Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker recently announced that her office will stop prosecuting most marijuana possession cases. Earlier this year St. Louis City Prosecuting Attorney, Kim Gardner, took similar action on simple possession cases of up to 100 grams.
One of the US Senate’s leading marijuana prohibitionists, Iowa Republican Charles Grassley (IA), will no longer be heading the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 116th Congress. As Chair, Grassley had refused to hold any hearings or votes on marijuana-related legislation.
Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!
While Indiana did not have the opportunity to vote directly on cannabis propositions as in other states, there were numerous candidates on the ballot supportive of reforming our cannabis laws. Here’s a quick rundown of some notable outcomes from election night!
Members from various NORML chapters led efforts to collect 600 letters to Congress in support of marijuana reform from attendees of Las Vegas’ first Business-to-Consumer Cannabis conference, The Herban Expo.
Post-traumatic stress, chronic pain, and other medical issues can be a matter of life or death. Moreover, failure of VA policy to allow physicians to openly talk about cannabis or recommend it has a deleterious effect on the doctor-patient relationship and on the well-being of our veterans.
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern says that he will permit federal lawmakers to debate and vote on marijuana-related amendments when he assumes control of the House Rules Committee in 2019. “Unlike my predecessor, I’m not going to block amendments for marijuana,” he said.
Members of Texas NORML are energized and hopeful for meaningful marijuana law reforms after the 2018 midterm elections where twelve incumbents were replaced with Freshman in the House and two in the Senate. State lawmakers have begun introducing legislation for consideration during the upcoming 2019 Texas legislative session.
Post-traumatic stress, chronic pain, and other medical issues can be a matter of life or death, and failure of VA policy to allow physicians to openly talk about cannabis or recommend it has a deleterious effect on the doctor-patient relationship and on the well-being of our veterans.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) publicly reaffirmed today that provisions lifting the federal prohibition of hemp will be included in the finalized language of H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill). Lawmakers are seeking to finalize and pass the 2018 farm legislation prior to year’s end.