Tennessee Governor Signs Law Repealing Citywide Decriminalization Statutes

NASHVILLE, TN — Governor Bill Haslam signed legislation last week repealing municipal statutes in Memphis and Nashville that reduced local penalties for marijuana possession offenders.

House Bill 173 nullifies both cities’ decriminalization ordinances and preempts any other city from enacting similar reforms.

City council members in Nashville and Memphis both passed ordinances last fall providing local law enforcement the discretion to cite and fine minor marijuana…

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West Virginia Lawmakers Approve Amended Medical Marijuana Measure

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CHARLESTON, WV — Lawmakers in both chambers of the West Virginia legislature have approved a significantly amended version of Senate Bill 386, which seeks to establish a state-regulated medical cannabis program.

The measure now awaits action from Democrat Gov. Jim Justice, who has previously expressed support for…

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Tennessee Could Reduce Some Marijuana Possession Penalties

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NASHVILLE, TN — Penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana in Tennessee could soon be reduced to a low-level misdemeanor, punishable by only a fine without the possibility of jail time.

Two lawmakers from Nashville, both Democrats, have filed joint legislation to reduce marijuana penalties statewide in direct response to a Republican lawmaker’s attempt to nullify their city’s recently passed ordinance that gives police officers the option to…

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Tennessee Lawmaker Wants to Nullify Local Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances

NASHVILLE, TN — A Republican lawmaker has filed a bill in the Tennessee legislature to prevent local communities from relaxing local marijuana laws — and to nullify those ordinances that have already been passed in the state’s two largest cities.

State Rep. William Lamberth (R-Cottontown), a former Assistant District Attorney for Sumner County, filed House Bill 173 this week.

The intent of the bill is to override and nullify ordinances passed in the state’s two largest…

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Virginia Senate Votes to End Automatic License Suspension for Marijuana Possession

RICHMOND, VA — Lawmakers in the Virginia Senate have approved a bill that would end an automatic six-month driver’s license suspension for first offense possession of marijuana.

Senate Bill 1091 is sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), who has introduced several measures this year to reduce marijuana penalties in the state, including a decriminalization bill that was killed earlier this week by a key committee.

The bill was approved by the full Senate by…

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Arkansas Governor Signs Law Delaying Enactment of Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Initiative

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LITTLE ROCK, AR — Lawmakers passed legislation this week to delay the enactment of the state’s voter-initiated medical cannabis program.

The bill was signed into law Monday by Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson

House Bill 1026, now Act 4, postpones the implementation of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment by 60 days.

Under the new timeline, regulators have until July 1, 2017 to begin accepting applications from those…

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Florida Health Regulators’ Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules Undercut Voter-Approved Amendment

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Proposed rules by the Florida Department of Health to regulate the dispensing of medical cannabis are contrary to the intent of Amendment 2, the ballot initiative approved by 71 percent of voters on Election Day.

Specifically, the draft rules would not permit physicians to recommend cannabis therapy to patients with chronic pain – instead limiting patients to those with one of ten qualifying conditions.

As approved by voters, the Amendment provides…

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Public Forums Announced to Debate Proposed Florida Medical Marijuana Rules

Floridians voted overwhelmingly in favor of Amendment 2 on Election Day, passing the measure intended to regulate the production and dispensing of medical cannabis to any patient who is diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition by their doctor.

However, newly proposed rule by the Department of Health seek to significantly amend this legislation in a manner that is contrary to patients’ needs.

Specifically, the rules would limit those patients who may qualify for cannabis…

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Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill Coming to South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC — A bipartisan group of state lawmakers are introducing comprehensive medical cannabis legislation Tuesday in both chambers of the South Carolina General Assembly.

The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act will allow patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions to access medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it.

“This legislation will establish a comprehensive and tightly regulated medical cannabis program,” said Sen. Tom Davis,…

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Two Medical Marijuana Bills Filed in Missouri

Two lawmakers in Missouri have filed proposals for the upcoming 2017 legislation to legalize medical marijuana and create a comprehensive statewide medical cannabis program.

The two bills, Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City), and Senate Bill 153, sponsored by Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph), were pre-filed earlier this month.  With Republicans holding a super-majority in the state Senate, SB 153 could have the upper hand, however.

Passage of either of these…

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Sore Losers: Some State Leaders Challenging Marijuana Election Results

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Political leaders in several states are threatening to thwart the implementation of voter-approved initiatives specific to the regulation of marijuana.

