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Testimony Submitted By MassCann/NORML In Massachusetts To Cannabis Control Commission

October 8, 2017
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Testimony Submitted By MassCann/NORML In Massachusetts To Cannabis Control Commission

All of these stakeholders have an interest in treating legal marijuana as a disaster to be delayed and restricted as much as possible. But the voters didn’t vote for a disaster, they voted for an opportunity: new jobs, new revenue, safer communities, better community-police relations. We want you to respect the will of the...

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Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

October 2, 2017
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Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

Atlanta City Council voted to pass Ordinance 1700-1152, decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses. This measure amends the local law so that the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is punishable by a $75 fine — no arrest, jail time, or criminal arrest record.

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Marijuana Prohibition Turns 80

October 2, 2017
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Marijuana Prohibition Turns 80

Eighty years ago, on October 2, 1937, House Bill 6385: The Marihuana Tax Act was enacted as law. The Act for the first time imposed federal criminal penalties on activities specific to the possession, production, and sale of cannabis – thus ushering in the modern era of federal prohibition.

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McClintock/Polis Amendment to Limit Federal Interference of State Marijuana Laws

September 5, 2017
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McClintock/Polis Amendment to Limit Federal Interference of State Marijuana Laws

Representatives Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) have introduced an amendment that, if passed, would disallow the Department of Justice to use funds from Congress to enforce federal laws on activities that are legal under state law with regard to marijuana.

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Bonamici Files Amendment Preventing Federal Interference of State Hemp Laws

September 3, 2017
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Bonamici Files Amendment Preventing Federal Interference of State Hemp Laws

Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) has introduced an amendment to the House appropriations bill that, if passed, would not allow funds to be used to prevent states from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of industrial hemp.

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Amendment to Cut Funding of DEA’s Cannabis Eradication Program

September 3, 2017
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Amendment to Cut Funding of DEA’s Cannabis Eradication Program

Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) has reintroduced an amendment to cut funds from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) cannabis eradication program through their Salaries and Expenses Account.

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Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research

September 2, 2017
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Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research

Representative Matt Gaetz (FL-01) has introduced an amendment to the appropriations bill that, if passed, would not allow the Department of Justice to use funds from the bill to prevent or delay the approval of an application to research medical marijuana. This past year, the DEA moved to create a new procedure to license...

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Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments

September 2, 2017
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Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments

Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) with Representatives Perlmutter (CO-07), Lee (CA-13), and Titus (NV-01) have submitted two amendments to the financial services division to be included in the House appropriations bill. Both of these amendments focus on banking services for legal marijuana-related businesses and would be a temporary fix until the current legislation, the SAFE...

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Norton Files Amendment To Strike Anti-Home-Rule Rider For DC

August 31, 2017
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Norton Files Amendment To Strike Anti-Home-Rule Rider For DC

In 2015, D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71, which legalized the cultivation and possession of limited amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and older. However, because D.C. cannot control its own budget, Congress was able to block the District from legalizing, taxing, and regulating the sale of marijuana.

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AAA Is Doubling Down On Their Marijuana Distortions

August 30, 2017
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AAA Is Doubling Down On Their Marijuana Distortions

At a recent AAA Texas-sponsored event, attendees were falsely told that drivers testing positive possess a 25-fold risk of accident compared to sober drivers. But the actual study cited by AAA concluded nothing of the sort. Rather, the study in question -- conducted by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- determined that...

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