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NIDArelease Jul 10, 2019

Major Congressional Subcommittee Holds Historic Hearing to Discuss Ending Cannabis Prohibition


The U.S. House Judiciary Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee held a hearing to discuss various legislative proposals to allow states to set their own cannabis policies without fear of federal interference.

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NIDArelease Jun 25, 2019

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Signs Bill Legalizing Cannabis With a Focus on Fairness and Justice


Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act (CRTA) into law, making Illinois the 11th state to legalize cannabis. Illinois will become the second state to legalize cannabis possession via the legislative process and the first to legalize retail sales legislatively.

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NIDArelease Jun 20, 2019

U.S. House Votes to Block DOJ from Interfering With State Laws Regulating Marijuana for All Purposes, Including Adult Use


The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure 267-165 that is intended to prevent the federal government from interfering with state laws regulating marijuana for all purposes, including adult use.

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NIDArelease May 31, 2019

Illinois Legislature Passes Historic Bill to Legalize and Regulate Cannabis


A bill that would legalize and regulate cannabis for adults in Illinois — The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA) — has received final approval from state legislators and is now headed to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is expected to sign it.

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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