Tag: decriminalization

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April 17, 2014
04/17/2014
Legal Experts Are Rebelling Against German Drug Laws

Legal Experts Are Rebelling Against German Drug Laws

22 German professors of Criminal Law signed a petition demanding the decriminalization of drugs and the legalization of marijuana. The current anti-drugs legislation was written in 1981...
By: NY Farmer
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April 16, 2014
04/16/2014
Rhode Island: House Committee to Hold Hearing on Marijuana Legalization Bill

Rhode Island: House Committee to Hold Hearing on Marijuana Legalization Bill

The Rhode Island House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary is scheduled to hold a hearing on a bill that would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana similarly to...
By: NY Farmer
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April 10, 2014
04/10/2014
Chris Christie Says He Opposes Bill to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

Chris Christie Says He Opposes Bill to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

Weeks after a state senator introduced a bill that would make the sale and possession of marijuana legal in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie emphasized today that...
By: NY Farmer
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April 8, 2014
04/08/2014
Maryland House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana in Surprise Turnaround

Maryland House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana in Surprise Turnaround

On Saturday, the Maryland House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved an amended version of the decriminalization bill. In a 78-55 vote, the House approved imposing civil fines — not criminal penalties and possible...
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April 4, 2014
04/04/2014
Maryland House Judiciary Committee Kills Decriminalization Bills

Maryland House Judiciary Committee Kills Decriminalization Bills

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee neutered two marijuana policy reform bills. Instead of considering the proposed policies on their merits, the committee completely amended the content of the bills...
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April 3, 2014
04/03/2014
Minnesota Patients Air TV Ad Attacking Gov. Dayton for Opposing Medical Marijuana

Minnesota Patients Air TV Ad Attacking Gov. Dayton for Opposing Medical Marijuana

A battle is underway in Minnesota, where Gov. Mark Dayton is standing in the way of an otherwise widely supported medical marijuana bill because he does not want...
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April 1, 2014
04/01/2014
DC Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Signed

DC Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Signed

This afternoon, “The Simple Possession of Small Quantities of Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2013” was signed by the mayor after being approved by the city council in a...
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March 31, 2014
03/31/2014
Minnesota Medical Marijuana Patients Slam Governor

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Patients Slam Governor

On Wednesday, medical marijuana patients and advocates held an emotional press conference slamming Gov. Mark Dayton for bowing to law enforcement and stalling on a medical marijuana bill currently...
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March 31, 2014
03/31/2014
Caribbean Countries Consider Loosening Marijuana Laws

Caribbean Countries Consider Loosening Marijuana Laws

In the Caribbean, marijuana is illegal, yet it is widely used, freely sold and openly puffed. Now, for the first time, Caribbean leaders — much like a...
By: NY Farmer
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March 26, 2014
03/26/2014
Over Two-Thirds of Delaware Voters Support Marijuana Policy Reform

Over Two-Thirds of Delaware Voters Support Marijuana Policy Reform

Recent polling released by the Marijuana Policy Project found more than two-thirds of Delawareans support replacing criminal penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana with a...
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March 24, 2014
03/24/2014
Marijuana Industry Finds Unlikely New Allies in Conservatives

Marijuana Industry Finds Unlikely New Allies in Conservatives

The work is largely about the federal government unnecessarily stifling an industry’s growth. Conservatives should be troubled when companies can’t claim tax deductions or keep cash in...
By: NY Farmer
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March 17, 2014
03/17/2014
NORML PAC Endorses Tommy Wells for Mayor of DC

NORML PAC Endorses Tommy Wells for Mayor of DC

This morning, NORML PAC announced its endorsement of Councilman Tommy Wells for mayor of Washington, DC. “Councilman Wells is a passionate crusader for the cause of marijuana...
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March 17, 2014
03/17/2014

Maryland Senate Okays Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

The Maryland Senate today overwhelmingly approved a marijuana decriminalization bill with bipartisan support. It now heads to the House of Delegates. The bill is Senate Bill 364, sponsored by...
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March 14, 2014
03/14/2014
Marijuana Hearings Reflect Public Opinion Shift

Marijuana Hearings Reflect Public Opinion Shift

Roughly 100 people rallied outside the State House to support a Colorado-style system to legalize marijuana, an idea that got a hearing later in the day. A committee...
By: NY Farmer
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March 14, 2014
03/14/2014
Say What? UNODC Panel Says Criminalizing Drug Use “Not Beneficial”

Say What? UNODC Panel Says Criminalizing Drug Use “Not Beneficial”

Yep, you read that right. The global anti-drug bureaucracy doesn’t think it’s a good idea to criminalize drug use. As the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) notes: Today, a...
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March 13, 2014
03/13/2014
New Hampshire House of Representatives Votes Overwhelmingly in Favor of Marijuana Decriminalization

New Hampshire House of Representatives Votes Overwhelmingly in Favor of Marijuana Decriminalization

  Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 215 to 92 in favor of House Bill 1625. This legislation to significantly reduce marijuana penalties in New...
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March 11, 2014
03/11/2014
Marijuana Use on the Rise Among Aging Baby Boomers

Marijuana Use on the Rise Among Aging Baby Boomers

The most recent data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration show that marijuana use has increased among individuals over the age of 50 in the past...
By: NY Farmer
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March 7, 2014
03/07/2014

Momentum Builds In Puerto Rico For Major Marijuana Reforms

If House Bill 1362 and Senate Bill 517 are approved, as is widely expected, Puerto Rico will become the first U.S. territory to reform their marijuana laws....
By: NY Farmer
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March 6, 2014
03/06/2014
New Jersey Cannabis Legalization Bill by End of March?

New Jersey Cannabis Legalization Bill by End of March?

Ladybud reports that it won’t be long before Senator Nick Scutari drops a bill to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use in NJ, estimating that the marijuana legalization...
By: NY Farmer
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March 5, 2014
03/05/2014
New Hampshire House Committee Approves Bill To Remove Criminal Penalties For Marijuana Possession

New Hampshire House Committee Approves Bill To Remove Criminal Penalties For Marijuana Possession

Measure with bipartisan support would replace criminal penalties and potential jail time with a civil fine of up to $100 for possession of up to one ounce...
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