NORML Acton Center- Cannabis Law Reform


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Check out the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) website Action Center for pre-made letters you can add to and send to your representatives about upcoming cannabis legislation. Really easy to do just send the premade letter. We need to push on every issue of freedom and fight the oppression of God’s people.

Keep fighting the good fight! Enjoy! God Bless America!

https://norml.org/act


#2

Beware of SOME who are pro legalize like fake beta, i mean Robert Francis orourke. He is pro legalize but also wants open borders and to take our guns in Texas of all places.


#3

Thanks! Yeah its too bad it usually works like that. Cannabis is a medicine. CBD oil is legal here and seems I know a lot of people who are using it. Republicans will see the truth sooner or later. Its frustrating to see families broken up and people losing their jobs because of this unjust prohibition.


#4

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#5

I’m in Arkansas, we voted in medical marijuana during the presidential election. More than two years ago! We still have not one dispensary! The good ole boy courts system down here are good at tying up things in legislation and technical discrepancies. They do not want average Arkansans getting rich. That would get too many people out of the welfare blocks and keep too many non violent offenders out of prison. Not good for the states private prison pocket book.


#6

Sadly that’s the truth. It passed in Texas in 2017 and they “failed to schedule” the final vote because the paperwork did get to the courthouse in time. Come to find out the guy who was supposed to schedule it has donations from big pharma, alcohol and tobacco companies. The government is trying to patent It as we speak.


#7

Federal: End The Federal Government’s Enforcement of Marijuana Prohibition

https://norml.org/action-center/item/federal-end-the-federal-government-s-enforcement-of-marijuana-prohibition

Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Earl Blumenauer have introduced legislation in the House and Senate – The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act / Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act – (S. 420 and HR 420) to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. In addition to removing marijuana from the United States Controlled Substances Act, this legislation also removes enforcement power from the US Drug Enforcement Administration in matter concerning marijuana possession, production, and sales — thus permitting state governments to regulate these activities as they see fit. An additional excise tax would be levied on the sale of marijuana.

Thirty-three states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico have enacted legislation specific to the physician-authorized use of cannabis. Moreover, an estimated 73 million Americans now reside in the ten states where anyone over the age of 21 may possess cannabis legally. An additional fifteen states have passed laws specific to the possession of cannabidiol (CBD) oil for therapeutic purposes.

Enter your information to the right to send a message to your members of Congress to support this effort.


#8

Thats rediculous some states’ representatives aren’t upholding the will of the people who have voted for cannabis reform.

I would like to at least be able to grow CBD hemp. Its too expensive to buy all this extract for my family and my pets. The regulators need to figure this out to make it work. Its a civil rights issue. You are talking about my right to take care of myself. Its wrong not to allow us to have access to this ancient medicine. I just hope they don’t make it halfway legal where we can’t grow our own medicine, but instead we may be forced to pay someone to produce it for us for profit. :sunny:


#9

Yep, no money and/or control in it for them if you’re thinking about taking care of yourself…


#10

A government for the people, by the people. Its a human right to have access to safe medicine that grows freely.


#11

On Tuesday, February 12th, the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law committee will be hearing SB 336, a bill which would convert several miscellaneous crimes from misdemeanors to infractions among other minor changes. State Senator Karen Tallian, who serves on this committee, plans to offer two amendments to this bill: 1) an amendment that would decriminalize 2 ounces or less of cannabis, and 2) decriminalizing paraphernalia related charges. Senator Tallian believes that both of these amendments will be heard by the committee.


Dear representatives and committee members,

Please support SB336 which will include amendments which decriminalize personal amounts of cannabis and paraphernalia. Cannabis prohibition has caused more harm than good over the decades the policy has been in place. Part of reason the policy is so harmful is the fact that cannabis consumers end up targeted and suffer harsh consequences. This policy of incarceration of personal users does little to slow the use of cannabis, but instead causes harm and burden on families throughout the state, and leads to a distrust of law enforcement.

Please consider supporting this on the basis of medical use as well. Most cannabis consumers have health issues that are improved by cannabis, and they are not abusing it.

Indiana is the crossroads of America, with people traveling through from all over the world. This decriminalization amendment would allow law enforcement to not be burdened with minor cannabis possession charges, allowing police resources to be more efficiently used.

