This Saturday, members from Dallas/Fort Worth NORML and the NORML Women’s Alliance hosted an educational legislative strategy session at Unity Church of Fort Worth. Our lobbyist training introduced local activists to the Texas legislative process and explained how to participate to help change laws. The next legislative session is in
Marijuana is moving on “greased tracks” toward legalization, according to the advocacy group that’s been riding the train for more than 40 years. The reason is a stark shift in public opinion, said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. On Tuesday,
The City of Denver is proposing a new ordinance that if passed would imposed fines up to $999 and put people in jail for up to a year just for the smell of marijuana should someone next door or walking down the street happen to notice the odor. Read more
A bill gaining support in the US House of Representatives that would have federal agents respect state marijuana laws now has a co-sponsor from Texas. Rep. Steve Stockman, a Republican from Friendswood who was elected to office in 2012 for the newly created 36th District seat which Texas gained after
While Washington and Colorado work out how to regulate marijuana sales — as we reported this morning — at least 11 other states are considering legalizing it for recreational use, according to an analysis from Thomson Reuters’ WestlawNext. Using marijuana for medicinal purposes is already legal in nearly half the
The US Supreme Court Monday declined to hear an appeal from medical marijuana advocacy groups who had challenged the DEA’s decision to maintain marijuana’s status as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, the category reserved for the most dangerous substances.
Most Congressman would likely deny having smoked marijuana. But in the past five months the House of Representatives has seen the introduction of three bills that aim to change the federal tax and legal treatment of marijuana sellers and users. Our typical member of Congress isn’t rushing out to swap
Overlooked Texas bill allows police to cite and release for pot possession, will counties take advantage to ease jail costs?
On September 1st, 2007, Texas HB 2391 went into effect with the support of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). This bill allows an officer in the field to perform an arrest for possession of marijuana, then qualify the arrestee as eligible for a field release. If the arrestee qualifies for
25 Years Ago: DEA’s Own Administrative Law Judge Ruled Cannabis Should Be Reclassified Under Federal Law
Friday, September 6, 2013 marks the 25-year anniversary of an administrative ruling which determined that cannabis possesses accepted medical utility and ought to be reclassified accordingly under federal law. Read more
During a conference call with state governors today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the US Department of Justice would allow the marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington to go into effect.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced Monday he will address the blurred lines between federal and state marijuana laws in an upcoming hearing. The hearing, which is scheduled for Sept. 10, comes as 20 states allow marijuana for medical purposes and Colorado and Washington voted to legalize
Proposed rules for growing and distributing cannabis in Colorado are starting to take shape, and the poor need not apply. As we’ve seen again and again for this industry, new regulations have been rolled out in which only the well to do can hurdle, effectively banning many from the market.
On Wednesday, the Uruguayan House of Representatives approved a bill to legally regulate marijuana. Passing with 50 out of 96 votes, the bill now goes to the Senate. If approved by the Senate, Uruguay will become the first country in the world to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale
Effective September 1, 2013 if you’re looking to draw unemployment in Texas for certain fields of employment, that money your employer took out of your paycheck as mandated by the government, you’re going to have to pee in a cup in order to get it. Senate Bill 21, would require