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Cannabis reform across America: a look at pot legislation in 26 states

Posted on  March 11, 2013 by  News Admin

 The movement to reform our failed cannabis policies has grown tremendously in recent years and months. It's not slowing down anytime soon. Cannabis reform is a mainstream issue, and frankly, there's no denying it. A majority in the county support legalizing cannabis, and 81% support its legalization for medical purposes. On top of this, a majority of states in our country (27 in total) have either decriminalized cannabis possession (14), or legalized it for medical and/or recreational purposes (18). The remaining states are hard at work towards reform, and advocates in the states mentioned above are vehemently trying to improve their situation. For those who have been on the line about getting involved in helping bring cannabis law change, now is absolutely the time to jump in. Below is a breakdown of efforts going on around the country: Alabama: In Alabama, the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition has announced that they're working on 5 cannabis-related bills; everything from simple (though substantial) patient protections, to full legalization. The first of these five to be filed, House Bill 315, has been assigned to the House Committee on Health. The bill would provide prosecution protection for patients who possess and cultivate cannabis, as long as they get a recommendation from a doctor, and then a license from the state's Department of Health (which will determine the possession limits). Arizona: In Arizona, Republican representatives are attempting to repeal the state's medical cannabis laws, by putting it, once again, to a vote of the people. Arizona...

N.M. Committee To Consider Decreasing Marijuana Penalties

Posted on  November 29, 2012 by  News Admin

  Legislative Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee To Hear Testimony On Decreasing Penalties for Adults Who Possess Small Amounts of Marijuana DPA: Reducing Marijuana Penalties will Improve Lives, Save Taxpayer's Dollars and Significantly Reduce the Burden on Law Enforcement Resources The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) on Thursday will be testifying to the New Mexico Interim Legislative Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee about the importance of decreasing penalties for adults who possess small amounts of marijuana. DPA is scheduled to present at 10 a.m. in Room 307 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. The proposed legislation reduces the penalty structure for possession of up to one ounce to no fine or penalty, and for from two ounces to eight ounces from a misdemeanor to a fine. Currently, in New Mexico, possession of up to eight ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor that can include large fines and jail time. "Although misdemeanors seem relatively insignificant they are anything but minor," said Dan Abrahamson, director of legal affairs for DPA.  "A misdemeanor can ruin a person's job prospects, affect child custody, access to health care, and have hefty fines that low-income families in New Mexico cannot afford to pay." This proposed legislation is badly needed, according to DPA statistics. There is a common misconception that New Mexico's local law enforcement agencies do not arrest people for marijuana possession, but the data tell a wholly different story. According to the Marijuana Arrest Research Program's analysis of the Uniform Crime Reporting data, in 2010...

N.M. Committee To Consider Decreasing Marijuana Penalties

Posted on  November 28, 2012 by  News Admin

  Legislative Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee To Hear Testimony On Decreasing Penalties for Adults Who Possess Small Amounts of Marijuana DPA: Reducing Marijuana Penalties will Improve Lives, Save Taxpayer's Dollars and Significantly Reduce the Burden on Law Enforcement Resources The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) on Thursday will be testifying to the New Mexico Interim Legislative Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee about the importance of decreasing penalties for adults who possess small amounts of marijuana. DPA is scheduled to present at 10 a.m. in Room 307 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. The proposed legislation reduces the penalty structure for possession of up to one ounce to no fine or penalty, and for from two ounces to eight ounces from a misdemeanor to a fine. Currently, in New Mexico, possession of up to eight ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor that can include large fines and jail time. "Although misdemeanors seem relatively insignificant they are anything but minor," said Dan Abrahamson, director of legal affairs for DPA.  "A misdemeanor can ruin a person's job prospects, affect child custody, access to health care, and have hefty fines that low-income families in New Mexico cannot afford to pay." This proposed legislation is badly needed, according to DPA statistics. There is a common misconception that New Mexico's local law enforcement agencies do not arrest people for marijuana possession, but the data tell a wholly different story. According to the Marijuana Arrest Research Program's analysis of the Uniform Crime Reporting data, in 2010...