Gardner, Warren, Joyce and Blumenauer Unveil Bicameral, Bipartisan Legislation to Protect State Marijuana Policies

Gardner, Warren, Joyce and Blumenauer Unveil Bicameral, Bipartisan Legislation to Protect State Marijuana Policies

Forty-Six States, Washington D.C., Two Territories, and a Number of Tribes Have Legalized Marijuana in Some Form DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representatives David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) today introduced the bicameral, bipartisan Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act) to ensure Read the full article…

District Attorney Vance to End the Prosecution of Marijuana Possession and Smoking Cases

"The dual mission of the @ ManhattanDA's Office is a safer New York and a more equal justice system. The ongoing arrest and criminal prosecution of predominantly black and brown New Yorkers for smoking marijuana serves neither of these goals. "

New Manhattan D.A. “Decline to Prosecute” Policy Effective August 1st NEW YORK:  Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced a new effort to reduce inequality and unnecessary interactions with the criminal justice system. Beginning August 1st, the D.A.’s Office will decline to prosecute marijuana possession and smoking cases. The District Attorney’s Office has invited Read the full article…

FBI Reports More Than 653,000 Arrests For Marijuana Offenses In 2016

FBI Reports More Than 653,000 Arrests for Marijuana Offenses in 2016

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  An estimated 653,249 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana in 2016, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Crime In the United States (CIUS) report. This means one person was arrested for marijuana approximately every 48 seconds on average in the United States. The full report is available here:  (Note: Marijuana-specific data was not published Read the full article…

DOJ Task Force: Maintain ‘Hands Off’ Approach To States’ Marijuana Laws

DOJ Task Force: Maintain 'Hands Off' Approach To States' Marijuana Laws

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A special Justice Department committee tasked with reviewing existing marijuana enforcement policies and making recommendations has failed to offer support for a federally led crackdown in legal marijuana states, according to documents obtained last week by the Associated Press. The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, a group consisting of federal prosecutors and members of law Read the full article…

Texas House Chairman Joe Moody Hosts Public Hearing On Reducing Penalties For Small Amounts Of Marijuana

HB 334 was introduced in the special legislative session and would replace criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession with a civil citation

HB 334 was introduced in the special legislative session and would replace criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession with a civil citation TEXAS:  Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Joe Moody held a public hearing to discuss reducing state marijuana possession penalties on Wednesday and to support HB 334, which was introduced by Chairman Moody in the Read the full article…

New Hampshire: Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession Offenses

Governor signs marijuana decriminalization bill into law.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation into law decriminalizing minor marijuana offenses. The new law, which takes effect in mid-September, eliminates criminal penalties for the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of cannabis and/or up to five grams of hashish for those age 18 and older. First and second time offenders will face a $100 Read the full article…

Vermont: Governor Rejects Marijuana Depenalization Measure

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VERMONT:  Republican Gov. Phil Scott has rejected legislation, Senate Bill 22, that sought to eliminate criminal and civil penalties for the adult use and possession of marijuana. The Governor said that he did not support the legislation as written, but remains open to working with lawmakers over the summer on ways to amend the state’s cannabis policies. Representatives from the Read the full article…

Taking The High Road: Roger Tilton’s Notes On Democracy

Mr. Tilton, a longtime, strong and loud cannabis legalization activist, lost his bid for a New Hampshire State Senate seat by 12 points, 56-44, a 7-point improvement over his first bid two years ago.

by Roger Tilton In “Notes on Democracy,” H. L. Mencken wrote:  “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” You’d think our 240-year-old experiment with democracy hit a rough patch this past Tuesday, or as we learned after “establishing ‘democracy’ in Iraq,” that you don’t always get the democracy you want.  Read the full article…

All Eyes On The Legalization of Cannabis

Cannabis Legalization has its biggest day

Today is not only a politically important day for the United States, but also a very crucial day for marijuana industries, as many states will hold referendums on the decision to legalize recreational and medical marijuana or not. It is estimated that roughly 30 percent of the US population in nine of the states will partake Read the full article…

Values Survey: 63 Percent Of Americans Say Marijuana Should Be Legal

63% of Americans Want To Legalize Pot

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Sixty-three percent of Americans age 18 and older favor making the use of marijuana legal, according to national polling results compiled by the Public Religion Research Institute’s American Values Survey. This percentage is the highest ever reported by the poll, and marks a 30 percent increase in public support for marijuana legalization since 2014. The Read the full article…