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Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Reply #45 on: November 20, 2019, 04:49:33 PM »
https://www.forbes.com/sites/javierhasse/2019/11/20/marijuana-legalization-judiciary-committee/#189020b2c35a

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In a surprising turn of events, a key Congressional committee, the House Judiciary Committee, has voted to approve the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019, or H.R. 3884, which would effectively put an end to cannabis prohibition in the United States of America, on a federal level by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/20/house-committee-approves-bill-decriminalizing-marijuana-on-the-federal-level.html
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Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Reply #47 on: January 01, 2020, 09:29:17 PM »
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Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Reply #48 on: February 11, 2020, 11:19:07 PM »
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At least 10 governors have gone so far as to put language ending marijuana prohibition in their annual budget requests, or used their State of the State speeches to pressure legislators to act on cannabis reform.

Some are proactively addressing the issue, while others appear to be mostly reacting to support that has already built up among lawmakers. But altogether, it’s clear that top state executives are now taking marijuana more seriously than ever before.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2020/02/11/governors-across-us-step-up-push-to-legalize-marijuana-in-their-states/amp/
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Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Reply #50 on: June 16, 2020, 10:13:47 PM »
O’Fallon (town in Illinois) residents voted to allow sales of legal marijuana. The city may ban it anyway.

https://www.bnd.com/news/local/community/ofallon-progress/article243551837.html

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Speakers cited tax revenue for the city and questioned perceptions about “unfavorables” coming to the city, and that the businesses are highly regulated. Some argued alcohol was more of a societal problem than marijuana.
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Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Reply #51 on: June 17, 2020, 09:35:56 PM »
"N.J. lawmakers to vote on bill to decriminalize weed Thursday"

https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2020/06/nj-lawmakers-to-vote-on-bill-to-decriminalize-weed-thursday.html

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State lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on one of two proposals to decriminalize weed and curb arrests that disproportionately impact Black people.
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Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Reply #52 on: June 18, 2020, 06:19:30 PM »
Looks like this just passed

"N.J. lawmakers to vote on bill to decriminalize weed Thursday"

https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2020/06/nj-lawmakers-to-vote-on-bill-to-decriminalize-weed-thursday.html

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State lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on one of two proposals to decriminalize weed and curb arrests that disproportionately impact Black people.

"Bill to decriminalize marijuana just passed N.J. Assembly. Instead of arrest, a $50 fine."
https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2020/06/bill-to-decriminalize-marijuana-just-passed-nj-assembly-instead-of-arrest-a-50-fine.html

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Lawmakers took a major step in halting arrests for weed Thursday, as they voted on a bill that would decriminalize possession of up to two ounces.

The state Assembly voted 63-10 with five members abstaining to pass the measure (A1897), one of two decriminalization bills currently proposed in the state Legislature. It seeks to replace arrests for possessing up to two ounces of weed with a civil fine of $50, and also lessens jail time and fines for possession of larger amounts of pot on a sliding scale.

The other bill, which would decriminalize up to one pound of weed, was introduced in the state Senate two weeks ago. Neither bill would legalize marijuana, meaning those found with pot on them would still likely have purchased it from a dealer selling illegally. Instead, voters must decide on the ballot in November if the Garden State will allow legal weed sales.

But the changes would mean fewer people facing jail time for nonviolent offenses and clear records of those with past weed convictions. Those arrest records are hurdles for people applying to jobs, loans and public housing.
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Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Reply #53 on: August 29, 2020, 07:41:27 PM »
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/28/marijuana-legalization-house-vote-404455

"House set to vote on marijuana legalization"

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By NATALIE FERTIG

08/28/2020 01:44 PM EDT

Updated: 08/28/2020 06:12 PM EDT

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The House will vote on legalizing marijuana next month.

States would still have to vote to legalize the drug. Marijuana is already legal in 11 states.

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The MORE Act would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and erase some cannabis criminal records. The vote will come during the September work period, according to an email Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s (D-S.C.) office that was sent to members Friday.

The email also asked members to indicate if they would support the MORE Act by Sept. 3.

Why is this important? Neither chamber of Congress has ever voted on removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.

“A floor vote on the bill would be the greatest federal cannabis reform accomplishment in over 50 years,” said Randal Meyer of the Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce.

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This bill, H.R. 3884 (116), was introduced by House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) last fall and passed the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 24-10 in November. Reps Matt Gaetz (Fla.) and Tom McClintock (Calif.) were the only Republicans on the committee to vote for the bill.

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Does this mean cannabis will be legal? No, the odds of this bill passing in the Senate are still very slim, given the opposition of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. During this week’s Republicans National Convention, speakers criticized Democrats for purportedly prioritizing marijuana sales during the pandemic over more important services like health care and religious gatherings.

This is a big one to watch.

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I want to add a link to the actual bill online if you want to follow it. I also wanted to copy and paste the text from the bill as it is as of 8/31/2020 for reference.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/3884?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%223884%22%5D%7D&s=1&r=2&overview=open#content

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Summary: H.R.3884 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
There is one summary for H.R.3884. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (07/23/2019)
Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019 or the MORE Act of 2019


This bill decriminalizes marijuana.

Specifically, it removes marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act and eliminates criminal penalties for an individual who manufactures, distributes, or possesses marijuana.

The bill also makes other changes, including the following:

-replaces statutory references to marijuana and marihuana with cannabis,
-requires the Bureau of Labor Statistics to regularly publish demographic data on cannabis business owners and employees,
-establishes a trust fund to support various programs and services for individuals and businesses in communities impacted by the war on drugs,
-imposes a 5% tax on cannabis products and requires revenues to be deposited into the trust fund,
-makes Small Business Administration loans and services available to entities that are cannabis-related legitimate businesses or service providers,
-prohibits the denial of federal public benefits to a person on the basis of certain cannabis-related conduct or convictions,
-prohibits the denial of benefits and protections under immigration laws on the basis of a cannabis-related event (e.g., conduct or a conviction), and
-establishes a process to expunge convictions and conduct sentencing review hearings related to federal cannabis offenses.

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EDIT: Added link to bill.
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