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Poll: Registered Voters’ Support Legalizing Marijuana By a Margin of More Than Two-To-One
May 17, 2024

Poll: Registered Voters’ Support Legalizing Marijuana By a Margin of More Than Two-To-One

"As more states have adopted legalization, public support for this policy has risen dramatically. That's because these policies are largely working as intended and because voters prefer legalization and regulation over the failed policy of marijuana pro

White House Endorses Marijuana Rescheduling Plan; Says Cannabis’ Placement as a Schedule I Substance “Just Doesn’t Add Up”
May 16, 2024

White House Endorses Marijuana Rescheduling Plan; Says Cannabis’ Placement as a Schedule I Substance “Just Doesn’t Add Up”

In a video message, the President called the proposed scheduling change "monumental." The post White House Endorses Marijuana Rescheduling Plan; Says Cannabis’ Placement as a Schedule I Substance “Just Doesn’t Add Up” appeared fir

The Value of a NORML Internship
May 14, 2024

The Value of a NORML Internship

"I was so happy with the internship that I did it twice! It has been so inspiring and educational to be involved with policy in this way." The post The Value of a NORML Internship appeared first on NORML.

A Decision More Than 50 Years in the Making
May 13, 2024

A Decision More Than 50 Years in the Making

That is why, some 50 years after NORML first began this fight, I am pleased to see the federal government finally acknowledge what we – and millions of Americans – have known all along: That marijuana is a legitimate therapy for many Americans and tha

Poll: Majority of Americans Have Tried Marijuana and Say It Should Be Legal
May 10, 2024

Poll: Majority of Americans Have Tried Marijuana and Say It Should Be Legal

"Most Americans have tried cannabis and few regret having done so. This is reflected in the public's consistent support for legalizing and regulating cannabis." The post Poll: Majority of Americans Have Tried Marijuana and Say It Should Be Legal appeared

South Dakota: Activists Turn in Signatures To Place Adult-Use Legalization Measure on November’s Ballot
May 08, 2024

South Dakota: Activists Turn in Signatures To Place Adult-Use Legalization Measure on November’s Ballot

If certified for the ballot, it will be the third time since 2020 that South Dakotans have weighed in on the legalization issue. The post South Dakota: Activists Turn in Signatures To Place Adult-Use Legalization Measure on November's Ballot appeared fir

Report: Seizure Data Suggests State-legal Cannabis Market Has Significantly Curbed Demand For Mexican-grown Marijuana
May 06, 2024

Report: Seizure Data Suggests State-legal Cannabis Market Has Significantly Curbed Demand For Mexican-grown Marijuana

"When it comes to retail cannabis, the prevailing attitude is 'Buy American.'" The post Report: Seizure Data Suggests State-legal Cannabis Market Has Significantly Curbed Demand For Mexican-grown Marijuana appeared first on NORML.

Federal Marijuana Rescheduling Announced
May 02, 2024

Federal Marijuana Rescheduling Announced

Perhaps most tellingly, our political opponents are also touting its significance, pledging to take whatever steps necessary to derail this proposed policy change. The post Federal Marijuana Rescheduling Announced appeared first on NORML.

Study: Frequent Cannabis Use Not Linked to Motivation Loss
Apr 30, 2024

Study: Frequent Cannabis Use Not Linked to Motivation Loss

"These findings, and others, refute hypothesized associations between cannabis use and low motivation. It is unfortunate that many of these longstanding stereotypes have historically guided public health messaging about cannabis and have also been used to

DEA Accepts Health Agency’s Recommendation to Reclassify Cannabis
Apr 30, 2024

DEA Accepts Health Agency’s Recommendation to Reclassify Cannabis

"It is significant for these federal agencies, and the DEA and FDA in particular, to acknowledge publicly for the first time what many patients and advocates have known for decades: that cannabis is a safe and effective therapeutic agent for tens of milli

JAMA Psychiatry: “No Evidence” That Marijuana Legalization Laws Encourage Youth Use
Apr 26, 2024

JAMA Psychiatry: “No Evidence” That Marijuana Legalization Laws Encourage Youth Use

Consistent with prior analyses, researchers determined, "There was no evidence that RML [recreational marijuana laws] were associated with encouraging youth marijuana use." The post JAMA Psychiatry: “No Evidence” That Marijuana Legalization La

NORML Op-Ed: Feds Must Change ‘Discriminatory’ Marijuana Testing Policies To Address Trucking Industry Labor Shortage
Apr 24, 2024

NORML Op-Ed: Feds Must Change ‘Discriminatory’ Marijuana Testing Policies To Address Trucking Industry Labor Shortage

More than 150,000 licensed drivers have left the profession in recent years because of these zero-tolerance workplace drug testing policies.  The post NORML Op-Ed: Feds Must Change ‘Discriminatory' Marijuana Testing Policies To Address Trucking Industr

Maine: Governor Signs Legislation Providing Pathway For Marijuana-related Expungements
Apr 23, 2024

Maine: Governor Signs Legislation Providing Pathway For Marijuana-related Expungements

Maine is the 25th state to enact legislation explicitly facilitating the expungement of marijuana-specific convictions. The post Maine: Governor Signs Legislation Providing Pathway For Marijuana-related Expungements appeared first on NORML.

Kentucky: Governor Signs Legislation Expediting Medical Cannabis Licensing, But Also Adding New Restrictions Upon Patients’ Access
Apr 22, 2024

Kentucky: Governor Signs Legislation Expediting Medical Cannabis Licensing, But Also Adding New Restrictions Upon Patients’ Access

"While expediting timelines may seem advantageous, the potential negatives embedded within the bill outweigh any perceived benefits. Patient access and rights must take precedence over expediency." The post Kentucky: Governor Signs Legislation Expediting

Celebrate Our Success This 4/20
Apr 19, 2024

Celebrate Our Success This 4/20

April 20 is the most widely celebrated day in cannabis culture. This 4/20, we have plenty to celebrate. The post Celebrate Our Success This 4/20 appeared first on NORML.

Polls: Most Americans Endorse Legalization, Say Cannabis Is Safer Than Either Alcohol Or Tobacco
Apr 19, 2024

Polls: Most Americans Endorse Legalization, Say Cannabis Is Safer Than Either Alcohol Or Tobacco

"As more states have adopted legalization, public support for this policy has risen dramatically among voters -- regardless of party affiliation. Elected officials who refuse to take action to end cannabis criminalization do so at their own political pe

NORML Op-Ed: State-level Marijuana Legalization Has Been A Stunning Success
Apr 18, 2024

NORML Op-Ed: State-level Marijuana Legalization Has Been A Stunning Success

After a century of failed policies and "canna-bigotry," the verdict is in. Legalization is a success, and the end of cannabis prohibition can't come soon enough. The post NORML Op-Ed: State-level Marijuana Legalization Has Been A Stunning Success appeared

JAMA Pediatrics: Legalization Laws Linked With Fewer Teens Using Marijuana, Other Intoxicants
Apr 15, 2024

JAMA Pediatrics: Legalization Laws Linked With Fewer Teens Using Marijuana, Other Intoxicants

"Together, results found no net increases in cannabis or, through spillover effects, alcohol or tobacco use among adolescents in response to the rapid rise of RCL [recreational cannabis legalization] and RCR [recreational cannabis retail sales]. Results s

Ohio: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales Anticipated To Begin Ahead of Schedule
Apr 12, 2024

Ohio: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales Anticipated To Begin Ahead of Schedule

"The sooner consumers have market access to cannabis products, the more quickly we will begin to see disruptions to the unregulated marketplace." The post Ohio: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales Anticipated To Begin Ahead of Schedule appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: Governor Approves Bills To Expand Employment Protections, Vetoes Parental Rights Protections
Apr 09, 2024

Virginia: Governor Approves Bills To Expand Employment Protections, Vetoes Parental Rights Protections

"Virginia's firefighters, emergency services providers, and civil servants across the Commonwealth deserve the same job protections currently provided to private employees for their lawful and responsbile use of medical cannabis. This is a long overdue vi

Hawaii: Lawmakers Move Forward with Legislation Expanding Marijuana Decriminalization
Apr 08, 2024

Hawaii: Lawmakers Move Forward with Legislation Expanding Marijuana Decriminalization

The bill decriminalizes the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and/or up to five grams of cannabis concentrates -- imposing a maximum fine of $25. The post Hawaii: Lawmakers Move Forward with Legislation Expanding Marijuana Decriminalization appear

Analysis: Medical Cannabis Associated With Decreased Use Of Opioids, Alcohol, And Tobacco
Apr 08, 2024

Analysis: Medical Cannabis Associated With Decreased Use Of Opioids, Alcohol, And Tobacco

"These findings belie that claim that cannabis is a so-called 'gateway drug' and reinforces the notion that, for many individuals and for patients especially, it acts as a exit drug." The post Analysis: Medical Cannabis Associated With Decreased Use Of Op

NORML Remembers John Sinclair
Apr 03, 2024

NORML Remembers John Sinclair

"I count him among the early heroes, and martyrs, of the marijuana legalization movement," NORML Founder Keith Stroup said. "May he rest in radical peace." The post NORML Remembers John Sinclair appeared first on NORML.

Minnesota: State Poised To Expunge Over 60,000 Marijuana Convictions
Apr 03, 2024

Minnesota: State Poised To Expunge Over 60,000 Marijuana Convictions

"Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that public officials and the courts move swiftly to right the past wrongs of cannabis prohibition and criminalization." The post Minnesota: State Poised To Expunge Over 60,000 Marijuana Convicti

Florida: Voters Will Decide Marijuana Sales Measure This November
Apr 02, 2024

Florida: Voters Will Decide Marijuana Sales Measure This November

"A majority of Floridians, like most voters nationwide, support repealing our failed marijuana prohibition laws and replacing them with a system of legalization and regulation. This is a long-overdue opportunity for them to finally make their voice heard

Delaware: Lawmakers Advance Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill to Governor’s Desk
Mar 29, 2024

Delaware: Lawmakers Advance Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill to Governor’s Desk

The legislation provides discretion to physicians to issue medical cannabis recommendations to any patient who may benefit from it. It also allows those ages 65 or older to self-certify for a registration card absent a doctor's recommendation. The post De

Virginia: Governor Vetoes Legislation Licensing Marijuana Sales
Mar 28, 2024

Virginia: Governor Vetoes Legislation Licensing Marijuana Sales

"Governor Youngkin has just shown Virginians exactly how out of touch he is with the widely-accepted science and policy research on cannabis in the US. The only protection Youngkin's veto provides is to the illicit market that has ballooned during his tim

Pew Poll: Adults Overwhelmingly Oppose Marijuana Criminalization
Mar 27, 2024

Pew Poll: Adults Overwhelmingly Oppose Marijuana Criminalization

"There's no 'buyer's remorse' among the public when it comes to legalizing cannabis." The post Pew Poll: Adults Overwhelmingly Oppose Marijuana Criminalization appeared first on NORML.

Study: Growing Percentage Of Cannabis Consumers Transitioning To The Legal Market
Mar 26, 2024

Study: Growing Percentage Of Cannabis Consumers Transitioning To The Legal Market

"These data indicate that the legal, regulated cannabis market is displacing the underground marketplace. Over time, consumers are becoming more comfortable with and more reliant upon licensed retailers – who typically offer greater convenience, product

Germany: Those 18+ May Legally Begin Possessing Cannabis Next Week
Mar 25, 2024

Germany: Those 18+ May Legally Begin Possessing Cannabis Next Week

Residents ages 18 and older may possess (up to 25 grams) and home cultivate cannabis (up to three plants) beginning on April 1st. The post Germany: Those 18+ May Legally Begin Possessing Cannabis Next Week appeared first on NORML.

NORML Takes Its Message to the White House
Mar 19, 2024

NORML Takes Its Message to the White House

Vice President Harris stopped the room to take a moment and say in the clearest words that "we need to legalize marijuana." The post NORML Takes Its Message to the White House appeared first on NORML.

Massachusetts: Governor Issues Pardons For Those With Misdemeanor Marijuana Convictions
Mar 13, 2024

Massachusetts: Governor Issues Pardons For Those With Misdemeanor Marijuana Convictions

"Hundreds of thousands of Americans unduly carry the burden and stigma of a past conviction for behavior that most Americans, and a growing number of states, no longer consider to be a crime." The post Massachusetts: Governor Issues Pardons For Those Wi

Longtime NORML Activist Meets With Vice President Kamala Harris To Discuss Federal Marijuana Reform
Mar 13, 2024

Longtime NORML Activist Meets With Vice President Kamala Harris To Discuss Federal Marijuana Reform

Vice President Harris emphasized that "nobody should have to go to jail" for marijuana use, and lamented that "far too many Americans" have faced serious legal consequences for minor marijuana offenses. The post Longtime NORML Activist Meets With Vice Pre

Hawaii: Chambers Advance Legislation Regulating Adult-use Marijuana Market, Expunging Past Convictions
Mar 06, 2024

Hawaii: Chambers Advance Legislation Regulating Adult-use Marijuana Market, Expunging Past Convictions

Lawmakers have advanced several marijuana-related bills -- including legislation to legalize the adult use market -- out of their chambers of origin. The post Hawaii: Chambers Advance Legislation Regulating Adult-use Marijuana Market, Expunging Past Convi

NORML Is Leading The Fight For Cannabis Freedom
Mar 04, 2024

NORML Is Leading The Fight For Cannabis Freedom

Lawmakers are increasingly hearing from business interests, not from consumers and grassroots advocates. That is why it is more important than ever that NORML maintains a seat at the table to ensure that consumers' interests are heard and taken seriously.

Analysis: Beer Sales Decline Following Adult-use Marijuana Legalization
Mar 04, 2024

Analysis: Beer Sales Decline Following Adult-use Marijuana Legalization

"We found that non-medical cannabis legalization was associated with an immediate decline in beer sales. Furthermore, beer sales continued to decline in the post-legalization period, suggesting that individuals are moving away from beer towards legal cann

Pew: Nearly 80 Percent of Americans Have a Marijuana Dispensary in Their County
Mar 01, 2024

Pew: Nearly 80 Percent of Americans Have a Marijuana Dispensary in Their County

"Today, for the first time since the adoption of federal marijuana prohibition, more US citizens reside in jurisdictions where cannabis is state-legal than live somewhere where it is not." The post Pew: Nearly 80 Percent of Americans Have a Marijuana Dis

Virginia Lawmakers Approve Adult-use Retail Sales Bills
Feb 28, 2024

Virginia Lawmakers Approve Adult-use Retail Sales Bills

The measures now head to Republican Gov. Youngkin's desk. The post Virginia Lawmakers Approve Adult-use Retail Sales Bills appeared first on NORML.

Florida: Push for THC Potency Caps Stalls
Feb 27, 2024

Florida: Push for THC Potency Caps Stalls

Republican-backed legislative efforts to impose arbitrary THC potency caps on certain cannabis products are likely dead for the session. The post Florida: Push for THC Potency Caps Stalls appeared first on NORML.

Maryland: Advocates Testify in Support of Legislation Ending Workplace Discrimination for Cannabis Consumers
Feb 23, 2024

Maryland: Advocates Testify in Support of Legislation Ending Workplace Discrimination for Cannabis Consumers

"As laws to overturn prohibition continue to take shape across this nation, legislatures should not forget that other policies must also be revised to keep up with the times. The discrimination against cannabis users in the workplace is one of those polic

New Hampshire: House Lawmakers Advance Adult-use Marijuana Legalization Legislation
Feb 22, 2024

New Hampshire: House Lawmakers Advance Adult-use Marijuana Legalization Legislation

According to statewide polling compiled last year, 72 percent of residents support the "legalization of marijuana for recreational use." The post New Hampshire: House Lawmakers Advance Adult-use Marijuana Legalization Legislation appeared first on NORML.

New Jersey Activists Mark 100,000 Marijuana Arrests Prevented
Feb 22, 2024

New Jersey Activists Mark 100,000 Marijuana Arrests Prevented

"As we mark the first three years of legalization in New Jersey, now is the time to both celebrate its successes and reflect on lessons learned." The post New Jersey Activists Mark 100,000 Marijuana Arrests Prevented appeared first on NORML.

NORML’s Black History Month Fight For Consumer Equity: Board Members Discuss War On Drugs’ Ongoing Harm To Black Communities
Feb 16, 2024

NORML’s Black History Month Fight For Consumer Equity: Board Members Discuss War On Drugs’ Ongoing Harm To Black Communities

In honor of Black History Month, NORML is spotlighting the systemic inequities that continue to challenge the Black community in the battle for a federally legal cannabis landscape. The post NORML's Black History Month Fight For Consumer Equity: Board Mem

South Carolina: Senate Advances Medical Cannabis Access Legislation
Feb 15, 2024

South Carolina: Senate Advances Medical Cannabis Access Legislation

South Carolina is one of only a dozen states that has yet to implement a comprehensive medical cannabis access program. The post South Carolina: Senate Advances Medical Cannabis Access Legislation appeared first on NORML.

Hawaii: Lawmakers Advance Multiple Marijuana Reform Bills
Feb 14, 2024

Hawaii: Lawmakers Advance Multiple Marijuana Reform Bills

Legislation is advancing to legalize the adult use market and to facilitate the expungement of marijuana-related criminal records. The post Hawaii: Lawmakers Advance Multiple Marijuana Reform Bills appeared first on NORML.

NORML Op-Ed: Is The Government Finally Abandoning Its ‘Flat Earth’ Marijuana Policies?
Feb 13, 2024

NORML Op-Ed: Is The Government Finally Abandoning Its ‘Flat Earth’ Marijuana Policies?

Federal health officials concluded, "The risks to the public health posed by marijuana are low compared to other drugs of abuse," such as benzodiazepines — a Schedule IV drug, or alcohol, which is unscheduled. The post NORML Op-Ed: Is The Government Fin

Virginia: House and Senate Chambers Approve Competing Retail Sales Bills
Feb 13, 2024

Virginia: House and Senate Chambers Approve Competing Retail Sales Bills

Just ahead of the crossover deadline, both chambers of the Virginia legislature approved measures to legalize and regulate the retail sale of cannabis to adults 21 and older. The post Virginia: House and Senate Chambers Approve Competing Retail Sales Bill

Florida: Lawmakers Advance Bills to Preemptively Restrict Consumers’ Choices Ahead of Legalization Vote
Feb 07, 2024

Florida: Lawmakers Advance Bills to Preemptively Restrict Consumers’ Choices Ahead of Legalization Vote

Republican lawmakers are seeking to preemptively restrict Florida's adult-use market ahead of the Court's ruling and before voters have had any opportunity to weigh in on it. The post Florida: Lawmakers Advance Bills to Preemptively Restrict Consumers

Gallup: One In Six Adults Acknowledge Current Use Of Cannabis
Feb 06, 2024

Gallup: One In Six Adults Acknowledge Current Use Of Cannabis

Young adults, men, and Democrats were most likely to report being current cannabis consumers. The post Gallup: One In Six Adults Acknowledge Current Use Of Cannabis appeared first on NORML.

NORML Op-Ed: Setting Caps on THC Potency Is Poor Policy
Feb 05, 2024

NORML Op-Ed: Setting Caps on THC Potency Is Poor Policy

Prohibiting adults from accessing these products from state-licensed retailers will not eliminate consumers' demand for them. Rather, it will encourage consumers to seek out higher-THC products in the unregulated market. The post NORML Op-Ed: Setting Caps

Washington: House Lawmakers Move To Lift Home Grow Ban, Reject Proposed THC Potency Limits
Jan 30, 2024

Washington: House Lawmakers Move To Lift Home Grow Ban, Reject Proposed THC Potency Limits

Despite having been one of the first two states to initially legalize the adult use marijuana market, Washington is one of only five legalization states that disallows home cultivation. The post Washington: House Lawmakers Move To Lift Home Grow Ban, Reje

Pardons Are the First Step in Federal Cannabis Reform
Jan 29, 2024

Pardons Are the First Step in Federal Cannabis Reform

This week, I received a Pardon Certificate for a marijuana offense from the President of the United States.  The post Pardons Are the First Step in Federal Cannabis Reform appeared first on NORML.

New York: Regulators to Sign Off on Home Cultivation Rules at February Meeting
Jan 25, 2024

New York: Regulators to Sign Off on Home Cultivation Rules at February Meeting

State regulations governing the alcohol market permit adults the option to legally brew non-commercial quantities of their own alcohol, and it is consistent with this policy to similarly permit home cultivation. The post New York: Regulators to Sign Off o

South Dakota: Lawmakers Reject Bill That Sought To Limit Patients’ Medical Cannabis Access
Jan 25, 2024

South Dakota: Lawmakers Reject Bill That Sought To Limit Patients’ Medical Cannabis Access

South Dakota voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure legalizing medical cannabis access in 2020. Since then, lawmakers have routinely sought to repeal aspects of the law and/or significantly amend it. The post South Dakota: Lawmakers Reject Bill T

Marijuana Momentum Heats Up Across The US
Jan 24, 2024

Marijuana Momentum Heats Up Across The US

We're only a couple weeks into this year's legislative season, and we're already seeing a flurry of activity in state capitols nationwide. The post Marijuana Momentum Heats Up Across The US appeared first on NORML.

New Hampshire: Supporters Back Off Efforts To Adopt THC Potency Caps On Medical Cannabis Products, Impose Per Se Driving Limits
Jan 19, 2024

New Hampshire: Supporters Back Off Efforts To Adopt THC Potency Caps On Medical Cannabis Products, Impose Per Se Driving Limits

NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano submitted written testimony to the Committee opposing both provisions. The post New Hampshire: Supporters Back Off Efforts To Adopt THC Potency Caps On Medical Cannabis Products, Impose Per Se Driving Limits appeare

HHS Releases Unredacted Letter Confirming Agency’s Recommendation to DEA to Reclassify Marijuana to Schedule III
Jan 12, 2024

HHS Releases Unredacted Letter Confirming Agency’s Recommendation to DEA to Reclassify Marijuana to Schedule III

"It is significant for these health agencies to acknowledge publicly, for the first time, what many patients and advocates have known for decades: that cannabis is a safe and effective therapeutic agent for tens of millions of Americans." The post HHS Rel

Delaware: House Committee Advances Legislation Expanding Physicians’ Abilities to Authorize Medical Cannabis
Jan 10, 2024

Delaware: House Committee Advances Legislation Expanding Physicians’ Abilities to Authorize Medical Cannabis

"A patient's treatment options should not be limited by the government, but rather, they should be determined in confidence between a patient and their doctor." The post Delaware: House Committee Advances Legislation Expanding Physicians’ Abilities

Updated NORML Report Highlights Over 2.3 Million Marijuana-Related Expungements
Jan 09, 2024

Updated NORML Report Highlights Over 2.3 Million Marijuana-Related Expungements

"Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that public officials and the courts move swiftly to right the past wrongs of cannabis criminalization." The post Updated NORML Report Highlights Over 2.3 Million Marijuana-Related Expungements a

Washington: New State Law Takes Effect Barring Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing for Most Employees
Jan 02, 2024

Washington: New State Law Takes Effect Barring Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing for Most Employees

The new law states, "It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person in the initial hiring for employment if the discrimination is based upon the person's use of cannabis off the job and away from the workplace." The post Washington: New S

Survey: Most Veterans Support Expanding Medical Cannabis Access
Jan 02, 2024

Survey: Most Veterans Support Expanding Medical Cannabis Access

Seventy-nine percent of veteran respondents and 92 percent of their family members said, "Veterans Administration doctors should be legally allowed to recommend marijuana to veterans if the doctor believes the patient could benefit from [it.]" The post Su

California: Employees to No Longer Face Discrimination at Work for Their Off-Hours Cannabis Use
Dec 28, 2023

California: Employees to No Longer Face Discrimination at Work for Their Off-Hours Cannabis Use

Starting January 1st, most employers will no longer be able to either fire or refuse to hire someone based solely upon their cannabis use history. The post California: Employees to No Longer Face Discrimination at Work for Their Off-Hours Cannabis Use app

Nevada: New Marijuana Possession Limits Set to Take Effect
Dec 27, 2023

Nevada: New Marijuana Possession Limits Set to Take Effect

Adults may purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis flowers and/or up to one-quarter of an ounce of concentrates from licensed retailers beginning January 1st. The post Nevada: New Marijuana Possession Limits Set to Take Effect appeared first on NORML.

POTUS Issues Expanded Pardon Proclamation For Those With Certain Federal Marijuana Convictions
Dec 22, 2023

POTUS Issues Expanded Pardon Proclamation For Those With Certain Federal Marijuana Convictions

"Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana," the President announced. "It's time that we right these wrongs."  The post POTUS Issues Expanded Pardon Proclamation For Those With Certain Federal Marijuana Convictions app

Scientists Have Published Over 30,000 Papers on Cannabis Over the Past Decade
Dec 19, 2023

Scientists Have Published Over 30,000 Papers on Cannabis Over the Past Decade

"It is time for politicians and others to stop assessing cannabis through the lens of ‘what we don't know' and instead start engaging in evidence-based discussions about marijuana and marijuana reform policies that are indicative of all that we do know.

Analysis: Consumers More Likely to Use Unregulated Delta-8-THC Products in States Where Cannabis Is Criminalized
Dec 18, 2023

Analysis: Consumers More Likely to Use Unregulated Delta-8-THC Products in States Where Cannabis Is Criminalized

"The limited popularity of these products is a predictable outgrowth of criminal marijuana prohibition. As one would expect, there exists far less demand for these unregulated products in an environment where whole-plant cannabis legally regulated and ava

Read NORML’s 2023 End-of-Year Legislative Progress Report
Dec 13, 2023

Read NORML’s 2023 End-of-Year Legislative Progress Report

2023 marks yet another successful year for the advancement of marijuana policy reform in the United States. The post Read NORML’s 2023 End-of-Year Legislative Progress Report appeared first on NORML.

Federally Funded Survey: Marijuana Use By Teens Remains Below Pre-Pandemic Levels
Dec 13, 2023

Federally Funded Survey: Marijuana Use By Teens Remains Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

Since the late 1990s, self-reported annual marijuana use by 12th graders has fallen an estimated 25 percent. Among 10th graders, it has fallen by 50 percent. Among 8th graders, it has fallen by more than half. The post Federally Funded Survey: Marijuana

We Want To Hear From You — Take the 2023 NORML Membership Survey
Dec 12, 2023

We Want To Hear From You — Take the 2023 NORML Membership Survey

Complete the survey by December 31, 2023 at 11:59pm ET to be entered to win a $100 NORML Store gift card! The post We Want To Hear From You — Take the 2023 NORML Membership Survey appeared first on NORML.

Ohio: Voter-Approved Legalization Measure Takes Effect
Dec 07, 2023

Ohio: Voter-Approved Legalization Measure Takes Effect

"Today, for the first time since the adoption of federal marijuana prohibition, more US citizens reside in jurisdictions where cannabis is state-legal than live somewhere where it is not," NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. The post Ohio: Voter-Ap

Ohio Legislature Attempting to Gut Legalization Initiative Days Before Implementation of Key Provisions
Dec 04, 2023

Ohio Legislature Attempting to Gut Legalization Initiative Days Before Implementation of Key Provisions

With just days to go before Ohio's voter-approved marijuana legalization measure becomes law, GOP lawmakers are rushing through legislation to all but repeal it. The post Ohio Legislature Attempting to Gut Legalization Initiative Days Before Implementatio

Be Part of the Change: Support NORML’s 2024 Legalization Efforts
Nov 28, 2023

Be Part of the Change: Support NORML’s 2024 Legalization Efforts

Your contribution, no matter the size, is crucial. Together, we can amplify the voice of the cannabis community in the 2024 elections. The post Be Part of the Change: Support NORML's 2024 Legalization Efforts appeared first on NORML.

Help End Prohibition When You Shop the NORML Store
Nov 27, 2023

Help End Prohibition When You Shop the NORML Store

Cyber Monday is here and the NORML Store is filled with prohibition-busting goodies. The post Help End Prohibition When You Shop the NORML Store appeared first on NORML.

Survey: More Than Ten Percent of Older Americans Have Consumed Cannabis Products in the Past Year
Nov 27, 2023

Survey: More Than Ten Percent of Older Americans Have Consumed Cannabis Products in the Past Year

More than one-third of older consumers (34 percent) reported using cannabis products four or more days per week. The post Survey: More Than Ten Percent of Older Americans Have Consumed Cannabis Products in the Past Year appeared first on NORML.

Go Green on Black Friday
Nov 24, 2023

Go Green on Black Friday

With tons of holiday gift ideas like cozy hoodies, butter soft tees, and mugs for cocoa, and stocking stuffers like laptop stickers, buttons, and NORML memberships, there's something for every lover of personal freedom on your shopping list. The post Go G

Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Improved Symptoms, Better Sleep in Patients Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress
Nov 21, 2023

Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Improved Symptoms, Better Sleep in Patients Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress

"Individuals reported improvements in overall PTSD symptom severity 30 and 70 days after initiating MMJ [medical marijuana] ... Moreover, they reported reductions in negative affect and improvements in overall well-being. These findings suggest that MMJ u

NORML Op-Ed: Republicans Are Increasingly Unwilling to Respect Voters’ Decisions on Cannabis
Nov 20, 2023

NORML Op-Ed: Republicans Are Increasingly Unwilling to Respect Voters’ Decisions on Cannabis

In a healthy and functioning democracy, elected officials represent the views of the electorate. But, when it comes to the issue of cannabis law reform, Republican lawmakers all too often ignore or seek to undermine their voters. The post NORML Op-Ed: Rep

Government Survey: Teen Marijuana Use Remains Below Pre-Pandemic Levels
Nov 17, 2023

Government Survey: Teen Marijuana Use Remains Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

"These findings ought to reassure lawmakers and the public that cannabis access for adults can be legally regulated in a manner that is safe, effective, and that does not significantly impact young people's consumption habits." The post Government Survey:

Texas: Lubbock Voters to Decide Fate of Marijuana Depenalization Measure
Nov 16, 2023

Texas: Lubbock Voters to Decide Fate of Marijuana Depenalization Measure

City lawmakers voted against adopting the measure outright, thereby placing it before voters this coming May. The post Texas: Lubbock Voters to Decide Fate of Marijuana Depenalization Measure appeared first on NORML.

Join NORML for 2024
Nov 15, 2023

Join NORML for 2024

NORML is the only consumer-focused, grassroots-funded organization working to reform marijuana laws and protect the rights of responsible adult consumers. The post Join NORML for 2024 appeared first on NORML.

Let Veterans Health Administration Doctors Recommend Medical Cannabis
Nov 09, 2023

Let Veterans Health Administration Doctors Recommend Medical Cannabis

The post Let Veterans Health Administration Doctors Recommend Medical Cannabis appeared first on NORML.

Gallup: More Americans Than Ever Say “Marijuana Should Be Legal”
Nov 08, 2023

Gallup: More Americans Than Ever Say “Marijuana Should Be Legal”

"As more states have adopted legalization, public support for this policy has risen dramatically. That's because these policies are largely working as intended and because voters prefer legalization and regulation over the failed policy of marijuana prohi

Public Support for Marijuana Legalization Achieves Historic High
Nov 08, 2023

Public Support for Marijuana Legalization Achieves Historic High

To be blunt, this change in public opinion is remarkable. The post Public Support for Marijuana Legalization Achieves Historic High appeared first on NORML.

Ohio Becomes 24th State to Legalize Marijuana for Adult Use
Nov 07, 2023

Ohio Becomes 24th State to Legalize Marijuana for Adult Use

"Cannabis legalization is an issue that unites Democrats, Republicans, and Independents," NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. "It is imperative that elected officials respect the voters' decision and implement this measure in a manner that is con

Ohio: Latest Polls Show Continued Support for Legalization Ahead of Initiative Vote
Oct 31, 2023

Ohio: Latest Polls Show Continued Support for Legalization Ahead of Initiative Vote

If enacted by Ohio's voters on Election Day (November 7th), the possession of marijuana will become legal for adults on December 7th. The post Ohio: Latest Polls Show Continued Support for Legalization Ahead of Initiative Vote appeared first on NORML.

Analysis: State-Legal Cannabis Not Correlated with Increased Traffic Fatalities
Oct 26, 2023

Analysis: State-Legal Cannabis Not Correlated with Increased Traffic Fatalities

"There are legitimate concerns around the marijuana legalization debate. … However, based on our research and the research of others, the effect that legal marijuana could have on traffic safety should not be one of those concerns." The post Analysis: S

Texas: Lubbock Advocates Submit Twice as Many Signatures as Needed To Force Marijuana Depenalization Vote
Oct 23, 2023

Texas: Lubbock Advocates Submit Twice as Many Signatures as Needed To Force Marijuana Depenalization Vote

The initiative seeks to end arrests and citations for adults who possess misdemeanor amounts of cannabis within the city's limits. The post Texas: Lubbock Advocates Submit Twice as Many Signatures as Needed To Force Marijuana Depenalization Vote appeared

Colorado: Compliance Check Data Confirms That Retailers Aren’t Selling Marijuana to Minors
Oct 20, 2023

Colorado: Compliance Check Data Confirms That Retailers Aren’t Selling Marijuana to Minors

"Regulation works. Illicit marijuana providers don't ask for or check for ID, but licensed businesses most certainly do." The post Colorado: Compliance Check Data Confirms That Retailers Aren’t Selling Marijuana to Minors appeared first on NORML.

FBI: Police Make Over a Quarter Million Marijuana Arrests in 2022
Oct 18, 2023

FBI: Police Make Over a Quarter Million Marijuana Arrests in 2022

"Even from this incomplete data set, it remains clear that marijuana seizures and prosecutions remain a primary driver of drug war enforcement in the United States." The post FBI: Police Make Over a Quarter Million Marijuana Arrests in 2022 appeared first

Ohio: Latest Poll Finds Strong Support Among Voters for Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure
Oct 18, 2023

Ohio: Latest Poll Finds Strong Support Among Voters for Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure

"Ohioans have seen similar legalization laws adopted in neighboring states and they know that regulating the cannabis market is preferable to the failed policy of prohibition." The post Ohio: Latest Poll Finds Strong Support Among Voters for Marijuana Leg

Ohio: Early Voting Begins on Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Initiative
Oct 13, 2023

Ohio: Early Voting Begins on Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Initiative

If passed, Ohio will be the 24th state to legalize the adult-use marijuana market, and the 14th do so by a public vote. The post Ohio: Early Voting Begins on Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Initiative appeared first on NORML.

Alaska: Anchorage Assembly Votes to Reform Marijuana Testing Policies for Most Municipal Workers
Oct 12, 2023

Alaska: Anchorage Assembly Votes to Reform Marijuana Testing Policies for Most Municipal Workers

"Those who consume alcohol legally and responsibly while away from their jobs do not suffer sanctions from their employers unless their work performance is adversely impacted. Those who legally consume cannabis should be held to a similar workplace standa

NORML Op-Ed: The Science Is Clear — Marijuana Is Safer Than Tobacco
Oct 11, 2023

NORML Op-Ed: The Science Is Clear — Marijuana Is Safer Than Tobacco

Numerous studies assessing the long-term health impacts of cannabis smoke exposure belie the myth that marijuana is associated with the same sort of well established, adverse respiratory hazards as tobacco. The post NORML Op-Ed: The Science Is Clear &#

Survey: Most Truck Drivers and Their Carriers Favor Changes in Federal Marijuana Testing Rules
Oct 10, 2023

Survey: Most Truck Drivers and Their Carriers Favor Changes in Federal Marijuana Testing Rules

The survey's authors acknowledged that existing federal testing regulations are contributing to significant numbers of truck drivers leaving the industry while also dissuading new workers from entering it. The post Survey: Most Truck Drivers and Their Car

Ohio: Ballot Initiative Legalizing Marijuana for Adults Favored in Multiple Polls
Sep 28, 2023

Ohio: Ballot Initiative Legalizing Marijuana for Adults Favored in Multiple Polls

"Ohioans have seen similar legalization laws adopted in neighboring states and they know that regulating the cannabis market is preferable to the failed policy of prohibition." The post Ohio: Ballot Initiative Legalizing Marijuana for Adults Favored in Mu

Senators Advance Cannabis Banking Reform Bill for First Time
Sep 27, 2023

Senators Advance Cannabis Banking Reform Bill for First Time

Although members of the House have passed an earlier version of the legislation -- the SAFE Banking Act -- on seven prior occasions, today's vote marks the first time that Senate members have voted in favor of the measure. The post Senators Advance Cannab

Michigan: New Rules Take Effect Halting Pre-Employment Marijuana Tests for Most State Employees
Sep 25, 2023

Michigan: New Rules Take Effect Halting Pre-Employment Marijuana Tests for Most State Employees

Under the new statewide policy, which takes effect on Sunday, October 1st, most public employees will no longer be required to undergo pre-employment marijuana testing. The post Michigan: New Rules Take Effect Halting Pre-Employment Marijuana Tests for Mo

Federal: House Committee Advances Legislation Easing Hiring Restrictions for Those with a History of Marijuana Use With Bipartisan Support
Sep 20, 2023

Federal: House Committee Advances Legislation Easing Hiring Restrictions for Those with a History of Marijuana Use With Bipartisan Support

"Passage of The CURE Act will increase the talent pool of candidates eligible for federal employment, while recognizing the reality that millions of Americans have experience with cannabis and should not be denied the opportunity to positively contribute

Are You Ready to Smoke the Vote?
Sep 19, 2023

Are You Ready to Smoke the Vote?

NORML is excited to once again be part of a national effort to strengthen our democracy by registering voters on National Voter Registration Day. The post Are You Ready to Smoke the Vote? appeared first on NORML.

I’m Interning With NORML to Promote Personal Freedoms
Sep 19, 2023

I’m Interning With NORML to Promote Personal Freedoms

Fall '23 Intern Mae Mueller details her reasons for joining the NORML team. The post I’m Interning With NORML to Promote Personal Freedoms appeared first on NORML.

It’s ‘Go Time’ for Cannabis Bills in Congress
Sep 18, 2023

It’s ‘Go Time’ for Cannabis Bills in Congress

In the coming days, members of the House and Senate could take action on multiple important federal cannabis bills. The post It's ‘Go Time' for Cannabis Bills in Congress appeared first on NORML.

California: Bills Expanding Marijuana Rights for Patients, Employees Advanced to Governor’s Desk
Sep 18, 2023

California: Bills Expanding Marijuana Rights for Patients, Employees Advanced to Governor’s Desk

Lawmakers have advanced two bills to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom that seek to expand the rights of cannabis consumers. The post California: Bills Expanding Marijuana Rights for Patients, Employees Advanced to Governor’s Desk appeared fi

I’m Interning With NORML Because We Share a Similar Vision
Sep 15, 2023

I’m Interning With NORML Because We Share a Similar Vision

Fall '23 intern Gloria-Jean writes about her reasons for joining the NORML internship program. The post I’m Interning With NORML Because We Share a Similar Vision appeared first on NORML.

California: Legislation Advanced to Governor Permitting Live Events at Marijuana On-Site Consumption Lounges
Sep 12, 2023

California: Legislation Advanced to Governor Permitting Live Events at Marijuana On-Site Consumption Lounges

Local establishments authorized to permit adults to consume cannabis on their premises will be able to expand their operations to include food services and live events, under legislation advanced to the Governor's desk. The post California: Legislation Ad

I’m Interning With NORML To Gain the Skills To Enact Change in My Home State
Sep 11, 2023

I’m Interning With NORML To Gain the Skills To Enact Change in My Home State

Fall '23 intern Ashley Culbertson shares her reasons for joining the NORML team for the semester. The post I'm Interning With NORML To Gain the Skills To Enact Change in My Home State appeared first on NORML.

North Carolina: Tribal Voters Approve Measure to Allow for Eventual Sales of Marijuana to Adults
Sep 08, 2023

North Carolina: Tribal Voters Approve Measure to Allow for Eventual Sales of Marijuana to Adults

"In spite of blatant Congressman Chuck Edwards' blatant attempts at intimidation and interference with tribal sovereignty, members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians have stood up for their rights and for the rights of cannabis consumers througho

35 Years Ago Today: DEA’s Chief Administrative Law Judge Ruled That Cannabis Should Be Reclassified Under Federal Law
Sep 06, 2023

35 Years Ago Today: DEA’s Chief Administrative Law Judge Ruled That Cannabis Should Be Reclassified Under Federal Law

"This milestone reflects the reality that advocates have been engaged in a multi-decade long struggle to compel the federal government to acknowledge the obvious: that cannabis possesses therapeutic benefits. It also highlights the fact that the federal g

NORML Op-Ed: Let’s Dispel the Myth that Cannabis Smoke and Tobacco Smoke Are Equally Hazardous to Health
Sep 05, 2023

NORML Op-Ed: Let’s Dispel the Myth that Cannabis Smoke and Tobacco Smoke Are Equally Hazardous to Health

It is misleading at best and disingenuous at worst to imply that cannabis smoke exposure is either equal to or more hazardous to health than tobacco smoking, or to imply that long-term data on its respiratory effects do not exist. The post NORML Op-Ed:

Rescheduling Marijuana Is Not Enough
Sep 05, 2023

Rescheduling Marijuana Is Not Enough

Cannabis must be descheduled by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act altogether. The post Rescheduling Marijuana Is Not Enough appeared first on NORML.

