New Mexico Bill would Legalize Recreational Marijuana and Hemp; Effectively Nullify Federal Prohibition

SANTA FE, New Mexico (Jan. 14, 2016) – A bill prefiled in the New Mexico House would legalize marijuana for recreational use, along with industrial hemp. Passage would not only legalize marijuana and hemp in the Land of Enchantment, but would also take a big step toward nullifying federal prohibition in practice in the state.

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New Hampshire Bill Would Hinder Federal Militarization of Police

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 11, 2016) – A bill filed in the New Hampshire Senate would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from obtaining certain types of military hardware from the federal government, and would require public notice before they acquire authorized equipment. Passage of this legislation would represent a big step toward stopping the federal militarization of state and local police.

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New York Bills would Require Judicial Order for the Use of Stingrays; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

ALBANY, N.Y. – (Jan. 11, 2016) – Three bills introduced in the New York general assembly 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 Empire State, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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