Virginia: Legislative Effort Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalties Advances

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Lawmakers are advancing legislative efforts to end criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession offenses. On Wednesday, members of the House Courts of Justice Committee amended and approved legislation, HB 972, reducing penalties for offenses involving the possession of up to a half ounce of marijuana to a civil violation — punishable by a maximum $25 […]

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New Jersey: Lawmakers Approve Measure to Place Marijuana Legalization Question on the 2020 Ballot

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Super-majorities of the New Jersey Assembly and Senate decided today to place a marijuana legalization ballot question before voters in 2020. Commenting on today’s legislative action, Garden State NORML Executive Director Charlana McKeithen said: “We support any move beyond prohibition. Now marijuana consumers and anyone who supports reform can cast a vote for freedom.” The […]

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New Mexico: Governor’s Task Force Issues Adult-Use Marijuana Recommendations

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A 23-member task force has issued explicit policy recommendations to Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham regarding the legalization and regulation of cannabis. The report proposes a regulatory framework governing the retail production, sale, and taxation of cannabis. Recommendations by the task-force include: Prohibiting local municipalities from completely restricting cannabis sales; Limiting overall taxes on retail […]

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Pennsylvania: Expedited Pardon Process Now Available for Those with Low-Level Cannabis Convictions

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Those with low-level marijuana convictions are being encouraged to seek pardons from state officials. The Pennsylvania Board of Pardons has created an expedited process to review and grant pardon applications for those with marijuana-related records. There is no fee associated with filing an application. Those who receive pardons are then encouraged to apply with county […]

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New Mexico: New Marijuana Decriminalization Law Goes Into Effect Next Week

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Beginning on Monday, July 1, the personal possession of small amounts of marijuana in New Mexico will no longer be classified as a criminal offense. In April, Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation into law decriminalizing the possession of personal use amounts of cannabis. The new law reduces first-time penalties for the possession of […]

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