Indiana could get a bad reputation if we continue to prosecute visitors for minor cannabis possession which is allowed in their state.

Thanks and God Bless!


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Legislation would make marijuana legal in Illinois and treat it ‘how we treat alcohol’

Legislation would make marijuana legal in Illinois and treat it ‘how we treat alcohol’

By Rebecca Anzel and

Peter Hancock

February 14, 2019 05:00 AM,

Updated February 14, 2019 01:19 PM

Here’s what some people in Illinois think about legalized marijuana

As more and more states legalize marijuana, the popular opinion in Southern Illinois is that the drug should be legal in the Land of Lincoln, too.

By Elizabeth Donald

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Here’s what some people in Illinois think about legalized marijuana

As more and more states legalize marijuana, the popular opinion in Southern Illinois is that the drug should be legal in the Land of Lincoln, too.

By Elizabeth Donald

Springfield

Attention at the Statehouse is expected to begin focusing on one of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s top priorities — legalizing recreational marijuana.

State Rep. Carol Ammons, a Democrat from Urbana, has introduced a bill that is drawing attention. It would open the door to a much more expansive legal pot industry than most others have envisioned. The deadline to introduce new bills is Friday.

Ammons’ bill, the “Cannabis Legalization Equity Act,” would allow anyone 21 or older with valid identification to purchase or sell marijuana. Driving under the influence of the drug would still be illegal, and the legislation makes specific mention that only “legitimate, taxpaying business people” would be permitted to sell cannabis.

Illinoisans, under the measure, could possess as many as 224 grams, or roughly half a pound, of marijuana at a time. It would also allow individuals to grow as many as 24 plants in their own homes for personal consumption, and it would provide for the licensing of cultivation facilities and retail dispensaries.

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Ammons did not respond to requests for comment for this story. Her measure includes language, though, indicating its purpose would be to allow “law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes, generating revenue for education and other public purposes, and individual freedom.”

“We like it. We think that that’s more in line with how we treat alcohol,” said Dan Linn, who lobbies for the Illinois chapter of NORML — the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “We also think it would be good for consumers to be able to cultivate their own cannabis, as well as to have a cap on the licensing fees for the new businesses that would be created by that legislation.

Ammons’ proposal, which has not yet been assigned to a committee, includes a civil penalty, not a criminal one, of $200 to $400 for minors who attempt to buy marijuana illegally.

Also in the bill is a requirement that at least 51 percent of the licenses for cultivating facilities and retail cannabis stores be issued, “in communities disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs,” which the bill defines as census tracts in which more than half the population is African-American, Native American, Hispanic or Latino.

The bill also would authorize medical researchers to use cannabis in studies, as long as the participants are at least 21 years old.

Revenue for the state would be generated by a 10 percent excise tax on the sale or transfer of marijuana from a cultivating facility to a retail store. Half of that money would be paid into the state’s main checking account, while 30 percent would go to the Common School Fund.

Smaller percentages of the revenue would be distributed to various state retirement systems; the Department of Human Services to fund treatment programs for tobacco, alcohol and cannabis abuse; and to the Department of State police for hiring and training drug recognition efforts.

There is no official estimate of how much revenue the bill would generate.

Linn said NORML will have a lobbying day at the Statehouse on Wednesday, Feb. 20, the same day Pritzker is scheduled to give his budget address to the Legislature. And with Pritzker’s backing of legalization, Linn said he thinks there is a good chance something will pass this year.

“I think there’s a strong push to make it happen as quickly as possible so that we can create these jobs and bring in this needed revenue,” he said.

Still, any effort toward legalization is certain to meet resistance. The Illinois Catholic Conference recently announced its opposition to legalization. Law enforcement groups including the Chicago Crime Commission and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police have also said they will oppose such a measure, as has the Drug Free America Foundation.

The legislation is House Bill 902.

Capital News Illinois covers developments in the General Assembly and is a service of the Illinois Press Association.

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#15

Our lt. governor here in PA is doing a listening tour and visiting all 67 counties to get the public’s opinion on legalizing recreational marijuana. I think it is ridiculous that it has been banned this whole time. It shows just how much control the government has wanted over us. People don’t harm others when they smoke and don’t go out and cause problems either. This is where the republicans fall short. It will ultimately be why they lose certain elections and won’t get constituents in areas where this is a major issue people want to vote on. I honestly think this is something Trump needs to stand on at a federal level for the 2020 elections. He will take a lot of votes away from who ever the Democrat candidate will be.


