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New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Signed Into Law

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Signed Into Law

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Signed Into Law

On July 18, 2017, Gov. Chris Sununu signed House Bill 640, a New Hampshire marijuana decriminalization bill, reducing the penalty for those who possess small amounts of marijuana.

Colorado Court: Drug Dog Alert Not Enough Cause for Car Search as Cannabis Is Legal

Colorado Court: Drug Dog Alert Not Enough Cause for Car Search as Cannabis Is Legal

If a drug dog detects the scent of a controlled substance on a vehicle, it isn’t enough probable cause for police in Colorado to search the vehicle, according to a ruling issued by the Colorado Court of Appeals on July 13, 2017.

86 Percent of NYPD Marijuana Possession Arrests Affect Black and Latino New Yorkers

86 Percent of NYPD Marijuana Possession Arrests Affect Black and Latino New Yorkers

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.

Former Arizona Medical Marijuana Ban May Return to College Campuses

Former Arizona Medical Marijuana Ban May Return to College Campuses

Arizona medical marijuana users may have to use caution if they are looking to light up on college campuses. On June 8, 2017, Attorney General Mark Brnovich requested that the Arizona Supreme Court reevaluate a ruling made by the Arizona Court of Appeals this past April, which rejected a 2012 decision by the legislature to make possession of medical marijuana on college campuses a crime.

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill to be Signed by Governor

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Sent to Governor

After a vote from the state House of Representatives, a New Hampshire marijuana decriminalization bill is headed to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk. On June 1, 2017, the House approved House Bill 640, which would reduce the penalty for minor possession of marijuana.

Wisconsin Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced by Republican

Wisconsin Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced by Republican

On May 30, 2017, a Republican state legislator joined a group of three democrats to introduce a Wisconsin marijuana decriminalization bill, but admitted that the bill’s passing would be unlikely.

Atlanta City Council to Reconsider Decriminalizing Marijuana

Atlanta City Council to Reconsider Decriminalizing Marijuana

Georgia’s capital city is once again thinking about decriminalizing marijuana within city limits. According to an update by Peachtree NORML, the Atlanta City Council will take a vote Ordinance 17-O-1152, an ordinance decriminalizing marijuana, on May 15, 2017.

Delaware Judge: Possessing Marijuana With Firearm Still a Felony

Delaware Judge: Possessing Marijuana With Firearm Still a Felony

According to a recent ruling by Superior Court Judge Paul R. Wallace, although the state of Delaware decriminalized marijuana possession in 2015, the state legislature failed to remove a law that made it a felony to simultaneously possess a firearm and a controlled substance.

Activists Arrested at Smoke-In on United States Capitol Grounds

Activists Arrested at Smoke-In on United States Capitol Grounds

Calling upon the federal government to reschedule marijuana, activists with the group DC Marijuana Justice staged a smoke-in on United States Capitol grounds on April 24, 2017, and some were subsequently arrested by United States Capitol Police for possession.

US Capitol Police Arrest Eight for Possession of Marijuana

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — At approximately 12:18 p.m. today, United States Capitol Police (USCP) officers began arresting several individuals after witnessing them distributing marijuana in public view to passersby at First and Constitution Avenue, NE.

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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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.

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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.


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