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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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