WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Yesterday the City Council of Jackson, Mississippi voted unanimously to decriminalize marijuana, amending Chapter 86, Article III in the City of Jackson Code of Ordinances to effectively limit the maximum penalty for possession of 30 grams or less of cannabis to a $100 fine, with no prison time.
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas calling on the Office of Cannabis Management, in collaboration with various Los Angeles County departments and community stakeholders, to develop a countywide plan to facilitate the resentencing of minor cannabis convictions.
Recreational cannabis might be heading for the New Mexico ballot in 2018. On Feb. 2, 2018, the New Mexico Senate Rules Committee voted 4-3 to approve Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino’s Senate Joint Resolution 4, a measure which would allow state residents to vote on cannabis legalization in the next general election.
SANTA FE, N.M., Feb. 2, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today, a legislative committee voted in favor of taxing and regulating marijuana in New Mexico. On a vote of 4-3 New Mexico State Senator Ortiz y Pino’s (D-12-Bernalillo) Senate Joint Resolution 4 (SJR4) passed the Senate Rules Committee.
SANTA FE, N.M., Jan. 31, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today, New Mexico State Representative Javier Martinez introduced House Bill 312 to tax and regulate marijuana. Rep. Martinez envisions an industry that will support economic growth and begins to dismantle failed drug war policies that hurt New Mexicans.
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Amanda Reiman PhD, MSW, and Vice President of Community Relations at Flow Kana, was awarded the Influencer of the Year award at the Industry Power Women (IPW) launch party and award show in Las Vegas for her work in the cannabis industry.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — On Saturday, December 2nd, there will be an expungement fair in Los Angeles, CA for people who are looking to get their felony records reduced, dismissed, or expunged of their criminal record.
NEW YORK, Nov. 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — A new poll shows that 62% of New York voters support making marijuana use legal for adults 21 and older, with only 28% opposed.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – A new Gallup poll shows record-breaking support for marijuana legalization, with 64 percent of Americans now in favor of ending marijuana prohibition.
ATLANTA, Oct. 3, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — 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.
WASHINGTON, July 28, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — More than 1,500 people will gather in Atlanta, Georgia, October 11 – 14 for DPA’s biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference (#Reform17) at the Omni Atlanta Hotel @ CNN Center to discuss these issues and much more.
WASHINGTON, July 19, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Uruguay will begin sales of legal marijuana for adult residents. The marijuana legalization proposal was put forward by former President José Mujica in 2012 as part of a comprehensive package aimed at improving public safety.
WASHINGTON, July 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Drug Policy Alliance board of directors announced today its unanimous decision to appoint Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno as the organization’s new executive director.
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Next week, Uruguay will begin sales of legal marijuana for adult residents. The marijuana legalization proposal was put forward by former President José Mujica in 2012 as part of a comprehensive package aimed at improving public safety.
On July 11, 2017, the Drug Policy Alliance announced that a report it had commissioned by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project had been released, revealing that marijuana possession arrests under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tenure are marked by a high rate of racial disparity.
NEW YORK, July 11, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — A new report released today by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance, shows that marijuana possession arrests under Mayor de Blasio continue to be marked by extremely high racial disparities, as was the case under the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations.
NEW YORK, July 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — On July 11, the Marijuana Arrest Research Project will release a major report commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 6, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Yesterday, the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California filed a lawsuit against the City of Fontana challenging a city ordinance that is in conflict with Proposition 64 (also known as the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” or “AUMA”).
When it comes to marijuana enforcement, it’s no secret that racial disparities persist even though black and white communities use marijuana at similar rates. The most recent reminder of this comes from the Old Dominion State, where Virginia marijuana arrests continue to disproportionately affect black communities.
New Jersey might get an influx of new medical marijuana patients. On May 11, 2017, the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program Review Panel suggested that the state health commissioner add chronic pain as a qualifying condition.
TRENTON, N.J., May 11, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program Review Panel made initial recommendations to the Health Commissioner to approve chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders, migraines, anxiety, chronic fatigue related to ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, Tourrette syndrome as qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program.
On May 5, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the 2017 omnibus funding bill, covering the federal government’s funding through Sept. 30. The bill contains a provision that bans the Department of Justice from using funds to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized medical marijuana; however, Trump issued a signing statement that has clouded the future of medical marijuana.
WASHINGTON, April 19, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — In a speech yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced that the Trump Administration would use marijuana possession as a reason for deporting immigrants.
