California to Weedmaps: stop promoting illegal marijuana businesses or face criminal, civil penalties

Published: Mar 7, 2018, 3:43 pm • Updated: Mar 7, 2018, 3:43 pm By Brooke Edwards Staggs, Orange County Register California’s cannabis czar sent Weedmaps a cease and desist letter, ordering the Irvine company that maps marijuana dispensaries to immediately stop promoting businesses that don’t have state licenses. “You are…

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Oregon triples penalties for selling marijuana to minors

Published: Jan 26, 2018, 9:27 am • Updated: Jan 26, 2018, 9:27 am By The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon has announced it will temporarily increase penalties for those who unintentionally sell marijuana to minors. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the announcement was made Thursday by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission,…

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Another Texas county looks to reduce penalties for marijuana possession

Published: Oct 31, 2017, 1:15 pm • Updated: Oct 31, 2017, 1:17 pm By The Associated Press EL PASO, Texas — A new program in western Texas could waive some marijuana charges for community service. The El Paso Times reports that El Paso County commissioners on Monday unanimously approved the…

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Third major Texas county reduces penalties for marijuana possession

Published: Sep 27, 2017, 1:14 pm • Updated: Sep 27, 2017, 1:14 pm By The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Authorities in Bexar County are seeking to divert misdemeanor offenders, including those found with marijuana, away from jail and instead receive a citation similar to a traffic ticket. District Attorney…

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Wisconsin Republican joins Democratic bid to reduce weed penalties

Published: May 30, 2017, 2:28 pm • Updated: May 30, 2017, 2:28 pm By Cara Lombardo, The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — A Republican state lawmaker joined three Democrats in a longshot effort to loosen the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana in Wisconsin. Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam…

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New Hampshire Legislature Takes One Step ‘Sideways’ On Marijuana Penalties

I received the following disappointing news out of New Hampshire: The prohibitionists in the New Hampshire Senate, led by gubernatorial candidate Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry), succeeded yesterday in preventing any meaningful progress on decriminalization in 2016. The committee of conference on SB 498…

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Illinois Senate Approves Bill To Remove Criminal Penalties For Marijuana Possession

The Illinois Senate approved a bill 40-14 on Tuesday that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana. It will now go to the House for further consideration. SB 2228, introduced by Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), would make possession of up to…

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Virginia House Republicans Favor Criminal Penalties For Simple Marijuana Possession

I received the following message from Virginia NORML. If you are in Virginia, get active!: There were a historic 21 marijuana-related bills presented in the Virginia General Assembly this year. Unfortunately, most were dead on arrival in the Virginia House of Delegates. Each of the 6 expungement bills, both decriminalization bills, and the drivers license decrim bill, heard by the…

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