Category: Cannabis Law

Civil Rights Coalition Calls for Legalization of Cannabis and Other Drugs

A coalition of more than 100 civil rights groups—including ACLU, NAACP, National Education Association and National Organization for Women—released a criminal justice reform platform for the 2020 elections on Thursday that calls for the legalization of marijuana and supports the “dismantling” of the criminalization of other drugs. As part of the document’s plank on ending […]

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Kamala Harris Introduces Comprehensive Cannabis Reform Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday introduced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, one of the most comprehensive marijuana reform bills ever introduced in the U.S. Congress. “Times have changed — marijuana should not be a crime,” said Senator Kamala Harris. […]

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Illinois Cannabis Convictions Up for Expungement

Last month, Illinois legalized recreational cannabis use with House Bill 1438. Along with the legalization, the legislation allows for hundreds of thousands of marijuana-related arrests and Illinois cannabis convictions to be eligible for expungements. Residents may purchase and possess up to 1 ounce (30 grams) of marijuana at a time. Non-residents may have 15 grams. […]

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Nikki Fried Names Doctors, Lawyers, Patients as Marijuana Advisory Board

Tallahassee, Fla. — Last week, Florida Department of Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried announced a newly-created Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee, which will collaborate with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to help improve the state’s medical cannabis policies. “I’m proud to establish the medical marijuana advisory committee to help expand patient access, and […]

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Illinois Makes History as it Legalizes Marijuana

Illinois on Friday, May 31 became the 11th state in the United States to legalize cannabis or marijuana after the state legislature made history and passed a bill legally permitting the regulated distribution and usage of the substance. Governor J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign it in the state capital city of Springfield. The bill […]

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