Report: Leaked HHS Letter Calls Upon DEA to Reschedule Cannabis
Aug 30, 2023

Report: Leaked HHS Letter Calls Upon DEA to Reschedule Cannabis

The HHS recommendation now goes to DEA, which possesses the final authority to schedule or reschedule a drug under the Controlled Substances Act. The post Report: Leaked HHS Letter Calls Upon DEA to Reschedule Cannabis appeared first on NORML.

I’m Interning at NORML to Become a Stronger Advocate for Justice
Aug 29, 2023

I’m Interning at NORML to Become a Stronger Advocate for Justice

While interning at NORML, Sydney Jenkins hopes to become a stronger advocate for those who have been punished for their use of marijuana, and to become a better advocate for justice in her community. The post I’m Interning at NORML to Become a Stron

Analysis: Many ‘Hemp-Derived’ Delta-9 THC Products Sold Over the Counter Contain Synthetically Derived THC
Aug 25, 2023

Analysis: Many ‘Hemp-Derived’ Delta-9 THC Products Sold Over the Counter Contain Synthetically Derived THC

"Only 18.4 percent [of the evaluated products] probably used natural hemp-derived delta-9 THC," the study's authors concluded.          The post Analysis: Many ‘Hemp-Derived’ Delta-9 THC Products Sold Over the Counter Contain Syntheti

Federal Survey: One in Five Older Adults Have Consumed Cannabis in the Past Year
Aug 22, 2023

Federal Survey: One in Five Older Adults Have Consumed Cannabis in the Past Year

The survey's findings are consistent with those of others reporting rising rates of cannabis use among older adults and seniors. The post Federal Survey: One in Five Older Adults Have Consumed Cannabis in the Past Year appeared first on NORML.

Major Marijuana Legalization Vote this November
Aug 21, 2023

Major Marijuana Legalization Vote this November

We can liberate cannabis for another 11 million Americans. The post Major Marijuana Legalization Vote this November appeared first on NORML.

Ohio: Voters Will Decide on Adult Use Legalization Measure This November
Aug 16, 2023

Ohio: Voters Will Decide on Adult Use Legalization Measure This November

"Historically, when given the choice, voters have consistently chosen to reject cannabis criminalization and to embrace legalization and regulation. Ohioans have seen similar legalization laws adopted in neighboring states and they know that regulating th

Survey Highlights Changing Perceptions Regarding Cannabis and Tobacco
Aug 14, 2023

Survey Highlights Changing Perceptions Regarding Cannabis and Tobacco

Although the study's lead author criticized Americans' changing perceptions toward cannabis, numerous scientific studies reinforce the fact that cannabis smoke exposure poses far fewer risks to health than does tobacco. The post Survey Highlights Changing

The Fight for Legalization Doesn’t Take a Summer Break
Aug 10, 2023

The Fight for Legalization Doesn’t Take a Summer Break

NORML's work for cannabis consumers never takes a vacation. The post The Fight for Legalization Doesn't Take a Summer Break appeared first on NORML.

Appeals Court Rejects Federal Gun Ban for Marijuana Consumers
Aug 10, 2023

Appeals Court Rejects Federal Gun Ban for Marijuana Consumers

"In short, our history and tradition may support some limits on an intoxicated person's right to carry a weapon, but it does not justify disarming a sober citizen based exclusively on his past drug usage." The post Appeals Court Rejects Federal Gun Ban fo

Gallup: Majority of Republicans Support Legalization, but Partisan Gap Remains
Aug 09, 2023

Gallup: Majority of Republicans Support Legalization, but Partisan Gap Remains

Overall, 83 percent of Democratic-leaning respondents endorsed legalization as compared to 55 percent of Republican-leaning respondents. The post Gallup: Majority of Republicans Support Legalization, but Partisan Gap Remains appeared first on NORML.

Spending the Summer Interning with NORML
Aug 09, 2023

Spending the Summer Interning with NORML

Summer '23 Intern Marlie Thompson details her experience at NORML The post Spending the Summer Interning with NORML appeared first on NORML.

Washington: State Launches Online Reimbursement Portal for Those with Past Marijuana Convictions
Aug 03, 2023

Washington: State Launches Online Reimbursement Portal for Those with Past Marijuana Convictions

State officials are set to begin providing financial reimbursements to hundreds of thousands of residents with prior convictions for the possession of marijuana and other controlled substances. The post Washington: State Launches Online Reimbursement Port

Another State Liberates Cannabis
Aug 01, 2023

Another State Liberates Cannabis

The possession and home cultivation of marijuana is now legal for Minnesotans. The post Another State Liberates Cannabis appeared first on NORML.

Study: Cannabis Use During Off-Hours Not Associated with Elevated Risk of Workplace Accidents
Aug 01, 2023

Study: Cannabis Use During Off-Hours Not Associated with Elevated Risk of Workplace Accidents

Consistent with prior studies, investigators reported "no difference in workplace injury risk" among those employees who consumed cannabis while away from the job versus abstainers. The post Study: Cannabis Use During Off-Hours Not Associated with Elevat

End Workplace Discrimination Against Cannabis Consumers
Jul 28, 2023

End Workplace Discrimination Against Cannabis Consumers

The responsible use of cannabis should never cost you your job. The post End Workplace Discrimination Against Cannabis Consumers appeared first on NORML.

Minnesota: Adult Use Legalization Law Takes Effect Next Week
Jul 26, 2023

Minnesota: Adult Use Legalization Law Takes Effect Next Week

"Nearly half of all Americans now reside in a jurisdiction where the adult use of cannabis is legal," NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. "To date, no state has moved to either curtail or repeal these legalization laws. That's because these polic

NORML Op-Ed: Workplace Drug Testing Rules Must Comport with Cannabis’ Evolving Legal Status
Jul 25, 2023

NORML Op-Ed: Workplace Drug Testing Rules Must Comport with Cannabis’ Evolving Legal Status

Those who consume alcohol legally and responsibly while away from their jobs aren't punished by their employers unless their work performance is adversely impacted. Those who legally consume cannabis should be held to a similar standard. The post NORML Op

Analysis: One in Seven Use Cannabis to Recover from Work-Related Injuries
Jul 21, 2023

Analysis: One in Seven Use Cannabis to Recover from Work-Related Injuries

"Our study provides novel information on workers' use of cannabis for their work-related conditions, a population for which little data exist. … Findings of this study demonstrate workers are turning to cannabis many months following the onset of their

There’s No Stopping the Cannabis Revolution
Jul 19, 2023

There’s No Stopping the Cannabis Revolution

Earlier this month, Marylanders experienced their first taste of cannabis freedom. In a few weeks, Minnesotans will join them. Who will be the next? The post There's No Stopping the Cannabis Revolution appeared first on NORML.

Study: Cannabis Use Enhances ‘Runner’s High’ During Exercise
Jul 14, 2023

Study: Cannabis Use Enhances ‘Runner’s High’ During Exercise

Data suggests that endocannabinoids (namely anandamide), rather than endorphins, are responsible for the so-called 'runner's high' experience. The post Study: Cannabis Use Enhances ‘Runner's High' During Exercise appeared first on NORML.

Michigan Ends Marijuana Pre-Employment Screens for Most State Employees
Jul 13, 2023

Michigan Ends Marijuana Pre-Employment Screens for Most State Employees

The Michigan Civil Service Commission has voted unanimously to adopt new rules ending the practice of pre-employment marijuana screening for most state workers. Under the new policy, those previously denied positions because of a failed marijuana test are

Ohio: Advocates Turn In Nearly Twice the Number of Signatures Necessary to Place Marijuana Legalization Initiative on November’s Ballot
Jul 12, 2023

Ohio: Advocates Turn In Nearly Twice the Number of Signatures Necessary to Place Marijuana Legalization Initiative on November’s Ballot

A statewide poll of likely voters reported strong support for adult-use legalization among Democrats (79 percent) and Independents (61 percent), but far less support among Republicans (40 percent). The post Ohio: Advocates Turn In Nearly Twice the Number

State Policy Weekly Update 7/12/2023
Jul 12, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 7/12/2023

This week's updates include developments in: CA, MA, ME, NJ, NY, & PA. The post State Policy Weekly Update 7/12/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Major Changes to Cannabis Law Take Effect Around the U.S.
Jul 07, 2023

Major Changes to Cannabis Law Take Effect Around the U.S.

Thanks to your advocacy, activism, and support, dozens of new marijuana laws took effect around the country this month. The post Major Changes to Cannabis Law Take Effect Around the U.S. appeared first on NORML.

California Addresses 90% of Cannabis Cases in Expungement Efforts
Jul 06, 2023

California Addresses 90% of Cannabis Cases in Expungement Efforts

Seven years after California voters passed Proposition 64 in 2016, successfully legalizing marijuana possession, cultivation, and sales, the courts are finally nearly finished relieving all qualifying cannabis cases. The post California Addresses 90% of

State Policy Weekly Update 7/6/2023
Jul 06, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 7/6/2023

This week's update highlights legislative developments in CA, FL, OH, & OR. The post State Policy Weekly Update 7/6/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: Changes to Medical Cannabis Laws Take Effect
Jul 05, 2023

Virginia: Changes to Medical Cannabis Laws Take Effect

Multiple improvements to the state's medical program became law July 1, 2023. The post Virginia: Changes to Medical Cannabis Laws Take Effect appeared first on NORML.

Connecticut: Law Change Permitting Adults to Home Cultivate Cannabis Takes Effect on Saturday
Jun 28, 2023

Connecticut: Law Change Permitting Adults to Home Cultivate Cannabis Takes Effect on Saturday

As of this Saturday, July 1st, those age 21 or older may begin legally growing personal use quantities of cannabis at home. The post Connecticut: Law Change Permitting Adults to Home Cultivate Cannabis Takes Effect on Saturday appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 6/28/2023
Jun 28, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 6/28/2023

Highlights include legislative developments in CA, FL, ME, & PA. The post State Policy Weekly Update 6/28/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Maryland: Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization Laws Take Effect This Week
Jun 23, 2023

Maryland: Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization Laws Take Effect This Week

Beginning on July 1, those age 21 or older may legally possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis flower and/or 12 grams of cannabis concentrates. The post Maryland: Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization Laws Take Effect This Week appeared first on NORML.

NORML Op-Ed: Cannabis Must Be Removed from the Controlled Substances Act to Resolve State/Federal Conflicts
Jun 23, 2023

NORML Op-Ed: Cannabis Must Be Removed from the Controlled Substances Act to Resolve State/Federal Conflicts

Descheduling cannabis removes the threat of undue federal intrusion in existing state marijuana programs and respects America's longstanding federalist principles allowing states to serve as "laboratories of Democracy." The post NORML Op-Ed: Cannabis Must

State Policy Weekly Update 6/21/2023
Jun 21, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 6/21/2023

Highlights include LA, ME, NV, NJ, PA, & VT. The post State Policy Weekly Update 6/21/2023 appeared first on NORML.

280E Is Harming Legal Cannabis Businesses; These States Are Legislating Change
Jun 20, 2023

280E Is Harming Legal Cannabis Businesses; These States Are Legislating Change

Excess tax burdens imposed on state-legal cannabis businesses are destroying their profitability. These states are legislating change. The post 280E Is Harming Legal Cannabis Businesses; These States Are Legislating Change appeared first on NORML.

I’m Interning at NORML to Become a Better Advocate
Jun 19, 2023

I’m Interning at NORML to Become a Better Advocate

"Interning with NORML provides me with the opportunity to engage in projects that closely align with my passion. I aspire to change the social stigmas surrounding marijuana and marijuana use. I also aspire to promote the therapeutic utility of cannabis."

Louisiana: Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Legislation Into Law
Jun 16, 2023

Louisiana: Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Legislation Into Law

"Tens of thousands of Louisianans carry the burden and stigma of a past conviction for behavior that the majority of state residents no longer believe should be a crime. Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that public officials and

Vermont: Legislation Becomes Law Increasing THC Limits, Plant Counts for Patients
Jun 15, 2023

Vermont: Legislation Becomes Law Increasing THC Limits, Plant Counts for Patients

The new law significantly increases the amount of cannabis patients may home cultivate and doubles the amount of THC available in certain marijuana products. The post Vermont: Legislation Becomes Law Increasing THC Limits, Plant Counts for Patients appea

Maine: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Protecting Cannabis Use While on Probation
Jun 14, 2023

Maine: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Protecting Cannabis Use While on Probation

"This measure reinforces the reality that the responsible, adult-use of cannabis is legal in the state of Maine and that those who engage in this lawful behavior should not face discrimination for their actions." The post Maine: Lawmakers Advance Legislat

State Policy Weekly Update 6/14/2023
Jun 14, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 6/14/2023

Highlights include: CA, CO, IL, LA, ME, NV, NY, OH, PA, & VT The post State Policy Weekly Update 6/14/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Analysis: Proximity to Cannabis Dispensaries Not Correlated with Higher Rates of Youth Marijuana Use
Jun 13, 2023

Analysis: Proximity to Cannabis Dispensaries Not Correlated with Higher Rates of Youth Marijuana Use

"This study found no evidence for increased cannabis use among youth living in zip codes with active medical cannabis dispensaries. In fact, 12th graders living in zip codes with dispensaries had lower past-year and past-30-day cannabis use." The post Ana

Rhode Island: Courts Expunge Over 20,000 Marijuana-Related Convictions in Six Months
Jun 09, 2023

Rhode Island: Courts Expunge Over 20,000 Marijuana-Related Convictions in Six Months

"Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that public officials and the courts move swiftly to right the past wrongs of cannabis prohibition and criminalization." The post Rhode Island: Courts Expunge Over 20,000 Marijuana-Related Convic

Survey: Older Adults Hold Positive Attitudes Toward Cannabis
Jun 08, 2023

Survey: Older Adults Hold Positive Attitudes Toward Cannabis

Eighty-three percent of participants said that cannabis is "less harmful to a person's health compared to alcohol" and 67 percent said that it is a "highly important treatment for older adults." The post Survey: Older Adults Hold Positive Attitudes Toward

State Policy Weekly Update 6/7/2023
Jun 07, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 6/7/2023

Highlights include: CA, LA, NV, NY, OH, & PA. The post State Policy Weekly Update 6/7/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Missouri: Courts Expunge Over 40,000 Cannabis-Related Convictions Ahead of Legal Deadline, But Some Counties Remain Non-Compliant
Jun 06, 2023

Missouri: Courts Expunge Over 40,000 Cannabis-Related Convictions Ahead of Legal Deadline, But Some Counties Remain Non-Compliant

"It is clear that many counties have made no serious effort to comply with the requirements of the Missouri Constitution," Missouri NORML Coordinator Dan Viets said. "It should not be necessary to seek a court order in order to force our courts to comply

New Federal Bill Appropriates Millions Toward University-Sponsored Cannabis Research
Jun 06, 2023

New Federal Bill Appropriates Millions Toward University-Sponsored Cannabis Research

"This bill will facilitate trusted university partners to engage in the kinds of research that will best equip state and federal lawmakers and regulators to develop effective cannabis policies based on public health and safety, will allow consumers to mak

Colorado: Legislation Becomes Law Permitting Online Sales of Retail Cannabis Products
Jun 02, 2023

Colorado: Legislation Becomes Law Permitting Online Sales of Retail Cannabis Products

Proponents say that the law's intent is to limit the number of in-person cash transactions taking place at licensed retailers. The post Colorado: Legislation Becomes Law Permitting Online Sales of Retail Cannabis Products appeared first on NORML.

Arizona: Appellate Court Expands Pool of Marijuana-Related Convictions Eligible for Expungement Relief
Jun 02, 2023

Arizona: Appellate Court Expands Pool of Marijuana-Related Convictions Eligible for Expungement Relief

Justices reversed a lower court decision and concluded that certain "sale-related marijuana offenses are eligible for expungement" under the state's 2020 voter-initiated legalization law. The post Arizona: Appellate Court Expands Pool of Marijuana-Related

I’m Interning at NORML to Fight Against the War on Drugs
May 31, 2023

I’m Interning at NORML to Fight Against the War on Drugs

Summer '23 Intern Marlie shares her reasons for joining the NORML team. The post I’m Interning at NORML to Fight Against the War on Drugs appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 5/31/2023
May 31, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 5/31/2023

Marijuana reform legislation continues to advance in several states. This week's update highlights legislative developments in CA, LA, MD, ME, MN, NC, & TX. The post State Policy Weekly Update 5/31/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Minnesota Becomes the 23rd Legal Marijuana State
May 30, 2023

Minnesota Becomes the 23rd Legal Marijuana State

Adults may legally possess cannabis on August 1, 2023. State officials at that time will begin the process of reviewing and expunging tens of thousands of marijuana convictions. The post Minnesota Becomes the 23rd Legal Marijuana State appeared first on N

NORML Legal Committee Submits Amicus Brief in Federal Case Challenging Government’s Gun Ban for Medical Cannabis Consumers
May 26, 2023

NORML Legal Committee Submits Amicus Brief in Federal Case Challenging Government’s Gun Ban for Medical Cannabis Consumers

The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has accepted NORML's 'friend of the court' amicus brief in a case that seeks to protect the Second Amendment rights of state-authorized medical cannabis patients. The post NORML Legal Committee Submits Amicus Brief i

NORML Op-Ed: Senate Must Act on Legislation Clarifying Cannabis Banking Rules for State-Licensed Businesses
May 26, 2023

NORML Op-Ed: Senate Must Act on Legislation Clarifying Cannabis Banking Rules for State-Licensed Businesses

Every day that Congress fails to act needlessly jeopardizes the livelihood of these small businesses and their consumers. The post NORML Op-Ed: Senate Must Act on Legislation Clarifying Cannabis Banking Rules for State-Licensed Businesses appeared first o

Study: No Correlation Between THC Detection and Driving Impairment
May 26, 2023

Study: No Correlation Between THC Detection and Driving Impairment

"In the largest trial to date involving experienced users smoking cannabis, there was no correlation between THC (and related metabolites/cannabinoids) in blood, OF [oral fluid], or breath and driving performance. … The complete lack of a relationship

State Policy Weekly Update 5/24/2023
May 24, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 5/24/2023

Highlights include LA, ME, MD, MN, MT, NV, NH, NY, OH, PA, and RI. The post State Policy Weekly Update 5/24/2023 appeared first on NORML.

DEA Reports More Marijuana Seizures, Fewer Arrests in 2022
May 23, 2023

DEA Reports More Marijuana Seizures, Fewer Arrests in 2022

Federal law enforcement agents and their partners seized nearly 5.7 million cultivated marijuana plants in 2022. This is the highest annual seizure total reported by the agency since 2011. The post DEA Reports More Marijuana Seizures, Fewer Arrests in 202

Michigan: Officials Accepting Public Comments on Plan to Halt Cannabis Pre-Employment Testing for State Workers
May 22, 2023

Michigan: Officials Accepting Public Comments on Plan to Halt Cannabis Pre-Employment Testing for State Workers

"Policies that mandate would-be hires to undergo urine screens for past cannabis exposure are invasive, discriminatory, and ineffective. They neither identify workers who may be under the influence, nor do they contribute to a safe work environment." The

Study: Neither Current nor Lifetime Cannabis Use Linked with COPD
May 22, 2023

Study: Neither Current nor Lifetime Cannabis Use Linked with COPD

"In [this] cohort of ever-tobacco smokers of ≥20 pack-years with established COPD or at risk of developing COPD, ... a history of current and/or former smoking of marijuana of any cumulative lifetime amount was not found to be associated with a signific

Minnesota: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Legalization Bill to Governor’s Desk
May 20, 2023

Minnesota: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Legalization Bill to Governor’s Desk

Provisions in the bill permit adults to purchase (up to two ounces from state-licensed retailers and/or 8 grams of concentrate and 800 milligrams worth of edible products), home-cultivate (up to eight plants, no more than four of which can be mature), and

NORML Op-Ed: Ending Cannabis Bigotry Is Long Overdue
May 18, 2023

NORML Op-Ed: Ending Cannabis Bigotry Is Long Overdue

After a century of failed policies and canna-bigotry, Americans are ready to move in a different direction — one that legalizes, regulates, and educates. The post NORML Op-Ed: Ending Cannabis Bigotry Is Long Overdue appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 5/17/2023
May 17, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 5/17/2023

Highlights include CA, LA, MD, MN, NH, & VT. The post State Policy Weekly Update 5/17/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Survey: Over Half of Consumers in Legal States Obtain Their Cannabis From Brick-and-Mortar Retailers
May 17, 2023

Survey: Over Half of Consumers in Legal States Obtain Their Cannabis From Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

"These data indicate that the legal, regulated cannabis market is displacing the underground marketplace," NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. "Over time, consumers are becoming more comfortable with and more reliant upon licensed retailers – w

Minnesota: Lawmakers Finalize Adult-Use Legalization Language, Prepare to Send It to Governor’s Desk
May 16, 2023

Minnesota: Lawmakers Finalize Adult-Use Legalization Language, Prepare to Send It to Governor’s Desk

The finalized measure now goes back to both chambers for floor votes, which could take place as soon as tomorrow. The post Minnesota: Lawmakers Finalize Adult-Use Legalization Language, Prepare to Send It to Governor’s Desk appeared first on NORML.

Analysis: No Change in Problematic Patterns of Cannabis Use Following Adult-Use Legalization
May 15, 2023

Analysis: No Change in Problematic Patterns of Cannabis Use Following Adult-Use Legalization

"Canada's real-world experience with marijuana legalization ... affirms that these policies can be implemented in a way that provides regulated access for adults while simultaneously limiting youth access, discouraging misuse, and not compromising public

NORML Op-Ed: Concerns Surrounding Cannabis and Mental Health Must Be Placed in Context, Not Sensationalized
May 12, 2023

NORML Op-Ed: Concerns Surrounding Cannabis and Mental Health Must Be Placed in Context, Not Sensationalized

The establishment of a regulated market designed to keep cannabis products away from young people, and that provides clear warnings to those specific populations who may be more vulnerable to its effects — coupled with a policy of consumer education —

Analysis: State-Licensed Cannabis Businesses Paid Nearly $2 Billion In Excess Taxes in 2022 
May 11, 2023

Analysis: State-Licensed Cannabis Businesses Paid Nearly $2 Billion In Excess Taxes in 2022 

A new study by Whitney Economics has discovered excessive tax burdens placed on cannabis businesses as a result of Section 280E. The post Analysis: State-Licensed Cannabis Businesses Paid Nearly $2 Billion In Excess Taxes in 2022  appeared first on NORM

State Policy Weekly Update 5/10/2023
May 10, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 5/10/2023

Highlights include: FL, ME, MD, MO, MV, NH, OH, PA, VT, and WA. The post State Policy Weekly Update 5/10/2023 appeared first on NORML.

NORML Calls on Senators to Advance Cannabis Banking Legislation
May 10, 2023

NORML Calls on Senators to Advance Cannabis Banking Legislation

"Every day that Congress fails to act endangers the livelihood of these small businesses and their customers, puts local regulators and law enforcement at a disadvantage, and facilitates the activities of unlicensed operators and criminal organizations."

Federal Report: Marijuana Use by Teens Continues Decade-Long Decline
May 09, 2023

Federal Report: Marijuana Use by Teens Continues Decade-Long Decline

"States' real-world experience with marijuana legalization affirms that these policies can be implemented in a way that provides regulated access for adults while simultaneously limiting youth access and misuse." The post Federal Report: Marijuana Use by

Washington Becomes Latest State to Ban Pre-Employment Tests for Cannabis
May 09, 2023

Washington Becomes Latest State to Ban Pre-Employment Tests for Cannabis

Washington joins a growing number of jurisdictions that have passed legislation limiting employers' ability to pre-screen applicants for past marijuana use. The post Washington Becomes Latest State to Ban Pre-Employment Tests for Cannabis appeared first o

My Experience Interning with NORML
May 04, 2023

My Experience Interning with NORML

NORML Spring '23 Intern Lucy Matthews shares her experience working with the national team in Washington, DC. The post My Experience Interning with NORML appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 5/3/2023
May 03, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 5/3/2023

Highlights in: AK, CA, CO, LA, ME, MN, MO, NV, NY, TX, and VT.  The post State Policy Weekly Update 5/3/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Maryland: Governor Signs Measure Into Law Implementing Adult-Use Legalization
May 03, 2023

Maryland: Governor Signs Measure Into Law Implementing Adult-Use Legalization

"The criminalization of marijuana harmed low-income communities and communities of color in a profound way," Gov. Moore said. "We want to make sure that the legalization of marijuana lifts those communities now in a profound way." The post Maryland: Gover

Ohio: Advocates Look to Restart Ballot Initiative Campaign to Legalize Marijuana for Adults
May 02, 2023

Ohio: Advocates Look to Restart Ballot Initiative Campaign to Legalize Marijuana for Adults

"It's going to be on the ballot and it's going to pass," Tom Haren, a spokesperson for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, told the Ohio Capital Journal. "Ohio consumers ... will be able to have safe, effective and regulated adult use of c

Study: Plant THC Potency Not Associated with Elevated Risk of Psychosis-Like Symptoms
May 01, 2023

Study: Plant THC Potency Not Associated with Elevated Risk of Psychosis-Like Symptoms

Investigators concluded, "High potency cannabis use, measured as THC concentration in cannabis and high potency cannabis preference, was not associated with increased symptoms of psychosis." The post Study: Plant THC Potency Not Associated with Elevated R

Georgia: Regulators Finally License Retailers to Begin Selling Low-THC Cannabis Products to Authorized Patients
Apr 28, 2023

Georgia: Regulators Finally License Retailers to Begin Selling Low-THC Cannabis Products to Authorized Patients

"For almost ten years, patients and their providers have lacked the ability to locally access these medically necessary state-approved products from state-licensed retailers. Hopefully, their wait is finally over." The post Georgia: Regulators Finally Lic

Minnesota Poised to Become 23rd Legal Marijuana State
Apr 28, 2023

Minnesota Poised to Become 23rd Legal Marijuana State

"Passage of this legislation is the result of years of grassroots activism by consumers and stakeholders, including Minnesota NORML. In fact, the impetus for the formation of Minnesota NORML was based upon a police raid and resulting marijuana arrest. The

SAFE Banking Act Reintroduced in House and Senate
Apr 27, 2023

SAFE Banking Act Reintroduced in House and Senate

"If cannabis businesses are to have any hope of operating safely, transparently, and in a manner that is competitive with the existing underground market, Congress must pass SAFE Banking now." The post SAFE Banking Act Reintroduced in House and Senate app

State Policy Weekly Update 4/26/2023
Apr 26, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 4/26/2023

Highlights include: CA, DE, ME, MN, NV, NC, TX, and VT. The post State Policy Weekly Update 4/26/2023 appeared first on NORML.

What’s It Like to Intern with NORML?
Apr 26, 2023

What’s It Like to Intern with NORML?

NORML 2023 spring intern Christopher Handwerger answers questions about his experience. The post What’s It Like to Intern with NORML? appeared first on NORML.

Texas: House Advances Marijuana Penalty Reduction Legislation
Apr 26, 2023

Texas: House Advances Marijuana Penalty Reduction Legislation

"Texas leads the nation in marijuana-related arrests. Passage of this legislation will end this dubious distinction." The post Texas: House Advances Marijuana Penalty Reduction Legislation appeared first on NORML.

Minnesota: House Chamber Advances Adult Use Legalization Measure
Apr 25, 2023

Minnesota: House Chamber Advances Adult Use Legalization Measure

"Minnesota is poised to become an island of cannabis freedom in a sea of marijuana prohibition." The post Minnesota: House Chamber Advances Adult Use Legalization Measure appeared first on NORML.

Delaware to Become the 22nd State to Legalize Adult Use Marijuana
Apr 21, 2023

Delaware to Become the 22nd State to Legalize Adult Use Marijuana

"After years of advocacy, collaboration, and grassroots organizing, we are thrilled to see cannabis legalization become a reality in our state. This victory is a result of the tireless work of thousands of volunteers, dozens of lawmakers, and with the sup

CBS News Poll: Most Americans Say Marijuana Should Be Legal, Nearly One in Three Have a Licensed Cannabis Retail Store in Their Neighborhood
Apr 20, 2023

CBS News Poll: Most Americans Say Marijuana Should Be Legal, Nearly One in Three Have a Licensed Cannabis Retail Store in Their Neighborhood

"One of the greatest benchmarks of the success of legalization is the simple fact that public support for this policy change has consistently grown in the years since states began adopting it." The post CBS News Poll: Most Americans Say Marijuana Should B

Keep Cool With a NORML Koozie
Apr 19, 2023

Keep Cool With a NORML Koozie

We're giving one to everyone who donates $42 or more now through April 30, 2023! The post Keep Cool With a NORML Koozie appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 4/19/2023
Apr 19, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 4/19/2023

Highlights include: AK, AR, CA, CO, DE, IL, LA, ME, MA, MN, NH, NY, NV, NC, OK, VT, & WA. The post State Policy Weekly Update 4/19/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act Reintroduced in Both Chambers of Congress
Apr 19, 2023

Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act Reintroduced in Both Chambers of Congress

The legislation provides a temporary five-year "safe harbor" in which veterans will not be punished for state-legal cannabis use and VA doctors will be able to officially recommend medical cannabis in accordance with state laws. The VA would also be manda

HOPE Act Reintroduced in Congress with Bipartisan Support
Apr 18, 2023

HOPE Act Reintroduced in Congress with Bipartisan Support

The Harnessing Opportunities by Pursuing Expungement (HOPE) Act, sponsored by Reps. David Joyce (R-OH) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), allocates $20 million in federal funds over the course of ten years to provide grants to state and local government

Delaware: Governor Has Days to Decide the Fate of Adult-Use Legalization Bills
Apr 17, 2023

Delaware: Governor Has Days to Decide the Fate of Adult-Use Legalization Bills

The Governor can either sign or veto the bills by the deadlines. If he takes no action, the bills become law absent the governor's signature. The post Delaware: Governor Has Days to Decide the Fate of Adult-Use Legalization Bills appeared first on NORML.

Join Rick Steves in the Fight to End Marijuana Prohibition
Apr 17, 2023

Join Rick Steves in the Fight to End Marijuana Prohibition

"I am honored to lead this important fight for freedom." The post Join Rick Steves in the Fight to End Marijuana Prohibition appeared first on NORML.

Bipartisan Bill to Normalize Federal Taxation for Legal Cannabis Businesses Introduced in House of Representatives
Apr 17, 2023

Bipartisan Bill to Normalize Federal Taxation for Legal Cannabis Businesses Introduced in House of Representatives

The Small Business Tax Equity Act provides an exemption for state-licensed cannabis businesses from federal tax code 280E, which prevents anyone engaged in the trade of certain federally prohibited substances from deducting business expenses. The post Bip

NORML Remembers Norman Elliot Kent
Apr 13, 2023

NORML Remembers Norman Elliot Kent

"In the more than five decades of NORML's history, few individuals have contributed more to achieving our mission than Norm. In the end, he accepted his impending death with grace and humor." The post NORML Remembers Norman Elliot Kent appeared first on N

State Policy Weekly Update 4/12/2023
Apr 12, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 4/12/2023

Highlights include: AR, CA, CO, ME, MD, MO, NH, PA, SC, and TX The post State Policy Weekly Update 4/12/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Texas: House Lawmakers Advance Legislation Expanding Access to Medical Cannabis Products
Apr 11, 2023

Texas: House Lawmakers Advance Legislation Expanding Access to Medical Cannabis Products

"Passage of this legislation will provide qualified patients with a state-sanctioned option to access a therapy that has proven to offer significant benefits." The post Texas: House Lawmakers Advance Legislation Expanding Access to Medical Cannabis Produc

Maryland: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Legalization Implementation Bill to Governor’s Desk
Apr 09, 2023

Maryland: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Legalization Implementation Bill to Governor’s Desk

The finalized legislation permits existing medical cannabis dispensaries to apply (for a fee) for dual licensure to sell to the adult-use market beginning this July. The post Maryland: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Legalization Implementation Bill to Govern

Op-Ed: Delaware Veteran Demands Gov. Carney to Sign Cannabis Reforms into Law
Apr 07, 2023

Op-Ed: Delaware Veteran Demands Gov. Carney to Sign Cannabis Reforms into Law

It is time for Gov. Carney to acknowledge and support the majority of Delawareans who back cannabis legalization in the First State. The post Op-Ed: Delaware Veteran Demands Gov. Carney to Sign Cannabis Reforms into Law appeared first on NORML.

NORML Op-Ed: States Should Require Insurers to Pay for Medical Cannabis
Apr 06, 2023

NORML Op-Ed: States Should Require Insurers to Pay for Medical Cannabis

The millions of Americans who rely upon medical cannabis products ought to be afforded the same entitlements as those who use other conventional medications and therapies. The post NORML Op-Ed: States Should Require Insurers to Pay for Medical Cannabis ap

Bipartisan Effort to Improve Veterans’ Access to Medical Cannabis Introduced in Congress
Apr 06, 2023

Bipartisan Effort to Improve Veterans’ Access to Medical Cannabis Introduced in Congress

Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), along with 15 other co-sponsors, have reintroduced the Veterans Equal Access Act, or H.R. 2431. The post Bipartisan Effort to Improve Veterans' Access to Medical Cannabis Introduced in Congress appea

Study: Licensed Cannabis Retailers Are Strictly Complying with ID Verification Laws
Apr 05, 2023

Study: Licensed Cannabis Retailers Are Strictly Complying with ID Verification Laws

"Illicit marijuana providers don't ask for or check for ID, but licensed businesses most certainly do." The post Study: Licensed Cannabis Retailers Are Strictly Complying with ID Verification Laws appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 4/5/2023
Apr 05, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 4/5/2023

Highlights in: AK, ID, IL, KY, LA, MD, NV, NM, ND, VT, & WA The post State Policy Weekly Update 4/5/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Connecticut: State Prosecutors Dismiss 1,500+ Pending Marijuana Cases
Apr 04, 2023

Connecticut: State Prosecutors Dismiss 1,500+ Pending Marijuana Cases

"Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that public officials and the courts move swiftly to right the past wrongs of cannabis prohibition and criminalization." The post Connecticut: State Prosecutors Dismiss 1,500+ Pending Marijuana C

Kentucky Becomes the 38th State to Enact Comprehensive Medical Cannabis Access
Mar 31, 2023

Kentucky Becomes the 38th State to Enact Comprehensive Medical Cannabis Access

"For years, Kentuckians have been calling for medical cannabis legalization and now they will have the freedom to safely access regulated, therapeutic products right here at home," said Matthew Bratcher, Executive Director of Kentucky NORML. The post Kent

Maryland: Lawmakers Advance Dueling Bills to Regulate Adult-Use Cannabis Sales
Mar 31, 2023

Maryland: Lawmakers Advance Dueling Bills to Regulate Adult-Use Cannabis Sales

Differences in the two bills' language will likely need to be addressed in a conference committee before being advanced to the Governor's desk. The post Maryland: Lawmakers Advance Dueling Bills to Regulate Adult-Use Cannabis Sales appeared first on NORML

Washington: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Barring Pre-Employment Tests for Cannabis
Mar 30, 2023

Washington: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Barring Pre-Employment Tests for Cannabis

"This is a victory against discrimination toward people who use cannabis," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Karen Keiser. "For people using a legal substance — many of them for medical reasons — locking them out of jobs based on a pre-employment test is

Kentucky: Lawmakers Approve Medical Cannabis Access Legislation
Mar 30, 2023

Kentucky: Lawmakers Approve Medical Cannabis Access Legislation

Members of the House and Senate have approved legislation, Senate Bill 47, regulating the production and dispensing of cannabis products to authorized patients. The post Kentucky: Lawmakers Approve Medical Cannabis Access Legislation appeared first on NOR

State Policy Weekly Update 3/29/2023
Mar 29, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 3/29/2023

Highlights in: CA, DE, LA, MD, MA, MT, NH, NC, ND, OK, SD, & WA. The post State Policy Weekly Update 3/29/2023 appeared first on NORML.

NORML Welcomes New Members to Its Board of Directors
Mar 28, 2023

NORML Welcomes New Members to Its Board of Directors

NORML is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors. The post NORML Welcomes New Members to Its Board of Directors appeared first on NORML.

Delaware: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Bills to Governor’s Desk
Mar 28, 2023

Delaware: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Bills to Governor’s Desk

"The progress today is a result of years of grassroots activism. Further, it is a reflection of lawmakers evolving on this issue and being responsive to the will of the electorate, which overwhelmingly favor ending the failed policy of cannabis criminaliz

NORML Op-Ed: In the Era of Legal Marijuana, The Kids Are Alright
Mar 24, 2023

NORML Op-Ed: In the Era of Legal Marijuana, The Kids Are Alright

States' real-world experience with marijuana legalization affirms that these policies can be implemented in a way that provides regulated access for adults while simultaneously limiting youth access and misuse. The post NORML Op-Ed: In the Era of Legal Ma

District of Columbia: Legislation Expanding Medical Cannabis Access Enacted Into Law
Mar 23, 2023

District of Columbia: Legislation Expanding Medical Cannabis Access Enacted Into Law

"Members of the DC City government continue to prioritize policies that both advance and protect the freedoms of responsible cannabis consumers. These policies include providing patients with convenient access to regulated medical cannabis products, prohi

State Policy Weekly Update 3/22/2023
Mar 22, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 3/22/2023

Highlights in: AZ, DE, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, NH, NY, TX, VT, WA, and WV. The post State Policy Weekly Update 3/22/2023 appeared first on NORML.

NORML Op-Ed: Antiquated Marijuana Policies Are Exacerbating Supply Chain Issues
Mar 17, 2023

NORML Op-Ed: Antiquated Marijuana Policies Are Exacerbating Supply Chain Issues

Since 2020, more than 100,000 truck drivers have tested positive for past cannabis exposure. Of this total, only about 25 percent sought to return to work — resulting in mass driver shortages. The post NORML Op-Ed: Antiquated Marijuana Policies Are Exac

Pennsylvania: Appellate Court Rules That Medical Cannabis Costs Should Be Reimbursed by Workers’ Compensation Insurance Plans
Mar 17, 2023

Pennsylvania: Appellate Court Rules That Medical Cannabis Costs Should Be Reimbursed by Workers’ Compensation Insurance Plans

"For millions of patients, cannabis is a legitimate therapeutic option. More and more, lawmakers, regulators, and the courts are recognizing this fact and evolving their opinions and policies accordingly." The post Pennsylvania: Appellate Court Rules That

Kentucky: Senate Approves Medical Cannabis Bill
Mar 16, 2023

Kentucky: Senate Approves Medical Cannabis Bill

The measure awaits approval by the House The post Kentucky: Senate Approves Medical Cannabis Bill appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 3/15/2023
Mar 15, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 3/15/2023

Highlights in: AL, DE, FL, IL, KS, KY, ME, MD, MO, NH, NV, NM, ND & TX. The post State Policy Weekly Update 3/15/2023 appeared first on NORML.

District of Columbia: Marijuana Expungement Bill Enacted Into Law
Mar 15, 2023

District of Columbia: Marijuana Expungement Bill Enacted Into Law

The Act provides for the automatic review and expungement of any convictions or citations specific to marijuana-related offenses that have subsequently been decriminalized or legalized in the District of Columbia. It requires all cannabis-specific expunge

Analysis: Percentage of Americans Acknowledging Medical Cannabis Use Has Doubled Since 2013
Mar 14, 2023

Analysis: Percentage of Americans Acknowledging Medical Cannabis Use Has Doubled Since 2013

"An increasing number of Americans are choosing cannabis as a therapeutic option, and in many cases, they are substituting it in lieu of other potentially less effective and more harmful substances." The post Analysis: Percentage of Americans Acknowledgin

NORML Remembers: Dr. Raphael Mechoulam
Mar 10, 2023

NORML Remembers: Dr. Raphael Mechoulam

NORML is saddened to report on the passing of Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the "Father of Cannabis Research." He was 92 years old. The post NORML Remembers: Dr. Raphael Mechoulam appeared first on NORML.

