North Dakota: House Lawmakers Approve Measures to Legalize Marijuana Sales, Decriminalize Personal Possession

House lawmakers approved three pieces of legislation that would legalize adult use marijuana and decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.
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AG Nominee: Interfering in States with Legal Marijuana Not a Good Use of Justice Department Resources

“It does not seem to me useful the use of limited resources that we have to be pursuing prosecutions in states that have legalized and are regulating the use of marijuana, either medically or otherwise.”
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Statement on New Jersey Becoming the 13th State to Pass & Implement Marijuana Legalization

New York, NY – In response to New Jersey becoming the 13th state to pass and implement marijuana legalization for adult use, following the legislature voting for—and Governor Murphy signing legislation into law—Melissa Moore, New York State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance, released the following statement:  “Today, the New Jersey Legislature voted for—and Gov. […]

New Jersey finally passes marijuana legalization

In a very long delayed move, New Jersey has finally passed legal marijuana after their Governor signed multiple bills this morning.
Governor Phil Murray was waiting on a proposal that detailed punishment for underage users, and once that reached his desk, he signed all of the bills into law. This is included cannabis legalization, decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana possession, limiting the use of previous marijuana convictions, and creating a regulated cannabis marketplace.

Marijuana will now be legal in NJ.
We’re one step closer to ending this unjust, failed war on drugs that has systematically targeted Black & Brown people & the poor across our state & nation.
Grateful for @GovMurphy, NJ leadership & advocates who fought so hard for this day. https://t.co/nJprUIYq9s
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) February 22, 2021

The legislation has been delayed and pushed back on ever since it was approved by voters in November, but things were looking good last week when Governor Murphy signaled he would sign the law as long as specific and appropriate punishment was detailed for those underage caught with marijuana. A written warning and small fine was eventually agreed upon.
Congrats, New Jersey!

New Jersey: Governor Signs Enabling Legislation to Cease Marijuana Possession Arrests, License Retail Sales Into Law

“Despite nearly seven in ten New Jersey residents voting in favor of legalization on Election Day, it took lawmakers 111 days following that vote to achieve consensus to enact enabling legislation into law.”
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New California bill tackles legal psychedelics

Following in the footsteps of Oregon, California is potentially opening up the market to psychedelics.
Legislation filed on Wednesday by Senator Scott Wiener looks to “end the failed War on Drugs approach to addressing psychedelics while building on the science and research in the psychedelic field to create the potential for a therapeutic framework that could help people struggling from the effects of depression, anxiety, PTSD and other health conditions.”
It would also free up those with prior criminal records due to possession or use of psychedelics.
In particular psilocybin, LSD, DMT, MDMA, ketamine, mescaline, and ibogaine would all be under the umbrella of this bill.
It’s yet to be determined if this bill will pass the senate, but there are also plans to get psilocybin legalization on the ballot in 2022, so it seems just a matter of time for this state to see some form of legal psychedelics pop up at a storefront near my fellow Californians.
Read more at Marijuana Moment.

Study: Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization Laws Associated with Declines in Workers’ Compensation Claims

“The present study provides empirical evidence on the consequences of marijuana legalization on issues related to the labor market outcomes, in particular, WC [workers’ compensation] claiming of older adults. … Our findings suggest potentially important benefits to older workers and society at large.”
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Drug Policy Alliance, New York Medical Cannabis Association and Cannabis Growers & Processors Association Express Support for the Marijuana Reform & Taxation Act

Albany – The following statement can be attributed to the Drug Policy Alliance, New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association and New York Cannabis Growers & Processors Association in support of key policies in the Marijuana Reform & Taxation Act (MRTA). The announced amendments for Governor Cuomo’s Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act are a step in the […]

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