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Jeb Bush Suggests Support for Decriminalizing Marijuana

Jeb Bush Suggests Support for Decriminalizing Marijuana

MPP upgrades Bush — who had not previously expressed support for decriminalization — from a ‘D’ to a ‘C-’ Presidential Candidate Report Card score following a Friday interview on a Boston radio station

WASHINGTON, DC — The Marijuana Policy Project upgraded Jeb Bush from a “D” to a “C-” in its 2016 presidential candidate report card on Friday following a radio interview in which the former Florida governor expressed support for decriminalizing marijuana.

According to a report from Marijuana.com:

“It’s one thing to say we should have decriminalization of marijuana. I support that,” the former Florida governor said in an interview with Joe Mathieu of Boston’s WBZ NewsRadio. Bush had not previously endorsed a removal of criminal penalties for cannabis possession.

But Bush also referred to marijuana as a “gateway drug” during the interview, referencing a theory that was thoroughly debunked by the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine in a 1999 report commissioned by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

He also said “the new marijuana” is “highly, highly toxic,” despite researchers consistently finding that marijuana is among the least toxic drugs and incapable of producing a fatal overdose.

The Marijuana Policy Project’s voter guide, launched in June, grades the major-party presidential hopefuls based on actions they have taken and statements they have made that indicate their levels of support for ending marijuana prohibition, allowing legal access to medical marijuana, and defending states’ rights to adopt their own marijuana policies without interference from the federal government.

In October, MPP boosted Republican candidate Mike Huckabee from a “D” to a “B-” following an interview in which he expressed a more sympathetic position on medical marijuana and said he would not use federal resources to interfere in states that have adopted laws that legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use.  MPP also upgraded Bernie Sanders from a “B” to an “A” after he became the first-ever major-party presidential candidate to express support for ending marijuana prohibition, and it boosted Hillary Clinton from a “B-“ to a “B” because she strengthened her position in support of allowing access to medical marijuana.

The voter guide can be viewed online here.

“We’re glad to hear Gov. Bush is in favor of removing criminal penalties for at least some marijuana-related offenses,” says Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project.  “We hope he will elaborate on this position and let voters know what he would do on this front if elected. A solid majority of Americans think marijuana should be legal for adults, and an even stronger majority support legal access to medical marijuana. Gov. Bush might be evolving on the issue, but he’s still lagging behind most Americans.

“It’s always astonishing to hear someone running for our nation’s highest office still believes in the reefer madness that was conjured up more than half a century ago. Equating marijuana to heroin is like equating apples to orange soda. The marijuana that is available today is no more toxic than the marijuana Gov. Bush used in college. It was far less toxic than alcohol then, and it’s far less toxic than alcohol now,” Tvert added.


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Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Illinois, Faith Leaders Voice Support

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Illinois, Faith Leaders Voice Support

Illinois faith leaders call for swift action on HB 4357, which includes provisions agreed upon by Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly

CHICAGO, IL — Rep. Kelly Cassidy announced Thursday that she is introducing new legislation for 2016 that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana in Illinois.

House Bill 4357 would make possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana a civil violation punishable by a fine. Adults would no longer face time in jail, and the civil offense would be automatically expunged in order to prevent a permanent criminal record.

The proposal largely mirrors legislation previously introduced by Rep. Cassidy that was approved in the Senate (37-19) on May 21 and in the House (62-53) on April 23, as well the amendments proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner when he vetoed the bill and returned it to the legislature on August 14.

“This is a reasonable proposal that is long overdue,” Rep. Cassidy said. “It needs to happen, and I am hopeful that we can make it happen quickly since it’s already such familiar territory for legislators and the governor.”

Members of the Illinois faith community joined Rep. Cassidy at the news conference to voice support for the bill. More than 50 clergy from around the state have signed a Religious Declaration of Clergy for a New Drug Policy, which includes support for civil rather than criminal sanctions for marijuana possession.

“When members of our communities are saddled with criminal records for possession, it hurts future job, housing, and educational prospects. Individuals become ‘marked for life,’” said Rev. Alexander E. Sharp, executive director of Clergy for a New Drug Policy. “We know from experience here and across the country that harsh marijuana penalties don’t deter use — they just hurt our communities when individuals’ lives are harmed from life-altering criminal records.”