In Massachusetts, where voters decided 54 percent to 46 percent on election day to legalize the cultivation, use, and retail sale of cannabis by adults, politicians have suggested amending the law and delaying its implementation. Specifically, lawmakers have called for pushing back the date when adults may legally begin growing…

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Four States End Marijuana Prohibition, Three Adopt Medical Marijuana Laws in Historic Election

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WASHINGTON — California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to end marijuana prohibition and Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota adopted medical marijuana laws Tuesday in the most momentous election to date for marijuana policy reform.

Montana approved an initiative to re-establish patients’ access to medical marijuana providers, which was hindered by state lawmakers, and create a more regulated system of medical marijuana production and distribution.

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Florida Legalizes Medical Marijuana: Amendment 2 Passes with Over 70% of Vote

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Florida voters have overwhelmingly approved allowing medical marijuana just two years after a similar measure failed to garner the 60% approval needed to pass.  This time, voters said a resounding “yes” on Election Day.

With over 89% of precincts reporting as of 9:30 PM, Amendment 2 had earned 71.2% of the vote.

“This is a major tipping point: With Florida’s decision, a majority of states in the U.S. now have laws allowing patients to find relief with medical marijuana, and…

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Marijuana Wins Big on Election Night

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This Election Day was a watershed moment for the movement to end marijuana prohibition, with the results expected to accelerate efforts to legalize marijuana in states across the U.S., at the federal level, and internationally.  Overall, legalization initiatives prevailed in four out of five states, and medical marijuana initiatives prevailed in all four states this year.

Votes are still being counted for legalization initiatives in Maine and Arizona, as well as for a medical…

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Missouri Judge Disqualifies Proposed 2016 Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure

Missouri Judge Disqualifies Proposed 2016 Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure

SPRINGFIELD, MO — Voters will not have the opportunity this November to decide on a proposed statewide proposition to permit the physician-supervised use of marijuana.

A Cole County Circuit Judge has upheld a decision by St. Louis election officials to disqualify thousands of petition signatures because voters had mistakenly signed forms indicating that they resided in a county other than where they lived.

The measure, sponsored by New Approach Missouri, sought to authorize qualified patients to possess, cultivate, and/or obtain cannabis…

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Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment 2 Polling at 77%

Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment 2 Polling at 77%

MIAMI BEACH, FL — Florida voters strongly support a proposed ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana in the Sunshine State, according to a recent poll of likely voters.

The poll, conducted by Anzalone Liszt Research on behalf of United for Care, the organization sponsoring measure, found that 77%  of likely voters support the  “Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions” Amendment 2.  Only 20% were opposed.

Anzalone conducted a similar survey for United for Care in June, 2014 in which the previous version of…

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New Poll Finds Arkansans Favor the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act

New Poll Finds Arkansans Favor the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act

Poll Prompts Medical Cannabis Patients to Invite For-Profit Marijuana Group to Join, Not Oppose Efforts

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Concerned patients and supporters of the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act (AMCA), which has already been certified to appear on the November ballot, are calling on the for-profit group, Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana to forego turning in any remaining signatures on their initiated amendment, inviting them to join their team instead.

The results of the poll, released Thursday, indicate a clear advantage for the…

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Arkansas Medical Marijuana Measure Qualifies for November Ballot

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Measure Qualifies for November Ballot

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Arkansas voters will decide this November on a statewide initiative to permit physician-authorized patients to possess and cultivate cannabis.

The Secretary of State’s office has affirmed that initiative proponents, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, submitted sufficient signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

The 2016 Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act establishes a statewide program for the licensed production, analytic testing, and distribution of medicinal cannabis. Under the…

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Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act Makes the 2016 Ballot

Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act Makes the 2016 Ballot

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LITTLE ROCK, AR — A citizen-driven initiative that would allow Arkansas doctors to recommend medical cannabis for sick and dying patients will be on the November ballot.

Mark Martin, the Secretary of State, confirmed today that Arkansans for Compassionate Care (ACC) collected 77,516 valid signatures—more than enough to place the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act on the ballot.

If voters approve the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act, their state will join…

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NORML PAC Endorses Tim Canova, Challenger to DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

NORML PAC Endorses Tim Canova, Challenger to DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

tim canovaThe NORML PAC is proud to announce its endorsement of Tim Canova, democratic primary challenger to US House member and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for Florida’s 23rd congressional district race.

