New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Announces Expansion of State Medicinal Marijuana Program

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Tuesday announced steps to expand New Jersey’s long-stalled Medicinal Marijuana Program. The Governor acted quickly after taking office, issuing an executive order mandating the Department of Health to review the program and make recommendations for improvement. The announcement today is the result of this executive order. The changes […]

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Vermont Becomes the Ninth State to Legalize Adult Marijuana Possession and Personal Cultivation

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Vermont Becomes the Ninth State to Legalize Adult Marijuana Possession and Personal Cultivation | NORML

MONTPELIER, VT —  Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott has signed legislation (H. 511) into law legalizing the use and cultivation of marijuana by adults. Vermont is the ninth state to statutorily permit adults to possess marijuana for personal use, and it is the first state to enact these reforms via legislative action rather than by […]

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Kansas State Representative Defends Prohibition, Goes Full Racist

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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 when this failed policy was first implemented. It is important to remember: Marijuana prohibition perpetuates institutional racism and is itself being perpetuated by […]

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New Poll Shows 2 to 1 Support for Legal Marijuana Use in New York State

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New Poll Shows 2 to 1 Support for Legal Marijuana Use in New York State | Drug Policy Alliance

NEW YORK — A new poll shows that 62% of New York voters support making marijuana use legal for adults 21 and older, with only 28% opposed. The poll, conducted by Emerson College and commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project Foundation and the Drug Policy Alliance, was conducted from Nov. 16-18 and surveyed 600 registered voters from […]

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Teen Marijuana Use; Treatment Admissions Fall in Washington State Post-Legalization

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Teen Marijuana Use; Treatment Admissions Fall in Washington State Post-Legalization | NORML

OLYMPIA, WA — The regulation of adult cannabis use in Washington is not associated with any increase in teens’ marijuana consumption or abuse rates, according to a report to the state legislature compiled by researchers at the Washington State Institute for Public Policy. Authors reported that rates of current marijuana use and lifetime marijuana use have fallen among […]

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California Could Be the First State to Legalize Magic Mushrooms

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California Could Be the First State to Legalize Magic Mushrooms | Phillip Smith

It could be up to California voters to make the state the first in the nation to allow for the use and sale of psilocybin, the mind-altering component of magic mushrooms. On Friday, Kevin Saunders, a candidate for mayor in the Monterrey County town of Marina, filed the California Psilocybin Legalization Initiative with the state […]

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National Conference of State Legislatures Endorses Resolution Calling for Marijuana to Be Descheduled

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National Conference of State Legislatures Endorses Resolution Calling for Marijuana to Be Descheduled | NORML

BOSTON, MA — The National Conference of State Legislatures has endorsed a resolution calling for marijuana to be removed from the US Controlled Substances Act. The plant and all of its organic constituents are classified under federal law as a schedule I controlled substance – the most restrictive categorization available. Over three-quarters of legislators participating in this […]

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Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Calls for Marijuana Decriminalization

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Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Calls for Marijuana Decriminalization | NORML

BOSTON, MA — Members of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators have for the first time voted in favor of a resolution in support of decriminalizing marijuana. The NHCSL is a non-partisan group that represents the interests of Hispanic state lawmakers from all fifty states. The resolution states that federal cannabis criminalization is “unconstitutional” because it was initiated by “racist politicians” […]

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SMART Bill Reintroduced in Congress to Protect State Marijuana Laws

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SMART Bill Reintroduced in Congress to Protect State Marijuana Laws | Justin Strekal

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) has reintroduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act (H.R. 3534). This bill prohibits state-sanctioned marijuana consumers and businesses from being prosecuted by the federal government. By a margin of more than 6 to 1, Americans say that individual states should be able to make their own laws governing […]

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Bill to Protect State Enforcement of Marijuana Laws Introduced in Congress

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Bill to Protect State Enforcement of Marijuana Laws Introduced in Congress | TJ Baker

WASHINGTON, DC — As tensions continue to grow due to the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws, including a possible forthcoming federal crackdown on the marijuana industry under anti-marijuana Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a Congresswoman from Washington state has reintroduced a bill aimed at protecting states rights to regulate the substance. Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA) […]

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