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Philadelphia Mayor Signs Cannabis Decriminalization Bill, Takes Effect October 20th

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law today a proposal which will decriminalize the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis within the city, a move that was supported 14 to 2 by the City’s Council. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has agreed to abide by the new law, which will find cannabis decriminalized in …

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Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Mississippi

The group Mississippi for Cannabis has filed an initiative with the Mississippi Secretary of State in hopes of putting the legalization of cannabis to a vote of the people in the 2016 presidential election. “Now we are waiting for official approval from the Mississippi Secretary of State, and the Attorney General which will include a …

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Poll: 60% of Louisiana Voters Support Decriminalizing Cannabis

A new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling has found that a majority of Louisiana voters are in favor of legalizing medical cannabis, as well a decriminalizing cannabis possession. According to the poll, 60% of voters in Louisiana support removing criminal penalties for someone caught possessing up to an ounce of cannabis for the first …

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Oregon City Approves Tax on Recreational Cannabis Prior to Vote on Legalization

The Lake Oswego City Council has voted to approve a 10% tax on recreational cannabis, weeks prior to the state’s votes this November on Measure 91, which would legalize the possession, cultivation and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for those 21 and older. The Council also produced a 5% tax on medical cannabis. Both taxes will …

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Maryland Decriminalization Bill Now in Effect

The possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis is no longer a criminal offense in Maryland, as Senate Bill 364 becomes law. Senate Bill 364, which was signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley in April, officially took effect at midnight (EST), October 1st. The proposal makes the possession of up to 10 grams …

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Study: THC Increases Survival Rates in People that Experience Traumatic Brain Injury

The presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the system is associated with increased survival rates in those who experience traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to a new study published in the American Journal of Surgery. “Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality”, says Dr. Binh Minh Nguyen, the study’s lead author. “Several studies …

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Florida: Campaign to Legalize Medical Cannabis Launches First Video Ad

With a little over a month before the election, advocates of Florida’s Amendment 2, an initiative to legalize medical cannabis, have launched their first video ad. Amendment 2 – which is a constitutional amendment – would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis for those who receive a recommendation from a physician, …

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Wisconsin Activists Erect Billboard Calling Out Senators’ Obstruction of Medical Cannabis Legalization

By Press Release The League of Marijuana Voters launched a billboard Monday that highlights two Wisconsin state senators’ obstruction of medical marijuana legalization. The first ever billboard advocating for medical marijuana legislation in Wisconsin is part of a new campaign targeting Senators Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) and Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) for preventing passage of a …

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Cincinnati City Council Holds Public Hearing on Cannabis Expungement Bill

The Cincinnati City Council’s Law and Public Safety Committee held a public hearing this morning on a resolution by Councilmember Charlie Winburn to allow for the expungement of cannabis possession misdemeanors, and a majority of those who spoke at the hearing were in favor. Under the proposed law, those who’ve received a misdemeanor for possessing …

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California Fair Sentencing Act Signed Into Law

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org California Gov. Jerry Brown Sunday signed into law the Fair Sentencing Act, which will undo racial disparities in the sentencing of cocaine offenders under laws passed during the crack cocaine hysteria of the 1980s. Brown did not issue a signing statement. The law, Senate Bill 1010, eliminates sentencing disparities between crack …

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