Mr. Canova, a law school professor and political activist, is the first Democratic challenger to Representative Wasserman-Schultz since she’s held the office and NORML is excited to support his Congressional campaign.

Unlike Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz, who has cast a number of votes opposing sensible marijuana law reforms,…

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Leveling the Playing Field in Florida with CFL NORML

Leveling the Playing Field in Florida with CFL NORML

After a narrow defeat in 2014, Florida voters will have another opportunity to legalize medical marijuana this November by voting YES on Amendment 2, but not before being inundated with misinformation from some of Florida’s most notorious marijuana prohibitionists. With more than $10 million dollars committed to defeating the measure, Floridians can expect a salvo of refer madness unlike anything we’ve seen in the past. Even in states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana – Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska –…

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Florida: Orlando City Council Approves Marijuana Citation Ordinance

Florida: Orlando City Council Approves Marijuana Citation Ordinance

ORLANDO, FL — Members of the Orlando City Council voted 4 to 3 this week in favor of a new municipal ordinance giving police the option to cite, rather than arrest, minor marijuana possession offenders.

Under the ordinance, which takes effect on October 1, 2016, first-time and second-time possession offenses involving up to 20 grams of cannabis may be punished by a fine of no more than $200 – no arrest and no criminal record.

Under state law, similar offenses are classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in…

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Florida Authorizes Medical Marijuana Access for Terminally Ill

Florida Authorizes Medical Marijuana Access for Terminally Ill

TALLAHASSEE, FL —  Republican Gov. Rick Scott has signed legislation into law permitting the use of medicinal cannabis to terminally ill patients.

House Bill 307 expands the state’s so-called ‘Right to Try Act’ – legislation that permits terminally ill patients to experiment with non-FDA approved remedies – to include the use of medicinal cannabis.

Under the new law, which took immediate effect, patients diagnosed with no more than 12 months to live are eligible to access both low-THC and high-THC strains of cannabis.

The measure…

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Florida Governor Signs Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for Terminally Ill Patients

Florida Governor Signs Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for Terminally Ill Patients

TALLAHASSEE, FL —  Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law a bill that will allow people diagnosed with a terminal illness access to medical marijuana — if the state’s extremely limited and long-delayed medical marijuana program ever becomes a reality.

The bill signed by Gov. Scott on Thursday, House Bill 307, is an attempt to expand the state’s low-THC medical marijuana law by allowing products made from cannabis strains with higher levels of THC available to those patients with terminally ill conditions.  The bill…

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More Municipalities Embrace Marijuana Decriminalization

More Municipalities Embrace Marijuana Decriminalization

Local legislators in New Orleans, Louisiana and Tampa, Florida voted this week in favor of municipal ordinances to halt minor marijuana possession arrests within city limits.

Members of the New Orleans city council voted 7 to zero in favor of legislation permitting police to cite rather than arrest minor marijuana offenders (defined as those who possess 14 grams or less), including repeat offenders. First-time violators are subject to a $40 fine while subsequent offenders may face fines of up to $100. Under state law, first-time possession…

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Florida Passes Another Useless Medical Marijuana Law

Florida Passes Another Useless Medical Marijuana Law

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Lawmakers in Florida voted Monday to approve a bill seeking to expand on the state’s non-existent medical marijuana program, sending it to the desk of Governor Rick Scott for final approval.

The bill, House Bill 307, is an attempt to expand the state’s low-THC medical marijuana program by allowing products made from cannabis strains with higher levels of THC available to those patients with terminally ill conditions.

The bill makes full-strength cannabis products available to the terminally ill under…

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Poll: Florida Voters Support Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Poll: Florida Voters Support Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Latest Poll Shows 65% Support For 2016 Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative

A super-majority of Florida voters say that they will vote ‘yes’ on a proposed constitutional amendment this November that seeks to permit the physician-authorized use and distribution of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

According to Public Policy Polling data provided this week, 65 percent of voters endorse the medical marijuana legalization measure and only 28 percent oppose it.

Seventy five percent of Democrats back the measure, as do 70 percent of…

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Second Arkansas Medical Marijuana Measure Approved for Signature Gathering

Second Arkansas Medical Marijuana Measure Approved for Signature Gathering

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Backers of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas can begin collecting signatures in the hopes of placing the measure before voters after receiving approval from the state attorney general.

On Wednesday, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge approved the language and format of a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved for the November ballot and passed by voters, would legalize medical marijuana in the state.

