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Hemp History

ACLU Pennsylvania: Blacks Eight Times More Likely Than Whites To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession

African Americans in Pennsylvania are over eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU Pennsylvania report reviewed arrest data for all 67 counties from 2010 to 2016. Excluding Philadelphia, which decriminalized cannabis possession … Continue reading »

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Study: Colorado’s Adult Use Cannabis Access Law Associated With Reductions In Opioid Deaths

Retail cannabis distribution in Colorado is associated with a reduction in opioid-related mortality, according to data published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Public Health. A team of investigators from the University of North Texas School of Public Health, the University of Florida, and Emory University compared changed in the prevalence of … Continue reading »

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Congressman Earl Blumenauer: Medical Cannabis Is Safer Than Opioids

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) speaking at a NORML Conference On Wednesday, October 11th, Congressional Cannabis Caucus Co-Chair Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) testified before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health on how to deal with the opioid crisis in America. In his testimony, the Congressman makes the case for medical cannabis as a safer alternative … Continue reading »

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Eric Holder: Attorney General Sessions “Almost Obsessed With Marijuana”

Former Attorney General Eric Holder Photo by Ryan Johnson In recent remarks at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about current Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ views on marijuana, saying “The Sessions almost obsession with marijuana I think is the thing that’s put the Justice Department in this … Continue reading »

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NORML Weighs In For Personal Cultivation Rights In Washington State

On Wednesday, NORML and Washington NORML both submitted public comment to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) in support of the regulatory body drafting model legislation to allow the lawful home cultivation of marijuana for personal use. You can review the comprehensive assessment and recommendations made by Washington NORML’s Legislative Associate Bailey Hirschburg and … Continue reading »

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VA Secretary Shulkin Still Hasn’t Responded to The American Legion’s Call for Marijuana Research

The American Legion has been calling on the federal government for over a year – specifically the Veterans Affairs Department – to support research into the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in treating veterans with PTSD. Many veterans have told both the Legion and NORML that they have been able to eliminate or reduce their dependency … Continue reading »

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NORML Founder Keith Stroup to Speak at First Annual Cannabis Fund Gala & Awards

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) Portland, OR: The Cannabis Fund, a PAC created by Representative Earl Blumenauer to support cannabis-friendly candidates, will be hosting its first annual Gala & Awards on October 6th at the Marriott Waterfront in Portland, OR with NORML founder Keith Stroup as the featured speaker. “It is an honor to support Rep. Earl Blumenauer and The Cannabis … Continue reading »

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DEA Report: Marijuana Seizures Increased By 20 Percent In 2016

Seizures of indoor and outdoor cannabis crops by the US Drug Enforcement Administration rose in 2016, according to annual data compiled by the agency. According to the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report, agents confiscated more than 5.3 million marijuana plants nationwide in 2016. The total is a 20 percent increase over the agency’s 2015 … Continue reading »

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Alaska: Voters Decide Against Municipal Marijuana Bans

Voters in Fairbanks and on the Kenai Peninsula (south or Anchorage) have decided against a number local ballot measures that sought to prohibit the operation of cannabis retailers and providers. Each proposal lost by wide margins. Under a 2014 voter-initiated state law, local governments may opt out of regulations licensing the production and retail sale … Continue reading »

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