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Hawaii Committee Unanimously Approves Bill Decriminalizing Cannabis Possession

Today Hawaii’s Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 472, which would decriminalize cannabis possession in the state. The vote was 5-0. Under this measure, possession of up to an ounce would no longer be an arrestable misdemeanor offense, and instead would become a civil infraction of $1,000. The measure is sponsored by 13 of the …

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Bill Introduced in Oregon to Legalize Cannabis

House Bill 3371, introduced this week by Oregon’s Committee on Revenue, would legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older. If it were to become law, possession of up to 24 ounces of dried cannabis, and the home-growing of up to 6 plants, would no longer be a crime. In addition, the Oregon Liquor Commission would …

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Washington Measure to Clear Marijuana Misdemeanors Passes Second Committee, Moves Towards Full House

Passing out of its second committee by a vote of 5-4, House Bill 1661 will now move to Washington State’s Rules Committee, where it’s expected to get scheduled for a full House vote. Its passage would send it to the Senate, where they would have the option of putting it in front of the governor …

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70% In Florida Support Legalized Medical Marijuana

New polling shows that a vast majority of those in Florida, 70%, support legalizing medical cannabis. Only 24% are opposed. The poll, released today and conducted by the firm Hamilton Campaigns, found that even Republicans had 56% support for such a change. These numbers are sure to be a huge boost to continuing efforts by …

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Companion Bills Filed in California to Legalize Hemp

On Friday companion bills were introduced in California’s Senate and Assembly that would legalize hemp production in the state. Senate Bill 566, and Assembly Bill 1137 were filed by Democratic Senator Mark Leno, and Republican Assemblyman Allan Mansoor. The measures makes note of the fact that the state imports “tens of thousands of acres’ worth …

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Is Washington State America’s Cannabis Mecca?

Washington State has long been considered on the forefront of cannabis law reform, and over the past several months, things have escalated. Washington voters approved Initiative 502 with a resounding, double-digit victory. Possession of an ounce of cannabis is no longer a criminal offense. Smoking in clear public display is simply a ticket. Hundreds are …

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New Poll: Majority in Kentucky Support Legalizing Hemp, Medical Marijuana

Last week Kentucky’s Senate voted, 31-6, to approve legislation that would legalize hemp in the state. This is after their Senate Committee on Agriculture voted unanimously to put it to a full Senate vote. Kentucky’s U.S Senators, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnel and Rand Paul, have publicly endorsed the measure, while simultaneously working on federal …

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West Virginia Bill Would Require Three Drug Tests for Drivers License

In an undeniable overstepping of government authority, a new piece of legislation has been introduced in West Virginia this week that would require drug testing for those in the state attempting to get their learners permit at 15, again when they get their intermediate license at 16, and a third time when being issues their …

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Bipartisan Legislation Introduced in Minnesota to Legalize Hemp

A bipartisan pair of state legislators in Minnesota have teamed up to introduce legislation that would legalize hemp in the state. The measure, HF 736, has been titled the Industrial Hemp Development Act. You can find the entirety of the bill’s language here. If passed, HF 736 would legalize the production of hemp, which the …

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California Legalization Initiative Begins Signature Drive in May

The campaign behind the California Cannabis Hemp and Health Initiative, which would explicitly legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older, will begin collecting signatures in May, attempting to put their initiative to a vote of the people in 2014. The measure is also known as the Jack Herer initiative, based on his attempts to get …

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