Backers of “The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016” can now begin…

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Poll: South Carolina Primary Voters Support Decriminalizing Drug Possession

Poll: South Carolina Primary Voters Support Decriminalizing Drug Possession

South Carolina Voters Mirror Attitudes in New Hampshire About Reforming Drug Laws

A large majority of South Carolina presidential primary voters across party lines support ending mass incarceration, and a substantial majority support decriminalizing drug possession outright, according to a new poll released by the Drug Policy Alliance.

70 percent of voters in the upcoming first Southern state primary consider substantially reducing the number of Americans in prison an important issue, including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and…

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Virginia Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Improvement Bill

Virginia Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Improvement Bill

Parents Resuscitate Senate Bill 701 and Prepare for House Vote

RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Senate voted 37 to 2 on Tuesday to pass Senate Bill 701, a bill that would allow the production and manufacturing of cannabidiol (CBD) oil and THC-A oil in the state.

For the past several weeks, patients, parents and advocates from across the state worked tirelessly to persuade members of the Senate to move forward on this issue, which until last year seemed out of reach for Virginia’s conservative legislature.

Last year’s passage of Senate Bill…

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Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in Mississippi Senate

Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in Mississippi Senate

JACKSON, MS — A bill that would allow the limited use of medical marijuana by patients suffering from certain medical conditions has been filed in the Mississippi Senate.

Sponsored by State Senator Deborah Dawkins (D-Pass Christian), Senate Bill 2358 would allow patients suffering from certain debilitating medical conditions to legally grow, possess and use medical marijuana in accordance with a physician’s recommendation.

Those suffering from cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, or any chronic debilitating disease that causes severe…

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Virginia Senate Passes Bill to End License Suspensions for Minor Marijuana Offenses

Virginia Senate Passes Bill to End License Suspensions for Minor Marijuana Offenses

RICHMOND, VA — A bi-partisan bill that would change state law so that first time minor marijuana offenders no longer risk losing their driver’s license has been approved by the Virginia Senate.

Currently, offenders caught possessing marijuana could be punished by losing their driving privileges, even in cases where the offense did not take place in a motor vehicle.

Senate Bill 327, proposed by Senators Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Tom Garrett (R-Buckingham) and William Stanley (R-Franklin), would end this practice.

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Florida Medical Marijuana Measure Qualifies for 2016 Ballot

Florida Medical Marijuana Measure Qualifies for 2016 Ballot

Floridians will decide on a proposed constitutional amendment this November that seeks to permit the physician-authorized use and distribution of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

Proponents of the measure, United for Care, collected more than the 683,000 signatures required to place the measure on the November ballot, the Florida Division of Elections has confirmed.

The ballot measure, entitled the “Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Conditions,” will appear before voters as Amendment 2.

Passage of the amendment would permit qualified…

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Florida: Medical Marijuana Likely to Appear on November Ballot

Florida: Medical Marijuana Likely to Appear on November Ballot

United for Care submits enough valid signatures to qualify for 2016 ballot; awaiting official certification from Secretary of State

MIAMI BEACH, FL — Voters in Florida are likely to be presented once again this November with a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana.

Unofficial signature verification totals from the Florida Division of Elections show that United for Care’s proposal, the “Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Conditions,” to legalize medical marijuana in the Sunshine State will qualify for the…

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Georgia Rep. Breaks Law to Bring Medical Cannabis to Patients

Georgia Rep. Breaks Law to Bring Medical Cannabis to Patients

Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican, has introduced new legislation (HB 722) this year in hopes of bringing in-state production and distribution of the oils, so he and others won’t have to break laws to obtain them.

Georgia Representative Allen Peake, who authored Georgia’s current medical cannabis law, the Haleigh’s Hope Act (HB1), has publicly admitted to breaking the law to bring medical marijuana to patients in Georgia.

The Georgia law, which allows for low-THC extracts containing primarily cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinolic…

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Two Marijuana Legalization Proposals Filed in Missouri

Two Marijuana Legalization Proposals Filed in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Proposals to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana have been filed in both chambers of the Missouri legislature.

Senate Bill 762, sponsored by Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-St. Louis), would allow adults 21 or older to purchase, possess and use up to one ounce of marijuana.  The bill does not contain a provision allowing home cultivation.

The bill would also establish a state regulated marijuana industry, with the state’s Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control overseeing the commercial production and…

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Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in Georgia

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in Georgia

ATLANTA, GA — Three Republican lawmakers have prefiled a bill that would create a much more comprehensive medical marijuana program in Georgia than the restrictive Haleigh’s Hope Act that was passed last year.

Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), primary sponsor of 2015’s Haleigh’s Hope Act, prefiled House Bill 722 on Wednesday, legislation that is co-sponsored by Reps. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell) and Micah Gravley (R-Douglasville).

Most notably, the proposed legislation would allow the regulated cultivation, processing, testing and dispensing…

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Georgia Bill Would Eliminate Felony Charges for Marijuana Possession

Georgia Bill Would Eliminate Felony Charges for Marijuana Possession

ATLANTA, GA — A bill has been filed in Georgia that would eliminate the possibility of felony charges for marijuana possession offenses in the state.

If passed, Senate Bill 254, introduced by state Sen. Harold Jones II (D-Augusta), would amend the state’s criminal code so that no marijuana possession offense could be classified as a felony offense.

Nearly a dozen states already have similar laws on the books, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Currently, Georgia law classifies any…

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Florida Supreme Court Clears Medical Marijuana Proposal for 2016 Ballot

Florida Supreme Court Clears Medical Marijuana Proposal for 2016 Ballot

TALLAHASSEE, FL — An initiative to allow marijuana use by those with “debilitating medical conditions” will appear on the Nov. 2016 ballot in Florida, the state Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

People United for Medical Marijuana proposed the constitutional amendment, which would create treatment centers and certify caregivers and physicians to dispense cannabis.

Among those who will be eligible use medical marijuana to manage their symptoms should the measure pass are patients with cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, and AIDS, PTSD,…

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Florida: United for Care Says They Have Collected 900k Signatures for Medical Marijuana Campaign

Florida: United for Care Says They Have Collected 900k Signatures for Medical Marijuana Campaign

ORLANDO, FL — The organization behind a failed 2014 bid to legalize medical marijuana in Florida says they have collected enough signatures to place the issue before voters once again in 2016.

United for Care, backed by prominent attorney John Morgan, is confident their proposed constitutional amendment will be certified to appear on the November ballot, having collected over 900,000 signatures to date.

In order to appear on the 2016 ballot, United for Care needs to collect 683,149 valid signatures.  The organization’s goal was to…

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Kentucky Marijuana Legalization Bill Pre-filed for 2016

Kentucky Marijuana Legalization Bill Pre-filed for 2016

“It is time to stop making criminals out of citizens due to outdated and ridiculous laws concerning cannabis,” says bill sponsor Perry B. Clark

FRANKFORT, KY — In preparation for the upcoming 2016 legislative session, a Kentucky state senator has pre-filed a bill that would legalize  marijuana in the Bluegrass State for adults 21 and older.

Kentucky State Senator Perry B. Clark (D-Louisville), a longtime proponent of marijuana law reform, announced Friday that he has pre-filed the Cannabis Freedom Act for consideration when lawmakers…

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Mississippi Bans the Marijuana Policy Project

Mississippi Bans the Marijuana Policy Project

JACKSON, MS — Advocates pushing to reform marijuana laws in Mississippi say they can no longer raise any funds within the state because their top executive is a convicted felon.

The Washington, DC-based Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), advocating for marijuana reform in all 50 states, say the recent announcement by the Mississippi government barring them from fundraising within the state could hamper efforts at marijuana reform there and throughout the South.

In an email sent to supporters on Monday, MPP’s Executive Director Rob Kampia…

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Missouri Man Serving Life in Prison for Marijuana Granted Parole

Missouri Man Serving Life in Prison for Marijuana Granted Parole

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — A  61 year old grandfather sentenced to life in prison for a marijuana-related offense has been granted parole, and will be released from prison within the next month.

Jeff Mizanskey was sentenced in 1996 as a “persistent drug offender” to life without the possibility of parole for his third marijuana conviction, but in May, following public outcry and a popular change.org petition,  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon commuted Mizanskey’s sentence, giving him the possibility of parole.

Mizanskey was granted a…

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Georgia’s Medical Marijuana Law Falls Short

Georgia’s Medical Marijuana Law Falls Short

ATLANTA, GA — While some patients in Georgia have benefited from the new low-THC / high-CBD law, others are no closer to medical access than before the law was enacted. Better legislation is needed.

It was reported last week that just over 50 patients have registered and received a medical marijuana card which provides some immunity from prosecution for some patients, while other patients are having difficulty getting access.

According to public reports to Georgia C.A.R.E. Project, patients who qualify under the new law say their doctors are refusing to participate in the program leaving them searching for help. Some doctors have even threatened their patients with denial of medical services if the patient test positive for cannabis.

