Three New Marijuana Reform Bills Being Introduced in Texas

By Alizeh Siddiqui, Marijuana Policy Project

AUSTIN, TX — As part of the Marijuana Policy Project’s multi-year legislativetexas campaign in Texas, the Washington, DC based organization is developing bill proposals to address marijuana decriminalization, as well as allowing marijuana to be used for medical reasons and eventually regulating it similarly to alcohol for adults in the Lone Star State.

According to Heather Fazio, Texas Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project, the group will be pre-filing the three bills this November, in anticipation of the 84th Texas Legislative Session, starting in January.

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Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. to Vote on Cannabis Legalization in Just 10 Days

In just 10 days, on November 4th, the 2014 general election will be upon us, and Alaska, Oregonvoters and Washington D.C. – along with a couple of cities – will be voting on the legalization of recreational cannabis, only two years after Washington and Colorado did the same.

In Oregon, Measure 91 has consistently maintained majority support among polls, including one from last week which found it winning 52% to 41%. Still, the numbers are close, so it’s vital that legalization advocates in Oregon take the time to vote in favor of the proposal if they’re registered, and to spread the word either way.

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Report: Legalizing Cannabis Would Create A $35 Billion Industry In The U.S.

A new report released by GreenWave Advisers has detailed a calculated prediction about the future of the legal cannabis marijuana-money-live-trading-newsindustry – and the numbers are huge.

According to the report, if cannabis was legalized on a federal level in the United States by the year 2020, the recreational and medical market combined in all 50 states would be valued at around $35 billion annually.

The analysis concludes that change in federal law is expected, due to the continued efforts of lawmakers pushing various pieces of legislation to ease current laws, the benefits of medical cannabis becoming better understood, the positive economic impact becoming more recognized and according to the report, the most important factor: public support in favor of legalization is growing.

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Netflix CEO and Founder Donates Over $245,000 to Defelonize Drug Possession in California

Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO of Netflix, has donated nearly a quarter netflixof a million dollars to Proposition 47, an initiative being voted on next month in California which would defelonize personal drug possession, in addition to other non-violent crimes such as petty theft.

The contribution (which was $246,664.20 to be exact) is the second highest from an individual donor; only Molly Munger has given more at over $325,447.82. The largest overall contribution comes from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has donated over $3 million. This is according to the most recent campaign finance filings.

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Seattle Issues Hundreds of Cease and Desist Letters to Dispensaries Ordering Them to Shut Down

The City of Seattle has issued over 300 cease and desist letters to dispensaries throughSeattle-skyline-space-needleout the city, ordering them to shut down by July 1st, 2015, unless they can obtain a license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board, despite no such license existing for medical cannabis facilities.

On Thursday last week, the city sent out letters to all businesses deemed to be engaged in “major marijuana activity”, defined as any activity involving 45 or more plants, or more than 72 ounces of cannabis. The letter reads as follows:

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New Study Finds Cannabis Use Doesn’t Lower IQ in Children

A new study outcannabisjoint of the University College of London has found that consuming cannabis has no impact on a child’s IQ.

The study, which included 2,612 children, examined IQ scores at age 8, and again at 15. They found “no relationship between cannabis use and lower IQ at age 15,” even when other factors such as alcohol use, cigarette use and maternal education were taken into account. Researchers found that even heavy cannabis had no effect on a person’s IQ.

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New York Mayor de Blasio Continues Discriminatory Marijuana Arrest Crusade

By Drug Police Alliance

NEW YORK: A new report released today by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project newyorkcityand the Drug Policy Alliance shows that, despite campaign promises, marijuana possession arrests under Mayor de Blasio are on track to equal – or even surpass – the number of arrests under Mayor Bloomberg. As under the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations, these arrests are marked by shockingly high racial disparities.

The report, Race, Class & Marijuana Arrests in Mayor de Blasio’s Two New Yorks: the NYPD’s Marijuana Arrest Crusade Continues in 2014 draws on data from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and shows that despite a change in mayoral administrations and police commissioners, the NYPD continues its practice of making wasteful, racially biased, and costly marijuana arrests.

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Colorado Department of Health Backs Down from Suggestion to Ban Cannabis Edibles

The Coloradobrownie Department of Public Health and Environment has backed down from a proposal to ban most forms of edible cannabis such as brownies and cookies, with lozenges and tinctures being the exception.

The proposal, which was made public on Monday before quickly being withdrawn, sparked outrage among the cannabis industry and among cannabis advocates; it also drew legal concerns from the state-issued regulatory workgroup which met Monday to review the suggestion.

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Federal Judge to Hold Hearing on Whether Cannabis Should be Removed as a Schedule 1 Drug

By Paul Armentano, NORML

Testimony regarding the constitutionality of the federal statute gavelbuddesignating marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance will be taken on Monday, October 27 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in the case of United States v. Pickard, et. al., No. 2:11-CR-0449-KJM.

Members of Congress initially categorized cannabis as a Schedule I substance, the most restrictive classification available, in 1970. Under this categorization, the plant is defined as possessing “a high potential for abuse, … no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, … [and lacking] accepted safety for … use … under medical supervision.”

Vote on Medical Cannabis Given Go-Ahead in Guam After Federal Judge Dismisses Challenge

U.S. District Court of Guam Chief Judge Francesguam Tydingco-Gatewood has dismissed a lawsuit challenging next month’s vote on the legalization of medical cannabis, officially giving the go-ahead for the vote to take place. According to Tydingco-Gatewood, the individual who brought forth the case – attorney Howard Trapp – has no legal standing.

Trapp sued the Guam Election Commission last month, challenging the government’s ability to put the legalization of medical cannabis to a vote due to “legislative submission.” In the order released yesterday, Tydingco-Gatewood says Trapp failed to demonstrate that his complaint is “distinguishable from the general interest of every citizen of Guam.”

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