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Philadelphia Decriminalization Already Paying Dividends in First Month

Philadelphia Decriminalization Already Paying Dividends in First Month

On October 20, 2014, the City of Philadelphia enacted an ordinance that authorized City of Philadelphia police to charge a summary citation (similar to a traffic ticket) instead of a misdemeanor narcotics offense. In 2012 activists with Philly NORML, a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, investigated the police […]

New York City Decriminalization of Cannabis Begins Today

New York City Decriminalization of Cannabis Begins Today

Beginning today, November 19th, 2014, the possession of 25 grams of less of cannabis in the city of New York, New York will be punishable by a court summons instead of arrest and a misdemeanor charge. For a city long notorious for its racially biased stop and frisk practices, this shift in policy could be […]

Congrats to Philadelphia! Today Decriminalization Takes Effect

Congrats to Philadelphia! Today Decriminalization Takes Effect

It’s official: cannabis possession (in small amounts) is now decriminalized within the city limits of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are no longer criminal penalties attached to simple marijuana possession if the individual is carrying 30 grams or less. Instead, those violating cannabis prohibition will simply receive a civil infraction citation (commonly known as a ticket). What […]

Maryland Decriminalization Law in Effect, World Not Over

Maryland Decriminalization Law in Effect, World Not Over

On October 1st, 2014, the state of Maryland officially enacted its law decriminalizing the possession of limited amounts of marijuana. Now, citizens caught in possession of ten grams or less of dried cannabis flower will be subject to a ticket instead of arrest. First offense tickets will cost $100, while second offenses run $250 and […]

Philadelphia: Decriminalization Measure Awaits Mayor’s Signature

Philadelphia: Decriminalization Measure Awaits Mayor’s Signature

Via NORML: The Philadelphia City Council passed bill 140377 with a vote of 13-3 in June 2014. The measure, sponsored by Councilman James Kenney, offers a pragmatic solution to unburdening the city government and our residents from arrests for small amounts of marijuana.   There are more than 4,000 adults arrested each year in our […]

Hawaii Just Decriminalized Cannabis Possession

Hawaii Just Decriminalized Cannabis Possession

It’s official! The bill recently passed by Hawaiian legislators decriminalizing small amounts of cannabis, HB 1383, will go into effect as law on January 11th, 2020. Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 was the deadline for the Hawaiian governor to take steps to either sign or veto the bill that would decriminalize cannabis. As he did neither, […]

Oakland City Council Decriminalizes Natural Psychedelics

Oakland City Council Decriminalizes Natural Psychedelics

In a move that could be signs of major, transformative policy changes to come, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously in support of the decriminalization of natural hallucinogens on Tuesday, June 4th. In other words, hallucinogenic mushrooms and other plants with similar properties, like certain cacti, are now decriminalized. That makes Oakland the second city […]

New Mexico Decriminalized Cannabis

New Mexico Decriminalized Cannabis

Trying to change cannabis policy requires both concerted effort and a careful approach. What works in one state with one group of voters will absolutely fail in another state. Thankfully, there are many different ways for activists to change corrupt and destructive cannabis prohibition laws. In some states, broad medical cannabis laws have provided access. […]

Drug Testing for Jobs Discriminates Against Cannabis Users

Drug Testing for Jobs Discriminates Against Cannabis Users

The rapid shift in cultural attitudes surrounding cannabis has unquestionably benefited numerous people in our society. Legalization, decriminalization, criminal justice reform, and greater social awareness about the medical benefits of cannabis have all combined to reduce the stigma associated with cannabis. However, while progress in legal and cultural arenas has been promising, progress in other […]

Tatyana ‘Tuffy’ Rivera and her New Jersey Cannabis Activist Family

Tatyana ‘Tuffy’ Rivera and her New Jersey Cannabis Activist Family

Tatyana “Tuffy” Rivera and her parents, Ricardo and Jennifer, are at the fore of the New Jersey movement to continue working for safe access to cannabis. “Tuffy” used to take a combination of twenty five pharmaceuticals to treat Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy; now that she is registered with New Jersey Compassionate Use […]