Tag: decriminalization

19
Feb

Chicago Harm Reductionists and Stakeholders Survey their Mayoral Candidates

The city of Chicago is preparing to elect their next mayor, and local stakeholders wanted to know their candidate’s thoughts on several key drug policy-related issues impacting the city. In order to do so, members of the Drug Users Health Collective of Chicago and the Chicago Drug Users Union drafted a survey of seven questions and received sign-on support from

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28
Jan

Lobbying for Decriminalization in Virginia

Written by George Washington University SSDP chapter member Aria Mildice The Virginia Lobby Day with NORML this past Friday, January 16th, was my first time lobbying. Virginia NORML organized this lobby day with Senators and Delegates from the Virginia General Assembly to lobby for S.B. 686, which would decriminalize marijuana possession throughout the state. S.B. 686 was introduced in the

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31
Oct

Prop 47: A Step In The Right Direction

Written by Kevin Akpan, SSDP Stories Intern, and Greg Gaffney-Bills, Policy and Legislative Affairs Director at George Washington University In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. Possession of everything from marijuana and psychedelics to heroin and cocaine now results in mandatory drug education, counseling, and rehabilitation, instead of incarceration. Oddly enough, the sky didn’t fall and the world kept spinning. However, the prohibitionists were right about one

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21
Oct

Maryland's Journey Towards Sensible Drug Policy

Written by Greg Gaffney-Bills of George Washington University SSDP The Washington Post’s article, “Bit of pot won’t land you in Maryland jail,” illustrated the beginning of Maryland’s journey towards sensible drug policy on October 1st. By decriminalizing marijuana, Maryland citizens and lawmakers are proving a level of commitment to the idea that drug use is a public health issue, not a criminal

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5
Mar

Marijuana Decriminalized in DC; some issues unresolved, but a huge victory

On March 4th, 2014, the Washington D.C city council officially passed a bill that decriminalizes marijuana possession in the district. The bill now goes to DC Mayor Vincent Gray for final approval. Gray has previously expressed interest in loosening marijuana laws and is expected to sign it. Once that happens, Congress has 60 days to disallow it before it becomes

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3
Mar

Marijuana Reform in the European Union

The momentum of marijuana reform in the US continues to grow, with efforts for medical marijuana, decriminalization, and even legalization accelerating in states around the country. On the opposite side of the Atlantic, the movement also seems to be gaining steam. As Reason reported on Monday, supporters have just last week begun gathering signatures to propose a citizen’s initiative to

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20
Feb

Daniel Hannan Embodies Growing UK Sentiment on Drug Policy

This post originally appeared at The Libertarian. Daniel Hannan, British Member of the European Parliament for the Conservative Party, has suggested that Great Britain should consider legalizing drugs. Hannan had described himself in 2007 as “liberal” on drugs policy, but stated at that point that “There is no appetite in Britain to move towards a decriminalisation of narcotics, and that

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21
Jan

New Hampshire on Marijuana: Catching Up with New England?

This piece was originally published at http://the-libertarian.co.uk. The New Hampshire House of Representatives has narrowly passed a bill that would legalize marijuana in the state. If signed into law, this would put the “Live Free or Die” state ahead of the rest of New England on marijuana reform. Currently, New Hampshire is the only state in New England without a

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7
Oct

Switzerland Decriminalizes Cannabis

This article originally published on http://the-libertarian.co.uk/ As of this month, marijuana is now decriminalized in all of Switzerland. The new measure was passed last year and went into effect on the first of this month. Anyone caught with 10 grams or less of the substance will now be free of any threat of criminal penalties, and will only be required to pay

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27
Jun

Chicago City Council Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation

Earlier today, the Chicago City Council voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana for personal possession. The one sided final vote was 43-3, which will allow Chicago Police the ability to write possession citations as early as this July. Citations will be written with police discretion ranging from $250 to $500, for the personal possession of 15 grams of marijuana

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