North Dakota Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee

Source: marijuanamoment.net

A bill to legalize marijuana in North Dakota that’s being sponsored by a Republican lawmaker who personally opposes the policy change advanced through a House committee on Wednesday. The legislation, HB 1420, would allow adults 21 and older to possess and purchase up to one ounce of cannabis for personal use, but home cultivation would not be allowed. While some advocates see that as a step in the right direction, the motivation behind the measure’s introduction seems to be to preempt attempts by activists to enact a more far-reaching proposal via the ballot. The House Human Services ...

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State Marijuana Regulators Outline Policy Priorities As Congress Pursues Legalization

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A coalition of state marijuana regulators sent a letter to congressional leaders on Thursday, outlining cannabis policy priorities and offering assistance as lawmakers consider a number of reform proposals that are set to advance this session. The Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA) had made clear that it isn’t necessarily taking a position in favor of or against legalization, but it said in the letter that it stands by to "provide policy makers and regulatory agencies with the resources to make informed decisions when considering approaches to cannabis regulation." To that end, the ...

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House Members Call On Biden To Pardon Cannabis Convictions

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Members of Congress penned a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to pardon nonviolent cannabis offenders. President Joe Biden received a letter from 37 members of Congress on Thursday urging him to issue a blanket pardon for nonviolent offenders with convictions for federal marijuana crimes. The letter was led by Rep. Barbara Lee and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, the co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, and 35 other leaders and members of the House of Representatives including Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler. In the letter dated February 18, the members of Congress called on ...

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South Dakota voters legalized cannabis, but state politicians aren't having it

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In Nov. 2020, about 54 percent of voters in South Dakota approved an adult-use cannabis legalization measure, while nearly 70 percent voted in favor of medical marijuana legalization . So why are state officials fighting tooth-and-claw to undermine those votes? In the three months since the election, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has actively supported and effort to overturn the adult-use measure in the courts. And state legislators are working to delay the legally mandated implementation of the medical marijuana law. Taking adult-use legalization to court Those efforts began soon after the ...

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New Jersey Lawmakers’ Marijuana Talks Break Down Months After Voters Approve Legalization

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Following weeks of negotiations with the governor, a top New Jersey lawmaker said on Wednesday that he is abandoning revised compromise legislation to implement marijuana regulations in the state. It’s been more than three months since New Jersey voters approved an adult-use cannabis legalization referendum . In December, lawmakers sent Gov. Phil Murphy (D) a pair of bills to implement legal sales and decriminalize possession , but a dispute with the governor over his desire to see penalties instituted for underage people has stalled the process. There have been repeated attempts to reach ...

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New Jersey Has Arrested Over 6,000 People for Cannabis Since Legalization Vote

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New Jersey police have arrested more than 6,000 people for low-level cannabis possession despite voters approving legalization reforms last November, according to a state judiciary report outlined by NJ.com . In January, police arrested 2,378 people for possessing less than 50 grams of cannabis, an increase from the 2,125 people arrested for possession in November and 1,703 arrested in December. Prior to the November 2020 vote, police in the state arrested more than 100 people a day for possession, the report says. Shortly after voters approved the legalization bill state Attorney General ...

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Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf Again Pushes For Cannabis Legalization In State

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On Twitter this morning, Governor Tom Wolf reiterated his call to end pot prohibition in Pennsylvania. If there was any doubt that Tom Wolf was determined to make marijuana legalization a reality this year, the Pennsylvania governor put that to rest on Wednesday. In a pair of tweets, Wolf reiterated his call to end prohibition on adult recreational pot use in the Keystone State, saying the revenue generated could be crucial in restoring the economy that has been battered by the pandemic. “I want to see Pennsylvania begin the process to legalize adult-use marijuana this year,” Wolf said ...

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New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee

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A New Mexico House committee approved a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill on Monday. The legislation from Rep. Javier Martinez (D) is one of multiple legalization proposals that have been introduced in the 2021 session. Another reform bill sponsored by Rep. Tara Lujan (D) was also considered by the Health & Human Services Committee on Monday but was rejected. The panel issued a do-pass recommendation for Martinez’s bill in a 7-4 vote, advancing it to additional committees before it could potentially come up for a full floor vote. The Lujan legislation was tabled in a 7-4 vote. Under ...

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Rhode Island Marijuana Legalization Bill To Be Filed This Month, Senate Leader Says

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A top Rhode Island senator says a bill to legalize marijuana in the state will be introduced this month, possibly as early as next week. Rather than wait until later in the session for budget negotiations, Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey (D) told The Public’s Radio that he wants to put the legislation in front of lawmakers sooner so they can work out regulations and decide on key policies such as how to address expungements and tax allocation from cannabis revenue. McCaffrey said he and the chair of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee have been "meeting since November on a ...

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Medical marijuana’s last wildernesses

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Only a handful of U.S. states remain holdouts. Will 2021 change that? Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka. | John Hanna/AP Photo Marijuana legalization advocates have their eyes on the final frontiers of full prohibition. Only two states — Nebraska and Idaho — have never passed any sort of medical marijuana law. There are now movements afoot in both states — as well as several others with very restrictive programs — to change that as soon as this year. If the medical marijuana campaigns prevail in those last remaining holdouts, the U.S. ...

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