Jul 012015
 July 1, 2015
Should There Be Marijuana Lounges In States That Legalized Marijuana?

By Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel Without doubt, it is important that we begin to move forward with the legalization of lounges and social clubs that permit marijuana smokers to gather and enjoy their favorite strains. Marijuana smoking is a social activity, and most smokers would like the option of dropping by a local marijuana-friendly venue, to relax with friends and like-minded colleagues. Currently, none of the four states that have fully legalized marijuana allow for this option. Smoking in a public venue is prohibited, and the authorities have taken a needlessly restrictive view of what is a public place,

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Jul 012015
 July 1, 2015
Marijuana Is Now Legal In Oregon

By Phillip Smith The Measure 91 marijuana legalization initiative approved by Oregon voters last November went into effect as of 12:01 a.m Pacific Time today. That means that people 21 and over can now legally possess up to eight ounces of weed at home and grow up to four plants. Only one ounce may be possessed in public. Public consumption remains illegal. But you won’t be able to go to the marijuana store just yet. Sales are currently set to begin next year, although there is a chance the legislature could act to move up that date. Portland NORML marked the

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Jul 012015
 July 1, 2015
Fundraiser Nets Huge Gain For Michigan Marijuana Legalization Effort

The Polo Fields and Country Club played host to a game of a different sort on Friday June 26th as the Milegalize organization hosted their first formal fundraiser to support the legalization of marijuana for adults in Michigan. The evening’s total for financial support equaled more than $60,000 in direct contributions, with commitments for thousands more. One very generous attendee, who wishes to remain anonymous, pledged to match all the funds raised in a 30 day period, with a maximum match of $100,000. One other campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan has received approval from the state to collect signatures

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Jul 012015
 July 1, 2015
Thousands Turn Out For "Burnside Burn" Celebration Of Marijuana Legalization In Oregon

Peaceful Event Filled the Burnside Bridge Beneath The Iconic Portland Oregon Sign, Portland Police Maintained Remarkable Restraint As Thousands Light Up The end of adult marijuana prohibition came at the stroke of midnight, July 1, and a crowd that spanned the entire length of the Burnside Bridge gathered to celebrate the beginning of marijuana legalization in Oregon. A huge puff of marijuana smoke rose to the sky beneath the shining neon Portland Oregon sign that welcomes travelers into Old Town Portland. “The end of prohibition has been a long time coming,” remarked Portland NORML Executive Director Russ Belville, “and we

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Jun 302015
 June 30, 2015
Louisiana Governor Jindal Signs Marijuana Sentencing Reform Measure

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation late yesterday significantly reducing criminal penalties for marijuana possession offenses. House Bill 149, which took effect upon signing, amends the state’s toughest-in-the-nation repeat offender laws for marijuana possession offenses. Under the previous law, second-time possession offenders faced up to five years of hard labor in prison. Third-time offenders faced up to 20 years hard labor in prison. Under the revised law, two-time marijuana possession offenders face a maximum sentence of six-months in prison. Three-time offenders face a maximum sentence of two-years in prison. Those convicted of marijuana possession

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Jun 302015
 June 30, 2015
Representative Blumenauer Statement On Legalization Of Adult Use Of Marijuana In Oregon

Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement on the legalization of adult use of marijuana in Oregon on July 1. “Tomorrow in Oregon we end the failed prohibition of marijuana and will very soon be regulating and taxing the adult use of marijuana along the supply chain from growth to consumption. For years, Oregon has been far ahead of the federal government on marijuana policy, and now again following the will of voters is one of the first to move ahead with the legalization.” “Part of this leadership comes with asking the tough regulatory questions around issues such

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Jun 302015
 June 30, 2015
Drug Reform Advocates: Legalizing Marijuana Is Just The First Step

The day before adult use of marijuana becomes legal in Oregon, leaders of the state’s drug reform movement said they plan to expand their work to change how Oregon approaches drug policy. “Thanks to Oregon voters, we have made history and become national leaders in drug reform,” said Anthony Johnson, chief petitioner of the Yes on 91 campaign to legalize marijuana. “But there’s still a lot to do, and this is just the beginning.” Johnson has been advocating for an earlier start to regulated sales for marijuana, and the Oregon Senate today passed a bill, 23-6, that would allow medical

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Jun 302015
 June 30, 2015
Oregon: Early Recreational Marijuana Sales And Marijuana Sales Tax Bills Advance

On ‘Marijuana Legalization Eve’ in Oregon several marijuana related bills moved forward in the Oregon Legislature. Oregon House Bill 2041 passed on a 24-4 vote and would establish a marijuana sales tax that adds up to 20% (17% state tax, 3% local tax). Oregon is just one of five states to not have a standard statewide sales tax. Usually the term ‘sales tax’ is avoided at all costs in Oregon because it’s politically undesirable, but apparently not when it comes to marijuana, at least according to Oregon politicians. Oregon Senate Bill 460 passed in the Oregon Senate on a 23-6 vote.

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Jun 302015
 June 30, 2015
Grand Kickoff Starts Michigan Marijuana Legalization Petition Drive

The MILegalize group began their 180-day signature gathering drive to legalize marijuana in Michigan on June 25 with a rally on the steps of the State Capitol building. In all, 253,000 valid and verified signatures will be needed to place the issue on the November 2016 ballot. Signatures will be collected throughout Michigan by MILegalize volunteers and petitioning professionals until Christmas 2015. MILegalize is the common name used by the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee. The event featured the first public release of the petitions. Approximately one hundred attendees participated by signing, becoming a county organizer or taking petitions

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Jun 302015
 June 30, 2015
Oregon Marijuana Legalization Launch Press Conference Today

WHAT’S NEWS: The day before adult use of marijuana becomes legal in Oregon, leaders of the drug reform movement will hold a press conference and explain why it matters, what to expect, what it means and what’s next for the drug reform movement. WHO: U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.): Blumenauer has championed several legislative efforts to reform marijuana laws and will provide an update on what’s next for the federal effort to win a better approach to marijuana. Measure 91 chief petitioner Anthony Johnson: Johnson co-wrote the new marijuana law, led the campaign to pass it, and will explain why

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