Hundreds of marijuana activists from across Pennsylvania recently met in Harrisburg to express their support for ending the prohibition of marijuana in the Commonwealth.
Since 2014, the Department of Justice has been prohibited from using taxpayers’ funds to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in states that regulate its medical use.
But that could all change this week as Congress decides how to fund the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year.
Following 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.
NORML held a ‘Faces of Marijuana Prohibition’ event on Capitol Hill on April 19th, in cooperation with the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, where congressional staff heard first-hand from those most adversely impacted by the criminalization of marijuana.
It’s that time of the year again. Long recognized as the national marijuana holiday, April 20th presents us with an opportunity to make our voices heard
We have seen progress in a number of states with bills now before the the Governors of Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, and soon-to-be Indiana.
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.
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.
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.
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 $150, submitting to a “Decision making” class and no criminal record.
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.