#16

https://norml.org/news/2019/03/07/federal-agencies-weigh-in-on-legal-status-of-hemp-cbd?link_id=3&can_id=b93bce8a346e6e36932f04962172be6c&source=email-norml-news-of-the-week-372019-2&email_referrer=email_507906&email_subject=norml-news-of-the-week-372019

Federal Agencies Weigh In On Legal Status Of Hemp, CBD

Thursday, 07 March 2019

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Washington, DC: Representatives from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) testified last week with regard to federal efforts to regulate domestic hemp production and the sale of certain hemp-derived CBD products.

In December, Congress enacted legislation removing industrial hemp (defined as cannabis containing less than 0.3 percent THC) and products containing cannabinoids derived from hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act.

In Congressional testimony last week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said that the Department is working to create federal hemp regulations by 2020. Under the provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill, US states that wish to license commercial hemp cultivation must submit their plan to the USDA. However, the agency is not reviewing any state-specific plans until it has finalized its own federal regulations.

In separate testimony, outgoing FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told Congress that the agency is considering various pathways to regulate hemp-derived CBD products, but cautioned that the process could take “two, three, [or] four years.” The Commissioner has previously stated, “[I]t’s unlawful under the FD&C Act (US Food Drugs and Cosmetics Act) to introduce food containing added CBD or THC into interstate commerce, or to market CBD or THC products as, or in, dietary supplements, regardless of whether the substances are hemp-derived.” That announcement led to regulatory agencies in several states pulling certain CBD-infused products from the retail market.

The FDA director told Congress that the agency will soon announce the formation of a “high-level working group” to begin addressing the issue, with public meetings beginning in April.

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: [email protected] .


#17

100% legalize cannabis already, we need the investment in America for once, why should we be flooding Mexico with our money?

Just make sure the market is competitive, and any taxes are not so high they maintain a black market.


#18

Its an obvious indicator of a corrupt disfunctional government. Thanks for sharing!

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Justice Department Urged To Take “Immediate Action” On Pending Federal Marijuana Grow Applications

Thursday, 07 March 2019

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Washington, DC: The American Psychological Association (APA) is urging US Attorney General William Barr to review more than two-dozen pending applications for federal marijuana grow licenses. In a letter dated Wednesday, February 27, the association urged the Justice Department to “act immediately” on 26 applications pending before federal officials – applications which were initially submitted to the agency over two years ago.

Currently, the sole federally licensed producer of cannabis for clinical research is the University of Mississippi. The University has held the exclusive license for more than four decades.

In August 2016, the US Drug Enforcement Administration announced in the US Federal Register that the agency was “adopting a new policy that is designed to increase the number of entities registered under the Controlled Substances Act to grow (manufacture) marijuana to supply legitimate researchers in the United States.” The agency said that the policy change was necessary because the existing system provides “no clear legal pathway for commercial enterprises to produce marijuana for product development.”

Last year, however, former DEA director Robert Patterson testified to Congress that the agency believed that approving additional applicants would likely violate international anti-drug treaties. Patterson said that DEA could not move forward granting any new applications until the Justice Department clarified the issue.

In its letter to the newly appointed Attorney General, APA CEO Arthur C. Evans urged the Department “to take immediate action on the existing pool of cannabis grower applications so that the United States scientific community can continue to expand the study of both the harmful and potential therapeutic effects of cannabis and its derivatives. … Without access to an expanded range of cannabis products engineered under FDA-approved Good Manufacturing Practices, scientific research cannot hope to keep pace with the ever expanding recreational and medicinal cannabis marketplace.” The APA represents nearly 120,000 researchers and clinicians.

The longstanding federal prohibition on privately licensed cannabis producers exists despite a 2007 ruling by the DEA’s own administrative law judge striking down the ban because it was not “in the public interest.” Although that ruling ordered DEA to lift the ban, the agency failed to do so.

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: [email protected] .


#19

I remember in the 70 s my neighbor had a big beautiful flower garden with trails and she asked the cops if she could grow a lot plant.


#20

You all know that Soros has had a hand inlegalixing Marijuana…right?
Since the 90’s. He considered a ‘foot in the door’ to bring down America - just saying watch out for that you endorse!