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N.H.: Volunteer opportunities TOMORROW EVENING!

Phone banking and letter writing campaigns in support of HB 481 will commence tomorrow evening at the Americans for Prosperity offices in Manchester and Portsmouth.

The New Hampshire House has already voted 209-147 to pass HB 481, the bill that would legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis for adults' use, but we need to continue building support and gaining votes in order to override an expected veto by Gov. Chris Sununu. The bill is currently being considered by the House Ways and Means Committee, and a second vote by the full House will happen before April 4. If it passes the House a second time, it will proceed to the Senate.

Americans for Prosperity has emerged this year as a strong supporter of HB 481. Tomorrow evening, they will be hosting phone banking and letter writing sessions at their offices in Manchester and Portsmouth. All supporters of HB 481 are welcome. Dinner will be provided for volunteers. For more details, and to RSVP on Facebook, click here.

WHAT: Phone banking and letter writing in support of HB 481

WHEN: Thursday, March 22, 5 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Offices of Americans for Prosperity in Manchester (340 Granite St. First Floor) and Portsmouth (767 Islington St. Second Floor)

If you haven't already done so, please take a few moments to find how your state representative(s) voted and send them a message to follow up. It's important that we thank representatives who voted in favor, and for those who did not, this is a critical opportunity to ask them why they voted no.

Please share this message with your family and friends!

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Ct.: Legislative leaders unveil plans to end marijuana prohibition in 2019

If you live in Connecticut, please contact your state legislators today and urge them to support legalizing, regulating, and taxing cannabis — public hearings will begin this Friday, March 22

Last week, after several weeks of working behind the scenes, legislative leaders announced their plan to pass bills that will legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis in Connecticut. They also announced that committee hearings are scheduled to begin this Friday, March 22.

Contact your state legislators today and urge them to support the legalization bills!

Rep. Michael D'Agostino, co-chair of the General Law Committee, stressed that the introduction of draft legislation is only a first step, and that policy details would continue to be discussed and debated as bills are considered by committees. "This is the start of the process," he said. For example, he noted that home cultivation is not currently included in the bill, but the legislature may decide to include it as the process moves forward. More details are explained in this article.

You can also check out our summaries of the bills referred to the Judiciary Committee, along with the General Law bill. (The taxation piece, which will be in Finance, has not been introduced yet.)

If you're interested in testifying at a public hearing in the legislature, please contact me at msimon@mpp.org, and I will share more details.

After you email your state legislators, please share this message with your family and friends and encourage them to join the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana!

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New Jersey is close to legalizing marijuana and you can help

If you live in New Jersey, click here to email your lawmakers today.

As you may have heard, Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced they have finally come to an agreement regarding the details of marijuana legalization in New Jersey. If leaders in the legislature believe they have the votes to pass the bill, they plan to hold a vote on March 25.

Click here to email your lawmakers in support of making marijuana legal.

The votes aren't there yet for the bill to pass. It's time to change that: Lawmakers need to hear from constituents who support replacing marijuana prohibition with sensible regulation.

The legalization bill would:

  • Allow adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana;
  • Set up a process for expungement for individuals convicted of low-level marijuana offenses;
  • Establish a $42 tax per ounce on sales from cultivators; and
  • Incentivize towns to allow marijuana businesses through local taxes.

The bill now heads to the Assembly Appropriations and Senate Judiciary Committees this Monday, March 18, where they will also hear bills on medical marijuana expansion.

Please email your elected officials to let them know you support ending marijuana prohibition. Then, forward this email to your friends and family. Together we can bring sensible marijuana laws to New Jersey.

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Lancaster, York, Huntingdon, and Butler Counties, PA listening tour stops added

Lt. governor's marijuana legalization listening tour will visit York, Huntingdon, Slippery Rock, and New Bloomfield in the coming week.

Over the next week, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will be hearing constituents' views on marijuana legalization in Lancaster, York, Huntingdon, Butler, and Perry Counties. If you live in any of those counties, try to stop by to make your voice heard.

