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…

D.C. Marijuana Possession Arrests Drop By 99% In 2015

The Metropolitan Police Department’s recently released data reveal marijuana possession arrests drastically reduced, by 99.2%, in 2015.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Washington D.C. just celebrated its first anniversary of legalized recreational marijuana. Last November, D.C. implemented laws that legalized marijuana use, possession and cultivation within a person’s home, but not the retailing of marijuana. The Metropolitan Police Department’s recently released data reveal marijuana possession arrests drastically reduced, by 99.2%, in 2015. Here is a Read the full article…

Pittsburgh May Be Poised To Decriminalize Marijuana

Colorado backs away from pot clubs

PENNSYLVANIA: A bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana within the City of Pittsburgh is set to be introduced Tuesday in City Council. The legislation, based on a law enacted in Philadelphia last October, would amend the Pittsburgh City Code to make possession of a small amount of marijuana (under 30 grams), or smoking a Read the full article…

CA Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Allow Those Who Completed Court Ordered Diversion Programs to Clean Up Records

The prospective companion bill, A.B. 1351vetoed by Gov. Brown, would have allowed judges the discretion to order diversion to drug treatment or education without the precondition of a guilty plea.

CALIFORNIA: California Gov. Jerry Brown acted on two life-changing companion bills, approving one, but vetoing the other. Brown signed A.B. 1352 which allows those who have completed court ordered drug diversion since 1997 to file with the court to convert their plea to a “not guilty.”  Before 1997, there was a pre-plea diversion option in California.  Read the full article…