Atlanta City Council Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize Marijuana, Heads to Mayor’s Desk

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Atlanta City Council Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize Marijuana, Heads to Mayor’s Desk | Drug Policy Alliance ATLANTA, GA — Monday afternoon, after two hours of debate amongst the city council members, the Atlanta city council voted unanimously 15-0 to pass Ordinance 17-O-1152. This legislation makes the possession of marijuana under one ounce a non-arrestable offense and lowers the fine to a maximum ticket of $ 75. The mayor has eight days to decide […] Atlanta City Council Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize … Read More

Marijuana Prohibition Turns 80

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Marijuana Prohibition Turns 80 | NORML Eighty years ago, on October 2, 1937, House Bill 6385: The Marihuana Tax Act was enacted as law. The Act for the first time imposed federal criminal penalties on activities specific to the possession, production, and sale of cannabis – thus ushering in the modern era of federal prohibition. “The ongoing enforcement of marijuana prohibition […] Marijuana Prohibition Turns 80 | The Daily Chronic The Daily Chronic

Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

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Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | NORML ATLANTA, GA — The Atlanta City Council unanimously voted to pass Ordinance 1700-1152 on Monday, decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses within the city. This measure amends the local law so that the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is punishable by a $ 75 fine — no arrest, jail time, or criminal arrest record. Annually, over […] Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | The Daily Chronic The Daily Chronic

Vermont Marijuana Advisory Commission to Hold First Meeting Thursday

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Vermont Marijuana Advisory Commission to Hold First Meeting Thursday | Marijuana Policy Project MONTPELIER, VT — On Thursday, the inaugural meeting of the commission created by Gov. Phil Scott to make recommendations relative to marijuana regulation in Vermont will take place in Waterbury. The Marijuana Advisory Commission was created through executive order after Gov. Scott vetoed a popular bill that would have made marijuana legal for adults in the […] Vermont Marijuana Advisory Commission to Hold First Meeting Thursday | The … Read More

Study Finds Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Drive Increased Use, But Vice Versa

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Study Finds Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Drive Increased Use, But Vice Versa | Phillip Smith Marijuana legalization is not the cause of  increased  marijuana use nationwide, a new study finds. Instead it’s the other way around: Marijuana legalization reflects increased acceptance of marijuana. In the study, published this month in the journal Addiction, researchers from the Public Health Institute’s Alcohol Research Group examined 30 years’ worth of data from National […] Study Finds Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Drive Increased Use, But Vice … Read More

The Marijuana ‘Gateway’ Theory Is A Fallacy

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The Marijuana ‘Gateway’ Theory Is A Fallacy | NORML Scientific evidence does not support claims that marijuana experimentation often serves as a ‘gateway’ to the use of other substances, particularly cocaine and heroin, according to a report issued by the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz. The report rejects allegations that cannabis use uniquely makes persons susceptible to the use of other illicit substances, […] The Marijuana ‘Gateway’ Theory Is A Fallacy | The Daily Chronic The Daily Chronic

Marijuana Advocates Urge Rhode Island Study Commission to Stick to Fact-Finding

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Marijuana Advocates Urge Rhode Island Study Commission to Stick to Fact-Finding | Marijuana Policy Project Debate on regulating marijuana “should take place in the General Assembly among legislators elected by the people” PROVIDENCE, RI — Rhode Island House Speaker Mattiello announced his appointments to the marijuana study commission on Wednesday, completing the appointment process and clearing the way for the committee to begin gathering information on how legal marijuana is […] Marijuana Advocates Urge Rhode Island Study Commission to Stick … Read More

Drug Arrests; Marijuana Arrests Both Up Last Year, FBI Reports

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Drug Arrests; Marijuana Arrests Both Up Last Year, FBI Reports | Phillip Smith Despite spreading marijuana legalization and despite a growing desire for new directions in drug policy, the war on drugs continues unabated. According to the FBI’s latest Uniform Crime Report, released Monday, overall drug arrests actually increased last year to 1.57 million, a jump of 5.63% over 2015. The increase includes marijuana arrests, which jumped by […] Drug Arrests; Marijuana Arrests Both Up Last Year, FBI Reports | … Read More

Legal Marijuana Industry Responsible for 150,000 Full Time Jobs

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Legal Marijuana Industry Responsible for 150,000 Full Time Jobs | NORML SEATTLE, WA — The legal cannabis industry is responsible for the creation of an estimated 150,000 full-time jobs, according to state-by-state data compiled by the online content provider Leafly.com. Their analysis identified 149,304 full-time jobs supported by the legal marijuana industry. Not all of the jobs included in the tally involved direct contact with the plant, as ancillary […] Legal Marijuana Industry Responsible for 150,000 Full Time Jobs | The Daily Chronic … Read More

American Legion’s National Commander Calls Out VA Secretary Shulkin

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American Legion’s National Commander Calls Out VA Secretary Shulkin | Justin Strekal For more than a year, The American Legion has been calling on the federal government – and specifically the Veterans Affairs Department – to support research into the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in treating veterans with PTSD. Many veterans, especially Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, have told both the Legion and NORML that they have […] American Legion’s National Commander Calls Out VA Secretary Shulkin | The Daily … Read More

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