Under current Illinois law, possession of up to 2.5 grams of marijuana is a class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,500; possession of 2.5-10 grams is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,500; and possession of more than 10 grams up to 30 grams is a class 4 felony punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $1,500 fine. Twenty states and the District of Columbia have removed the threat of jail time for simple marijuana possession.

“It accomplishes little, if anything, to arrest nearly 50,000 individuals for low-level marijuana use in Illinois each year,” said Rev. Myron McCoy, senior minister at the Chicago Temple of the First United Methodist Church. “Our current law wastes public funds and impedes the futures of our young people. We can do better as a society and as a state.”

More than 100 Illinois communities have already removed criminal penalties for simple marijuana possession.

“Our current law is particularly hard on communities of color, and this bill helps bring standards that can apply to all residents of our state,” said Rev. Jason Coulter, pastor of Ravenswood United Church of Christ. “Not only does this bill free up law enforcement to address serious crime, it helps ensure fairness in how the law affects lives regardless of where people live and how they look.”

More information on the bill is available from the Assembly’s website.


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Cities See Major Decline In Marijuana Possession Arrests

Cities See Major Decline In Marijuana Possession Arrests

Marijuana possession arrests are significantly declining in New York City and Washington, DC – two jurisdictions that previously led the nation in per capita cannabis arrests.

NEW YORK, NY — Marijuana possession arrests are significantly declining in New York City and Washington, DC – two jurisdictions that previously led the nation in per capita cannabis arrests.

New York City police have made 40 percent fewer arrests for marijuana violations in 2015 compared to this same time last year, according to statistics released from the state’s Division of Criminal Justice. The change follows a pledge made last year by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police commissioner to reduce citywide marijuana possession arrests, which previously averaged some 30,000 per year.

Marijuana arrests in Washington, DC have also plummeted in 2015. As of November 2, District police have made only seven arrests for marijuana violations – a reduction of more than 99 percent from the previous year.

Last November, over 70 percent of District voters passed I-71, a citywide ballot measure removing criminal and civil penalties regarding the adult possession of up to two ounces of cannabis and/or the cultivation of up to six plants.

Statewide arrests for marijuana-related offenses similarly fell in Colorado and Washington following the passage of retail regulation measures in 2012. In Colorado, the total number of charges filed in Colorado courts for marijuana possession, distribution, and cultivation fell from 38,878 in 2010 to 2,036 in 2014, a reduction of some 95 percent. In Washington, the percentage of marijuana-related convictions fell more than 80 percent between the years 2011 and 2014.


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Pittsburgh City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Marijuana Decriminalization Proposal

Pittsburgh City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Marijuana Decriminalization Proposal

PITTSBURGH, PA —  The Pittsburgh City Council will host a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to decriminalize marijuana possession in the city later this month.

The hearing, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 1:30 pm on Tuesday, December 15 in the Council Chambers, located on the 5th Floor of the City County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh.

The proposed ordinance was introduced by District 6 Councilman and Public Safety Chair Daniel Lavelle in November.  If passed, the proposal will allow police in the city the option to cite individuals found in possession of a small amount of marijuana, instead of arresting them and charging them with a criminal offense.

Local advocates at Pittsburgh NORML, who have been working with Councilman Lavelle to craft the proposal, say the ordinance would create a civil fine of $25 for possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of hashish.  The fine would increase to $100 if an individual is openly possessing marijuana, including smoking in public.

The proposal is modeled after a measure was successfully enacted last year in Philadelphia, where advocates from Philly NORML worked with then-councilman Jim Kenney — now the mayor-elect — to craft and pass the ordinance.

Instead of placing an offender under arrest, police would confiscate the offender’s marijuana and issue a civil violation, similar to a parking ticket, provided the offender is not engaged in any other criminal conduct.

Under Pennsylvania state law, possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

According to Pittsburgh NORML, about 1,000 people are charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in Pittsburgh each year. Almost all have the criminal charge reduced to a non-traffic summary citation at the first stage of criminal proceedings, says the organization.  Pittsburgh NORML’s executive director is a criminal defense attorney in the city.

Despite similar usage rates between races, blacks are much more likely to be arrested for minor marijuana possession offenses — at a rate of five to one compared to whites.

Last year, Philadelphia, the state’s largest city, passed a similar ordinance decriminalizing marijuana possession, which has resulted in an 80% reduction in custodial arrests for small amounts of marijuana.

