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Chronicle AM: Mexico Legal Pot Bill Set to Move, Los Angeles DA Clears 66,000 Pot Convictions, More... (2/14/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 21:21
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pThe clock is ticking on getting marijuana legalization done in Mexico, a Pennsylvania patient fights for the right to have access to public housing, the LA DA clears 66,000 old pot convictions, and more./pp[image:1 align:right caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/pennsylvania-lawmaker-unveils-updated-marijuana-legalization-bill-in-letter-to-colleagues/ target=_blankPennsylvania Lawmaker Announces Planned Marijuana Legalization Bill/a. Rep. Jake Wheatley (D), who filed an unsuccessful legalization bill last year, has announced in a letter to colleagues that he will try again this year. Wheatley#39;s bill would create a system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce, with a 10% wholesale tax on business-to-business transactions and a 6% retail sales tax that would rise to 12% after two years and 19% after another two years. The bill would also expunge past marijuana convictions and promote social equity and restorative justice./ppa href=https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-13/la-district-attorney-clear-marijuana-convictions target=_blankLos Angeles County District Attorney Clears 66,000 Marijuana Convictions/a. District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Thursday that she had secured the dismissal of some 62,000 felony marijuana convictions and 4,000 misdemeanor convictions. Her announcement came after she filed motions last week to erase those convictions and Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ohta signed the order on Tuesday./ppstrongMedical Marijuana/strong/ppa href=https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/02/13/medical-marijuana-Section-8-Mary-Cease-Housing-Authority-of-Indiana-County-Commonwealth-Court/stories/202002130143 target=_blankPennsylvania Patient Fights for Right to Stay in Public Housing/a. Medical marijuana patient Mary Cease has no criminal record and a low income, but the Housing Authority of Indiana County has twice denied her application for Section 8 housing because Section 8 is a federal program and federal law considers marijuana to be illegal, period. She sued and lost in the Court of Common Pleas last April, but has appealed, and on Thursday, a panel of three Commonwealth Court judges heard oral arguments in her case. Her attorneys asked them to reverse the lower court decision and order Indiana County to give her access to Section 8 housing. No decision is expected for weeks, and final resolution of the case could take months./ppstrongInternational/strong/ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/top-mexican-senator-says-marijuana-legalization-bill-will-be-approved-this-month/ target=_blankKey Mexican Lawmaker Says Marijuana Legalization Bill Will Be Approved This Month/a. Sen. Julio Menchaca of the ruling MORENA Party and head of the Senate Justice Committee said a bill to legalize marijuana was quot;already circulated to membersquot; of key legislative panels and that quot;we hope to get it out in the Senate this month.quot; Under a Supreme Court ruling, the Congress has until April to get it done. If the bill indeed passes the Senate this month, it would still have to be approved by the Chamber of Deputies./p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: NM Legal Pot Bill Shot Down; AL, OH Synthetic Urine Criminalization Bills Advance, More... (2/13/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 21:46
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pToday, New Mexico is the Land of Disenchantment, a Kentucky medical marijuana bill advances, synthetic urine prohibition bills advance in Alabama and Ohio, and more./pp[image:1 align:left caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2020/02/13/new-mexico-legislative-committee-spurns-recreational-pot-bill/4746880002/ target=_blankNew Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Defeated in Committee/a. A bill backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) to legalize marijuana was defeated in the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 6-4 vote after committee Chairman Joseph Cervantes (D-Las Cruces) harshly criticized it. That means the effort to pass a href=https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?Chamber=Samp;LegType=Bamp;LegNo=115amp;year=20 target=_blankSB 115/a is likely dead for the year. There are only days left in the legislature#39;s 30-day short session./ppstrongMedical Marijuana/strong/ppa href=https://www.al.com/news/2020/02/medical-marijuana-bill-introduced-in-alabama.html target=_blankAlabama Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced/a. Sen. Tim Melson (R-Florence) has filed Senate Bill 154 to legalize the use of medical marijuana in the state. The bill is based on a study done by a commission of doctors, lawyers, and legislators. Melson was chair of that commission. Smokable and vaping marijuana products would not be authorized under the bill, only tablets, certain types of edibles and creams. Patients suffering from several conditions, including seizures, anxiety, autism, nausea, cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder could qualify for cards. patients who donrsquo;t suffer from any of the conditions listed in the bill could appeal to a board for special consideration./ppa href=https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article240232736.html target=_blankKentucky Medical Marijuana Bill Advances/a. The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to approve a href=https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/20rs/hb136.html target=_blankHouse Bill 136/a, which would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients suffering from conditions that would be determined by a panel of eight doctors, four public advocates and a pharmacist. The bill now heads for a House floor vote./ppstrongDrug Testing/strong/ppa href=https://www.al.com/news/2020/02/bill-would-make-it-a-crime-to-sell-fake-urine-for-drug-tests.html target=_blankAlabama Bill to Criminalize Synthetic Urine for Drug Tests Advances/a. A bill that would make it a crime to use or distribute synthetic urine to thwart drug tests has passed the House. The measure now heads to the Senate./ppa href=https://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/bill-prohibiting-use-of-fake-urine-to-cheat-drug-tests-passes-ohio-senate target=_blankOhio Bill to Criminalize Synthetic Urine for Drug Tests Advances/a. A bill that would make it a crime to use or distribute synthetic urine to thwart drug tests has passed the Ohio Senate. The measure, a href=https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA133-SB-156 target=_blankSB 156/a, now heads to the House./p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: VA Pot Decrim Bill Passes Legislature, Trump Budget Would Shift Colombia Aid Priorities, More... (2/12/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 21:00
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pThe Virginia legislature passes marijuana decriminalization, a Kentucky medical marijuana bill heads for a House floor vote, a South Dakota hemp bill passes the House, and more./pp[image:1 align:right caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/marijuana-decriminalization-approved-by-virginia-senate-and-house/Virginia Legislature Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill; Governor Expected to Sign/a. Hours after the House of Delegates approved decriminalization Tuesday, the state Senate followed suit by approving its own version of the bill, a href=https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB2SB 2/a. Governor Ralph Northam (D) has said he would sign such a bill, but it first needs to go to conference committee to settle minor differences between the House and Senate versions./ppstrongMedical Marijuana/strong/ppa href=https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article240232736.htmlKentucky House Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill/a. The House Judiciary Committee voted 17-1 Wednesday to approve nbsp;a href=https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUbYriJsRC1V9O3oa-2Fr4s4vilPJHvNAgAvzErMsNYFu6zITEIUJmPVigrIgBwmSUXNw-3D-3D2ro9_IIbrxKnoOF4A1-2B5RcKiXcrdl2-2F2ejLMEraRWEFJJC3ikRSoc-2B9ZTh7QPu1-2BoKP0isgJZPsmDYeJdIcPSLCMyycjHdUomXieS9UaKimWIil6o0TD0FS22ddq4ar6Xypg-2Fhovs-2F63w8CCTszZaRM7O1yYvwEiDUXxaJTOoIeAAVHUQTjyCYOTpHJgSWAOlNmPA8f28vVNG1w9CF2jvpjuZapcJuZ3kg67is-2BFux-2FaV5tm1vZIqPvn3rtwKprXC1kcAwq8LkeSvIZfob7SglvFq08QsFll2CT9PskJenh8GtXDPp4ikKacgZzIJIvvd1yqArHKzscGwsQE9dVlf0KsFIA-3D-3D target=_blank title=This external link will open in a new windowHB 136/a, which would allow for the use of medical marijuana for certain debilitating medical conditions. The measure now heads for a House floor vote. A similar bill was approved by the committee last year, but never got a floor vote. This year, 51 of the state#39;s 100 representatives are cosponsors./ppstrongHemp/strong/ppa href=https://hempindustrydaily.com/south-dakota-hemp-crop-possible-for-2020-after-legalization-clears-house/South Dakota House Passes Hemp Bill with No Debate/a. The House passed a bill to legalize industrial hemp cultivation, a href=https://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?File=1008HAG.htmlamp;Session=2020amp;Version=House%20Agriculture%20and%20Natural%20Resourcesamp;Bill=1008HB 1008/a, with a two-thirds majority after hearing no debate at all. It now goes to the Senate. If that body also passes it by a two-thirds majority and Gov. Kristi Noem (R) signs it into law, an emergency clause would go into effect allowing state farmers to grow a crop this year./ppstrongForeign Policy/strong/ppa href=https://colombiareports.com/trump-wants-big-boost-in-security-aid-and-big-cut-in-economic-aid-to-colombia/Trump Budget Proposal Would Slash Colombia Development Aid, Boost Ant-Drug Funding/a. President Trump#39;s new federal budget proposal would slash economic assistance to Colombia by nearly $70 million while at the same time nearly doubling anti-drug funding from $125 million this year to $237.5 million for the coming fiscal year, which begins October 1. The budget proposal says the funding is needed to fight quot;threats posed by sharp increases in coca cultivation.quot;/ppstrongInternational/strong/ppa href=https://grizzle.com/croatia-recreational-cannabis/Croatia Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed/a. A Croatian lawmaker has introduced a bill that would legalize recreational cannabis sales and permit adults to grow up to nine marijuana plants for personal use. Mirela Holy, head of the Social Democratic Party#39;s Green Development Council filed the bill and said it will be subject to first public and then parliamentary debate. The country has decriminalized pot possession and legalized medical marijuana in 2015, but marijuana sales remains a felony with a mandatory minimum three-year prison sentence./p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: Trump Anti-Drug Budget Released, MT and ND Legal Pot Inits See Changes, More... (2/11/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Tue, 02/11/2020 - 21:32
