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Hemp History

Weekly Legislative Roundup 12/7/18

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup! At the state level, certain provisions of Michigan’s voter approved legalization measure specific to the adult possession and cultivation of cannabis took effect on Thursday. Missouri’s voter-approved medical marijuana measure also took effect on Thursday. Iowa’s first medical cannabis dispensary, MedPharm, opened on Saturday. And Alzheimer’s … Continue reading »

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A NORML Statement on William Barr as Attorney General Nominee

Washington, DC: Today, President Trump announced his intention to nominate former Attorney General William Barr to be considered by the Senate to replace former Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. “With every move by the Department of Justice facing intense public scrutiny, maintaining Jeff Sessions’ policy of reefer madness would be self-defeating,” said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. … Continue reading »

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Michigan: Marijuana Possession Becomes Legal This Thursday

Key provisions of the state’s voter-initiated marijuana measure, Proposition 1: The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, will take effect this Thursday, December 6. Michigan is the tenth US state to legalize and regulate the use and sale of marijuana by adults, and it is the ninth to do so via voter initiative. “The … Continue reading »

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Utah: Lawmakers Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Marijuana Law

Lawmakers voted in a special legislative session on Monday to replace the state’s voter-initiated medical cannabis access program. The former law, Proposition 2: The Utah Medical Cannabis Act – was approved by 53 percent of voters on November 6. NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri criticized lawmakers’ decision. “Lawmakers should have respected the will of the … Continue reading »

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NORML Chapter Newsletter

Everyday NORML Chapters from around the country invest countless hours in advocating for meaningful marijuana law reforms on the local, state and federal level! Below is a brief rundown of some of their most recent accomplishments. Members of  NORML Chapters in Missouri Host Community Discussion About Amendment 2 “MU NORML, the Mizzou chapter of the … Continue reading »

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Weekly Legislative Roundup 11/30/18

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup! U.S. House and Senate lawmakers this week have agreed on final language for the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes provisions lifting the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. These provisions amend federal regulations to further expand and facilitate state-licensed hemp production, research, and commerce. The language also … Continue reading »

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Reconciled Farm Bill Includes Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban

Washington, DC: House and Senate lawmakers have agreed to a reconciled version of H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill), which includes provisions lifting the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. “For the first time in nearly a hundred years, commercial hemp production will no longer be federally prohibited in the … Continue reading »

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Growing Change on Giving Tuesday

Today’s the day to give! We need your help to raise $ 25,000 that will make advancing common-sense federal marijuana legislation in 2019 possible. The best referral we can get is from supporters like you. In addition to your donation today, could you also post this on your social pages? As the day goes on, … Continue reading »

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Utah: Make Your Voice Heard; Make Your Vote Count

Lawmakers are planning to convene a special session beginning on Monday, December 3 to debate replacing Proposition 2: The Utah Medical Cannabis Act. Yet, the reason a majority of Utah voters decided in favor of Prop. 2 was precisely because many of these same lawmakers, year after year, failed to adequately address this issue in … Continue reading »

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A #GivingTuesday Message from NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri

Thanks to all the work we have done together, our issue of ending marijuana prohibition is no longer a regional one confined to deep blue states on the West Coast or the Northeast, we have gone nationwide. Voters increasingly agree with us that legalization is an important issue of civil liberties, personal freedom, racial justice, … Continue reading »

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