NORML Pushes Top Federal Health Official To Admit Criminalization Is More Harmful Than Marijuana

Two members of Congress who formerly opposed marijuana legalization each made the case that they are now more supportive of reform than the other during a Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Senate primary debate on Monday. Incumbent Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) were pressed on what led them to change their positions on cannabis policy, and both defended their records and attempted to make the case that they were quicker out of Read More

Formerly Anti-Legalization Massachusetts Lawmakers Vie For Marijuana Vote In Senate Primary Debate

Two members of Congress who formerly opposed marijuana legalization each made the case that they are now more supportive of reform than the other during a Democratic U.S. Senate primary debate in Massachusetts on Monday. Incumbent Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) were pressed on what led them to change their positions on cannabis policy, and both defended their records and attempted to make the case that they were quicker out Read More

Protests Drive DC Psychedelics Decriminalization Signatures As Activists Launch Major Mailer Campaign

Both Texas Democratic primary candidates running to unseat anti-marijuana U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) this November discussed their support for cannabis legalization and restorative justice policies during a debate on Saturday. Royce West, who currently serves as a state senator, touted a legalization bill he filed last year and said there are racial disparities in the enforcement of prohibition, which is also contributing to mass incarceration. “Obviously, the overpopulating of jails, most of those persons Read More

House Judiciary chair pushes ‘rescheduling drugs’ beyond cannabis (Newsletter: June 9, 2020)

NJ bill would decrim a pound of marijuana; Bermuda AG releases legal cannabis proposal; ABA wants COVID funds for law firms working with cannabiz Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day. Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible… This issue of Marijuana Moment, and our original reporting that is featured in it, are made possible by Read More

Attorney General Pressed On Rescheduling Drugs And Legalizing Marijuana By House Judiciary Chair

Two key House lawmakers sent a letter to the attorney general on Friday, condemning the recent expansion of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) authority amid mass protests and criticizing the agency’s objectives as out of step with the movement to legalize marijuana and reschedule other drugs. And on Monday, two other House members wrote a similar letter, urging that the broader authority policy allowing DEA to conduct covert surveillance of protestors and “enforce any federal crime Read More

Texas Democratic Candidates Running Against Anti-Marijuana Senator Embrace Legalization

Two key House lawmakers sent a letter to the attorney general on Friday, condemning the recent expansion of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) authority amid mass protests and criticizing the agency’s objectives as out of step with the movement to legalize marijuana and reschedule other drugs. And on Monday, two other House members wrote a similar letter, urging that the broader authority policy allowing DEA to conduct covert surveillance of protestors and “enforce any federal crime Read More

Kansas Medical Marijuana Bill Dies In Committee After Special Session Ends

Two key House lawmakers sent a letter to the attorney general on Friday, condemning the recent expansion of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) authority amid mass protests and criticizing the agency’s objectives as out of step with the movement to legalize marijuana and reschedule other drugs. And on Monday, two other House members wrote a similar letter, urging that the broader authority policy allowing DEA to conduct covert surveillance of protestors and “enforce any federal crime Read More

Montana Democratic Party Endorses Legalizing Marijuana As Activists Work To Qualify Ballot Measures

Two key House lawmakers sent a letter to the attorney general on Friday, condemning the recent expansion of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) authority amid mass protests and criticizing the agency’s objectives as out of step with the movement to legalize marijuana and reschedule other drugs. And on Monday, two other House members wrote a similar letter, urging that the broader authority policy allowing DEA to conduct covert surveillance of protestors and “enforce any federal crime Read More

CA gov cites legal cannabis as civil rights issue (Newsletter: June 8, 2020)

NJ bill would decrim a pound of marijuana; Bermuda AG releases legal cannabis proposal; ABA wants COVID funds for law firms working with cannabiz Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day. Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible… This issue of Marijuana Moment, and our original reporting that is featured in it, are made possible by Read More

California Governor Says Marijuana Legalization Is A ‘Civil Rights’ Matter Amid Mass Protests Over Racial Injustice

In the lead up to a statewide referendum on marijuana legalization in New Jersey, lawmakers have filed a new, more incremental bill, that would make it so people are no longer subject to jail time or criminal penalties for low-level cannabis offenses in the meantime. Under the legislation, those caught for the first time in possession of or distributing up to a pound of marijuana would instead be subject to a written warning, with subsequent Read More