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Chronicle AM: OK Bills Would Legalize Needle Exchanges, HI Defelonization Bill Advances, More... (2/18/20)

Drug War Chronicle - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 21:34
div class=field field-type-text field-field-body div class=field-items div class=field-item odd pRhode Island sees marijuana expungement and drug possession expungement bills filed, a Vermont poll shows strong support for legalizing and regulating marijuana sales as the House takes up the issue, a Hawaii drug defelonization bill has been filed, and more./pp[image:1 align:left caption:true]strongMarijuana Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.heraldnews.com/news/20200216/bills-seek-to-expunge-ri-marijuana-convictions target=_blankRhode Island Marijuana Offense Expungement Bill Filed/a. A bill aiming to remove barriers for people previously convicted of marijuana offenses have been filed in the legislature. Rep. Anastasia Williams (D) has filed a href=https://legiscan.com/RI/bill/H7142/2020#039; target=_blankHB 7142/a to allow people quot;previously convicted of marijuana possession, which would now constitute a decriminalized offense, to have their records for those convictions automatically expunged regardless of their criminal history.quot; The House Judiciary Committee last week ordered the bill held for further study./ppa href=https://www.vermontbiz.com/news/2020/february/18/poll-shows-three-out-four-vermonters-support-legal-regulated-cannabis-sales target=_blankVermont Poll Shows Very Strong Support for Legal, Regulated Marijuana Sales/a. nbsp;A new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling and commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project found that an overwhelming 76% of Vermont residents support allowing adults 21 and over to purchase cannabis from regulated, tax-paying small businesses. These results are significant as they come days before the Vermont House is expected to vote on a href=https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.54SB 54/a, a bill that would legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis sales in the state. The bill passed the Senate nearly a year ago./ppa href=https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/house-approves-bill-to-issue-cannabis-licenses-with-goal-of-rectifying-racial-inequity/ target=_blankWashington House Passes Bill to Address Racial Inequities in Marijuana Licensing/a. The House on Sunday approved a href=https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2870amp;Year=2019amp;Initiative=false target=_blankHB 2870/a, which aims to address racial inequity within the legal marijuana industry by allowing applicants of a new social equity program to be issued previously forfeited, canceled and revoked retail licenses. That new program would consider the applicant#39;s race and gender, history of marijuana convictions, and plans to employ people of color, as well as the impact the war on drugs had on their neighborhood. There are currently 13 licenses not being used. The bill would also establish a marijuana social equity task force to recommend whether more licenses should be issued. The bill is now in the Senate and must be passed out of committee by February 28./ppstrongHemp/strong/ppa href=https://www.idahopress.com/eyeonboise/sen-lee-rep-troy-introduce-new-industrial-hemp-legalization-bill/article_66005440-c961-523d-90b7-93b2b2c399ca.html target=_blankIdaho Hemp Bill Filed/a. Along with Mississippi and South Dakota, Idaho is one of only three states that have not legalized hemp, but that could change after a pair of Republican state representatives filed a bill that would legalize it. A similar bill has already been filed in the Senate./ppstrongDrug Policy/strong/ppa href=https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/15/hawaii-bill-would-decriminalize-dangerous-drug-pos/ target=_blankHawaii Drug Defelonization Bill Advances/a. A bill that would make it a misdemeanor instead of a felony to be caught with less than two grams of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. a href=https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SBamp;billnumber=2793 target=_blankSB 2793/a still needs to be approved in the Senate Public Safety Committee before heading to a Senate floor vote./ppa href=https://www.heraldnews.com/news/20200216/bills-seek-to-expunge-ri-marijuana-convictions target=_blankRhode Island Drug Possession Expungement Bill Filed/a. Rep. Jason Knight (D) has filed a href=https://legiscan.com/RI/bill/H7091/2020 target=_blankHB 7091/a, which makes peopleconvicted of felony simple possession of a controlled substance eligible for expungement five years after completion of their sentence. The act also repeals the requirement that those seeking expungement pay a fee to the court. The House Judiciary Committee last week ordered the bill held for further study./ppstrongHarm Reduction/strong/ppa href=https://oklahoman.com/article/5655192/state-legislators-look-to-legalize-needle-exchanges-in-oklahoma target=_blankOklahoma Bill Would Legalize Needle Exchanges/a. A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is proposing legalizing needle exchanges in a bid to reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C. a href=http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=sb1346amp;Session=2000 target=_blankSB 1346/a from Sen. Carri Hicks (D-Oklahoma City) wouldnbsp;would allow governmental or nongovernmental entities to operate needle exchange programs. It would also remove needles from the state#39;s drug paraphernalia laws. The bill must pass through the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee before heading for a floor vote. In the House, Rep. Carol Bush (R-Tulsa) has filed a href=http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2019-20%20INT/hB/HB3028%20INT.PDF target=_blankHB 3028/a, whichnbsp;would allow state agencies, county health departments, private businesses, nonprofit entities and churches to operate needle exchange programs so long as the programs arenrsquo;t paid for with state funding. That bill passed the House Appropriations Committee last Thursday./p /div /div /div
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Lancaster Harm Reduction Project, Inc.

