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Washington: World’s Largest Annual Cannabis Event Moves On-Line Due to Viral Pandemic

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Seattle Hempfest Online Event

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., PST

In pre-Covid years, the world’s largest “protestival” featured 100,000 attendees rejoicing on the Seattle waterfront at Elliott Bay, enjoying music from multiple stages and a huge circus tent with panel discussions for all three summer days. But on this 29th year of Seattle Hempfest the event is adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic and presenting its political and educational information in a safe, globally accessible format.

On Seattle Hempfest's usual weekend, Sunday Aug 16, the organization is presenting a four-hour internet “reveal” event to present and discuss its scheduled Oct. 10 and Oct. 11 Global Online Hempfest Extravaganja.

ACLU, NAACP And Other Groups Push Congress To Pass Marijuana Legalization Bill By Next Month

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A coalition of major drug policy and civil rights organization is urging congressional leadership to hold a House floor vote on a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill by the end of next month.

In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), more than 120 groups—including the American Civil Liberties Union, NAACP, Human Rights Watch, Drug Policy Alliance and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—said it’s imperative to hold the vote on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act.

Third Party Presidential Candidates Push For Marijuana Legalization And Drug Decriminalization

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The presidential nominees for the Libertarian and Green Parties both support bolder drug policy proposals, including marijuana legalization, than presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden or President Trump.

Libertarian pick Jo Jorgensen and Green nominee Howie Hawkins recently discussed their views on the issue and backed legalizing cannabis for adult use and more broadly ending the criminalization of other currently illicit substances.

Montana: Legalization Initiative Proponents Announce That They Have Qualified for 2020 Ballot

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In a July 20 e-mail update, proponents New Approach Montana posted: “The campaign to legalize marijuana ... has cleared the signature hurdles to see its two initiatives on the ballot in Montana’s general election.”

The post Montana: Legalization Initiative Proponents Announce That They Have Qualified for 2020 Ballot appeared first on NORML.

[NORML Blog]

Congress Will Legalize Marijuana in 2021 Despite Biden Opposition, Democratic Senator Says

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A Democratic U.S. senator says that if his party reclaims the Senate and White House in November, lawmakers will “move very quickly” to legalize marijuana regardless of where presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden stands on the issue.

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