Biden’s Marijuana Pardon Certificates Are Important for All Americans, Particularly Those of Us with Federal Cannabis Convictions
Mar 09, 2023

Biden’s Marijuana Pardon Certificates Are Important for All Americans, Particularly Those of Us with Federal Cannabis Convictions

The Justice Department has finally opened up the process for those seeking Presidential pardon certificates for past marijuana convictions. I am one of those Americans. The post Biden's Marijuana Pardon Certificates Are Important for All Americans, Partic

Delaware: House Passes Adult-Use Cannabis Bill with Two-Thirds Supermajority
Mar 09, 2023

Delaware: House Passes Adult-Use Cannabis Bill with Two-Thirds Supermajority

"Legalizing cannabis possession, eliminating criminal penalties for all ages, and creating a regulated market are huge leaps forward for Delaware," said Laura Sharer, Executive Director of Delaware NORML. "Provisions afforded from the Justice Reinvestment

State Policy Weekly Update 3/8/2023
Mar 08, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 3/8/2023

Highlights in: AK, AZ, CA, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, KY, ME, MD, NH, NM, NY, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA. The post State Policy Weekly Update 3/8/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Oklahomans Reject Adult-Use Legalization Ballot Measure
Mar 08, 2023

Oklahomans Reject Adult-Use Legalization Ballot Measure

Oklahomans who engage in marijuana-related activities, but who are not registered in the state's medical program will continue to face some of the strictest penalties in the nation. The post Oklahomans Reject Adult-Use Legalization Ballot Measure appeared

NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri Stepping Down from Leadership Position
Mar 07, 2023

NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri Stepping Down from Leadership Position

Altieri assumed the leadership role in November 2016, directing NORML during one of the more successful periods in the marijuana law reform movement's history. The post NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri Stepping Down from Leadership Position appeared

A Bright Future for Marijuana Legalization
Mar 07, 2023

A Bright Future for Marijuana Legalization

NORML only exists and succeeds because of the support of passionate and dedicated individuals like you. With you standing shoulder to shoulder with us, we will continue to take our fight to city councils, state legislatures, and to Congress. Together, we

Justice Department Website Opens Portal for Those Seeking Presidential Pardon Certificates
Mar 03, 2023

Justice Department Website Opens Portal for Those Seeking Presidential Pardon Certificates

After a several month delay, the Justice Department has opened the online application process for those persons eligible to receive certificates indicating that their marijuana-related convictions have been pardoned by the President. The post Justice Depa

Op-Ed: Cannabis Legalization Is Overdue in Delaware
Mar 02, 2023

Op-Ed: Cannabis Legalization Is Overdue in Delaware

Delaware deserves to go green in 2023. We deserve regulated cannabis. The post Op-Ed: Cannabis Legalization Is Overdue in Delaware appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 3/1/2023
Mar 01, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 3/1/2023

Highlights in: GA, IL, ME, MD, MN, MT, NY, ND, SC,SD, TN, TX and WA. The post State Policy Weekly Update 3/1/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Alaska: Supreme Court Orders Prior Cannabis Convictions to Be Sealed From Public View
Feb 24, 2023

Alaska: Supreme Court Orders Prior Cannabis Convictions to Be Sealed From Public View

Those previously convicted of possessing one ounce or less of cannabis are eligible for record sealing. It is estimated that some 800 Alaskans will receive relief under the order, which takes effect May 1, 2023. The post Alaska: Supreme Court Orders Prior

Oklahoma: Voters Days Away from Deciding Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization Measure
Feb 23, 2023

Oklahoma: Voters Days Away from Deciding Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization Measure

"Historically, when voters are provided the choice at the ballot box, they choose legalization and regulation. This has been the outcome not only in traditionally 'blue' states like California and Oregon, but also in traditionally 'red' states like Montan

State Policy Weekly Update 2/22/2023
Feb 22, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 2/22/2023

Highlights include: CA, CO, GA, HI, IL, MD, MN, MO, NC, ND, NH, NM, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, UT, VT, and WA. The post State Policy Weekly Update 2/22/2023 appeared first on NORML.

CDC Report: Rates of Current Marijuana Use Among Teens Has Steadily Declined Over Past Decade
Feb 17, 2023

CDC Report: Rates of Current Marijuana Use Among Teens Has Steadily Declined Over Past Decade

NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said, "These latest findings add to the growing body of scientific literature showing that legalization policies can be implemented in a manner that provides access for adults while simultaneously limiting youth ac

US Senate Committee Advances Bill Facilitating Cannabis Research Among Veterans
Feb 16, 2023

US Senate Committee Advances Bill Facilitating Cannabis Research Among Veterans

Recently conducted observational trials in Israel and the United Kingdom have documented improved symptoms following the use of cannabis products among patients with post-traumatic stress. These outcomes include statistically significant changes in sleep

State Policy Weekly Update 2/14/2023
Feb 14, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 2/14/2023

Highlights include: AZ, CO, GA, KS, ME, MD, NH, NM, RI, TX, VT, VA, and WV The post State Policy Weekly Update 2/14/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: Republican-Led Subcommittee Again Rejects Marijuana Sales Legislation in Party-Line Vote
Feb 14, 2023

Virginia: Republican-Led Subcommittee Again Rejects Marijuana Sales Legislation in Party-Line Vote

"This vote is another huge disappointment for Virginians, the majority of whom favor swift access to retail sales," added Pedini. "Legislation providing regulatory oversight is the best way for the Commonwealth to protect cannabis consumers. By failing to

NORML Op-ed: President Biden: What Happened to Those Marijuana Pardons You Promised?
Feb 13, 2023

NORML Op-ed: President Biden: What Happened to Those Marijuana Pardons You Promised?

Many of those eligible for forgiveness have suffered numerous lost opportunities over the years because of a lingering conviction for behavior that most Americans no longer believe should be a crime. They should not have to continue to wait for relief any

Texas: San Antonio Voters to Decide on Marijuana Depenalization Ordinance
Feb 10, 2023

Texas: San Antonio Voters to Decide on Marijuana Depenalization Ordinance

Voters in several Texas cities – including Austin, Denton, Elgin, Harker Heights, Killeen, and San Marcos – have approved similar ballot measures. The post Texas: San Antonio Voters to Decide on Marijuana Depenalization Ordinance appeared first on NOR

State Policy Weekly Update 2/7/2023
Feb 07, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 2/7/2023

Highlights include: DE, GA, HI, IA, MD, MN, MO, NB, NH, NY, NC, ND, OH, SD, TN, WA, and WV. The post State Policy Weekly Update 2/7/2023 appeared first on NORML.

Federal Court Rules Gun Ban for Marijuana Consumers Is Unconstitutional
Feb 06, 2023

Federal Court Rules Gun Ban for Marijuana Consumers Is Unconstitutional

"[T]he mere use of marijuana carries none of the characteristics that the Nation's history and tradition of firearms regulation supports," the Court determined. "The mere use of marijuana does not indicate that someone is in fact dangerous" or has a "proc

Why I’m Fighting for Cannabis Freedom
Feb 03, 2023

Why I’m Fighting for Cannabis Freedom

I chose to work for NORML this spring because I believe that the destigmatization and legalization of cannabis is crucial to creating a more just, equitable, knowledgeable, and free society. The post Why I'm Fighting for Cannabis Freedom appeared first on

Missouri: Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Begin, Regulators Accepting Home-Cultivation Applications
Feb 03, 2023

Missouri: Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Begin, Regulators Accepting Home-Cultivation Applications

"The option to grow for oneself is a fundamental right which has been part of legalization in the great majority of the 20 other states which have now taken the historic step of repealing the criminal prohibition of responsible adult marijuana use." The p

Oklahoma: Voters Still Have Time to Register Ahead of March Legalization Vote
Feb 02, 2023

Oklahoma: Voters Still Have Time to Register Ahead of March Legalization Vote

State Question 820 permits adults to legally possess and home-cultivate personal use qualities of cannabis while also establishing a licensed, retail marketplace. The post Oklahoma: Voters Still Have Time to Register Ahead of March Legalization Vote appea

Virginia: House Republicans Reject Retail Cannabis Sales Plan
Feb 01, 2023

Virginia: House Republicans Reject Retail Cannabis Sales Plan

NORML Development Director JM Pedini, said that Tuesday's vote represented "another stunning failure of leadership on cannabis policy." The post Virginia: House Republicans Reject Retail Cannabis Sales Plan appeared first on NORML.

District of Columbia: Bills Transmitted to Congress Providing for Marijuana Expungements, Expanded Medical Access
Jan 31, 2023

District of Columbia: Bills Transmitted to Congress Providing for Marijuana Expungements, Expanded Medical Access

City lawmakers have provided final approval to a pair of bills that seek to significantly reform marijuana laws in the District of Columbia. But both bills still must undergo a 30-day Congressional review prior to becoming law. The post District of Columb

Rhode Island: Courts Begin the Process of Erasing Marijuana Records
Jan 30, 2023

Rhode Island: Courts Begin the Process of Erasing Marijuana Records

"Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that public officials and the courts move swiftly to right the past wrongs of cannabis prohibition and criminalization." The post Rhode Island: Courts Begin the Process of Erasing Marijuana Recor

Poll: Virginia Voters Support Legalizing Adult-use Cannabis Retail Sales
Jan 30, 2023

Poll: Virginia Voters Support Legalizing Adult-use Cannabis Retail Sales

If public safety is an actual priority for either chamber, then they will approve legislation to begin sales at licensed dispensaries as soon as possible.". The post Poll: Virginia Voters Support Legalizing Adult-use Cannabis Retail Sales appeared first o

Study: Cannabis Use Reduces Daily Use of Prescription Opioids in Chronic Pain Patients
Jan 30, 2023

Study: Cannabis Use Reduces Daily Use of Prescription Opioids in Chronic Pain Patients

"These findings contribute robust evidence for clinicians regarding the potential benefits of medical cannabis in reducing the opioid burden for patients receiving long-term opioid therapy and possibly reduc[ing] their risk for overdose." The post Study:

I’m Interning with NORML to Join the Fight Against a Failed Policy
Jan 27, 2023

I’m Interning with NORML to Join the Fight Against a Failed Policy

"Assisting and working toward legalization nationally will allow me not only to learn about the failed federal experiment with cannabis, but also inform me on ways to better educate constituents on how they can take action to change these policies in thei

Tens of Thousands of Commercial Truckers Leaving the Workforce Over Outdated Marijuana Testing Requirements
Jan 27, 2023

Tens of Thousands of Commercial Truckers Leaving the Workforce Over Outdated Marijuana Testing Requirements

"The Transportation Department's reliance on this outdated technology and upon these discriminatory policies is out of step with reality and is directly contributing to the trucking shortage crisis." The post Tens of Thousands of Commercial Truckers Leav

Study: Marijuana Legalization Not Associated with Elevated Rates of Psychosis-Related Health Outcomes
Jan 26, 2023

Study: Marijuana Legalization Not Associated with Elevated Rates of Psychosis-Related Health Outcomes

"This study is the ... largest ... to quantify the association of medical and recreational cannabis policies with rates of psychosis-related health care claims across US states. … [W]e did not observe a statistically significant association of state ca

Presidential Pardons for Federal Cannabis Possession Convictions Still Unavailable
Jan 25, 2023

Presidential Pardons for Federal Cannabis Possession Convictions Still Unavailable

It's time for the Department of Justice to deliver the pardon certificates that President Biden promised last fall. The post Presidential Pardons for Federal Cannabis Possession Convictions Still Unavailable appeared first on NORML.

Mississippi: Medical Cannabis Sales to Begin This Week
Jan 24, 2023

Mississippi: Medical Cannabis Sales to Begin This Week

"Marijuana access has been long overdue for Mississippi's patients," NORML's State Policies Manager Jax James said. "The overwhelming majority of voters decided in favor of this policy change over two years ago, and lawmakers had an obligation to ensure t

State Policy Weekly Update 1/24/2023
Jan 24, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 1/24/2023

Lawmakers in many states have started pre-filing marijuana law reform legislation and some sessions have already begun holding hearings. This week's update highlights legislative developments in Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Mis

Why I’m Choosing to Intern at NORML
Jan 20, 2023

Why I’m Choosing to Intern at NORML

"As a cannabis consumer, marijuana has changed my life for the better. ... There is nothing that I want to do more than be part of an organization that supports initiatives that advocate on behalf of freedoms for cannabis consumers." The post Why I’

Missouri: 3,500+ Marijuana Records Expunged
Jan 20, 2023

Missouri: 3,500+ Marijuana Records Expunged

Missouri NORML is very proud and pleased to announce that more than 3.500 Missourians have had their marijuana cases expunged from all public records only a few weeks after Article XIV/"Amendment 3" became effective on December 8.  The post Missouri: 3,5

Virgin Islands: Governor Signs Legislation Legalizing Cannabis Use, Expunging Past Convictions
Jan 19, 2023

Virgin Islands: Governor Signs Legislation Legalizing Cannabis Use, Expunging Past Convictions

"Today, with the hard work of the members of the 34th Legislature and prior Legislatures and the efforts of my team, we are finally here and finally signing into law the Virgin Islands Cannabis Use Act." The post Virgin Islands: Governor Signs Legislation

NORML Remembers David Crosby
Jan 19, 2023

NORML Remembers David Crosby

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) was saddened to receive news of the passing of David Crosby, who joined NORML's Advisory Board in 2018. The post NORML Remembers David Crosby appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 1/17/2023
Jan 17, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 1/17/2023

Lawmakers in many states have started to pre-file marijuana law reform legislation and some sessions have already begun holding hearings. This week's update highlights legislative developments in Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missi

Why I Chose to Intern at NORML
Jan 13, 2023

Why I Chose to Intern at NORML

"Marijuana law reform brings together important conversations over decarceration, racial equity, public health, and informed consumption. As long as NORML remains a leader of this public discussion, I intend to stay involved." The post Why I Chose to Inte

New Study Raises Concerns Over Inhalation of THC-O
Jan 11, 2023

New Study Raises Concerns Over Inhalation of THC-O

"These products are unregulated and untested, readily available on the internet and unlicensed sources, and pose significant threat to public health and safety." The post New Study Raises Concerns Over Inhalation of THC-O appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 1/10/2023
Jan 10, 2023

State Policy Weekly Update 1/10/2023

Lawmakers in many states have started to pre-file marijuana law reform legislation and some sessions have already begun holding hearings. This week's update highlights legislative developments in Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, N

Connecticut: Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Begin
Jan 09, 2023

Connecticut: Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Begin

"A robust, above-ground retail marijuana market is necessary in order to disrupt the unregulated marketplace and to assure that consumers have adequate access to lab-tested, high quality products at competitive prices," NORML's Deputy Director Paul Arment

Arizona Supreme Court: Maternal Use of Cannabis for Morning Sickness Doesn’t Constitute Child Neglect
Jan 06, 2023

Arizona Supreme Court: Maternal Use of Cannabis for Morning Sickness Doesn’t Constitute Child Neglect

"Because the use of marijuana under AMMA ‘must be considered the equivalent of the use of any other medication under the direction of a physician,' the exposure of [the plaintiff's] infant to marijuana resulted from medical treatment and did not constit

Study: Chronic Pain Patients Frequently Report Using Cannabis In Place of Opioids
Jan 06, 2023

Study: Chronic Pain Patients Frequently Report Using Cannabis In Place of Opioids

"Cannabis has established efficacy in the treatment of multiple conditions, including chronic pain, and it possesses a safety profile that is either comparable or superior to other controlled substances. So it is no wonder that those with legal access

Kentucky: Governor Beshear Calls for Legalization of Medical Cannabis
Jan 05, 2023

Kentucky: Governor Beshear Calls for Legalization of Medical Cannabis

During his State of the Commonwealth Address delivered Wednesday evening, Democratic Governor Andy Beshear called for the legalization of medical cannabis in Kentucky The post Kentucky: Governor Beshear Calls for Legalization of Medical Cannabis appeared

Will Oklahoma Be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana?
Jan 04, 2023

Will Oklahoma Be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana?

Oklahoma voters will decide on a citizens' initiated measure (State Question 820) legalizing the adult-use marijuana market in a special election to be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.  The post Will Oklahoma Be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana? appea

Ohio: Governor Signs Sentencing Reform Legislation Into Law
Jan 04, 2023

Ohio: Governor Signs Sentencing Reform Legislation Into Law

"The adoption of this law will make it so that tens of thousands of Ohioans are no longer stigmatized and disenfranchised by the collateral consequences resulting from a minor marijuana violation," said Jax James, NORML's State Policy Manager. The post Oh

Connecticut: Officials Expunge 40,000+ Marijuana-Related Convictions
Jan 03, 2023

Connecticut: Officials Expunge 40,000+ Marijuana-Related Convictions

"Hundreds of thousands of Americans unduly carry the burden and stigma of a past conviction for behavior that most Americans, and a growing number of states, no longer consider to be a crime," NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. "Our sense of j

Virgin Islands: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Legalizing Cannabis Use, Expunging Past Convictions
Jan 03, 2023

Virgin Islands: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Legalizing Cannabis Use, Expunging Past Convictions

"Once implemented, … the Territory will see an industry that is inclusive and diverse, and most importantly, safe," said the bill's sponsor. "It is my hope that the current administration implements [the law] to its full potential, for the benefit of th

Maryland: Civil Penalties Take Effect for Cannabis Possession
Jan 01, 2023

Maryland: Civil Penalties Take Effect for Cannabis Possession

Under the new law, adults who possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis (and/or up to 12 grams of cannabis concentrates and/or any cannabis product containing up to 750 mgs of THC) are subject to a civil violation, punishable by no more than a $100 fine. Adult

Kentucky NORML Meets with Governor Beshear on Medical Cannabis
Dec 30, 2022

Kentucky NORML Meets with Governor Beshear on Medical Cannabis

Kentucky NORML sponsors exhibit at Capitol in support of medical cannabis legalization The post Kentucky NORML Meets with Governor Beshear on Medical Cannabis appeared first on NORML.

Looking Ahead to 2023: NORML’s State-Level Legislative Goals and Expectations
Dec 28, 2022

Looking Ahead to 2023: NORML’s State-Level Legislative Goals and Expectations

As a patient and consumer focused advocacy organization, NORML prioritizes efforts in favor of state-level legislation that seeks to achieve the following goals. We are also keeping an eye on the following states for 2023 advancement. The post Looking Ah

Record Number of Scientific Papers Published About Cannabis in 2022
Dec 27, 2022

Record Number of Scientific Papers Published About Cannabis in 2022

"It is time for politicians and others to stop assessing cannabis through the lens of ‘what we don't know' and instead start engaging in evidence-based discussions about marijuana and marijuana reform policies that are indicative of all that we do know.

District of Columbia: Council Members Advance Legislation to Expunge Tens of Thousands of Marijuana Convictions
Dec 22, 2022

District of Columbia: Council Members Advance Legislation to Expunge Tens of Thousands of Marijuana Convictions

Prior to 2015, the District had one of the nation's highest per capita arrest rates for marijuana-related offenses -- averaging one arrest every two hours. The post District of Columbia: Council Members Advance Legislation to Expunge Tens of Thousands of

No Further Movement Expected on SAFE Banking, Other Marijuana Reforms in 117th Congress
Dec 20, 2022

No Further Movement Expected on SAFE Banking, Other Marijuana Reforms in 117th Congress

"Democrats' failure and the GOP's continued resistance to any progress is out of step with voters' opinion, is bad politics, and most importantly, it is bad public policy." The post No Further Movement Expected on SAFE Banking, Other Marijuana Reforms in

The Battle for Legalization in 2023 Starts NOW
Dec 20, 2022

The Battle for Legalization in 2023 Starts NOW

What we do now will determine how successful we are next year. The post The Battle for Legalization in 2023 Starts NOW appeared first on NORML.

Federally Funded Study Finds Teen Use Rates Largely Unchanged by Legalization
Dec 19, 2022

Federally Funded Study Finds Teen Use Rates Largely Unchanged by Legalization

Monitoring the Future has released their 2022 findings regarding cannabis use rates for 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students. The study found that rates for each cohort were largely unchanged from last year. The post Federally Funded Study Finds Teen Use Ra

Kansas City: Officials Dismiss Hundreds of Marijuana Cases Following Statewide Legalization Vote
Dec 16, 2022

Kansas City: Officials Dismiss Hundreds of Marijuana Cases Following Statewide Legalization Vote

City officials report that there are no longer any open cases specific to marijuana possession pending before the Municipal Court. The post Kansas City: Officials Dismiss Hundreds of Marijuana Cases Following Statewide Legalization Vote appeared first on

Ohio: Lawmakers Advance Sentencing Reform Bill to Governor’s Desk
Dec 16, 2022

Ohio: Lawmakers Advance Sentencing Reform Bill to Governor’s Desk

Provisions in the bill provide pathways so that those with misdemeanor marijuana convictions (and/or those convicted of most misdemeanors and fourth- or fifth-degree felonies) can petition the courts to have their records sealed. The post Ohio: Lawmakers

NORML Report Highlights State Efforts Providing Expungement Relief to Millions with Low-Level Cannabis Convictions
Dec 14, 2022

NORML Report Highlights State Efforts Providing Expungement Relief to Millions with Low-Level Cannabis Convictions

"Hundreds of thousands of Americans unduly carry the burden and stigma of a past conviction for behavior that most Americans, and a growing number of states, no longer consider to be a crime," NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. "Our sense of ju

District of Columbia: Council Members Advance Legislation Further Expanding Medical Cannabis Access
Dec 13, 2022

District of Columbia: Council Members Advance Legislation Further Expanding Medical Cannabis Access

The District of Columbia's city council has recently approved the Medical Cannabis Amendment Act, significantly expanding medical cannabis operations in DC. The post District of Columbia: Council Members Advance Legislation Further Expanding Medical Canna

NORML Issues Report Highlighting 2022 State Legislative Victories
Dec 12, 2022

NORML Issues Report Highlighting 2022 State Legislative Victories

"Voters and lawmakers took significant steps this year to repeal marijuana prohibition laws and to provide relief to those tens millions of Americans who have suffered as a result of them," NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. The post NORML Issue

Connecticut: Adult-Use Cannabis Sales to Begin Next Month
Dec 09, 2022

Connecticut: Adult-Use Cannabis Sales to Begin Next Month

"A robust, above-ground retail marijuana market is necessary in order to disrupt the unregulated marketplace and to assure that consumers have adequate access to lab-tested, high quality products at competitive prices." The post Connecticut: Adult-Use Can

Connecticut: Governor Announces Intent to Expunge 40,000+ Marijuana-Related Convictions
Dec 06, 2022

Connecticut: Governor Announces Intent to Expunge 40,000+ Marijuana-Related Convictions

"Especially as Connecticut employers seek to fill hundreds of thousands of job openings, an old conviction for low-level cannabis possession should not hold someone back from pursuing their career, housing, professional, and educational aspirations." The

Missouri: Legalization Takes Effect on 12/8
Dec 05, 2022

Missouri: Legalization Takes Effect on 12/8

"December 8th is a historic date for Missourians," said Dan Viets, co-author of Amendment 3, Missouri NORML Coordinator, and Chair of the Amendment 3 Advisory Board. "Most of the 20,000 annual marijuana arrests in our state will end on that date. Instead,

NORML Report Highlights Citywide Policies Depenalizing Marijuana Law Enforcement
Dec 05, 2022

NORML Report Highlights Citywide Policies Depenalizing Marijuana Law Enforcement

Today, even in jurisdictions where cannabis remains criminalized under state law, tens of millions of Americans reside in cities and counties where local laws either depenalizing or decriminalizing cannabis-related activities are in effect. The post NORML

On Giving Tuesday, Pledge to Legalize It
Nov 29, 2022

On Giving Tuesday, Pledge to Legalize It

Giving Tuesday is the largest global giving day of the year and NORML is excited to be a part of this worldwide event! The post On Giving Tuesday, Pledge to Legalize It appeared first on NORML.

Poll: Nearly Three in Four Likely Voters Support “Ending the Federal Ban” on Marijuana, Other Federal Reforms
Nov 29, 2022

Poll: Nearly Three in Four Likely Voters Support “Ending the Federal Ban” on Marijuana, Other Federal Reforms

"Voters are consistent in their support for these common-sense federal reforms. Majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans back these changes and federal lawmakers should work in a bipartisan manner to achieve them." The post Poll: Nearly Thre

Rhode Island: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales to Begin
Nov 22, 2022

Rhode Island: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales to Begin

"We are proud to launch adult use sales in Rhode Island just six months after the Cannabis Act was signed into law, marking the Northeast's fastest implementation period," said Matt Santacroce, interim deputy director of the Rhode Island Department of Bu

We’re Thankful for You in 2022
Nov 22, 2022

We’re Thankful for You in 2022

Our successes are only possible because of your support in our fight for cannabis freedom. The post We're Thankful for You in 2022 appeared first on NORML.

New York: Regulators Award Marijuana Licenses to Justice-Involved and Non-Profit Applicants
Nov 21, 2022

New York: Regulators Award Marijuana Licenses to Justice-Involved and Non-Profit Applicants

"The inclusion of applicants that have been negatively impacted by cannabis prohibition is an important step toward providing restorative justice, "says Jax James, NORML's State Policy Manager.  The post New York: Regulators Award Marijuana Licenses to J

Oregon: Governor Announces Mass Pardons for Those with Low-Level Cannabis Convictions
Nov 21, 2022

Oregon: Governor Announces Mass Pardons for Those with Low-Level Cannabis Convictions

"Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that public officials and the courts move swiftly to right the past wrongs of cannabis prohibition and criminalization." The post Oregon: Governor Announces Mass Pardons for Those with Low-Level

Congress Advances Legislation to the President Amending Clinical Cannabis Research Rules
Nov 17, 2022

Congress Advances Legislation to the President Amending Clinical Cannabis Research Rules

"While the significance of Congress passing the first stand-alone cannabis policy reform bill should not be overlooked, in truth, we don't need more research to know definitively that prohibition is a misguided and disastrous policy." The post Congress Ad

Kentucky: Governor Issues Executive Order Providing Pardon Protections to Qualifying Medical Cannabis Patients
Nov 16, 2022

Kentucky: Governor Issues Executive Order Providing Pardon Protections to Qualifying Medical Cannabis Patients

"Kentuckians suffering from chronic and terminal conditions are going to be able to get the treatment they need without living in fear of a misdemeanor," Gov. Beshear said in a prepared statement. "With 37 states already legalizing medical cannabis and 90

Gallup: Nationwide Support for Marijuana Legalization Still at Historic High
Nov 16, 2022

Gallup: Nationwide Support for Marijuana Legalization Still at Historic High

"An overwhelming majority of Americans have consistently opposed our failed prohibition of marijuana for years now, and it defies common sense that our elected officials at the federal level have yet to take any meaningful action." The post Gallup: Nation

NORML Deputy Director Testifies on Marijuana Legalization Before House Subcommittee
Nov 15, 2022

NORML Deputy Director Testifies on Marijuana Legalization Before House Subcommittee

The House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing entitled "Developments in State Cannabis Laws and Bipartisan Cannabis Reforms at the Federal Level." The post <strong>NORML Deputy Director Testifies on M

Missouri Becomes 21st State to Legalize Marijuana for Adult Use
Nov 09, 2022

Missouri Becomes 21st State to Legalize Marijuana for Adult Use

"This means that the great majority of the 20,000 people who have been arrested year after year in Missouri will no longer be subject to criminal prosecution for victimless marijuana law violations." The post Missouri Becomes 21st State to Legalize Mariju

Legalization Momentum Continues Following Several Election Night Victories
Nov 09, 2022

Legalization Momentum Continues Following Several Election Night Victories

"Are we in a stronger place today than we were yesterday? Of course we are." The post Legalization Momentum Continues Following Several Election Night Victories appeared first on NORML.

NORML Election Night LIVE 2022
Nov 08, 2022

NORML Election Night LIVE 2022

NORML staff will be bringing you the latest results and analysis LIVE all night! Tune in as we #SmokeTheVote. The post NORML Election Night LIVE 2022 appeared first on NORML.

Maryland Becomes 20th State to Legalize Marijuana for Adult Use
Nov 08, 2022

Maryland Becomes 20th State to Legalize Marijuana for Adult Use

Maryland is the 20th state to legalize marijuana for adult use, and it is the second to do so via the passage of a popular referendum. The post Maryland Becomes 20th State to Legalize Marijuana for Adult Use appeared first on NORML.

Texas Cities Move to Depenalize Marijuana Possession
Nov 08, 2022

Texas Cities Move to Depenalize Marijuana Possession

"Texans have shown that they want major cannabis law reforms in Texas via polling, legislative engagement, and now at the local ballot box! " The post Texas Cities Move to Depenalize Marijuana Possession appeared first on NORML.

Rick Steves: We Need to Win for Cannabis and Civil Liberties
Nov 07, 2022

Rick Steves: We Need to Win for Cannabis and Civil Liberties

Nineteen other states have smartly legalized the responsible use of marijuana for adults. Now it's time to bring cannabis freedom to Missouri, Maryland, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Arkansas The post Rick Steves: We Need to Win for Cannabis and Civil

District of Columbia: Mayor Signs Legislation Raising Marijuana Possession Limits for Patients, Providing Access to Non-Residents
Nov 02, 2022

District of Columbia: Mayor Signs Legislation Raising Marijuana Possession Limits for Patients, Providing Access to Non-Residents

Over 22,000 DC residents are legally authorized to access medical cannabis. The post District of Columbia: Mayor Signs Legislation Raising Marijuana Possession Limits for Patients, Providing Access to Non-Residents appeared first on NORML.

Report: Legal Cannabis Once Again Ranks Among Nation’s Most Valuable Crops
Nov 01, 2022

Report: Legal Cannabis Once Again Ranks Among Nation’s Most Valuable Crops

"Legalizing and regulating cannabis provides for more job opportunities, greater tax revenues, and safe access to high quality products at increasingly affordable prices," NORML's State Policy Manager Jax James said. "This economic data shows once again w

Millions of Americans to Cast Votes for Marijuana Legalization on Election Day
Oct 31, 2022

Millions of Americans to Cast Votes for Marijuana Legalization on Election Day

"Between local and state efforts, these initiatives will affect over 18 million Americans."  The post Millions of Americans to Cast Votes for Marijuana Legalization on Election Day appeared first on NORML.

NORML Op-Ed: Cannabis Must Be Removed From the Controlled Substances Act
Oct 26, 2022

NORML Op-Ed: Cannabis Must Be Removed From the Controlled Substances Act

"The only productive outcome would be for the administration or for Congress to move expeditiously to deschedule cannabis ... providing states the power to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal intrusion." The post NORML Op-Ed: Cannabis

Urgent Action Needed for Marijuana Legalization
Oct 26, 2022

Urgent Action Needed for Marijuana Legalization

This election may be the most critical one yet in our fight to end marijuana prohibition. The post Urgent Action Needed for Marijuana Legalization appeared first on NORML.

Poll: Legalizing Marijuana Enjoys Bipartisan Support Among the Public
Oct 25, 2022

Poll: Legalizing Marijuana Enjoys Bipartisan Support Among the Public

"Personal experience with cannabis is a relatively surefire cure for ‘reefer madness,'" NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. "As greater percentages of adults continue to become familiar with marijuana for either therapeutic purposes or for thei

NAACP Calls for the “Immediate Passage” of SAFE Banking Legislation
Oct 24, 2022

NAACP Calls for the “Immediate Passage” of SAFE Banking Legislation

The NAACP resolution states: "The SAFE Banking Act could enable cannabis businesses with social equity licenses ... to better compete in the industry." The post NAACP Calls for the "Immediate Passage" of SAFE Banking Legislation appeared first on NORML.

NORML Op-Ed: POTUS’ Marijuana Pardons Are a Big Deal Politically — Here’s Why
Oct 19, 2022

NORML Op-Ed: POTUS’ Marijuana Pardons Are a Big Deal Politically — Here’s Why

President Biden's foray into the arena of marijuana reform legitimizes legalization as a subject worthy of consideration — and action — by those at the highest levels of government. Further, it is a recognition — by the president of the United State

Poll: Two-Thirds of Voters Say “Nobody Should Be in Jail” for Marijuana Possession
Oct 17, 2022

Poll: Two-Thirds of Voters Say “Nobody Should Be in Jail” for Marijuana Possession

Seventy-eight percent of Democrats, as well as 70 percent of Independents and 54 percent of Republicans, say that no one should be incarcerated for possessing cannabis. The post Poll: Two-Thirds of Voters Say “Nobody Should Be in Jail” for Mar

How to Prepare for the Upcoming Elections and State/Local Ballot Efforts
Oct 14, 2022

How to Prepare for the Upcoming Elections and State/Local Ballot Efforts

With multiple states and cities across the nation deciding upon adult-use legalization this fall , NORML is redoubling our efforts to inform, educate, and get voters to the ballot box. In many states voter registration deadlines are approaching and early

Poll: Most Americans Support Forgiveness for Past Marijuana Crimes, Oppose Cannabis’ Schedule I Status
Oct 11, 2022

Poll: Most Americans Support Forgiveness for Past Marijuana Crimes, Oppose Cannabis’ Schedule I Status

"In order to rectify the state/federal conflict that currently exists over marijuana policy, and in order to best maintain the market controls that a majority of states have enacted to promote public health, prevent the distribution of marijuana to minors

NORML Op-Ed: Pardons Aren’t Enough: It’s Time to Prioritize Marijuana Legalization 
Oct 10, 2022

NORML Op-Ed: Pardons Aren’t Enough: It’s Time to Prioritize Marijuana Legalization 

Among those between 18 and 44 years of age, more than half say that Congress should prioritize the issue. Among registered Democrats, 54 percent of respondents said that lawmakers ought to prioritize legalization. One-quarter of Democrats said that it sho

It’s Time to Legalize America
Oct 07, 2022

It’s Time to Legalize America

We must double down on our efforts encouraging Congressional leadership to finally repeal the federal prohibition of marijuana once and for all! The post It’s Time to Legalize America appeared first on NORML.

NORML Issues Statement Regarding President’s Plan to Pardon Those with Low-Level Marijuana Convictions
Oct 06, 2022

NORML Issues Statement Regarding President’s Plan to Pardon Those with Low-Level Marijuana Convictions

"Moving forward, the Administration must work collaboratively with Congressional leadership to repeal America's failed marijuana criminalization laws. Nearly half of voters now agree that legalizing marijuana ought to be a priority for Congress, and such

Poll: Three in Five Voters Say “Marijuana Should Be Legal Nationwide”
Oct 05, 2022

Poll: Three in Five Voters Say “Marijuana Should Be Legal Nationwide”

Voters' support for legalization was strongest among African Americans (72 percent), Democrats (71 percent), those between the ages of 18 and 44 (70 percent), Hispanics (67 percent), and Independents (61 percent). Republicans (47 percent) and those over t

FBI: Nearly Half of All Drug Seizures in 2021 Involved Marijuana
Oct 05, 2022

FBI: Nearly Half of All Drug Seizures in 2021 Involved Marijuana

"It remains clear from the limited data available that marijuana seizures and prosecutions remain the primary driver of drug war enforcement in the United States and that hundreds of thousands of Americans still continue to be arrested annually for these

Survey: Medical Students Rarely Exposed to Scientific Data About Cannabis
Oct 04, 2022

Survey: Medical Students Rarely Exposed to Scientific Data About Cannabis

"The use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes has been legal in certain jurisdictions of the United States for several decades. It is stunning that the medical establishment largely remains unwilling to acknowledge this reality and that so many health pro

NORML Op-Ed: Claims of ‘Fentanyl-Laced Cannabis’ Are Common, But Are They Accurate?
Oct 04, 2022

NORML Op-Ed: Claims of ‘Fentanyl-Laced Cannabis’ Are Common, But Are They Accurate?

By taking cannabis products off street corners and placing them behind the counter, lawmakers can provide consumers with a safer experience and greatly reduce their risk of being inadvertently exposed to contaminated products. The post NORML Op-Ed: Claims

Vermont: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales to Begin Later This Week
Sep 29, 2022

Vermont: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales to Begin Later This Week

"A robust, above-ground retail marijuana market is necessary in order to disrupt the unregulated marketplace and to assure that consumers have adequate access to lab-tested, high quality products at competitive prices." The post Vermont: Adult-Use Marijua

Voters in Five States, Dozens of Cities to Decide on Marijuana Legalization Measures This November
Sep 28, 2022

Voters in Five States, Dozens of Cities to Decide on Marijuana Legalization Measures This November

If voters approve these measures, approximately half of all US residents will reside in a jurisdiction where the possession and use of cannabis are legal for adults. The post <strong>Voters in Five States, Dozens of Cities to Decide on Marijuana Le

Analysis: Many Congressional Candidates Electing to Stay Silent on Cannabis Policy
Sep 28, 2022

Analysis: Many Congressional Candidates Electing to Stay Silent on Cannabis Policy

"Voters' views on the subject of legalizing and regulating cannabis have evolved significantly over the past decades; however, the views of those seeking to represent them in Congress have not kept pace with this seismic shift in public opinion. Candidate

Analysis: Local Bans on Cannabis Retailers Drive Illicit Markets
Sep 27, 2022

Analysis: Local Bans on Cannabis Retailers Drive Illicit Markets

The report estimates, "States with roughly 20 to 40 legal regulated stores per 100,000 residents, in general, have captured 80 percent to 90 percent of all cannabis sales in the legal market." The post Analysis: Local Bans on Cannabis Retailers Drive Illi

House Judiciary Committee Approves Measures to Help Seal and Expunge Marijuana Arrests
Sep 22, 2022

House Judiciary Committee Approves Measures to Help Seal and Expunge Marijuana Arrests

"At a time when most Americans want to end marijuana prohibition and nearly a majority of people now reside states where cannabis is legal, it makes no sense to continue punishing adults and robbing them of the opportunity to fulfill their potential for b

Oklahoma: Court Rules that Voters Can’t Decide on Legalization Ballot Measure This Year
Sep 22, 2022

Oklahoma: Court Rules that Voters Can’t Decide on Legalization Ballot Measure This Year

"In a healthy democracy, those with competing visions on public policy vie for voters' support and abide by their voting decisions. However, it is becoming clear that those who oppose marijuana policy reform would rather take voters out of the equation al

Arkansas: High Court Approves Marijuana Legalization Measure for the November Ballot
Sep 22, 2022

Arkansas: High Court Approves Marijuana Legalization Measure for the November Ballot

The Arkansas Supreme Court issued a decision today ensuring that a statewide measure seeking to legalize the adult-use marijuana market in Arkansas, will appear on the November ballot.  The post Arkansas: High Court Approves Marijuana Legalization Measur

Recent Polls Show Support for 2022 Legalization Initiatives
Sep 20, 2022

Recent Polls Show Support for 2022 Legalization Initiatives

"Voters' support for repealing cannabis criminalization crosses party lines," NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. "That is why, historically, these ballot initiative efforts have been equally successful at the ballot box in both 'red' states and

California: Governor Signs Legislation Providing Employment Protections for Cannabis Consumers
Sep 19, 2022

California: Governor Signs Legislation Providing Employment Protections for Cannabis Consumers

"Urine tests are a highly offensive invasion of workers' personal bodily privacy," said Dale Gieringer, the Director of California NORML -- which had lobbied for several years in favor of the bill.  "They are too frequently abused to discriminate agains

Double Your Impact This Week
Sep 19, 2022

Double Your Impact This Week

A generous angel donor is matching all donations made to NORML this week! The post Double Your Impact This Week appeared first on NORML.

