Decriminalization of non-medical cannabis in the United States

decriminalization of marijuanaDecriminalization of marijuana in the United Statesmarijuana legalizationDecriminalization of non-medical marijuana in the United Stateslegalizationlegalization of marijuanadecriminalizationmarijuana decriminalizationcannabis legalizationdecriminalized
In the United States, the non-medical use of cannabis is decriminalized in 15 states (plus the U.S. Virgin Islands), and legalized in another 11 states (plus Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia), as of June 2019.wikipedia
281 Related Articles

Decriminalization

decriminalisationdecriminalizedecriminalized
Decriminalization refers to a policy of reduced penalties for cannabis offenses, typically involving a civil penalty for possession of small amounts (similar to how a minor traffic violation is treated), instead of criminal prosecution or the threat of arrest.

Legal history of cannabis in the United States

Legal history of marijuana in the United Stateslegalization of marijuanaLegal history of cannabis in thCARERS
The NAACP has been strong supporters of the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act – H.R. 1523 and has reached out to members of congress to get this act passed.
By 2016 a majority of states had legalized medical cannabis, and in 2012 the first states legalized recreational use.

California Proposition 19 (1972)

Proposition 1919
Proposition 19 – the California Marijuana Initiative – ultimately failed with 33% of the vote.

Drug Policy Alliance

Drug Policy FoundationDPA
In 1985, part of NORML was split off to found the Drug Policy Foundation, which was then merged with the Lindesmith Center to become the Drug Policy Alliance in 2000. These groups include Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, The Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project, NORML, Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis, and Americans for Safe Access.

Marijuana Policy Project

MPP
Members of NORML further split off in 1995 to found the Marijuana Policy Project. These groups include Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, The Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project, NORML, Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis, and Americans for Safe Access.

Earl Blumenauer

Blumenauer, EarlEarl BlumenaurBlumenauer
The amendment, introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer and attached to the CJS appropriations bill for fiscal year 2020, passed by a 267 to 165 vote.
He is also known as one of the most fervent advocates for the legalization of marijuana, co-founding the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

Timeline of cannabis laws in the United States

Timeline of cannabis legalization in the United Stateslegalization of the possession and sale of marijuana in several U.S. states in 2014
In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize cannabis for recreational use.

Colorado Amendment 64

Amendment 64Colorado64th state amendment
In 2012, success was finally achieved for legalization advocates in the states of Washington and Colorado, when voters approved Initiative 502 and Amendment 64.

Legality of cannabis by U.S. jurisdiction

legalization of marijuanalegalizing recreational marijuanacannabis
The recreational use of cannabis is legalized in 11 states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington), the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.

Washington Initiative 502

Initiative 502I-502Washington
In 2012, success was finally achieved for legalization advocates in the states of Washington and Colorado, when voters approved Initiative 502 and Amendment 64.

Mendocino County, California

Mendocino CountyMendocinoMendocino Counties
On June 5, 2007, Mendocino County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to send a letter in support of the legalization, regulation, and taxation of cannabis to state and federal legislators, and the President of United States.
In 2000, Mendocino County voters approved Measure G, which calls for the decriminalization of marijuana when used and cultivated for personal use.

Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis

These groups include Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, The Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project, NORML, Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis, and Americans for Safe Access.

National Cannabis Industry Association

In a Huffington Post interview, Mark Kleiman, the "Pot Czar" of Washington State, said he was concerned that the National Cannabis Industry Association would favor profits over public health.

United States

AmericanU.S.USA
In the United States, the non-medical use of cannabis is decriminalized in 15 states (plus the U.S. Virgin Islands), and legalized in another 11 states (plus Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia), as of June 2019.

Recreational drug use

recreational drugdrug userecreational drugs
In the United States, the non-medical use of cannabis is decriminalized in 15 states (plus the U.S. Virgin Islands), and legalized in another 11 states (plus Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia), as of June 2019.

Cannabis (drug)

marijuanacannabispot
In the United States, the non-medical use of cannabis is decriminalized in 15 states (plus the U.S. Virgin Islands), and legalized in another 11 states (plus Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia), as of June 2019.

United States Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin IslandsUS Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands
In the United States, the non-medical use of cannabis is decriminalized in 15 states (plus the U.S. Virgin Islands), and legalized in another 11 states (plus Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia), as of June 2019.

Guam

Territory of GuamGUGuamanian
In the United States, the non-medical use of cannabis is decriminalized in 15 states (plus the U.S. Virgin Islands), and legalized in another 11 states (plus Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia), as of June 2019.

Northern Mariana Islands

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern MarianasNorthern Marianas Islands
In the United States, the non-medical use of cannabis is decriminalized in 15 states (plus the U.S. Virgin Islands), and legalized in another 11 states (plus Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia), as of June 2019.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, DCWashington D.C.District of Columbia
In the United States, the non-medical use of cannabis is decriminalized in 15 states (plus the U.S. Virgin Islands), and legalized in another 11 states (plus Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia), as of June 2019.

Civil penalty

civil penaltiescivil fineadministrative penalties
Decriminalization refers to a policy of reduced penalties for cannabis offenses, typically involving a civil penalty for possession of small amounts (similar to how a minor traffic violation is treated), instead of criminal prosecution or the threat of arrest.

Oregon

ORState of OregonOregon, USA
The movement to decriminalize cannabis in the U.S. emerged during the 1970s, when a total of 11 states decriminalized (beginning with Oregon in 1973).