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Weekly Legislative Update 5/13/17

Weekly Legislative Update 5/13/17

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.

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Chris Christie Has Zero Credibility on Drug Policy

May 12, 2017
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Chris Christie Has Zero Credibility on Drug Policy

"Governor Christie has 0% credibility on drug policy, or any other policy, for that matter. When it comes to cannabis' relationship to opioids from real-world experience, not bluster and rhetoric, states that have medicinal and recreational cannabis laws on the books see lower rates of overdose, lower rates of use, and lower rates of...

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Sessions’ Justice Department goes all-in on sentencing

May 12, 2017
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Sessions’ Justice Department goes all-in on sentencing

Sessions Tells Prosecutors To Seek ‘Most Serious’ Charges, Stricter Sentences

In a memo to staff, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense” — a move that marks a significant reversal of Obama-era policies on low-level drug crimes.

Holder had asked prosecutors to...

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Atlanta City Council Considers Decriminalization of Marijuana

Atlanta City Council Considers Decriminalization of Marijuana

With a City Council vote scheduled next Monday, Atlanta could join a growing list of cities around the country that have adopted a more pragmatic approach for dealing with marijuana-related offenses on the local level. Kansas City, Houston, Memphis, Nashville, Tampa, Orlando, Milwaukee, Monona, Toledo, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and several others have decriminalized the possession...

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Michigan NORML Joins Fight to Legalize Marijuana in 2018

Michigan NORML Joins Fight to Legalize Marijuana in 2018

Marijuana activists across Michigan are gearing up for a renewed effort to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and up. Last week the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol took the first steps to qualify their new proposal for the 2018 ballot by formally submitting language to the State of Michigan for review. If approved,...

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New Hampshire: Decriminalization Passes Senate, Soon Heads To Governor To Sign

May 11, 2017
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New Hampshire: Decriminalization Passes Senate, Soon Heads To Governor To Sign

After years of stonewalling by former leadership, we commend lawmakers for finally correcting this injustice. Once law, Granite state residents will be one step closer to being able to truly 'Live Free’ and not just 'live free, but potentially be incarcerated.

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Delaware Legislature Advances Full Legalization To Full House Vote

Delaware Legislature Advances Full Legalization To Full House Vote

Never in the history of Delaware has a marijuana legalization bill passed out of committee - yet these days NORML chapters throughout the country are writing a new future. Never in the history of Delaware has a marijuana legalization bill passed out of committee - yet these days NORML chapters throughout the country are writing...

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Texas: HB 2107 Stalls at the Deadline – A Letter from Texas NORML Executive Director

May 11, 2017
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Texas: HB 2107 Stalls at the Deadline – A Letter from Texas NORML Executive Director

It is important that we keep our lobbying efforts alive and sustain the work we are doing at the Capitol and across the state. There will be major opportunities in front of us that we must be ready to capitalize on. We learned a lot. We are carbon pressed to diamonds. We must continue...

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Vermont: Lawmakers Approve Measure Eliminating Penalties For The Adult Use Of Marijuana

Vermont: Lawmakers Approve Measure Eliminating Penalties For The Adult Use Of Marijuana

House and Senate lawmakers have approved legislation, Senate Bill 22, to eliminate criminal and civil penalties specific to the adult use and possession of marijuana. The measure amends state law so that the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and/or the cultivation of up to two mature plants (and up...

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Historic: Decriminalization is Scheduled to Be Heard on the Texas House Floor

Historic: Decriminalization is Scheduled to Be Heard on the Texas House Floor

HB 81, to decriminalize marijuana from jail time to a simple ticket, will be heard by the full Texas House.

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Nevada: Retail Marijuana Sales To Begin This July

Nevada: Retail Marijuana Sales To Begin This July

Members of the Nevada Tax Commission voted 6 to 1 on Monday to license select medical dispensaries to engage in retail sales of non-medical cannabis. Dispensaries in good standing with the state will be able to apply for "early start" licenses on May 15. Those facilities who are approved by state regulators will be...

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Washington: Support For Marijuana Policy Reform Surges Post-Legalization

Washington: Support For Marijuana Policy Reform Surges Post-Legalization

Public support for marijuana legalization has surged in Washington state in the years following the enactment of legislation permitting the commercial production and retail sale of the plant.

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