Missouri Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Some Commercial Hemp Farming, Despite Federal Ban

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Jan. 31, 2017) – Today, a Missouri House committee passed a bill that would remove industrial hemp from the state’s list of controlled substances and create a program for the licensing and regulation of hemp growers and handlers. Passage into law would set the foundation to nullify the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same, in practice.

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Montana House Passes Bill to Authorize Firearms on Post Office Property in Defiance of Unconstitutional Federal Restrictions

HELENA, Mont. (Jan. 31, 2017) – Today, the Montana House passed a bill that would authorize a person to carry a handgun on U.S. Postal Service property in the state and set the foundation to nullify in effect an unconstitutional federal firearms regulation.

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New York Bill Would Allow Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 30, 2017) – A bill introduced in the New York Assembly would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would allow New Yorkers to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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Idaho Bill Would Create Process to Review and Block Unconstitutional Federal Acts

BOISE, Idaho (Jan. 30, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Idaho House would create a mechanism to review federal laws and end state cooperation with enforcement of those that violate the original intent of the U.S. Constitution. This process would set the stage to effectively block some federal laws in Idaho.

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Virginia House Votes 99-0 to Pass Bill that Would Help Support Sound Money

RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 30, 2017) – A Virginia bill that would remove sales taxes from some purchases of gold and silver unanimously passed the House last week. The legislation would take an important first step toward encouraging its regular use as currency and breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.

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New York Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 30, 2017) – A bill introduced in the New York Assembly would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in New York, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Mississippi Medical and Marijuana Decriminalization Bills Would Set Stage to Nullify Federal Prohibition

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 29, 2017) – A Mississippi bill would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, nullifying in practice the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same. It is accompanied by legislation to fully decriminalize marijuana as well.

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