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Marijuana Prohibitionist Spends 4/20 Criticizing Legalization

Marijuana Prohibitionist Spends 4/20 Criticizing Legalization

Marijuana Prohibitionist Spends 4/20 Criticizing Legalization

Coinciding with the national marijuana holiday of 4/20, a notorious marijuana prohibitionist blasted efforts to legalize marijuana nationwide while speaking at a drug abuse summit in Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta Delays Marijuana Decriminalization Decision

Atlanta Delays Marijuana Decriminalization Decision

On April 18, 2017, members of the Atlanta City Council withdrew their support from Ordinance 17-O-1152, a statute that would have decriminalized marijuana in Georgia’s captial. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, the council opted to refer the ordinance to the Public Safety Committee.

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Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Fails in Atlanta City Council

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Yesterday the Atlanta City Council failed to pass Ordinance 17-O-1152, which would have decriminalized marijuana in the city. After hearing from many Atlanta residents the ordinance was referred to the Public Safety Committee for a further review in a 10-4 vote.

Decriminalization Bill Reaches New Hampshire Senate for the Ninth Time

Decriminalization Bill Reaches New Hampshire Senate for the Ninth Time

On April 11, 2017, the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee took on the long-standing issue of decriminalizing the possession of marijuana in small quantities.

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Proposal to Reduce Marijuana Penalties Advances in Texas House of Representatives

HOUSTON, Texas, April 3, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – A proposal to reduce penalties for marijuana possession in Texas received bipartisan approval from the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Monday and will soon be scheduled for a full vote in the House.

Gabbard Urges Congress to Pass Federal Decriminalization Bill

Tulsi Gabbard Urges Congress to Pass Federal Decriminalization Bill

When the House of Representatives convened for its Morning Hour on March 21, 2017, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, took to the floor to urge House members to support H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.

VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Calls for Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Continuing her commitment to common sense criminal justice reform, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) spoke on the House floor today urging Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to federally decriminalize marijuana.

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New Hampshire House of Representatives Overwhelmingly Approves Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

CONCORD, N.H., March 9, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The state House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved HB 640 on Wednesday (318-36), bringing New Hampshire one step closer to becoming the final state in New England to decriminalize marijuana possession.

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Israeli Cabinet Approves Proposal to Decriminalize Marijuana

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.

Israel gives green light to decriminalize marijuana use

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.

Legislation Introduced to Federally Decriminalize Marijuana

Legislation Introduced to Decriminalize Marijuana Federally

On Feb. 27, 2017, Congressman Tom Garrett, R-Va., introduced the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017,” to the House of Representatives. If passed, the bill, H.R. 1227, would decriminalize marijuana federally by removing it from the federal controlled substances list.

Will MMJ Lead to Legalization, Decriminalization in Pennsylvania?

Will MMJ Lead to Legalization, Decriminalization in Pennsylvania?

Starting next year, Pennsylvanians with one of 17 qualifying medical conditions will be able to do the same. First, the state must award permits to growers, processors and distributors and competition for those licenses will be fierce. But, does medical marijuana open the door to legalization of recreational pot?

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Governor Cuomo to Propose Clarifications to NY State Law Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 13, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced his renewed commitment to decriminalizing marijuana possession in his State of the State Book, which outlines his agenda for the 2017 Legislative Session.

Idaho Moms For Marijuana Protester Cited in State Capital

Idaho Moms For Marijuana Protester Cited in State Capital

Serra Frank was protesting in Boise, Idaho, with Idaho Moms for Marijuana during the second annual New Year’s Smoke Out Protest on Jan. 1, 2016. At 4:20 p.m., she was cited for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, and gave her marijuana to the police, according to Jan. 1, 2016 articles in local media.

Houston NORML Suggests Putting Marijuana Laws Before Texas Voters

Houston NORML Suggests Putting Marijuana Laws Before Texas Voters

For Texas legislators, it might be easier avoid political repercussions by placing new marijuana laws on a ballot, instead of voting themselves, Jason Miller, director of communications for the Houston office of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, told the Houston Press for a Nov. 25, 2016, article.

Nashville sticks with marijuana law despite AG's opinion

Nashville Sticks With Marijuana Law Despite AG’s Opinion

Nashville will continue to allow police officers in Davidson County to give civil citations for the possession of small amounts of marijuana despite a new opinion from Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery that contends the local ordinance preempts state law.

Texas legislators file bills aimed at decriminalizing marijuana

Texas Legislators File Bills Aimed at Decriminalizing Marijuana

Among the bills are those that would create a specialty court for certain first-time marijuana possession offenders, reduce criminal penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and re-classify convictions for possession of small amounts of marijuana.


Four Ohio Communities Decriminalize Marijuana

On Election Day, four Ohio communities voted to decriminalize possession of pot, according to Cleveland.com. Newark, Bellaire, Logan, and Roseville each passed measures that got rid of all fines and jail sentences for possession of 200 grams or less of marijuana and for pot-related paraphernalia.

Progress in Tennessee: Memphis Decriminalizes Marijuana

Progress in Tennessee: Memphis Decriminalizes Marijuana

On Oct. 4, 2016, the Memphis City Council voted to approve a city ordinance that would allow city police the discretion of issuing civil fines for the possession of marijuana, making Memphis the second city in Tennessee to decriminalize marijuana.


Nashville, Tenn., Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

Nashville, Tenn., has passed an ordinance that allows police officers leeway in charging people with possession of marijuana. The city’s new decriminalization legislation allows officers to give a penalty of either a $50 fine or 10 hours of community service to people in possession of half an ounce or less of marijuana.


Nebraska Public Defender Advocates Decriminalization of Pot

Although Nebraska’s pro-decriminalization forces decided not to pursue a 2016 ballot initiative, Lancaster County’s public defender has publicly endorsed decriminalizing and regulating marijuana, according to an article in the Lincoln Journal Star. Joe Nigro stated his views in a Sept. 15, 2016, forum with Nebraska’s chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

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Marijuana Decriminalization in State College, Penn., Effective Sept. 7, 2016

A new marijuana decriminalization ordinance will go into effect on Sept. 7, 2016, in the township of State College, Penn., home of Penn State. The new ordinance will allow police to issue a summary offense to those possessing or using 30 grams or less of marijuana. Fines would be $250 for possession and $350 for using.

Report: West Virginia Could Generate Millions With Marijuana Legalization

Report: West Virginia Could Generate Millions With Legal Marijuana

On Aug. 18, 2016, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy announced that it had released a report that examines how marijuana legalization could affect the state’s budget, prison system and chronically ill.


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.


Nashville Could Decriminalize Possession or Exchange of a Half-Ounce of Pot

Some city officials in Nashville, Tenn., the country music capital of the world, are considering the decriminalization of a half-ounce or less of marijuana, according to an Aug. 10, 2016, article in The Tennessean. The decriminalization would apply to the amount whether it is possessed or exchanged.

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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.

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