New Hampshire’s “drug czar” speaks against marijuana legalization

The walls of marijuana prohibition have crumbled all around New Hampshire. It is now legal for adults in all three neighboring states to grow and possess cannabis, and retail sales will soon become a reality in Massachusetts, Maine, and Canada. Sadly, Gov. Chris Sununu continues to oppose legalization, in part because he continues to rely on terrible advice from New Hampshire’s so-called “drug czar,” former Manchester police chief David Mara. Read entire story

Rhode Island legislative session ends…and the election season begins

The 2018 Rhode Island legislative session recently came to a disappointing close. By extending its unproductive marijuana study commission into next year and failing to expand the number of medical marijuana compassion centers, the General Assembly has once again ignored the overwhelming majority of Rhode Islanders who support sensible marijuana policy reform. If you are a Rhode Island resident… The best way to make your voice heard now is Read entire story

Call your members of Congress about the STATES Act

In case you missed it, last week Sens. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren introduced bipartisan legislation to end the federal war on marijuana and protect states that establish their own marijuana laws. There’s huge momentum behind this important bill. Give your senators and representative in Congress a call right now and urge them to back the STATES Act. Leaving marijuana policy to the states is a popular position among both Republicans Read entire story

NY Health Dept. will expand medical program; looks favorably toward adult use

The Health Commissioner of New York, Howard Zucker, recently announced that a long-awaited study by the Cuomo administration will recommend the legalization and regulation of marijuana for adult use. The study is believed to be at least partly in response to gubernatorial primary candidate Cynthia Nixon’s strong support of marijuana legalization. Mr. Zucker also announced that the Health Department will issue regulations to allow patients who Read entire story

Senators introduce bipartisan bill to protect state marijuana laws

Earlier today, Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced bipartisan legislation to end the federal government’s war on marijuana and protect states’ rights to enact their own marijuana policies. Call your members of Congress RIGHT NOW and urge them to support this landmark bill. The STATES Act is the most significant piece of marijuana-related legislation ever introduced in Congress. With its bipartisan backing in the Read entire story

Penalty Reduction Bill Introduced in Iowa

The Iowa Legislature is back in session, and there is renewed hope for common-sense marijuana policy reform. Last week, a Senate subcommittee recommended passage of SF 432, a bill that would reduce the penalties for marijuana possession. The bill would change the penalty for first offense possession of marijuana under five grams from a serious misdemeanor to a simple misdemeanor. The bill, though not perfect, would be a step in the right Read entire story

The Most Creative Ways People Have Hidden Their Weed

The post The Most Creative Ways People Have Hidden Their Weed appeared first on High Times. Even today with more and more states legalizing recreational weed, there’s still a reason to need to hide your stash. But finding that perfect nook or cranny away from nosy eyes or sensitive noses can be difficult.Some crafty individuals have taken on the task, inspiring the rest of us with some of the most creative ways people have hidden their weed. To Read entire story

Good and Bad Bills on the Table in Arizona

The Arizona Legislature began its 2018 legislative session last week, and lawmakers already have several marijuana bills to consider. Unfortunately, many would undermine the existing medical marijuana program. HB 2068 would allow prosecutors to determine whether individuals on parole or probation can access medical marijuana, despite a 2015 state Supreme Court decision that held medical marijuana could not be withheld from patients under those Read entire story

Vermont Becomes First State to Make Marijuana Legal Through Its Legislature

Until today, all eight of the states that have made marijuana legal for adults did so through ballot initiatives. Over the past three elections in 2012, 2014, and 2016, voters in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada (and Washington, D.C.) approved ballot questions to legalize marijuana. Today, we reached an important milestone in Vermont: a state legislature has enacted a law, signed by the governor, Read entire story

What Are the N.J. Gubernatorial Candidates’ Views on Marijuana Policy?