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pThe president praises authoritarian governments that quickly execute drug dealers, the White House releases the annual anti-drug budget, a North Dakota pot legalization initiative extends its signature gathering drive, and more.nbsp;/pp[image:1 align:right caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.ktvh.com/news/montana-news/montana-committee-removes-medical-marijuana-changes-from-recreational-marijuana-initiative target=_blankMontana Initiative Committee Removes Medical Marijuana Changes from Marijuana Legalization Initiative/a. New Approach Montana, which is proposing a pair of marijuana legalization initiatives, has revised one of them after state officials raised concerns that its a href=https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5da7564c642a85021b9a1363/t/5e1cecc42ca8563a4ea7b9c8/1578953925557/New+Approach+Montana+Marijuana+Legalization+Regulation+and+Taxation+Statutory+Initiative+FINAL.pdf target=_blankstatutory initiative/a provision lowering the tax on medical marijuana would violate the rule that initiatives only deal with a single subject. New Approach has now removed that language; the changes are reflected in the current version of the initiative./ppa href=https://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/bismarck/north-dakota-marijuana-legalization-group-will-aim-for-november-not/article_762916d8-76c2-5536-91f3-dc1fd660d040.html target=_blankNorth Dakota Marijuana Legalization Initiative Campaign Shifts from June Ballot Effort to November/a. The North Dakota Freedom of Cannabis Act campaign, which seeks to pass a marijuana legalization a href=https://vip.sos.nd.gov/pdfs/Measures%20Info/Petitions%20Being%20Circulated/approved%20copy%20of%20petition.pdf target=_blankconstitutional amendment/a has announced it will no longer seek a place on the June ballot, but is now aiming at November. The move came Tuesday, the final day to hand in signatures to qualify for the June ballot. By shifting to the later election date, the campaign gives itself an additional four months to come up with more signatures. It needs 26,904 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot and only had 18,000 raw signatures so far./ppstrongMedical Marijuana/strong/ppa href=https://blog.norml.org/2020/02/11/trump-budget-targets-marijuana-states-rights/ target=_blankTrump#39;s FY 2021 Budget Would Remove Protection for Medical Marijuana States/a. As part of its just released fiscal year 2021 budget, the Trump administration is proposing an existing policy that protects state medical marijuana programs from Justice Department meddling. Since 2014, Congress has approved a rider in the department#39;s appropriations bill that blocks it from spending funds to do so, but the Senate failed to approve it last year./ppstrongDrug Courts/strong/ppa href=https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2020/02/11/alabama-appleseed-drug-court-diversion-programs-hurt-poor-alabamians/4695168002/ target=_blankAlabama Report Calls for Statewide Standards for Drug Courts/a. The legal advocacy group Alabama Appleseed has released a a href=https://www.alabamaappleseed.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Alabama-Appleseed-Diversion-Report-2020-web.pdf target=_blankreport/a that examined diversion programs in the state, including the resort to drug courts, and recommends that lawmakers establish uniform statewide standards for such programs, which the report found varied wildly from county to county. quot;We hope this report will provide a road map for tackling some really tough issues in a smarter way. We hear so much about the opioid crisis, and it is real and it devastates family and communities. We hear so much about the horrors and the violence in our prisons,quot; said Appleseed Executive Director Carla Crowder. quot;If more people could be treated outside of prison for substance use issues, we could find a way to make these opportunities work for the people who need them most. It could make a difference in two huge and sometimes seemingly overwhelming issues in this state.quot;/ppstrongDrug Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.newsweek.com/trump-praises-chinas-powerful-death-penalty-drug-dealers-says-hes-unsure-if-americas-ready-1486604 target=_blankTrump Praises China#39;s quot;Powerfulquot; Death Penalty for Drug Dealers/a. At a meeting with US governors at the White House Monday, President Donald Trump responded to a question about fentanyl imported from China by praising Chinese President Xi Jingping#39;s decision to criminalize the drug and execute drug dealers.nbsp;quot;Now they#39;ve put it into their criminal statutes. And criminal in China for drugs by the way means that#39;s serious, they#39;re getting a maximum penalty,quot; saidnbsp;Trump. quot;And you know what the maximum penalty is in China for that, and it goes very quickly.quot; He then praised countries that execute drug dealers after quot;fair but quickquot; trials: quot;It#39;s interesting. Where you have Singapore, they have very little drug problem. Where you have China, they have very little drug problem,quot; Trump said. quot;States with a very powerful death penalty on drug dealers don#39;t have a drug problem. I don#39;t know that our country is ready for that, but if you look throughout the world, the countries with a powerful death penalty... with a fair but quick trial, they have very little, if any drug problem.quot;/ppa href=https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/trump-administration-seeks-increased-funding-continue-curbing-drug-crisis/ target=_blankTrump Drug Budget Continues to Grow; Treatment and Prevention Funds Barely Exceed Enforcement and Interdiction Funds/a. The White House has released the a href=https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/FY-2021-National-Drug-Control-Budget-Highlights.pdf target=_blankFiscal Year (FY) 2021 National Drug Control Budget,/anbsp;which requests $35.7 billion for counter-drug efforts, an increase of $94 million from the previous year. The request includes $18.6 billion for prevention and treatment efforts, and $17.1 billion for domestic law enforcement, interdiction, and international drug control efforts.nbsp;/p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: VA Pot Decrim Bill Passes House, Nepalese Communists Say Free the Weed, More... (2/10/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 21:39
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pColorado activists want to de-legalize weed, Nepalese communists want to re-legalize weed, the Afghan and US governments spar over opium production, and more.nbsp;/pp[image:1 align:left caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/colorado-marijuana-legalization-would-be-overturned-by-new-ballot-measure/ target=_blankColorado Initiative Would Undo Marijuana Legalization/a. A pair of activist attorneys have filed a href=https://leg.colorado.gov/content/repeal-constitutional-provisions-concerning-personal-use-and-regulation-marijuana-0 target=_blankBallot Proposal #249/a, which would repeal the section of the state constitution that legalizes marijuana. The proposal is only four sentences long, with the key sentence being: quot;Article XVIII, Section 16 of the Colorado Constitution (Personal Use and Regulation of Marijuana) is repealed.quot; The proposal does not seek to change the status quo around legal medical marijuana and hemp. It is currently being reviewed by Legislative Council Staff before heading to the secretary of state#39;s office for title review. Only slightly more than one-third of voters polled in 2016 (the most recent data) supported reversing legalization./ppa href=https://wset.com/news/at-the-capitol/bill-to-decriminalize-marijuana-possession-clears-virginia-house target=_blankVirginia Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes House, Needs One More Vote in Senate/a. The House has approved a href=https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=201amp;typ=bilamp;val=hb972 target=_blank title=https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=201amp;typ=bilamp;val=hb972HB 972/a, which would make simple pot possession an infraction punishable by no more than a $25 fine. Under current state law, it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for a first offense. The bill also ends driver#39;s license suspensions for adults and treats hash oil like marijuana, instead of the Schedule I substance it is currently considered. Thenbsp;a href=https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=201amp;typ=bilamp;val=sb2 target=_blank title=https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=201amp;typ=bilamp;val=sb2Senate version/anbsp; of the bill also advanced, passing the Finance and Appropriations Committee with a vote 12-3. It now heads for a final Senate floor vote./ppstrongInternational/strong/ppa href=https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/ondcp-releases-data-poppy-cultivation-potential-opium-production-afghanistan/ target=_blankONDCP Releases Data on Poppy Cultivation and Potential Opium Production in Afghanistan/a. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCPmdash;the drug czar#39;s office) has released the results of the annual US Government estimate measuring poppy cultivation and potential opium production in Afghanistan. The US government estimate found poppy cultivation decreased in 2019 compared to 2018, but potential pure opium production increased.nbsp; Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan declined 28 percent, from 221,000 hectares in 2018 to 160,000 hectares in 2019.nbsp; Conversely, potential pure opium production increased by 21 percent, from 5,550 metric tons in 2018 to 6,700 metric tons in 2019.nbsp; Low opium prices at planting time drove the decline in cultivation.nbsp; The rise in potential pure production is a direct result of favorable weather and harvesting conditions./ppa href=https://menafn.com/1099673398/Afghanistan-MoI-denies-ONDCPs-report target=_blankAfghanistan Interior Ministry Denies ONDCP Opium Report/a. The Ministry of the Interior has challenged the ONDCP report about a surge of Afghan opium production, saying there has been a significant reduction in drug production in the county because counter-narcotics police have conducted quot;several raids to destroy it.quot; Officials also cited tighter border controls. quot;I can assure you about reduction of narcotic products. There are several reasons behind it, the night raids, draught, and narcotics price has downed and recently poppy cultivation in Iraq has scaled up,quot; added Deputy Ministry of Counter Narcotics Najibullah Ahmadi./ppa href=https://www.reuters.com/article/us-colombia-drugs/colombia-aims-to-eradicate-130000-hectares-of-coca-in-2020-idUSKBN2041XP target=_blankColombia Sets Goal of Eradicating 320,000 Acres of Coca This Year/a. Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said Monday that Colombia hopes to eradicate some 321,237 acres (130,000 hectares) of coca this year. Tools to achieve that goal could include the aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate. The country is under constant pressure from the US, the principal market for Colombian cocaine, to reduce coca cultivation. Last year, Colombia destroyed about 250,000 acres of coca using manual eradication. Aerial spraying of glyphosate was banned in 2015, but President Ivan Duque#39;s government is working to get around that ban and reintroduce the practice./ppa href=https://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article240145753.html target=_blankNepal#39;s Ruling Communist Party Proposes Marijuana Legalization/a. Lawmakers from the ruling Communist Party have proposed legalizing marijuana in the country, which has a long history of use. Some 46 members of the party filed the proposal in the parliament. quot;Legalizing marijuana will help the poor farmers and since most of the Western world, which was reason for making it illegal in the first place, have already ended the prohibition, Nepal should also lift the ban,quot; lawmaker Birod Khatiwada said Monday. Marijuana was only criminalized in 1976 under Western pressure after Nepal developed a reputation as a cannabis-friendly destination on the counter-cultural hippie trail in the 1960s./p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: SF to Open Street Meth Center, Filipino Top Cop Says Bloody Drug War Failed, More... (2/7/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 21:14
