North Carolina Hemp Legalization Bill Heads To Governor For Signature

As America becomes more environmentally conscience, more and more states are considering hemp reform. Hemp is an extremely versatile plant, and can do anything that petroleum products do, without the undesirable effects on the environment. The hemp industry in America is huge, and is getting bigger every year that goes…

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New Bill Would Prevent DEA From Using Federal Forfeiture Funds For Marijuana Seizures

One of the biggest weapons that the DEA has used over the years to enforce marijuana prohibition is civil asset forfeiture. To explain what civil asset forfeiture is, basically if the cops think that a crime has been committed (very subjective) they can take first, ask questions later. It has…

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Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced In Michigan

I receive the following legislative alert: Yesterday, Rep. Jeff Irwin introduced HB 4877, a bill that would end marijuana prohibition in Michigan and treat cannabis similarly to alcohol. Marijuana prohibition is just as destructive, costly, and ineffective as alcohol prohibition, and it’s time for Michigan to choose a better path.…

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Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Eliminate DEA Marijuana Eradication Program

Congressmen Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Justin Amash (R-MI) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday that would eliminate the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program. The DEA program distributes funds to state and local law enforcement agencies for the purpose of locating and destroying marijuana…

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California Assembly Approves Landmark Pretrial Diversion Bill

Yesterday, the California Assembly took a bold step toward addressing the often-devastating consequences of a minor drug law violation, such as deportation and the loss of federal housing and educational benefits.  The Assembly vote was 21-15, with 4 members absent. The bill has already been passed by the California Senate,…

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Albuquerque City Council Members To File Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Today, Albuquerque city council members, Rey Garduño and Isaac Benton, filed a new bill to remove criminal sanctions pertaining to possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia from the city’s municipal codes. A companion resolution, also submitted today, would make marijuana possession violations the lowest priority for the Albuquerque Police Department. …

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Illinois Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Goes Back To General Assembly For Final Approval

(via firedoglake.com) Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto Friday of a bill that would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amount of marijuana, sending it back to the General Assembly for final approval. The General Assembly has 15 days from the next session date to approve the…

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Senate Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a measure Thursday (16-14) that is intended to ensure marijuana businesses have access to banking services. The amendment, offered by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, would prohibit the Treasury Department and its enforcement arm, the Financial Crimes…

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Over $11,000 Raised In A Month To Overturn Harmful Washington Medical Marijuana Bill

A campaign to place an injunction on, and overturn Washington State’s Senate Bill 5052 has raised over $ 11,000 from 118 people in just one month. Senate Bill 5052, signed by Governor Inslee in April, makes several changes to the state’s medical cannabis law, including drastically reducing the amount of…

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UFCW Praises Passage Of Marijuana Regulation Bill By California Senate Committees

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council Executive Director Jim Araby has made the following statement on the approval of AB 266 (Bonta/Cooley/Jones-Sawyer) by the Senate Health and Senate Governance and Finance Committees today. The UFCW is the only union in California representing cannabis industry workers, with 1,200…

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