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Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Passes New Mexico’s State Legislature

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Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Passes New Mexico’s State Legislature | Drug Policy Alliance

SANTA FE, NM — Last night, Senate Bill 323 (sponsored by Senator Joseph Cervantes), decriminalizing 1/2 an ounce or less of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, passed the New Mexico House of Representatives by a vote of 44-20. The bill already passed the Senate 30-8.  The bill now heads to Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham’s desk for consideration. […]

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New Hampshire: High Court Rules Medical Cannabis Costs Reimbursable

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New Hampshire: High Court Rules Medical Cannabis Costs Reimbursable | NORML

CONCORD, NH — Costs specific to the state sanctioned use of medical cannabis may be eligible to reimbursement under workers’ compensation laws, according to a ruling by the Supreme Court of New Hampshire. Justices ruled that the state Compensation Appeals Board erred in denying a reimbursement claim solely on the basis that cannabis is federally illegal. The Court failed to […]

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Study: Retail Cannabis Access Associated With Reductions In Opioid-Related Mortality

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Study: Retail Cannabis Access Associated With Reductions In Opioid-Related Mortality | NORML

EASTON, PA — Operational cannabis dispensaries are associated with a reduction in opioid-related mortality, according to data published in the journal Economics Bulletin. Researchers with Lafayette University in Pennsylvania assessed the relationship between medical cannabis retail access and opioid-related deaths over a 16-year period (1999 to 2015). Authors concluded: “Our results suggest that states with active legal dispensaries see a […]

Study: Retail Cannabis Access Associated With Reductions In Opioid-Related Mortality | The Daily Chronic

 

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New York Lawmakers Reintroduce the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA)

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New York Lawmakers Reintroduce the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) | Tyler McFadden

ALBANY, NY — New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) has been re-introduced this legislative session. If passed, the bill, Assembly Bill 1617, would legalize the adult possession, use, and regulated sale of marijuana. Over the past twenty years, many New Yorkers have been negatively affected by the harms of prohibition in New York. With people […]

New York Lawmakers Reintroduce the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) | The Daily Chronic

 

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New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization, Other Reform Bills

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New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization, Other Reform Bills | Paul Armentano

SANTA FE, NM — New Mexico state lawmakers have approved a series of bills reducing penalties for marijuana possession offenses and strengthening and expanding legal protections for medical cannabis patients. The measures now await action from Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is supportive of the changes. DECRIMINALIZATION Senate Bill 323 amends minor marijuana possession penalties. […]

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New Jersey Assembly Appropriations & Senate Judiciary Committees Vote in Support of Marijuana Legalization

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New Jersey Assembly Appropriations & Senate Judiciary Committees Vote in Support of Marijuana Legalization | Drug Policy Alliance

TRENTON, NJ — Today, the New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee voted in support of legislation (S2703/A4497) that would the legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults 21 years and older. Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, issued the following statement after today’s votes: “Today’s votes are an […]

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Hearings on R.I. Gov’s Marijuana Legalization Plan Today in Senate, Wed. in House

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Hearings on R.I. Gov’s Marijuana Legalization Plan Today in Senate, Wed. in House | Marijuana Policy Project

PROVIDENCE, RI — The Rhode Island state Senate Finance and Judiciary committees will hold a joint hearing Tuesday on Article 20 of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed budget, which features a plan to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adult use. It also includes amendments to Rhode Island’s existing medical marijuana and hemp laws. The House […]

Hearings on R.I. Gov’s Marijuana Legalization Plan Today in Senate, Wed. in House | The Daily Chronic

 

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Marijuana Banking Bill Scheduled for Committee Markup

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Marijuana Banking Bill Scheduled for Committee Markup | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — In the first in what are anticipated to be multiple Congressional hearings to address the federal prohibition and criminalization of marijuana, the House Financial Services Committee has scheduled to convene a markup on The Safe Banking Act, HR 1595 on Tuesday, March 26th. Thousands of state-licensed and regulated businesses lack access to the banking […]

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Oregon NORML, in Partnership With the Oregon Justice League, Files “Legalization Justice Act of 2020”

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Oregon NORML, in Partnership With the Oregon Justice League, Files “Legalization Justice Act of 2020” | Justin Strekal

SALEM, OR — Chief Petitioners Madeline Martinez, Leia Flynn, and Angela Bacca filed a ballot measure to be known as “The Legalization Justice Act of 2020” at the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, March 18. All three women are longtime West Coast cannabis advocates. Madeline Martinez is the executive director of Oregon NORML and the […]

Oregon NORML, in Partnership With the Oregon Justice League, Files “Legalization Justice Act of 2020” | The Daily Chronic

 

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New Jersey Lawmakers Advance Important Marijuana Law Reform Bills

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New Jersey Lawmakers Advance Important Marijuana Law Reform Bills | Tyler McFadden

TRENTON, NJ — In some big news out of New Jersey, several marijuana reform bills have been voted out of their committees and are awaiting floor votes. Senate Bill 2703 and Assembly Bill 4497 have both passed out of their committees and are set to be voted on as early as Monday, March 25th. These bills would legalize the […]

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NORML Responds to Latest Cannabis and Psychosis Claims

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NORML Responds to Latest Cannabis and Psychosis Claims | Paul Armentano

A widely reported study appearing today in the British journal The Lancet alleges that an estimated 30 to 50 percent of psychosis cases in Europe are due to cannabis exposure, and that exposure to elevated levels of THC increases this risk. NORML has previously written on the data showing a multi-directional association between cannabis and psychiatric illnesses, and we have cautioned that those predisposed to psychosis […]

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New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

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New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Measure | NORML

SANTA FE, NM — New Mexico House and Senate lawmakers have approved legislation, Senate Bill 323, decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. The proposal now awaits action from Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The bill reduces first-time penalties for the possession of up to one-half ounce of cannabis from a criminal misdemeanor — punishable by up to 15 […]

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