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pConnecticut top lawmakers roll out the governor#39;s marijuana legalization bill, San Francisco moves to open a street meth treatment facility in the Tenderloin, and more.nbsp;/pp[image:1 align:right caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/top-connecticut-lawmakers-file-marijuana-legalization-bill-on-behalf-of-governor/ target=_blankConnecticut Top Lawmakers File Governor#39;s Marijuana Legalization Bill/a. Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney (D) and House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D) on Thursday filed the quot;Governor#39;s Billquot; (a href=https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Billamp;bill_num=SB00016amp;which_year=2020 target=_blankSB 16/a) to legalize marijuana. The measure supported by Gov. Ned Lamont (D) would allow people 21 and over to possess and buy up to an ounce and a half of weed from a licensed retailer. The measure also includes several social equity provisions, including expungement, allowing those with past convictions to work in the industry, and language that would support businesses operated by people from communities most harmed by the drug war. The bill will now be heard by the Joint Judiciary Committee./ppstrongHemp/strong/ppa href=https://www.newscenter1.tv/hemp-bill-passes-house-committee-with-amendments/ target=_blankSouth Dakota Hemp Bill Advances/a. A bill to legalize the growth and transportation of hemp in the state, a href=https://mylrc.sdlegislature.gov/api/Documents/65806.pdf target=_blankHB1008B/a, passed out of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee Thursday morning. The bill was first heavily amended by a skeptical Gov. Kristi Noem (R), who vetoed a similar bill last year. The measure now heads for a House floor vote./ppstrongHarm Reduction/strong/ppa href=https://kmph.com/news/local/san-francisco-to-open-tent-treatment-center-for-meth-users target=_blankSan Francisco to Open Street Meth Treatment Center/a. The city is set to open a center for people experiencing methamphetamine-induced psychosis in the Tenderloin neighborhood later this spring. The 24-hour center, to be located on a city-operated parking lot, is aimed at getting people off the streets and connecting them with treatment and other services. It will include two tents housing 15 beds each./ppstrongInternational/strong/ppa href=https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-drugs-performance-exclusi/exclusive-shock-and-awe-has-failed-in-philippines-drug-war-enforcement-chief-says-idUSKBN2010IL target=_blankPhilippines Drug War Enforcement Chief Says quot;Shock and Awequot; Campaign Has Failed/a. Coloneal Romeo Caramat, head of drug enforcement for the Philippine National Police, has said the President Rodrigo Duterte#39;s ultra-violent drug war has not been effective. quot;Shock and awe definitely did not work, he told Reuters. quot;Drug supply is still rampant. Crime has declined somewhat, he added, but drug users can still buy drugs quot;anytime, anywherequot; in the country. A Duterte spokesman declined to comment on Caramat#39;s remarks, but last month said quot;we are winning the war on drugs.quot;/p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: VA Pot Decrim Bill Heads for House Floor Vote, Thai Opium Cultivation Declines, More... (2/6/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 22:02
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pMarijuana decriminalization is moving in Virginia, medical marijuana home cultivation is moving in New Hampshire, a class action lawsuit goes after Detroit-area car seizures, and more./pp[image:1 align:left caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/connecticut-governor-renews-marijuana-legalization-pledge-in-budget-proposal-and-speech target=_blankConnecticut Governor Renews Marijuana Legalization Pledge in Budget Proposal and Speech/a. In his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Ned Lamont (D) reiterated his call for marijuana legalization. He also put money where his mouth is by including funding for a legal marijuana regulatory framework in the budget proposal submitted to legislators. He also called for regional coordination in marijuana legalization. quot;The patchwork of cannabis and vaping laws are impossible to enforce. We will work with our neighboring states to make our laws safe, uniform, and enforceable. Like it or not, legalized marijuana is a short drive away in Massachusetts and New York is soon to follow,quot; he added. quot;Right now do you realize that what you can buy legally in Massachusetts right across the border can land you in prison here in Connecticut for up to a year?quot;/ppa href=https://www.virginiamercury.com/2020/02/05/general-assembly-closes-the-door-to-marijuana-legalization-until-2021/ target=_blankVirginia General Assembly Blocks Marijuana Legalization, But Advances Decriminalization Bill/a. The House Courts of Justice Committee voted Wednesday to refer three marijuana legalization bills for study, effectively killing them for this session. At the same time, the committee voted to approve a decriminalization bill, a href=https://legiscan.com/VA/bill/HB972/2020 target=_blankHB 972/a, setting it up for a House floor vote. Similar legislation is also moving in the Senate./ppstrongMedical Marijuana/strong/ppa href=https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/02/06/marijuana/new-hampshire-senate-approves-bill-let-medical-marijuana-patients-grow-their-own/ target=_blankNew Hampshire Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Home Cultivation Bill/a. The state Senate Thursday approved a bill that would allow patients and caregivers to grow their own medicine. a href=https://openstates.org/nh/bills/2020/SB420/ target=_blankSB 420/a now heads to the House, which has passed similar legislation with strong support. The bill allows for the cultivation of three mature plants, three immature plants, and 12 seedlings. Gov. Chris Sununu (R) vetoed a similar bill last year. The House voted to override his veto, but the Senate fell three votes short of doing so./ppstrongAsset Forfeiture/strong/ppa href=https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2020/02/05/seize-forfeiture-michigan-sheriff-lawsuit/4666153002/ target=_blankClass Action Lawsuit Targets Detroit Car Seizures/a. A class action lawsuit filed in federal court in Detroit Wednesday accuses the Wayne County Sheriff#39;s Office of seizing thousands of cars and other property belonging to residents who have not committed crimes in violation of their constitutional rights. quot;Innocent property owners find themselves ensnared in this system,quot; the lawsuit asserts, leaving them to face the quot;permanent loss of their car or other property, even when emsomeone else/em is alleged to have committed a crime without the property owner#39;s knowledge or consent.quot; The lawsuit was filed by the libertarian Institute for Justice./ppstrongDrug Testing/strong/ppa href=https://www.limaohio.com/wire/state-wire/395454/ohio-supreme-court-hears-sterilite-drug-testing-case target=_blankOhio Supreme Court to Decide Whether Worker Drug Testing That Exposed Genitals Invades Privacy/a. The state Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in a case where workers at the company Sterilite had their genitals viewed during random drug tests. Four employees of the company sued claiming an invasion of privacy. The case was originally thrown out by a Stark County Common Pleas judge in 2017, but both sides appealed, and the case is now before the state#39;s high court. Employees at the company were asked to submit to quot;direct observationquot; random drug tests where drug test administrators watched their groin areas while they produced urine specimens. Two of the plaintiffs were fired because they didn#39;t provide a urine sample within the two-and-a-half hours allotted, according to court records. The original lawsuit seeks reinstatement with back pay for some of the plaintiffs. All four plaintiffs are seeking damages to compensate for pain, suffering and embarrassment./ppstrongInternational/strong/ppa href=https://sundiatapost.com/governor-akeredolu-seeks-for-legalization-of-marijuana-in-meeting-with-buhari/ target=_blankNigerian Governor Lobbies President to Legalize Marijuana/a. Ondo State Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu met with President Buhari on Tuesday and renewed his call for marijuana legalization. He argued that legalization would bring economic and health benefits to the country. quot;It#39;s not because I take it; I take CBD, that#39;s the oil, for medical purposes. I am convinced about the use to which we can put marijuana,quot; Akeredolu said. quot;I know of the fact because we had to bring in experts, who have gone round and believe that the strain of marijuana that we grow in Ogbese in Ondo State is the best in the world. So, if you have that then a government must find a way to put it into good use. Our own is that the pathway to growing marijuana is for medical reasons, not for anybody to smoke.quot;/ppa href=https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/myanmar-opium-cultivation-decline-un-report.html target=_blankThai Opium Cultivation Keeps Declining, UNODC Says/a. Opium cultivation dropped last year, continuing a downward trend that began in 2014, according to a new UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) survey. The amount of land cultivated with poppies dropped 11% last year, down to about 80,000 acres. UNODC said that quot;the highest levels of cultivation continue to take place in unstable and conflict prone areas of Shan and Kachin.quot; Production now is less than one-fifth it was at its peak in 1996./p /div /div /div
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Medical Marijuana Update

Drug War Chronicle - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 22:05
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pThe fight over medical marijuana in Alabama heats up, a Pennsylvania court sides with a worker fired over legal medical marijuana use, and more./pp[image:1 align:right]strongAlabama/strong/ppa href=https://mynbc15.com/news/local/alabama-gets-another-shot-at-legalizing-medical-marijuana target=_blankAlabama Attorney General Opposes Medical Marijuana Bill/a. While the legislature is once again set to take up a medical marijuana bill supported by 12 of 18 members of the Medical Cannabis Study Commission, Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) has now come out against it. He wrote a three-page letter urging lawmakers to oppose the bill this session./ppstrongMontana/strong/ppa href=https://www.kpax.com/news/western-montana-news/updated-rules-on-montanas-medical-marijuana target=_blankMontana Posts Medical Marijuana Rules/a. The state Department of Health and Human Services has posted rules that make changes to the state#39;s medical marijuana system, including a new fee structure and a license structure based on the provider#39;s growing space. The rules are designed to implement a new medical marijuana law the legislature approved last year. The rules are open for public comment until the end of the month./ppstrongPennsylvania/strong/ppa href=https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/pennsylvania-court-allows-medical-pot-49123/ target=_blankPennsylvania Court Allows Medical Pot User to Proceed with Wrongful Termination Suit/a. In a recent decision, emPalmiter v. Commonwealth Health Systems/em, the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas ruled that the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act creates a right to sue for wrongful termination and that a worker who claims to have been fired for medical marijuana use authorized by that law can bring a claim of wrongful termination in violation of public policy./ppstrongRhode Island/strong/ppa href=https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200204/in-reversal-ri-lawmakers-abandon-attempt-to-regulate-medical-marijuana-outlets target=_blankRhode Island Legislators End Bid to Regulate Medical Marijuana Outlets/a. Lawmakers voted Tuesday in unanimous votes on identical bills in both houses to remove the legislative veto language over medical marijuana and hemp regulations that was included in the state budget. They have backed down from a fight with Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) over who will control licensing of six new medical marijuana dispensaries./p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: DC Psychedelic Initiative Advances, VT Legal Pot Sales Bill Moves Again, More... (2/5/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 21:55