Massachusetts: Court Ruling May Open the Door for the Mass Expungement of Prior Marijuana Convictions
Sep 15, 2022

Massachusetts: Court Ruling May Open the Door for the Mass Expungement of Prior Marijuana Convictions

"If no substantial countervailing concern is raised, judges must grant the petition for expungement," justices on the Supreme Court concluded. The post Massachusetts: Court Ruling May Open the Door for the Mass Expungement of Prior Marijuana Convictions a

US Court of Appeals: Federal Scheduling of Cannabis “Irrational,” But Not Unconstitutional
Sep 13, 2022

US Court of Appeals: Federal Scheduling of Cannabis “Irrational,” But Not Unconstitutional

"Judges have repeatedly ruled that it is the responsibility of federal lawmakers, not the courts, to repeal the federal prohibition of marijuana. Rather than expect relief from the federal courts, citizens need to continue to pressure their federally elec

Analysis: Legal Cannabis Businesses Associated with Increased Home Values
Sep 12, 2022

Analysis: Legal Cannabis Businesses Associated with Increased Home Values

"It's time for local officials to put an end to the NIMBYism and unwarranted fears surrounding the establishment of licensed marijuana retailers. Cannabis is here and here to stay. Municipalities need to embrace this reality and provide the necessary over

Missouri: Legal Challenge to 2022 Legalization Initiative Dismissed
Sep 12, 2022

Missouri: Legal Challenge to 2022 Legalization Initiative Dismissed

"With public support for marijuana policy reform reaching super-majority status in recent years, prohibitionists and other political opponents have largely abandoned efforts to try and influence public opinion. Rather, they are now relying on gamesmansh

NORML Op-ed: Prohibitionists Fear Democracy More Than Marijuana
Sep 07, 2022

NORML Op-ed: Prohibitionists Fear Democracy More Than Marijuana

Those who wish to perpetuate the failed public policy of cannabis criminalization have lost the hearts and minds of the American public. And they know it. The post NORML Op-ed: Prohibitionists Fear Democracy More Than Marijuana appeared first on NORML.

NORML Remembers Barbara Ehrenreich
Sep 07, 2022

NORML Remembers Barbara Ehrenreich

At a time when few cultural influencers were willing to speak out publicly about the injustices of cannabis prohibition in America, Barbara Ehrenreich was an exception. The post NORML Remembers Barbara Ehrenreich appeared first on NORML.

California: Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Doctors from Discriminating Against Medical Cannabis Patients
Sep 06, 2022

California: Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Doctors from Discriminating Against Medical Cannabis Patients

"The passage of AB 1954 brings an end to the this long-standing and discriminatory practice. With dozens of studies showing that cannabis often leads to a reduction in pain patients' use of potentially more harmful opioids, it made no sense for doctors en

Survey: Most Voters Support Federal Banking Reforms for Licensed Marijuana Retailers
Sep 06, 2022

Survey: Most Voters Support Federal Banking Reforms for Licensed Marijuana Retailers

"Americans understand that no industry can operate safely, transparently, or effectively without access to banks or other financial institutions and it is self-evident that this industry, and those consumers that are served by it, remain severely hampered

Pennsylvania: Governor Launches Effort to Issue Mass Pardons to Those with Low-Level Marijuana Convictions
Sep 01, 2022

Pennsylvania: Governor Launches Effort to Issue Mass Pardons to Those with Low-Level Marijuana Convictions

"I have repeatedly called on our Republican-led General Assembly to support the legalization of adult-use marijuana, but they've yet to meet this call for action from myself and Pennsylvanians. Until they do, I am committed to doing everything in my power

Summer 2022 NORML Interns Answer Questions About the Job
Aug 31, 2022

Summer 2022 NORML Interns Answer Questions About the Job

NORML's Interns for the Summer '22 semester share thoughts regarding their time working with the NORML staff. The post Summer 2022 NORML Interns Answer Questions About the Job appeared first on NORML.

California: Multiple Reform Bills Advance to Governor’s Desk
Aug 30, 2022

California: Multiple Reform Bills Advance to Governor’s Desk

State lawmakers have advanced several priority bills to Governor Gavin Newsom's desk and a few more remain pending but are up against a  tight timeline. The legislative session in California ends on August 31st. Any bills not transmitted to the Governor

Florida: Health Officials Enact Emergency Rules Imposing Cannabis Dosing Limits for Qualified Patients
Aug 30, 2022

Florida: Health Officials Enact Emergency Rules Imposing Cannabis Dosing Limits for Qualified Patients

"These arbitrary and unnecessary limits were established without input from either the patient community or from those physicians who specialize in providing oversight to medical cannabis patients. They will likely result in creating unnecessary confusion

Raising the Alarm: Legalization Efforts Under Attack
Aug 29, 2022

Raising the Alarm: Legalization Efforts Under Attack

Before a single ballot has been cast in the 2022 midterm elections on a single marijuana ballot measure, prohibitionists funded by dark money special interests are doing everything they can in an attempt to crush legalization attempts in several states be

Nebraska: Advocates Fail to Secure Ballot Access for Medical Marijuana Legalization Measures
Aug 23, 2022

Nebraska: Advocates Fail to Secure Ballot Access for Medical Marijuana Legalization Measures

Advocates expressed hope that lawmakers may take up the issue in 2023 now that about a half million Nebraskans have signed petitions over the past few years in favor of it. "I hope the elected officials are paying attention. They have the power to do some

NORML Op-ed: Concerns Over High Potency THC Products Warrant Greater Education, Not Criminalization
Aug 22, 2022

NORML Op-ed: Concerns Over High Potency THC Products Warrant Greater Education, Not Criminalization

Regulators and other concerned parties should seek to provide the public with more comprehensive safety information about the effects of more potent products, and they should continue to ensure that legal products do not get diverted to the youth market.

Analysis: Racial Disparities in Marijuana Possession Arrests Becoming More Pronounced in Prohibition States
Aug 18, 2022

Analysis: Racial Disparities in Marijuana Possession Arrests Becoming More Pronounced in Prohibition States

"Regardless of intent, it is clear that the continued criminalization of cannabis perpetuates and exacerbates unequal enforcement under the law and the associated harms that come with it. This is not something that we can tolerate in the 21st century, and

Marijuana-Related Ballot Initiatives and Referenda: 8/19/22 Update
Aug 18, 2022

Marijuana-Related Ballot Initiatives and Referenda: 8/19/22 Update

Voters in several states and in dozens of cities and towns will decide on marijuana-related ballot measures in November. Here is an update of where these efforts currently stand in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Ok

Nevada: Cannabis Revenues Funding Efforts to Seal the Records of Those with Marijuana Convictions
Aug 16, 2022

Nevada: Cannabis Revenues Funding Efforts to Seal the Records of Those with Marijuana Convictions

"Millions of citizens unduly carry the undue burden and stigmatization of a past conviction for behavior that is no longer considered to be a crime. Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that officials move swiftly to right the past w

Gallup: Those with First-Hand Experience with Cannabis Likely to Perceive It Positively
Aug 16, 2022

Gallup: Those with First-Hand Experience with Cannabis Likely to Perceive It Positively

"This survey data indicates that personal experience with cannabis is a relatively surefire cure for ‘reefer madness." The post Gallup: Those with First-Hand Experience with Cannabis Likely to Perceive It Positively appeared first on NORML.

It’s Time to Smoke the Vote!
Aug 16, 2022

It’s Time to Smoke the Vote!

Today, we launch the initial rollout of NORML's Smoke the Vote for the 2022 midterm elections! The post It’s Time to Smoke the Vote! appeared first on NORML.

Rhode Island: 30+ Towns to Decide on Marijuana Sales Measures This November
Aug 15, 2022

Rhode Island: 30+ Towns to Decide on Marijuana Sales Measures This November

"Marijuana sales are already taking place in every town in Rhode Island. The question before voters this November is whether they want these transactions to take place in a safe, above-ground environment or if they want to keep these markets unregulated a

North Dakota: Marijuana Legalization Measure Approved for the Ballot
Aug 15, 2022

North Dakota: Marijuana Legalization Measure Approved for the Ballot

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced today that a measure to legalize the… The post North Dakota: Marijuana Legalization Measure Approved for the Ballot appeared first on NORML.

Massachusetts: Governor Signs Bill Creating “Social Equity Trust Fund” For Aspiring Marijuana Businesses
Aug 12, 2022

Massachusetts: Governor Signs Bill Creating “Social Equity Trust Fund” For Aspiring Marijuana Businesses

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has signed legislation into law that seeks to promote greater diversity among those participating in the state's licensed cannabis industry and that lays the groundwork for the establishment of on-site cannabis consumption fa

Summer is Winding Down, But the Fight for Legalization is Heating Up
Aug 11, 2022

Summer is Winding Down, But the Fight for Legalization is Heating Up

Summer may be slowly winding down, but the fight for legalization is heating up. The next few months are going to be some of the most pivotal we have ever seen for our movement to end prohibition. If we are going to succeed, however, we really are going t

Colorado: Licensed Marijuana Retailers Compliant with Minimum Age Restrictions
Aug 10, 2022

Colorado: Licensed Marijuana Retailers Compliant with Minimum Age Restrictions

"Regulation works. Unregulated marijuana providers don't ask for or check for ID, but licensed businesses most certainly do." The post Colorado: Licensed Marijuana Retailers Compliant with Minimum Age Restrictions appeared first on NORML.

Study: Use of Unregulated Synthetic Cannabinoid Products Falls Following Marijuana Legalization
Aug 09, 2022

Study: Use of Unregulated Synthetic Cannabinoid Products Falls Following Marijuana Legalization

"The limited popularity of these products is a predictable outgrowth of criminal marijuana prohibition. As one would expect, there exists little demand for these unregulated synthetic products in an environment where whole-plant cannabis is legal and regu

Missouri Legalization Measure Officially Approved for Ballot
Aug 09, 2022

Missouri Legalization Measure Officially Approved for Ballot

Secretary of State John Ashcroft issued a certificate of sufficiency to the Legal Missouri 2022 campaign, formally placing the adult-use legalization initiative on the November ballot. The post <strong>Missouri Legalization Measure Officially Appro

Report: Spike in Marijuana Positives Fueling Truck Driver Shortage, Supply Chain Disruptions
Aug 08, 2022

Report: Spike in Marijuana Positives Fueling Truck Driver Shortage, Supply Chain Disruptions

According to the report, over 10,000 drivers tested positive for past cannabis exposure between January 1 and April 1, 2022. That figure is a 33 percent increase over the year before. The post Report: Spike in Marijuana Positives Fueling Truck Driver Shor

NORML Comments on Sentencing of Brittney Griner in Russia
Aug 04, 2022

NORML Comments on Sentencing of Brittney Griner in Russia

Officials in the United States should do all they can to free Griner, but just as important, end the hypocrisy of acting repulsed by her sentencing while maintaining marijuana criminalization at home by bringing our domestic marijuana policies in line wit

Arkansas: Election Officials Deny Certification of Proposed Marijuana Legalization Amendment
Aug 03, 2022

Arkansas: Election Officials Deny Certification of Proposed Marijuana Legalization Amendment

Advocates on behalf of the ballot measure are now anticipated to take the matter before the state Supreme Court. The post Arkansas: Election Officials Deny Certification of Proposed Marijuana Legalization Amendment appeared first on NORML.

Congress: Lawmakers File Bipartisan Legislation to Facilitate the Expungement of Federal Marijuana Violations
Aug 02, 2022

Congress: Lawmakers File Bipartisan Legislation to Facilitate the Expungement of Federal Marijuana Violations

"Saddling people with the lifelong collateral consequences of even a low-level marijuana arrest or conviction is unjust and provides no legitimate benefit to society. Facilitating the expungement of minor federal marijuana offenses is a necessary step tha

Louisiana: Changes in State’s Marijuana Laws Take Effect
Aug 01, 2022

Louisiana: Changes in State’s Marijuana Laws Take Effect

"These are common sense reforms provide further and sorely needed protections and freedoms for patients and others. Lawmakers are to be commended for putting politics aside and taking these important steps forward." The post Louisiana: Changes in State

Marijuana-Related Ballot Initiatives and Referenda: July 29th, 2022 Update
Jul 29, 2022

Marijuana-Related Ballot Initiatives and Referenda: July 29th, 2022 Update

Voters in several states will decide on marijuana-related ballot measures in November. Here is an update of where these efforts currently stand.  The post Marijuana-Related Ballot Initiatives and Referenda: July 29th, 2022 Update appeared first on NORML.

NORML Remembers Tom McCain
Jul 28, 2022

NORML Remembers Tom McCain

With profound sadness, Peachtree NORML announced the passing of Tom McCain, the Executive Director Emeritus and long-time board member. The post NORML Remembers Tom McCain appeared first on NORML.

Missouri: Unofficial Count Finds Legalization Measure Shy of Signatures Necessary to Qualify for November Ballot
Jul 27, 2022

Missouri: Unofficial Count Finds Legalization Measure Shy of Signatures Necessary to Qualify for November Ballot

The effort's campaign manager said that they are working with local officials to double check their voter counts and identify any potential errors, and he said that the campaign remains confident they will ultimately qualify for the ballot. The post Misso

House Members Advance Fast-Tracked Legislation to Amend Cannabis Research Rules
Jul 27, 2022

House Members Advance Fast-Tracked Legislation to Amend Cannabis Research Rules

Two-hundred and sixteen Democrats voted in support of the bill, as did 109 Republicans. The post House Members Advance Fast-Tracked Legislation to Amend Cannabis Research Rules appeared first on NORML.

Federal Lawmakers Fast-Tracking Legislation That Seeks to Further Facilitate Cannabis Research
Jul 25, 2022

Federal Lawmakers Fast-Tracking Legislation That Seeks to Further Facilitate Cannabis Research

The Act provides the office of the US Attorney General with a 60-day timeline to either approve or deny the applications from scientists wishing to engage in clinical trials involving the use of cannabis by human subjects. The post Federal Lawmakers Fast

Senate Leadership Introduces Legislation to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition
Jul 21, 2022

Senate Leadership Introduces Legislation to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Washington, DC: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and… The post Senate Leadership Introduces Legislation to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition appeared first on NORML.

District of Columbia: Mayor Signs Legislation Prohibiting Most Employers from Discriminating Against Cannabis Consumers
Jul 19, 2022

District of Columbia: Mayor Signs Legislation Prohibiting Most Employers from Discriminating Against Cannabis Consumers

"Suspicionless workplace drug testing policies for cannabis are relics of the failed ‘war on drugs' policies of the 1980s and it is time that we move beyond them." The post District of Columbia: Mayor Signs Legislation Prohibiting Most Employers from Di

Marijuana-Related Ballot Initiatives and Referenda: July 2022 Update
Jul 15, 2022

Marijuana-Related Ballot Initiatives and Referenda: July 2022 Update

Voters in several states will decide on marijuana-related ballot measures in November. Here is an update of where these efforts currently stand. The post Marijuana-Related Ballot Initiatives and Referenda: July 2022 Update appeared first on NORML.

House Members Once Again Advance SAFE Banking Reform in Must-Pass NDAA Package, Include Cannabis Protections for Veterans
Jul 15, 2022

House Members Once Again Advance SAFE Banking Reform in Must-Pass NDAA Package, Include Cannabis Protections for Veterans

The vote marks the seventh time that House members have advanced this language to the Senate as either an amendment or as a stand-alone bill. The post House Members Once Again Advance SAFE Banking Reform in Must-Pass NDAA Package, Include Cannabis Protec

Pennsylvania Police Arrested Over 13,000 People for Marijuana Possession in 2021
Jul 13, 2022

Pennsylvania Police Arrested Over 13,000 People for Marijuana Possession in 2021

It's clear that cannabis consumers are targeted in Pennsylvania for arrest and the striking racial disparities to enforcement are getting worse. The post Pennsylvania Police Arrested Over 13,000 People for Marijuana Possession in 2021 appeared first on NO

North Dakota: Advocates Turn in Signatures for Adult-Use Legalization Ballot Measure
Jul 11, 2022

North Dakota: Advocates Turn in Signatures for Adult-Use Legalization Ballot Measure

"Historically, North Dakota has long had one of the highest marijuana arrests rates in the nation, despite having among the lowest reported marijuana use of any state. Residents deserve the right to weigh in on and rethink this destructive policy." The po

New Jersey: Medical Cannabis Products No Longer Subject to Sales Tax
Jul 08, 2022

New Jersey: Medical Cannabis Products No Longer Subject to Sales Tax

"The primary focus of any medical cannabis legalization law must be providing safe and convenient access to patients in order to improve their quality of life; it should not be about increasing revenue streams for state lawmakers." The post New Jersey: Me

Marijuana Reform Advocates in Arkansas, Nebraska Turn in Signatures for November Ballot Campaigns
Jul 08, 2022

Marijuana Reform Advocates in Arkansas, Nebraska Turn in Signatures for November Ballot Campaigns

If approved for the ballot, Arkansas and Nebraska will be among a number of states where voters will be deciding the issue this fall. The post Marijuana Reform Advocates in Arkansas, Nebraska Turn in Signatures for November Ballot Campaigns appeared fir

Oklahoma: Advocates Turn in Signatures to Place Adult-Use Legalization Measure on November Ballot
Jul 06, 2022

Oklahoma: Advocates Turn in Signatures to Place Adult-Use Legalization Measure on November Ballot

"As in past election years, voters in both traditionally 'red' and 'blue' states will have the opportunity to cast their vote in favor of ending the failed policy of cannabis criminalization. And, if past is precedent, voters in 2022 will once again demon

We Stand for Freedom
Jul 04, 2022

We Stand for Freedom

Before you head to today's barbecue, community event, or rally, whether today's a day of work, reflection, or celebration, please take a moment to stand with us in our fight to let freedom ring. The post We Stand for Freedom appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: Changes to Marijuana Laws Take Effect July 1
Jul 01, 2022

Virginia: Changes to Marijuana Laws Take Effect July 1

Today, marks the one year anniversary of legalization in Virginia, and multiple changes to marijuana laws will take effect.  The post Virginia: Changes to Marijuana Laws Take Effect July 1 appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 7/1/2022
Jul 01, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 7/1/2022

This week's update highlights legislative developments in California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.  The post State Policy Weekly Update 7/1/2022 appeared first on NORML.

Nevada: Cannabis Consumption Lounge Regulations Approved, Licensing to Start in the Fall
Jun 30, 2022

Nevada: Cannabis Consumption Lounge Regulations Approved, Licensing to Start in the Fall

Yesterday, the NV Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) voted unanimously to approve regulations for the licensing and operation of cannabis consumption lounges. Regulators said they expect to open the first round of licensing for consumption lounges this fall,

House Appropriations Committee Approves Amendment to Protect Legal State Marijuana Programs
Jun 28, 2022

House Appropriations Committee Approves Amendment to Protect Legal State Marijuana Programs

The House Committee on Appropriations voted today to approve an amendment that would prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with legal adult-use marijuana programs as part of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations

Louisiana: Multiple Marijuana Reform Bills Signed Into Law; Measures Take Effect August 1
Jun 24, 2022

Louisiana: Multiple Marijuana Reform Bills Signed Into Law; Measures Take Effect August 1

"These are common sense reforms provide further and sorely needed protections and freedoms for patients and others. Lawmakers are to be commended for putting politics aside and taking these important steps forward." The post Louisiana: Multiple Marijuana

State Policy Weekly Update 6/24/2022
Jun 24, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 6/24/2022

This week's update highlights legislative developments in Arizona, California, Louisiana, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The post State Policy Weekly Update 6/24/2022 appeared first on NORML.

SAFE Banking Omitted from Scaled Back Version of America COMPETES Act
Jun 23, 2022

SAFE Banking Omitted from Scaled Back Version of America COMPETES Act

"This narrowly tailored, incremental, and necessary legislation has broad bipartisan support in both chambers, and it is incredibly disappointing that politics continue to get in the way. If there is a legislative version of the Twilight Zone, the SAFE Ba

Analyses: Drug Interdiction Efforts at US Borders Typically Yield Only Small Quantities of Marijuana
Jun 21, 2022

Analyses: Drug Interdiction Efforts at US Borders Typically Yield Only Small Quantities of Marijuana

Drug interdiction efforts along the US border often involve the seizure of small quantities of marijuana and no other substances, according to a pair of recently issued reports. The post Analyses: Drug Interdiction Efforts at US Borders Typically Yield On

District of Columbia: Council Advances Legislation Prohibiting Most Employers from Discriminating Against Cannabis Consumers
Jun 17, 2022

District of Columbia: Council Advances Legislation Prohibiting Most Employers from Discriminating Against Cannabis Consumers

"Suspicionless workplace drug testing policies for cannabis were never evidence-based and they have always been discriminatory. They are relics of the failed ‘war on drugs' policies of the 1980s and it is time that we move beyond them." The post Distri

DEA Reports Significant Uptick in Marijuana-Related Seizures, Arrests
Jun 16, 2022

DEA Reports Significant Uptick in Marijuana-Related Seizures, Arrests

The totals are the highest reported by the agency since 2011, when it reported making an estimated 8,500 marijuana-related arrests and seized some 6.7 million plants via its domestic eradication program. The post DEA Reports Significant Uptick in Marijuan

Survey: Nearly Half of Authorized Medical Cannabis Patients Report Substituting Marijuana for Other Substances, Particularly Opioids and Alcohol
Jun 14, 2022

Survey: Nearly Half of Authorized Medical Cannabis Patients Report Substituting Marijuana for Other Substances, Particularly Opioids and Alcohol

"As legal access continues to expand, one would expect the cannabis substitution effect to grow even more pronounced in the future." The post Survey: Nearly Half of Authorized Medical Cannabis Patients Report Substituting Marijuana for Other Substances, P

Analysis: Cannabis Retailers Drive Economic Growth, Are Not Magnets for Crime
Jun 13, 2022

Analysis: Cannabis Retailers Drive Economic Growth, Are Not Magnets for Crime

"Licensed cannabis retailers are good neighbors, drive economic growth, and redirect tax dollars back into the local community. It makes no sense from either an economic perspective or from a public health perspective to prohibit these businesses or to re

State Policy Weekly Update 6/10/2022
Jun 10, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 6/10/2022

This week's update highlights legislative developments in California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, New York and North Carolina.  The post State Policy Weekly Update 6/10/2022 appeared first on NORML.

Oklahoma: Governor Signs Legislation Temporarily Halting Any Further Expansion of State’s Medical Cannabis Industry
Jun 10, 2022

Oklahoma: Governor Signs Legislation Temporarily Halting Any Further Expansion of State’s Medical Cannabis Industry

"Rather than embracing Oklahoma's robust medical cannabis industry, politicians have instead sought to abruptly tap the breaks. This legislation is largely a solution in search of a problem and it is directly in conflict with the 'free market' principles

Governors Sign Legislation Further Facilitating the Expungement of Past Cannabis Convictions
Jun 10, 2022

Governors Sign Legislation Further Facilitating the Expungement of Past Cannabis Convictions

"Adults should no longer be stigmatized and disenfranchised because of convictions for marijuana-related activities that are no longer defined as crimes under the law." The post Governors Sign Legislation Further Facilitating the Expungement of Past Canna

California: Multiple Reform Bills Continue to Advance
Jun 09, 2022

California: Multiple Reform Bills Continue to Advance

Several pieces of reform-friendly legislation have advanced out of their chambers of origin and are now awaiting hearings in their second chambers. The post California: Multiple Reform Bills Continue to Advance appeared first on NORML.

Delaware: Lawmakers Decline to Overturn Cannabis Legalization Veto
Jun 08, 2022

Delaware: Lawmakers Decline to Overturn Cannabis Legalization Veto

"I feel exasperated that lawmakers have failed to enact this common sense policy reform," said Delaware NORML's Executive Director Laura Sharer. "While we the people are committed to ending prohibition in Delaware, it's clear that our process and some of

Rick Steves: Let’s Make 2022 the Best Year for Marijuana Yet
Jun 08, 2022

Rick Steves: Let’s Make 2022 the Best Year for Marijuana Yet

I'd like to challenge you to help out with a donation to NORML, which I'll match, dollar-to-dollar, up to $100,000. The post Rick Steves: Let’s Make 2022 the Best Year for Marijuana Yet appeared first on NORML.

Louisiana: Series of Marijuana Law Reform Bills Advanced to Governor’s Desk
Jun 07, 2022

Louisiana: Series of Marijuana Law Reform Bills Advanced to Governor’s Desk

NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano praised lawmakers for advancing these measures to the Governor's desk. "These are common sense reforms that will provide further protections and freedoms to patients and others and they ought to be enacted swiftly by

Virginia: Approved Budget Recriminalizes Public Marijuana Possession Over Four Ounces of Marijuana
Jun 01, 2022

Virginia: Approved Budget Recriminalizes Public Marijuana Possession Over Four Ounces of Marijuana

The language, which creates two new misdemeanors, will take effect with Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin's signature. The post Virginia: Approved Budget Recriminalizes Public Marijuana Possession Over Four Ounces of Marijuana appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 5/27/2022
May 27, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 5/27/2022

This week's update highlights legislative developments in Delaware, Rhode Island, California, Louisiana, and North Carolina! The post State Policy Weekly Update 5/27/2022 appeared first on NORML.

Study: Licensed Cannabis Retailers Not Providing Access to Underage Patrons
May 27, 2022

Study: Licensed Cannabis Retailers Not Providing Access to Underage Patrons

Investigators concluded: "[T]here was 100% compliance with the ID policy to keep underage patrons from purchasing marijuana directly from licensed outlets. … Underage youth are not obtaining marijuana at licensed recreational outlets." The post Study:

Rhode Island Becomes 19th State to Legalize Marijuana for Adults
May 25, 2022

Rhode Island Becomes 19th State to Legalize Marijuana for Adults

"The overwhelming support for this bill exhibited by lawmakers and the expeditious nature with which it was signed into law is indicative of the strong level of public support that exists in favor of legalization not only in Rhode Island, but also nationw

South Dakota: Voters Will Decide This November on Ballot Measure Legalizing Marijuana Use By Adults
May 25, 2022

South Dakota: Voters Will Decide This November on Ballot Measure Legalizing Marijuana Use By Adults

"Most South Dakotans, like most voters elsewhere, oppose the notion of criminalizing adults simply for the possession and use of cannabis and we are confident that they will once again make their voices heard at the ballot box." The post South Dakota: Vot

Ohio: Regulators Approve Dozens More Applicants to Operate Medical Cannabis Dispensaries
May 24, 2022

Ohio: Regulators Approve Dozens More Applicants to Operate Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

"This expansion is long overdue," said NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano. "High prices and the lack of convenient access provide significant barriers to Ohio's patient community. Hopefully, the addition of these licensed operators will better address

Delaware: Governor Vetoes Marijuana Depenalization Measure
May 24, 2022

Delaware: Governor Vetoes Marijuana Depenalization Measure

NORML's State Policies Manager Jax James said: "Continuing to define cannabis as contraband in Delaware is not in the public's interest. It is vital that the legislature push back and override Gov. Carney's veto." The post Delaware: Governor Vetoes Mariju

Rhode Island Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization
May 24, 2022

Rhode Island Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization

Both chambers of the Rhode Island legislature voted today to legalize and regulate the adult use cannabis market. It now heads to the Governor's desk. The post Rhode Island Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 5/20/2022
May 20, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 5/20/2022

This week's update highlights legislative developments in Delaware, Rhode Island, Louisiana and Massachusetts! The post State Policy Weekly Update 5/20/2022 appeared first on NORML.

Rhode Island: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Legalization Bill
May 19, 2022

Rhode Island: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Legalization Bill

"This is an important first step in the process of ending all penalties for cannabis possession and ensuring Rhode Islanders have access to regulated and tested cannabis products, just like New Englanders already have in neighboring states," says Jax Jame

Delaware: House Members Pause Action on Marijuana Retail Bill Until After Legislative Break
May 19, 2022

Delaware: House Members Pause Action on Marijuana Retail Bill Until After Legislative Break

For the second time this legislative session, members of the House have advanced legislation to establish a regulated, adult-use cannabis market. The post Delaware: House Members Pause Action on Marijuana Retail Bill Until After Legislative Break appeared

Study: Young Adults’ Consumption of Alcohol, Cigarettes, Other Substances Fell Following Marijuana Legalization
May 17, 2022

Study: Young Adults’ Consumption of Alcohol, Cigarettes, Other Substances Fell Following Marijuana Legalization

Investigators reported, "Contrary to concerns about spillover effects, implementation of legalized non-medical cannabis coincided with decreases in alcohol and cigarette use and pain reliever misuse." The post Study: Young Adults’ Consumption of Alc

Ohio: No Opportunity for Voters to Decide on Marijuana Legalization Until 2023
May 17, 2022

Ohio: No Opportunity for Voters to Decide on Marijuana Legalization Until 2023

Commenting on the settlement, a spokesperson for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said, "To be certain: we aren't going anywhere and are undeterred in our goal to legalize cannabis for all adults in Ohio." The post Ohio: No Opportunity fo

NORML PAC Endorsed John Fetterman Wins PA Senate Primary in Landslide
May 17, 2022

NORML PAC Endorsed John Fetterman Wins PA Senate Primary in Landslide

NORML PAC endorsed US Senate candidate John Fetterman won the state's Democratic primary by a large margin.  The post NORML PAC Endorsed John Fetterman Wins PA Senate Primary in Landslide appeared first on NORML.

Status Update: 2022 Ballot Initiatives and Referendums
May 14, 2022

Status Update: 2022 Ballot Initiatives and Referendums

Voters in several states are anticipated to decide on marijuana-related ballot measures in November. Here is an update of where those efforts currently stand.  The post Status Update: 2022 Ballot Initiatives and Referendums appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 5/13/2022
May 13, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 5/13/2022

This week's update highlights legislative advancement in California, Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, and more! The post State Policy Weekly Update 5/13/2022 appeared first on NORML.

Nearly a Quarter of Senate Members Send Bipartisan Letter Urging Congressional Leadership to Keep SAFE Banking in Pending Legislative Package
May 13, 2022

Nearly a Quarter of Senate Members Send Bipartisan Letter Urging Congressional Leadership to Keep SAFE Banking in Pending Legislative Package

A bipartisan group of 24 Senators stood up for public safety and for greater economic opportunities for legal cannabis businesses today by sending a letter to leadership in both chambers of Congress asking them to include cannabis banking reform language

Delaware Legislature Approves Legislation to Remove Penalties for Adult Marijuana Possession
May 12, 2022

Delaware Legislature Approves Legislation to Remove Penalties for Adult Marijuana Possession

The Delaware Senate approved legislation to remove criminal and civil penalties for adult possession of limited quantities of marijuana. In a 13-7-1 vote, the upper chamber voted to pass HB 371, which legalized the possession of up to one ounce of marijua

Legalization Advocates in Missouri, South Dakota Turn in Signatures for November Ballot Campaigns
May 10, 2022

Legalization Advocates in Missouri, South Dakota Turn in Signatures for November Ballot Campaigns

State officials must now conduct an official assessment of the signature petitions and verify their authenticity before determining whether the two measures will appear on the November ballot. The post Legalization Advocates in Missouri, South Dakota Tur

Texas: Austin Voters Decide in Favor of Municipal Ballot Initiative Eliminating Local Cannabis Penalties
May 09, 2022

Texas: Austin Voters Decide in Favor of Municipal Ballot Initiative Eliminating Local Cannabis Penalties

Austin voters passed the proposition by a margin of 85 percent to 15 percent. The post Texas: Austin Voters Decide in Favor of Municipal Ballot Initiative Eliminating Local Cannabis Penalties appeared first on NORML.

State Policy Weekly Update 5/6/2022
May 06, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 5/6/2022

This week's update highlights legislative advancements in several states, including Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.  The post State Policy Weekly Update 5/6/2022 appeared first on NORML.

Spring 2022 NORML Interns Answer Questions About the Job
May 03, 2022

Spring 2022 NORML Interns Answer Questions About the Job

Clear communication and task division were critical to handling a busy work day with ever-changing priorities. Our teamwork and adaptability made this experience all the more productive, rewarding, and enjoyable. The post Spring 2022 NORML Interns Answer

New Hampshire: Senate Rejects House-Backed Bills Legalizing Marijuana Possession and Sales
May 03, 2022

New Hampshire: Senate Rejects House-Backed Bills Legalizing Marijuana Possession and Sales

"The majority of the New Hampshire Senate is clearly out of step with the will of the voters," said NORML's State Policies Manager Jax James. "The continued failure by the Senate to advance House-passed cannabis reform legislation should not go without re

State Policy Weekly Update 4/29/2022
Apr 29, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 4/29/2022

This week's update highlights legislative advancements in several states, including Kentucky, Virginia, Vermont, Tennessee, and Kansas. The post State Policy Weekly Update 4/29/2022 appeared first on NORML.

Maine: Various Marijuana Bills Become Law Absent Gov. Mills’ Signature
Apr 28, 2022

Maine: Various Marijuana Bills Become Law Absent Gov. Mills’ Signature

"These common-sense changes will further facilitate patients' and others' access to medical cannabis products and will provide opportunities for greater inclusivity within Maine's licensed marijuana industry." The post Maine: Various Marijuana Bills Becom

Study: Marijuana Legalization Laws Not Associated with Lax Attitudes Toward Drugged Driving
Apr 27, 2022

Study: Marijuana Legalization Laws Not Associated with Lax Attitudes Toward Drugged Driving

The study's authors reported: "Current cannabis users in recreational and medical only cannabis states were significantly less likely to report driving within three hours of getting high in the past 30 days, compared to current users living in states with

Virginia: Senate Kills Governor’s Recriminalization Amendment, Bill Addressing Synthetically Derived Marijuana Products
Apr 27, 2022

Virginia: Senate Kills Governor’s Recriminalization Amendment, Bill Addressing Synthetically Derived Marijuana Products

With the 2022 legislative session having already ended, this vote effectively ends any further discussion of the legislation this year.  The post Virginia: Senate Kills Governor’s Recriminalization Amendment, Bill Addressing Synthetically Derived M

President Biden Uses Clemency Powers for the First Time; NORML Calls His Actions “Woefully Inadequate”
Apr 26, 2022

President Biden Uses Clemency Powers for the First Time; NORML Calls His Actions “Woefully Inadequate”

While granting clemency to nine individuals for federal marijuana offenses is the right thing to do, it is woefully inadequate when there remain over 10,000 individuals who still suffer under the weight of a federal charge on their criminal record. The po

Poll: 69 Percent of Adults Support Legalizing Marijuana, Most Say It’s Less Harmful Than Alcohol
Apr 25, 2022

Poll: 69 Percent of Adults Support Legalizing Marijuana, Most Say It’s Less Harmful Than Alcohol

"At a time when national politics remain acutely polarized, elected officials ought to come together in a bipartisan manner to repeal the failed policy of cannabis prohibition. It is one of the few policy reforms that voters on the right and on the left c

State Policy Weekly Update 4/22/2022
Apr 22, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 4/22/2022

This week's update highlights legislative advancement in Alaska, California, Ohio, Missouri, New Hampshire, and in several other states. The post State Policy Weekly Update 4/22/2022 appeared first on NORML.

This 4/20 Help Finish the Fight Against Prohibition
Apr 20, 2022

This 4/20 Help Finish the Fight Against Prohibition

For millions of Americans, April 20th is a day for celebration. And we certainly have plenty to celebrate. The post This 4/20 Help Finish the Fight Against Prohibition appeared first on NORML.

Tell the Senate: Support Keeping SAFE Banking in America COMPETES
Apr 19, 2022

Tell the Senate: Support Keeping SAFE Banking in America COMPETES

It's 4/20 week, and you are probably being flooded with marijuana-related promotions, ads, and invitations, but please take a moment to read this message and take action to help us change federal marijuana law. The post Tell the Senate: Support Keeping SA

Elevate Your 4/20 with NORML
Apr 18, 2022

Elevate Your 4/20 with NORML

While April 20th is synonymous with celebrating marijuana's cultural status, NORML is calling on all legalization supporters to turn this high holiday into a week of action. The post Elevate Your 4/20 with NORML appeared first on NORML.

New Jersey: Adult Use Marijuana Sales to Begin Next Week
Apr 15, 2022

New Jersey: Adult Use Marijuana Sales to Begin Next Week

Select retailers will begin selling marijuana and cannabis-infused products to those ages 21 and older on Thursday, April 21, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has announced. "I want our legal adult-use cannabis industry to be a national model," the Governor sa

State Policy Weekly Update 4/15/2022
Apr 15, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 4/15/2022

This week's update highlights important advancements of legislation in Maryland, New Hampshire, and Delaware, and additional important movements in Pennsylvania, Maine, Illinois and other states. The post State Policy Weekly Update 4/15/2022 appeared firs

Illinois: Bill Eliminates Marijuana Drug Testing Requirement for Those Seeking to Have Their Criminal Records Expunged
Apr 13, 2022

Illinois: Bill Eliminates Marijuana Drug Testing Requirement for Those Seeking to Have Their Criminal Records Expunged

NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano called the legislation "a common sense fix. Those seeking to expunge their records should not be penalized simply because they have recently engaged in behavior that is now perfectly legal under state law." The post

Virginia: Gov. Youngkin Moves to Re-criminalize Personal Possession of Marijuana
Apr 13, 2022

Virginia: Gov. Youngkin Moves to Re-criminalize Personal Possession of Marijuana

The Governor has proposed an amendment in the nature of a substitute to SB 591 which would create two new misdemeanors for personal marijuana possession.  The post Virginia: Gov. Youngkin Moves to Re-criminalize Personal Possession of Marijuana appeared

Virginia: Governor Youngkin Signs Legislation to Improve Medical Cannabis Program
Apr 11, 2022

Virginia: Governor Youngkin Signs Legislation to Improve Medical Cannabis Program

Includes eliminating the requirement that patients register with the Board of Pharmacy after receiving their written certification from a registered practitioner. The post Virginia: Governor Youngkin Signs Legislation to Improve Medical Cannabis Program

State Policy Weekly Update 4/8/2022
Apr 08, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 4/8/2022

This week's update highlights important legalization advancement in Maryland, medical cannabis advancement in South Carolina, and additional important movements in Delaware, Illinois and other states. The post State Policy Weekly Update 4/8/2022 appeared

Poll: Majority of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana, Expunging Past Convictions, and Allowing Banks to Work with Cannabis Businesses
Apr 08, 2022

Poll: Majority of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana, Expunging Past Convictions, and Allowing Banks to Work with Cannabis Businesses

"Each of the major pieces of marijuana policy reform legislation currently pending before Congress enjoy majority support from the American people. It is political malpractice for lawmakers, and those in the Senate especially, to continue to let these eff

Ohio: Cleveland Officials Move to Expunge Over 4,000 Low-Level Marijuana Convictions
Apr 07, 2022

Ohio: Cleveland Officials Move to Expunge Over 4,000 Low-Level Marijuana Convictions

"Far too many citizens unduly carry the undue burden and stigmatization of a past conviction for behavior that many jurisdictions, and most Americans, no longer consider to be a crime. Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that offici

Status Update: 2022 Ballot Initiatives and Referendums
Apr 06, 2022

Status Update: 2022 Ballot Initiatives and Referendums

Voters in several states are anticipated to decide on marijuana-related ballot measures in November. Here is where those efforts stand…  The post Status Update: 2022 Ballot Initiatives and Referendums appeared first on NORML.

Dark Money Prohibitionists VS The People
Apr 06, 2022

Dark Money Prohibitionists VS The People

Last week, a new Super PAC was launched with the sole purpose of halting our progress. This shadowy dark money group has committed to spending well into the six figures on efforts to target and take out elected officials who support legalization. No doubt

Maryland: Voters to Decide Legalization Question in November
Apr 04, 2022

Maryland: Voters to Decide Legalization Question in November

"Just like voters have done elsewhere over the past decade, Marylanders will choose in favor of legalization at the ballot box and they will do so overwhelmingly." The post Maryland: Voters to Decide Legalization Question in November appeared first on NOR

House Lawmakers Advance Bipartisan Bill Facilitating Clinical Cannabis Research, Allowing Scientists to Access State-Approved Marijuana Products
Apr 04, 2022

House Lawmakers Advance Bipartisan Bill Facilitating Clinical Cannabis Research, Allowing Scientists to Access State-Approved Marijuana Products

NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: "These common-sense regulatory changes are necessary and long overdue. The reality that nearly one-half of US adults have legal access to these multitude of cannabis products, but our nation's top scientists do

House Lawmakers Approve Legislation to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition
Apr 01, 2022

House Lawmakers Approve Legislation to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

"It is long overdue that we stop punishing adults for using a substance that is objectively safer than alcohol, and that we work to address the disparate negative impacts that prohibition has inflicted on our most vulnerable individuals and marginalized c

State Policy Update 4/1/2022
Apr 01, 2022

State Policy Update 4/1/2022

This week's update highlights important legislative advancements in Maryland, Utah, Louisiana, Georgia, and several other states. The post State Policy Update 4/1/2022 appeared first on NORML.

