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New York unveils legalization plan

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New York Governor Cuomo kicked off the year with a call to effectively end marijuana prohibition in the state. He proposes to implement age limits, quality controls and other consumer protections to safeguard the cannabis supply and public health. His plan is also to undo some of the harms caused by prohibition.

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Washington set to issue marijuana pardons

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the Marijuana Justice Initiative on January 4, a program that will provide pardons for certain individuals with convictions on their record for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Inslee said that he will exercise his constitutional clemency authority to pardon individuals with a single marijuana misdemeanor conviction that had been prosecuted in Washington […]

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Pot drivers safer than alcohol, but don’t mix the two

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"Under the influence" is not the same as being "impaired." Cannabis' impact on driving performance is significantly less pronounced than that of alcohol, according to a review paper published in November by New York University researchers. This is just the latest of decades of studies showing the same results.

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Utah group fights to protect initiative process

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"Utah voters passed Prop 2, the Utah Medical Cannabis Act, only to see it gutted and destroyed two days after its enactment," said The People's Right (TPR) Chair Steve Maxfield. "In barely four hours, the Legislature and Governor rammed through a 220-page bill crafted in secrecy by corrupt special interest lobbies.

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Teen marijuana use drops with legalization

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A federally funded survey released in December show rates of teen marijuana use are lower than they were in 2012 — i.e., before the first states began legalizing cannabis for adults. The annual Monitoring the Future survey is commissioned by the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

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New York State to legalize cannabis in 2019

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s has announced that he intends to act on marijuana legalization in the first hundred days of his new term, with Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act sponsors Crystal Peoples-Stokes as Assembly Majority Leader and Senator Liz Kruger chairing the Senate Finance Committee.

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NORML’s Top 10 cannabis policy events of 2018

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What a year for marijuana policy. More adults than ever before believe that marijuana use by adults ought to be legal, hemp farming returns to the USA, politicians win on legalization slates, Canada legalizes weed, over 53 percent of all marijuana-related drug arrests occurred in Midwestern states and more.

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Utah Lawmakers Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Cannabis Law

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Utah Lawmakers Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Cannabis Law | NORML

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Lawmakers voted in a special legislative session on Monday to replace the state’s voter-initiated medical cannabis access program. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bill, House Bill 3001, into law that same day. The new law, the Utah Medical Cannabis Act, takes immediate effect. The former law, Proposition 2, was approved by 53 percent of voters on November […]

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Low-Income Medical Marijuana Patient Evicted for Doctor Recommended Therapy

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Low-Income Medical Marijuana Patient Evicted for Doctor Recommended Therapy | Kevin Mahmalji

Up until a few years ago low-income housing that received federal subsidies were required to maintain a “drug-free” environment. This meant that if anyone living in subsidized housing was caught possessing and/or consuming marijuana onsite, everyone living in the property was at risk of being evicted. Fortunately, in 2014 the Obama Administration amended this policy to no […]

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