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6 States Plus D.C. Sign Cannabis Bills Into Law in Less than a Month

It’s been an incredibly busy, and productive year thus far for the cannabis reform movement, and the past month has been a shining example of this progress. Here’s a look at some of what’s been accomplished.   On March 21st, Utah’s governor signed into law a proposal which legalizes cannabis extracts (such as oils and …

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New Jersey Senator Announces Legislation to Legalize Cannabis

Support for legalization has been mounting in New Jersey, and according to lawmakers, legislation is forthcoming. State Senator Nicholas Scutari, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced plans to introduce a measure to legalize, tax and regulate recreational cannabis in N.J. within the next month. Senator Scutari says the measure “will provide us with …

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Federal Bill Introduced To Restore Second Amendment Rights To Medical Cannabis Patients

By NORML Last Friday, Colorado Congressman Jared Polis (D) introduced HR 3483, Protecting Individual Liberties and States’ Rights Act. The legislation was introduced in the wake of a federal memo to licensed gun dealers circulated nationwide last year warning them not to sell guns or ammunition to customers who legally use medical cannabis with their physician’s …

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Measure to Legalize Medical Marijuana Filed in Puerto Rico

Lawmakers in Puerto Rico have filed a proposal aimed at legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana; the measure will be debated by the legislature in the coming days and weeks. The measure – which is sponsored by State Reps. Jose Baez and Carlos Vargas – would allow authorized patients to possess cannabis, and purchase it …

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Wisconsin Medical Cannabis Legalization Measure Announced

State Representative Chris Taylor and Senator Jon Erpenbach have announced that they’re working on legislation to legalize medical cannabis, which they plan to have filed in the upcoming fall legislative session. Under the soon-to-be-filed legislation, authorized patients would be allowed to possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis, and cultivate up to 10 plants. State-licensed …

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U.S. Government on Verge of Legalizing Hemp Research, Legislative Outreach Becomes Vital

Last month the U.S. House of Representatives approved a national farms bill which included a historic hemp amendment; an amendment which would end the federal government’s prohibition on hemp research. Although this isn’t what hemp legalization advocates would prefer, it’s still a huge step forward to have Congress admit that, at the very least, hemp …

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Tennessee Lawmaker Considering Legislation to Legalize Hemp

“It’s not against the law to own it. It’s not against the law to import it from Canada or China. It’s just against the law for a farmer to raise it”, states Senator Frank Niceley, noting the hypocrisy of America’s current hemp laws, “you can make thousands of products from it, and we import about …

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Activists Seek to Decriminalize Marijuana in Kansas City

In large part due to the efforts of Show-Me Cannabis, a non-profit, pro-legalization reform group working out of Missouri, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen recently voted 22-3 in favor of a measure to deprioritize marijuana possession. Now the group is taking aim at another major Missouri city – Kansas City. The organization is calling …

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Maine Lawmakers to Hold Public Hearing on Legalization Measure

On Friday, May 3rd, Maine’s Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will be holding the first public hearing on LD 1229, the Marijuana Regulation Act. If passed, the measure would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to 6 plants. In addition, …

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Industrial Hemp Officially Legal in Kentucky

As it passes midnight in Kentucky, Senate Bill 50 officially becomes law. The measure, which legalizes industrial hemp in the state, recently passed the Senate and House, giving the governor until April 6th at 11:59PM to either sign the bill into law, veto it, or let it become law. With no veto or signature, and …

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