SACRAMENTO, April 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Late Tuesday afternoon, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposal to align medical marijuana regulations passed by the Legislature in 2015 and the 2016 Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Prop 64), both of which call for commercial licensing and regulation to begin in January 2018.
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – On Thursday, Argentina legalized medical marijuana, after the Senate unanimously approved a bill that was already passed by the House of Representatives last November.
SANTA FE, N.M., March 20, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Late Friday night, the New Mexico State Senate approved a bill that would make changes to New Mexico’s medical marijuana law.
WASHINGTON, March 6, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — On Sunday, Israel took a big step toward decriminalizing adult marijuana use. The Israeli Cabinet approved a proposal that would replace criminal penalties with fines for people who are caught using marijuana in public. The proposal from the Ministries of Justice and Public Security has received support from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but still requires approval of the Israeli Parliament before becoming law.
Saturday afternoon, the New Mexico State House voted (41-26) to pass House Bill 155, co-sponsored by Rep. D. Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. McCamley (D-Las Cruces) to establish a fund in the state treasury for research related to the production, uses, effects, and efficacy of medical marijuana.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — In a press conference today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer strongly indicated that Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice (DOJ) will crack down on recreational marijuana programs. In response, Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance, released this statement:
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The nation’s leading cannabis and drug policy reform organizations commended Congressional members Thursday on the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General of the United States. The vote was 11 to 9, with no Democrats supporting the nominee. The nomination will now go to the Senate floor for a full and final vote.
On Jan. 27, 2017, Ethan Nadelmann announced via Twitter that he is going to “step aside” as the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a non-profit organization advocating for the end of the drug war through sensible drug law reform.
DENVER, Jan. 19, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The DHS in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, at the request and guidance of Drug Policy Alliance and other advocates, submitted a request yesterday to the Colorado General Assembly Joint Budget Committee (JBC) to allocate over $6 million annually from the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund for grant-based initiatives that will create meaningful alternatives to criminal justice involvement for Coloradans with mental health or substance use issues.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Representatives from a broad spectrum of organizations will offer their reactions to Senator Sessions’ responses during his confirmation hearings this week to questions on criminal justice reform, marijuana reform, civil and human rights and other issues.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Statement from Bill Piper, Senior Director of the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs:
In a statement sent to Senate offices today the Drug Policy Alliance urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. The committee is holding confirmation hearings on Sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Drug Policy Alliance is launching a campaign to put the brakes on Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination for Attorney General.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — On Friday, news reports named Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next Attorney General. The Drug Policy Alliance is convening this call with reporters to highlight Jeff Sessions’ track record on civil and human rights, criminal justice reform and drug policy.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Several outlets reported this morning that Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has been selected by Donald Trump to be the next Attorney General.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2016 /Weed Wire/ —Voters in Massachusetts have approved marijuana legalization, making it the first state east of the Rockies to do so.
On Nov. 8, 2016, a majority of voters in Nevada approved Question 2, legalizing retail marijuana in the the Silver State and poising the state marijuana market for massive growth.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — This Election Day was a watershed moment for the movement to end marijuana prohibition, with the results expected to accelerate efforts to legalize marijuana in states across the U.S., at the federal level, and internationally.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — North Dakota voters have approved Measure 5, which legalizes the medical use of marijuana for conditions such as cancer, AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, glaucoma, and epilepsy, and other debilitating medical conditions.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — California voters have approved Proposition 64, legalizing marijuana in the nation’s largest state.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Florida voters have approved the state’s medical marijuana initiative, Amendment 2.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Nevada has joined California and Massachusetts by legalizing marijuana today.
On Nov. 4, 2016, the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board to the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program voted in favor of adding “opiate use disorder” to the state’s list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana as a treatment option.
SANTA FE, N.M., Nov. 4, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today pain specialists, people recovering from addiction, community members, and drug policy reformers joined together to call for the inclusion of medical cannabis in New Mexico’s response to heroin and opioids.
“This [marijuana legalization] initiative goes further than any initiative in the world,” says Lynne Lyman, California state director for the Drug Policy Alliance.
The transparency of New York’s Medical Marijuana Program has been questioned by many New Yorkers, but on Aug. 19, 2016, the New York State Department of Health released a two-year report on the state’s Medical Use of Marijuana Under the Compassionate Care Act, as confirmed by a staff member with the NYS Medical Marijuana Program.