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The global state of cannabis legality

Planet WatchThere has been significant progress toward cannabis legalization in the United States and globally over the past years, but pockets persist of the most repressive and reactionary prohibition. What are the prospects for expanding cannabis freedom in the coming year?

Will Italy’s new government embrace cannabis legalization?

Posted on September 18th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

ItalyWith the fall of Italy’s far-right government, advocates are hoping the path may be cleared now for the country to become Europe's first to formally legalize cannabis. Meanwhile, thanks to a loophole in the law, low-THC varieties are sold openly in shops across the country. And Italy’s internal THC limit is actually slightly higher than the ultra-cautious European Union standard.

After 'quasi-decrim,' North Dakota activists launch new legalization bid

Posted on July 21st, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

North DakotaActivists in North Dakota are heartened by the state's recent reduction of cannabis penalties, but insist that (contrary to media reports) it is not true decriminalization. And they are gearing up a new effort to get a legalization initiative approved in next year's elections.

New York state legalization bill dies, but decrim is expanded

Posted on June 21st, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

New YorkA long hoped-for cannabis legalization bill died in the New York state assembly, but reform advocates got a consolation prize as lawmakers agreed to widen decriminalization and expunge thousands of low-level marijuana convictions.

Mexico rejects US drug war aid, proposes binational decrim

Posted on May 20th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , .

MexicoMexico's new populist president announced that he is dropping out of the regional US-led drug enforcement pact, and will be turning down the aid package offered through the program. Instead, he is proposing a dialogue with Washington on across-the-board drug decriminalization in both nations. And Mexican lawmakers say they will pass a cannabis legalization bill by the end of the year.

Marijuana Freedom & Opportunity Act to be reintroduced in Congress

Posted on May 16th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

capitolSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that he will reintroduce his bill to remove cannabis from the federal list of controlled substances—allowing states to set their own laws to regulate the plant without the shadow of Washington interference.

New Mexico decriminalizes cannabis, liberalizes medical program

Posted on April 8th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

New MexicoNew Mexico's governor signed into law a cannabis decriminalization measure, as well as another bill that opens social space for medical marijuana users. Advocates anticipate a growing market and industry in the state. A full legalization measure, however, died in the state senate.

Hawaii legalization measure fails; medical program liberalizes

Posted on March 6th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

Hawaii A measure to legalize cannabis in the Aloha State died in the legislature. But Hawaii's long-delayed medical marijuana program is finally taking off—and has now been opened to non-residents.

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