Minnesota Democratic Leaders to Push for Marijuana Legalization

According to a new report by the Associated Press, some top Minnesota Democratic lawmakers are planning to make a major push in the 2020 legislative session to legalize recreational marijuana

“Legalization is going to happen in Minnesota, and the question is whether it happens this year, next year, or the year after,” House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler said. “The change is coming, and we are preparing for that change by creating legislation that will address all the harms of our existing prohibition of cannabis.”

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Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Says He’ll Legalize Marijuana on Day One if Elected

Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has pledged to legalize marijuana across the United States through executive order the first day he takes office, if he wins (which is seeming increasing likely passed on recent polling).

“We will end the destructive war on drugs,” Sanders said at a rally in Cedar Rapids, reports Forbes. “On my first day in office through executive order we will legalize marijuana in every state in this country.”

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Former Chicago Police Superintendent Advising Cannabis Company

The former superintendent of the Chicago Police Department is now advising a local cannabis company on security after more than $200,000 was stolen from it during a burglary last month, reports the Associated Press.

Danny Marks, the co-owner of MOCA Modern Cannabis, told the Chicago Tribune that he brought on former police Superintendent Garry McCarthy as a consultant as he seeks a license to open a new recreational marijuana store in the River North neighborhood. Marks says that bringing on McCarthy makes sense for a number of reasons.

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Virginia Senate Judiciary Committees Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

On Wednesday Virginia’s Senate Judiciary Committee voted overwhelmingly (11 to 2) to pass Senate Bill 2 which would reduce the penalties for personal marijuana possession.

Specifically, the measure would make it so that the personal possession of up to an ounce of cannabis is – at most – a $50 fine. Under current law the possession of small amounts of marijuana is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. The measure also increases the amount of marijuana that can qualify for intent to distribute (a much harsher charge than simple possession) from half-ounce to an ounce.

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