Tag: decriminalization

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December 16, 2014
12/16/2014
Popular Decriminalization Bill Filed in Texas

Popular Decriminalization Bill Filed in Texas

Responding to popular demand in the Lone Star State, Texas State Representative Joe Moody (D–El Paso) has introduced a bill that would reduce state penalties for possession...
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December 1, 2014
12/01/2014
NYPD Begins Enforcing Less Severe Cannabis Policy

NYPD Begins Enforcing Less Severe Cannabis Policy

Last week New York City police shifted their policy of cannabis enforcement to one that is less harsh for those found in possession of cannabis.
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November 24, 2014
11/24/2014
Woody Harrelson Hosts “Saturday Night Live” Full of Cannabis Jokes

Woody Harrelson Hosts “Saturday Night Live” Full of Cannabis Jokes

While Saturday Night Live has always had a fair share of great bits on marijuana dating way back, this latest episode certainly showed that it’s moving more...
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November 11, 2014
11/11/2014
Marijuana May Mean Ticket, Not Arrest, in New York City

Marijuana May Mean Ticket, Not Arrest, in New York City

The New York Police Department, which has been arresting tens of thousands of people a year for low-level marijuana possession, is poised to stop making such arrests...
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November 3, 2014
11/03/2014
Cannabis Decriminalization Does Not Increase Teen Risk Behaviors

Cannabis Decriminalization Does Not Increase Teen Risk Behaviors

Since decriminalization, have any of these apocalyptic divinations come to fruition? Nope. Not a single one has come true. Not only are teen arrest, dropout and overdose...
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October 20, 2014
10/20/2014
Jamaican Movement to Decriminalize Ganja in the Works

Jamaican Movement to Decriminalize Ganja in the Works

Many people across the world associate Jamaica and Rastafarian culture with the blessed green herb, but cannabis is still illegal in Jamaica. However, that may soon change.
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October 16, 2014
10/16/2014
After California Decriminalized Marijuana, Teen Arrest, Overdose and Dropout Rates Fell

After California Decriminalized Marijuana, Teen Arrest, Overdose and Dropout Rates Fell

A new report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice adds to the growing body of evidence that legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana does not lead to...
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October 9, 2014
10/09/2014
D.C. Council Votes Unanimously to Strengthen Record Sealing Laws to Relieve People With Prior Marijuana Possession Arrest

D.C. Council Votes Unanimously to Strengthen Record Sealing Laws to Relieve People With Prior Marijuana Possession Arrest

The D.C. Council voted unanimously in favor of a bill that would improve the process by which a person can seal criminal records pertaining to conduct that...
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October 7, 2014
10/07/2014
Sorry but Texas Is Not Legalizing Cannabis

Sorry but Texas Is Not Legalizing Cannabis

According to a poll conducted by The University of Texas and the Texas Tribune, 77 percent of voters in Texas believe in some form of cannabis legalization....
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October 3, 2014
10/03/2014
Houston District Attorney Candidates Move to Reduce Threat of Arrest for Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana

Houston District Attorney Candidates Move to Reduce Threat of Arrest for Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana

As reported by the Houston Chronicle, a move to replace criminal penalties with civil penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana surfaced Wednesday as a major...
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October 3, 2014
10/03/2014
Jamaica Drafts Pot Decriminalization Bill

Jamaica Drafts Pot Decriminalization Bill

Jamaica’s justice minister said Tuesday that legislation has been drafted to decriminalize marijuana on the Caribbean island where the drug has been pervasive but prohibited for a...
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October 2, 2014
10/02/2014
Philadelphia Mayor Nutter Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Starting October 20th, possession of small amounts of marijuana will be a civil offense in the city of Philadelphia. Mayor Michael Nutter signed Jim Kenney’s marijuana decriminalization bill...
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October 1, 2014
10/01/2014
Maryland: Reduced Marijuana Possession Penalties Take Effect

Maryland: Reduced Marijuana Possession Penalties Take Effect

A new Maryland law depenalizing marijuana possession offenses takes effect this Wednesday. Senate Bill 364, signed into law this past April, amends statewide penalties for marijuana possession offenses...
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September 29, 2014
09/29/2014
Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes Says It Is Time to Discuss Making Marijuana Legal in Kentucky

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes Says It Is Time to Discuss Making Marijuana Legal in Kentucky

According to Kentucky.com, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes – whose tight race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is receiving national media attention – said...
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September 29, 2014
09/29/2014
Drug Policy Reform Looms Large on Nov. Ballots

Drug Policy Reform Looms Large on Nov. Ballots

This upcoming election season should prove to be of great importance in regards to legalizing cannabis, and de-fanging the wildly overblown “drug war” mentality that has locked...
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September 24, 2014
09/24/2014
Chicago Mayor Pushes to Reduce Penalties for Minor Drug Possession Statewide

Chicago Mayor Pushes to Reduce Penalties for Minor Drug Possession Statewide

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel called on the General Assembly to decriminalize marijuana possession statewide and to reduce the penalty to a misdemeanor for those caught with 1...
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September 24, 2014
09/24/2014
Ballot Will Poll New Mexico Voters About Pot

Ballot Will Poll New Mexico Voters About Pot

SANTA FE, N.M. (CN) – Two New Mexico counties can poll voters about decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana on November’s ballot, the New Mexico Supreme...
By: David Lee
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September 15, 2014
09/15/2014
Members of Community Groups Congratulate Philadelphia Mayor on Marijuana Bill

Members of Community Groups Congratulate Philadelphia Mayor on Marijuana Bill

According to The Philadelphia Tribune, members of the Institute for the Development of African American Youth (IDAAY), as well as other organizations, congratulated Mayor Michael Nutter for agreeing to sign...
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September 9, 2014
09/09/2014
Philadelphia: Mayor to Sign Marijuana Depenalization Measure

Philadelphia: Mayor to Sign Marijuana Depenalization Measure

City mayor Michael Nutter announced today that he will sign municipal legislation into law decriminalizing marijuana possession penalties. Under the measure, penalties pertaining to the possession of up to...
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September 2, 2014
09/02/2014
Voters in Santa Fe to Consider Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

Voters in Santa Fe to Consider Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

The list of localities considering making marijuana legal or decriminalizing possession of small amounts is steadily growing, and two New Mexico cities were just added to the...
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