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LA Release May 19, 2016

Louisiana Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards approved a medical marijuana bill that brings the state one step closer to creating a workable medical marijuana law.

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House May 19, 2016

U.S. House Approves Spending Amendment Easing Medical Marijuana Access for Veterans

The U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill that is intended to ease access to medical marijuana for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, serious injuries, and other debilitating conditions.

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IL May 18, 2016

Illinois House Approves Bill to Remove Criminal Penalties for Marijuana Possession

The Illinois House approved a bill 64-50 that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana.

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LA Release May 11, 2016

Louisiana House Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

The Louisiana House of Representatives approved a bill (62-31) that would make the state the 25th in the nation — and the first in the South — to adopt a workable medical marijuana law.

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"The plain and simple truth is that alcohol fuels violent behavior and marijuana does not ... alcohol contributes to literally millions of acts of violence in the United States each year. It is a major contributing factor to crimes like domestic violence, sexual assault, and homicide. Marijuana use, on the other hand, is absent in that regard from both crime reports and the scientific literature. There is simply no causal link to be found."
Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, from the foreword to Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?, 2009