Cannabis Legalization Measure Filed in Arizona

Thirteen lawmakers have signed on to House Bill 2558, a recently-filed proposal which would legalize cannabis in Arizona similar to how Amendment 64 legalized cannabis in Colorado. arizona

Under the proposed law, adults 21 and older would be legally authorized to possess up to an ounce of cannabis, as well as a few cannabis plants. State-licensed retail outlets would be established to distribute cannabis.

Representative Ruben Gallego, an Iraq war veteran who is the primary sponsor of the legislation, says it will “regulate and tax marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.”

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Cannabis Decriminalization Measure Introduced in Wyoming

A legislative proposal to decriminalize cannabis possession has been filed in Wyoming. Under House Bill 49, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis will no longer be a criminal offense.plant

Under current Wyoming law, the possession of even a minuscule amount of cannabis can result in up to a year in prison. Under House Bill 49, the penalty for possession of up to half an ounce of cannabis will be a $50 ticket, and for possession of half an ounce to an ounce, it will be an $100 ticket.

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62% of Georgia Voters Support Cannabis Decriminalization, 54% Support Legalization

By Sabrina Fendrick, Director of NORML Women’s Outreach

A newly released poll found that over half of Georgia voters support a marijuana legalization policy similar to that of Colorado and Washington (54%), however that same report found that even largercannabis majority supports decriminalization.  62% of respondents believe that the state should remove criminal penalties for possession of less than one ounce of pot, and replace it with a $100 civil fine, without the possibility of jail time.  Only 32% were opposed.  Interestingly, 56% of seniors, and republicans respectively, were among that nearly two-thirds majority.

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Texas Governor Announces His Support for Cannabis Decriminalization

Texas Governor Rick Perry announced today that he’s in support of decriminalizing cannabisperry, and urged the state in that direction. The announcement comes as a surprise to many in the political world given Perry’s often ultraconservative views on other issues, including cannabis legalization.

“After 40 years of the war on drugs, I can’t change what happened in the past”, says Perry. “What I can do as the governor of the second largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives”. He also says that “states should be allowed” to decide their own cannabis policies, free of federal interference.

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Washington D.C. Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Cannabis Decriminalization Proposal

Washington D.C.’s City Council Committee on the Judiciary and Pubic Safety has given unanimous approval to a proposal to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis.policymicpic The measure now moves to a full council vote, where a majority of the members have signed on as sponsors of the bill. The district’s mayor, who would have final consideration over the bill if the council approves it, is in favor of the proposal.

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Jamaica Lawmakers Approve Legislation to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

Jamaica’s House of Representatives has approved a measure which would decriminalize cannabis possession, removing any possibility of jail-time, or a criminal record. jamaicacannabis

The proposal, which was introduced by Raymond Pryce, Member of Parliament for North East St. Elizabeth, was the cause of extensive debate on the House floor last Tuesday. Mr. Pryce argued that decades of cannabis prohibition has failed, and that decriminalization would result in a huge financial savings for the country, while also freeing up prison space.

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