With support from at least six of nine Pittsburgh city council members, the ordinance is expected to pass.

“We are very excited that Pittsburgh will follow in the footsteps of Philadelphia and others across the country and embrace cannabis reform,” says Patrick Nightingale, Executive Director of Pittsburgh NORML.  “Through the leadership of Public Safety Chair Daniel Lavelle and the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation Pittsburgh will no longer prioritize cannabis prosecution. Recreational and medicinal consumers in our great City can at least know that their police are not interested in arresting them and potentially ruining their lives over the possession of a simple, non-toxic plant.”

Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the state of Pennsylvania, behind only Philadelphia.  Combined, the two cities represent over ten percent of the state’s population.  Advocates hope state lawmakers in Harrisburg will take action to pass a similar measure statewide, but with conservative Republicans controlling both the House and Senate, such legislation is doubtful.

Nationally, Pittsburgh joins a growing trend of local cities enacting similar laws to reduce simple marijuana possession penalties, including Chicago, Detroit and Washington, DC.

The full text of the Pittsburgh proposal can be viewed here.


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Pittsburgh City Council to Consider Ordinance Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

Pittsburgh City Council to Consider Ordinance Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

PITTSBURGH, PA — On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Councilman and Public Safety Chair Daniel Lavelle is expected to introduce an ordinance that will allow police in the city the option to cite individuals found in possession of a small amount of marijuana, instead of arresting them and charging them with a criminal offense.

Local advocates at Pittsburgh NORML, who have been working with Councilman Lavelle to craft the proposal, say the ordinance would create a civil fine of $25 for possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of hashish.  The fine would increase to $100 if an individual is openly possessing marijuana, including smoking in public.

The proposal is modeled after a measure was successfully enacted last year in Philadelphia, where advocates from Philly NORML worked with then-councilman Jim Kenney — now the mayor-elect — to craft and pass the ordinance.

Instead of placing an offender under arrest, police would confiscate the offender’s marijuana and issue a civil violation, similar to a parking ticket, provided the offender is not engaged in any other criminal conduct.

 Under Pennsylvania state law, possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

According to Pittsburgh NORML, about 1,000 people are charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in Pittsburgh each year. Almost all have the criminal charge reduced to a non-traffic summary citation at the first stage of criminal proceedings, says the organization.  Pittsburgh NORML’s executive director is a criminal defense attorney in the city.

Despite similar usage rates between races, blacks are much more likely to be arrested for minor marijuana possession offenses — at a rate of five to one compared to whites.

Last year, Philadelphia became the largest city in the United States to pass a local ordinance decriminalizing marijuana possession, which has resulted in an 80% reduction in custodial arrests for small amounts of marijuana.

With support from at least six of nine Pittsburgh city council members, the ordinance is expected to pass.

“We are very excited that Pittsburgh will follow in the footsteps of Philadelphia and others across the country and embrace cannabis reform,” says Patrick Nightingale, Executive Director of Pittsburgh NORML.  “Through the leadership of Public Safety Chair Daniel Lavelle and the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation Pittsburgh will no longer prioritize cannabis prosecution. Recreational and medicinal consumers in our great City can at least know that their police are not interested in arresting them and potentially ruining their lives over the possession of a simple, non-toxic plant.”

Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the state of Pennsylvania, behind only to Philadelphia.  Combined, the two cities represent over ten percent of the state’s population.  Advocates hope state lawmakers in Harrisburg will take action to pass a similar measure statewide, but with conservative Republicans controlling both the House and Senate, such legislation is doubtful.

Nationally, Pittsburgh joins a growing trend of local cities enacting similar laws to reduce simple marijuana possession penalties, including Chicago, Detroit and Washington, DC.


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Nation’s Capital Sees Massive Reduction in Marijuana Arrests

Nation’s Capital Sees Massive Reduction in Marijuana Arrests

The number of annual arrests for marijuana in Washington DC dropped from 895 in 2014 to just 7 so far in 2015.

The results are in from Washington, D.C. one year after 70% of the voters chose to end cannabis prohibition: A nearly 100% reduction in marijuana-related arrests!

According to the Washington City Paper, the number of annual arrests for marijuana dropped from 895 in 2014 to 7 so far in 2015 (a 99.4% reduction in arrests; an even greater percentage drop in marijuana-related arrests occurred between 2013 and now, when there were 1,215 arrests).

