US Court of Appeals: Federal Scheduling of Cannabis Irrational, But Not Unconstitutional
The federal governments decision to classify cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance without accepted medical utility is arguably irrational, but it is not unconstitutional, according to a ruling recently handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Defendants in the case argued that marijuanas scheduling in the US Controlled Substances Act has no rational basis because cannabis does not meet the statutory criteria for inclusion on Schedule I. Under the law, Schedule I substances by definition meet three specific criteria: A high potent.... View more in new window
marijuanamoment.net | 9/14/22
Marijuana Moment tracked more than 1,300 bills for 2021 legislative sessions.
Heat maps show concentrations of relevant bills in each state and Congress:
To make finding what you are looking for as easy as possible, we also have separate maps for certain categories of state legislation:
Bills to create new legalization laws including regulated sales/production and noncommercial possession/homegrow
Bills to create new decriminalization laws
Bills to create new medical cannabis programs including low-THC/CBD only
Bills concerning hemp and its derivatives such as CBD.
Bills to facilitate the expungement or sealing of records.
Bills concerning psychedelics and other drugs.
A pledge of just $25 per month to Marijuana.... View more in new window
marijuanamoment.net | September 14, 2022
Small Marijuana Growers Could Sell Directly To Consumers Across State Lines Under New Congressional Bill
A pair of congressmen filed a bill on Wednesday thats intended to help small marijuana growers compete against large corporations when cannabis is federally legalized, proposing to give them the ability to ship and sell products directly to consumers within and across state lines.
Rep. Jared Huffman D-CA is leading the legislationtitled the Small and Homestead Independent Producers SHIP Actalongside Rep. Earl Blumenauer D-OR.
As Congress continues to work toward ending cannabis prohibition, there have been concerns that smaller businesses will struggle to compete against .... View more in new window
NORML | August 18, 2022
Marijuana-Related Ballot Initiatives and Referenda: 8/19/22 Update
Voters in several states and in dozens of cities and towns will decide on marijuana-related ballot measures in November. Here is an update of where these efforts currently stand. You can tune in to ask questions during our livestream discussing these items on Friday, August 19th at 12:30 pm CT on our Facebook, Youtube, Twitter or LinkedIn.
The group Responsible Growth Arkansas, led by former Arkansas Democratic House minority leader Eddie Armstrong, submitted more than double the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. State offici.... View more in new window
NORML | August 11, 2022
Summer is Winding Down, But the Fight for Legalization is Heating Up
Summer may be slowly winding down, but the fight for legalization is heating up. The next few months are going to be some of the most pivotal we have ever seen for our movement to end prohibition. If we are going to succeed, however, we really are going to need your help.
While there are only a few months left in the year, there remains a real serious chance for pushing some real, substantial cannabis reform legislation through at the federal level. There is growing consensus that Congress should pass marijuana legislation before 2022 ends, and we need to keep the pressure.... View more in new window
StoptheDrugWar.org | August 18, 2022
NYPD Busts Unlicensed Pot Trucks; Meth Use, Arrests, OD Deaths All Up in Recent Years,
The Electric Picnic festival in Ireland. This year, there will be on-site drug checking. (image:Creative Commons)
Nevadas Supreme Court rules against employees who smoke marijuana, Ireland is about to see its first pilot drug checking program, and more.
Nevada High Court Rules Recreational Marijuana Is Not Lawful Off-Duty Conduct. In a decision last Thursday, the state Supreme Court ruled that recreational marijuana use is not lawful off-duty conduct in upholding the firing of a Las Vegas casino dealer who tested positive for marijuana. State employment law provides protections for lawful off-duty conduct, but the court held that since marijuana remains federally il.... View more in new window
StoptheDrugWar.org | August 17, 2022
North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Initiative Qualifies for the November Ballot
And then there were five: With an announcement Monday by the secretary of state that a New Approach North Dakota marijuana legalization had qualified for the ballot, the number of states where legalization is on the ballot climbs to five. The others are Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Another marijuana legalization effort in Oklahoma is awaiting confirmation that it has gathered sufficient valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot.
New Approach North Dakota easily cleared the state`s signature requirement of 15,582 valid voter signatures, with .... View more in new window
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