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Illinois Senate passes marijuana decriminalization bill but plans changes

Source : http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-illinois-marijuana-decriminalization-met-0522-20150521-story.html The Illinois legislature joined the movement to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot, passing a measure Thursday that would bar arrest for the offense. Carrying small amounts of marijuana would result in a fine instead of an arrest under a measure approved Thursday by the Illinois ...

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Texas House panel approves full legalization of marijuana

Source : http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Texas-House-committee-approves-full-legalization-6247225.php In a surprise move that supporters hailed as a historic victory, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would make it legal to buy and sell marijuana in the state. Two Republicans joined with the panel’s three Democrats in support, giving House Bill 2165 ...

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Ecuador May Decriminalize All Illegal Drug Use

Source : http://www.thefix.com/content/ecuador-considers-decriminalizing-all-illegal-drug-use Ecuador aims to end its war on drugs by providing treatment and rehabilitation options. Ecuador is reviewing a new piece of legislation that, if passed, would decriminalize the use of all illegal drugs. The bill, authored by Carlos Velasco, who chairs the Ecuadorian congress’ Commission of the ...

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Congressional Hearing Examines Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Source : http://www.thefix.com/content/congressional-hearing-examines-opioid-abuse-epidemic A congressional subcommittee hopes to develop bipartisan national policies for opioid abuse treatment. Given the ongoing problems across the country with both prescription painkillers and heroin, congressional hearings are being held to investigate the national opioid abuse epidemic. On April 23, Rep. Tim Murphy (PA-18) gave the ...

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The Drug Policies of 2016’s Presidential Candidates

Source : http://www.thefix.com/content/drug-policies-2016s-presidential-candidates Three Republicans, one Democrat and what to look forward to in drug policy debates. With the 2016 presidential campaign season underway, four serious candidates have thrown their hats in the ring. On the Republican side, there’s Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Sen. Ted ...

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