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pVermont#39;s House is moving on a legal marijuana sales bill approved last year by the Senate, Rhode Island legislators yield in a fight with the governor over medical marijuana, and more./pp[image:1 align:right caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/4/senator-drops-push-to-force-indiana-marijuana-pros/ target=_blankIndiana GOP Senator Drops Bid to Force Marijuana Prosecutions/a. Sen. Mike Young (R) has dropped a bill that would have allowed the state attorney general to appoint special prosecutors to take over criminal cases that local prosecutors decide not to pursue. The bill was filed in response to the Indianapolis prosecutor#39;s new policy of not pressing charges for small-time marijuana cases. Young let the measure die after the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council argued the proposal wrongly usurped the discretion that county prosecutors must have about how to use their staff and budgets on which cases to pursue./ppa href=https://grizzle.com/kentucky-residents-support-marijuana-legalization/ target=_blankKentucky Poll Finds Strong Support for Medical Marijuana, Near Majority for Marijuana Legalization/a.A poll conducted by two nonprofit groups, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health, has support for marijuana legalization at 49% and support for medical marijuana at 90%. That#39;s up 12 points for the latter and 23 points for the former over 2012./ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/vermont-committee-oks-bill-to-legalize-marijuana-sales-and-limit-thc-potency target=_blankVermont Committee OKs Bill to Legalize Marijuana Sales and Limit THC Potency/a. The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday to advance a bill to legalize and tax marijuana sales. a href=https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.54 target=_blankSB 54/a passed out of the Government Operations Committee a day earlier. It now heads for the House Appropriations Committee before going to a House floor vote. It was approved by the Senate last year, and that vote is still in effect./ppstrongMedical Marijuana/strong/ppa href=https://www.kpax.com/news/western-montana-news/updated-rules-on-montanas-medical-marijuana target=_blankMontana Posts Medical Marijuana Rules/a. The state Department of Health and Human Services has posted rules that make changes to the state#39;s medical marijuana system, including a new fee structure and a license structure based on the provider#39;s growing space. The rules are designed to implement a new medical marijuana law the legislature approved last year. The rules are open for public comment until the end of the month./ppa href=https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200204/in-reversal-ri-lawmakers-abandon-attempt-to-regulate-medical-marijuana-outlets target=_blankRhode Island Legislators End Bid to Regulate Medical Marijuana Outlets/a. Lawmakers voted Tuesday in unanimous votes on identical bills in both houses to remove the quot;legislative vetoquot; language over medical marijuana and hemp regulations that was included in the state budget. They have backed down from a fight with Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) over who will control licensing of six new medical marijuana dispensaries./ppstrongPsychedelics/strong/ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/measure-to-decriminalize-psychedelics-advances-in-washington-d-c/ target=_blankMeasure to Decriminalize Psychedelics Advances in Washington, DC/a. A proposed ballot initiative that would decriminalize a wide range of psychedelics has been given preliminary approval by the District#39;s Board of Elections. Now, the board must approve a short title and summary statement, then the official language with be published in the DC register, after which a ten-day challenge period will take place, and after that, the board will meet again to give final approval to the language. Then, Decriminalize Nature DC will have 180 days to come up with 25,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot./p /div /div /div
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Republican Reefer Reactionaries: Meet America's Eight Worst Governors on Marijuana Reform [FEATURE]

Drug War Chronicle - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 19:24
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pThe nation#39;s most venerable marijuana legalization group, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), has just issued its a href=https://norml.org/us-governors/ target=_blank2020 Gubernatorial Scorecard/a grading the nation#39;s governors on their level of support for ending marijuana prohibition. Thanks to NORML, we can now identify those chief executives whose stances on cannabis remain mired in the last century./pp[image:1 align:left caption:true]But before we get to that rogues#39; gallery of governors, its worth mentioning the good news in the scorecard. Based on the governors#39; voting records and comments on marijuana policy, NORML bestowed quot;Aquot; grades on nine governors -- all Democrats -- while 11 more Democrats and one Republican earned a quot;B.quot; That means governors in nearly half the states are working hard to enact or maintain marijuana reform legislation, and that#39;s a long way from where we were only a few years ago./ppGetting marijuana reforms, whether its medical marijuana or adult legalization, through state legislatures is a tough, grinding slog, and the position of the governor can make or break a bill. Although, as governors such as Democrats Phil Murphy in New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo in New York found out last year, even the governor#39;s support can#39;t guarantee a measure gets passed./ppAs NORML executive director a href=https://blog.norml.org/2020/01/29/norml-releases-2020-gubernatorial-scorecard/ target=_blankEric Altieri noted/a in releasing the report, quot;Most legislative activity specific to marijuana policy takes place at the state level and America#39;s governors are our nation#39;s most powerful state-elected officials. These 50 lawmakers play a key role in whether or not marijuana policy reform advances at the state level so it is vitally important that reformers are aware of where they stand on the issue.quot;/ppHere are the ones that stand farthest to the right. All eight of these Republican governors earned a big, fat quot;Fquot; from NORML:/ppstrongIdaho Gov. Brad Little. /strongWhile he neither enacted nor vetoed marijuana-related legislation last year, he has opposed any loosening of pot prohibition, including even industrial hemp and medical marijuana. His position is best summed up by this a href=https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/little-if-idahoans-want-legal-marijuana-they-elected-wrong-guy/article_f13c3be4-bd74-58e9-8a6c-92d01ba4f2da.html target=_blankquote from April 2019/a: If Idahoans wanted to legalize marijuana, quot;they elected the wrong guy as governor.quot;/ppstrongIndiana Gov. Eric Holcomb./strong With marijuana bills unable to get anywhere in the GOP-dominated legislature, Holcomb has not had to sign or veto any measures, but he has historically opposed even medical marijuana, not to mention adult legalization. Now, he#39;s a href=https://fox59.com/2019/02/27/gov-holcomb-wont-support-marijuana-legalization-until-federal-law-changes-admits-he-smoked-in-college/ target=_blankusing federal pot prohibition as a shield/a for his recalcitrance, saying that he will continue to oppose and marijuana reforms as long as the federal ban remains. He a href=https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2019/01/04/513488.htm target=_blankalso said in 2019/a that, quot;Right now, it#39;s a crime. I#39;m just simply not willing to look the other way,quot; even though he could act to make it not a crime and even though he is apparently willing to look the other way on a href=https://fox59.com/2019/02/27/gov-holcomb-wont-support-marijuana-legalization-until-federal-law-changes-admits-he-smoked-in-college/ target=_blankhis own self-admitted college toking/a./pp[image:2 align:right caption:true]strongNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts/strong. Nebraska was once on the cutting edge of marijuana law reform, decriminalizing it back in the 1970s, but that#39;s apparently been long forgotten by the state#39;s GOP political establishment, including Gov. Ricketts. While governor, he authored a href=https://governor.nebraska.gov/press/understanding-marijuana%E2%80%99s-dangers target=_blanka position paper/a arguing the discredited position that marijuana is a gateway drug, that it#39;s use can lead to suicide, and that medical marijuana is simply a stalking horse for legalization. He was at again just last month, releasing quot;a href=https://governor.nebraska.gov/press/understanding-marijuana%E2%80%99s-dangers target=_blankAn Honest Look at Marijuana/a,quot; which ends thusly: quot;As Governor, I have a duty to promote public safety. I want Nebraskans to be informed of the dangers of marijuana and to know where I stand on the issue. I firmly oppose legislative legalization and will veto any legislation that attempts to make marijuana use lawful in the Cornhusker State.quot;/ppstrongOhio Gov. Mike DeWine./strong DeWine has long been a reefer recalcitrant and spoken consistently about his opposition to recreational marijuana legalization. Even though neighboring Michigan has flipped and neighboring Pennsylvania could this year, he still sides with his fellow prohibitionist GOP governor in neighboring Indiana. quot;It would really be a mistake for Ohio, by legislation, to say that marijuana for adults is just okay,quot; a href=https://www.statenews.org/post/gov-dewine-doesnt-think-ohio-should-legalize-marijuana-even-if-nearby-states-have target=_blankhe said just last month/a./ppstrongSouth Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster/strong. Long an opponent of recreational marijuana legalization, McMaster has also opposed medical marijuana when pressed. In his a href=https://www.postandcourier.com/politics/we-gave-sc-governor-candidates-questions-here-s-where-they/article_f1c9d7d6-ce3c-11e8-8e5b-5fb0725a8c4f.html target=_blankmost recent comments/a on the issue, when asked about supporting medical marijuana, he said, quot;No. Law enforcement officials have made it clear that we are not in a position to appropriately regulate medical marijuana.quot;/pp[image:3 align:left caption:true]strongSouth Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem./strong South Dakota is the only state where it#39;s a criminal offense to test positive for marijuana, but Noem is fine with that. She#39;s another GOP gateway theory adherent, a href=https://dakotawarcollege.com/governor-kristi-noem-comes-out-against-marijuana-related-ballot-measures/ target=_blank_claiming in November/a that marijuana is quot;the gateway drug to getting people more addicted, getting into stronger drugs, then they end up committing crimes, and it just opens the door to bad habits and behaviors that aren#39;t going to be beneficial.quot; She also vetoed an industrial hemp bill in her heavily agricultural state because, well, it#39;s just a sneaky attempt to legalize weed: quot;There is no