Almost Three Million Wisconsin Voters to Consider Legalization Questions on Election Day

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Almost Three Million Wisconsin Voters to Consider Legalization Questions on Election Day | Kate Zawidzki This November, ballot measures in 15 counties and two cities will allow voters to weigh in on marijuana policies in Wisconsin. The results could serve as a springboard for reform. The non-binding, advisory questions vary by jurisdiction — with some concerning medical cannabis and some focusing on legalizing marijuana for adults’ use. Voters will consider […] Almost Three Million Wisconsin Voters to Consider Legalization Questions … Read More

Brooklyn District Attorney Plans to Wipe Away Records for up to 20,000 with Past Marijuana Convictions

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Brooklyn District Attorney Plans to Wipe Away Records for up to 20,000 with Past Marijuana Convictions | Drug Policy Alliance NEW YORK, NY — Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez will announce at a Brooklyn press conference later today an initiative to help up to 20,000 New Yorkers wipe away pass records for marijuana convictions. “It’s a little unfair to say we’re no longer prosecuting these cases, but to have these folks carry these convictions for […] Brooklyn District Attorney Plans … Read More

New Mexico Secretary of Health Again Refuses to Add Opioid Use Disorder to Medical Cannabis Qualifying Conditions

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New Mexico Secretary of Health Again Refuses to Add Opioid Use Disorder to Medical Cannabis Qualifying Conditions | Drug Policy Alliance SANTA FE, NM — On Friday, September 7th, the New Mexico Department of Health announced that Secretary Lynn Gallagher would not allow people suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD) to qualify for medical cannabis in New Mexico. This is the second time the Medical Advisory Board’s (MAB) recommendation to add opioid use disorder was denied; […] New Mexico Secretary … Read More

New York: Brooklyn DA to Vacate Thousands of Past Marijuana Convictions

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New York: Brooklyn DA to Vacate Thousands of Past Marijuana Convictions | Paul Armentano BROOKLYN, NY — Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez at a press conference today announced his intent to vacate over ten thousand low-level marijuana convictions. Though state lawmakers decriminalized minor marijuana possession offenses in 1977, possessing small amounts of cannabis “in public view” remains a criminal misdemeanor. City police have made several hundred thousand arrests since the late 1990s for violation of the […] New York: Brooklyn DA to Vacate Thousands of Past Marijuana … Read More

Report: Marijuana Retailers Aren’t Magnets for Serious Crimes

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Report: Marijuana Retailers Aren’t Magnets for Serious Crimes | NORML SAN DIEGO, CA — State-licensed marijuana retailers are not magnets for serious criminal activity, according to a six-month analysis of law enforcement data conducted by the Voice of San Diego newspaper. Reporters reviewed emergency calls between January and June 2018 – the first six-months during which state-licensed retailers were permitted to operate within the city. Investigators determined that relatively few […] Report: Marijuana Retailers Aren’t Magnets for Serious Crimes | The Daily Chronic The Daily … Read More

MPP Endorses North Dakota Ballot Initiative to Legalize Marijuana for Adults

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MPP Endorses North Dakota Ballot Initiative to Legalize Marijuana for Adults | Marijuana Policy Project WASHINGTON, DC — The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) announced Wednesday it is endorsing Measure 3, the initiative to legalize marijuana for adults in North Dakota and expunge past marijuana-related convictions. MPP is the nation’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to marijuana policy, and it played leading roles in the successful legalization initiative efforts in Colorado, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maine, […] MPP Endorses North Dakota Ballot Initiative to Legalize Marijuana … Read More

NORML Endorses Utah’s Medical Marijuana “Proposition 2”

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NORML Endorses Utah’s Medical Marijuana “Proposition 2” | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has endorsed Proposition 2: The Utah Medical Cannabis Act, which regulates the licensed production and distribution of medical cannabis products to qualified patients who possess a physician’s recommendation. Seventy-seven percent of adults express support for the law change, according to statewide polling data compiled in March. […] NORML Endorses Utah’s Medical Marijuana “Proposition 2” | The Daily Chronic The Daily Chronic

Republicans Are Playing Dirty in Their Bid to Stop North Dakota’s Legal Pot Initiative

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Republicans Are Playing Dirty in Their Bid to Stop North Dakota’s Legal Pot Initiative | Phillip Smith As North Dakotans prepare to head to the polls in November to vote on the Measure 3 marijuana legalization initiative, they rely on their state government to come up with an estimate of what it will cost taxpayers. It’s not just this initiative—state law mandates that voters be informed of the potential budgetary impacts of any measure […] Republicans Are Playing Dirty in Their Bid … Read More

New Mexico Health Secretary Balks at Medical Marijuana Expansion

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New Mexico Health Secretary Balks at Medical Marijuana Expansion | NORML SANTA FE, NM — New Mexico’s Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher has agreed to proposed changes in the state’s medical cannabis law that would permit patients with obstructive sleep apnea to access marijuana; but she rejected calls to expand access to patients with other debilitating conditions, including Tourette’s syndrome (TS) and opioid dependency. “I cannot say with any degree of […] New Mexico Health Secretary Balks at Medical Marijuana Expansion | The Daily Chronic … Read More

Delaware Adds Two Qualifying Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program

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Delaware Adds Two Qualifying Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | NORML DOVER, DE — Democrat Governor John Carney has signed legislation into law expanding the pool of patients eligible to access medical marijuana in Delaware. House Bill 374, which took immediate effect, expands the statutory definition of a “debilitating medical condition” under the state’s medical cannabis law to include glaucoma and “chronic debilitating migraines.” An earlier version of […] Delaware Adds Two Qualifying Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | The Daily Chronic … Read More

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