed artist Molly Crabapple. The video first launched in The New York Times last September. The award will be […]

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Full Marijuana Decriminalization Possible Through NY Budget Process

March 21, 2017, 8:30 am Johnny Green

I received the following action alert out of New York: Gov. Cuomo, in his budget bills, has a proposal that would finally fix New York’s flawed decriminalization law by eliminating the loophole that currently criminalizes possession in “public view.” This part of the law has been widely abused by police […]

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NYC: Prospects For Drug Policy Reform In The U.S. And Abroad

March 21, 2017, 8:00 am Johnny Green

On Wednesday, March 22, Human Rights Watch, the Drug Policy Alliance and Hunter College Human Rights Program will host a conversation about the global movement toward ending the criminalization of drug use and possession for personal use, as well as current prospects for drug policy reform at the local, state, […]

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Marijuana Edible Ban Defeated In Arkansas

March 21, 2017, 7:30 am Johnny Green

For some reason when it comes to marijuana reform, marijuana edibles tend to be the biggest boogeyman for marijuana opponents. The argument goes that because edibles can sometimes be shaped like candy or other sweet treats, that they are appealing to kids and therefore should be banned (or at least EXTREMELY […]

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New Mexico: Medical Marijuana For Opioid Use Disorder

March 21, 2017, 6:35 am Johnny Green

Late Friday night, the New Mexico State Senate approved a bill that would make changes to New Mexico’s medical marijuana law. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for consideration.The measure was a collaboration between Sen. McSorley (D-Bernalillo) and Rep. Gentry (R-Bernalillo). Sen. McSorley sponsored the initial measure to […]

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Wisconsin Town To Vote On $1 Marijuana Possession Fine

March 20, 2017, 5:53 am Johnny Green

Marijuana is not legal in Wisconsin. According to Wisconsin state law possession of any amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor, punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail. Any subsequent offense is a felony, punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to 3.5 years in jail. […]

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Nevada Bill Would Erase Some Past Marijuana Convictions

March 19, 2017, 9:42 pm Johnny Green

I have family and friends that live in Nevada, and a few of them have had run ins with law enforcement and were in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. They were always fortunate enough to not have their marijuana found by the officer and went on to […]