question in my mind that normalizing hemp, like legalizing medical marijuana, is part of a larger strategy to undermine enforcement of the drug laws and make legalized marijuana inevitable,quot; a href=https://apnews.com/6634924c8a6d48a08b3bb14e23992047 target=_blankshe said in March 2019/a. And of course, a href=http://dkelo.com/news/articles/2019/nov/07/gov-noem-opposes-both-marijuana-initiated-measures/955261/ target=_blankshe opposes/a both the medical marijuana and adult legalization initiatives on the ballot there this year./ppstrongTennessee Gov. Bill Lee./strong The state passed an extremely limited CBD possession law in 2014, and the a href=https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2019/03/09/governor-lee-doubles-down-his-stance-against-marijuana-decriminalization/ target=_blankonly interest/a he has in any further marijuana reforms is expanding on that. He hasn#39;t gotten behind broader medical marijuana, and he#39;s even against decriminalization, not to mention legalization. quot;I have said before and still believe that we should not decriminalize marijuana... I think that#39;s not good for our state,quot; a href=https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2019/03/09/governor-lee-doubles-down-his-stance-against-marijuana-decriminalization/ target=_blankhe said in March 2019/a./ppstrongWyoming Gov. Mark Gordon.nbsp;/strongGordon is foe of adult legalization and a skeptic on medical marijuana. quot;I am not in favor of legalizing marijuana,quot; a href=https://www.wyomingnewsnow.tv/content/news/Governor-Candidates-Talk-Marijuana-490853791.html target=_blankhe said as a gubernatorial candidate in 2018/a.quot;There is maybe some discussion that can be had about medical marijuana, but I am not particularity in favor of doing that until we#39;ve had a very full conversation about what that means. So I am not in favor really of legalizing that. My understanding is that there are some alternatives that are prescription based. So the dosage is known, the purity is known, and we#39;re taking risks for our patients.quot; He didn#39;t say anything last year to indicate his position has become more enlightened./ppem(This article was prepared by StoptheDrugWar.org#39;s 501(c)(4) lobbying nonprofit, the Drug Reform Coordination Network, which also pays the cost of maintaining this website. DRCNet Foundation takes no positions on candidates for public office, in compliance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and does not pay for reporting that could be interpreted or misinterpreted as doing so.)/em/p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: Taking Sides on Marijuana Legalization in NY, PA MMJ Wrongful Firing Court Ruling, More... (2/4/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Tue, 02/04/2020 - 21:57
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pMajor players in New York are staking out positions on marijuana legalization, a Pennsylvania court rules in favor of a worker fired for legal medical marijuana use, and more./pp[image:1 align:left caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://abc7chicago.com/5900562/ target=_blankIllinois Went Through Almost $40 Million Worth of Weed in First Month of Legal Sales/a. The state Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced Monday that legal marijuana sales totaled $39,247,840.83 in the first month after they began. quot;The revenue from the first month is an incredible look at what the potential could possibly be,quot; said State Senator Toi Hutchinson, Illinois Cannabis Control Senior Advisor. quot;I just want to build a thriving and healthy industry that protects the public safety.quot;/ppa href=https://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/289198/following-study-nys-bar-association-comes-out-in-support-of-adult-recreation-marijuana-use/ target=_blankNew York State Bar Association Supports Marijuana Legalization/a. The State Bar Association last Friday came out in support of legalizing the adult use of recreational marijuana. It approved a report from its Committee on Cannabis Law that outlines strategies for implementing legalization in the state. quot;The report provides the necessary details surrounding safety, research, social equity, taxation, and other principles critical to the success of a legalized adult use program in this state,quot; said Aleece Burgio, who co-chairs the Committee on Cannabis Law. quot;While policy continues to evolve at the federal level, the committee also believes the most effective way to navigate this complex issue is for any comprehensive cannabis proposal to include hemp, medical marijuana and adult use.quot;/ppa href=https://cnynews.com/sheriffs-association-passes-resolution-opposing-legalization-of-marijuana/ target=_blankNew York State Sheriff#39;s Association Opposes Marijuana Legalization/a. Gathered at their 86th Annual Winter Training Conference in Albany, the state#39;s sheriffs voted once again to oppose efforts to legalize the possession and sale of recreational marijuana. The association passed a similar resolution last year. The sheriffs argue that legalization would quot;pose a significant risk to the health and safety of communities.quot;/ppstrongMedical Marijuana/strong/ppa href=https://mynbc15.com/news/local/alabama-gets-another-shot-at-legalizing-medical-marijuana target=_blankAlabama Attorney General Opposes Medical Marijuana Bill/a. While the legislature is once again set to take up a medical marijuana bill supported by 12 of 18 members of the Medical Cannabis Study Commission, Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) has now come out against it. He wrote a 3-page letter urging lawmakers to oppose the bill this session./ppa href=https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/pennsylvania-court-allows-medical-pot-49123/ target=_blankPennsylvania Court Allows Medical Pot User to Proceed with Wrongful Termination Suit/a. In a recent decision,emPalmiter v. Commonwealth Health Systems/em, the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas ruled that the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act creates a right to sue for wrongful termination and that a worker who claims to have been fired for medical marijuana use authorized by that law can bring a claim of wrongful termination in violation of public policy./p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: VT Legal Marijuana Sales Bill Moves, MD Kratom Ban Bill Moves, More... (2/3/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Mon, 02/03/2020 - 21:34
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pVermont is moving toward full, commercial marijuana legalization, Maryland is moving toward banning -- not regulating -- kratom, and more./pp[image:1 align:right caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/vermont-committee-unanimously-approves-bill-to-legalize-marijuana-sales/ target=_blankVermont Legal Marijuana Sales Bill Moves/a. The House Committee on Government Operations approved 11-0 a bill that would legalize commercial marijuana sales in the state. a href=https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/WorkGroups/House%20Government%20Operations/Bills/S.54/Drafts,%20Amendments,%20Summaries/S.54~Michele%20Childs~%20Draft%2012.1,%201-31-2020~1-31-2020.pdf target=_blankSB 54/a now heads for a Tuesday hearing at the House Ways and Means Committee. The bill was already approved by the Senate last year, but with changes made in the House, would likely require a conference committee to come to agreement if it passes the House./ppstrongKratom/strong/ppa href=https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/health/treatment_and_diseases/maryland-bills-aim-to-restrict-herbal-substance-kratom/article_24c4a15e-ab4c-5613-86ab-0fbca861ea83.html target=_blankMaryland Bill Would Make Kratom a Schedule I Dangerous Drug/a. Delegate Ken Kerr (D-Frederick) has filed a href=https://legiscan.com/MD/bill/HB283/2020 target=_blankHB 283/a, which would criminalize the use, possession, and distribution of kratom by making it a Schedule I controlled substance under state law. It gets a hearing at the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. A companion bill, a href=https://legiscan.com/MD/bill/SB147/2020 target=_blankSB 147/a, was reported out of the Senate Judicial Proceedings with a favorable vote Monday. Kratom is banned in six states and four cities in the United States but remains unrestricted under federal law. Kratom advocates call for regulation instead of prohibition, pointing to a model Kratom Consumer Protection Act, which has been passed in four states./ppa href=https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-crime/firefights-blocked-roads-in-mexican-city-after-senior-cartel-leader-detained-idUSKBN1ZU30H target=_blankMexican City Rocked by Violence After Arrest of Cartel Leader/a. For the second time in recent months, the arrest of a leading cartel figure has sparked widespread violence in a Mexican city. When police detained a senior leader of the Los Viagras cartel, Luis Felipe quot;El Vochoquot; last Friday, armed men blocked roads and burned cars in the western city of Uruapan, and there were reports of multiple shootouts. Los Viagras have been involved in a gang war with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel over territory in the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacan./p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: MO MJ Init Launches, SD Unlawful Ingestion Bill, More... (1/31/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 21:02
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pA Georgia bill would result in quasi-decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana, a South Dakota bill would amend the state#39;s unique felony internal possession law to only make it a misdemeanor, and more./pp[image:1 align:left caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://wgxa.tv/news/local/georgia-lawmakers-consider-end-to-jail-time-for-marijuana-possession target=_blankGeorgia Marijuana Bill Would Remove Threat of Jail Time for Simple Possession/a. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would remove the possibility of jail time for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Under a href=http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20192020/183340.pdf target=_blankHB 550/a, possession would remain a misdemeanor. Possession of more than an ounce is a felony (!) and would remain so under the bill. It is currently before the House Judiciary Committee./ppa href=https://www.ky3.com/content/news/Missouri-ballot-initiative-pushes-for-recreational-marijuana-567432601.html target=_blankMissouri Marijuana Legalization Initiative Campaign Launches/a. Missourians for a New Approach has kicked off a signature gathering campaign that aims to put a a href=https://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/Elections/Petitions/2020-128.pdf target=_blankmarijuana legalization initiative/a in the form of a constitutional amendment on the November ballot. The measure would allow people 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of weed purchased from a legal retailer and/or grow up to three plants. The campaign has until mid-May to come up with 160,000 valid voter signatures./ppstrongCriminal Justice/strong/ppa href=https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2020/01/30/yankton-senator-proposes-dropping-ingestion-felony-misdemeanor/2855828001/ target=_blankSouth Dakota Lawmaker Proposes Softening State#39;s Unique Unlawful Ingestion Law/a. It#39;s the only state in the country to make a felony out of testing positive for an illicit drug, and now state Sen. Craig Kennedy (D-Yankton) has filed a bill to change that. a href=http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=115amp;Session=2020 target=_blankSB115/a would change ingestion to a Class 1 misdemeanor for the first two offenses and a Class 6 felony if a person is convicted of ingestion for a third time within 10 years. A misdemeanor ingestion conviction would include a mandatory minimum 10-day jail sentence. Kennedy also filed a href=http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=114amp;Session=2020 target=_blankSB114/a to incentivize treatment over the criminal justice system for people facing felony ingestion charges./p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: Drug Overdoses Declined in 2018, Bernie Sanders Marijuana Legalization Plan, More... (1/30/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 21:46
