Category: marijuana legalization

Vermont is Officially the First State Where Lawmakers Legalized Cannabis

After years of failed attempts, Vermont became the first state to legalize cannabis through legislature this week. On Monday, Governor Phil Scott signed H.511 into law, making possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, as well as home cultivation of up to 4 plants (with 2 mature at a time) legal for adults 21 or older. It has been a long road for the state, which has made many efforts before this, including the recently vetoed S.22 last spring, but legalization is finally a reality in a state where voter initiatives are not an option. “As I said...

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New Jersey Governor is Following Through on Promises of Legalization

Last November, voters in New Jersey decided to make a big change for their state when they elected Phil Murphy as their new governor. Where their previous governor, Chris Christie, was a die-hard prohibitionist, Murphy has expressed an interest in legalizing cannabis within the state – and made sure that voters knew that he was holding to his word by reminding everyone of that fact shortly after he was inaugurated. “A stronger and fairer New Jersey embraces criminal justice reform comprehensively, and that includes a process to legalize marijuana,” Gov. Phil Murphy said shortly after taking the oath of...

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Study Finds Legalizing Cannabis Reduces Violent Crime at the Mexican Border

Some who fight against cannabis legalization use crime as the reason – claiming that violent crime will increase after the plant is made commercially available. However, many studies have proven that the riskiest thing about cannabis is its illegal status, and that violent crime surrounding cannabis is almost always due to the illegality of the plant. Now, a new study has found that legalizing medical marijuana has reduced violent crime in states along the Mexican border, rather than increasing it. According to the study titled “Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws...

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How Did U.S. Attorneys React After Jeff Sessions Opened the Door for a Marijuana Crackdown?

Earlier this month U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Department of Justice guidelines that had been put in place during President Obama’s second term, guidelines that allowed marijuana legalization to operate basically unmolested by federal authorities in states where voters had approved it. This move by Sessions opened the door for each U.S. Attorney to use their own discretion when determining which marijuana cases to prosecute since all activity pertaining to cannabis is illegal under federal law. This means the eyes of the cannabis community have moved to individual U.S. Attorneys and what their plans are, especially in states...

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New Hampshire House Approves Cannabis Legalization

Lawmakers in New England are not letting the latest announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions deter them from continuing to work towards ending the prohibition of cannabis at a state level. The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 207-139 in favor of a bill that would legalize the possession and cultivation of cannabis, less than a week after Vermont’s House passed a very similar bill. Originally, the House bill was written with the intention of full recreational legalization – including taxing and regulating the commercial sale of cannabis products – but the bill almost died before it ever saw...

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Colorado District Attorney Tries to Tie Murders Over Illegal Marijuana to Legalization

A Colorado District Attorney – and candidate for CO Attorney General – is trying to tie a supposed increase in homicides related to illegal marijuana sales to voters approving adult-use legalization in the state in 2012. “We’ve had violent crimes associated with the transaction of illegal marijuana in increasing numbers,” said George Brauchler, 18th Judicial District DA. “And homicides that might have previously been about cocaine or meth? Now, a huge chunk of those drug homicides are related to the transaction of illegal marijuana.” Perhaps realizing that the non-existent and illogical correlation between legalization and more murders over illegal...

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