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New Mexico: Governor Vetoes Bill To Expand State’s Medical Cannabis Program

New Mexico: Governor Vetoes Bill To Expand State’s Medical Cannabis Program

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed legislation, House Bill 527, which would have greatly expanded the state's decade-old medical cannabis program. This is the third marijuana-related bill the Governor has vetoed this legislative session.

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Renewing the drug war?

April 9, 2017
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Renewing the drug war?

Disturbing piece in the Washington post by Sari Horwitz: How Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the war on drugs

This article focuses not just on Sessions, but also Stephen Cook.

Steven H. Cook, a former street cop who became a federal prosecutor based in Knoxville, Tenn., saw nothing wrong with how the system...

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Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/08/17

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/08/17

Here are the bills from around the country that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check http://norml.org/act for legislation pending in your state. Don’t forget to sign up for our email list and we will keep you posted as these bills and more move through your home state legislature and at the federal level.

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Q&A with Houston NORML

April 8, 2017
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Q&A with Houston NORML

Cara Bonin, executive director of Houston NORML, shares her thoughts on the recent decision by District Attorney Ogg to decriminalize marijuana in Harris County and the importance of grassroots activism on the local level.

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West Virginia: Lawmakers Approve Amended Medical Marijuana Measure

West Virginia: Lawmakers Approve Amended Medical Marijuana Measure

West Virginia legislators on Thursday approved a significantly amended version of Senate Bill 386, which seeks to establish a state-regulated medical cannabis program. The measure now awaits action from Democrat Gov. Jim Justice, who has previously expressed support for permitting qualified patients access cannabis therapy.

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Sessions’ DOJ Reviewing Marijuana Enforcement, Governors Fight Back

Sessions’ DOJ Reviewing Marijuana Enforcement, Governors Fight Back

This week, Attorney General Jeff “Marijuana Consumers Aren’t Good People” Sessions issued a memo outlining a requested task force inquiry into a number of public safety issues, one of which being the enforcement of federal marijuana laws. The memo was sent to 94 U.S. Attorney's Offices and Department of Justice component heads to provide “an...

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Sessions’ DOJ Reviewing Marijuana Enforcement, Governors Fight Back

Sessions’ DOJ Reviewing Marijuana Enforcement, Governors Fight Back

This week, Attorney General Jeff “Marijuana Consumers Aren’t Good People” Sessions issued a memo outlining a requested task force inquiry into a number of public safety issues, one of which being the enforcement of federal marijuana laws. The memo was sent to 94 U.S. Attorney's Offices and Department of Justice component heads to provide “an...

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KC NORML Successfully Decriminalized Marijuana in Kansas City

KC NORML Successfully Decriminalized Marijuana in Kansas City

In a blowout victory for sensible criminal justice policy, the voters of Kansas City, Missouri have decided to approve Question 5 and decriminalize marijuana to direct their law enforcement officers to no longer target citizens for possession of the plant and would replace current criminal penalties with just a civil fine.

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Denver NORML Promotes Home Cultivation Through Grow Safety Symposium

Denver NORML Promotes Home Cultivation Through Grow Safety Symposium

Frustrated with the lack of information regarding the home cultivation of marijuana in Colorado, members of Denver NORML have organized the Grow Safety Symposium; a one day event aimed at educating marijuana growers about safe and sustainable cultivation practices.

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Texas: HB 81 advances with a committee vote of 4-2!

April 4, 2017
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Texas: HB 81 advances with a committee vote of 4-2!

By Jax Finkel Texas NORML Executive Director Great news! Chairman Joe Moody’s House Bill 81, which would replace criminal penalties for marijuana possession with a simple ticket, has passed out of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee with a bipartisan vote of 4-2, with one member absent. There was a committee substitute and you can read the verbiage...

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Houston Has Decriminalized Marijuana, Reveals Conflicting Attitudes and Budget Priorities of Law Enforcement

April 4, 2017
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Houston Has Decriminalized Marijuana, Reveals Conflicting Attitudes and Budget Priorities of Law Enforcement

Last month on March 1, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg decriminalized marijuana by instituting the new Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program. Including the city of Houston this decision in Harris County affects more than 4.5 million Texans. As a result, possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana is now punishable by up to...

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West Virginia NORML Makes Final Push For Medical Marijuana Legislation

West Virginia NORML Makes Final Push For Medical Marijuana Legislation

Members of West Virginia NORML make a final push to pass medical marijuana legislation that's currently pending in the House of Delegates. Join the fight by contacting your representative today and urge them to support SB 386.

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