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pThe CDC reports that drug overdose deaths declined for the first time in decades in 2018, Colombia#39;s coca farmers are increasingly unhappy, Bernie Sanders could use an executive order to legalize marijuana at the federal level, and more./pp[image:1 align:right caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/30/sanders-team-weighing-executive-orders-legalize-marijuana-stop-trump-border-wall target=_blankBernie Sanders Could Use Executive Order to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition/a. Aides to Vermont senator and Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders (I) have presented him with a list of executive orders he could use to unilaterally change federal policies, including one that would direct the Department of Justice to legalize marijuana at the federal level./ppa href=https://wtvr.com/2020/01/29/virginias-marijuana-decriminalization-bill-is-one-step-closer-to-becoming-law/ target=_blankVirginia Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances/a. A bill that would decriminalize marijuana and hash oil for adults was approved Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The measure, a href=https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB2 target=_blankSB 2/a, now heads to the Finance and Appropriations Committee and, if it passes there, a Senate floor vote./ppa href=https://www.news-herald.com/news/crime/cleveland-oks-cutting-low-level-marijuana-possession-penalties/article_0ec1f4d6-d802-53b8-9efa-b7cb6d3ef516.html target=_blankCleveland, Ohio, City Council Approves Marijuana Decriminalization/a. The city council has voted 15-2 to approve a measure that would eliminates fines and jail time for low-level marijuana possession. And it#39;s a pretty high low level: 200 grams. The legislation still needs to be approved by Mayor Frank Jackson (D), who has previously expressed support for it./ppstrongHeroin and Prescription Opioids/strong/ppa href=https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/1/30/21111887/opioid-epidemic-drug-overdose-death-201 target=_blankCDC Reports Drug Overdose Deaths Declined in 2018/a. For the first time this century, overall drug overdose deaths declined in 2018, according to a new a href=https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db356.htm target=_blank_report/a released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday. The report put the total number of overdose deaths at 67,000 in 2018, down from over 70,000 in 2017, a decline of 4%. But that still makes 2018 the second-worst year for drug overdose deaths in US history. The majority of overdose deaths involved heroin and fentanyl./ppstrongAsset Forfeiture/strong/ppa href=https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/2020/01/30/myrtle-beach-civil-forfeiture-case-appealed-state-supreme-court/4587691002/ target=_blankSouth Carolina Prosecutor to Appeal Circuit Court Judge#39;s Ruling that Civil Asset Forfeiture Law is Unconstitutional/a. 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson filed notice this week that he intends to appeal a local judge#39;s 2019 ruling that the state#39;s civil asset forfeiture law is unconstitutional under both state and federal law. The move comes a month after Circuit Court Judge Steven John reaffirmed his August ruling. Johns#39; decision struck down civil asset forfeiture in his district, but the appeal decision would apply statewide./ppstrongInternational/strong/ppa href=https://colombiareports.com/farmers-prepare-mass-protests-as-colombia-abandoning-counternarcotics-strategy/ target=_blankColombia Coca Farmers Plan Mass Protests as Counternarcotics Strategy Collapses/a. Coca farmers are demanding the resignation of crop substitution program director Hernando London after he claimed that quot;coca substitution leaders have not been assassinated.quot; The coca growers#39; federation says at least 56 community leaders promoting crop substitution programs have been killed since the program began in March 2017. The coca growers said they were fed up with the quot;bullshitquot; of President Ivan Duque#39;s administration and would join national strikes set for next month. Duque#39;s anti-coca policy faces collapse if the crop substitution program is not executed because it then cannot resume aerial spraying of coca crops, according to the Constitutional Court. Without voluntary eradication and aerial spraying, only labor-intensive and easily reversed manual eradication could be used -- and 80% of the destroyed crops are replanted./ppem(This article was prepared by StoptheDrugWar.org#39;s 501(c)(4) lobbying nonprofit, the Drug Reform Coordination Network, which also pays the cost of maintaining this website. DRCNet Foundation takes no positions on candidates for public office, in compliance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and does not pay for reporting that could be interpreted or misinterpreted as doing so.)/em/p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: NM NH Legalization Bills Advance, Mexico Mayhem, Psychedelic Reform, More... (1/28/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Wed, 01/29/2020 - 21:25
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pIt#39;s getting busy, busy, busy as state legislatures get back into session; Philadelphia#39;s DA ends prosecutions for buprenorphine possession, it was a bloody weekend in Mexico#39;s drug wars, and more./pp[image:1 align:left caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/colorado-bill-would-protect-employees-from-dismissal-for-off-duty-cannabis-use target=_blankColorado Bill Would Protect Workers from Dismissal for Off-Duty Marijuana Use/a. Lawmakers in Denver are considering a measure that would protect workers who use marijuana on their own time from being fired for it. a href=https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2020A/bills/2020a_1089_01.pdf target=_blankHouse Bill 20-1089/a would bar employers from firing workers quot;for the employee#39;s lawful off-duty activities that are lawful under state law.quot;/ppa href=https://wsbt.com/news/business/indiana-republicans-aiming-to-force-marijuana-prosecutions target=_blankIndiana GOP Lawmakers Target Indianapolis Prosecutor#39;s Decision to Not Prosecute Small-Time Marijuana Cases/a. A GOP-backed bill that seeks to effectively overturn Marion County (Indianapolis) Prosecutor Ryan Mears#39; recently announced policy of not pressing charges for small-time pot possession is moving in the Senate. The bill would let the attorney general#39;s office step in if a county prosecutor announced a policy of not enforcing a law or was found to have quot;categorically electedquot; to not do so. The measure, a href=http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/bills/senate/436 target=_blankSB 436/a, was approved by the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee and now heads for a Senate floor vote./ppa href=https://www.sacbee.com/news/article239705813.html target=_blankNew Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Wins Committee Vote/a. The Senate Affairs Committee voted 4-3 Wednesday to approve a href=https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?Chamber=Samp;LegType=Bamp;LegNo=115amp;year=20 target=_blankSB 115/a, the Cannabis Regulation Act. The bill would create a system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce, as well as emphasizing social equity and local entrepreneurship. There would be a 9% excise tax on sales. The measure now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Meanwhile, the House version of the bill, a href=https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?Chamber=Hamp;LegType=Bamp;LegNo=160amp;year=20 target=_blankHB 160/a is headed for the Consumer amp; Public Affairs Committee and then the Judiciary Committee. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is pushing for the bill to be passed during the current 30-day legislative session./ppa href=https://www.concordmonitor.com/Home-grow-marijuana-bill-picks-up-more-support-in-New-Hampshire-House-32307232 target=_blankNew Hampshire Marijuana Legalization Bill Wins Committee Vote/a. The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 13-7 Tuesday to recommend that a bill legalizing the possession and home cultivation of small quantities of marijuana quot;ought to pass.quot; The measure is a href=http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_Status/billText.aspx?sy=2020amp;id=1363amp;txtFormat=pdfamp;v=current target=_blankHB 1648/a. It comes after a full marijuana legalization bill failed last year./ppstrongKratom/strong/ppa href=https://www.tribuneledgernews.com/extra/news/bills-proposing-to-change-clean-missouri-regulate-kratom-will-receive/article_e83729f3-a131-5b58-9e03-b1d6ec42385a.html target=_blankMissouri Kratom Regulation Bill Heads for House Floor Vote/a. The House General Laws Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a href=https://house.mo.gov/Bill.aspx?bill=HB2061amp;year=2020amp;code=R target=_blank_HB 2061/a, the Kratom Consumer Protection Act. The bill would deal with the substance by regulating it, not prohibiting it. It now heads for a House floor vote./ppstrongPsychedelics/strong/ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/oakland-activists-unveil-plan-to-legalize-sale-of-psychedelics-this-year target=_blankOakland Activists Unveil Plan to Legalize Sale of Psychedelics This Year/a. Decriminalize Nature, the group behind the national movement to decriminalize natural psychedelics, has announced a push to legalize the cultivation and sale of those hallucinogens in the city. The city already approved the decriminalization of such substances last year./ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/santa-cruz-city-council-approves-psychedelics-decriminalization-measure/ target=_blankSanta Cruz City Council Approves Psychedelics Decriminalization Measure/a. The city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a resolution that would effectively decriminalize quot;entheogenic plants and fungiquot; such as psilocybin (magic mushrooms), ibogaine, and ayahuasca. The resolution says the city shouldn#39;t spend money to investigate psychedelic use by adults 21 and over and that such possession and use quot;should be considered among the lowest law enforcement priorities for the City of Santa Cruz.quot;/ppstrongCriminal Justice/strong/ppa href=https://www.inquirer.com/health/opioid-addiction/buprenorphine-krasner-district-attorney-philadelphia-decriminalization-20200129.html target=_blankPhiladelphia DA Will No Longer Prosecute Buprenorphine Possession/a. District Attorney Larry Krasner has announced that his office will no longer prosecute people for possessing buprenorphine, an opioid-based addiction treatment drug. Krasner said the new policy is aimed at reducing overdoses. Krasner#39;s office has already been dropping possession charges for people who can show they#39;re in a treatment program./ppstrongInternational/strong/ppa href=https://abc14news.com/2020/01/27/deadly-weekend-of-cartel-violence-in-mexican-state-of-guanajuato-leaves-48-dead-including-boy-6/ target=_blankBloody Weekend in Central Mexico Cartel Wars/a. At least 48 people were killed between Friday and Sunday in prohibition-related violence in the central state of Guanajuato, including a six-year-old. In one incident, five people were killed at a house in Leon; in another, eight people were shot and killed at a taco stand in Celaya; in yet another, nine people were executed at a highway service plaza in Villagran. Among the dead were one soldier and one police officer./ppa href=https://mjbizdaily.com/new-zealands-cannabis-referendum-to-be-held-in-september/ target=_blankNew Zealand Will Vote on Marijuana Legalization in September/a. The country has set September 19 as the date for its next general election. On the ballot will be a simple question: quot;Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalization and Control Bill?quot; A final draft of the bill is expected to be released soon, but the government has already published a draft bill. If more than 50% of ballots are in favor of the draft legalization bill, the incoming government would be responsible for formally introducing a bill to Parliament. The first draft of the Cannabis Legalization and Control Bill isnbsp;a href=https://mjbizdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Cannabis-Legalisation-and-Control-Bill-new-zealand.pdf target=_blankavailable here/a./p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: Hawaii Bill Would De-Decriminalize Pot, Indiana Syringe Exchange Expansion Bill, More... (1/28/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 20:10