New Jersey will elect its next governor on November 7, 2017. Our friends at Marijuana Moment put together this useful guide on where the major party candidates for governor, Phil Murphy (D) and Kim Guadagno (R), stand on marijuana policy reform issues — please check it out! In brief, Mr. Murphy supports legalizing marijuana, and Ms. Guadagno opposes legalization but supports decriminalization. Additionally, this article outlines the views of the Read entire story

Atlanta City Council Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana

In Georgia this week, he Atlanta City Council took a historic step when it voted unanimously to stop jailing people for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana! Following the vote, Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted that he will sign the ordinance into law. Once the measure is in effect, a person caught with one ounce or less of marijuana in the city would face a maximum fine of just $75 and no jail time under city law. Unfortunately, state Read entire story

Maryland Expungement Bill Becomes Law

On Sunday, SB 949, which makes it easier for people who have been convicted of marijuana possession to clear their records in Maryland, went into effect. The bill became law in May without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature. Prior to the bill’s passage, anyone convicted of cannabis possession was required to wait 10 years before applying for expungement, despite Maryland decriminalizing possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana in 2014. Now, the Read entire story

UPDATE: Virginia Marijuana Decriminalization Forum Rescheduled

The Virginia State Crime Commission has rescheduled its meeting to present its findings on marijuana decriminalization. It’s important that advocates attend this meeting and show that Virginians support sensible marijuana policies. What: Virginia State Crime Commission public meeting to present its findings on marijuana decriminalization When: Monday, October 30, at 1 p.m. Where: House Committee Room, Ground Floor, Room W011, Pocahontas Building, Read entire story

DOJ Task Force Recommends No Change in Federal Marijuana Policy

A Dept. of Justice task force subcommittee on marijuana policy is not recommending any policy changes that would target state-legal marijuana programs or businesses operating in compliance with state laws, according to a report by the Associated Press. The task force asked for continued study and dialogue on the issue. The recommendations are meant to inform ongoing policy decisions and are non-binding. Since August 2013, Dept. of Justice policy Read entire story

How New York Voters Can End Prohibition

As a libertarian, these words really hit a nerve with me… We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in New York to peacefully seize control of our government this November 7. Cannabis legalization advocate Jerome Dewald pulled no punches when describing the opportunity we have before us to end cannabis prohibition in the state of New York. In a recent piece entitled, “Tyranny in Albany on Independence Day,” Dewald explained how, in just two years, Read entire story

Burning Man and Marijuana Laws

Heading to Burning Man? Here’s what you need to know about Black Rock City’s and Nevada’s marijuana laws. If you are heading to Burning Man this year, you may be thinking about bringing cannabis to the playa, now that Nevada finally legalized marijuana. Not so fast! Before you head out, there are some important things you need to know: Burning man is held on FEDERAL land, and the Bureau of Land Management will enforce federal law, which Read entire story

National Conference of State Legislatures Passes Resolution Urging De-Scheduling of Marijuana

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) approved a resolution Monday urging that the Controlled Substances Act should be amended to remove marijuana from scheduling in order to give federally approved banks the ability to work with marijuana businesses. This would also allow states to determine their own marijuana policies without the threat of federal interference. For a resolution to pass, it must be supported by a majority of Read entire story

Vermont Governor Vetoes Legalization, but Offers ‘Path Forward’

On Wednesday, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott vetoed a bill that would have made marijuana legal for adults in Vermont, but offered “a path forward” for passing it later this year. He specified a handful of changes that would need to be made for him to support the measure and said he believes the legislature has time to incorporate them and enact a revised version during the summer veto session. MPP’s Matt Simon responded in a press release: We are Read entire story

Vermont Legalization Bill Heads to the Governor’s Desk

On Thursday, Vermont’s marijuana legalization bill was delivered to the desk of Governor Phil Scott. He will now have five days to decide whether to sign S. 22 into law, veto it, or allow it to become law without his signature. In its final version, S. 22 would eliminate penalties for adults’ possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, two or fewer mature plants, and four or fewer immature plants, effective on July 1, 2018. The bill would also Read entire story

MPP Responds to Reports of New Drug Czar Nominee Tom Marino

Rep. Tom Marino The Marijuana Policy Project has issued the statement below in response to reports that Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) will be named the next director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), also known as the “drug czar.” As a member of Congress, Marino has consistently voted against marijuana policy reform legislation. MPP’s Robert Capecchi released the following statement in a press release: “We Read entire story