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Illinois Becomes 21st State To Decriminalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, July, 31st 2016 by THCFinder

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law Friday that removes criminal penalties for possession of a personal amount of marijuana and replaces them with a civil fine. The new law is effective immediately.

SB 2228, introduced by Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), makes possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana a civil violation punishable by a fine of $100-$200. With its enactment, adults no longer face time in jail, and the civil offense will be automatically expunged in order to prevent a permanent criminal record. The new law largely mirrors legislation introduced in the House by Rep. Kelly Cassidy, who also sponsored this year’s bill, and reflects amendments Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed when he vetoed a similar bill last year. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/illinois-becomes-21st-state-to-decriminalize-marijuana/


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Italy Will Consider Ending Marijuana Prohibition Next Week

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, July, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

Italy could be well on its way to ending marijuana prohibition. For the first time in history, the Italian Parliament will gather next week to discuss a piece of legislation aimed at legalizing the cultivation, possession and use of marijuana in a manner similar to what the United States has deemed an “experiment” in relation to the taxed and regulated market in states like Colorado.

Although Italy has never really been considered a pillar of drug reform, the latest bill, which was brought to the table by Cannabis Legale, an inter-parliamentary organization whose manifesto suggests the “anti-prohibitionist option on marijuana is no longer just an idea, but…a concrete government strategy,” could push the nation into a realm of influence that serves as a guiding light for other countries, all over the world, that may be considering similar policies.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/italy-will-consider-ending-marijuana-prohibition-next-week/


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Federal Government Pushing to Legalize Non-Psychoactive Pot?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, July, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

Although there has been a lot of noise reverberating throughout the cannabis community this year, regarding the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s supposed decision over whether to downgrade the Schedule I listing of the cannabis plant, there is increasing evidence that Uncle Sam’s dope-sniffing henchmen, along with a gang of apprehensive federal lawmakers, are scheming up a plan to only unleash that part of the herb that doesn’t get people high.

The stoner nation went absolutely berserk back in April when the DEA revealed through a letter to Senator Elizabeth Warren that the agency was planning to announce a possible Schedule downgrade for the cannabis plant before the end of summer. While the 25-page document did not give any indication as to how this potential amendment to the Controlled Substances Act would be made, the majority of the folks swallowing the news took it as an implication that legalization was right around the corner.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/politics/federal-government-pushing-to-legalize-non-psychoactive-pot/


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Judge to Hear Challenge of Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, July, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

PHOENIX (AP) – Opponents of a campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona will urge a judge to bar the initiative from the November ballot.

Attorneys for Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy will make their arguments Tuesday in a Phoenix courtroom. They argue in part that the citizen’s initiative should be blocked because the 100-word explanation on petition sheets doesn’t fully explain the effects of the proposed legalization.

The suit was brought by 13 individuals and groups including Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/judge-to-hear-challenge-of-marijuana-legalization-initiative/


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What happens to medical marijuana if recreational use becomes legal?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, July, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

As she battles symptoms of lupus and depression, Alexandra Rice says she depends on easy access to medical marijuana to control widespread pain and to improve her mood.

The 21-year-old resident of Grand Terrace, near Riverside, has pictures of cannabis flowers on her Twitter profile and friends whose livelihoods depend on the pot industry. She’s also an unlikely opponent of a November ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana for all adults in California.

“If it is legalized, more people who don’t respect it and just want to get high are going to take advantage of that,” Rice said. “And people who genuinely need it as medicine will be misplaced and thrown to the side.”

Read More:http://www.ocregister.com/articles/marijuana-722680-medical-patients.html


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Outspoken NFL Player Eugene Monroe to Speak at Hash Bash 2017

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, July, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

ANN ARBOR- Outspoken National Football League player and advocate for the legalized use of CBD medicines in professional sports, Eugene Monroe, has agreed to speak at the 2017 Hash Bash in Ann Arbor.

Monroe’s controversial stance regarding marijuana therapies for injured athletes has been mainstream media news material for several months now. It also almost certainly cost him his job as a professional football player with the Baltimore Ravens. Monroe is a Free Agent, having been released from the Ravens team after publishing his thoughts on marijuana.

The announcement of Monroe’s appearance at Hash Bash came from Mark Passerini, known as the Hash Bash’s producer, a principal in the Om of Medicine in Ann Arbor and founding President of the Illinois Cannabis Industry Association. “We are happy to announce that Eugene Monroe has agreed to speak at the 2017 Hash Bash,” Passerini said.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/outspoken-nfl-player-eugene-monroe-to-speak-at-hash-bash-2017/


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