Maine: Bi-Partisan Efforts to Improve State’s Medical Program and Protect Patients Continue to Advance
Mar 30, 2022

Maine: Bi-Partisan Efforts to Improve State’s Medical Program and Protect Patients Continue to Advance

Representative Lynn Williams (D- HD 135) says, "Support for the issues around Maine's medical marijuana program crosses many lines: Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians and Greens; Downeast, Southern and Northern Maine; rural and urban; twen

New Mexico: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales to Begin on Friday
Mar 30, 2022

New Mexico: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales to Begin on Friday

"A robust, above-ground retail marijuana market is necessary in order to disrupt the unregulated marketplace and to assure that consumers have adequate access to lab-tested, high quality products at competitive prices," NORML's Deputy Director Paul Arment

New NORML Report Provides Policymakers with Guidance on ‘Best Practices’ for Regulating Adult-Use Marijuana Markets
Mar 29, 2022

New NORML Report Provides Policymakers with Guidance on ‘Best Practices’ for Regulating Adult-Use Marijuana Markets

Download the free NORML Report: Marijuana Policies in Legal States: A Comprehensive Review of Adult-use Marijuana Rules and Regulations The post New NORML Report Provides Policymakers with Guidance on ‘Best Practices' for Regulating Adult-Use Marijuana

Senate Unanimously Approves Legislation Providing US Attorney General with Greater Say in Cannabis Research Decisions
Mar 29, 2022

Senate Unanimously Approves Legislation Providing US Attorney General with Greater Say in Cannabis Research Decisions

"Rather than compelling scientists to access marijuana products of questionable quality that are manufactured by a limited number of federally licensed producers, NORML believes that federal regulators should allow investigators to access the cannabis tha

In Memoriam – John Kenneth Zwerling
Mar 28, 2022

In Memoriam – John Kenneth Zwerling

One of the most prominent pillars of NORML, going back to the earliest days of our organization, has died. The post In Memoriam – John Kenneth Zwerling appeared first on NORML.

South Dakota: Governor Noem Vetoes Marijuana Expungement Legislation
Mar 28, 2022

South Dakota: Governor Noem Vetoes Marijuana Expungement Legislation

"Despite the obvious will of the voters, Gov. Noem is intent on perpetuating the failed policies of the past. People with otherwise clean records do not deserve to have rest of their lives to be derailed because of a marijuana possession conviction." The

State Policy Update 3/25/2022
Mar 25, 2022

State Policy Update 3/25/2022

This week's update highlights important legislative advancements in New Hampshire and Minnesota, focuses on several upcoming hearings, and provides updates on several other important bills moving forward across the country as well as an update on Nebraska

US House of Representatives to Vote on MORE Act Next Week
Mar 24, 2022

US House of Representatives to Vote on MORE Act Next Week

Members of the US House of Representatives have announced that they will  hold a floor vote next week on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act. The MORE Act, or H.R. 3617, removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act

South Dakota: Governor Signs Legislation Preserving Patients’ Home Cultivation Rights
Mar 21, 2022

South Dakota: Governor Signs Legislation Preserving Patients’ Home Cultivation Rights

"Seventy percent of voters approved this right at the ballot box and it is reassuring to see that a majority of lawmakers, and the Governor, ultimately decided to respect the voters' decision." The post South Dakota: Governor Signs Legislation Preserving

NORML Remembers Rep. Don Young, Co-Chair of the Cannabis Caucus
Mar 21, 2022

NORML Remembers Rep. Don Young, Co-Chair of the Cannabis Caucus

"Congressman Young was a passionate supporter of ending America's failed marijuana prohibition and implementing a legalization policy based on personal freedom and individual liberty." The post NORML Remembers Rep. Don Young, Co-Chair of the Cannabis Ca

50 Years Ago, Congress’ Own Expert Commission Demanded They Repeal Marijuana Prohibition
Mar 21, 2022

50 Years Ago, Congress’ Own Expert Commission Demanded They Repeal Marijuana Prohibition

Fifty years ago today, the first and only blue-ribbon committee on marijuana policy formally recommended that Congress repeal federal penalties criminalizing the personal possession of marijuana. The post 50 Years Ago, Congress’ Own Expert Commissio

Kentucky: Medical Cannabis Access Legislation Advances to the Senate
Mar 18, 2022

Kentucky: Medical Cannabis Access Legislation Advances to the Senate

With a vote of 59 to 34, members of the Kentucky House of Representatives have advanced House Bill 136 to the Senate for further consideration. The bill provides for the production and distribution of a limited variety of medical cannabis products to qual

State Policy Update 3/18/2022
Mar 18, 2022

State Policy Update 3/18/2022

This week's update highlights important legislative advancements in Illinois, Utah, South Dakota, and Kentucky, focuses on upcoming hearings, and provides updates on several other important bills moving forward across the country. The post State Policy Up

Sentencing Commission: Far Fewer Federal Offenders Charged with Marijuana-Related Crimes in 2021
Mar 17, 2022

Sentencing Commission: Far Fewer Federal Offenders Charged with Marijuana-Related Crimes in 2021

"The attitudes and priorities of federal prosecutors have shifted in the era of state-level marijuana legalization." The post Sentencing Commission: Far Fewer Federal Offenders Charged with Marijuana-Related Crimes in 2021 appeared first on NORML.

New Jersey: Regulators Begin Process of Accepting Applications for Retail Marijuana Businesses
Mar 16, 2022

New Jersey: Regulators Begin Process of Accepting Applications for Retail Marijuana Businesses

A robust, above-ground retail marijuana market is necessary in order to disrupt the unregulated marketplace and to assure that consumers have adequate access to lab-tested, high quality products at competitive prices. The post New Jersey: Regulators Begin

St. Louis: City Officials Move to End Marijuana Screening for Most Public Employees
Mar 14, 2022

St. Louis: City Officials Move to End Marijuana Screening for Most Public Employees

The new rules stipulate, "No person currently employed by St. Louis County or applying for employment by St. Louis County shall be required to undergo pre-employment or random drug testing for the presence of marijuana metabolites (THC) as a condition or

Advocates Respond To Delaware House Vote On Cannabis Legalization
Mar 14, 2022

Advocates Respond To Delaware House Vote On Cannabis Legalization

Last week, Delaware's House of Representatives missed another chance to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older. HB 305 needed to clear a legislative hurdle requiring a three–fifths super majority, or 25 votes. The final tally on March 10th was 23-14-

State Policy Weekly Update 3/11/2022
Mar 11, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 3/11/2022

This week's update highlights important legalization advancements in Delaware and in Pennsylvania as well as updates on several other important bills moving forward  across the country. The post State Policy Weekly Update 3/11/2022 appeared first on NORM

South Dakota: Lawmakers Finalize Legislation Protecting Patients’ Home Cultivation Rights
Mar 10, 2022

South Dakota: Lawmakers Finalize Legislation Protecting Patients’ Home Cultivation Rights

"Permitting limited home cultivation provides patients with the ability to have reliable, affordable, and consistent access to the medicine they rely on. Lawmakers were wise to think twice before taking these rights away." The post South Dakota: Lawmake

Delaware: House Members Fail to Advance Legalization Legislation
Mar 10, 2022

Delaware: House Members Fail to Advance Legalization Legislation

Despite a majority of lawmakers who participated in the vote deciding in favor of the measure, it failed to garner the required 3/5 supermajority to advance to the Senate. The post Delaware: House Members Fail to Advance Legalization Legislation appeared

Let’s Legalize America!
Mar 09, 2022

Let’s Legalize America!

Show that you are "all in" on legalization from the Atlantic to the Pacific and we will send you a LEGALIZE AMERICA sticker. The post Let’s Legalize America! appeared first on NORML.

NCAA Relaxes Drug Testing Policies for Cannabis
Mar 09, 2022

NCAA Relaxes Drug Testing Policies for Cannabis

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has taken a progressive step forward with respect to their policies regarding athletes' personal cannabis use by relaxing their cannabis testing policies. The post NCAA Relaxes Drug Testing Policies for

New Mexico: Supreme Court Rules Against Imposition of Certain Excise Taxes on Medical Cannabis Products
Mar 08, 2022

New Mexico: Supreme Court Rules Against Imposition of Certain Excise Taxes on Medical Cannabis Products

"It is encouraging to see the Court take the position that medical cannabis ought to be tax exempt in a manner like other medications. Patients, many of whom may be on disability or a fixed income, should not been seen by lawmakers as a source of tax rev

Poll: Nearly 70 Percent of Americans Want Congress to Allow Licensed Cannabis Businesses Access to Banking Services
Mar 08, 2022

Poll: Nearly 70 Percent of Americans Want Congress to Allow Licensed Cannabis Businesses Access to Banking Services

Sixty-eight percent of Americans say that Congress should pass legislation so that marijuana businesses can "access banking services and products in states" where it is legal. The post Poll: Nearly 70 Percent of Americans Want Congress to Allow Licensed C

State Policy Weekly Update 3/4/2022
Mar 04, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 3/4/2022

This week's update highlights the latest drama and intrigue in South Dakota, and also includes updates on several other bills advancing across the country – some of which await their Governor's signature. The post State Policy Weekly Update 3/4/2022 app

Cannabis Consumers Continue to Face Employment Discrimination in Colorado
Mar 03, 2022

Cannabis Consumers Continue to Face Employment Discrimination in Colorado

Despite being the first state in the nation to approve adult-use marijuana possession and sales, Coloradoans – including registered patients – still lack any workplace protections. The post Cannabis Consumers Continue to Face Employment Discrimination

White House: Investing in Cannabis Stocks Could Jeopardize Federal Security Clearance Status
Mar 03, 2022

White House: Investing in Cannabis Stocks Could Jeopardize Federal Security Clearance Status

"The White House's outdated, exclusionary policy is inconsistent with the rapidly changing legal landscape around cannabis in the U.S. and globally, and unnecessarily limits access to capital that small cannabis businesses desperately need." The post Whi

New Mexico: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales on Track for April 1st Launch
Mar 02, 2022

New Mexico: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales on Track for April 1st Launch

"A robust, above-ground retail marijuana market is necessary in order to disrupt the unregulated marketplace and to assure that consumers have adequate access to lab-tested, high quality products at competitive prices." The post New Mexico: Adult-Use Mari

South Dakota: Republican-Led Committee Rejects Senate-Backed Adult-Use Legalization Measure
Feb 28, 2022

South Dakota: Republican-Led Committee Rejects Senate-Backed Adult-Use Legalization Measure

"Lawmakers in South Dakota continue to put their own self-interests ahead of those of their constituents -- the majority of whom wish to see the criminalization of cannabis replaced with a system of legalization and regulation. Lawmakers' failure to advan

Virginia: Republican-Led Committee Halts Marijuana Sales Legislation in Party-Line Vote
Feb 28, 2022

Virginia: Republican-Led Committee Halts Marijuana Sales Legislation in Party-Line Vote

"This is an extraordinary disappointment for Virginians who were loudly calling for access to retail sales to begin earlier than 2024, and ultimately a real failure by the legislature to provide for public and consumer safety." The post Virginia: Republic

State Policy Weekly Update 2/25/2022
Feb 25, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 2/25/2022

Here is NORML's weekly update on state legislative activity in Alaska, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Delaware, and Georgia. The post State Policy Weekly Update 2/25/2022 appeared first on NORML

Adult-Use Legislative Efforts Advance in Delaware, Maryland, and South Dakota
Feb 24, 2022

Adult-Use Legislative Efforts Advance in Delaware, Maryland, and South Dakota

Legislative proposals that seek to legalize the adult-use cannabis market have advanced in several states in recent days. The post Adult-Use Legislative Efforts Advance in Delaware, Maryland, and South Dakota appeared first on NORML.

Report: Legal Marijuana Industry Employs Over 428,000 Full-Time Workers
Feb 23, 2022

Report: Legal Marijuana Industry Employs Over 428,000 Full-Time Workers

The cannabis industry created an average of 280 new jobs per day in 2021. That represents a 33 percent year-over-year increase, and it marks the fifth year in a row of annual jobs growth greater than 27 percent. The post Report: Legal Marijuana Industry E

One Year Ago Today, New Jersey Ended Mass Arrests for Cannabis Possession
Feb 22, 2022

One Year Ago Today, New Jersey Ended Mass Arrests for Cannabis Possession

It took a decade of legislative politics and nearly three million voters changing the New Jersey state constitution to end cannabis prohibition in the Garden State. The post One Year Ago Today, New Jersey Ended Mass Arrests for Cannabis Possession appeare

State Policy Weekly Update 2/18/2022
Feb 18, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 2/18/2022

Here is NORML's weekly update on state legislative activity in Maryland, Vermont, Utah, South Dakota, Alabama, Ohio, Washington, Nebraska, Colorado, Maine, Hawaii, California, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, New Hampshire, and Arizona. The po

New York: Lawmakers Advance Legislation to Expedite Adult-Use Cannabis Production and Manufacturing
Feb 17, 2022

New York: Lawmakers Advance Legislation to Expedite Adult-Use Cannabis Production and Manufacturing

The legislation authorizes already licensed hemp growers to obtain temporary conditional licenses to commercially cultivate and process cannabis for the state's forthcoming adult-use market. The post New York: Lawmakers Advance Legislation to Expedite Adu

Virginia: Senate Approves Adult-use Cannabis Retail Sales in Bipartisan Vote
Feb 15, 2022

Virginia: Senate Approves Adult-use Cannabis Retail Sales in Bipartisan Vote

Senate Bill 391 advances to the House of Delegates on a historic bipartisan 21-18 vote. The post Virginia: Senate Approves Adult-use Cannabis Retail Sales in Bipartisan Vote appeared first on NORML.

Lawmakers, Cops Consider Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization in Pennsylvania
Feb 15, 2022

Lawmakers, Cops Consider Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization in Pennsylvania

"Every single day that Harrisburg delays there are Pennsylvanians charged with marijuana possession and paraphernalia offenses." The post Lawmakers, Cops Consider Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization in Pennsylvania appeared first on NORML.

Retail Licensing Delays and Emerging Social Equity Concerns in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut
Feb 11, 2022

Retail Licensing Delays and Emerging Social Equity Concerns in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut

As more states transition from marijuana criminalization to a regulated retail marketplace, struggles over the structure of retail sales markets have become a foremost concern. Inabilities in establishing and enacting clear and timely regulations regardin

State Policy Weekly Update 2/11/2022
Feb 11, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 2/11/2022

Here is NORML's weekly update on state legislative activity in Wisconsin, Washington, Tennessee, South Dakota, South Carolina, New York, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Iowa, Illinois, Hawaii, and Colorado. The post State Policy Weekly Update 2/11/2022 appeared

Pennsylvania: Patients Respond to Recall of Medical Cannabis Products, Say Such Incidents Strengthen Arguments to Permit Home Cultivation 
Feb 10, 2022

Pennsylvania: Patients Respond to Recall of Medical Cannabis Products, Say Such Incidents Strengthen Arguments to Permit Home Cultivation 

"Today, we are without any kind of home-grow rights. If we were able to produce our own cannabis, our own cannabis oils, and yes even our own vape products, we could guarantee our own safety."  The post Pennsylvania: Patients Respond to Recall of Medical

South Carolina: State Senate Advances Compassionate Care Act
Feb 10, 2022

South Carolina: State Senate Advances Compassionate Care Act

By a vote of nearly 2 to 1, members of the South Carolina State Senate advanced medical cannabis access legislation, the bipartisan Compassionate Care Act. It will now go to the State House of Representatives. The post South Carolina: State Senate Advanc

Senate Majority Leader Provides Timeline for Introducing Long-Awaited Marijuana Descheduling Plan
Feb 07, 2022

Senate Majority Leader Provides Timeline for Introducing Long-Awaited Marijuana Descheduling Plan

Senator Schumer said: "In the coming weeks, we're ramping up our outreach and we expect to introduce final legislation. Our goal is to do it in April. Then we begin the nationwide push, spearheaded by New York, to get the federal law done. As the majority

What’s the Future of Marijuana Legalization in Oklahoma?
Feb 07, 2022

What’s the Future of Marijuana Legalization in Oklahoma?

"We are hopeful that Oklahomans will have the opportunity this fall to decide in favor of ending the failed policy of marijuana criminalization.If so, we are confident that they, like voters in other states have already done, will decide in favor of legal

State Policy Weekly Update 2/4/2022
Feb 04, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 2/4/2022

Here is NORML's weekly update on state legislative activity in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio. The post State Policy Weekly Update 2/4/2022 a

House Advances SAFE Banking Act as Part of the America COMPETES Act
Feb 04, 2022

House Advances SAFE Banking Act as Part of the America COMPETES Act

This vote marks the sixth time that members of the House have advanced SAFE Banking to the Upper Chamber either as an amendment or as a stand-alone piece of legislation. The post House Advances SAFE Banking Act as Part of the America COMPETES Act appeared

Utah: Lawmakers Advance Bill to Governor’s Desk Protecting State Employees From Workplace Discrimination for Medical Cannabis Use
Feb 03, 2022

Utah: Lawmakers Advance Bill to Governor’s Desk Protecting State Employees From Workplace Discrimination for Medical Cannabis Use

"This legislation is consistent with the laws of a growing number of jurisdictions that recognize that off-hours cannabis use poses no legitimate threat to either workplace safety or productivity. Tens of millions of Americans consume cannabis responsibly

Minnesota: Patients’ Access to Herbal Cannabis Products Begins March 1
Feb 02, 2022

Minnesota: Patients’ Access to Herbal Cannabis Products Begins March 1

NORML has long opined that patients must have access to cannabis flowers, stating: "Orally administered non-herbal forms of cannabis possess delayed onset and their effects are far less predictable than those of herbal cannabis. The post Minnesota: Patien

South Dakota: Lawmakers Reject Legislative Efforts to Restrict Medical Cannabis Access
Feb 02, 2022

South Dakota: Lawmakers Reject Legislative Efforts to Restrict Medical Cannabis Access

State lawmakers have rejected a series of legislative proposals that sought to curtail how and where patients could access and use medical cannabis. The post South Dakota: Lawmakers Reject Legislative Efforts to Restrict Medical Cannabis Access appeared f

Mississippi Becomes 37th State to Provide Medical Cannabis Access
Feb 02, 2022

Mississippi Becomes 37th State to Provide Medical Cannabis Access

"Marijuana access is long overdue for Mississippi's patients," NORML's State Policies Manager Jax James said. "The overwhelming majority of voters decided in favor of this policy change over a year ago, and for the past 14 months the will of the people ha

Ohio: Activists Place Adult-Use Marijuana Initiative Before Lawmakers
Jan 31, 2022

Ohio: Activists Place Adult-Use Marijuana Initiative Before Lawmakers

"We are ready and eager to work with Ohio legislators over the next four months to legalize the adult use of marijuana in Ohio," CTRMLA spokesman Tom Haren said in a press release. "We are also fully prepared to collect additional signatures and take this

State Policy Weekly Update 1/28/2022
Jan 28, 2022

State Policy Weekly Update 1/28/2022

Here is NORML's weekly update on pending state legislation in Washington, Virginia, Utah, Tennessee, South Dakota, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kansas, Illinois, Hawaii, and Delaware. The post State Policy Weekly Update 1/28/2022 appeared first on

Mississippi: Lawmakers Advance Medical Cannabis Access Bill to Governor’s Desk
Jan 26, 2022

Mississippi: Lawmakers Advance Medical Cannabis Access Bill to Governor’s Desk

The bill now goes to the desk of Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who has repeatedly threatened to veto the measure. However, the Act has ample support from lawmakers to override a veto. The post Mississippi: Lawmakers Advance Medical Cannabis Access Bill to

South Dakota: House Lawmakers Move to Repeal Citizen-Initiated Home Cultivation Rights
Jan 25, 2022

South Dakota: House Lawmakers Move to Repeal Citizen-Initiated Home Cultivation Rights

This vote is the latest of many actions taken by lawmakers to undue voters' actions on Election Day, when they approved a pair of ballot initiatives legalizing marijuana for both medical and adult-use purposes. The post South Dakota: House Lawmakers Move

New York: Regulators Expand Medical Cannabis Eligibility to Include “Any” Patient for Whom a Practitioner Believes Will Benefit From It
Jan 24, 2022

New York: Regulators Expand Medical Cannabis Eligibility to Include “Any” Patient for Whom a Practitioner Believes Will Benefit From It

"A patient's treatment options should not be limited by the government, but rather should be determined in confidence between a patient and their doctor. Doctors should be fully empowered to decide what treatment options are best -- free from political in

1/21/22 – State Policy Update
Jan 21, 2022

1/21/22 – State Policy Update

Here is NORML's weekly update on pending state legislation with helpful links to action alerts. The post 1/21/22 – State Policy Update appeared first on NORML.

We Need You to Help Pass the MORE Act
Jan 21, 2022

We Need You to Help Pass the MORE Act

We have a chance to push a major marijuana legalization bill through the House of Representatives, but time is quickly running out. The post We Need You to Help Pass the MORE Act appeared first on NORML.

The Fight Continues for Medical Marijuana Access in Mississippi
Jan 19, 2022

The Fight Continues for Medical Marijuana Access in Mississippi

Despite the Governor's threat to veto, Mississippi lawmakers have advanced the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act, which legalizes medical marijuana access in the Magnolia State. The post The Fight Continues for Medical Marijuana Access in Mississippi appe

State Policy Update (1/14/2022)
Jan 14, 2022

State Policy Update (1/14/2022)

Here is NORML's weekly update on pending state legislation in Wisconsin, West Virginia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Alaska. The post State Policy Update (1/14/2022) appeared first on NORML.

Texas: Austin Decriminalization Initiative Qualifies for the Ballot, Other Texas Cities Follow
Jan 12, 2022

Texas: Austin Decriminalization Initiative Qualifies for the Ballot, Other Texas Cities Follow

Despite over 60 percent of Texas voters supporting marijuana legalization, advocates continue to face an uphill battle in the legislature. In response, activists in Texas are now expanding their efforts to focusing on implementing reforms at the local lev

Update: Ballot Initiative and Referendum Efforts
Jan 12, 2022

Update: Ballot Initiative and Referendum Efforts

Update: Ballot Initiative and Referendum Efforts. View a map of signing locations. Learn about volunteer opportunities.  The post Update: Ballot Initiative and Referendum Efforts appeared first on NORML.

Oregon: New Rules Increase the Amount of Cannabis Adults Can Purchase Per Transaction
Jan 10, 2022

Oregon: New Rules Increase the Amount of Cannabis Adults Can Purchase Per Transaction

The updated purchasing rule, which increases the quantity of cannabis flower a customer can buy per transaction from one ounce to two ounces, took effect on January 1. The post Oregon: New Rules Increase the Amount of Cannabis Adults Can Purchase Per Tran

State Policy Update (1/7/2022)
Jan 07, 2022

State Policy Update (1/7/2022)

Updates on filed and moving legislation over the last week. The post State Policy Update (1/7/2022) appeared first on NORML.

Longtime Cannabis Policy Expert Morgan Fox Hired to Oversee NORML’s Federal Advocacy Efforts
Jan 06, 2022

Longtime Cannabis Policy Expert Morgan Fox Hired to Oversee NORML’s Federal Advocacy Efforts

"I look forward to working closely with Congress and our allies to continue the efforts to end prohibition, repair the harms it has caused, and enact new policies centered on science, safety, and justice," Fox said. The post Longtime Cannabis Policy Exper

Colorado: Governor Issues Pardons to Over 1,300 Marijuana Offenders
Jan 03, 2022

Colorado: Governor Issues Pardons to Over 1,300 Marijuana Offenders

"Tens of thousands of Americans unduly carry the burden and stigmatization of a past conviction for behavior that is no longer considered to be a crime. Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that officials continue to take action in o

Montana: Era of Adult-Use Marijuana Sales Begins
Jan 03, 2022

Montana: Era of Adult-Use Marijuana Sales Begins

Legislation permitting licensed retailers to sell marijuana products to those ages 21 or older took effect on Saturday, January 1. The post Montana: Era of Adult-Use Marijuana Sales Begins appeared first on NORML.

Several States to Usher In the New Year with Cannabis Liberalization Laws
Dec 22, 2021

Several States to Usher In the New Year with Cannabis Liberalization Laws

New state and local laws amending marijuana policies will take effect on the first day of the new year. The post Several States to Usher In the New Year with Cannabis Liberalization Laws appeared first on NORML.

Ohio: Citizens’ Petition Seeks to Compel Lawmakers to Hold Marijuana Legalization Vote
Dec 21, 2021

Ohio: Citizens’ Petition Seeks to Compel Lawmakers to Hold Marijuana Legalization Vote

Following the validation of 132,887 signatures by state officials, lawmakers will have up to four months to consider the legalization measure. If lawmakers fail to act on the proposal, organizers will then need to collect an additional 132,887 signatures

Rick Steves: Let’s Win in 2022
Dec 21, 2021

Rick Steves: Let’s Win in 2022

Let's make 2022 a huge year for legalization. I'll match all donations up to $20,000, double your impact! The post Rick Steves: Let’s Win in 2022 appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: Oversight Committee Urges Lawmakers to Expedite Launch of Retail Cannabis Sales
Dec 17, 2021

Virginia: Oversight Committee Urges Lawmakers to Expedite Launch of Retail Cannabis Sales

"Virginians 21 and older ought to have access at the already-operational dispensaries sooner rather than later, and they have been very clear in their demands to move earlier the date of sales," said Jenn Michelle Pedini, NORML's Development Director and

Baltimore: City Officials Move to Abolish Pre-Employment Drug Screens for Many Public Employees
Dec 16, 2021

Baltimore: City Officials Move to Abolish Pre-Employment Drug Screens for Many Public Employees

Baltimore's mayor, Brandon M. Scott, said: "[O]utdated and costly pre-employment drug and alcohol screenings only served to block qualified and passionate residents from obtaining employment with the City. ... I am grateful that we are making this change

Tell Us What You Think – Take the NORML Survey
Dec 15, 2021

Tell Us What You Think – Take the NORML Survey

Please take time today to let us know how we are doing and to let us know what you think we should be doing to end America's war on marijuana consumers. The post Tell Us What You Think – Take the NORML Survey appeared first on NORML.

Government-Funded Study Shows Unprecedented Decline in Marijuana Use By Young People
Dec 15, 2021

Government-Funded Study Shows Unprecedented Decline in Marijuana Use By Young People

Specifically, the data identified a 38 percent year-over-year reduction in self-reported marijuana use among eight graders, a 38 percent decline among 10th graders, and a 13 percent decrease among 12th graders. The post Government-Funded Study Shows Unpr

Missouri: St.Louis Lawmakers Repeal Local Marijuana Possession Laws
Dec 14, 2021

Missouri: St.Louis Lawmakers Repeal Local Marijuana Possession Laws

Under the newly signed law, the possession of personal use quantities of cannabis by adults will no longer be subject to civil penalties. Furthermore, police may no longer cite the odor of cannabis as justification for engaging in a warrantless search. Th

New Jersey: Regulators Approve Provisional Licenses for 30 New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Dec 09, 2021

New Jersey: Regulators Approve Provisional Licenses for 30 New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Only 23 medical cannabis facilities are currently operating in the state. Under the state's medical marijuana law, patients are not permitted to home-cultivate cannabis. The post New Jersey: Regulators Approve Provisional Licenses for 30 New Medical Mari

CBD Products Commonly Flagged by FDA for Making Unsubstantiated Claims About Treating COVID-19
Dec 08, 2021

CBD Products Commonly Flagged by FDA for Making Unsubstantiated Claims About Treating COVID-19

"We reviewed letters over 18 months sent to violating companies by the FDA. Cannabidiol-related substances led the spectrum of products with unsubstantiated claims to treat COVID-19 infection." The post CBD Products Commonly Flagged by FDA for Making Un

SAFE Banking Language not Included in Final NDAA Package
Dec 07, 2021

SAFE Banking Language not Included in Final NDAA Package

It is unfortunate that Congress chose to not affirm the legitimacy of state-level marijuana legalization and instead chose to deny this emerging legal industry access to basic financial tools and services. The post SAFE Banking Language not Included in Fi

Minnesota: Regulators Okay Patients’ Access to Cannabis-Infused Edible Products
Dec 06, 2021

Minnesota: Regulators Okay Patients’ Access to Cannabis-Infused Edible Products

Under the plan, patients in the state's medical access program will be able to purchase marijuana-infused gummies or other similar chewable products beginning on August 1, 2020. The post Minnesota: Regulators Okay Patients’ Access to Cannabis-Infuse

Longtime Texas NORML Director Hired to Oversee State Policy Reform Efforts
Dec 03, 2021

Longtime Texas NORML Director Hired to Oversee State Policy Reform Efforts

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is pleased to announce the addition of Jax Finkel James to its national staff. "I am excited to join the staff at NORML where I can use the passion, lessons, and skills I have learned in Texas to

Reps. Dave Joyce and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Introduce Legislation To Expunge Marijuana Records
Dec 02, 2021

Reps. Dave Joyce and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Introduce Legislation To Expunge Marijuana Records

Legislation would incentivize state and local governments to expunge the criminal records of tens of millions of Americans who have previously been convicted of marijuana offenses.  The post Reps. Dave Joyce and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Introduce Legisla

Record Number of Scientific Papers Published About Cannabis in 2021
Dec 01, 2021

Record Number of Scientific Papers Published About Cannabis in 2021

Since 2010, scientists have published an estimated 27,000 peer-reviewed papers specific to cannabis, with the annual number of total papers increasing every year. NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said, "It is time for politicians and others to stop

Massachusetts: Majority of Adults Say Marijuana Legalization Has Been “Positive” for the State
Nov 29, 2021

Massachusetts: Majority of Adults Say Marijuana Legalization Has Been “Positive” for the State

NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: "These polling results once again affirm that most voters do not experience ‘buyer's remorse' following the enactment of marijuana legalization. Most Americans believe that these laws are operating in a manne

NORML Issues Report Highlighting 2021 State Legislative Victories
Nov 29, 2021

NORML Issues Report Highlighting 2021 State Legislative Victories

State legislators in 2021 enacted over 50 laws liberalizing marijuana policies in more than 25 states. The post NORML Issues Report Highlighting 2021 State Legislative Victories appeared first on NORML.

Grateful for Major Marijuana Victories in 2021
Nov 24, 2021

Grateful for Major Marijuana Victories in 2021

As we reflect back on our many hard-earned victories of 2021, it is apparent that we have much to be thankful for. The post Grateful for Major Marijuana Victories in 2021 appeared first on NORML.

South Dakota: Supreme Court Strikes Down Adult-Use Marijuana Vote
Nov 24, 2021

South Dakota: Supreme Court Strikes Down Adult-Use Marijuana Vote

"Legalization opponents cannot succeed in the court of public opinion or at the ballot box," NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. "Thus, they are now petitioning the courts to overturn the will of the people. Whether or not one supports marijuana

Analysis: Marijuana Legalization Associated with Improved Clearance Rates for Violent Crimes
Nov 23, 2021

Analysis: Marijuana Legalization Associated with Improved Clearance Rates for Violent Crimes

NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: "These conclusions reaffirm the notion that states can sensibly regulate the adult use and sale of cannabis in a manner that doesn't adversely impact public safety. Moreover, in some cases, legalization may con

Montana: Officials Create New Drug Court to Focus Solely on Expunging Past Marijuana Convictions
Nov 22, 2021

Montana: Officials Create New Drug Court to Focus Solely on Expunging Past Marijuana Convictions

Under the state's new adult-use legalization law, those with past marijuana convictions may petition for either the expungement of their records or for a re-sentencing of their conviction. The post Montana: Officials Create New Drug Court to Focus Solely

California: NORML State Affiliate Criticizes “Onerous” Cultivation Tax Hike
Nov 22, 2021

California: NORML State Affiliate Criticizes “Onerous” Cultivation Tax Hike

NORML Board Member and California NORML Director Dale Gieringer said that the legal cannabis market in California is already "burdened by excessive taxes and regulation. ... California needs to be reducing, not increasing cannabis taxes to make the legal

Republican Representative Introduces Legislation to Repeal Federal Marijuana Prohibition
Nov 15, 2021

Republican Representative Introduces Legislation to Repeal Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Republican Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) introduced the States Reform Act, a comprehensive bill that repeals the federal prohibition of marijuana, expunges federal non-violent marijuana crimes, promotes local ownership in the emerging regulated industr

Medical Cannabis Sales Finally Set to Begin in West Virginia
Nov 12, 2021

Medical Cannabis Sales Finally Set to Begin in West Virginia

"While today's news comes as a welcome relief for West Virginians, it is far too little too late for the tens of thousands of patients who have suffered needlessly in the interim as politicians and regulators largely dragged their feet," NORML State Polic

Veterans consume marijuana illegally everyday – here’s how you can change that
Nov 11, 2021

Veterans consume marijuana illegally everyday – here’s how you can change that

Despite medical marijuana programs being passed or enacted in a supermajority of states, federal policy currently prohibits VA-affiliated doctors from even recommending medical cannabis to veterans in those states where such use is legal -- thus forcing m

Federal Housing Authority to Continue Taking Punitive Actions Against Marijuana Consumers
Nov 09, 2021

Federal Housing Authority to Continue Taking Punitive Actions Against Marijuana Consumers

In a letter addressed to Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton, the agency says that it will continue to enforce policies that involve the "termination of the tenancy of any household" in instances where a tenant is found to have engaged in the use of a controlled s

Mississippi: Still No Timetable for a Special Session to Address Medical Marijuana Access
Nov 05, 2021

Mississippi: Still No Timetable for a Special Session to Address Medical Marijuana Access

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves appears to have backed off a pledge to hold a special legislative session this fall to enact medical cannabis legalization. Lawmakers reached consensus on a medical marijuana bill in September, but the Governor has refused to t

Michigan: Governor Signs Measure Expanding Eligibility for Participation in Medical Marijuana Industry
Nov 05, 2021

Michigan: Governor Signs Measure Expanding Eligibility for Participation in Medical Marijuana Industry

House Bill 4295 removes the ban on those with previous felony and misdemeanor marijuana convictions from participating in the legal medical marijuana industry. The post Michigan: Governor Signs Measure Expanding Eligibility for Participation in Medical Ma

California Celebrates 25 Years of Medical Cannabis Access
Nov 05, 2021

California Celebrates 25 Years of Medical Cannabis Access

Today, the majority of US states regulate medical cannabis access and 18 have legalized adult use. Arguably, none of these political and cultural advancements would have been possible without the success of California's 1996 campaign and the efforts of th

Gallup Poll: Americans’ Support for Marijuana Legalization Holds at Record High
Nov 04, 2021

Gallup Poll: Americans’ Support for Marijuana Legalization Holds at Record High

"As was the case in 2020, solid majorities of U.S. adults in all major subgroups by gender, age, income and education support legalizing marijuana," Gallup pollsters determined. The post Gallup Poll: Americans’ Support for Marijuana Legalization Hol

Virginia: Election Outcomes Likely to Influence Marijuana Legalization Launch
Nov 04, 2021

Virginia: Election Outcomes Likely to Influence Marijuana Legalization Launch

"Virginians were expecting an opportunity to expedite retail sales and cannabusiness licensing in the 2022 General Assembly. Now, it appears that chance may have gone up in smoke, and instead a potential delay looms on the horizon." The post Virginia: Ele

Voters Weigh In on a Variety of Marijuana Ballot Questions
Nov 03, 2021

Voters Weigh In on a Variety of Marijuana Ballot Questions

Voters yesterday decided on a number of state and local ballot initiatives specific to marijuana policies. The post Voters Weigh In on a Variety of Marijuana Ballot Questions appeared first on NORML.

New Congressional Report Provides Pathway for How the Biden Administration Can Deschedule Marijuana and Issue Blanket Pardons to Past Offenders
Nov 03, 2021

New Congressional Report Provides Pathway for How the Biden Administration Can Deschedule Marijuana and Issue Blanket Pardons to Past Offenders

"Should President Biden wish to acknowledge the political, economic, and moral realities surrounding cannabis policy, and fulfill the promises he made on the campaign trail, this report lays out a clear roadmap for how to do so." The post New Congressiona

New NORML Book Summarizing Hundreds of Studies Assessing the Safety and Efficacy of Cannabis for Patients Now Available on Kindle
Nov 01, 2021

New NORML Book Summarizing Hundreds of Studies Assessing the Safety and Efficacy of Cannabis for Patients Now Available on Kindle

"When it comes to addressing questions specific to the safety and therapeutic efficacy of cannabis, this publication provides the evidence that patients and their physicians – as well as lawmakers – need to know." The post New NORML Book Summarizing H

Analysis: ‘Government-Grade’ Marijuana More Closely Resembles Hemp, Has Little in Common with Commercially Available Cannabis
Oct 29, 2021

Analysis: ‘Government-Grade’ Marijuana More Closely Resembles Hemp, Has Little in Common with Commercially Available Cannabis

Scientists reported: "Our results clearly demonstrate that NIDA cannabis samples are substantially genetically different from most commercially available drug-type strains and share a genetic affinity with hemp samples in several of the analyses." The

NORML Remembers Bill Piper
Oct 28, 2021

NORML Remembers Bill Piper

NORML is incredibly saddened to receive the news that longtime drug policy reform advocate and ally William "Bill" Piper has passed away after a long battle with a personal illness. Bill spent much of his life fighting against our draconic Drug War polici

Federal Survey Identifies Marked Decline in Youth Marijuana Use
Oct 28, 2021

Federal Survey Identifies Marked Decline in Youth Marijuana Use

Data provided by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health finds that marijuana use fell significantly year-over-year among those ages 12 to 17. The post Federal Survey Identifi

Maryland: Most Residents Want to Legalize Marijuana for Adult Use
Oct 26, 2021

Maryland: Most Residents Want to Legalize Marijuana for Adult Use

Goucher polling dating back to 2015 has consistently reported that the majority of Marylanders endorse cannabis legalization. The post Maryland: Most Residents Want to Legalize Marijuana for Adult Use appeared first on NORML.

NORML Heads to Cannabis Week in NYC
Oct 26, 2021

NORML Heads to Cannabis Week in NYC

Join us at CWCBExpo with a Complimentary 3-day Expo Pass just for NORML supporters, and save 20% on a Seminar Pass. The post NORML Heads to Cannabis Week in NYC appeared first on NORML.

New York: Officials Advance Home Cultivation Regulations for Qualified Patients
Oct 22, 2021

New York: Officials Advance Home Cultivation Regulations for Qualified Patients

The proposed rules, which must undergo a 60-day public comment period, permit the cultivation of up to six cannabis plants per private residence. The regulations will take effect once the public comment period has ended and the Board has finalized its lan

New York: Officials Moving to Clear Over 400,000 Past Marijuana Convictions
Oct 22, 2021

New York: Officials Moving to Clear Over 400,000 Past Marijuana Convictions

State officials announced: "Approximately 203,000 marijuana related charges are presently being suppressed from background searches and in process to be sealed or expunged. ... This will add to the approximately 198,000 sealing accomplished as part of the

South Dakota: Six Months Later, Supreme Court Still Silent on Marijuana Legalization Vote
Oct 21, 2021

South Dakota: Six Months Later, Supreme Court Still Silent on Marijuana Legalization Vote

Justices on the state's highest court have yet to render a decision regarding the fate of Constitutional Amendment A, the voter-approved initiative which sought to legalize the adult-use possession and sale of cannabis. The post South Dakota: Six Months

Show Your Commitment to Legalization in 2022
Oct 21, 2021

Show Your Commitment to Legalization in 2022

There has never been a more important time to be part of our cannabis justice… The post Show Your Commitment to Legalization in 2022 appeared first on NORML.

New York: Employers Are Prohibited from Testing Most Employees for Cannabis
Oct 19, 2021

New York: Employers Are Prohibited from Testing Most Employees for Cannabis

Employers will still be allowed to take action against an employee who is impaired on-the-job, but only if an employee "manifests specific articulable symptoms of impairment." The post New York: Employers Are Prohibited from Testing Most Employees for Ca

Mississippi: Governor Still Hasn’t Called a Special Session to Address Medical Marijuana
Oct 18, 2021

Mississippi: Governor Still Hasn’t Called a Special Session to Address Medical Marijuana

It's been weeks since the initial request, and the governor continues to stall. The post Mississippi: Governor Still Hasn’t Called a Special Session to Address Medical Marijuana appeared first on NORML.

