New Illinois Law Expands Medical Marijuana Program Despite Federal Prohibition

New Illinois Law Expands Medical Marijuana Program Despite Federal Prohibition By Michael Maharrey Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed two bills into law that expand the state’s medical-marijuana program despite federal prohibition. A coalition of six Democrats sponsored Senate Bill 455 (SB455). The legislation amends a 2018 law known as “Ashley’s Law” authorizing schools to allow guardians or other caregivers to administer cannabis-infused products students authorized to use medical marijuana. SB455 expands the law by requiring schools to allow school nurses or administrators to administer medical marijuana. Students will also…

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Delaware Bill Expands Marijuana Decriminalization Despite Federal Prohibition

Delaware Bill Expands Marijuana Decriminalization Despite Federal Prohibition By Michael Maharrey DOVER, Del. (Aug 8, 2019) – Last week, Delaware Governor John Carney signed a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession by minors in the state despite federal prohibition. Sen. Trey Paradee (D-Dover), sponsored Senate Bill 45 (SB45) along with 16 fellow Democrats. Delaware decriminalized the possession or consumption of a “personal-use quantity” of marijuana for adults 21 or over in 2015, making it a civil violation subject to a fine. But under that law, possession of a personal-use quantity of…

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California Committee Approves Measure to Create Banking Alternative for Cannabis Industry, Bypass Federal Reserve

California Committee Approves Measure to Create Banking Alternative for Cannabis Industry, Bypass Federal Reserve By Michael Maharrey Last week, a second California Assembly committee unanimously passed a bill that would establish limited state-chartered banks to serve the cannabis industry. Final passage of this legislation would remove a major federal roadblock in front of the developing industry in the state and further nullify federal prohibition in practice. Sen. Bob Hertzberg, (D-Van Nuys), along with a bipartisan coalition of eight cosponsors, filed Senate Bill 51 (SB51) on Dec. 4.  The legislation would create a…

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Signed as Law: Kansas Removes Barrier to the Use of Gold and Silver as Money

Signed as Law: Kansas Removes Barrier to the Use of Gold and Silver as Money By Michael Maharrey TOPEKA, Kan. (May 22, 2019) – Last week, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill exempting gold and silver bullion, and other precious metals, from the state sales tax. Passage of this legislation eliminates one barrier to using gold and silver in everyday transactions, a foundational step for people to undermine the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money. Rep. Jim Kelly (R-Independence) introduced House Bill 2140 (HB2140) on Feb. 5. The new law exempts…

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Signed as Law: Utah Bans Warrantless Access to Information in the Cloud

Signed as Law: Utah Bans Warrantless Access to Information in the Cloud By Michael Maharrey Last week, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill into law that requires police to get a warrant before accessing data stored in the “cloud.” The new law will not only increase privacy protections in Utah; it will also hinder the federal surveillance state. Rep. Craig Hall (R-West Valley City) sponsored House Bill 57 (HB57). The new law prohibits law enforcement agencies from accessing electronic information or data transmitted to a “remote computing service” without a warrant…

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Oregon Bill Would Create Banking Alternative for Cannabis Industry, Bypass Federal Reserve

Oregon Bill Would Create Banking Alternative for Cannabis Industry, Bypass Federal Reserve By Michael Maharrey A bill filed in the Oregon House would establish limited state-chartered banks to serve the cannabis industry. Final passage of this legislation would remove a major federal roadblock in front of the developing industry in the state and further nullify federal prohibition in practice. Rep. Pam Marsh (D) and Rep. Ken Helm (D) introduced House Bill 3169 (HB3169) on Feb. 28. The legislation would create a self-contained, state chartered banking system for the cannabis industry in Oregon.…

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Signed by the Governor: Oklahoma Law Prohibits Denial of Firearms Ownership Based on Medical Marijuana Use

Signed by the Governor: Oklahoma Law Prohibits Denial of Firearms Ownership Based on Medical Marijuana Use By Michael Maharrey Last Thursday, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law that formalizes and expands the state’s medical marijuana program, further nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect. Last summer, Oklahoma voters approved a measure legalizing medical marijuana in the state. A coalition of three Republicans introduced House Bill 2612 (HB2612) on Feb. 4 to create a regulatory structure and establish important patient protections for the state medicinal cannabis program. The Oklahoma House…

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New Mexico Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance

New Mexico Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance By Michael Maharrey On Jan. 24th, 2019, the New Mexico Senate unanimously passed a bill that would limit the warrantless use of stingray devices to track people’s location and sweep up electronic communications, and more broadly protect the privacy of electronic data. The proposed law would also hinder the federal surveillance state. Sen. Peter Wirth (D) filed Senate Bill 199 (SB199) on Jan. 8. Titled the “Electronic Communications Privacy Act,” the legislation would help block the use…

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Coalition Demands Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Stop Giving Facial Recognition Tech to Government Agencies

Coalition Demands Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Stop Giving Facial Recognition Tech to Government Agencies By Michael Maharrey The Tenth Amendment Center has joined more than 85 other organizations demanding Microsoft, Google and Amazon stop providing facial recognition surveillance technology to government agencies. The TAC signed on to separate letters to all three companies. MicrosoftAmazonGoogle The coalition makes it clear to each company a decision to provide face surveillance technology to the government threatens basic liberties and will also undermine public trust in its business. “We are at a crossroads with face…

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After Years Of Refusal, Utah Will Now Implement The REAL ID Act

After Years Of Refusal, Utah Will Now Implement The REAL ID Act By Michael Maharrey SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Jan. 3, 2018) – After nearly eight years of refusing to implement the REAL ID Act of 2005, Utah has flip-flopped and will now participate in the unconstitutional national ID program. In 2010, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill into law prohibiting the state from implementing or participating in the Real ID Act. At the time, the legislature found that the enactment of the Real ID Act: (a) is inimical to…

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