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Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!
While state lawmakers in New York continue to explore the intricacies of legalizing and regulating adult-use marijuana, Brooklyn DA’s Office is moving forward with an initiative to expunge low-level marijuana convictions from criminal records.
Following the lead of other major cities and counties in states that have legalized adult-use marijuana local officials in Colorado are taking action to undo the injustices of marijuana prohibition.
Today, Canada becomes the second nation to explicitly legalize the social use, possession, cultivation, and retail production and sale of cannabis.
New York, A coalition of over 20 organizations working at the intersection of the cannabis industry, racial equity, and reparative justice, will join local and community groups across the country for the inaugural National Expungement Week (N.E.W.) October 20-27, 2018. Conceived to aid those disenfranchised by the war on drugs, N.E.W. will offer free clinics to help to remove, seal, or reclassify eligible convictions from criminal records. N.E.W. events will be held in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Haven, Philadelphia, Prince George’s County, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Organizers will also provide attendees with a varied (depending upon location) range of supportive services including employment resources, voter engagement, health screenings, and more. The N.E.W. website also provides…
The work group drafting the legislation is taking public comments on this initiative until the end of October. Submit your comments with Roc NORML today!
Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation, Assembly Bill 1793, facilitating the review and expungement of hundreds of thousands of past marijuana convictions.
Can Measure 3 to legalize marijuana win this November? I went to North Dakota to see for myself.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez at a press conference today announced his intent to vacate over ten thousand low-level marijuana convictions. “It’s a little unfair to say we’re no longer prosecuting these cases, but to have these folks carry these convictions for the rest of their lives,” Gonzalez said.