Michigan lawmakers have delayed a promising bill that would overturn a law that declares the possession or transportation of marijuana in a vehicle a misdemeanor.
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A proposal to lower the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana cleared its first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, but faces a dubious future as it heads to a possible floor vote during an election year.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 31, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office will be retroactively applying Proposition 64, which legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 years or older, to misdemeanor and felony convictions dating back to 1975.
On Dec. 28, 2017, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann announced that charges have been filed against 10 Sweet Leaf dispensary employees arrested on Dec. 14 for selling unlawful amounts of cannabis to customers.
On Sept. 26, 2017, in Georgia, the Atlanta Public Safety Committee voted 3-1 in favor of a cannabis decriminalization ordinance that would reduce the penalty for cannabis possession.
Although hopes for legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico have been sidelined until the next legislative session, marijuana advocates might yet score a legislative victory in the Land of Enchantment.
New Mexico senator Joseph Cervantes, hopes to reduce the state’s penalties for possession of marijuana.
A Georgia Senate panel has approved legislation that would reduce the punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana.
New Hampshire’s House of Representatives is currently considering a bill that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana and the bill is garnering strong bipartisan support.
On Jan. 3, 2016, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin issued pardons to 192 individuals who had previously been convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession.
On Jan. 1, 2017, residents of Los Angeles woke up to find that one of their most treasured landmarks had become the victim of a New Year’s prank. An unknown prankster scaled Mount Lee in the New Year’s early hours and changed the city’s famous Hollywood sign to “Hollyweed.”
On Dec. 20, 2016, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s medical marijuana act takes precedent over a law that restricts how patients can transport medical marijuana. The ruling is the result of a 2014 case where medical marijuana patient Callen Latz was arrested for improperly transporting marijuana.
Charlo Greene, an Alaskan reporter who went viral after quitting during a live broadcast to become a full-time marijuana advocate, could be facing up to more than half of a century of incarceration for operating an unlicensed marijuana social club.
Legislators in the state of Wyoming are considering reducing the penalties for simple marijuana possession. The consideration comes after legislators failed to impose penalties on those caught possessing edible marijuana products in the previous legislative session.
On Aug. 23, 2016, a Memphis City Council committee voted 5-2 to pass a marijuana decriminalization ordinance to decriminalize simple possession.
On April 19, 2016, the Illinois State Senate voted 40-14 to approve Senate Bill 2228, a measure that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana in Illinois.
The Maryland House of Delegates voted to give preliminary approval to HB 183, a bill that would make it a criminal misdemeanor to use marijuana in a vehicle. This would make it punishable by a fine rather than jail time. The bill is part of the legislature’s effort to clear up any legal ambiguities remaining…
On Feb. 8, 2016, the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, held a press conference regarding Mayor Eric Papenfuse’s ordinance proposal to amend the city’s codified ordinances to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.
On Dec. 29, 2015, Georgia Sen. Harold Jones II pre-filed legislation that would eliminate felony marijuana possession in the state.
On Dec. 22, 2015, Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department arrested Nicholas Cunningham and Evonne Lidoff for misdemeanor distribution of marijuana, through Kush Gods, Cunningham’s enterprise that exchanges marijuana for donations.
On Sept. 15, 2015, Toledo, Ohio, became one of the few major cities in the United States to decriminalize marijuana. The voter initiative, also known as the Sensible Marihuana Act, passed with more than 70 percent of the vote.
The debate surrounding marijuana is not just confusing for Americans voting for new laws or for potential presidential candidates developing an informed stance, it is confusing for those living in states with already-legalized marijuana.
The state legislatures that tackled marijuana law reform over the past several years stopped short of righting old wrongs. A policy of retroactive ameliorative relief may be part of the solution.