Virginia residents caught with cannabis might get a chance to clear their convictions. On Feb. 12, 2018, the Virginia Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 954, a bill which would reduce the penalties for cannabis possession and allow first-time offenders to have their charges expunged.
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Alaskan Edibles Manufacturer Has License Revoked by State
On Dec. 15, 2017, Frozen Budz, an Alaskan edibles manufacturer, had its manufacturing license revoked by the state Marijuana Control Board, marking the first time that the state control board has had to take such an action.
Virginia Lawmaker Preparing Bill for Marijuana Decriminalization
A Virginia lawmaker says he’s working on a bill to decriminalize marijuana. The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that Senate majority leader Tommy Norment does not support full legalization of the drug. But the Republican said possessing it would be a civil offense subject to a ticket or a fine.
Dallas Approves Cite and Release Program for Marijuana Possession
On April 12, 2017, the Dallas City Council voted 10-5 to approve an ordinance that would reduce the penalties of marijuana possession.
Marijuana in Missouri: Kansas City Passes Decriminalization Ordinance
On April 4, 2017, voters in Kansas City, Missouri, overwhelmingly approved Question 5, a decriminalization ordinance that reduces the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana to a simple fine.
KC NORML Successfully Decriminalized Marijuana in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, MO., April 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – In a blowout victory for sensible criminal justice policy, the voters of Kansas City, Missouri have decided to approve Question 5 and decriminalize marijuana to direct their law enforcement officers to no longer target citizens for possession of the plant and would replace current criminal penalties with just a civil fine.
New Mexico Decriminalization Bill Passes House Committee
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.
Israel Gives Green Light to Decriminalize Marijuana Use
The Israeli government voted on Sunday in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining some U.S. states and European countries who have adopted a similar approach.
New Mexico Senator Hopes to Reduce Penalties for Having Marijuana
New Mexico senator Joseph Cervantes, hopes to reduce the state’s penalties for possession of marijuana.
Israel Makes Moves Toward Decriminalizing Marijuana
On Jan. 26, 2017, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced that he would support the decriminalization of marijuana in Israel and adopt recommendations made by a panel commissioned to study the issue.
Marijuana Activists Staging ‘Smoke-in’ at Popular Philadelphia Park
On Jan. 20, 2017, marijuana activists in Philadelphia staged a peaceful protest and community outreach event in Rittenhouse Square.
Memphis Councilman to Offer Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance
A Memphis, Tenn., councilman soon will offer a marijuana decriminalization ordinance similar to one being discussed in Nashville, Tenn., according to an article at WREG.com. Representatives of Councilman Berlin Boyd said he will introduce an ordinance that would establish a civil penalty of $50 for possession or exchange of half an ounce of pot or less.
Illinois Decriminalizes Simple Possession of Marijuana
On July 29, 2016, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 2228, making Illinois the 21st state to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana.
Illinois Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana
SPRINGFIELD, Ill, July 29, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law Friday that removes criminal penalties for possession of a personal amount of marijuana and replaces them with a civil fine. The new law is effective immediately.
Illinois House Approves Bill to Remove Criminal Penalties for Marijuana Possession
CHICAGO, Ill., May 18, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Illinois House approved a bill 64-50 on Wednesday that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana. It will now go to Gov. Bruce Rauner for approval.
Illinois Senate Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana
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.
New Orleans City Council Passes Decriminalization Ordinance
On March 17, 2016, the New Orleans City Council passed Ordinance Calendar No. 31,148, decriminalizing simple possession of cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids.
Tampa City Council Adopts Decriminalization Ordinance
On March 17, 2016, the Tampa City Council adopted an ordinance to decriminalize 20 grams or less of cannabis. According to Fox 13, Mayor Bob Buckhorn is expected to sign the ordinance into law.
Cannabis Decriminalization Proposed in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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.
Georgia Senator Wants State to Eliminate Felony Possession for Marijuana
On Dec. 29, 2015, Georgia Sen. Harold Jones II pre-filed legislation that would eliminate felony marijuana possession in the state.
Friday Vernal Equinox
Cannabis stocks have not enjoyed the broad market enthusiasm, which is not surprising, but it remains disappointing.
Wednesday House Cleaning
Cannabis stocks were mostly quiet today. Volume is becoming quite challenging as recent actions by the U.S. Treasury Department may take a big bite out of OTC PINK companies.
Philly Gets Decriminalization Right
As recently reported, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will sign a compromise measure to decriminalize personal possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana, with the penalty dropping from possible jail time to a $25 fine. Philadelphia got it right in two major ways.
Philadelphia to Decriminalize Marijuana
The city of brotherly love has just gotten a lot more loving. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter confirmed that on Monday, September 15, he will sign into law a bill which decriminalizes marijuana. The bill will institute a $25 fine for simple possession of 30 grams or fewer instead of jail time. Once the bill is signed, it will go into effect on October 20.