Senate Spending Proposal Removes ‘DC Rider,’ Maintains Existing State Medical Cannabis Protections
Oct 18, 2021

Senate Spending Proposal Removes ‘DC Rider,’ Maintains Existing State Medical Cannabis Protections

In the newly released annual spending packages by the Senate Appropriations Committee, cannabis policy is scantly mentioned yet by omission, it could advance a critical element of reform that has long been pushed for by NORML and other allies. The post S

Virginia: Officials Seal Over 64,000 Misdemeanor Marijuana Distribution Convictions
Oct 15, 2021

Virginia: Officials Seal Over 64,000 Misdemeanor Marijuana Distribution Convictions

333,886 simple marijuana possession conviction records were previously sealed after the state enacted a measure in 2020 to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession offenses. The post Virginia: Officials Seal Over 64,000 Misdemeanor Marijuana Distribut

New NORML Report Highlights Concerns Regarding Sale of Unregulated Delta-8 THC, Similar Products
Oct 13, 2021

New NORML Report Highlights Concerns Regarding Sale of Unregulated Delta-8 THC, Similar Products

In a statement, Dr. Gieringer said: "Consumers are facing a bewildering array of new cannabis products, including novel agents such as Delta-8 THC. Many come from suspect, unregulated sources on the hemp market or contain new synthetic substances not fou

House Veterans Affairs Committee Considers Marijuana Research Bill
Oct 12, 2021

House Veterans Affairs Committee Considers Marijuana Research Bill

The House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) will conduct a legislative hearing on Wednesday, October 13th, which will include consideration of the bipartisan VA Cannabis Research Act of 2021, HR 2916. The post House Veterans Affairs Committee Considers M

Ohio: Lobby for Cannabis Reform on October 13
Oct 07, 2021

Ohio: Lobby for Cannabis Reform on October 13

Join NORML Appalachia of Ohio at the State House atrium in Columbus beginning at 9am! The post Ohio: Lobby for Cannabis Reform on October 13 appeared first on NORML.

Study: Cannabis Use Disorder Diagnosis Associated with Greater Risk of COVID Breakthrough Infections
Oct 07, 2021

Study: Cannabis Use Disorder Diagnosis Associated with Greater Risk of COVID Breakthrough Infections

NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said that study "raises more questions than it answers," but also cautioned that its findings should not yet be extrapolated to the cannabis consuming population as a whole. The post Study: Cannabis Use Disorder Dia

New York: Regulators Approve Patients’ Access to Medical Cannabis Flower
Oct 06, 2021

New York: Regulators Approve Patients’ Access to Medical Cannabis Flower

Regulations for home cultivation by registered medical cannabis patients still have not been established. The post New York: Regulators Approve Patients’ Access to Medical Cannabis Flower appeared first on NORML.

Ohio: Voters in These Cities Will Decide on Marijuana Decriminalization Measures Next Month
Oct 05, 2021

Ohio: Voters in These Cities Will Decide on Marijuana Decriminalization Measures Next Month

Brookside, Dillonvale, Laurelville, Martins Ferry, McArthur, Morristown, Mount Pleasant, Murray City, New Lexington, New Straitsville, Powhatan Point, Rayland, Tiltonsville and Yorkville. The post Ohio: Voters in These Cities Will Decide on Marij

Washington: New Rule Expands the Pool of Those Eligible for Marijuana Business Licenses
Oct 04, 2021

Washington: New Rule Expands the Pool of Those Eligible for Marijuana Business Licenses

Regulators should not be creating undue barriers of entry for those seeking to participate in the legal adult use marketplace. This new rule will encourage more inclusiveness and diversity in Washington's growing cannabis industry." The post Washington: N

Nevada: New Marijuana Laws Took Effect This Month
Oct 04, 2021

Nevada: New Marijuana Laws Took Effect This Month

These laws include revising possession penalties for minors and regulating social consumption sites. The post Nevada: New Marijuana Laws Took Effect This Month appeared first on NORML.

Connecticut: Medical Marijuana Home Grow Law Takes Effect
Oct 01, 2021

Connecticut: Medical Marijuana Home Grow Law Takes Effect

Patients who are registered with the state's medical cannabis access program may now legally grow cannabis for their own personal use. The post Connecticut: Medical Marijuana Home Grow Law Takes Effect appeared first on NORML.

South Dakota: Legislative Committee Votes to Rescind Home Grow Rights From State’s Medical Cannabis Access Law
Oct 01, 2021

South Dakota: Legislative Committee Votes to Rescind Home Grow Rights From State’s Medical Cannabis Access Law

Subcommittee members decided 6 to 4 to eliminate the ability for qualified patients to home-cultivate marijuana. Nearly 70 percent of voters decided in favor of the ballot Measure (Measure 26) last November, which allows patients to either obtain cannab

Bill to Repeal Marijuana Prohibition Passes Critical House Committee
Sep 30, 2021

Bill to Repeal Marijuana Prohibition Passes Critical House Committee

For the second time in US history legislation to repeal the failed, unscientific, and racist policy of federal marijuana prohibition has passed the powerful House Judiciary Committee.  The post Bill to Repeal Marijuana Prohibition Passes Critical House C

Press Release: Key Congressional Committee Advances Bill To Repeal Federal Marijuana Prohibition
Sep 30, 2021

Press Release: Key Congressional Committee Advances Bill To Repeal Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Members of the House Judiciary Committee just advanced the HR 3617: The Marijuana, Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2021. The Act repeals the long-standing federal prohibition of marijuana by removing it from the Controlled Substan

California: Governor Signs Measure into Law Allowing Medical Cannabis Use in Hospitals
Sep 29, 2021

California: Governor Signs Measure into Law Allowing Medical Cannabis Use in Hospitals

"This is a simple, yet critical, move that will provide relief, compassion and dignity to terminally-ill Californians." The post California: Governor Signs Measure into Law Allowing Medical Cannabis Use in Hospitals appeared first on NORML.

Mississippi: Lawmakers Request Special Session to Address Medical Marijuana Access
Sep 28, 2021

Mississippi: Lawmakers Request Special Session to Address Medical Marijuana Access

If the Governor agrees to convene a special session, it would likely begin on Friday October 1. The post Mississippi: Lawmakers Request Special Session to Address Medical Marijuana Access appeared first on NORML.

Marijuana Arrests Fall Precipitously Nationwide in 2020
Sep 27, 2021

Marijuana Arrests Fall Precipitously Nationwide in 2020

The estimated number of persons arrested in the United States for violating marijuana laws declined precipitously in 2020, according to data released today by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. The post Marijuana Arrests Fall Precipitously Nationw

Los Angeles: District Attorney to Vacate Some 60,000 Marijuana Convictions
Sep 27, 2021

Los Angeles: District Attorney to Vacate Some 60,000 Marijuana Convictions

The new cases consist of both felony and misdemeanor convictions dating back three decades.  The post Los Angeles: District Attorney to Vacate Some 60,000 Marijuana Convictions appeared first on NORML.

Bill to End Marijuana Prohibition to Receive Committee Vote In US House
Sep 24, 2021

Bill to End Marijuana Prohibition to Receive Committee Vote In US House

The MORE Act, which repeals federal marijuana criminalization, is set to be voted on by members of the powerful House Judiciary Committee NEXT WEEK.  The post Bill to End Marijuana Prohibition to Receive Committee Vote In US House appeared first on NORML

Kansas City, MO: City Council Approves Measure Eliminating Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing for Most City Workers
Sep 24, 2021

Kansas City, MO: City Council Approves Measure Eliminating Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing for Most City Workers

Certain government positions would be excluded from the protections under this law. The post Kansas City, MO: City Council Approves Measure Eliminating Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing for Most City Workers appeared first on NORML.

Analysis: Growing Number of States Allow Reimbursement of Medical Cannabis Costs by Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Sep 23, 2021

Analysis: Growing Number of States Allow Reimbursement of Medical Cannabis Costs by Workers’ Compensation Insurance

NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: "For millions of patients, cannabis is a legitimate therapeutic option. More and more, our laws and regulations are recognizing this fact and evolving their policies accordingly." The post Analysis: Growing Num

Connecticut: Qualified Patients Can Begin Home Cultivating Cannabis Next Week
Sep 21, 2021

Connecticut: Qualified Patients Can Begin Home Cultivating Cannabis Next Week

Over 54,000 Connecticut residents are currently registered to possess and and access medical cannabis The post Connecticut: Qualified Patients Can Begin Home Cultivating Cannabis Next Week appeared first on NORML.

Delaware: Governor Signs Measure Amending Cannabis Penalties for Minors
Sep 21, 2021

Delaware: Governor Signs Measure Amending Cannabis Penalties for Minors

House Bill 241 allows law enforcement to refer a juvenile to counseling, treatment, or other appropriate intervention services in lieu of a monetary fine. The post Delaware: Governor Signs Measure Amending Cannabis Penalties for Minors appeared first on

NORML Sends Letter In Support Of The SAFE Banking Act Being Attached To The NDAA
Sep 21, 2021

NORML Sends Letter In Support Of The SAFE Banking Act Being Attached To The NDAA

NORML maintains that the NDAA is an appropriate vehicle for the SAFE banking provisions. According to the American Legion, nearly 1 in 4 veterans report consuming cannabis. Most do so because of its therapeutic effects to mitigate symptoms of a physical o

World Anti-Doping Agency To Review Marijuana Policies
Sep 21, 2021

World Anti-Doping Agency To Review Marijuana Policies

In response to the public outrage regarding the suspension of American athlete Sha'Carri Richardson for testing positive for cannabis, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced that it will be reevaluating its policies. The post World Anti-Doping

Live with NORML: Federal Policy Discussion 9/20/2021
Sep 20, 2021

Live with NORML: Federal Policy Discussion 9/20/2021

NORML Political Director Justin Strekal hosts a Facebook Live discussing the latest news and a frank discussion about marijuana policy reform at the federal level.  The post Live with NORML: Federal Policy Discussion 9/20/2021 appeared first on NORML.

An Update on Statewide 2022 Marijuana Reform Ballot Initiative Efforts
Sep 15, 2021

An Update on Statewide 2022 Marijuana Reform Ballot Initiative Efforts

t post about various efforts for statewide reform measures for the 2022 ballot, there has been great progress. Here's an overview with the latest updates: The post An Update on Statewide 2022 Marijuana Reform Ballot Initiative Efforts appeared first on NO

Virginia: Botanical Medical Cannabis Sales Begin
Sep 15, 2021

Virginia: Botanical Medical Cannabis Sales Begin

Long awaited sales of cannabis flower in Virginia began this month when medical dispensaries received the final product approvals from the state's regulatory agency. The post Virginia: Botanical Medical Cannabis Sales Begin appeared first on NORML.

New Jersey: Courts Expunge Over 360,000 Marijuana Cases
Sep 14, 2021

New Jersey: Courts Expunge Over 360,000 Marijuana Cases

New Jersey courts have either dismissed or vacated an estimated 362,000 marijuana cases since July 1 and an additional 150,000 New Jersey residents may also be eligible to have their marijuana-related records automatically expunged in the near future. The

California: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Providing for Medical Cannabis Use in Hospitals
Sep 13, 2021

California: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Providing for Medical Cannabis Use in Hospitals

Senate Bill 311 (a/k/a Ryan's Law) provides for "a terminally ill patient's use of medicinal cannabis within the health care facility." The post California: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Providing for Medical Cannabis Use in Hospitals appeared first on NO

NORML Live: Federal Policy Discussion 9/13/2021
Sep 13, 2021

NORML Live: Federal Policy Discussion 9/13/2021

Most Mondays, NORML's Political Director Justin Strekal hosts a live stream on the NORML Facebook page at 4 pm EST for the latest news and a frank discussion about marijuana policy reform at the federal level.  The post NORML Live: Federal Policy Discu

South Dakota: Lawmakers Seek to Repeal Vote Permitting Home Cultivation of Medical Cannabis
Sep 08, 2021

South Dakota: Lawmakers Seek to Repeal Vote Permitting Home Cultivation of Medical Cannabis

Lawmakers participating in a Study Committee have recommended that legislators formally rescind language in the law that permits patients to grow up to three marijuana plants. A majority of House and Senate lawmakers would still need to approve those reco

California: State NORML Affiliate Recommends Voting ‘No’ on Gubernatorial Recall
Sep 07, 2021

California: State NORML Affiliate Recommends Voting ‘No’ on Gubernatorial Recall

"The sponsors of this year's recall election are no friends of marijuana or criminal justice reform. Whatever else might be said about Gavin Newsom, no governor has been so supportive of legal marijuana," California NORML said in an action alert. The post

Texas: Expansions to Medical Cannabis Access Law Take Effect
Sep 07, 2021

Texas: Expansions to Medical Cannabis Access Law Take Effect

Texas NORML and other advocates had sought to further amend the bill to include eligibility for chronic pain patients and to raise the THC to five percent. House lawmakers agreed to the additional changes, but members of the Senate ultimately removed thos

NORML Submits Comments on Senate Leaders’ Federal Marijuana Reform Proposal
Sep 01, 2021

NORML Submits Comments on Senate Leaders’ Federal Marijuana Reform Proposal

"While no legislation is perfect, the CAOA represents a legislative vehicle that could navigate its way to the President's desk for his signature. Never before have we been able to say that." The post NORML Submits Comments on Senate Leaders' Federal Mari

Colorado: State NORML Affiliate Urges ‘No’ Vote on Ballot Proposal to Increase Retail Taxes on Adult-Use Marijuana Sales
Sep 01, 2021

Colorado: State NORML Affiliate Urges ‘No’ Vote on Ballot Proposal to Increase Retail Taxes on Adult-Use Marijuana Sales

Colorado NORML is urging voters to decide against Initiative #25, opining that excessive taxation on regulated marijuana products will drive consumers back to the illicit market. "This Ballot Initiative is an unnecessary tax burden," Colorado NORML states

NORML Live: Federal Policy Discussion 8/30/2021
Aug 31, 2021

NORML Live: Federal Policy Discussion 8/30/2021

Most Mondays, NORML's Political Director Justin Strekal hosts a live stream on the NORML Facebook page at 4 pm EST for the latest news and a frank discussion about marijuana policy reform at the federal level.  The post NORML Live: Federal Policy Discu

Join NORML at the National Cannabis Festival in DC
Aug 26, 2021

Join NORML at the National Cannabis Festival in DC

This weekend, you can join the leaders of Delaware NORML, Maryland NORML, Virginia NORML, and multiple senior members of National NORML at the National Cannabis Festival in Washington, DC. The post Join NORML at the National Cannabis Festival in DC appea

New Jersey: Many Cities Opting Out of Retail Marijuana Sales Ahead of Rollout
Aug 23, 2021

New Jersey: Many Cities Opting Out of Retail Marijuana Sales Ahead of Rollout

"These moratoriums only serve to protect and prolong the illicit cannabis marketplace. Time and time again, we have seen that consumers prefer to obtain cannabis products from safe, licensed, above-ground retailers. But, absent access to such facilities,

NORML Live: Federal Policy Discussion
Aug 23, 2021

NORML Live: Federal Policy Discussion

Most Mondays, NORML's Political Director Justin Strekal hosts a live stream on the NORML Facebook page at 4 pm EST for the latest news and a frank discussion about marijuana policy reform at the federal level.  The post NORML Live: Federal Policy Discuss

Gallup: Nearly Half of US Adults Have Tried Cannabis
Aug 18, 2021

Gallup: Nearly Half of US Adults Have Tried Cannabis

Forty-nine percent of respondents said that they have consumed cannabis – up from one-in-three Americans two decades ago. Twelve percent of respondents identify as current consumers of marijuana. The post Gallup: Nearly Half of US Adults Have Tried Can

Analysis: Marijuana Legalization Opponents’ Fears Have Not Come to Fruition in Canada
Aug 17, 2021

Analysis: Marijuana Legalization Opponents’ Fears Have Not Come to Fruition in Canada

The analysis finds that there has been "no marked increase in cannabis youth by use" in the three-year period following legalization. The post Analysis: Marijuana Legalization Opponents' Fears Have Not Come to Fruition in Canada appeared first on NORML.

These States Possess the Highest Number of Cannabis Consumers Per Capita
Aug 10, 2021

These States Possess the Highest Number of Cannabis Consumers Per Capita

Authors collected data on the percentage of adults in each state who acknowledged having used cannabis within the last year. They then cross-referenced those percentages with the most recent population data from the U.S. Census Bureau to calculate the

North Carolina: Medical Cannabis Now Legal on Cherokee Land as State Considers Reform
Aug 09, 2021

North Carolina: Medical Cannabis Now Legal on Cherokee Land as State Considers Reform

A local ordinance was approved by The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council, legalizing medical cannabis within the Qualla Boundary. The post North Carolina: Medical Cannabis Now Legal on Cherokee Land as State Considers Reform appeared first on

New Orleans: City Eliminates Penalties for Marijuana Possession, Vacates Thousands of Past Convictions
Aug 06, 2021

New Orleans: City Eliminates Penalties for Marijuana Possession, Vacates Thousands of Past Convictions

A separate ordinance passed by the city clears the criminal records of those convicted of low-level marijuana possession offenses. It is estimated that some 10,000 residents will be granted blanket pardons under this action. The post New Orleans: City Eli

House Marijuana Vote Delayed As The Senate Advances Veterans Access Amendment
Aug 05, 2021

House Marijuana Vote Delayed As The Senate Advances Veterans Access Amendment

Last week, the House of Representatives went into recess before taking up action on the FY-2022 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations package, which has historically contained protections for state-legal medical programs but in r

2022 Marijuana Reform Ballot Initiative Efforts Underway Nationwide
Aug 04, 2021

2022 Marijuana Reform Ballot Initiative Efforts Underway Nationwide

Here's a breakdown of current statewide, citizen-initiated efforts so far. The post 2022 Marijuana Reform Ballot Initiative Efforts Underway Nationwide appeared first on NORML.

Puerto Rico: Law Signed Protecting Medical Cannabis Patients from Employment Discrimination
Aug 03, 2021

Puerto Rico: Law Signed Protecting Medical Cannabis Patients from Employment Discrimination

Under the expanded law, employers may not discriminate against authorized patients of medical cannabis in the recruitment, hiring, designation, or termination process or when imposing disciplinary actions. The post Puerto Rico: Law Signed Protecting Medic

Louisiana: Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect
Jul 31, 2021

Louisiana: Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect

House Bill 652 amends state law so that offenses involving the possession of up to 14 grams of marijuana are punishable by a fine of no more than $100 – no arrest and no jail time. The post Louisiana: Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect appeare

Revised for 2021 — NORML Report Highlights Over 450 Studies Assessing the Therapeutic Efficacy of Cannabis and Cannabinoids
Jul 28, 2021

Revised for 2021 — NORML Report Highlights Over 450 Studies Assessing the Therapeutic Efficacy of Cannabis and Cannabinoids

This updated edition reviews over 450 peer-reviewed studies assessing the safety and efficacy of either whole-plant cannabis or cannabinoids for 23 different patient populations. The post Revised for 2021 — NORML Report Highlights Over 450 Studies A

Upcoming Congressional House Vote on Marijuana Policy
Jul 24, 2021

Upcoming Congressional House Vote on Marijuana Policy

As soon as next week, there will be a crucial vote in the US House of Representatives on an amendment to protect legal marijuana states from federal interference. The post Upcoming Congressional House Vote on Marijuana Policy appeared first on NORML.

Study: Marijuana Legalization Laws Don’t Undermine Tobacco Smoking Prevention Efforts
Jul 23, 2021

Study: Marijuana Legalization Laws Don’t Undermine Tobacco Smoking Prevention Efforts

Researchers concluded, "We see no evidence that liberalized cannabis policies are directly associated with increased smoking behaviors among young adults." The post Study: Marijuana Legalization Laws Don't Undermine Tobacco Smoking Prevention Efforts appe

Study: Cannabis Use Not Linked to Motivation Loss
Jul 20, 2021

Study: Cannabis Use Not Linked to Motivation Loss

Investigators reported, "[D]espite significant increases in levels of cannabis use in our sample, change in cannabis use did not predict changes in motivation, which suggests that cannabis use may not lead to reductions in motivation over time." The post

Surgeon General: Don’t “Lock People Up For Marijuana Use”
Jul 19, 2021

Surgeon General: Don’t “Lock People Up For Marijuana Use”

On Sunday, the US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD told CNN that "When it comes to decriminalization, I don't think that there is value to individuals or to society to lock people up for marijuana use. I don't think that serves anybody well." The post Sur

Illinois: Governor Signs Equity Measure to Award Over 100 New Dispensary Licenses
Jul 15, 2021

Illinois: Governor Signs Equity Measure to Award Over 100 New Dispensary Licenses

The second lottery is reserved for equity applicants who have or whose family members have, a past marijuana conviction, or who have lived in a "disproportionately impacted area" for at least 10 years. The post Illinois: Governor Signs Equity Measure to A

Comment on the new plan to end marijuana criminalization by Sens. Schumer/Booker/Wyden
Jul 14, 2021

Comment on the new plan to end marijuana criminalization by Sens. Schumer/Booker/Wyden

This long-awaited proposal is comprehensive and includes many of the criminal justice reforms provided in the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, which passed the House of Representatives last December, and provides ample defe

Senate Leader Unveils Long-Awaited Marijuana Descheduling Plan
Jul 14, 2021

Senate Leader Unveils Long-Awaited Marijuana Descheduling Plan

United States Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) unveiled draft legislation repealing the federal prohibition of marijuana at a press conference on Wednesday. The post Senate Leader Unveils Lon

Analysis: Marijuana Legalization Correlates with Higher Home Values
Jul 13, 2021

Analysis: Marijuana Legalization Correlates with Higher Home Values

The analysis reported, "Between April 2017 and April 2021, property values rose $17,113 more in states where recreational marijuana is legal, compared to states where marijuana is illegal or limited to medicinal use." The post Analysis: Marijuana Legaliza

New Jersey Courts Vacate Almost 88,000 Marijuana Cases
Jul 13, 2021

New Jersey Courts Vacate Almost 88,000 Marijuana Cases

These are the first of up to 360,000 cases and convictions that are eligible for vacation, dismissal and automatic expungement. The post New Jersey Courts Vacate Almost 88,000 Marijuana Cases appeared first on NORML.

Density of Cannabis Outlets Not Associated with Increased Intention to Use Marijuana by Young Adults
Jul 12, 2021

Density of Cannabis Outlets Not Associated with Increased Intention to Use Marijuana by Young Adults

"Our results suggest that young adults who lived in an area with a greater density of any type of outlet were not significantly more likely to report stronger intentions to use cannabis, e-cigarettes, or cannabis mixed with tobacco/nicotine in the future.

Colorado: Legal Challenge Filed to Halt Imposition of Medical Cannabis Restrictions
Jul 12, 2021

Colorado: Legal Challenge Filed to Halt Imposition of Medical Cannabis Restrictions

The lawsuit, which was filed by a 19-year-old patient who uses cannabis for the treatment of severe epilepsy, argues that the proposed changes will unduly restrict medical cannabis access among patients and will discourage physicians from participating in

Federal Marijuana Trafficking Convictions Have Fallen Dramatically Following Enactment of Statewide Legalization Laws
Jul 08, 2021

Federal Marijuana Trafficking Convictions Have Fallen Dramatically Following Enactment of Statewide Legalization Laws

Just over 1,000 people were sentenced federally in 2020 for violating marijuana trafficking laws. That's down 67 percent since 2016, and over 80 percent since 2012 – when Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize and regulate the a

New Marijuana Freedoms and New Challenges on the Fourth of July
Jul 04, 2021

New Marijuana Freedoms and New Challenges on the Fourth of July

We have many new freedoms to celebrate this year, but we also face new challenges. The post New Marijuana Freedoms and New Challenges on the Fourth of July appeared first on NORML.

Let Richardson Race
Jul 02, 2021

Let Richardson Race

Athlete Sha'Carri Richardson has been suspended and barred from running in the Olympic Games in Tokyo after testing positive for marijuana. The post Let Richardson Race appeared first on NORML.

Pennsylvania: Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Medical Cannabis Access for Qualified Patients
Jul 01, 2021

Pennsylvania: Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Medical Cannabis Access for Qualified Patients

Under the law, which took effect upon signing, qualified patients may now legally possess up to a 90-day supply of cannabis at one time. Patients also now have the ability to consult with authorizing physicians via video conferencing and may obtain cannab

South Dakota: Protections for Medical Cannabis Patients Take Effect Today
Jul 01, 2021

South Dakota: Protections for Medical Cannabis Patients Take Effect Today

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety issued guidelines today for law enforcement requiring them to cease arresting those persons who identify as patients and meet certain qualifications. The post South Dakota: Protections for Medical Cannabis Pati

Justice Delayed in Delaware: Activists Respond to Cancelled Cannabis Vote
Jul 01, 2021

Justice Delayed in Delaware: Activists Respond to Cancelled Cannabis Vote

"Legalizing cannabis is about more than just allowing recreational use, or the money that can be made. This essential reform is about undoing a century of racist policies that disproportionately targeted Black and Latino communities." The post Justice Del

Welcome the Three New Legal Marijuana States
Jun 28, 2021

Welcome the Three New Legal Marijuana States

This week marks another critical mile-marker on the road to ending marijuana prohibition in the… The post Welcome the Three New Legal Marijuana States appeared first on NORML.

Supreme Court Justice Questions Whether Federal Ban on Marijuana Remains “Proper”
Jun 28, 2021

Supreme Court Justice Questions Whether Federal Ban on Marijuana Remains “Proper”

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote: "If the Government is now content to allow States to act ‘as laboratories' ‘and try novel social and economic experiments,' then it might no longer have authority to intrude on ‘[t]he States' core police powers . . . t

Mexico: Supreme Court Moves to Abolish Laws Prohibiting Personal Use of Marijuana
Jun 28, 2021

Mexico: Supreme Court Moves to Abolish Laws Prohibiting Personal Use of Marijuana

"With these actions by the Court, the United States has become an island of federal marijuana prohibition in North America," NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. The post Mexico: Supreme Court Moves to Abolish Laws Prohibiting Personal Use of Mar

Colorado: Governor Signs Law Imposing New Rules for Physicians Recommending Medical Cannabis, Young Adult Patients
Jun 25, 2021

Colorado: Governor Signs Law Imposing New Rules for Physicians Recommending Medical Cannabis, Young Adult Patients

The measure, which NORML opposed, was backed by a number of anti-cannabis organizations, including those opposed to the use of herbal cannabis as a therapeutic treatment in all situations. The post Colorado: Governor Signs Law Imposing New Rules for Phys

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/25/21
Jun 25, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/25/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/25/21 appeared first on NORML.

South Dakota: Supreme Court Won’t Rule on Challenge to Voter-Initiated Adult-Use Law Until After July 1
Jun 25, 2021

South Dakota: Supreme Court Won’t Rule on Challenge to Voter-Initiated Adult-Use Law Until After July 1

The circuit court's ruling striking down the law remains in effect until the Supreme Court either upholds or reverses the lower court's decision. The post South Dakota: Supreme Court Won’t Rule on Challenge to Voter-Initiated Adult-Use Law Until Af

House Appropriations Bill Removes Anti-Marijuana Rider and Includes Banking Protections
Jun 23, 2021

House Appropriations Bill Removes Anti-Marijuana Rider and Includes Banking Protections

In the proposed FY22 Financial Services and General Government spending bill, which includes provisions relating… The post House Appropriations Bill Removes Anti-Marijuana Rider and Includes Banking Protections appeared first on NORML.

Louisiana: Governor Signs Bill into Law Repealing Ban on Medical Cannabis Flower
Jun 22, 2021

Louisiana: Governor Signs Bill into Law Repealing Ban on Medical Cannabis Flower

The measure allows patients to purchase up to two and a half ounces of medical cannabis flower per 14 day period. The post Louisiana: Governor Signs Bill into Law Repealing Ban on Medical Cannabis Flower appeared first on NORML.

Rhode Island: Senate Lawmakers Advance Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Bill
Jun 22, 2021

Rhode Island: Senate Lawmakers Advance Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Bill

"Rhode Island is an island of prohibition in a sea of legalization." The post Rhode Island: Senate Lawmakers Advance Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Bill appeared first on NORML.

Connecticut Becomes 18th State to Legalize Marijuana for Adults
Jun 22, 2021

Connecticut Becomes 18th State to Legalize Marijuana for Adults

"This legislation recognizes that the responsible use of marijuana by adults should not be a crime, and that those who carry the stigma of a criminal record for their past use of cannabis should receive relief." The post Connecticut Becomes 18th State to

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/18/21
Jun 18, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/18/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/18/21 appeared first on NORML.

Delaware: Governor Signs Law Facilitating Access to Medical Cannabis for Qualifying Patients
Jun 17, 2021

Delaware: Governor Signs Law Facilitating Access to Medical Cannabis for Qualifying Patients

Senate Bill 60 permits certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants to issue medical cannabis recommendations to those ages 18 and older. The measure took immediate effect upon passage. The post Delaware: Governor Signs Law Facilitating Access t

Connecticut Poised to Become Next State to Legalize Marijuana for Adults
Jun 17, 2021

Connecticut Poised to Become Next State to Legalize Marijuana for Adults

"Marginalized communities have disproportionately suffered for decades because of the discriminatory enforcement of marijuana laws in Connecticut. This bill is a step toward addressing that shameful legacy and it will provide long-needed relief to communi

Texas: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Legislation into Law
Jun 16, 2021

Texas: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Legislation into Law

House Bill 1535 allows physicians to recommend medical cannabis to patients with PTSD and all forms of cancer. The measure also raise the cap on THC from 0.5 to one percent. The post Texas: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Legislation into Law ap

Louisiana: Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation Signed into Law
Jun 15, 2021

Louisiana: Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation Signed into Law

"The passage of this legislation is great progress toward ending the racially discriminatory policy of branding otherwise law-abiding Louisianans as criminals for minor marijuana possession offenses when law enforcement should instead be focusing on fight

Connecticut: Senate Lawmakers Advance Marijuana Legalization Bill on First Day of Special Session
Jun 15, 2021

Connecticut: Senate Lawmakers Advance Marijuana Legalization Bill on First Day of Special Session

The House is expected to take up the proposal Wednesday. The post Connecticut: Senate Lawmakers Advance Marijuana Legalization Bill on First Day of Special Session appeared first on NORML.

Montana: Opponents Drop Lawsuit Challenging Voter-Approved Legalization Initiative
Jun 14, 2021

Montana: Opponents Drop Lawsuit Challenging Voter-Approved Legalization Initiative

The suit claimed that the initiative language was unconstitutional because it earmarked a portion of tax revenues from retail marijuana sales. The post Montana: Opponents Drop Lawsuit Challenging Voter-Approved Legalization Initiative appeared first on NO

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/11/21
Jun 11, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/11/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/11/21 appeared first on NORML.

Poll: 92 Percent of Americans Say Marijuana Should Be Legal Under Certain Circumstances
Jun 11, 2021

Poll: 92 Percent of Americans Say Marijuana Should Be Legal Under Certain Circumstances

Ninety-two percent of those surveyed favored either partially or fully legalizing marijuana. Only eight percent of respondents opposed legalization. The post Poll: 92 Percent of Americans Say Marijuana Should Be Legal Under Certain Circumstances appeared

Ohio: Regulators Expand the Pool of Patients Eligible for Medical Cannabis
Jun 11, 2021

Ohio: Regulators Expand the Pool of Patients Eligible for Medical Cannabis

Patients diagnosed with either Huntington's disease, spasticity or severe muscle spasms, or a terminal illness are now eligible to receive authorizations to access medical cannabis. The post Ohio: Regulators Expand the Pool of Patients Eligible for Medica

Study: Enactment of Adult-Use Marijuana Laws Doesn’t Encourage Drugged Driving Behavior
Jun 09, 2021

Study: Enactment of Adult-Use Marijuana Laws Doesn’t Encourage Drugged Driving Behavior

Researchers concluded, "[W]e found no predominant pattern suggesting that behaviors and attitudes were more tolerant in states with liberal marijuana policies." The post Study: Enactment of Adult-Use Marijuana Laws Doesn't Encourage Drugged Driving Behavi

Connecticut: Lawmakers Likely to Revisit Adult-Use Legalization Bill in Special Legislative Session
Jun 09, 2021

Connecticut: Lawmakers Likely to Revisit Adult-Use Legalization Bill in Special Legislative Session

"It is not a question of ‘if' cannabis is legalized in Connecticut, only a question of ‘when.'" The post Connecticut: Lawmakers Likely to Revisit Adult-Use Legalization Bill in Special Legislative Session appeared first on NORML.

Connecticut: Senate Lawmakers Advance Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Bill
Jun 08, 2021

Connecticut: Senate Lawmakers Advance Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Bill

"For decades, tens of thousands of Connecticut residents have faced arrest, prosecution, and the lifelong stigma associated with marijuana criminalization, simply for possessing a substance that is objectively safer than alcohol, tobacco, and many prescri

Vermont: Governor Signs Law Providing Financial Assistance to Marijuana Operators
Jun 08, 2021

Vermont: Governor Signs Law Providing Financial Assistance to Marijuana Operators

"These changes will help to establish a fair and diverse marketplace that reflects Vermont's values and priorities." The post Vermont: Governor Signs Law Providing Financial Assistance to Marijuana Operators appeared first on NORML.

Nevada: Governor Signs Bill into Law Regulating Cannabis Consumption Lounges
Jun 07, 2021

Nevada: Governor Signs Bill into Law Regulating Cannabis Consumption Lounges

Assembly Bill 341 allows adults 21 and older to purchase and consume adult-use cannabis products on-site at any licensed "cannabis consumption lounge." The post Nevada: Governor Signs Bill into Law Regulating Cannabis Consumption Lounges appeared first on

Louisiana: Lawmakers Send Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation to Governor’s Desk
Jun 07, 2021

Louisiana: Lawmakers Send Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation to Governor’s Desk

While there would be no possibility of jail time under the bill, these offenses would still be classified as misdemeanors. The post Louisiana: Lawmakers Send Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation to Governor's Desk appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: Marijuana Arrests Fall Dramatically Following Enactment of 2020 Decriminalization Law
Jun 07, 2021

Virginia: Marijuana Arrests Fall Dramatically Following Enactment of 2020 Decriminalization Law

"Decriminalization is only a partial step. It reduces the total number of marijuana arrests, but continues to leave far too many people -- and young adults in particular -- subject to the whims of law enforcement." The post Virginia: Marijuana Arrests Fal

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/4/21
Jun 05, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/4/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/4/21 appeared first on NORML.

Colorado: Senate Lawmakers Advance Measure Amending State’s Medical Cannabis Access Law
Jun 03, 2021

Colorado: Senate Lawmakers Advance Measure Amending State’s Medical Cannabis Access Law

The measure makes numerous changes to the state's medical program -- several of which may hamper patients' access to medical cannabis products. The post Colorado: Senate Lawmakers Advance Measure Amending State's Medical Cannabis Access Law appeared first

Louisiana: Lawmakers Advance Measure to Repeal Ban on Medical Cannabis Flower
Jun 02, 2021

Louisiana: Lawmakers Advance Measure to Repeal Ban on Medical Cannabis Flower

The measure will now head to the desk of Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards. The post Louisiana: Lawmakers Advance Measure to Repeal Ban on Medical Cannabis Flower appeared first on NORML.

NORML Issues Statement Regarding Amazon’s New Workplace Drug Testing Rules, Support for Legalization
Jun 02, 2021

NORML Issues Statement Regarding Amazon’s New Workplace Drug Testing Rules, Support for Legalization

"Several states, like Nevada and New York, have moved in this direction — as have numerous cities, like Atlanta and Philadelphia — and it is no surprise to see major employers moving in this same, common-sense direction." The post NORML Issues Stateme

Tennessee: Governor Signs Narrow Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill into Law
Jun 01, 2021

Tennessee: Governor Signs Narrow Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill into Law

The measure expands the list of qualifying medical conditions, which previously only included those with intractable epilepsy. The post Tennessee: Governor Signs Narrow Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill into Law appeared first on NORML.

Texas: Recapping the 2021 Legislative Session
Jun 01, 2021

Texas: Recapping the 2021 Legislative Session

Medical cannabis expansion legislation is on its way to the governor's desk, and other updates from the 2021 legislative session. The post Texas: Recapping the 2021 Legislative Session appeared first on NORML.

Nevada: Lawmakers Approve Measure to Regulate Cannabis Consumption Lounges
Jun 01, 2021

Nevada: Lawmakers Approve Measure to Regulate Cannabis Consumption Lounges

Assembly Bill 341 would regulate two different types of establishments, both defined as "cannabis consumption lounges." The post Nevada: Lawmakers Approve Measure to Regulate Cannabis Consumption Lounges appeared first on NORML.

Illinois: Lawmakers Approve Equity Measure to Award Over 100 New Dispensary Licenses
Jun 01, 2021

Illinois: Lawmakers Approve Equity Measure to Award Over 100 New Dispensary Licenses

The bill seeks to increase diversity in the marijuana industry by awarding new dispensary licenses. The post Illinois: Lawmakers Approve Equity Measure to Award Over 100 New Dispensary Licenses appeared first on NORML.

History-Making Legislation To Repeal Marijuana Prohibition Reintroduced
May 28, 2021

History-Making Legislation To Repeal Marijuana Prohibition Reintroduced

The Act repeals the long-standing federal prohibition of marijuana -- thereby ending the existing state/federal conflict in cannabis policies and providing state governments with greater authority to regulate marijuana-related activities. The post History

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/28/21
May 28, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/28/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/28/21 appeared first on NORML.

President Biden’s Budget A Mixed Bag For Cannabis Reform
May 28, 2021

President Biden’s Budget A Mixed Bag For Cannabis Reform

The government funding proposal put forth by President Biden simultaneously contains both positive and negative aspects when it comes to marijuana policy reform efforts in the appropriations realm. The post President Biden’s Budget A Mixed Bag For C

Minnesota: Governor Signs Legislation into Law to Legalize Medical Marijuana Flower
May 26, 2021

Minnesota: Governor Signs Legislation into Law to Legalize Medical Marijuana Flower

The new law will take effect once regulations are established, in which regulators have until March 1, 2022. The post Minnesota: Governor Signs Legislation into Law to Legalize Medical Marijuana Flower appeared first on NORML.

New Hampshire: Governor Signs Bills Expanding Pool of Patients Eligible for Medical Cannabis, Other Changes
May 26, 2021

New Hampshire: Governor Signs Bills Expanding Pool of Patients Eligible for Medical Cannabis, Other Changes

Under the new law, patients with insomnia and/or autism spectrum disorder are eligible to obtain medical cannabis access. The post New Hampshire: Governor Signs Bills Expanding Pool of Patients Eligible for Medical Cannabis, Other Changes appeared first

Analysis: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales Have Yielded Nearly $8 Billion in Tax Revenue
May 26, 2021

Analysis: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales Have Yielded Nearly $8 Billion in Tax Revenue

"As of May 2021, states reported a combined total of $7.9 billion in tax revenue from legal, adult-use marijuana sales. In addition to revenue generated for statewide budgets, cities and towns have also generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in new re

Louisiana: House-Approved Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Heads to Senate Floor
May 25, 2021

Louisiana: House-Approved Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Heads to Senate Floor

House Bill 652 reduces the penalty for the possession of up to 14 grams of marijuana to a $100 fine only. The post Louisiana: House-Approved Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Heads to Senate Floor appeared first on NORML.

DEA Announces Intent to License Marijuana Growing Applicants
May 24, 2021

DEA Announces Intent to License Marijuana Growing Applicants

The DEA's website did not provide a timeline as to when it anticipates finalizing the applicants' grow authorizations or when it plans to take actions on the dozens of remaining applications that are still pending before the agency. The post DEA Announces

Survey: Over Two-Thirds of Health Clinicians Acknowledge That Cannabis “Can Be Used Medically”
May 21, 2021

Survey: Over Two-Thirds of Health Clinicians Acknowledge That Cannabis “Can Be Used Medically”

"Overwhelming majorities of patients and their providers acknowledge that cannabis is a legitimate medicine. Politicians should not be standing in their way by opposing efforts to permit health professionals from recommending cannabis to their patients in

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/21/21
May 21, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/21/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/21/21 appeared first on NORML.

