The states of the old confederacy are some conservative places, but even there small steps in the direction of re-legal cannabis are being taken. Attend:
On the criminal front: Legislation signed into law reduces marijuana possession penalties for repeat offenders. House Bill 1478 amends third-time marijuana possession offenses from a Class E felony, punishable by up to six years in prison, to a misdemeanor offense, punishable by no more than one year in jail.
The new sentencing penalties take effect on July 1, 2016.
Original post is HERE.
Industrial Hemp: Legislation, HB 2032, permitting the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp has become law. The measure permits for the licensed cultivation of industrial hemp when “grown by an institution of higher education in this state that offers a baccalaureate or post-graduate level program of study in agricultural sciences.”
Over 20 states have enacted similar legislation, which is compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 federal farm bill. The law also establishes a process for licensure for persons who wish to process or distribute industrial hemp within the state. The law took effect on April 27, 2016.
Small steps, perhaps, but steps moving in the right direction. Nothing at all wrong with this. Remember that the lawmakers making these changes have never in their lifetime heard anyone in authority say a word of truth about the cannabis plant. Most people are sadly ignorant of history and think cannabis has always been illegal. You know the truth, don’t you?
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