Republican Senator Says Obama Administration’s “Pro-Marijuana” Messages Promote Teen Drug Use

WASHINGTON, DC -- Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) suggested Tuesday that the Obama administration's failure to block marijuana legalization had sent kids the message that drug use is okay. "When kids receive the message that marijuana use is acceptable and even welcome, it's no wonder that the perception of harm from marijuana goes down," Grassley said in a statement. "By offering pro-marijuana messages, the president and his top appointees are working at cross purposes with the federal government experts who are trying to stop drug use among teenagers." Grassley was complaining that the annual Monitoring the Future survey of teen drug use showed that kids didn't think pot was as dangerous as they used to. But he seems to have missed the part that showed that teen marijuana is not increasing.

Virginia to Consider Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

RICHMOND, VA —  When the Virginia Legislature convenes in January, a bill to stop criminalizing those who simply possess marijuana will be awaiting consideration. Today, an individual convicted of marijuana possession in Virginia can be thrown in jail for up to thirty days, fined up to $500, or both! This overly

President to Sign Federal Spending Bill Protecting State Sanctioned Medical Marijuana Programs

WASHINGTON, DC — House and Senate lawmakers have approved spending legislation that contains a historic provision restricting the Justice Department from interfering with the implementation of state-sanctioned medical cannabis and/or hemp programs. Members of the Senate approved the House version of the bill Saturday night. President Barack Obama indicated Monday

Patients Applaud Restrictions on Federal Medical Marijuana Enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Congress has passed a budget bill that includes an historic amendment to curb federal Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement in medical marijuana states. The measure, which was originally passed by the House in May with an unprecedented 219-189 vote, aims to prohibit the DOJ from spending

Another Child Dies Waiting for Access to Medical Marijuana in New York

NIAGRA FALLS, NY — Yesterday, 8 year old Donella Nocera of Niagra Falls passed away while waiting for emergency access to medical marijuana to ease her end-of-life suffering. Donella was fighting stage 4 brain cancer. Her father, Nate, joined Compassionate Care NY from Donella’s bedside, fighting for emergency access for

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Virginia Senate

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Virginia Senate

RICHMOND, VA — A bill that would remove criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana has been filed in the Virginia Senate in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session. If passed, Senate Bill 686, filed by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D – Alexandria), would…

Texas Marijuana Reform is Coming:  How Today’s Vote Can Have an Impact

Texas Marijuana Reform is Coming: How Today’s Vote Can Have an Impact

DALLAS, TX — Changing the draconian marijuana policies in Texas is no small task but a coalition of organizations have banded together to reform the Lone Star State:  The Marijuana Policy Project, DFW NORML, Progress Texas, Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, Mothers Against Teen Violence, Texas NORML, MAMMA, Drug Policy…

MPP to Introduce Three New Marijuana Reform Bills in Texas

MPP to Introduce Three New Marijuana Reform Bills in Texas

AUSTIN, TX — As part of the Marijuana Policy Project’s multi-year legislative campaign in Texas, the Washington, DC based organization is developing bill proposals to address marijuana decriminalization, as well as allowing marijuana to be used for medical reasons and eventually regulating it similarly to alcohol for adults in…

Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect in Philadelphia

Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The City of Philadelphia’s new fine structure for handling marijuana possession charges takes effect today. This will largely stop the procedure of using custodial arrests — handcuffs and holding cells — for small amounts of cannabis. Philadelphia Police will begin issuing civil citations instead — $25…

D.C. Council Approves Sealing Court Records for Marijuana Offenses

D.C. Council Approves Sealing Court Records for Marijuana Offenses

WASHINGTON, DC — Residents of the nation’s capital who have been convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses could apply to have those criminal records sealed under a bill granted initial approval by the D.C. City Council on Tuesday. D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) introduced the record-sealing bill. He…

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Veterans for Safe Access and Compassionate Care supports Blumenauer’s ‘Veterans Equal Access Act’

