Category Archives: Decriminalization

New Jersey Governor Signs Laws To Legalize Marijuana Use, Decriminalize Possession

Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law legislation setting up a recreational marijuana marketplace, decriminalizing cannabis and loosening penalties for possession. Legislation to set up a recreational marijuana marketplace, decriminalize cannabis and loosen penalties for underage possession of the drug and alcohol was signed into law Monday by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, more than three […]

Cannabis And National Decriminalization: The Story So Far

Unraveling marijuana laws could be a long, tedious process, but some lawmakers have said they’re ready to try. Cannabis legalization or decriminalization (we’ll get to the difference in a bit) is one of several issues set to test Democrats’ slim majority in Congress, along with a $15 minimum wage hike and making Washington, DC, the […]

Is France Moving Towards A Legalization Of Cannabis?

France has some of the harshest cannabis laws in Europe–it has been illegal in the country since 1970, the state doesn’t allow medicinal use, and there is no distinction in law between personal use and trafficking, as there is in some countries. However, France has the highest reported use of cannabis in Europe. Between 2015 […]

Preparing For Cannabis Legalization In The US: Lessons From The North

Following the results of the 2020 presidential election, cannabis advocates across the nation breathed a sigh of relief; for the first time in our history, cannabis decriminalization was being supported by the party in office. Since 2012, 15 states and Washington, DC, have legalized cannabis for adults over the age of 21. And 36 states […]

Another Cannabis Referendum? Vote Proposed On Decriminalisation

Another referendum on cannabis is being proposed – this time to decriminalise, but not legalise, the drug. A public notice in today’s Herald gives notice that a citizen-initiated referendum has been proposed asking: “Should New Zealand decriminalise the possession of cannabis for personal use?” The proposal, lodged by Wellington Central Young Greens activist Mathew Bouma, […]

Cannabis Stocks Soar On Biden Win, Legalization Hopes And Solid Results

November has delivered a triple-whammy of great news for cannabis stocks: Several states legalized the use of recreational marijuana, Joe Biden’s presidential victory could lead to more calls for decriminalization, and two leading cannabis companies reported better-than-expected results on Monday. Canopy Growth (CGC) surged 10% and Aurora Cannabis (ACB) jumped 20% after both reported higher-than-forecast […]

House Democrats Postpone Cannabis Legalization Bill Until Post-Election

“At a time when people are really struggling just to pay the bills and to get through this health crisis, [COVID relief] should be our priority.” Don’t expect any bills that would legalize cannabis to receive floor votes until after the November election. TheMarijuana, Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act,which would have effectively legalized cannabis […]

The Use of Cannabis in the United States Should Be Decriminalized

Amid the long-overdue national conversation about achieving true social justice, one key element is being largely overlooked: The need to end decades of misguided drug policy that has disproportionately taken a toll on minority communities. An issue certain to arise in the presidential campaign is whether the use of cannabis should be decriminalized, or whether […]

Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana At Federal Level Up For House Vote Next Month

A landmark bill that would decriminalize marijuana use at the federal level is up for vote soon. The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the legislation in September, according to an email sent out on Friday by Majority Whip James Clyburn. Politico first reported on the pending vote. The “Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment […]

MMJ Recs UN To Vote On WHO Medical Marijuana Recommendations: What Does This Mean For The US MMJ Market?

In January of 2019, for the first time in 60 years, the World Health Organization changed its position on medical cannabis. The UN was then set to vote in early 2020 to reschedule cannabis to recognize its use as medicine, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the vote has been delayed until December of 2020. […]