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United Nations’s World Health Organization Calls for Worldwide Decriminalization of Drug Use and Possession

In a public statement the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) has called for the worldwide decriminalization of drug possession and use. “United Nations entities recall that a central principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to “ensure that no one is left behind” and to “reach the furthest behind first””, states the …

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Cannabis Possession Now Decriminalized in Delaware

The possession of up to an ounce of cannabis is no longer a criminal offense for those 21 and older in Delaware, thanks to House Bill 39 officially taking effect at 12:00am EST on Friday, December 18th. The new law makes it so that those 21 and older caught possessing up to an ounce of …

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Delaware: House Committee Passes Cannabis Decriminalization Bill

By Associated Press (AP) — A bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana has cleared a Delaware legislative panel and is headed to the House floor for a vote. House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee members voted 5-to-4 Wednesday to release the bill after its chief sponsor said she would make several revisions …

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Cannabis Decrim Bill Passes Illinois Senate Committee, Already Passed House

Legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis has been approved with a 9 to 3 vote by the Illinois Senate Criminal Law Committee. The bill has already been approved 63 to 53 by the state’s House of Representatives. The proposal – which is now up for a full Senate vote – would …

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

New Hampshire House Overwhelmingly Approves Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

New Hampshire’s House of Representatives voted 297 to 67 today to approve House Bill 618, a measure that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis. If approved into law, the proposal would make the possession of up to half an ounce of cannabis a $100 civil infraction, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor. Under …

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Initiative to Decriminalize Cannabis Up for Public Vote Next Month in Kansas’ Largest City

An initiative to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis will be voted on next month in Wichita, Kansas’ largest city. If approved into law, the proposal – which will be voted on April 7th – would decriminalize the possession of up to 32 grams of cannabis for those 21 and older, making it …

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Initiative to Decriminalize Cannabis Placed on April Ballot in Kansas’ Largest City

An initiative to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis has been officially placed on the April 7th ballot in Wichita, Kansas’ largest city. If approved into law, the proposal would decriminalize the possession of up to 32 grams of cannabis for those 21 and older, making it a simple $50 ticket. Advocates of …

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Cannabis Possession Now Decriminalized in U.S. Virgin Islands

Legislation decriminalizing the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis in the United States Virgin Islands became law on Friday after the Senate voted unanimously to override Governor’s John P. DeJongh’s veto. Under the new law – which was included as a provision in the territory’s 2015 budget, and line-item vetoed by Governor DeJongh …

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Report: Decriminalization has Reduced Teen Crime, School Dropouts, Suicides and Drug Overdoses

A new report released by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) has found that cannabis decriminalization in California has resulted in a reduction in crime, drug overdoses, driving under the influence, suicides and school dropout among teenagers. According to the report, there was a 22% reduction in school dropouts among teenagers two years …

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Cannabis Decriminalization Pilot Program Launching Monday in Harris County, Texas

At a press conference Wednesday Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, a Republican, said that beginning Monday non-violent individuals caught carrying up to two ounces of cannabis for the first time won’t be hit with a criminal charge or put in jail, but instead will be required to either perform eight hours of community service, …

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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