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Proposal to Decriminalize Cannabis Filed in New Mexico

By Drug Policy Alliance Senate Bill 383 would reduce the penalty structure for possession of up to 4 ounces to a civil penalty with increasing fines while taking away the potential for jail time for any amount up to 8 ounces. SANTA FE, NM — New Mexico State Senator Joseph Cervantes (D-Dona Ana County) has introduced …

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Mississippians Push to Legalize Cannabis and Demand Forgiveness

By Kelly Jacobs, Team Legalize The Mississippi Secretary of State just approved ballot initiative #48 on 12/29/14 which gave Mississippians one year to collect approximately 110K signatures on our petitions from registered voters who want to vote to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol and pardon non-violent cannabis offenders. The Mississippi Attorney General wrote this description …

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Medical Cannabis and Decriminalization Bills Filed in South Carolina

By Robert Capecchi, Marijuana Policy Project CHARLESTON, SC — A bipartisan group of South Carolina state representatives led by House Minority Leader J. Todd Rutherford has introduced compassionate legislation that would establish a workable medical marijuana program in South Carolina. Under House Bill 3140, the “Put Patients First Act”, seriously ill patients would be able to …

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U.S. Attorney General: Feds Can No Longer Accept Property Seized by State and Local Police

By Drug Policy Alliance Property Seizures by Local and State Police Often Conducted Under Pretext that Property Is Connected to Illegal Drugs WASHINGTON, DC — [On Friday], Attorney General Eric Holder issued an order establishing a new policy prohibiting federal agencies from accepting civil asset forfeiture assets seized by state and local law enforcement agencies unless …

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Daily, Long-Term Cannabis Use Not Associated with Adverse Changes in Lung Health

By Paul Armentano, NORML Study Finds That Long Term Cannabis Exposure “Not Associated With Significant Effects On Lung Function” ATLANTA, GA — The inhalation of one marijuana cigarette per day over a 20-year period is not associated with adverse changes in lung health, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Annals …

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Scientists Believe They Have Discovered a New Species of Cannabis

By Zara Zhi, Culture Magazine Scientists at the University of Sydney believe they have found a fourth species of cannabis. The finding took place in 2010, when a group of people were hiking in the Blue Mountains of Australia and discovered a single plant that resembled cannabis. The shrub was later donated to a research …

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Study: No Longitudinal Association Between Cannabis Use and Depression

By Paul Armentano, NORML TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Cannabis use is not associated with increased incidences of major depression, according to longitudinal data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Affective Disorders. An international team of investigators from Israel and Canada assessed the association between cannabis use, major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar …

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New York State Lawmakers Hold Public Forum on Taxing and Regulating Cannabis Like Alcohol

By Drug Policy Alliance Hearing Follows Historic Votes to Legalize Marijuana in Alaska, Oregon and D.C. Statement by the Drug Policy Alliance: It’s Time to Fix New York’s Broken Marijuana Policies New York — Today, Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblyperson Crystal Peoples-Stokes sponsored a public forum about the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, a bill …

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Virginia Lawmakers to Consider Decriminalizing Cannabis Next Month

By Robert Capecchi, Deputy Director of State Policies, Marijuana Policy Project When the Virginia Legislature convenes in January, a bill to stop criminalizing those who simply possess marijuana will be awaiting consideration. Today, an individual convicted of marijuana possession in Virginia can be thrown in jail for up to thirty days, fined up to $500, …

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President To Sign Federal Spending Bill Protecting State Sanctioned Medical Cannabis Program

By Paul Armentano, NORML House and Senate lawmakers have approved spending legislation that contains a historic provision restricting the Justice Department from interfering with the implementation of state-sanctioned medical cannabis and/or hemp programs. Members of the Senate approved the House version of the bill Saturday night. President Barack Obama indicated Monday that he intends to …

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Study: Evidence Fails to Support DUI Impairment Levels for Cannabis

By Paul Armentano, NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Available science fails to support the imposition of driving under the influence (DUI) impairment thresholds for cannabis in a manner that is analogous to the per se limits already in place for alcohol, according to the conclusions of a November 2014 publication published by the United States Department of …

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Iowa Board of Pharmacy to Consider the Reclassification of Marijuana

By Alizeh Siddiqui, Marijuana Policy Project DES MOINES, IA — The Iowa Board of Pharmacy is considering renewing its recommendation that the state reclassify marijuana in a way that would make it easier to use the substance legally for medical purposes, following a hearing in the state’s capital Monday where patients, medical professionals, and drug-abuse …

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