Workplace injuries are common. From tiny paper cuts to serious falls, these injuries happen every day and can incur thousands of dollars in medical care, depending on the seriousness of the damage. In addition to financial strain, workplace...
"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
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
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.
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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 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
"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
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
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
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
House Bill 4295 removes the ban on those with previous felony and misdemeanor marijuana convictions from participating in the legal medical marijuana industry.
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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
"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.
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"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."
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"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."
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"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."
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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."
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
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.
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Goucher polling dating back to 2015 has consistently reported that the majority of Marylanders endorse cannabis legalization.
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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
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
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.
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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."
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It's been weeks since the initial request, and the governor continues to stall.
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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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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.
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Regulations for home cultivation by registered medical cannabis patients still have not been established.
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Brookside, Dillonvale, Laurelville, Martins Ferry, McArthur, Morristown, Mount Pleasant, Murray City, New Lexington, New Straitsville, Powhatan Point, Rayland, Tiltonsville and Yorkville.
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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."
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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.
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
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.
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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
"This is a simple, yet critical, move that will provide relief, compassion and dignity to terminally-ill Californians."
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If the Governor agrees to convene a special session, it would likely begin on Friday October 1.
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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.
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The MORE Act, which repeals federal marijuana criminalization, is set to be voted on by members of the powerful House Judiciary Committee NEXT WEEK.
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Certain government positions would be excluded from the protections under this law.
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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."
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Over 54,000 Connecticut residents are currently registered to possess and and access medical cannabis
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House Bill 241 allows law enforcement to refer a juvenile to counseling, treatment, or other appropriate intervention services in lieu of a monetary fine.
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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
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.
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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.
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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:
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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.
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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.
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."
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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.
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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
"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.
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
"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."
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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
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.
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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.
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"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,
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.
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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.
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The analysis finds that there has been "no marked increase in cannabis youth by use" in the three-year period following legalization.
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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
A local ordinance was approved by The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council, legalizing medical cannabis within the Qualla Boundary.
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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.
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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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Researchers concluded, "We see no evidence that liberalized cannabis policies are directly associated with increased smoking behaviors among young adults."
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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."
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."
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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.
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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
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.
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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."
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These are the first of up to 360,000 cases and convictions that are eligible for vacation, dismissal and automatic expungement.
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"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.
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
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
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
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.
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"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."
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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
"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.
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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.
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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.
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In the proposed FY22 Financial Services and General Government spending bill, which includes provisions relating…
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The measure allows patients to purchase up to two and a half ounces of medical cannabis flower per 14 day period.
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"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."
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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.
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"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
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.
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"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
The suit claimed that the initiative language was unconstitutional because it earmarked a portion of tax revenues from retail marijuana sales.
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Ninety-two percent of those surveyed favored either partially or fully legalizing marijuana. Only eight percent of respondents opposed legalization.
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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.
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Researchers concluded, "[W]e found no predominant pattern suggesting that behaviors and attitudes were more tolerant in states with liberal marijuana policies."
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"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.
"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
"These changes will help to establish a fair and diverse marketplace that reflects Vermont's values and priorities."
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Assembly Bill 341 allows adults 21 and older to purchase and consume adult-use cannabis products on-site at any licensed "cannabis consumption lounge."
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While there would be no possibility of jail time under the bill, these offenses would still be classified as misdemeanors.
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"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."
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The measure makes numerous changes to the state's medical program -- several of which may hamper patients' access to medical cannabis products.
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"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."
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The measure expands the list of qualifying medical conditions, which previously only included those with intractable epilepsy.
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Medical cannabis expansion legislation is on its way to the governor's desk, and other updates from the 2021 legislative session.
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Assembly Bill 341 would regulate two different types of establishments, both defined as "cannabis consumption lounges."
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The bill seeks to increase diversity in the marijuana industry by awarding new dispensary licenses.
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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.
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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.
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The new law will take effect once regulations are established, in which regulators have until March 1, 2022.
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Under the new law, patients with insomnia and/or autism spectrum disorder are eligible to obtain medical cannabis access.
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"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
House Bill 652 reduces the penalty for the possession of up to 14 grams of marijuana to a $100 fine only.
