Our voices have been heard, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the first stand-alone marijuana reform legislation! H.R. 1595, the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, protects cannabis consumers, employees, and small businesses by allowing access to banking for state-legal entities. We’re celebrating, and we’re gearing up for tomorrow when we’ll keep pushing onward toward full federal legalization of cannabis
Eighty-two years ago today, the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act effectively banned the sale and use of cannabis in the United States. The support garnered to pass this act was propelled by racist fearmongering. While the Marihuana Tax Act was overturned in 1969 through a ruling in the Supreme Court case Leary v. United States, marijuana prohibition was rolled up into
Historic legislation centers justice in cannabis reformToday, Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced groundbreaking companion legislation in the United States House of Representatives and Senate to address the state-federal conflict in marijuana laws by removing marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act and establishing cannabis as a legal product which may be regulated by the states.
Our federal leaders are getting closer than ever to ending marijuana prohibition. In every legislative session, the status quo shifts, and more legislators are realizing that to be on the right side of history- and to keep their jobs- they must support marijuana policy reform. We made another step forward this week as our House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism
2019 is nearly here, and there’s still time to make a gift to Students for Sensible Drug Policy before our match deadline tonight. We know you’re receiving lots of messages from deserving non-profits right now, but I’d like to take a moment to tell you why SSDP is uniquely important and share some of our plans for the new year.
The following remarks were given by Elena Yaneva of SSDP Osterreich during the International Narcotic Control Board (INCB) civil society hearing on “the use of cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes”. The hearing took place on May 7th, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. I can’t hide the excitement triggered by the opportunity to discuss one of the topics I am most
Written by Arturo Lua Castillo, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern. Although marijuana legalization in Mexico lacks appeal amongst much of the public and is still a subject of stigma and misinformation, the country has recently taken crucial steps towards legalization. A Different Process In the United States, marijuana policy reform has primarily taken shape through state-wide ballot initiatives which have resulted
Written by Illinois State Policy Intern Amy Hildebrand I’ll start with two facts of cannabis legalization that should, by now, be well known, but nonetheless are important in anchoring the discussion. The war on drugs as a whole and cannabis policing specifically have disproportionately impacted communities of color. (See: Race and the Drug War) The contemporary legal cannabis market is
Earlier today, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the set of memos that cannabis reformers have counted on to protect the will of the voters in 29 states where cannabis has been legalized for medical or adult use. Sessions has spent his career demonizing marijuana and the people who use it. Now he wields the power of the Department of
It’s time to retire. One day before the 80th anniversary of federal cannabis prohibition, Senator Corey Booker introduced groundbreaking legislation to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act. This bill is not the first to propose doing so — but it is the first to do so with the explicit intent of targeting the racist origins and continued racist