This dramatic reduction in marijuana arrests is consistent with the prior experience in the other states where voters have cast off unpopular cannabis prohibition laws. Post prohibition, arrest rates for marijuana-related offenses in Colorado and Washington State dropped from nearly 12,ooo annually to <200.

Washington, D.C.’s huge reduction in arrest rates is a result of not legalized marijuana (where it is legal to cultivate and sell marijuana, and the government regulates and taxes the production and sale of marijuana products).

Instead, in the nation’s capital cannabis has been fully de-penalized where adults can cultivate a personal amount of marijuana and possess up to two ounces, but, there is no legal source to purchase marijuana and the government derives no taxes (however, Washington, D.C. does have medical marijuana laws, where approximately 8,000 registered medical patients who’re qualified can legally purchase marijuana products at up to four retail locations).


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Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill in US Senate to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill in US Senate to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Sen. Sanders was the first major party presidential candidate to express support for ending marijuana prohibition, and the bill he filed Wednesday is the first such proposal ever introduced in the U.S. Senate — ‘His actions today speak even louder than his words last month’

WASHINGTON, DC — Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) introduced a bill Wednesday that would repeal all federal penalties for possessing and growing marijuana, allowing states to establish their own marijuana laws.

The “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015” strikes all references to marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act, but retains penalties for transporting marijuana from states or jurisdictions where it is legal to those where it is not. It is the fourth marijuana policy reform bill to ever be introduced in the Senate, and it is the first that proposes ending marijuana prohibition at the federal level.

Earlier this year, Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced medical marijuana legislation, known as the CARERS Act. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a bill to address the tax status of marijuana businesses, and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a measure that would allow marijuana businesses to access banking services.

Last month, Sanders became the first-ever major-party presidential candidate to express support for legalizing and regulating marijuana for adult use.

“Sen. Sanders really grabbed the nation’s attention when he became the first major-party presidential candidate to speak out in support of ending marijuana prohibition,” said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. “His actions today speak even louder than his words last month. Hopefully, this legislation will get his colleagues in Congress talking about the need for comprehensive marijuana policy reform.

“The science is clear that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, and that should be reflected in our nation’s marijuana policy. Sen. Sanders is simply proposing that we treat marijuana similarly to how we treat alcohol at the federal level, leaving most of the details to the states. It is a commonsense proposal that is long overdue in the Senate,” Tvert added.

The bill is available online at http://www.mpp.org/sandersbill.


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Sen. Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition in US Sentate

Sen. Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition in US Sentate

Bill Would Remove Drug from Controlled Substances Act, Lets States Set Own Policies

WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic presidential candidate and independent Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) submitted a bill to the United States Senate on Wednesday that would end marijuana prohibition on the federal level and allow states to decide their own marijuana policies.

Marijuana is currently a Schedule I drug, meaning the federal government claims it has no medical or therapeutic uses, is extremely dangerous and addictive, and cannot be used safely, even in a clinical setting.  This is the first bill of its kind to propose removing mention of marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.

Under the proposal by Sanders, titled the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015, it would still be illegal to transport marijuana from a state where it is legal into another state where it is not.  States would be allowed to decide their own marijuana policies without federal interference.

More than 700,000 people were arrested for marijuana offenses in the U.S. last year, amounting to significant money, time, and human resources wasted damaging the lives of nonviolent offenders.

“Many legislators and citizens are still hesitant to move forward with marijuana legalization initiatives in their home states because of the federal ban, which may contradict state law, making both laws difficult to follow or enforce, and making banking transactions all but impossible.” said Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a criminal justice group working to legalize marijuana.

The introduction comes shortly after a Gallup poll showed 58% of Americans support marijuana legalization, regulation, and taxation, and after Senator Sanders’s announcement of his own support of legalization, the first major-party presidential candidate to do so.

Three other bills to reform marijuana policy have been introduced at the federal level this year. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the CARERS Act, a comprehensive medical marijuana legalization bill.  Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a bill to address the tax status of marijuana businesses, and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a measure that would allow state-legal marijuana businesses access to banking services.

Marijuana is legal for adults to possess and grow in Washington, D.C., and regulated in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon for adults 21 and older.


