The penalty for the possession of a small amount of marijuana in the District of Columbia may soon be the same as a parking ticket. Over the past two days the DC council held hearings on a bill that would decriminalize marijuana in the district.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 8, 2013 6:40 pm|
Vermont took another important step towards decriminalizing marijuana. The Vermont Senate overwhelmingly gave final approval to H. 200 in a voice vote. The bill was previously approved by the House but it was amended by the Senate so it will need to return to the House for another vote.
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 1, 2013 3:36 pm|
Rhode Island has become the 16th state where possession of a small amount of marijuana has either been decriminalized or legalized.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 19, 2013 1:05 pm|
The Maryland Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that would reduce the penalties for marijuana possession. In a 30-16 vote, the Senate adopted SB 297, which would reduce the penalties for use or possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday August 15, 2012 1:10 pm|
In addition to several state ballot initiatives on marijuana, November will also feature several big marijuana reform initiatives that will be decided at the local level. The latest one to make a local ballot is an initiative in Grand Rapids Michigan to decriminalize small possession of cannabis.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 26, 2012 4:15 pm|
I find this article in the Boston Herald a very interesting reflection of how quickly the politics of marijuana have changed in just the past few years. The back story is that in 2008 Question 2, a ballot initiative to decriminalize marijuana possession, made it on the ballot in Massachusetts. The measure was actively opposed by many district attorneys, the Attorney General and the Governor. Despite the opposition from top politicians in the state it ended up passing with an incredible 65.2 percent yes vote, garnering even more votes that President Obama.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 19, 2012 10:47 am|
The Central American country of Belize is seriously looking into decriminalizing marijuana. A special committee has been created to look into reducing the penalty for minor possession to a small fine without incarceration. Currently the country has some of the tougher anti-marijuana laws in the region.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 27, 2012 2:46 pm|
The Chicago City Council today voted by an overwhelming margin of 43-3 in favor of a new ordinance to reduce the penalty for simple marijuana possession. The ordinance makes it possible for police to issue only a citation punishable with a simple fine and/or community service. The policy change is expected to go into effect in the very near future.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 20, 2012 9:40 am|
A legislative effort to reduce marijuana arrests by decriminalizing possession that is in “public view” appears to have failed in New York. The bill had passed the Democratic controlled State Assembly after being recently endorsed by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), but it failed to get a vote in the Republican controlled State Senate.
|By: Jon Walker Monday June 18, 2012 11:05 am|
Recently President Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel each did the right thing on different issues. They adopted two policies that I support, because I believe they are better for society and advance progressive goals.