31 States Are Considering Cannabis Law Reform, Is Yours One of Them?

By NORML

At post timeleaf, there are 31 states that currently have pending marijuana law reform legislation. These measures deal with a wide array of topics including decriminalization, record expungement, medical access, and full legalization. 2015 is shaping up to be one of the most active legislative sessions on record for the marijuana legalization movement, but these bills won’t pass themselves. It is absolutely crucial that you, the stakeholders and voters, get engaged in the process and apply pressure to your state lawmakers to urge them to support these measures.

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New Survey: 64% of Law Enforcement Officers Want Cannabis Laws Reformed

A new survey released by the publication Law Officer has found that over 64% of police officers support some form of cannabis law reform. The survey questioned over 11,000 officers. police

According to the poll, less than 35% of law enforcement officers support retaining current penalties for cannabis. By comparison, 36% believe cannabis should be legalized, taxed and regulated, and an additional 18% believe that cannabis possession should result in a maximum penalty of a fine, rather than incarceration. 11% stated that it should be legal for medical purpose. All told, nearly 65% of police officers stated that they support either the decriminalization or legalization of cannabis in some form.

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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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Cannabis Law Reform Bills Filed In Missouri Assembly

By Dan Viets, JD, Chair of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation

A bill to legalize the limited use of marijuana as medicine and a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana were both filed in the Missouri General Assemblymissouri on Monday, January 13. The primary sponsor of both bills is Representative Rory Ellinger of University City.

House Bill 1324 would add Missouri to the quickly growing list of 22 states which now have some form of legal marijuana use for medical purposes, as does the District of Columbia. New York is the most recent state to join the list following executive action by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The bill would eliminate penalties for those who use marijuana pursuant to a recommendation by a licensed physician for the treatment of serious medical conditions.

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