Here are upcoming stops:

Lancaster (Lancaster County)
Monday, March 18, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Millersville University, The Ware Center
42 N. Prince Street

York (York County)
Tuesday, March 19, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
York College of Pennsylvania, DeMeester Recital Hall
441 Country Club Road

Huntingdon (Huntingdon County)
Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Juniata College Brumbaugh Academic Center, Alumni Hall
1700 Moore Street

Slippery Rock (Butler County)
Thursday, March 21, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Slippery Rock University, McKay Education Building Auditorium
1 Morrow Way

New Bloomfield (Perry County)
Monday, March 25, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
New Bloomfield VFW
71 Soule Road

Consider arriving early: In some cases, crowds have been standing-room only.

When deciding what you'd like to say, feel free to draw from our document on the Top 10 reasons to end marijuana prohibition or other materials. You may want to consider making a pitch for an inclusive, diverse industry, for allowing home cultivation, and for expunging past convictions.

Even if you're not up for speaking in public, you can still make your voice heard. Fetterman has been asking for a show of hands for supporters and opponents, and the governor's office is soliciting feedback on the issue online.

This is a great opportunity to build momentum for commonsense, humane marijuana laws. Don't miss your chance to let your elected officials know it's time to stop branding Pennsylvanians criminals for a substance that's safer than alcohol. And please spread the word to help grow the chorus for reform.

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Montgomery and Vengango County, PA listening tour stops added; Perry County rescheduled

Lt. governor's marijuana legalization listening tour will visit Oil City on Sunday and Collegeville on Tuesday.

Over the next week, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will be hearing constituents' views on marijuana legalization in McKean, Elk, Montgomery, and Vengango counties. He also rescheduled a Perry County stop that was postponed twice due to weather. If you live in any of those counties, try to stop by to make your voice heard.

Here are upcoming stops:

Kane (McKean County)
Saturday, March 9, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Kane Area Middle School auditorium
400 W. Hemlock Avenue

St. Marys (Elk County)
Saturday, March 9, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
St. Marys Area High School
977 S. Saint Marys Street

Oil City (Verango County)
Sunday, March 10, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Oil City High School auditorium
10 Lynch Blvd.

Collegeville (Montgomery County)
Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Perkiomen High School auditorium
509 Gravel Pike

New Bloomfield (Perry County)
Monday, March 25, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
New Bloomfield VFW
71 Soule Road
(rescheduled due to weather cancellation)

Consider arriving early: In some cases, crowds have been standing-room only.

When deciding what you'd like to say, feel free to draw from our document on the Top 10 reasons to end marijuana prohibition or other materials. You may want to consider making a pitch for an inclusive, diverse industry, for allowing home cultivation, and for expunging past convictions.

Even if you're not up for speaking in public, you can still make your voice heard. Fetterman has been asking for a show of hands for supporters and opponents, and the governor's office is soliciting feedback on the issue online.

This is a great opportunity to build momentum for commonsense, humane marijuana laws. Don't miss your chance to let your elected officials know it's time to stop branding Pennsylvanians criminals for a substance that's safer than alcohol. And please spread the word to help grow the chorus for reform.

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New Mexico Senate passes decriminalization!

If you live in New Mexico, contact your lawmakers today in support of marijuana decriminalization and legalization bills!

Yesterday, the New Mexico Senate overwhelmingly passed SB 323, a bill that would decriminalize the possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana. However, there is no guarantee that the House will schedule a vote on the bill.

Reach out to your lawmakers today in support of both marijuana decriminalization and legalization in New Mexico.

Marijuana decriminalization will allow for law enforcement to better prioritize their resources. It also means that otherwise law-abiding adults won't face jail time and criminal records for using a substance safer than alcohol. Last year, over 2,000 marijuana possession cases were filed in the New Mexico courts!

While decriminalization is a step in the right direction, ultimately, marijuana should be legalized for adults and taxed and regulated like alcohol. There are two legalization bills being considered, HB 356 and SB 577. The House bill, HB 356, received favorable votes out of committee and is currently on the floor calendar and may be voted on soon.

Please contact your lawmakers, urging them to support both the decriminalization bill and taxing and regulating marijuana.

Together, we can end harsh penalties for marijuana possession and finally make marijuana legal in New Mexico.

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Four Penn. listening tour stops this week: Fayette, Somerset, McKean, and Elk Counties

Lt. Gov. Fetterman stopping at Penn State Fayette tonight at 6:00 p.m., other stops scheduled for Thursday and Saturday.