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pSome Hawaii legislators want to roll back last year#39;s marijuana decriminalization, Mexico#39;s president says a government panel will be formed to make recommendations on how to legalize marijuana, and more./pp[image:1 align:right]strongMarijuana/strong/ppa href=https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2020/01/28/hawaii-news/a-bevy-of-marijuana-bills-full-legalization-dispensary-improvements-among-proposed-measures/ target=_blankHawaii Bill Would Roll Back Decriminalization/a. Last year, the legislature approved marijuana decriminalization. This year, at least five legislators want to turn back the clock. House Bill 2018 was introduced by five Oahu representatives and argues that quot;Hawaii should be protected from suffering the dangers and risks increasingly occurring in states which have endorsed the possession and use of marijuana through means of decriminalization and legalization.quot; The bill is not yet available on the legislative web site./ppstrongHarm Reduction/strong/ppa href=https://www.purdueexponent.org/city_state/article_a796b642-9446-55b1-ac6a-904b804818b3.html target=_blankIndiana Syringe Exchange Access Bill Filed/a. A bill to allow syringe exchange programs to operate without the prior declaration of a public health emergency has been filed in Indianapolis. a href=https://legiscan.com/IN/text/SB0207/2020 target=_blankSB 207/a would also repeal the July 1, 2021 expiration date of existing syringe exchange programs. The measure has been referred to the Committee on Health and Provider Services and was set for a hearing Wednesday morning./ppstrongInternational/strong/ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/mexicos-president-says-a-new-marijuana-panel-will-make-legalization-recommendations/ target=_blankMexico#39;s President Says A New Marijuana Panel Will Make Legalization Recommendations/a. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that his government is forming a panel to make recommendations on how marijuana legalization should unfold. quot;A group is going to be formed to decide what will happen about that with a public health approach. We are about to comply with the recommendation of the Supreme Court,quot; the president said. The high court ruled in 2019 that marijuana prohibition was unconstitutional and gave the government a limited time to rectify the situation. That clock runs out in April, and Lopez Obrador#39;s allies in the congress say they will pass a legalization bill before then./p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: IL Supreme Court Takes On Searches Based on Smell of Marijuana, Tom Steyer Drug Policy, More... (1/27/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 16:11
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pDemocratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer rolls out a progressive criminal justice platform, a Tennessee marijuana legalization bill is filed, and more./pp[image:1 align:left caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-supreme-court-decide-if-smell-marijuana-justifies-police-search target=_blankIllinois Supreme Court to Decide If Smell of Marijuana Justifies Police Search/a. The state#39;s highest court is pondering whether now that marijuana is legal, if smelling it is justification for police searching someone#39;s vehicle. The case it is hearing occurred in 2017, when marijuana possession was decriminalized but not legalized, but will have even more bearing now. In that case, Decatur police pulled over a man and smelled quot;rawquot; marijuana. Even though possession of up to ten grams was no longer a crime -- merely a ticketable offense -- police used the odor of marijuana as probable cause to conduct a search, where they found other contraband and arrested the man. The court is now considering the case after oral arguments./ppa href=https://wreg.com/2020/01/24/tennessee-bill-would-allow-retail-sales-of-marijuana/ target=_blankTennessee Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed/a. State Sen. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) has filed a legislation to legalize marijuana, a href=http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/111/Bill/SB1849.pdf target=_blankSB 1849/a. The bill would allow for licensed and regulated marijuana cultivation and retail sale, with sales limited to a half-ounce and taxed at 12%. Half the tax revenues would go to education, 30% to infrastructure, and 20% to the general fund. The bill is not scheduled for debate and no companion legislation has been filed in the House./ppstrongDrug Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/tom-steyer-calls-for-marijuana-legalization-and-opioid-decriminalization/ target=_blankTom Steyer Calls for Marijuana Legalization, Opioid Decriminalization/a. Democratic presidential contender and billionaire Tom Steyer called for the legalization of marijuana and the decriminalization of opium possession as part of a broader criminal justice reform program released last week. quot;Tom believes we must end the failed War on Drugs. Based on the flawed idea that incarceration is the answer to addiction, federal and state elected officials passed severe sentencing laws that encouraged incarceration for low-level drug offenses,quot; the plan states. quot;Unfortunately, communities of color were and continue to be disproportionately affected and targeted by these laws, even when other ethnicities were committing the same drug crimes at the same rates.quot; He also called for ending mandatory minimum sentencing, more drug courts, ending the crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity, and investing $75 million in drug treatment./ppem(This article was prepared by StoptheDrugWar.org#39;s 501(c)(4) lobbying nonprofit, the Drug Reform Coordination Network, which also pays the cost of maintaining this website. DRCNet Foundation takes no positions on candidates for public office, in compliance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and does not pay for reporting that could be interpreted or misinterpreted as doing so.)/em/p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: NM MJ Legalization Bill Filed, San Francisco Heroin/Fentanyl ODs Double, More... (1/24/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 19:43
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pA New Mexico marijuana legalization bill backed by the governor has been filed, Montana activists file a second legalization initiative, San Francisco authorities report a doubling of heroin and fentanyl overdose deaths last year, and more./pp[image:1 align:right caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/second-ballot-initiative-to-legalize-marijuana-filed-with-state/article_dbef3f69-1562-5388-a405-6ca224c81c63.html target=_blankMontana Sees Second Marijuana Legalization Initiative Filed/a. The activist group MontanaCan filed a marijuana legalization initiative, Ballot Issue 13, on Monday. That makes two potential legalization initiatives that could be on the ballot in November. The MontanaCan initiative would legalize marijuana for people 18 and up and cap the tax rate at 5%. That contrasts with the New Approach Montana initiative, which sets the age of consumption at 21 and the tax rate at 20%. Both are waiting to be cleared for signature gathering./ppa href=https://www.nhpr.org/post/nh-lawmakers-revisit-marijuana-legalization-home-grow-medical-cannabis target=_blankNew Hampshire Legislature Has Marijuana On Its Mind/a. As the legislative session gets underway, lawmakers are confronting at least a dozen marijuana bills that have already been filed. Some have to do with medical marijuana, including one that would allow patients to grow their own medicine. Similar legislation has passed the General Assembly in previous years, only to be vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu (R). Also on the agenda is a marijuana legalization bill, a href=http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx?sy=2020amp;id=1363 target=_blank target=_blank_HB 1686/a, which was set for a public hearing Friday. That bill would legalize the possession of up to frac34; ounce of marijuana and the cultivation of up to six plants, but does not envisage a legal commercial market./ppa href=https://www.krwg.org/post/new-mexico-cannabis-legalization-bill-introduced-house-floor target=_blankNew Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed/a. Reps. Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque) and Antonio quot;Moequot; Maestas (D-Albuquerque) filed marijuana legalization legislation, a href=https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?chamber=Hamp;legType=Bamp;legNo=160amp;year=20 target=_blankHB 160/a, on Thursday. The bill would create a system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce, as well as emphasizing social equity and local entrepreneurship. There would be a 9% excise tax on sales. The bill heads first in the House Consumer amp; Public Affairs Committee and then in the House Judiciary Committee. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is pushing for the bill to be passed during the current 30-day legislative session./ppa href=https://www.texastribune.org/2020/01/23/austin-texas-will-stop-arrests-tickets-low-level-marijuana-cases/ target=_blankAustin, Texas, City Council Walks Away from Marijuana Arrests/a. The city council approved a resolution Thursday directing city police to not spend city funds on newly necessary lab tests to distinguish marijuana from low-THC hemp. The measure passed unanimously, and effectively ends arrests and prosecutions for small-time pot busts in most cases./ppa href=https://wgntv.com/2020/01/23/chicago-housing-authority-relaxes-recreational-marijuana-policy/ target=_blankChicago Housing Authority Relaxes Policy on Evicting Marijuana Users/a. The Chicago Housing Authority has relaxed its hardline approach to marijuana after the state legalized weed this year. Under federal law, people living in subsidized housing are subject to eviction for any drug law violations, and the CHA last year sent letters to its 63,000 households warning that families could be evicted for marijuana violations. But under pressure from Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D), the CHA has revised its policy to now say that each marijuana complaint would lead to quot;consideration of relevant facts on a case-by-case basis.quot;/ppa href=https://www.newscenter1.tv/pine-ridge-reservation-to-vote-on-marijuana-legalization-alcohol-in-casinos/ target=_blankPine Ridge Oglala Sioux Reservation Will Vote on Marijuana Legalization in March/a. Members of South Dakota#39;s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation will vote on legalizing medical and recreational marijuana and allowing alcohol in casinos in May. The move comes after council members voted in favor of a referendum earlier this month./ppstrongHeroin and Prescription Opioids/strong/ppa href=https://www.nationalreview.com/news/san-francisco-heroin-fentanyl-overdose-deaths-double-in-2019-report/ target=_blank_San Francisco Opioid Overdose Deaths Doubled Last Year/a. Preliminary statistics gathered by city officials show that overdose deaths involving heroin, fentanyl, or the two drugs together hit 290 last year, more than double the 134 reported in 2018. Of those 290 deaths, 234 resulted from fentanyl alone. Just a decade ago, the number of city residents who overdosed on fentanyl and/or heroin was only 17. quot;It#39;s devastating. It#39;s awful. It#39;s the most deadly epidemic that we#39;ve seen in our city since the HIV/AIDS crisis was killing thousands of people,quot; said Supervisor Matt Haney, who represents the Tenderloin district where the opioid crisis has hit the city hardest. quot;It is painful that this is not something being talked about every day at City Hall.quot;/ppstrongDrug Testing/strong/ppa href=https://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/capitol-digest-bill-makes-faking-drug-test-a-crime/article_1f21576d-9a9e-5e01-864a-2fb74f5adca3.html target=_blank_Iowa Bill Would Make Cheating on a Drug Test a Crime/a. A bill that would make it a misdemeanor crime to cheat on a drug or alcohol test in a private-sector workplace has passed its first legislative hurdle, being approved Thursday by a Senate Commerce subcommittee. a href=https://legiscan.com/IA/bill/SSB3013/2019 target=_blank_SSB 3013/a is being advanced by business interests concerned about the use of synthetic urine and urine additives to beat drug tests./p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: US Revokes Visa of Philippines Drug War Chief, VT Psychedelic Decrim Bill Filed, More... (1/23/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 18:56
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pConnecticut and New York begin grappling with getting marijuana legalization passed, a Vermont bill would legalize several natural psychedelics, the Mexican Senate will take up marijuana legalization in the coming weeks, and more./pp[image:1 align:left caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.wtnh.com/news/politics/state-senate-democrats-propose-financial-literary-classes-marijuana-legalization/ target=_blankConnecticut Senate Democrats Prioritize Marijuana Legalization as Session Looms/a. Senate Democrats said Thursday that marijuana legalization was among their top agenda items in the upcoming General Assembly session that begins February 5. quot;There are very high numbers of Connecticut residents already traveling regularly to Massachusetts to buy this product and bring it home with them. I don#39;t think we want to put our heads in the sand,quot; said State Senator Martin Looney (D), Senate President Pro Tempore. quot;I think the time has come. There is broad base public support for it. We need to recognize it and find support for it.quot;/ppa href=http://drugpolicy.org/press-release/2020/01/drug-policy-alliance-statement-ny-governor-cuomo-adding-marijuana target=_blankNew York Marijuana Legalization Must Include Social Justice, Drug Policy Alliance Says/a. Responding to Gov. Andrew Cuomo#39;s budget proposal including marijuana legalization, the Drug Policy Alliance is reiterating its call for social justice. quot;We are pleased to see Governor Cuomo#39;s commitment to passing comprehensive marijuana legalization in the state budget this year, and to see him include social equity and small business incubator programs,quot; said Kassandra Frederique, the group#39;s state director. quot;We are disappointed Governor Cuomo doesn#39;t clearly guarantee that a portion of funds from marijuana sales will be reinvested into the communities most harmed by New York#39;s marijuana arrest crusade. Without this necessary component, the Governor#39;s proposal will not truly right the wrongs done to communities of color by disproportionate enforcement of marijuana.quot;/ppstrongPsychedelics/strong/ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/new-vermont-bill-would-decriminalize-psychedelics-and-kratom/ target=_blankVermont Psychedelic Decriminalization Bill Filed/a. Rep. Brian Cina (P/D) filed a bill Wednesday that would decriminalize psilocybin (magic mushrooms), ayahuasca, peyote, as well as kratom. Cina said he believes that quot;plants are a gift from nature and they#39;re a part of the web of life that humans are connected to. Plants, especially plant medicines, should be accessible to people,quot; he said. quot;Use of plant medicine should be considered a health care issue, not a criminal issue.quot; The bill is a href=https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.878 target=_blank_HB 878/a. It currently has three cosponsors and has been referred to the Judiciary Committee./ppstrongForeign Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/01/22/us-revokes-visa-philippines-drug-war-police-chief target=_blankUS Revokes Visa of Philippine Drug War Architect/a. The US government has revoked the travel visa of Senator Ronald Dela Rosa, the former police chief who led the Duterte government#39;s bloody crackdown on drugs, Dela Rosa confirmed Wednesday. The State Department has the authority to deny visas to people implicated in gross human rights violations, and Dela Rosa has been implicated in extrajudicial killings. The Philippines Commission on Human Rights estimates that more than 27,000 people have been killed in Duterte#39;s and Dela Rosa#39;s drug war. [Ed: Note that this move appears to have preceded passage by Congress of a href=https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2019/12/28/united-states-budget-law-philippine-officials-ban-.html target=_blankappropriations language barring officials involved in the incarceration of Philippine drug war critic Senator Leila de Lima/a. If so, the State Department must have done unpublished designations of one or more Philippine officials to ban, under existing authority it already had.]/ppstrongHarm Reduction/strong/ppa href=https://www.abccolumbia.com/2020/01/21/sc-lawmaker-looks-to-increase-access-to-life-saving-drugs-to-those-at-risk-of-overdosing/ target=_blankSouth Carolina Bill Would Increase Access to Overdose Reversal Drug/a. State Rep. Russell Fry (R-Columbia) has filed a href=https://openstates.org/sc/bills/2019-2020/H4711/ target=_blankHB 4711/a to increase access to naloxone, the overdose reversal drug. The bill would require prescribers to offer a naloxone prescription to patients who have a history of a substance use disorder or have overdosed in the past. It#39;s been referred to the Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs./ppstrongInternational/strong/ppa href=https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-22/mexico-senate-leader-seeks-to-legalize-marijuana-this-spring target=_blankMexico Senate Leader Seeks to Legalize Marijuana This Spring/a. The Mexican Senate will debate a marijuana legalization bill coauthored by Senate Majority Leader Ricardo Monreal once the legislative session begins next month, his office said. The bill would set up an Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis to create rules for legal marijuana commerce./ppemThe Drug Policy Alliance is a funder of StoptheDrugWar.org./em/p /div /div /div
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Chronicle AM: NM NY Govs Call for MJ Legalization, NJ Gov Signs Criminal Justice Bills, More... (1/22/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 20:26
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pTwo Democratic governors push for marijuana legalization, another Democratic governor signs a package of criminal justice reform bills, and more./pp[image:1 align:right caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://cannabiswire.com/2020/01/21/new-mexico-governor-says-the-state-is-ready-for-cannabis-legalization/ target=_blank_New Mexico Governor Calls for Marijuana Legalization/a. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham used her State of the State address Tuesday to reiterate her call for marijuana legalization. quot;We#39;ve got to create more opportunity in rural communities, on Main Streets all through our state -- and so we#39;ve got to consider every single good idea. A perfect example is cannabis,quot; she said. quot;This is the fact: Recreational cannabis can be the next frontier of our economic expansion. We can get in on the ground floor or we can try to play catch up -- I know which one I prefer.quot; She wants to see the Cannabis Regulation Act (a href=https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/20%20Regular/bills/house/HB0160.pdf target=_blank_HB 160/a) passed during the legislature#39;s 30-day session that just got underway./ppa href=https://www.marijuanamoment.net/new-york-governor-includes-marijuana-legalization-in-new-budget-plan/ target=_blank_New York Governor Calls for Marijuana Legalization/a. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) included marijuana legalization in his budget proposal Tuesday. The call for legalization comes after a similar effort foundered in Albany last year. quot;Legalize adult use cannabis,quot; Cuomo said during his budget speech. quot;I believe it is best done in the budget. I said that last year. I believe the budget is the opportunity, frankly, to make some tough decisions and work through tough issues that without the budget can often languish, and I suggest that we get it done in the budget.quot; The bill to watch is the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act (a href=https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?bn=A01617amp;term=2019 target=_blank_AB 1617/a)./ppstrongHemp/strong/ppa href=https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/local/capitol-watch/bill-to-legalize-hemp-in-idaho-introduced-senate/277-76f8c790-e040-4554-8691-543cc689efe9 target=_blank_Idaho Hemp Bill Moving/a. A bill to legalize hemp farming will get a hearing in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee after the committee voted Tuesday to approve it. The bill filed by Republican Rep. Dorothy Moon (Stanley) would allow hemp with tiny amounts of THC to be grown in the state. The bill also has an emergency clause that would allow farmers to grow hemp this year if signed into law./ppstrongCriminal Justice/strong/ppa href=https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/governor-murphy-signs-criminal-justice-reform-legislation/ target=_blank_New Jersey Governor Signs Three Criminal Justice Bills/a. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) used the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to sign three pieces of criminal justice reform legislation. a href=https://legiscan.com/NJ/bill/S761/2018 target=_blank_SB 761/a, also known as the quot;Earn Your Own Way Out Act,quot; requires the Department of Corrections to develop a reentry program for each inmate and streamlines the parole system. a href=https://legiscan.com/NJ/bill/A4970/2018 target=_blank_AB 4970/a bans civil asset forfeiture with limited exceptions. The law will make it easier for individuals with dismissed or acquitted cases to recover seized money and valuables. a href=https://legiscan.com/NJ/bill/S3309/2018 target=_blank_SB 3309/a creates the New Jersey Violence Intervention Program within the attorney general#39;s office. It will award grants to municipalities, health agencies, law enforcement agencies, and nonprofit organizations that implement effective, evidence-based violence intervention initiatives in communities with disproportionately high rates of gun violence./p /div /div /div
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