According to Georgia C.A.R.E. director James Bell,…

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North Carolina Governor Signs Bill Improving CBD Law

North Carolina Governor Signs Bill Improving CBD Law

RALEIGH, NC — North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed into law House Bill 766 late last week, giving final approval to a bill that makes significant changes to a law enacted last year allowing the use of some medical marijuana extracts to treat seizures associated with epilepsy.

House Bill 766, the North Carolina Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act, was approved by the legislature earlier this month.  The new law, which takes effect August 1, amends the exemption for the use or possession of some medical marijuana extracts containing high amounts of cannabidiol, and allows neurologists to use the extracts to treat intractable epilepsy without being required to participate in a research study.

Last year, lawmakers in North Carolina approved the Hope 4 Haley and Friends…

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North Carolina Approves Changes to Limited Medical Marijuana Law

North Carolina Approves Changes to Limited Medical Marijuana Law

RALEIGH, NC — Lawmakers in North Carolina Senate have passed a bill that would make significant changes to a law enacted last year that allows the use of some medical marijuana extracts to treat seizures associated with epilepsy, sending the measure to Governor Pat McCrory for final approval.

The bill, House Bill 766, the North Carolina Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act, was approved by the Senate in a 15-0 vote earlier this month.  The House previously approved the bill in April, but several changes made in the Senate required a final vote in the House.

On Tuesday, the House voted 112-2 to approve those changes.  The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Pat McCrory, who is expected to sign the measure into law.

Last year, lawmakers in North Carolina approved the Hope 4 Haley…

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Florida: Miami Beach Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

Florida: Miami Beach Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

MIAMI BEACH, FL — City commissioners in Miami Beach have unanimously passed an ordinance that will allow police to give $100 citations to people caught possessing small amounts of marijuana instead of arresting them and sending them to jail.

The 5-0 vote Wednesday comes just a week after county commissioners in Miami-Dade County approved a similar proposal.  Both proposals give police the option of issuing a $100 civil citation to those caught possessing up to 20 grams of marijuana.

As part of Miami-Dade County, police in Miami Beach could have issued citations instead of arresting offenders under the county proposal. But by enacting the city-wide ordinance, fines collected from citations issued by Miami Beach Police will go to the city instead of the county.

Under Florida law,…

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Florida’s Largest County Depenalizes Marijuana Possession Offenses

Florida’s Largest County Depenalizes Marijuana Possession Offenses

MIAMI, FL — Police in Florida’s largest county will soon have the option to cite, rather than arrest, minor marijuana offenders.

Commissioners for Miami-Dade county voted 10 to 3 this week in favor of a countywide ordinance to treat marijuana possession offenses involving 20 grams or less as a civil infraction, punishable by a $100 fine — no arrest, no criminal prosecution, no incarceration, and no criminal record. The new ordinance takes effect late next week.

Under state law, minor marijuana possession offenses are classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. According to an analysis by the ACLU, an estimated 60,000 Floridians are arrested for cannabis possession violations annually — the third highest statewide total in the…

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Florida: Miami-Dade County Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

Florida: Miami-Dade County Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

MIAMI, FL — County commissioners in Florida’s largest county voted Tuesday to allow police the option of issuing a civil violation instead of arresting an offender caught possessing small amounts of marijuana.

On a vote of 10-3, Miami-Dade County Commissioners approved the measure, which will give police officers the option of issuing a $100 civil violation to offenders caught possessing 20 grams or less of marijuana, essentially treating the marijuana possession as they do other minor offenses such as littering or loitering.  Those offenders who can not afford to pay the $100 fine can elect to provide two days of community service instead.

Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County

Supporters of the ordinance said the new approach to handling minor marijuana possession offenses will free up police…

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Florida: Miami-Dade County Close to Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

Florida: Miami-Dade County Close to Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

MIAMI, FL — Florida’s largest county is close to allowing some people caught possessing small amounts of marijuana to receive a $100 fine instead of being arrested after a key legislative committee in Miama-Dade County gave preliminary approval to the plan Wednesday.

Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County

If enacted, the proposal would rewrite county law to give police the option of issuing a civil citation instead of arresting an offender who is caught possessing 20 grams or less of marijuana.  The civil violation would be punishable by a $100 fine, or two days of community service.

Under Florida law, possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison and fines up to $1,000.

Police would still be allowed to place an offender under arrest under state law…

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Source: The Daily Chronic