Hispanic Caucus Of State Legislators Advocates For Marijuana Decriminalization

Home grow is a good thing

MASSACHUSETTS: Members of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators have for the first time voted in favor of a resolution in support of decriminalizing marijuana. The NHCSL is a non-partisan group that represents the interests of Hispanic state lawmakers from all fifty states. The resolution states that federal cannabis criminalization is “unconstitutional” because it was initiated by “racist politicians” who explicitly 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…

Legislators Move To Delay The Enactment Of Voter-Initiated Marijuana Laws

legislators push back on marijuana reform

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Legislators in a number of states are pushing forward measures to delay the enactment of several voter-initiated marijuana laws. In Arkansas, House lawmakers unanimously voted in favor of legislation, House Bill 1026, to postpone the deadline for establishing the state’s new medical marijuana program by 60 days. Fifty-three percent of voters approved Issue 6 on Election Read the full article…

Hoban Law Group Files Ninth Circuit Petition To Challenge Recent DEA Classification of “Marihuana Extracts”

Walker to sign marijuana extract bill

COLORADO: In an overreach of authority and without consulting Congress, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued its Final Rule, the “Establishment of New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract,” on Dec 14, 2016. In response to the change, which serves to potentially devastate developing businesses and consumer, textile and manufacturing industries related to industrial hemp and other Read the full article…

Governor Signs Bill Reducing Marijuana Penalties In Illinois

10 grams or less of marijuana will be a civil offense, punishable with a fine of up to $200

By Ivan Moreno, AP ILLINOIS: Marijuana possession in small amounts in Illinois will be punishable by fines but not jail time after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday that makes the state the third largest to decriminalize minor pot offenses. The new law, which takes effect immediately, makes having 10 grams or less of marijuana will be Read the full article…

Pot Fans, Foes Fume As Washington DC tests Limits Of High Life

"It is kind of the Alice in Wonderland of cannabis legalization. It's like there's all these rules and regulations that no one follows,"

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Almost a year has passed since it became legal to smoke, but not sell, marijuana in Washington, D.C., and pot enthusiasts and opponents alike are chafing under a compromise that leaves smokers in a haze over how to obtain their weed. Sales of equipment to grow the plants indoors are booming, bartenders are Read the full article…

Pittsburgh City Council Votes To Decriminalize Possession Of Small Amounts Of Marijuana

The bill allows city police to fine up to $100 for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, or 8 grams of hashish, instead of citing them for a misdemeanor.

PENNSYLVANIA: By a vote of 7-2, Pittsburgh City Council passed a measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana this morning. The bill allows city police to fine up to $100 for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, or 8 grams of hashish, instead of citing them for a misdemeanor. Its sponsor, Public Read the full article…

Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect In Delaware

The law makes possession by an adult of a "personal use" quantity of marijuana, defined as an ounce or less, a civil offense punishable by a fine of $100

DELAWARE: Delaware has officially decriminalized possession by adults of small amounts of marijuana.A decriminalization law signed in June by Gov. Jack Markell took effect early Friday morning.The law makes possession by an adult of a “personal use” quantity of marijuana, defined as an ounce or less, a civil offense punishable by a fine of $100. Simple Read the full article…

Pittsburgh’s Proposed Marijuana Decriminalization Would Free Up Law-Enforcement Resources

“From a fiscally responsible government perspective,” says Pittsburgh City Councilor Daniel Lavelle, “when police have to go about dealing with small amounts of marijuana and these charges end up having to go through the court system, it ultimately is a huge burden and fiscal waste of government resources.”

PENNSYLVANIA: Most people can come up with a slew of reasons to decriminalize or even legalize marijuana: It has proven medicinal benefits; it consistently accounts for fewer deaths annually than alcohol consumption; and many believe minorities are disproportionately persecuted for its possession. But another case for decriminalizing marijuana is that it can reduce the strain on Read the full article…