Alaska Bill Would Ban Resources for Federal Marijuana Prohibition Enforcement

JUNEAU, Alaska (Jan. 29, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Alaska House would ban the state from using resources to help the federal government enforce marijuana prohibition against people who are in compliance with state law legalizing marijuana.  Passage into law would greatly impact the federal government’s ability to continue its enforcement efforts in the state.

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Washington Committee Passes Bill to Reform Asset Forfeiture Laws; First Step to Address Federal Loophole

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Jan. 29, 2018) –  Last week, a Washington state House committee passed a bill that would improve the state’s asset forfeiture laws and set the stage to close a loophole that allows state and local police to circumvent more strict state forfeiture laws by passing cases off to the feds.

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Maryland Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Jan. 29, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Maryland House would ban the warrantless use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a court order. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Maryland, it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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South Carolina Bill Would Allow Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 29, 2018) – A bill introduced in the South Carolina House would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses without penalty. Passage of this bill would enable South Carolinians to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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Indiana Committee Passes Bill to Clear Way for Commercial Hemp Market Despite Federal Prohibition

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 26, 2018) – A Indiana House committee unanimously passed a bill that would expand the state’s hemp law to prohibit state prosecution of people who sell or possess industrial hemp and industrial hemp products. Passage of this legislation would open the door for a commercial hemp market in the state, setting the foundation to nullify federal prohibition in practice.

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