This week, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will be hearing how voters feel about legalizing cannabis in Fayette, Somerset, McKean, and Elk Counties. At many of his previous listening tour stops, local lawmakers joined him as well. If you live in any of those counties, try to stop by to make your voice heard.

When crafting your comments, feel free to draw from our document on the Top 10 reasons to end marijuana prohibition or other materials. You may want to consider making a pitch for an inclusive, diverse industry, for allowing home cultivation, and for expunging past convictions.

Here are upcoming stops:

Lemont Furnace (Fayette County)
Tonight, Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Penn State Fayette, Swimmer Hall
2201 University Drive

Boswell (Somerset County)
Thursday, March 7, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
North Star High School auditorium
400 Ohio Street

Kane (McKean County)
Saturday, March 9, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Kane Area Middle School auditorium
400 W. Hemlock Avenue

St. Mary's (Elk County)
Saturday, March 9, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
St. Mary's Area High School
977 S. Saint Mary's Street

Consider arriving early: In some cases, crowds have been standing-room only.

This is a great opportunity to build momentum for commonsense, humane marijuana laws. Don't miss your chance to let your elected officials know it's time to stop branding Pennsylvanians criminals for a substance that's safer than alcohol. And please spread the word to help grow the chorus for reform.

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Vermont Senate passes bill to regulate and tax cannabis!

If you live in Vermont, contact your state representatives today — tell them it's time for Vermont to finish the job and regulate cannabis in 2019!

Today, the Vermont Senate passed S. 54 in a 23-5 vote. This bill would create a regulated and taxed market for cannabis in Vermont, allowing adults 21 and older to buy cannabis from retail stores instead of the illicit market.

Please email your state representatives today and urge them to support regulating cannabis in 2019!

You can read a summary of the bill here.

After you email your state representatives, please share this message with your family and friends and encourage them to join the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana!

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N.H.: House passes legalization bill, 209-147!

If you live in New Hampshire, check to see how your representatives voted and follow up with them today!

Today, the New Hampshire House voted 209-147 to pass HB 481, the bill that would legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis for adults' use. Next, the bill will be referred to the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration of the proposed taxes and regulatory policies. HB 481 will receive a second House vote sometime in March, and if it passes the House a second time, it will proceed to the Senate.

Please take a few moments to find how your state representative(s) voted and send them a message to follow up. It's important that we thank representatives who voted in favor, and for those who did not, this is a critical opportunity to ask them why they voted no.

After you email a follow-up message to your state legislators, please share this message with your family and friends!

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Penn.: Another batch of legalization listening tour stops announced

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's stops have been scheduled for Clinton, Lackawanna, Schuylkill, and Blair counties.

Hundreds of advocates have already taken the opportunity to make their voices heard during Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's marijuana legalization listening tour. At all but one stop — where the crowd was evenly split — supporters have outnumbered opponents. Local representatives and senators have been on hand in many cases.

Let's keep up the momentum.

Please plan to attend one of the lieutenant governor's stops on his listening tour, which will include all 67 counties. Here are his upcoming stops:

Meadville (Crawford County)
Tonight, Wednesday, February 27, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Allegheny College
549 Park Avenue

Pottsville (Schuylkill County)
Saturday, March 2, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Majestic Theater
209 N. Centre Street

Penn State Scranton Dunmore (Lackawanna County)
Saturday, March 2, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Penn State Scranton, Study Learning Center

Lock Haven (Clinton County)
Sunday, March 3, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Sloan Theatre, Lock Haven University
401 N. Fairview Street

Duncansville (Blair County)
Sunday, March 3, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
AFSCME AFL-CIO Building
161 Patchway Road

Consider arriving early: In some cases, crowds have been standing-room only.

You can also submit comments online to let the governor know why you support making marijuana legal. (Feel free to draw from our Top 10 document or other materials.) Consider making a pitch for an inclusive, diverse industry, for allowing home cultivation, and for expunging past convictions.

This is a great opportunity to build momentum for commonsense, humane marijuana laws. Don't miss your chance to let your elected officials know it's time to stop branding Pennsylvanians criminals for a substance that's safer than alcohol. And please spread the word to help grow the chorus for reform.

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