Colorado: Governor Signs Legislation Doubling Marijuana Possession Limits
May 20, 2021

Colorado: Governor Signs Legislation Doubling Marijuana Possession Limits

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis today signed legislation, House Bill 1090, into law eliminating civil penalties for activities involving the possession of up to two ounces of either cannabis flower or concentrates. The post Colorado: Governor Signs Legislatio

Montana: Governor Signs Measure Amending Voter-Initiated Marijuana Legalization Law
May 19, 2021

Montana: Governor Signs Measure Amending Voter-Initiated Marijuana Legalization Law

Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed legislation into law late Wednesday amending the state's 2020 voter-approved adult-use legalization law. The post Montana: Governor Signs Measure Amending Voter-Initiated Marijuana Legalization Law appeared first on N

Ohio: Regulators Expand List of Conditions Eligible for Medical Cannabis
May 17, 2021

Ohio: Regulators Expand List of Conditions Eligible for Medical Cannabis

Members of the Ohio State Medical Board have approved requests to expand the list of qualifying conditions to include: arthritis, chronic migraines, and complex regional pain syndrome. The post Ohio: Regulators Expand List of Conditions Eligible for Medic

Alabama: Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Access Legislation into Law
May 17, 2021

Alabama: Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Access Legislation into Law

"This measure is an important first step for Alabamans." The post Alabama: Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Access Legislation into Law appeared first on NORML.

Minnesota: Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Medical Cannabis Flower
May 17, 2021

Minnesota: Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Medical Cannabis Flower

A bicameral conference committee approved the policy change as part of a broader omnibus bill related to healthcare. The post Minnesota: Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Medical Cannabis Flower appeared first on NORML.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/14/21
May 14, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/14/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/14/21 appeared first on NORML.

Mississippi: Supreme Court Nullifies Voter-Approved Medical Cannabis Initiative
May 14, 2021

Mississippi: Supreme Court Nullifies Voter-Approved Medical Cannabis Initiative

"The most vulnerable Mississippians will continue to be denied safe access to a therapy that could offer them significant relief from severely debilitating conditions." The post Mississippi: Supreme Court Nullifies Voter-Approved Medical Cannabis Initiati

Bill to Repeal Federal Prohibition Filed By Two Republican Lawmakers
May 13, 2021

Bill to Repeal Federal Prohibition Filed By Two Republican Lawmakers

Representatives David Joyce and Don Young have introduced legislation to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act, thereby repealing the federal prohibition of cannabis and making states the primary regulators of the plant. The post Bil

Delaware Forum Addresses Marijuana Myths and Misconceptions
May 13, 2021

Delaware Forum Addresses Marijuana Myths and Misconceptions

"What we see is that the trends in legal states like Colorado, Washington, Oregon and California are generally no different than the traffic safety trends in other states that haven't changed their marijuana laws." The post Delaware Forum Addresses Mariju

Minnesota: House Lawmakers Advance Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Measure
May 13, 2021

Minnesota: House Lawmakers Advance Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Measure

"It's time for Minnesota to become a leader in the midwest when it comes to sensible marijuana policy." The post Minnesota: House Lawmakers Advance Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Measure appeared first on NORML.

Louisiana: House Lawmakers Advance Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation
May 12, 2021

Louisiana: House Lawmakers Advance Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation

While there would be no possibility of jail time under the bill, these offenses would still be classified as a misdemeanor. The post Louisiana: House Lawmakers Advance Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation appeared first on NORML.

Georgia: Governor Signs Legislation into Law Expanding Access to Low-THC Medical Cannabis
May 10, 2021

Georgia: Governor Signs Legislation into Law Expanding Access to Low-THC Medical Cannabis

State regulators are expected in the coming months to award licenses to eligible applicants to begin cultivating cannabis and manufacturing oil extract products. The post Georgia: Governor Signs Legislation into Law Expanding Access to Low-THC Medical Can

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/7/21
May 07, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/7/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/7/21 appeared first on NORML.

Alabama: Lawmakers Send Medical Marijuana Bill to Governor’s Desk
May 06, 2021

Alabama: Lawmakers Send Medical Marijuana Bill to Governor’s Desk

Before being sent to the desk of Republican Governor Kay Ivey, it must go back to the Senate for a final vote to approve House amendments. The post Alabama: Lawmakers Send Medical Marijuana Bill to Governor’s Desk appeared first on NORML.

Kansas: House Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill
May 06, 2021

Kansas: House Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill

SB 158 would allow patients and caregivers to purchase and possess a 30-day supply of medical cannabis at a time, a specific amount to be determined by regulators. The post Kansas: House Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill appeared first on NORML.

Tennessee: House and Senate Lawmakers Approve Narrow Medical Marijuana Bill
May 05, 2021

Tennessee: House and Senate Lawmakers Approve Narrow Medical Marijuana Bill

The legislation makes it clear that a medical marijuana program may not operate in Tennessee until marijuana is "removed from Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act." The post Tennessee: House and Senate Lawmakers Approve Narrow Medical Marij

Colorado: Legislature Approves Measure Eliminating Civil Penalties for Possessing Between One and Two Ounces of Cannabis
May 04, 2021

Colorado: Legislature Approves Measure Eliminating Civil Penalties for Possessing Between One and Two Ounces of Cannabis

Under state law, possessing between one and two ounces of cannabis is classified as a petty offense, punishable by a civil penalty of $100. House Bill 1090 eliminates those civil penalties. The post Colorado: Legislature Approves Measure Eliminating Civil

Philadelphia: Mayor Signs Law Prohibiting Pre-Employment Drug Screening for Cannabis
May 02, 2021

Philadelphia: Mayor Signs Law Prohibiting Pre-Employment Drug Screening for Cannabis

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has signed municipal legislation into law prohibiting certain citywide employers from requiring prospective hires to pass a pre-employment drug screen. It takes effect on January 1, 2022. The post Philadelphia: Mayor Signs La

Wilmington, Delaware City Council Votes to Support Cannabis Legalization
Apr 30, 2021

Wilmington, Delaware City Council Votes to Support Cannabis Legalization

"HB150 will reduce arrests and create much needed jobs and business opportunities for our city and state to help reduce the unemployment rate, especially post-pandemic." The post Wilmington, Delaware City Council Votes to Support Cannabis Legalization app

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/30/21
Apr 30, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/30/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/30/21 appeared first on NORML.

Dozens of Congressional Leaders Sign Letter To Restrict DOJ Enforcement Of Prohibition
Apr 29, 2021

Dozens of Congressional Leaders Sign Letter To Restrict DOJ Enforcement Of Prohibition

Today, a bipartisan group of 44 representatives sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee calling for the upcoming FY 2022 spending package to build upon existing policy for state-legal medical marijuana programs and expand protections to includ

The Marijuana Data Collection Act Reintroduced
Apr 29, 2021

The Marijuana Data Collection Act Reintroduced

Today, the bipartisan Marijuana Data Collection Act was introduced, led by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) and U.S. Reps. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) and Don Young (R-AK). The post The Marijuana Data Collection Act Reintroduced appeared first

Texas: House Lawmakers Advance Medical Marijuana Expansion, Penalty Reduction Measures
Apr 29, 2021

Texas: House Lawmakers Advance Medical Marijuana Expansion, Penalty Reduction Measures

House lawmakers approved two bills so far, with a third anticipated later this week. The post Texas: House Lawmakers Advance Medical Marijuana Expansion, Penalty Reduction Measures appeared first on NORML.

South Dakota Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Litigation Challenging State’s Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Initiative
Apr 28, 2021

South Dakota Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Litigation Challenging State’s Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Initiative

"Legalization opponents cannot succeed in the court of public opinion or at the ballot box. Thus, they are now seeking to overturn election results after the fact." The post South Dakota Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Litigation Challenging State's Vote

Hemp In The U.S. Botanic Garden, If These Members Of Congress Have Their Say
Apr 28, 2021

Hemp In The U.S. Botanic Garden, If These Members Of Congress Have Their Say

Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton, Barbara Lee, and Earl Blumenauer recently sent a letter to the Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden, Dr. Saharah Moon Chapotin requesting that male and female hemp plants be on display. The post He

Montana Lawmakers Approve Legislation to Amend Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Law
Apr 28, 2021

Montana Lawmakers Approve Legislation to Amend Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Law

The measure decreases the personal cultivation limit from four mature plants per adult and eight mature plants per household as originally approved by voters, to two mature plants per adult and four mature plants per household. The post Montana Lawmakers

Send A Message About Marijuana Policy Before The President Speaks Tonight
Apr 28, 2021

Send A Message About Marijuana Policy Before The President Speaks Tonight

Last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated the President's position that cannabis should be rescheduled under federal law to Schedule II rather than descheduled from the Controlled Substances Act... Tonight, President Biden will be delive

Rep. Perlmutter: Let’s Make Legal Cannabis Work Better
Apr 26, 2021

Rep. Perlmutter: Let’s Make Legal Cannabis Work Better

Just one week ago, the SAFE Banking Act passed once again in the U.S. House of Representatives with overwhelming, bipartisan support by a vote of 321 to 101, with every Democrat and the majority of Republicans voting in support. As the lead sponsor of thi

Philadelphia: City Council Votes to Prohibit Pre-Employment Drug Screening for Cannabis
Apr 23, 2021

Philadelphia: City Council Votes to Prohibit Pre-Employment Drug Screening for Cannabis

Council members decided 15 to 1 in favor of the measure, which "prohibits employers from requiring prospective employees to undergo testing for the presence of marijuana as a condition of employment" The post Philadelphia: City Council Votes to Prohibit P

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/23/21
Apr 23, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/23/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/23/21 appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: Governor Northam Signs Adult-use Marijuana Legalization Legislation
Apr 21, 2021

Virginia: Governor Northam Signs Adult-use Marijuana Legalization Legislation

"Today, together, we celebrate an extraordinary victory for cannabis justice in the Commonwealth." The post Virginia: Governor Northam Signs Adult-use Marijuana Legalization Legislation appeared first on NORML.

Finish the Fight with NORML This 4/20
Apr 20, 2021

Finish the Fight with NORML This 4/20

Join us this holiday to help "finish the fight" for legalization. The post Finish the Fight with NORML This 4/20 appeared first on NORML.

White House Marijuana Comments Are Out of Step with Public Opinion
Apr 20, 2021

White House Marijuana Comments Are Out of Step with Public Opinion

"It is impractical at best and disingenuous at worst for the Biden campaign to claim that rescheduling cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II – the same category as cocaine-- would in any way address the existing inconsistencies between state and feder

Help us “Finish the Fight” for Legalization on 4/20
Apr 19, 2021

Help us “Finish the Fight” for Legalization on 4/20

To facilitate this day of advocacy, NORML will be releasing a "Finish the Fight" digital toolkit, both to its chapter and affiliate network and to the general public The post Help us "Finish the Fight" for Legalization on 4/20 appeared first on NORML.

US House Passes Bill To Normalize Adult-Use Cannabis Commerce
Apr 19, 2021

US House Passes Bill To Normalize Adult-Use Cannabis Commerce

Members of the House of Representatives voted today in favor of a stand-alone piece of legislation, The SAFE Banking Act, to remedy the ongoing inconsistencies between state and federal marijuana laws. The post US House Passes Bill To Normalize Adult-Use

Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act Reintroduced
Apr 16, 2021

Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act Reintroduced

Presently, V.A. doctors are forbidden from providing the paperwork necessary to complete a recommendation, thus forcing military veterans to seek the advice of a private, out-of-network physician. The post Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act Reintr

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/16/21
Apr 16, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/16/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/16/21 appeared first on NORML.

Nationwide Poll: More Americans Than Ever Before Say That Marijuana Should Be Legal
Apr 15, 2021

Nationwide Poll: More Americans Than Ever Before Say That Marijuana Should Be Legal

"Today, voters of every age and in virtually every region of the country agree that marijuana should be legal. We have a mandate from the American people and we intend to make sure that elected officials abide by it." The post Nationwide Poll: More Americ

Indiana: Governor Signs Legislation Amending State’s Zero-Tolerance Per Se Driving Law
Apr 15, 2021

Indiana: Governor Signs Legislation Amending State’s Zero-Tolerance Per Se Driving Law

The legislation provides an affirmative defense for motorists who test positive for the presence of either THC or its metabolite, but who are not responsible for a traffic accident and who show no evidence of intoxication. The post Indiana: Governor Signs

Mississippi: Supreme Court Hear Oral Arguments in Challenge to Medical Marijuana Vote
Apr 14, 2021

Mississippi: Supreme Court Hear Oral Arguments in Challenge to Medical Marijuana Vote

"Whether or not one supports marijuana legalization, Americans should be outraged at these overtly undemocratic tactics, and the Court should reject them." The post Mississippi: Supreme Court Hear Oral Arguments in Challenge to Medical Marijuana Vote appe

NORML Comments on Biden’s Pick for DEA Administrator
Apr 13, 2021

NORML Comments on Biden’s Pick for DEA Administrator

Former NJ Attorney General to be Nominated to Lead Agency The post NORML Comments on Biden's Pick for DEA Administrator appeared first on NORML.

NORML Remembers Steve Fox
Apr 13, 2021

NORML Remembers Steve Fox

"Steve's vision helped to transform the mainstream narrative surrounding cannabis," said NORML's Paul Armentano. "That transformation played a major role in the policy successes we enjoy today, and it will continue to pay dividends going forward. His effo

New Mexico: Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization, Automatic Expungement Measures into Law
Apr 12, 2021

New Mexico: Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization, Automatic Expungement Measures into Law

"New Mexico joins an ever-growing list of states that have realized the failures of marijuana prohibition and the harms it brings to their communities and citizens." The post New Mexico: Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization, Automatic Expungement Measure

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/9/21
Apr 09, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/9/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Rooundup, on the blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/9/21 appeared first on NORML.

Delaware: Cannabis Activists Take on Corporate Marijuana, Patients Stage Boycott
Apr 08, 2021

Delaware: Cannabis Activists Take on Corporate Marijuana, Patients Stage Boycott

Locals in Delaware are tangling with corporate, multi-state medical marijuana permit holders to pass a bill for full legalization. The post Delaware: Cannabis Activists Take on Corporate Marijuana, Patients Stage Boycott appeared first on NORML.

California: Study Finds 100% of Marijuana Retailers Compliant with State’s Minimum Age Laws
Apr 07, 2021

California: Study Finds 100% of Marijuana Retailers Compliant with State’s Minimum Age Laws

"At 100 percent of the recreational marijuana outlets visited, the pseudo-underage patrons were required to show age identification to enter." The post California: Study Finds 100% of Marijuana Retailers Compliant with State's Minimum Age Laws appeared fi

Virginia: Legalization of Adult-use Marijuana Takes Effect July 1, 2021
Apr 07, 2021

Virginia: Legalization of Adult-use Marijuana Takes Effect July 1, 2021

Virginia becomes the first southern state to legalize the possession and use of marijuana by adults. The post Virginia: Legalization of Adult-use Marijuana Takes Effect July 1, 2021 appeared first on NORML.

A Week for the History Books
Apr 02, 2021

A Week for the History Books

In short, in a matter of hours, we have seen cannabis freedom be extended to tens of millions more Americans! The post A Week for the History Books appeared first on NORML.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/2/21
Apr 02, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/2/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup, on the blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/2/21 appeared first on NORML.

New National Poll: 75% of Americans Oppose Marijuana Prohibition
Apr 01, 2021

New National Poll: 75% of Americans Oppose Marijuana Prohibition

In a newly published poll by The Hill/HarrisX Daily, 75% of respondents said they opposed the federal prohibition and criminalization of marijuana, with only 25% saying they support the current policy. The post New National Poll: 75% of Americans Oppose

New Mexico: Lawmakers Send Marijuana Legalization Measures to Governor’s Desk
Mar 31, 2021

New Mexico: Lawmakers Send Marijuana Legalization Measures to Governor’s Desk

Land of Enchantment Becomes Second State This Week to End Prohibition Following NY The post New Mexico: Lawmakers Send Marijuana Legalization Measures to Governor's Desk appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: Governor Approves Expedited July 1 Enactment Date for Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization
Mar 31, 2021

Virginia: Governor Approves Expedited July 1 Enactment Date for Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization

Governor Northam recommended that provisions in the legislation legalizing the personal possession and personal cultivation of cannabis by adults take effect on July 1, 2021 rather than on January 1, 2024 -- the enactment date initially approved by lawmak

New York: Governor Cuomo Signs Marijuana Legalization Legislation into Law
Mar 31, 2021

New York: Governor Cuomo Signs Marijuana Legalization Legislation into Law

The provisions specific to the personal possession of marijuana took effect upon signing. The post New York: Governor Cuomo Signs Marijuana Legalization Legislation into Law appeared first on NORML.

Texas: Survey Finds That 61 Percent of Self-Identified Medical Cannabis Consumers Report Substituting It for Prescription Drugs
Mar 30, 2021

Texas: Survey Finds That 61 Percent of Self-Identified Medical Cannabis Consumers Report Substituting It for Prescription Drugs

Sixty-one percent of respondents said that they "replaced" prescription opioids and/or benzodiazepines with medical cannabis – a finding that is consistent with several other studies. The post Texas: Survey Finds That 61 Percent of Self-Identified Medic

BREAKING: New York Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization
Mar 30, 2021

BREAKING: New York Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana Revenue and Taxation Act (MRTA) legalizes and regulates the adult-use, commercial marijuana market in New York State, while also permitting those over the age of 21 to cultivate personal-use quantities of cannabis in their own homes The post BRE

Efforts This Week In New York and New Mexico Have Broad Implications
Mar 29, 2021

Efforts This Week In New York and New Mexico Have Broad Implications

In fact, the successful passage of legalization in New York alone would represent a massive shift at both the state and federal levels. Right now, six percent of US House members represent New York State, and seven percent of all Congressional House Commi

Marijuana Legalization Expected to Advance This Week in Key States
Mar 29, 2021

Marijuana Legalization Expected to Advance This Week in Key States

A handful of key states are poised to advance adult use marijuana legalization proposals this week. The post Marijuana Legalization Expected to Advance This Week in Key States appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: Governor Approves Employment Protection Bill
Mar 29, 2021

Virginia: Governor Approves Employment Protection Bill

Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has signed House Bill 1862 into law, which provides employment protections for state-registered medical cannabis patients. The post Virginia: Governor Approves Employment Protection Bill appeared first on NORML.

Dozens of Congressional Leaders Admonish the Biden Administration Over Marijuana-Related Firings
Mar 26, 2021

Dozens of Congressional Leaders Admonish the Biden Administration Over Marijuana-Related Firings

This week, a letter led by Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Don Beyer, Jared Huffman, Mondaire Jones, Barabara Lee, and cosigned by 25 other members, called on the Biden Administration to "...act within its power to stop legitimizing unfair cannabis laws.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/26/21
Mar 26, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/26/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup, on the blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/26/21 appeared first on NORML.

Study: “No Evidence” That Medical Cannabis Access Laws Encourage Youth Marijuana Use
Mar 24, 2021

Study: “No Evidence” That Medical Cannabis Access Laws Encourage Youth Marijuana Use

"This study found no evidence between 1991 and 2015 of increases in adolescents reporting past 30-day marijuana use or heavy marijuana use associated with state MML [medical marijuana law] enactment or operational MML dispensaries." The post Study: "No Ev

Senators Reintroduce SAFE Banking Act To Normalize Cannabis Commerce
Mar 23, 2021

Senators Reintroduce SAFE Banking Act To Normalize Cannabis Commerce

Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT), along with 27 other members of the… The post Senators Reintroduce SAFE Banking Act To Normalize Cannabis Commerce appeared first on NORML.

New Mexico: Governor to Convene Special Legislative Session to Advance Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization
Mar 20, 2021

New Mexico: Governor to Convene Special Legislative Session to Advance Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization

"Lawmakers, for the moment, have once again failed to deliver common sense marijuana policy reform for the people of New Mexico, an overwhelming majority of whom support legalizing cannabis for adults." The post New Mexico: Governor to Convene Special Leg

NORML Comments on Reports of Marijuana-Related Firings of White House Staff
Mar 19, 2021

NORML Comments on Reports of Marijuana-Related Firings of White House Staff

Newly published reports allege that "dozens of young White House staffers have been suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program due to past marijuana use." The post NORML Comments on Reports of Marijuana-Related Firings of White House

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/19/21
Mar 19, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/19/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup, on the blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/19/21 appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: Governor Northam Approves Botanical Medical Cannabis Bills
Mar 19, 2021

Virginia: Governor Northam Approves Botanical Medical Cannabis Bills

Products anticipated to be available as soon as September. The post Virginia: Governor Northam Approves Botanical Medical Cannabis Bills appeared first on NORML.

House Reintroduces SAFE Banking Act To Normalize Cannabis Commerce
Mar 18, 2021

House Reintroduces SAFE Banking Act To Normalize Cannabis Commerce

The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), and Warren Davidson (R-OH). The post House Reintroduces SAFE B

Pennsylvania: Police Arrested 20,200 Adults for Marijuana Possession During Pandemic
Mar 18, 2021

Pennsylvania: Police Arrested 20,200 Adults for Marijuana Possession During Pandemic

Black people make up 12 percent of the population but 32 percent of marijuana arrests. The post Pennsylvania: Police Arrested 20,200 Adults for Marijuana Possession During Pandemic appeared first on NORML.

Congress and USPS Inadvertently Restrict Consumer Access To Vaporizer Cartridges, Batteries, Etc
Mar 17, 2021

Congress and USPS Inadvertently Restrict Consumer Access To Vaporizer Cartridges, Batteries, Etc

Right now, the USPS is accepting public comment until March 20th, and the fix is relatively simple. The USPS simply needs to clarify that these new changes do not include non-nicotine vaporization devices. The post Congress and USPS Inadvertently Restric

Senators Schumer, Booker, and Wyden: “We want to move this”
Mar 17, 2021

Senators Schumer, Booker, and Wyden: “We want to move this”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer along with Senators Cory Booker and Ron Wyden, recorded a video outlining their plan to introduce comprehensive legislation to repeal federal marijuana criminalization and expunge the records of those with federal cann

Big Alcohol and Big Tobacco Coalition Emerges to Shape Legalization in Their Favor
Mar 15, 2021

Big Alcohol and Big Tobacco Coalition Emerges to Shape Legalization in Their Favor

These folks answer to their shareholders, At NORML, we answer to you. The post Big Alcohol and Big Tobacco Coalition Emerges to Shape Legalization in Their Favor appeared first on NORML.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/12/21
Mar 12, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/12/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/12/21 appeared first on NORML.

Mexico: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Legalization Plan
Mar 11, 2021

Mexico: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Legalization Plan

Lawmakers in Mexico's lower chamber voted 316 to 129 on Wednesday in favor of amended… The post Mexico: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Legalization Plan appeared first on NORML.

Lawmakers In Several States Consider Enacting or Expanding Medical Cannabis Access
Mar 11, 2021

Lawmakers In Several States Consider Enacting or Expanding Medical Cannabis Access

As state lawmakers actively consider and advance medical cannabis-related proposals forward, here's a breakdown of progressing legislative efforts thus far and where they stand in key states across the country. The post Lawmakers In Several States Conside

South Dakota: Legislative Effort to Delay Implementation of Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law Fails
Mar 11, 2021

South Dakota: Legislative Effort to Delay Implementation of Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law Fails

As a result, Measure 26 will go into effect on July 1, 2021, as voters intended. The post South Dakota: Legislative Effort to Delay Implementation of Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law Fails appeared first on NORML.

Hawaii: Senate Lawmakers Approve Measures to Legalize Marijuana Sales, Expand Decriminalization Law
Mar 10, 2021

Hawaii: Senate Lawmakers Approve Measures to Legalize Marijuana Sales, Expand Decriminalization Law

The Senate voted 20 to 5 to advance Senate Bill 767, which would legalize and regulate the commercial marijuana market in the state. The post Hawaii: Senate Lawmakers Approve Measures to Legalize Marijuana Sales, Expand Decriminalization Law appeared firs

NORML Comments on Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Confirmation
Mar 10, 2021

NORML Comments on Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Confirmation

in a bipartisan 70-30 vote, members of the US Senate approved Merrick Garland to be the next Attorney General of the United States. The post NORML Comments on Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Confirmation appeared first on NORML.

Legislation Introduced To No Longer Deny Citizenship Based on Cannabis Consumption
Mar 09, 2021

Legislation Introduced To No Longer Deny Citizenship Based on Cannabis Consumption

On Monday, March 8th, Representative Brenden Boyle (PA-02) introduced legislation (HR 1614) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act by removing marijuana offenses as grounds of inadmissibility or consideration in a good moral character determination,

NORML Responds to Growing Calls to Re-Criminalize Higher Potency THC Products
Mar 08, 2021

NORML Responds to Growing Calls to Re-Criminalize Higher Potency THC Products

Imposing such a blanket ban on higher-potency products will not eliminate demand for these products, but it will succeed in driving this market underground -- making it unregulated and unsafe. The post NORML Responds to Growing Calls to Re-Criminalize Hig

Rick Steves: Join the Movement to End Prohibition
Mar 05, 2021

Rick Steves: Join the Movement to End Prohibition

We are spearheading a citizens' movement. If you care about fighting the racism, mass incarceration, and injustice our current laws cause—and if you care about civil liberties—NORML is fighting for you. The post Rick Steves: Join the Movement to End

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/5/21
Mar 05, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/5/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup, on the blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/5/21 appeared first on NORML.

DEA Report: Marijuana Seizures at Southern Border Have Fallen Significantly Following Passage of Statewide Legalization Laws
Mar 03, 2021

DEA Report: Marijuana Seizures at Southern Border Have Fallen Significantly Following Passage of Statewide Legalization Laws

"In US markets, Mexican marijuana has largely been supplanted by domestic-produced marijuana. ... CBP marijuana seizures along the SWB have decreased more than 81 percent since 2013," The post DEA Report: Marijuana Seizures at Southern Border Have Fallen

Florida Guest Post: They’re Politicians, Not Physicians
Mar 03, 2021

Florida Guest Post: They’re Politicians, Not Physicians

This message is from Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried Florida, this is important. While other… The post Florida Guest Post: They're Politicians, Not Physicians appeared first on NORML.

Montana: Lawmakers Seek to Amend Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Law
Mar 02, 2021

Montana: Lawmakers Seek to Amend Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Law

Since I-190 went into effect on January 1, 2021, there have been several attempts by lawmakers to impose delays and other restrictions on the voter-approved law. The post Montana: Lawmakers Seek to Amend Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Law appeared

Attorney General Nominee: Marijuana Enforcement Not “Best Use” of Resources
Mar 02, 2021

Attorney General Nominee: Marijuana Enforcement Not “Best Use” of Resources

In the recently published questions for the record (QFRs) to Judge Merrick Garland from members… The post Attorney General Nominee: Marijuana Enforcement Not “Best Use” of Resources appeared first on NORML.

New Mexico: House Lawmakers Approve Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Proposal
Mar 01, 2021

New Mexico: House Lawmakers Approve Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Proposal

The measure, approved by a 39 to 31 vote, would allow adults to purchase at least two ounces of marijuana at a time and cultivate up to six mature plants for personal use. The post New Mexico: House Lawmakers Approve Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Propo

Virginia: Legislature Gives Final Approval of Legalization Measure
Feb 27, 2021

Virginia: Legislature Gives Final Approval of Legalization Measure

The advancement of this legislation is another historic step for cannabis justice in Virginia. The bills now head to the Governor. The post Virginia: Legislature Gives Final Approval of Legalization Measure appeared first on NORML.

Feds Issue Updated Guidance Regarding the Hiring of Federal Workers with a History of Cannabis Use
Feb 26, 2021

Feds Issue Updated Guidance Regarding the Hiring of Federal Workers with a History of Cannabis Use

The revisions make it clear that the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act -- passed in 1988 -- remains in place, and that federal employees "are required to refrain" from the use of either cannabis or other federally controlled substances "whether on or off du

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/26/21
Feb 26, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/26/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup, on the blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/26/21 appeared first on NORML.

Study: Enactment of Marijuana Legalization Laws Associated with Reductions in Opioid Prescribing Patterns
Feb 25, 2021

Study: Enactment of Marijuana Legalization Laws Associated with Reductions in Opioid Prescribing Patterns

"[T]he implementation of medical marijuana laws (MMLs) and recreational marijuana laws (RMLs) reduced morphine milligram equivalents per enrollee by seven percent and 13 percent, respectively." The post Study: Enactment of Marijuana Legalization Laws Asso

South Dakota: House Members Approve Legislation to Delay Implementation of Voter-Approved Medical Cannabis Law
Feb 25, 2021

South Dakota: House Members Approve Legislation to Delay Implementation of Voter-Approved Medical Cannabis Law

House Bill 1100, which is backed by Governor Noem and other legislative leaders, pushes back the timeline from this summer until early 2022. The post South Dakota: House Members Approve Legislation to Delay Implementation of Voter-Approved Medical Cannabi

Alabama: Senate Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Legislation
Feb 24, 2021

Alabama: Senate Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Legislation

The measure, approved by a 21 to 8 vote, would permit patients and caregivers to possess "70 daily dosages of medical cannabis" at a time. The post Alabama: Senate Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Legislation appeared first on NORML.

North Dakota: House Lawmakers Approve Measures to Legalize Marijuana Sales, Decriminalize Personal Possession
Feb 23, 2021

North Dakota: House Lawmakers Approve Measures to Legalize Marijuana Sales, Decriminalize Personal Possession

House lawmakers approved three pieces of legislation that would legalize adult use marijuana and decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The post North Dakota: House Lawmakers Approve Measures to Legalize Marijuana Sales, Decriminalize P

Virginia: Legislature Passes Measure Permitting Dispensing of Herbal Medical Cannabis
Feb 23, 2021

Virginia: Legislature Passes Measure Permitting Dispensing of Herbal Medical Cannabis

Virginia legislature sends bills to Governor Northam to approve dispensing of herbal medical cannabis The post Virginia: Legislature Passes Measure Permitting Dispensing of Herbal Medical Cannabis appeared first on NORML.

New Jersey: Governor Signs Enabling Legislation to Cease Marijuana Possession Arrests, License Retail Sales Into Law
Feb 22, 2021

New Jersey: Governor Signs Enabling Legislation to Cease Marijuana Possession Arrests, License Retail Sales Into Law

"Despite nearly seven in ten New Jersey residents voting in favor of legalization on Election Day, it took lawmakers 111 days following that vote to achieve consensus to enact enabling legislation into law." The post New Jersey: Governor Signs Enabling Le

AG Nominee: Interfering in States with Legal Marijuana Not a Good Use of Justice Department Resources
Feb 22, 2021

AG Nominee: Interfering in States with Legal Marijuana Not a Good Use of Justice Department Resources

"It does not seem to me useful the use of limited resources that we have to be pursuing prosecutions in states that have legalized and are regulating the use of marijuana, either medically or otherwise." The post AG Nominee: Interfering in States with Leg

Illinois: Marijuana Consumers Still Face Discrimination in Family Court
Feb 19, 2021

Illinois: Marijuana Consumers Still Face Discrimination in Family Court

Despite the enactment of adult use legalization with parental protections in place, consumers are still facing discrimination for legal marijuana use in court. The post Illinois: Marijuana Consumers Still Face Discrimination in Family Court appeared first

Study: Cannabis Mitigates Symptoms in Patients with Treatment-Resistant Fibromyalgia
Feb 19, 2021

Study: Cannabis Mitigates Symptoms in Patients with Treatment-Resistant Fibromyalgia

"The current study revealed the positive effects of MC [medical cannabis] therapy in some patients with FMS [ fibromyalgia syndrome] and resistance to conventional treatment. Thus, cannabinoids may be considered for FMS treatment." The post Study: Cannabi

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/19/21
Feb 19, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/19/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup, on the blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/19/21 appeared first on NORML.

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Co-Chairs Urge President Biden To Pardon Federal Cannabis Offenses
Feb 18, 2021

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Co-Chairs Urge President Biden To Pardon Federal Cannabis Offenses

Today, 37 members of Congress, led by Congressional Cannabis Caucus co-chairs Barbara Lee and Earl Blumenauer, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, sent a letter to President Biden calling upon him to issue a blanket pardon to those with f

Study: Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization Laws Associated with Declines in Workers’ Compensation Claims
Feb 18, 2021

Study: Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization Laws Associated with Declines in Workers’ Compensation Claims

"The present study provides empirical evidence on the consequences of marijuana legalization on issues related to the labor market outcomes, in particular, WC [workers' compensation] claiming of older adults. … Our findings suggest potentially important

Marijuana Legalization Legislation Advances Nationwide
Feb 18, 2021

Marijuana Legalization Legislation Advances Nationwide

Here's a summary of progressing marijuana legalization efforts thus far and where they stand in key states across the country. The post Marijuana Legalization Legislation Advances Nationwide appeared first on NORML.

Clinical Trial: Cannabis Inhalation Associated with Clinical Improvement in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis
Feb 16, 2021

Clinical Trial: Cannabis Inhalation Associated with Clinical Improvement in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis

"This study demonstrates that treatment with THC-rich cannabis in patients with mild to moderate UC is associated with clinical improvement." The post Clinical Trial: Cannabis Inhalation Associated with Clinical Improvement in Patients with Ulcerative Co

Report: Legal Marijuana Industry Employs Over 321,000 Full-Time Workers
Feb 16, 2021

Report: Legal Marijuana Industry Employs Over 321,000 Full-Time Workers

"In the United States there are more legal cannabis workers than electrical engineers. There are more legal cannabis workers than EMTs and paramedics. There are more than twice as many legal cannabis workers as dentists." The post Report: Legal Marijuana

NORML Calls On President Biden To Pardon Non-Violent Federal Marijuana Offenses
Feb 15, 2021

NORML Calls On President Biden To Pardon Non-Violent Federal Marijuana Offenses

This Presidents Day, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), along with a coalition of business groups and criminal justice reform advocates, is calling upon President Joe Biden to follow through on his campaign commitment to e

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/12/21
Feb 12, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/12/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup, on the blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/12/21 appeared first on NORML.

Poll: Majority of North Carolina Voters Support Marijuana Legalization
Feb 11, 2021

Poll: Majority of North Carolina Voters Support Marijuana Legalization

A newly released poll by Elon University found that 73% of North Carolina voters support the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes and 54% of North Carolina voters support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. The post Poll: Majori

South Dakota: Governor Announces Intent to Delay Implementing Voter-Initiated Medical Marijuana Access Law
Feb 10, 2021

South Dakota: Governor Announces Intent to Delay Implementing Voter-Initiated Medical Marijuana Access Law

"These cynical efforts to undermine and delay the enactment of these voter-approved measures is an affront to the very constituents that these lawmakers are in office to serve." The post South Dakota: Governor Announces Intent to Delay Implementing Voter-

Wisconsin: Governor Evers Includes Marijuana Legalization in State Budget Proposal
Feb 08, 2021

Wisconsin: Governor Evers Includes Marijuana Legalization in State Budget Proposal

"Frankly, red and blue states across the country have moved forward with legalization and there is no reason Wisconsin should be left behind when we know it's supported by a majority of Wisconsinites." The post Wisconsin: Governor Evers Includes Marijuana

NORML PAC Endorses John Fetterman for US Senate
Feb 08, 2021

NORML PAC Endorses John Fetterman for US Senate

"I'm exceedingly grateful to have the support of NORML PAC," Lt. Governor John Fetterman said. "The bottom line here is it's far past time we let go of this bizarre superstition and criminalization of a plant, cannabis, and instead legalize it on a federa

TV Show Host and Travel Author Rick Steves to Chair NORML Board of Directors
Feb 08, 2021

TV Show Host and Travel Author Rick Steves to Chair NORML Board of Directors

For me, my work with NORML is a civic duty. I care about fighting racism; about replacing a black market that empowers and enriches gangs and organized crime with a legal one that produces good jobs and lots of tax revenue; and about defending our civil l

Poll: 61 Percent of US Adults Say Marijuana Legalization Is a “Good Idea”
Feb 08, 2021

Poll: 61 Percent of US Adults Say Marijuana Legalization Is a “Good Idea”

Of all the policy issues discussed by pollsters, respondents' support was strongest for legalizing cannabis. The post Poll: 61 Percent of US Adults Say Marijuana Legalization Is a "Good Idea" appeared first on NORML.

South Dakota: Circuit Judge Rules Against Implementation of Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Measure
Feb 08, 2021

South Dakota: Circuit Judge Rules Against Implementation of Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Measure

Proponents of Measure A, South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, say that they will appeal the ruling to the state's Supreme Court. In a Facebook post, the group stated: "This is not over. We will appeal. We will prevail." The post South Dakota: Circuit

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/5/21
Feb 05, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/5/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup, on the blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/5/21 appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: House and Senate Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Measures in Historic Votes
Feb 05, 2021

Virginia: House and Senate Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Measures in Historic Votes

"Virginians have been clear in their support for this issue and Governor Northam agrees, it is time to legalize the responsible use of cannabis by adults in the Commonwealth." The post Virginia: House and Senate Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Me

Clinical Trial: Whole-Plant Cannabis Extracts Associated with Improved Outcomes in Autistic Patients
Feb 04, 2021

Clinical Trial: Whole-Plant Cannabis Extracts Associated with Improved Outcomes in Autistic Patients

"In this study, we have demonstrated for the first time in a placebo-controlled trial that cannabinoid treatment has the potential to decrease disruptive behaviors associated with ASD, with acceptable tolerability." The post Clinical Trial: Whole-Plant Ca

Virginia: Where Marijuana Reform Legislation Stands Ahead of Friday’s Crossover Deadline
Feb 02, 2021

Virginia: Where Marijuana Reform Legislation Stands Ahead of Friday’s Crossover Deadline

And, a just-released statewide poll shows 68% of registered voters in Virginia, including majorities of Democrats and Republicans, support legalizing marijuana for adults. The post Virginia: Where Marijuana Reform Legislation Stands Ahead of Friday's Cro

Philadelphia: Marijuana Treatment Admissions Drop By Eighty Percent
Feb 01, 2021

Philadelphia: Marijuana Treatment Admissions Drop By Eighty Percent

This is likely a result of a 2014 ordinance decriminalizing possession along with new procedures adopted by District Attorney Larry Krasner, a civil rights attorney elected in 2017. The post Philadelphia: Marijuana Treatment Admissions Drop By Eighty Perc

Senate Leadership Coalition Announces Intention To Release Comprehensive Legislation To End Marijuana Prohibition
Feb 01, 2021

Senate Leadership Coalition Announces Intention To Release Comprehensive Legislation To End Marijuana Prohibition

Senators Cory Booker, Ron Wyden, and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer today issued a joint statement declaring their intention to release a draft discussion bill outlining how best to legalize and regulate cannabis and cannabis commerce in a post-prohibition

New Jersey: Lawmakers Advance New Marijuana Legalization “Cleanup” Bill
Jan 31, 2021

New Jersey: Lawmakers Advance New Marijuana Legalization “Cleanup” Bill

The measure imposes a civil penalty of $50 for those ages 18-20 caught in possession of up to one ounce, and $100 for more than one ounce of marijuana. The post New Jersey: Lawmakers Advance New Marijuana Legalization "Cleanup" Bill appeared first on NORM

Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization Not Associated with Any Rise in Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions
Jan 29, 2021

Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization Not Associated with Any Rise in Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions

"We found that the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington did not result in an increase in SUD [substance use disorder] treatment admissions for cocaine, opioids, or methamphetamines among adolescents or emerging adults." Th

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/29/21
Jan 29, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/29/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup, on the blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/29/21 appeared first on NORML.

Rise in Storefront Marijuana Dispensaries Associated with Declines in Opioid-Related Deaths
Jan 28, 2021

Rise in Storefront Marijuana Dispensaries Associated with Declines in Opioid-Related Deaths

"Increased medical and recreational storefront dispensary counts are associated with reduced opioid related mortality rates during the study period. These associations appear particularly strong for deaths related to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl." T

Senate Majority Leader Schumer Reiterates Push For Cannabis Reform
Jan 27, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Schumer Reiterates Push For Cannabis Reform

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reiterated his support for ending marijuana criminalization to Rachel Maddow of MSNBC as part of the foundational "three stools" of policy to address in this session of Congress The post Senat

Atlanta: Mayor Takes Executive Action Abolishing Pre-Employment Drug Screens for Many Public Employees
Jan 26, 2021

Atlanta: Mayor Takes Executive Action Abolishing Pre-Employment Drug Screens for Many Public Employees

"The abolishment of this discriminatory policy is long overdue. The use of cannabis during one's off hours poses no legitimate workplace safety threat and the tens of millions of Americans who engage in this behavior should no longer be stigmatized or den

Opioid Prescriptions Decline in Canada Following Enactment of Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization
Jan 26, 2021

Opioid Prescriptions Decline in Canada Following Enactment of Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization

"The findings of this study add to the growing body of evidence that easier access to cannabis for patients with pain may reduce opioid use and partially offset expenditures for both public and private drug plans." The post Opioid Prescriptions Decline in

Delaware: State Auditor’s Report Recommends Legalizing Marijuana
Jan 25, 2021

Delaware: State Auditor’s Report Recommends Legalizing Marijuana

"Inaction doesn't reward us with curbed usage but will prevent us from realizing economic benefits and the $43 million that could be available if Delaware were to devise a responsible regulatory framework. It's time to legalize it." The post Delaware: Sta

Arizona: Adult Use Marijuana Sales Begin
Jan 22, 2021

Arizona: Adult Use Marijuana Sales Begin

"I commend state officials for prioritizing the implementation of Prop. 207 and ensuring that Arizona adults have safe and convenient access to affordable marijuana in a timely manner." The post Arizona: Adult Use Marijuana Sales Begin appeared first on N

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/22/21
Jan 22, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/22/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup, on the blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/22/21 appeared first on NORML.

