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Vermont bans odor-based vehicle searches

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Odor is often used by police as a pretext for warrant-less searches, but legalization changes that. The Vermont State High Court has held that the smell of burnt cannabis alone, absent any evidence of driver impairment, can no longer justify police to seize and search a defendant's vehicle.

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State cannabis reform laws for 2019

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Marijuana Policy Project, a national advocacy group that was involved in many cannabis reform campaigns, on January 18 took a look at the states' legislative agendas for 2019. Twelve states have legalization bills lined up, six have medical marijuana bills and five have decrim proposals. Is your state on the list?

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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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