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August, 2019

ABA Passes Resolution Calling Upon Congress to Reform Federal Marijuana Policy

Aug. 19, 2019—I am pleased to report that the American Bar Association (ABA) just adopted a resolution urging Congress to reform federal marijuana laws. The resolution declares: RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges Congress to enact legislation to exempt from the Controlled Substances Act any production, distribution, possession, or 3 use of marijuana carried out in...

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Nebraska Attorney General Gives the State Some Bad Legal Advice Concerning Marijuana Legalization

Aug. 4, 2019—On August 1, Nebraska Attorney General Douglas Peterson gave the state some bad legal advice concerning proposed medical marijuana legislation (the Medical Cannabis Act). In response to a request from a state senator, he concluded that the MCA would be preempted by the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and thus null and void. The AG’s full...

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What Does New York’s Latest Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Accomplish?

Aug. 2, 2019—As reported in various outlets, e.g., The Hill  and the New York Times, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday that decriminalizes some low-level marijuana offenses and expunges (or seals) records of prior (and future) convictions for such offenses. The full legislation can be found at the NY Assembly website here.  The linked...

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