Missouri House Passes Bill to Legalize Some Commercial Hemp Farming and Production

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Apr. 12, 2016) – Yesterday, the Missouri House passed a bill to authorize the growth and production sale of industrial hemp for commercial purposes by larger producers. Passage into law would represent a foundation to nullify the unconstitutional federal prohibition in practice.

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Rhode Island House Committee Holds Hearing on Stopping Warrantless Stingray Spying

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 12, 2016) – On March 30, the Rhode Island House Committee on Judiciary held a crucial hearing on a bill that would require a judicial order for the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the state, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Tennessee Bill Would Expand Hemp Market, Set Stage to Further Nullify Federal Prohibition

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 11, 2016) – A bill that would expand the hemp industry in Tennessee passed the House last week. The measure would open the door to in-state processing of hemp products, paving the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market, and further nullifying federal prohibition in effect.

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Missouri House committee capitulates to feds on REAL ID. Can Still be Stopped.

via Ron Calzone, Missouri First

The Missouri House Emerging Issues Committee voted to “do pass” HB 2235 and bring Missouri into compliance with the REAL ID Act. The next step is in the Select Committee on General Laws, which will probably vote on it Tuesday and pass it on to the full House, unless we convince them otherwise.

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Oklahoma House Committee Passes Bill to Restrict ALPR Use; Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 11, 2016) – Last week, an Oklahoma House committee passed a bill that would put limitations on the storage and sharing of information collected by Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the state, and place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of everyday people through pictures of their license plates.

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New York Assembly Committee Passes Bill to Expand Access to Medical Marijuana, Further Nullify Federal Prohibition

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 8, 2016) – On Tuesday, an Assembly committee passed a bill that would expand access to medical marijuana in the state. The bill would further open up the medicinal cannabis market in the state, and solidify the foundation to nullify federal prohibition.

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