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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.
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"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
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.
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Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed legislation into law late Wednesday amending the state's 2020 voter-approved adult-use legalization law.
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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.
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A bicameral conference committee approved the policy change as part of a broader omnibus bill related to healthcare.
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"The most vulnerable Mississippians will continue to be denied safe access to a therapy that could offer them significant relief from severely debilitating conditions."
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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.
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"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."
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"It's time for Minnesota to become a leader in the midwest when it comes to sensible marijuana policy."
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While there would be no possibility of jail time under the bill, these offenses would still be classified as a misdemeanor.
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State regulators are expected in the coming months to award licenses to eligible applicants to begin cultivating cannabis and manufacturing oil extract products.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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"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."
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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
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).
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House lawmakers approved two bills so far, with a third anticipated later this week.
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"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."
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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.
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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.
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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
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
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"
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"Today, together, we celebrate an extraordinary victory for cannabis justice in the Commonwealth."
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"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
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
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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.
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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.
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"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."
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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.
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"Whether or not one supports marijuana legalization, Americans should be outraged at these overtly undemocratic tactics, and the Court should reject them."
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"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 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."
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Locals in Delaware are tangling with corporate, multi-state medical marijuana permit holders to pass a bill for full legalization.
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"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 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.
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.
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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
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
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
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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
Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has signed House Bill 1862 into law, which provides employment protections for state-registered medical cannabis patients.
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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.
"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
"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
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
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).
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Black people make up 12 percent of the population but 32 percent of marijuana arrests.
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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
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
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.
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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.
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
in a bipartisan 70-30 vote, members of the US Senate approved Merrick Garland to be the next Attorney General of the United States.
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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,
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
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.
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"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
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
In the recently published questions for the record (QFRs) to Judge Merrick Garland from members…
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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
The advancement of this legislation is another historic step for cannabis justice in Virginia. The bills now head to the Governor.
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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
"[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
House Bill 1100, which is backed by Governor Noem and other legislative leaders, pushes back the timeline from this summer until early 2022.
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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.
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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 sends bills to Governor Northam to approve dispensing of herbal medical cannabis
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"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
"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
Despite the enactment of adult use legalization with parental protections in place, consumers are still facing discrimination for legal marijuana use in court.
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"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."
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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
"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
Here's a summary of progressing marijuana legalization efforts thus far and where they stand in key states across the country.
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"This study demonstrates that treatment with THC-rich cannabis in patients with mild to moderate UC is associated with clinical improvement."
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"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
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
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
"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-
"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."
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"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
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
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.
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
"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."
"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."
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
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"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
"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
"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
"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."
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"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
"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
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.
"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
"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.
"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."
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Here's a breakdown of which Governors and where are calling for the enactment of meaningful marijuana reform in 2021.
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"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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
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.
According to statewide polling data, 61 percent of Virginia adults support "the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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"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
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
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
According to statewide polling data, 72 percent of New Mexico residents said they favor a proposal to legalize, tax, and regulate cannabis sales.
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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.
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."
"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."
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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
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
"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
"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
The House of Representatives approved the MORE Act to end federal marijuana prohibition in an historic vote.
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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
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
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.
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.
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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
"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."
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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
"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.
"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
"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
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.
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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.
"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
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
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.
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
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.
Find out when each ballot initiative goes into effect, with regard to new possession penalties, application and licensing processes, and other relevant dates.
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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
A majority of voters in Mississippi voted to approve Initiative 65, which provides for a state-regulated marijuana access system for qualified patients.
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South Dakotans have overwhelmingly approved Measure 26, which legalizes the medical use of cannabis by authorized patients.
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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
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.
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"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
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
"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
"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
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
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 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
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
"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
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.
State regulators have licensed 192 retailers thus far, with the first of those opening for business on Saturday.
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"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
"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
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
"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
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.
“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.”
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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
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
"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
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
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!
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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.
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"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.
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
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
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.
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
"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
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
“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
The latest COVID stimulus package proposed by House leadership maintains provisions permitting licensed cannabis businesses…
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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
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
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,
“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
"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
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