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The Lancaster Harm Reduction Project, Inc. is a mobile syringe exchange operating from a variety of locations on a weekday schedule., Fri Aug 22 2014

Canadian Drug Policy Coalition

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
The CDPC envisions a safe, healthy and just Canada in which drug policy and legislation as well as related institutional practice are based on evidence, human rights, social inclusion and public health., Mon Feb 5 2018

Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia - ADCA - is the peak, national, non-government organisation representing the interests of the Australian alcohol and other drugs sector, providing a national voice for people working to reduce the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs., 500 - Wed Feb 5 2020

AmbitiousAddict

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
The AmbitiousAddict encourages communication, debate and cooperation among the world's responsible drug users. It does this through forums, volunteerism and the publication of users' works., Wed 14 Oct 2009

BrugerForeningen - Danish Drug Users Union

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
BrugerForeningen - Interesseorganisation for stof- og metadonbrugere, Danish Drug Users Union - Organization for Drug and methadone users, Prevention and harm reduction., 500 - Mon Mar 5 2018

Canadian Harm Reduction Network

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
The Canadian Harm Reduction Network is an umbrella organization for individuals and organizations across Canada dedicated to reducing the social, health and economic harmsassociated with drugs and drug policies., Mon 05 Mar 2018

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is based in Montreal (Quebec), Canada. It is the only national, community-based, charitable organization in Canada working exclusively in the area of policy and legal issues raised by HIV/AIDS. It was formed in November 1992 and has over 200 members across Canada and internationally., Tue 05 May 2015

Crystal Recovery

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
Crystal Meth, JIB, Ice, Addiction and Recovery info. includes medical, pictures, street youth artwork, QandA, treatment, community services, user stories, and much more., Mon Mar 5 2018

DanceSafe

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
DanceSafe is a nonprofit, harm reduction organization promoting health and safety within the rave and nightclub community., Mon Mar 5 2018

Drug Action Network

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
The Drug Action Network is a non profit organization working at the grass roots level, focused on replacing prohibiton with regulation., Tue Nov 14 2017

Drug War Facts

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
Read the drug war facts with your web browser, download selected chapters or the whole Factbook in Adobe PDF format, or have the chapters sent to your email, Mon 05 Mar 2018

FedCure

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
Advocacy on behalf of the federal inmate population is the central focus of Federal CURE, Inc. (FedCURE). Realizing that successful advocacy can only occur when society has been enlightened about federal prison reality, FedCURE seeks to create a paradigm where elected officials and American society have a clear understanding of the issues confronted by the federal inmate population. Reducing crime in our communities requires society's involvement so that the federal criminal, Tue Jan 2 2018

HAMS Harm Reduction Network

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
HAMS is a harm reduction approach to alcohol and drug use. HAMS does not believe in alcoholism or addiction or other twelve step concepts. HAMS believes that people can learn to control their drinking . HAMS believes that better is better, Wed 19 Oct 2016

Hardcore Harmreducer

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
Harm reduction and peer support, drug user organizing, drug user activism, human rights, mainly in Dutch but English will be added so now and then, 500 - Mon Mar 5 2018

Harm Reduction Coalition

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
Harm Reduction Coalition. Working together towards individual and community health, Mon Mar 5 2018

Harm Reduction Victoria

Harm Reduction Links - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:37
Harm Reduction Victoria (HRV) is a collective of Victoria area residents that recognize that people who use illicit drugs face discrimination, criminalization, stigmatization and isolation. We believe that ending the prohibition of illicit drugs and regulating their use is the only way to stop the war on people who use drugs. Locally, we seek to ensure that the highest quality health care is made accessible to all those who require harm reduction services., Mon 05 Mar 2018
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