Half of the United States Has Now Passed Some Form of Medical Cannabis Legalization

In 2014 numerous states have joined the movement to legalize at least some form of medical cannabis.

In Utah, the governor recently signed a measure legalizing low-THC cannabis oil. In Kentuckymerry, the state’s legislature has voted unanimously to legalize cannabidiol (a compound found in cannabis); the measure is expected to be signed by the governor.

In Mississippi, the state’s House and Senate has voted to also legalize cannabis oil that’s low in THC for medical purposes. The measure awaits response from the governor.

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A State-By-State Update on Efforts to Reform Cannabis Policies Across the U.S.

Below is a state-by-state breakdown of efforts across the United States to reform decades of failed cannabis laws.saved99

  • Alabama:

Earlier this year a proposal to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis was introduced.

Under current Alabama law, the possession of any amount of cannabis can net someone a prison sentence of up to a year; under this new proposal – House Bill 76 – the possession of an ounce or less of cannabis would be a simple $100 ticket. The measure currently sits in the House Judiciary Committee.

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An Updated, State-By-State Look at Cannabis Reform Across the U.S.

A lot has changed since we last published an overview of cannabis law reform in the U.S., as activists all across the country continue to push the conversation, and policies forward.hemp leaf

As we continue onward in a year which has been historic for cannabis reform, here’s an examination of reform occurring across the United States; take note of the fact that the Obama Administration announced today that they won’t overturn cannabis legalization in states that decide to take that approach, such as Colorado and Washington.

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Obama Administration: U.S. Won’t Sue to Overturn Cannabis Legalization in Colorado and Washington

Today the Obama Administration – through a memo sent to prosecutors across the nation, and a phone call made to governors in Colorado and Washingtonamerica – made an official statement announcing that they won’t being suing to overturn recently-approved recreational legalization measures in Colorado and Washington, nor will they sue to overturn state medical cannabis laws, so long as they don’t run afoul of certain enforcement priorities, such as preventing sales to minors.

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