Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill

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Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill | Phillip Smith

A bipartisan group of Senate heavy-hitters have filed a bill aimed at reducing the swollen federal prison population by moving away from harsh mandatory minimum drug sentences, among other reforms. But it’s not completely reformist. The measure is a mixed bag, a product of lengthy discussions among senators seeking a compromise that could actually pass […]

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Amidst Controversy Over Anthem Protests, NFL Endorses Drug Sentencing Reform

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Amidst Controversy Over Anthem Protests, NFL Endorses Drug Sentencing Reform | Phillip Smith

Caught up between players who insist on exercising their right to call out racial injustice in a manner of their choice and a scapegoating president who demands the league stifle what he deems unpatriotic protest, the National Football League has reacted in a surprising and progressive way: In a Monday letter to leading senators, the […]

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American Support for Marijuana Law Reform at Record High

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American Support for Marijuana Law Reform at Record High | Paul Armentano

HAMDEN, CT — A record percentage of American voters support reforming the nation’s marijuana laws, according to polling data released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University. Sixty-one percent of voters believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States” — the highest percentage ever reported by the poll. Support for legalization is […]

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New Jersey’s Next Governor Will Support Marijuana Reform

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New Jersey’s Next Governor Will Support Marijuana Reform | Scott Gacek

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s next governor will be kinder on marijuana than the outgoing Chris Christie, who has been the state’s largest roadblock to marijuana reform, from slowing implementation of medical marijuana in the state to blocking any attempts to legalize or decriminalize the plant. Both major party candidates elected in Tuesday’s primaries, Democrat […]

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Washington Lawmakers Send Marijuana Reform Bill to Governor

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Washington Lawmakers Send Marijuana Reform Bill to Governor | TJ Baker

OLYMPIA, WA — Lawmakers in Washington state have sent a comprehensive marijuana reform bill to the desk of Governor Jay Inslee (D), making several changes to the state’s cannabis regulation policies. The bi-partisan Senate Bill 5131 was sponsored by Sens. Anna Rivers [R] Steven Conway [D], and received overwhelming support in both chambers of the legislature. […]

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Several Bills Filed in Congress to Create “Path to Marijuana Reform”

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Several Bills Filed in Congress to Create “Path to Marijuana Reform” | Phillip Smith

The Congressional Cannabis Caucus flexed its muscles Thursday as members of Congress filed a package of bills aimed at creating a “path to marijuana reform” at the federal level and protecting and preserving marijuana laws in states where it is legal. Two Oregon politicians, Sen. Ron Wyden (D) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D) led the […]

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Marijuana Reform Groups Respond to Attorney General’s Comments

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Marijuana Reform Groups Respond to Attorney General’s Comments | HWN

WASHINGTON DC — On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made several statements regarding marijuana, claiming that marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin and telling reporters that “medical marijuana has been hyped, maybe too much.” In a prepared statement, Sessions also said: “I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in […]

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Poll Finds Voters Support Marijuana Law Reform By Record Numbers

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Poll Finds Voters Support Marijuana Law Reform By Record Numbers | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Record numbers of voters support regulating the marijuana market and oppose federal efforts to interfere or undermine state laws permitting the plant’s use or sale, according to nationwide polling data released this week by Quinnipiac University. Ninety-three percent of voters — including 96 percent of Democrats and 85 percent of Republicans — support “allowing adults […]

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Wyoming Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Killed, Penalty Reform Bill Advances

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Wyoming Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Killed, Penalty Reform Bill Advances | Scott Gacek

CHEYENNE, WY — Marijuana possession won’t be decriminalized in Wyoming anytime soon, but statewide penalties could be reduced for first and second time offenders under a penalty reform bill that would also elevate some possession charges to a felony. On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee considered multiple proposals that would change how low-level marijuana offenses are […]

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Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Passes California Assembly

Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Passes California Assembly | Drug Policy Alliance

SACRAMENTO, CA — Civil asset forfeiture reform legislation authored by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and David Hadley (R-Torrance) passed the California Assembly Floor by a 67 to 7 vote on Monday. The bill will require that in all cases where law enforcement seize cash under $ 40,000, that there be a conviction in the underlying […]

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