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Vermont Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization | Drug Policy Alliance MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont Senate approved a bill Wednesday allowing adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, and to cultivate up to two mature and four immature cannabis plants. Vermont’s Republican... more
Vermont Legislature Approves Noncommercial Marijuana Legalization Bill | Phillip Smith MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont Senate Wednesday took a final vote on a bill that would legalize the possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana, but not taxed and regulated sales. Gov. Phil Scott has... more
Vermont Senate Passes Bill to Make Marijuana Legal for Adults; Gov. Phil Scott Has Pledged to Sign | Marijuana Policy Project MONTPELIER, VT — A bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont received final approval on Wednesday from the Vermont Senate and will soon make its way to the... more
Vermont Senate Approves Legalization of Marijuana Possession and Cultivation, Awaits Governor’s Signature | NORML MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont state Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would legalize the possession and limited home cultivation of marijuana. Under this legislation, H. 511,... more
New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Marijuana Possession and Cultivation | NORML CONCORD, NH — In a direct rebuke to the bluster coming from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 207 to 139 on Tuesday in favor of a measure that would legalize the... more
New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill to make marijuana legal for adults on Tuesday by a vote of 207-139. The bill will now move to the Senate, where it will be assigned to a... more
Thoughts on the Next Step in the Battle vs Prohibitions | Terry Franklin The legalizing of magic mushrooms is now a real possibility, with a Proposition heading to the ballot in California for 2018. Such an effort will no doubt soon be underway in my home state of Massachusetts, as well as... more
Kansas State Representative Defends Prohibition, Goes Full Racist | Erik Altieri At an event over the weekend, Kansas State Representative Steve Alfond (R) defended the continuation of marijuana prohibition by reverting to the kind of overtly racist rhetoric originally deployed by Henry Anslinger... more
America Declares War on Jeff Sessions’ Threatened War on Marijuana | Phillip Smith With his announcement that he is freeing federal prosecutors to go after marijuana operations in states where it is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has excited strong bipartisan opposition — splitting the... more
Bipartisan Lawmakers Reject Recent Action by AG Sessions | Kevin Mahmalji Following Thursday’s announcement by the DOJ that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had rescinded the Cole Memo, an Obama-era memorandum issued by Attorney General James Cole in 2013, federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle... more
Oklahoma to Vote on Medical Marijuana Legalization in June | Paul Armentano OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma voters will decide this June on State Question 788 — a statewide ballot measure legalizing the use, cultivation, and distribution of medical cannabis to qualified patients. Oklahomans will vote... more
Vermont State House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill | Justin Strekal MONTPELIER, VT — Just hours after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidelines instructing US attorneys to take a ‘hands off’ approach in states with legal marijuana regulations, lawmakers in the Vermont... more
Sessions’ Actions Against Cole Memo Triggers Call to Action from Medical Marijuana Advocates | Americans for Safe Access WASHINGTON, DC — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded the 2013 memo created by then Deputy Attorney General James Cole known as the Cole Memorandum, which... more
US Attorney General Rescinds Obama-Era Marijuana Guidelines | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that the Justice Department has rescinded, effective immediately, Obama administration guidelines – known as the Cole memorandum – which directed US... more
California Begins Legal Retail Marijuana Sales to Adults | NORML SACRAMENTO, CA — Select retailers began engaging in adult use marijuana sales on January 1. California joins Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington in permitting cannabis sales to those over the age of 21. Two additional... more
Study: Marijuana Use Not Linked With Reduced Motivation in Adolescents | NORML MIAMI, FL — Neither the occasional nor the heavy use of marijuana by adolescents is associated with decreased motivation, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the journal Substance Use &... more
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Don’t Increase Neighborhood Crime or Violence (But Liquor Stores Do) | NORML RIVERSIDE, CA — Retail stores that sell primarily alcohol and tobacco are associated with an increased prevalence of neighborhood crime, but medical cannabis dispensaries are not, according... more
New Jersey Governor Signs Expungement Bills Into Law | NORML TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie signed a package of bills (S. 3306, S. 3307, and S. 3308) expanding the crimes eligible for expungement. Among other changes, the measures prevent employers from inquiring... more
Hawaii Health Regulators Expand Medical Marijuana Program | NORML HONOLULU, HI — Regulators at the Hawaii Department of Health have agreed to expand the state’s medical cannabis program so that patients diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) may be eligible to... more
Vermont House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill; Senate Expected to Concur | Marijuana Policy Project MONTPELIER, VT — A Senate-approved bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont was passed by the Vermont House of Representatives on Thursday with minor amendments. It will now go... more