Study: Nearly Half of Medical Cannabis Users Cease Using Opioids for Pain After Twelve Months
Jan 21, 2021

Study: Nearly Half of Medical Cannabis Users Cease Using Opioids for Pain After Twelve Months

"Over time, individuals who continued consuming cannabis within this longitudinal study reported lower pain severity and pain interference scores, as well as improved quality of life and general health symptoms scores." The post Study: Nearly Half of Medi

Arizona: Adult Use Marijuana Sales On Track to Begin This Month
Jan 20, 2021

Arizona: Adult Use Marijuana Sales On Track to Begin This Month

Adult use marijuana sales could begin “as soon as late January,” according to Arizona’s Department… The post Arizona: Adult Use Marijuana Sales On Track to Begin This Month appeared first on NORML.

Study: Cannabis Use Associated with Reduced Alcohol Intake Among Treatment-Seeking Drinkers
Jan 20, 2021

Study: Cannabis Use Associated with Reduced Alcohol Intake Among Treatment-Seeking Drinkers

"Across the sample, individuals drank approximately 29 percent fewer drinks and were 2.06 times less likely to have a binge-drinking episode on days that cannabis was used compared with days cannabis was not used. These patterns were observed in males, fe

Washington: Home Cultivation Legislation Receives First Committee Hearing of 2021
Jan 19, 2021

Washington: Home Cultivation Legislation Receives First Committee Hearing of 2021

House Bill 1019 would allow adults to cultivate up to six marijuana plants for personal use. The post Washington: Home Cultivation Legislation Receives First Committee Hearing of 2021 appeared first on NORML.

Mississippi: Medical Organizations Join Legal Fight to Overturn Election Result Legalizing Medical Cannabis Access
Jan 15, 2021

Mississippi: Medical Organizations Join Legal Fight to Overturn Election Result Legalizing Medical Cannabis Access

"The AMA's position is woefully out of step with both public opinion and scientific consensus, as well as with the opinions of the majority of physicians. It is regrettable that this organization would go on record in attempting to nullify the vote of a s

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/15/21
Jan 15, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/15/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup, on the NORML blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/15/21 appeared first on NORML.

Legal Marijuana Sales Spiked Dramatically in 2020
Jan 14, 2021

Legal Marijuana Sales Spiked Dramatically in 2020

"Customers purchased an estimated $17.9 billion in cannabis products from legal retailers in 2020 – up from $10.7 billion in 2019." The post Legal Marijuana Sales Spiked Dramatically in 2020 appeared first on NORML.

Survey: Most Americans Say Marijuana Possesses Less Abuse Potential Than Alcohol
Jan 12, 2021

Survey: Most Americans Say Marijuana Possesses Less Abuse Potential Than Alcohol

"The results show that the majority of U.S. consumers perceive cannabis (as CBD, hemp, marijuana, and THC) as having medical uses and view the potential for abuse of cannabis as less than for commonly prescribed medications and alcohol." The post Survey:

Governors Speak Out in Favor of Marijuana Legalization Nationwide
Jan 12, 2021

Governors Speak Out in Favor of Marijuana Legalization Nationwide

Here's a breakdown of which Governors and where are calling for the enactment of meaningful marijuana reform in 2021. The post Governors Speak Out in Favor of Marijuana Legalization Nationwide appeared first on NORML.

South Dakota: Republican Governor Officially Backing Litigation to Reject Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Initiative
Jan 11, 2021

South Dakota: Republican Governor Officially Backing Litigation to Reject Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Initiative

"Whether or not one supports marijuana legalization, Americans should be outraged at these overtly undemocratic tactics." The post South Dakota: Republican Governor Officially Backing Litigation to Reject Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Initiative a

New Jersey: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Imposing Civil Penalties for Underage Marijuana Use
Jan 08, 2021

New Jersey: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Imposing Civil Penalties for Underage Marijuana Use

A5211/S3320 would impose civil fines between $50-250 for those ages 18-20 who are in possession of up to six ounces of marijuana. The post New Jersey: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Imposing Civil Penalties for Underage Marijuana Use appeared first on NORM

Study: Marijuana Use Not Associated with Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Jan 08, 2021

Study: Marijuana Use Not Associated with Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

"Our study found that there is no link to marijuana use and an increase in cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, there may be a link between marijuana use and lowered risk of cardiovascular disease." The post Study: Marijuana Use Not Associated with Increa

California: No Uptick in Frequency of Marijuana Use by Young Adults Following Adult-Use Legalization
Jan 08, 2021

California: No Uptick in Frequency of Marijuana Use by Young Adults Following Adult-Use Legalization

"In examining marijuana use before and after legalization of recreational sales in California, we found that frequency of use did not change significantly overall, including following legalization." The post California: No Uptick in Frequency of Marijuana

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/8/21
Jan 08, 2021

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/8/21

Welcome to the first Weekly Legislative Roundup of 2021, on the NORML blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/8/21 appeared first on NORML.

Senate Power Shift and What It Means for the Prospects of Marijuana Policy Reform
Jan 06, 2021

Senate Power Shift and What It Means for the Prospects of Marijuana Policy Reform

Senator Schumer's ascension to Majority Leader will mark the first time in US history that the upper chamber is led by a Senator who is openly calling for cannabis legalization. The post Senate Power Shift and What It Means for the Prospects of Marijuana

Illinois: Governor Vacates Half a Million Past Marijuana Convictions
Jan 04, 2021

Illinois: Governor Vacates Half a Million Past Marijuana Convictions

"Statewide, Illinoisans hold hundreds of thousands of low-level cannabis-related records, a burden disproportionately shouldered by communities of color." The post Illinois: Governor Vacates Half a Million Past Marijuana Convictions appeared first on NORM

Montana: Adult-Use Legalization Law Takes Effect
Jan 01, 2021

Montana: Adult-Use Legalization Law Takes Effect

Adults may legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana and/or privately cultivate up to four mature cannabis plants. The post Montana: Adult-Use Legalization Law Takes Effect appeared first on NORML.

States to Watch in 2021: Texas
Dec 31, 2020

States to Watch in 2021: Texas

According to statewide polling data, 62 percent of Texas residents are in favor of legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana. The post States to Watch in 2021: Texas appeared first on NORML.

New Jersey: Governor Delays Signing Adult-Use Legalization Legislation
Dec 30, 2020

New Jersey: Governor Delays Signing Adult-Use Legalization Legislation

Gov. Murphy is calling for civil penalties for offenses involving use and possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by those under 21. The post New Jersey: Governor Delays Signing Adult-Use Legalization Legislation appeared first on NORML.

States to Watch in 2021: Kentucky
Dec 29, 2020

States to Watch in 2021: Kentucky

According to statewide polling data, 90 percent of Kentucky residents support regulating medical marijuana access. The post States to Watch in 2021: Kentucky appeared first on NORML.

States to Watch in 2021: Virginia
Dec 26, 2020

States to Watch in 2021: Virginia

According to statewide polling data, 61 percent of Virginia adults support "the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults." The post States to Watch in 2021: Virginia appeared first on NORML.

States to Watch in 2021: Rhode Island
Dec 23, 2020

States to Watch in 2021: Rhode Island

According to statewide polling data, 56 percent of likely voters say that the state should legalize recreational marijuana for those over the age of 21. The post States to Watch in 2021: Rhode Island appeared first on NORML.

Congressional Package Repeals Ban on Student Aid to Those with Past Drug Convictions
Dec 22, 2020

Congressional Package Repeals Ban on Student Aid to Those with Past Drug Convictions

Provisions in the package amend a 1998 federal law that mandated those applying for student aid to disclose if they ever had a drug-related conviction, and barred hundreds of thousands of applicants from receiving funding. The post Congressional Package R

2020 NORML Victories
Dec 21, 2020

2020 NORML Victories

Thanks to the tireless activism and support of NORML Supporters like you, the marijuana law reform movement experienced unprecedented successes and major victories in 2020 worth celebrating. The post 2020 NORML Victories appeared first on NORML.

States to Watch in 2021: South Carolina
Dec 21, 2020

States to Watch in 2021: South Carolina

According to statewide polling data, 72 percent of South Carolinians say they support legalizing the use of medical marijuana. The post States to Watch in 2021: South Carolina appeared first on NORML.

Study: Long-Term Cannabis Use Associated with Reduced Symptoms in Patients with Post-Traumatic Stress
Dec 18, 2020

Study: Long-Term Cannabis Use Associated with Reduced Symptoms in Patients with Post-Traumatic Stress

"This study provides evidence that the types of cannabis available in recreational and medical cannabis dispensaries might hold promise as an alternative treatment for PTSD. … This study's primary outcome supports the theory that cannabis should be [tes

States to Watch in 2021: New York
Dec 18, 2020

States to Watch in 2021: New York

According to a recent statewide survey, 60 percent of registered voters endorse legalizing marijuana. The post States to Watch in 2021: New York appeared first on NORML.

New Jersey: Lawmakers Approve Measures Implementing Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization
Dec 17, 2020

New Jersey: Lawmakers Approve Measures Implementing Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization

Going forward tens of thousands of otherwise law-abiding New Jerseyans will no longer be subject to arrest, incarceration, and a criminal record for their personal use of marijuana. The post New Jersey: Lawmakers Approve Measures Implementing Adult-Use Ma

Senate Passes Bill Authorizing Attorney General to Increase Number of Federally Licensed Cannabis Providers
Dec 16, 2020

Senate Passes Bill Authorizing Attorney General to Increase Number of Federally Licensed Cannabis Providers

For over five decades, federal regulators have only authorized a single licensee – the University of Mississippi – to cultivate cannabis plants for use in FDA-approved clinical studies. The post Senate Passes Bill Authorizing Attorney General to Incre

States to Watch in 2021: New Mexico
Dec 16, 2020

States to Watch in 2021: New Mexico

According to statewide polling data, 72 percent of New Mexico residents said they favor a proposal to legalize, tax, and regulate cannabis sales. The post States to Watch in 2021: New Mexico appeared first on NORML.

Record Number of Scientific Papers Published in 2020 About Cannabis
Dec 16, 2020

Record Number of Scientific Papers Published in 2020 About Cannabis

Since 2010, scientists have published over 23,000 peer-reviewed papers on cannabis, with the annual number of papers increasing every year. The post Record Number of Scientific Papers Published in 2020 About Cannabis appeared first on NORML.

Monitoring the Future Study: No Increase in Youth Marijuana Use Following Statewide Legalization
Dec 15, 2020

Monitoring the Future Study: No Increase in Youth Marijuana Use Following Statewide Legalization

Year-over-year, "the use of marijuana in all forms … by adolescents [nationwide] did not significantly change in any of the three grades [8th grade, 10th grade, and 12th grade] for lifetime use, past 12-month use, past 30-day use, [or] daily use." The p

States to Watch in 2021: Connecticut
Dec 14, 2020

States to Watch in 2021: Connecticut

According to statewide polling data, 63 percent of Connecticut residents support ending marijuana prohibition in the state. The post States to Watch in 2021: Connecticut appeared first on NORML.

Tell President-Elect Biden: It’s Time to Shut Down the Drug Czar’s Office
Dec 14, 2020

Tell President-Elect Biden: It’s Time to Shut Down the Drug Czar’s Office

The post Tell President-Elect Biden: It's Time to Shut Down the Drug Czar's Office appeared first on NORML.

House Passes Bipartisan Bill Facilitating Clinical Cannabis Research, Allowing Scientists to Access State-Approved Marijuana Products
Dec 09, 2020

House Passes Bipartisan Bill Facilitating Clinical Cannabis Research, Allowing Scientists to Access State-Approved Marijuana Products

"These common-sense regulatory changes are necessary and long overdue. The reality that most high-schoolers have easier access to cannabis than do our nation's top scientists is the height of absurdity and an indictment of the current system." The post Ho

Legalize It: The Path to Cannabis Equity in Virginia
Dec 08, 2020

Legalize It: The Path to Cannabis Equity in Virginia

Virginia NORML is thrilled to provide a direct line to the policymakers, researchers, and advocates who are championing cannabis policy reform in the Commonwealth, especially in light of the opportunities the 2021 Virginia General Assembly session present

Survey: Supermajority of Americans Support Expunging Marijuana-Related Convictions
Dec 08, 2020

Survey: Supermajority of Americans Support Expunging Marijuana-Related Convictions

Support is bipartisan, with majorities of Democrats (81 percent), Independents (69 percent), and Republicans (57 percent) endorsing the expungement of marijuana-related convictions. The post Survey: Supermajority of Americans Support Expunging Marijuana-R

House of Representatives to Vote on Legislation to Facilitate Clinical Research Studies Using State-Authorized Marijuana Products
Dec 07, 2020

House of Representatives to Vote on Legislation to Facilitate Clinical Research Studies Using State-Authorized Marijuana Products

"Legislative action is necessary in this arena because the DEA has proven time and time again that it is not an honest broker in this process." The post House of Representatives to Vote on Legislation to Facilitate Clinical Research Studies Using State-Au

New Jersey: Legislative Leaders Reach Consensus on Marijuana Legalization Plan
Dec 07, 2020

New Jersey: Legislative Leaders Reach Consensus on Marijuana Legalization Plan

"This legislation will accomplish our shared goals of delivering restorative justice and ensuring that the communities most impacted by the War on Drugs see the economic benefits of the adult-use cannabis market." The post New Jersey: Legislative Leaders

HISTORIC: House of Representatives Approves Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition
Dec 04, 2020

HISTORIC: House of Representatives Approves Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

The House of Representatives approved the MORE Act to end federal marijuana prohibition in an historic vote. The post HISTORIC: House of Representatives Approves Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition appeared first on NORML.

Tomorrow: Federal Marijuana Vote
Dec 03, 2020

Tomorrow: Federal Marijuana Vote

Tomorrow, members of the US House of Representatives are anticipated to take up the Marijuana Opportunity,… The post Tomorrow: Federal Marijuana Vote appeared first on NORML.

“No Evidence” that Adult-Use Marijuana Laws Influence Cannabis Use by Teens
Dec 02, 2020

“No Evidence” that Adult-Use Marijuana Laws Influence Cannabis Use by Teens

Authors "found no evidence that RML [recreational marijuana legalization] was associated with [an] increased likelihood or level of marijuana use among adolescents. Rather, among adolescents who reported any use of marijuana in the past month, the frequen

MORE Act Approved by House Rules Committee
Dec 02, 2020

MORE Act Approved by House Rules Committee

Members of the House Rules Committee have advanced the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, HR 3884, which removes marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act -- thereby eliminating the existing conflict between state

Arizona: Prop. 207 Legalization Measure Officially Takes Effect
Nov 30, 2020

Arizona: Prop. 207 Legalization Measure Officially Takes Effect

Provisions legalizing marijuana possession, use, and personal cultivation take immediate effect. The post Arizona: Prop. 207 Legalization Measure Officially Takes Effect appeared first on NORML.

House Leadership Announces Vote On MORE Act To End Marijuana Prohibition Will Take Place Next Week
Nov 27, 2020

House Leadership Announces Vote On MORE Act To End Marijuana Prohibition Will Take Place Next Week

House Leadership today posted notice for Congressional consideration of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, HR 3884, which ends the federal prohibition of cannabis. The MORE Act is scheduled for a floor vote next week. The

At NORML we’re thankful for legal marijuana – and you!
Nov 26, 2020

At NORML we’re thankful for legal marijuana – and you!

At NORML, as we gather around the table today, we're thankful for legalizing marijuana in four more states, but most importantly, we're thankful for you: our supporters. The post At NORML we're thankful for legal marijuana – and you! appeared first

North Dakota: Gov. Burgum Issues Additional Pardons for Low-Level Marijuana Offenses
Nov 25, 2020

North Dakota: Gov. Burgum Issues Additional Pardons for Low-Level Marijuana Offenses

State officials approved procedures in 2019 permitting those with low-level marijuana possession convictions to seek unconditional pardons. The post North Dakota: Gov. Burgum Issues Additional Pardons for Low-Level Marijuana Offenses appeared first on NOR

New Jersey: Attorney General Issues Directive Halting Low-Level Marijuana Prosecutions
Nov 25, 2020

New Jersey: Attorney General Issues Directive Halting Low-Level Marijuana Prosecutions

"Fairness demands that we suspend prosecution of marijuana possession-related cases while we await direction from the Legislature on the parameters for decriminalization of marijuana and legalization of regulated adult-use cannabis." The post New Jersey:

Which States Are Poised to Advance Marijuana Legalization Reforms in 2021?
Nov 24, 2020

Which States Are Poised to Advance Marijuana Legalization Reforms in 2021?

Of the 15 states that have now enacted adult-use legalization, 13 have done so by voter initiative. Many states, however, do not offer a citizens' initiative option -- meaning that the only way to enact substantive marijuana reform is through the legislat

Opponents File Lawsuits in Multiple States Seeking to Overturn Legalization Initiative Results
Nov 23, 2020

Opponents File Lawsuits in Multiple States Seeking to Overturn Legalization Initiative Results

"Whether or not one supports marijuana legalization, Americans should be outraged at these overtly undemocratic tactics." The post Opponents File Lawsuits in Multiple States Seeking to Overturn Legalization Initiative Results appeared first on NORML.

Federal Report: Marijuana Treatment Admissions Among Youth Decline Sharply in Legalization States
Nov 20, 2020

Federal Report: Marijuana Treatment Admissions Among Youth Decline Sharply in Legalization States

"Adolescent treatment admissions for marijuana declined in most of states. The mean annual admissions rate for all states declined over the study period by nearly half." The post Federal Report: Marijuana Treatment Admissions Among Youth Decline Sharply i

North Carolina: Governor’s Task Force Recommends Liberalizing State’s Marijuana Penalties
Nov 18, 2020

North Carolina: Governor’s Task Force Recommends Liberalizing State’s Marijuana Penalties

"it is time for North Carolina to start having real conversations about a safe, measured, public health approach to potentially legalizing marijuana." The post North Carolina: Governor’s Task Force Recommends Liberalizing State’s Marijuana Pen

Going Global: Legalization on the Move in Israel and Mexico
Nov 16, 2020

Going Global: Legalization on the Move in Israel and Mexico

After a clean sweep of victories in the 2020 election in the United States, it looks like marijuana legalization is about to make big inroads across the globe as well with Mexico and Israel advancing towards ending prohibition. The post Going Global: Lega

New Jersey: Senate Lawmakers Approve Legislation to End Low-Level Marijuana Arrests
Nov 16, 2020

New Jersey: Senate Lawmakers Approve Legislation to End Low-Level Marijuana Arrests

A1897 / S2535 would remove penalties for the possession of up to six ounces of marijuana and the distribution of up to one ounce. The post New Jersey: Senate Lawmakers Approve Legislation to End Low-Level Marijuana Arrests appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: Governor Says “The Time Has Come to Legalize Marijuana”
Nov 16, 2020

Virginia: Governor Says “The Time Has Come to Legalize Marijuana”

"Governor Northam has always been thoughtful in his approach to cannabis policy. We look forward to continuing our work with the administration and the legislature to 'get this right." The post Virginia: Governor Says “The Time Has Come to Legalize

Tell Biden: We Demand a Pro-Marijuana Reform Attorney General
Nov 12, 2020

Tell Biden: We Demand a Pro-Marijuana Reform Attorney General

As America prepares for a shift in leadership, the incoming Administration's pick for Attorney General will likely be one of the most consequential signals as to how the Biden-Harris Presidency will address marijuana policy reform. So we're sending Presid

Virginia: Legislation Barring Police from Using Marijuana Odor to Stop or Search Takes Effect Early 2021
Nov 10, 2020

Virginia: Legislation Barring Police from Using Marijuana Odor to Stop or Search Takes Effect Early 2021

This is another victory for commonsense marijuana law reform in Virginia. The post Virginia: Legislation Barring Police from Using Marijuana Odor to Stop or Search Takes Effect Early 2021 appeared first on NORML.

Gallup: Record Percentage of Americans Say “Marijuana Should Be Made Legal”
Nov 09, 2020

Gallup: Record Percentage of Americans Say “Marijuana Should Be Made Legal”

Sixty-eight percent of respondents endorse legalization -- the highest percentage of support ever reported in a national Gallup poll. The post Gallup: Record Percentage of Americans Say “Marijuana Should Be Made Legal” appeared first on NORML

New Jersey Lawmakers Vote to Advance Legislation to Implement Marijuana Legalization
Nov 09, 2020

New Jersey Lawmakers Vote to Advance Legislation to Implement Marijuana Legalization

Companion bills A21 / S21 would allow adults 21 and older to legally possess and purchase up to one ounce of marijuana. The post New Jersey Lawmakers Vote to Advance Legislation to Implement Marijuana Legalization appeared first on NORML.

2020 Ballot Initiative Effective Dates
Nov 06, 2020

2020 Ballot Initiative Effective Dates

Find out when each ballot initiative goes into effect, with regard to new possession penalties, application and licensing processes, and other relevant dates. The post 2020 Ballot Initiative Effective Dates appeared first on NORML.

A Founder Looks at 50: Following Our Big Election Day Victories, It’s Time to Look Forward to 2021
Nov 06, 2020

A Founder Looks at 50: Following Our Big Election Day Victories, It’s Time to Look Forward to 2021

Ironically, the marijuana legalization issue, which was a "hot button" political issue for decades, the discussion of which could almost be guaranteed to destroy a Thanksgiving dinner with extended family, may now become fertile common ground wher

The Clear Winner of Election 2020: Marijuana
Nov 04, 2020

The Clear Winner of Election 2020: Marijuana

While other results of the election remain hazy, the clear winner on November 3 was marijuana. The post The Clear Winner of Election 2020: Marijuana appeared first on NORML.

Mississippi Voters Approve Medical Marijuana
Nov 03, 2020

Mississippi Voters Approve Medical Marijuana

A majority of voters in Mississippi voted to approve Initiative 65, which provides for a state-regulated marijuana access system for qualified patients. The post Mississippi Voters Approve Medical Marijuana appeared first on NORML.

South Dakota Votes Overwhelmingly to Approve Medical Marijuana
Nov 03, 2020

South Dakota Votes Overwhelmingly to Approve Medical Marijuana

South Dakotans have overwhelmingly approved Measure 26, which legalizes the medical use of cannabis by authorized patients. The post South Dakota Votes Overwhelmingly to Approve Medical Marijuana appeared first on NORML.

South Dakotans Green-Light Marijuana Legalization and Medical Access
Nov 03, 2020

South Dakotans Green-Light Marijuana Legalization and Medical Access

South Dakotans have delivered a crippling blow to those who favored the status quo of marijuana prohibition in the Mount Rushmore State by simultaneously passing a pair of ballot initiatives. The post South Dakotans Green-Light Marijuana Legalization and

Montanans Vote YES on Marijuana Legalization
Nov 03, 2020

Montanans Vote YES on Marijuana Legalization

Voters in Montana have passed Initiative 190, which allows for the use, production and sale of marijuana by adults. Voters additionally passed Constitutional Initiative 118, which limits marijuana use to those ages 21 or older. The post Montanans Vote YES

Marijuana Legalization Poised to Win Big on Election Day 2020
Nov 03, 2020

Marijuana Legalization Poised to Win Big on Election Day 2020

Early polling projects that one of the big winners will be marijuana legalization The post Marijuana Legalization Poised to Win Big on Election Day 2020 appeared first on NORML.

NORML Election Night LIVE RESULTS
Nov 02, 2020

NORML Election Night LIVE RESULTS

Live election results from NORML The post NORML Election Night LIVE RESULTS appeared first on NORML.

Clinical Trial: Plant-Derived Cannabis Oil Effective for Patients with Fibromyalgia
Oct 30, 2020

Clinical Trial: Plant-Derived Cannabis Oil Effective for Patients with Fibromyalgia

"We conclude that phytocannabinoids can be a low-cost and well-tolerated therapy for symptom relief and quality of life improvement in these patients." The post Clinical Trial: Plant-Derived Cannabis Oil Effective for Patients with Fibromyalgia appeared f

Montana: Latest Poll Shows Rise in Support for Legalization Ballot Measure
Oct 29, 2020

Montana: Latest Poll Shows Rise in Support for Legalization Ballot Measure

According to the poll, which surveyed voters last week, 54 percent of respondents endorse the measure and 38 percent oppose it. That is an uptick in support since pollsters last surveyed voters earlier this month, when only a plurality of respondents (49

Study: Past-Year Marijuana Use Not Associated with Elevated Risk of Workplace Injury
Oct 29, 2020

Study: Past-Year Marijuana Use Not Associated with Elevated Risk of Workplace Injury

"We found that workers reporting using cannabis more than once in the past year were no more likely to report having experienced a work-related injury over the same time period in a large cohort of the Canadian working population." The post Study: Past-Ye

Minority Leader Pledges to Advance Marijuana Descheduling Legislation if Democrats Take Control of the U.S. Senate
Oct 28, 2020

Minority Leader Pledges to Advance Marijuana Descheduling Legislation if Democrats Take Control of the U.S. Senate

"My commitment is that if I am leader [of the US Senate], I am going to do everything I can to put the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act on the floor of the Senate. The odds are very high it will pass." The post Minority Leader Pledges to Advance Mari

Days Before Election Day, Polls Show Strong Support for Marijuana Ballot Initiatives
Oct 28, 2020

Days Before Election Day, Polls Show Strong Support for Marijuana Ballot Initiatives

Voters in five states: Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota will decide this Election Day on state wide ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for either adult-use or medical purposes. According to the latest available polls, eac

South Dakota: Oglala Sioux Enacts Ordinance Legalizing Marijuana Use on Tribal Lands
Oct 28, 2020

South Dakota: Oglala Sioux Enacts Ordinance Legalizing Marijuana Use on Tribal Lands

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is the first Native American tribe to move forward to legalize marijuana use in a state that has yet to similarly regulate it. The post South Dakota: Oglala Sioux Enacts Ordinance Legalizing Marijuana Use on Tribal Lands appeared fi

Virginia NORML Calls for Legalization to Protect Marijuana Consumers from Potentially Tainted Products
Oct 27, 2020

Virginia NORML Calls for Legalization to Protect Marijuana Consumers from Potentially Tainted Products

Virginia NORML today reiterated its call that state lawmakers expeditiously move forward in 2021 with legislation legalizing and regulating the adult-use marijuana market. The post Virginia NORML Calls for Legalization to Protect Marijuana Consumers from

South Dakota: Latest Polling Shows Medical Initiative Likely to Pass, Adult-Use Amendment in Tight Race
Oct 26, 2020

South Dakota: Latest Polling Shows Medical Initiative Likely to Pass, Adult-Use Amendment in Tight Race

Among South Dakota Democrats, 73 percent expressed their intent to vote 'yes' for Amendment A, as do 58 percent of Independents. By contrast, only 34 percent of Republicans back the amendment. The post South Dakota: Latest Polling Shows Medical Initiativ

Study: Seniors Report Using Cannabis Products to Mitigate Symptoms Associated with Older Age
Oct 26, 2020

Study: Seniors Report Using Cannabis Products to Mitigate Symptoms Associated with Older Age

"Most older adults in the sample initiated [their] cannabis use after the age of 60 years and used it primarily for medical purposes to treat pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety, and/or depression." The post Study: Seniors Report Using Cannabis Products to M

Nevada: The Candidates to Watch this Election
Oct 23, 2020

Nevada: The Candidates to Watch this Election

Elections are happening across the nation on both the federal and state level that could have significant impacts on cannabis policy. The post Nevada: The Candidates to Watch this Election appeared first on NORML.

Missouri: Licensed Medical Cannabis Retailers Now Open for Business
Oct 19, 2020

Missouri: Licensed Medical Cannabis Retailers Now Open for Business

State regulators have licensed 192 retailers thus far, with the first of those opening for business on Saturday. The post Missouri: Licensed Medical Cannabis Retailers Now Open for Business appeared first on NORML.

A Founder Looks at 50: Important New Gains Expected on November 3
Oct 16, 2020

A Founder Looks at 50: Important New Gains Expected on November 3

It is a good time to be alive if you are a marijuana smoker and it’s only going to get better! The post A Founder Looks at 50: Important New Gains Expected on November 3 appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: Medical Cannabis Dispensing Begins
Oct 16, 2020

Virginia: Medical Cannabis Dispensing Begins

"This day could not come soon enough. Virginia NORML has been on the front lines of this effort every step of the way, and I’m so proud of our members’ tireless work to make this a reality." The post Virginia: Medical Cannabis Dispensing Begins appear

Study: Subjects Report Reduced Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Following Cannabis Inhalation
Oct 15, 2020

Study: Subjects Report Reduced Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Following Cannabis Inhalation

"Using a large dataset of medical cannabis users self-medicating for symptoms of OCD, we found that for the vast majority of cannabis use sessions individuals reported reductions in intrusions, compulsions, and anxiety." The post Study: Subjects Report Re

Arizona: Majority of Likely Voters Back Legalization Measure, But Support Lags Among Republicans
Oct 15, 2020

Arizona: Majority of Likely Voters Back Legalization Measure, But Support Lags Among Republicans

Overall, the poll reports that 55 percent of likely Arizona voters support Proposition 207: The Smart & Safe Arizona Act. The post Arizona: Majority of Likely Voters Back Legalization Measure, But Support Lags Among Republicans appeared first on NOR

Michigan: Gov. Whitmer Signs Marijuana Expungement Legislation Into Law
Oct 14, 2020

Michigan: Gov. Whitmer Signs Marijuana Expungement Legislation Into Law

"Thousands of citizens unduly carry the undue burden and stigmatization of a past conviction for behavior that is no longer considered to be a crime. Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that officials move swiftly to right the past

Montana: Support For Legalization Ballot Measures Strong Among Democrats, Independents — Weak Among Republicans
Oct 14, 2020

Montana: Support For Legalization Ballot Measures Strong Among Democrats, Independents — Weak Among Republicans

According to the poll of nearly 1,800 registered voters, 70 percent of Democrats back the ballot proposals, as do 59 percent of Independents. By contrast, only 27 percent of Republicans say that they intend to vote 'yes' on the ballot questions. The post

SCOTUS Declines to Hear Appellate Challenge to Federal Cannabis Prohibition
Oct 13, 2020

SCOTUS Declines to Hear Appellate Challenge to Federal Cannabis Prohibition

“This result is not altogether surprising. It is Congress that imposed the federal prohibition of marijuana and ultimately it is up to Congress to repeal this destructive and discriminatory policy.” The post SCOTUS Declines to Hear Appellate Challenge

New Zealand: Voters to Decide Saturday on Nationwide Marijuana Legalization Referendum
Oct 12, 2020

New Zealand: Voters to Decide Saturday on Nationwide Marijuana Legalization Referendum

If passed by voters, New Zealand will become only the third country – following Canada and Uruguay – to legalize adult-use cannabis sales nationwide. The post New Zealand: Voters to Decide Saturday on Nationwide Marijuana Legalization Referendum appea

A Founder Looks at 50: Marijuana Policy and the 2020 Elections
Oct 09, 2020

A Founder Looks at 50: Marijuana Policy and the 2020 Elections

As we approach the 2020 Presidential election, it is fair to ask what this election means to marijuana consumers. Will the outcome of this Presidential election impact marijuana policy moving forward; and if so, in what way? Elections have consequences, a

South Dakota: Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Voices Support for Statewide Legalization Initiatives
Oct 09, 2020

South Dakota: Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Voices Support for Statewide Legalization Initiatives

"I did not advocate for legal marijuana while I served in the Senate but, like many other Americans, my viewpoint has vastly evolved in recent years." The post South Dakota: Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Voices Support for Statewide Legalization Init

Mississippi: A guide to filling out your ballot this election
Oct 08, 2020

Mississippi: A guide to filling out your ballot this election

Here’s how it goes: first, you must fill in the bubble to “vote for approval of either.” Then, under the header “vote for one,” fill in the bubble in support of Measure No. 65. The post Mississippi: A guide to filling out your ballot this electi

New Jersey: #TurnthePage
Oct 08, 2020

New Jersey: #TurnthePage

Question 1 appears on the back of the ballot. So, as we turn the page on marijuana prohibition this November, please remember to (quite literally) turn the page on your mail-in ballot! The post New Jersey: #TurnthePage appeared first on NORML.

Maine: Adult Use Marijuana Sales to Begin on Friday
Oct 08, 2020

Maine: Adult Use Marijuana Sales to Begin on Friday

Maine voters initially approved the legalization of cannabis sales in November 2016 by passing a statewide initiative, but lawmakers – led by former Republican Gov. Paul LePage – repeatedly took steps to delay the law’s implementation. The post Main

Vermont Becomes Eleventh State to Legalize Adult-Use Marijuana Sales
Oct 07, 2020

Vermont Becomes Eleventh State to Legalize Adult-Use Marijuana Sales

"This is a victory for those who wish to disrupt the illicit marketplace and move forward with an above-ground, regulated cannabis marketplace.” The post Vermont Becomes Eleventh State to Legalize Adult-Use Marijuana Sales appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: Legislation Bars Police from Using Marijuana Odor as a Pretext for a Search
Oct 05, 2020

Virginia: Legislation Bars Police from Using Marijuana Odor as a Pretext for a Search

The bills' language states, “no law-enforcement officer may lawfully search or seize any person, place, or thing solely on the basis of the odor of marijuana." The post Virginia: Legislation Bars Police from Using Marijuana Odor as a Pretext for a Searc

NORML 2020 Conference: Celebrating 50 Years of Activism
Oct 05, 2020

NORML 2020 Conference: Celebrating 50 Years of Activism

Register now for the NORML 2020 Conference, streaming October 22-23 from 12-5PM EDT The post NORML 2020 Conference: Celebrating 50 Years of Activism appeared first on NORML.

Arizona: State’s Largest Newspaper Opines in Favor of Prop. 207: The Smart & Safe Arizona Act
Oct 05, 2020

Arizona: State’s Largest Newspaper Opines in Favor of Prop. 207: The Smart & Safe Arizona Act

Calling the criminalization of cannabis in Arizona “a historic wrong,” editors opined: "We need to ... decriminalize marijuana use and put the responsibility back on individuals to choose wisely when it comes to low-grade substances such as marijuana

NORML Provides Voter Resources for National Voter Education Week
Oct 05, 2020

NORML Provides Voter Resources for National Voter Education Week

This will be an exciting week of action, that will build voter confidence and empower them to become ambassadors of voting in their own communities. The post NORML Provides Voter Resources for National Voter Education Week appeared first on NORML.

Five Times Marijuana Contributed to the Banning of a Book
Oct 02, 2020

Five Times Marijuana Contributed to the Banning of a Book

In honor of Banned Books Week, here are five times that marijuana earned a book its spot on that list! The post Five Times Marijuana Contributed to the Banning of a Book appeared first on NORML.

A Founder Looks at 50: Spotlighting Some of the NORML Freedom Fighters Who Have Challenged Prohibition for Decades
Oct 02, 2020

A Founder Looks at 50: Spotlighting Some of the NORML Freedom Fighters Who Have Challenged Prohibition for Decades

This long slow trudge to overcome the misinformation and exaggerated fears about marijuana smoking, and to convert citizens from prohibitionists to legalizers, did not happen on its own. It was the result of the effective public advocacy and lobbying effo

FBI: Marijuana Arrests Decline Year-Over-Year, But Still Outpace Arrests for All Violent Crimes
Oct 01, 2020

FBI: Marijuana Arrests Decline Year-Over-Year, But Still Outpace Arrests for All Violent Crimes

"At a time when the overwhelming majority of Americans want cannabis to be legal and regulated, it is an outrage that many police departments across the country continue to waste tax dollars and limited law enforcement resources on arresting otherwise

Colorado: Governor Polis Pardons Thousands with Past Marijuana Convictions
Oct 01, 2020

Colorado: Governor Polis Pardons Thousands with Past Marijuana Convictions

The move comes after Gov. Polis signed separate legislation into law earlier this year granting him the expanded authority to issue such pardons, which took effect this month. The post Colorado: Governor Polis Pardons Thousands with Past Marijuana Convict

Study: Nearly Thirty Percent of Women Report Having Used Cannabis for Menopause Symptoms
Sep 29, 2020

Study: Nearly Thirty Percent of Women Report Having Used Cannabis for Menopause Symptoms

“Current or ever use of cannabis for menopause symptom management was reported by 27 percent of all participants, while an additional 10 percent expressed interest in future use." The post Study: Nearly Thirty Percent of Women Report Having Used Cannabi

Democrats’ Latest COVID Relief Package Includes Marijuana Banking Provisions
Sep 28, 2020

Democrats’ Latest COVID Relief Package Includes Marijuana Banking Provisions

The latest COVID stimulus package proposed by House leadership maintains provisions permitting licensed cannabis businesses… The post Democrats’ Latest COVID Relief Package Includes Marijuana Banking Provisions appeared first on NORML.

A Monumental May for Nevada NORML
Jun 09, 2020

A Monumental May for Nevada NORML

Even in the continually uncertain world that Nevadans find themselves in, Nevada NORML is continuing to advocate for cannabis reform despite the strange corona-world of 2020.

NORML Letter to NIDA: Prohibition Must Be Recognized as More Damaging than Marijuana Itself
Jun 08, 2020

NORML Letter to NIDA: Prohibition Must Be Recognized as More Damaging than Marijuana Itself

NORML leadership today sent an open letter to Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), asking her to recognize the detrimental impact that racially-discriminatory marijuana law enforcement has had on the public hea

A Founder Looks at 50: Attorney Gerry Goldstein and the Early Years of NORML
Jun 05, 2020

A Founder Looks at 50: Attorney Gerry Goldstein and the Early Years of NORML

Few people contributed more to NORML and our efforts to assist the victims of marijuana prohibition during our early years than Gerry Goldstein.

New York NORML Chapters: In Memory of George Floyd
Jun 04, 2020

New York NORML Chapters: In Memory of George Floyd

On the anniversary of the loss of our former colleague, activist and friend, Doug Greene - NYC NORML, Empire State NORML, Long Island NORML, & Roc NORML feels it is important to address the recent events and Developments following the death of George

DEA Assisting “to the Maximum Extent Possible” in the Federal Law Enforcement Response to Nationwide Protests — NORML Responds
Jun 03, 2020

DEA Assisting “to the Maximum Extent Possible” in the Federal Law Enforcement Response to Nationwide Protests — NORML Responds

As first reported by Buzzfeed News, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is expanding its law enforcement powers so that it can better assist “to the maximum extent possible in the federal law enforcement response” to the wave of ongoing,

Virginia: Marijuana Arrests Decline Year-Over-Year
Jun 01, 2020

Virginia: Marijuana Arrests Decline Year-Over-Year

“It is a positive sign that after years of heightened enforcement, we’re now seeing a downward trend in marijuana-related arrests in Virginia. Following the enactment of decriminalization on July 1, we expect to see an even more drastic reduction in t

Louisiana: Bills Facilitating Expanded Cannabis Access Sent to Governor’s Desk
Jun 01, 2020

Louisiana: Bills Facilitating Expanded Cannabis Access Sent to Governor’s Desk

"Just as doctors are entrusted to make decisions with regard to the supervised use of opioids and other medicines – many of which pose far greater risks to patients than cannabis – the law should provide doctors with similar flexibility when it comes

Marijuana Legalization and the Fight for Racial Justice
Jun 01, 2020

Marijuana Legalization and the Fight for Racial Justice

As the events of the past few days have unfolded, it is clear that America is in the midst of a long overdue reckoning with itself. Since 1619, when the first ships arrived on the coast of Virginia with enslaved Africans in chains, our country has long ha

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