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State of the Leaf: Congressman Urges Trump to Respect State Cannabis

State of the Leaf is Leafly’s weekly roundup of legalization news from around the nation and the world.

Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Bill to Block Local Decriminalization

The Legislature has passed a bill that would bar cities in Tennessee from decriminalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis.

Hold the Applause: Israel’s Decrim Law Ain’t All That

It's a half-step that has Israeli advocates less than thrilled.

Houston is Getting a New Cannabis Decriminalization Policy

A new push to focus law enforcement resources on more dangerous crimes could pave the way for decriminalizing cannabis in Texas.

New York Governor Wants to Fix Cannabis Possession Loophole

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his commitment this week to ending the so-called public view loophole in the state’s cannabis laws.

Fines for Cannabis in Illinois to Vary Widely Across the State

What's the fine for getting caught with cannabis? It depends on where you are.

Vermont Governor Weighs Pardons for Small Amounts of Cannabis

Outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin, who supported legalization this year, invited residents convicted of possessing small amounts of cannabis to apply for pardons.

Central European Legalization Efforts Gaining Political Support

Both the Czech Republic and the German city of Berlin could see the arrival of legal cannabis next year if efforts supported by political parties there gain traction.

Despite Obstacles, Italian Cannabis Supporters Optimistic on Legalization

Italian lawmakers are considering whether to ease restrictions on cannabis and greenlight cannabis social clubs.

Dude in a Cannabis Leaf Costume Prances Through Philly

Artist-Activist Nikki Allen Poe is at it again. This time he's celebrating the two-year anniversary of decriminalization in Philadelphia by...well, watch the video.

Major Rights Groups: Decriminalize Use of All Illicit Drugs

Human Rights Watch and the ACLU jointly issued the call in a detailed report contending that enforcement of drug laws has unjustifiably ruined lives.

Memphis Council Reduces Local Penalties for Marijuana Possession

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday narrowly approved an ordinance that will allow police to reduce the penalty for people who possess small amounts of cannabis.

State of the Leaf: Colorado Lawmakers Warm to Cannabis for PTSD

Michigan moves to tax medical cannabis, Ohio lawyers get OK to advise MMJ clients, and Australia's new national cannabis farm is itty-bitty.

Nashville Decriminalized Cannabis. But Should It Have?

The Nashville Council will vote to decriminalize cannabis, but there's more to the ordinance than meets the eye.

Delaware Cannabis Bill Prompts Calls for Full Legalization

The passage of a bill that could spare some misdemeanor drug offenders from convictions has prompted a conservative Republican senator and gubernatorial candidate to call for the formal legalization of marijuana in Delaware.

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