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Councilman Behind Philadelphia’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Elected Mayor in Landslide Victory

Councilman Behind Philadelphia’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Elected Mayor in Landslide Victory

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Last year, Philadelphia City Council member Jim Kenney successfully pushed through a bill to decriminalize marijuana in the nation’s fifth largest city.  On Tuesday, Kenney was elected to become the city’s next mayor in a landslide victory, capturing 84% of the popular vote.

Kenney served on the Philadelphia City Council for 23 years before resigning to peruse the Democratic nomination to replace term-limited Mayor Michael Nutter.

In Tuesday’s general election, Kenny was opposed by Republican Melissa Murray Bailey, who received less than 18,000 votes. Kenney received over 101,000 votes.

In addition to decriminalizing marijuana, , Kenney supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, ending stop-and-frisk policies in the city’s police department, expanding LGBT rights, and restoring funding to the city’s cash-strapped public schools.

As a city councilman, Kenney successfully pushed through a bill last year that reduced the penalty possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana in the city to a $25 fine, eliminating what was at the time a mandatory custodial arrest for the offense.

Officers can still use discretion to place an offender under arrest under Pennsylvania state law if they feel the situation warrants it, however, and as mayor Kenney is expected to push for reducing fines and enforcement even further.

Kenney worked closely with PhillyNORML, the city’s affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, to write and pass the ordinance.


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2015 Election Results: Ohio’s Issue 3 Fails; Marijuana Wins at Local Levels

2015 Election Results: Ohio’s Issue 3 Fails; Marijuana Wins at Local Levels

Voters decided on several important marijuana measures on the state and local level on Tuesday. Here are the results:

Issue 3, ResponsibleOhio failed to pass

Most notably was the controversial ResponsibleOhio measure that sought to permit the limited commercial production, retail sale, and personal use of cannabis for those 21 years or older in the state. The measure would have initially established 10 state-licensed commercial growing sites, allowed for 1,000 retail dispensaries, five regional testing facilities and also a non-profit medical marijuana dispensary system to provide access to those patients with a recommendation from a physician.

This proposal received a significant amount of backlash from Ohio residents who believed awarding the 10 growing licenses to private investors, who fronted the costs of the campaign, was overly restrictive in nature.

NORML Deputy Director, Paul Armentano said:

We are disappointed though not entirely surprised by the outcome of this vote. While it remains clear that a majority of Ohioans support ending criminal marijuana prohibition for adults, and patients in particular, the majority of the debate surrounding Issue 3 focused on provisions regarding the limited number of entities who would financially profit from this proposed market model. 

It has been clear for some time now that Americans want legal marijuana; it is also abundantly clear that most voters want the free market, not an artificially restricted one dictated by special interests, to govern this emerging marketplace. It is our hope that Ohio lawmakers will listen to the will of the people in Ohio and work toward crafting sensible legislation to regulate the adult use, production, and sale of marijuana in a manner that comports with the free-market values of Ohioans.”

Nonetheless, voter sentiment remains in favor of legalizing marijuana. Next November, voters are expected to decide on ballot measures regulating marijuana in a number of states including California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Arizona. These measures will not contain the restrictive provisions similar to those proposed in Ohio.

Two more Michigan cities remove criminal penalties for marijuana

At the local level, residents in Keego Harbor and Portage, Michigan were also faced with a ballot decision Tuesday on whether or not to remove the criminal penalties associated with the possession, use, transfer and transportation of small amounts of marijuana. At this time, it has been confirmed that Keego Harbor has approved their ballot measure. Portage voters also narrowly approved their measure. Results of the vote for a similar depenalization measure in Logan, Ohio are not yet publicly available. 

New Kentucky Governor supports legalizing medical marijuana

The results of two candidate races boded well tonight for marijuana law reform. In Kentucky, Republican candidate for Governor, Matt Bevin defeated Attorney General of Kentucky, Jack Conway. The Kentucky Governor in waiting has made supportive statements in the past for legalizing medical marijuana, while his opponent called marijuana a dangerous gateway to addiction.

Councilman who championed marijuana decriminalization elected mayor of Philadelphia

Additionally, former city councilmen Jim Kenney won the race to become Philadelphia’s next mayor. Kenney championed the city’s now successfully implemented marijuana decriminalization measure and has expressed interest in reducing fines and enforcement even further. 


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