Veterans for Safe Access and Compassionate Care supports Blumenauer’s ‘Veterans Equal Access Act’

Veterans for Safe Access and Compassionate Care is honored to support the bipartisan bill, Veterans Equal Access Act. I personally thank Representative Blumenauer,Representative Rohrabacher and all cosigners for taking a leading role in removing obstructive policies from the Veterans Affairs Healthcare system. The passage of the Veterans Equal Access Act…

Medical & Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Bills Filed in Georgia

Medical & Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Bills Filed in Georgia

ATLANTA, GA — A Georgia state senator has pre-filed two bills in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session to create a comprehensive medical marijuana program and to legalize marijuana for adults in the state. Georgia State Senator Curt Thompson (D-Norcross) made the announcement Monday, just one week after…

U.S. House Bill Introduced to Overturn Ban on Veterans Affairs Physicians Recommending Medical Marijuana

U.S. House Bill Introduced to Overturn Ban on Veterans Affairs Physicians Recommending Medical Marijuana

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. House Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with ten bipartisan Congressional cosponsors introduced the “Veterans Equal Access Act” (VEAA) today, marking a concerted federal effort to allow our country’s veterans to become medical marijuana patients in states where it’s legal. The VEAA…

Georgia Lawmakers Reveal New Medical Marijuana Bill for 2015

Georgia Lawmakers Reveal New Medical Marijuana Bill for 2015

AUGUSTA, GA — Georgia state lawmakers revealed what the state’s new medical marijuana bill will look like after last year’s proposed bill failed. Medical marijuana grow houses and immunity from prosecution for the families of patients who legally obtain it from other states and bring it back to Georgia…

Do Not Prosecute Medical Marijuana Related Offenses, Pennsylvania Lawmaker Says

Do Not Prosecute Medical Marijuana Related Offenses, Pennsylvania Lawmaker Says

HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Daylin Leach has asked the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association not to prosecute offenses related to the medical use of marijuana. “Given the likelihood that using lifesaving medical cannabis will not be a legal issue in Pennsylvania for much longer, I ask that you consider using…

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Democrats Say DC Marijuana Legalization Still Alive

Democrats Say DC Marijuana Legalization Still Alive

WASHINGTON, DC — Despite the language Republicans managed to include in the “cromnibus” federal spending bill interfering with the District of Columbia’s right to set its own marijuana policies, several leading Democrats say that the Initiative 71 marijuana possession and cultivation legalization initiative is still alive. A close reading…

Obama Opposes GOP Effort to Block DC Marijuana Legalization

Obama Opposes GOP Effort to Block DC Marijuana Legalization

WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama plans to sign a $1.1 trillion government spending bill if it reaches his desk, although he opposes a provision blocking the District of Columbia from legalizing marijuana. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday that despite reservations, Obama is set to sign legislation to…

Emerging Consensus that DC Marijuana Legalization Can Proceed

Emerging Consensus that DC Marijuana Legalization Can Proceed

WASHINGTON, DC — Republicans were successful in including language in the “cromnibus” federal spending bill that interferes with the right of Washington, D.C. to set its own marijuana policies. The language, however, was not what they originally wanted because they had to compromise with Democrats. The D.C. marijuana rider inserted…

DC Congress Rep Says Cromnibus Won’t Block Marijuana Legalization in District

DC Congress Rep Says Cromnibus Won’t Block Marijuana Legalization in District

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said Wednesday that, contrary to press reports, it is far from certain that the fiscal year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill blocks the District of Columbia from legalizing marijuana, but she called on Democrats, who control the White House and Senate and…

Congress Set to Pass Landmark Medical Marijuana Legislation

Congress Set to Pass Landmark Medical Marijuana Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC — An historic provision to prohibit the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana programs has been included in the Congressional budget bill set to pass Congress later this week. On Tuesday evening, the final version of “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act” (or “Cromnibus”) was published…

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