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Vermont House Committee Approves Proposal to End Marijuana Prohibition; New Poll Shows Strong Public Support

Vermont House Committee Approves Proposal to End Marijuana Prohibition; New Poll Shows Strong Public Support

MONTPELIER, Vt., March 22, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The state House Judiciary Committee approved a bill 8-3 Wednesday that would make personal possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older.

Nevada Bill Would Vacate Convictions for Marijuana Possession

Nevada Bill Would Vacate Convictions for Marijuana Possession

Nevada residents convicted of simple marijuana possession could get a new lease on life if one state lawmaker gets his way. Introduced by Assemblyman William McCurdy II, Assembly Bill 259 would vacate the convictions of Nevada residents who had been caught with one ounce or less of marijuana before Jan. 1, 2017.

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.

Houston-Area District Attorney Reduces Penalty For Marijuana Possession

Houston-Area District Attorney Reduces Penalty For Marijuana Possession

If law enforcement officers in Harris County, Texas, find someone in possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, the officers will take the marijuana and require the possessor to sign a contract to attend a drug-education class. Kim Ogg, the District Attorney of Harris County, Texas, has decided as of March 1, 2017, she will no longer prosecute most marijuana cases.

Poll: Support Growing for Legalization in Texas

Poll: Support Growing for Legalization in Texas

On Feb. 21, 2017, the University of Texas, in conjunction with the Texas Tribune, released the results of its February 2017 poll, with the outcomes demonstrating that opposition to legalization is on the decline while support for private use marijuana is on the rise.

Houston area to decriminalize some low-level marijuana possession

Houston Area to Decriminalize Some Low-Level Marijuana Possession

More than two dozen U.S. states have legalized some form of marijuana for medical or recreational use, but the drug remains illegal at the federal level and in Texas. On Thursday, Houston officials announced the city will decriminalize low-level marijuana possession.

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.

Ohio

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.

Wyoming Considers Reducing Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Wyoming Considers Reducing Penalties for Marijuana Possession

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.

Alaska Officials to Issue Cannabis Licenses This Week, Retail Outlets to Open by Year's End

Alaska Officials to Issue Cannabis Licenses This Week, Retail Outlets to Open by Year’s End

Almost two years after voters in Alaska legalized cannabis, the state’s Marijuana Control Board says that they’ll be going approving applications and issuing licenses this week allowing for the opening of cannabis retail outlets.

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.

Illinois

Illinois House Sends New Decriminalization Bill to Governor

The Illinois House on Wednesday sent a new attempt at marijuana decriminalization to Gov. Bruce Rauner. Rauner vetoed last year’s bill, saying it set the limit for possession too high—up to 15 grams—and the fines too low, between $55 and $125. The new bill would set fines at $100 to $200 for people caught with up to 10 grams of marijuana.

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Florida, Considers Decriminalization Ordinance

Following its neighboring city of Tampa, Fla., the city of St. Petersburg, Fla., is considering an ordinance that would decriminalize marijuana, according to an April 28, 2016, report by Fox 13. On April 1, 2016, the penalty for possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana in Tampa shifted from arrests to citations.

Nieto

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Wants to Ease Law on Marijuana Possession

MEXICO CITY—Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday said he would ask the country’s congress to decriminalize personal possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, legalize its medical use and shift public policy from prohibition to prevention of the drug’s consumption.

CannaBit Projections and Female Decline

Weekly CannaBit: Dramatic Decline in Marijuana Arrests in Washington, DC

Weekly CannaBit for the week of April 4, 2016: Arrests for marijuana-related offenses in Washington, D.C., began falling in 2011, but since city residents legalized adult use in 2014, the decline has been dramatic. Total arrests have fallen 95% since 2011, and arrests for possession alone have fallen 99% over the same period.


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