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Booker, Warren Call on DOJ to Remove Cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act

Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970, the Attorney General can remove a substance from the CSA by working with the Secretary of Health […]

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MORE ACT Decriminalization Fight Renewed in Congress

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act), which would decriminalize cannabis, among other things, has been reintroduced by House. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), along with Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) introduced it. Nadler previously led the Democrat-controlled House […]

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Clean-up NJ Cannabis Decriminalization Bill Passes Committees

The NJ cannabis legalization and decriminalization clean-up bills passed the committees in the Assembly and the Senate. Assembly Appropriations Committee Chair John Burzichelli (D-Camden) noted the horror of the violence at the Capitol Building and how it threatened democracy yesterday. Cannabis Decriminalization Progress In the bill for underage possession of up to six ounces, instead […]

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History Made as MORE Act Passes House of Representatives

The United States House of Representatives voted 228-164 in favor of the MORE Act, which would decriminalize cannabis on the federal level. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act would repair the social and personal harms caused by federal cannabis prohibition enforcement. “The symbolic and historical importance of the MORE Act passing in the […]

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NJ AG Tells Prosecutors to Hold Off on Cannabis Charges for Now

NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal sent a letter to halt prosecutions of cannabis charges in light of legalization on New Year’s Day. Grewal wrote that New Jersey municipal, county and state prosecutors are instructed to pause addressing cannabis charges. Until at least January 25, 2021. “Fairness and justice require that we, as prosecutors, not move […]

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Decriminalization Passes NJ Senate Appropriations Committee

The NJ Senate Appropriations Committee passed the decriminalization bill while the implementation bill was pulled from the schedule. The decriminalization bill, S. 3525, passed with bipartisan support and the abstention of State Senator Sam Thompson (R-Middlesex). NJ Cannabis Decriminalization Progress “I’m really proud this bill is unique and of its kind. New Jersey will be […]

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Ron Rice Accuses State Senate Leaders of Stalling NJ CannabisDecriminalization

State Senator Ron Rice is accusing State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Judiciary Committee Chair Nick Scutari (D-Union) of causing New Jersey cannabis decriminalization to stall. The New Jersey cannabis decriminalization bill passed the Assembly in a week from introduction to full passage in the wake of the George Floyd /Black Lives Matter protests. […]

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