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Tagged With: marijuana

Marijuana is a Medicine, Not a Menace

I am delighted to report that more and more government officials are promoting sanity in pot laws. Cannabis crosses political parties and generational lines. Good weed gets you high whether you think the last attorney general, Jeff Sessions, was a Neanderthal or you think Beto O’Rourke should be the next Democratic presidential candidate, which I … Continue reading »

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Gubernatorial Report Card: Learn Where Your Governor Stands on Marijuana Policy

To kick off the 2019 state legislative season, NORML is pleased to release our 2019 Gubernatorial Scorecard. This extensive database assigns a letter grade ‘A’ through ‘F’ to states’ governors based upon their comments and voting records specific to matters of marijuana policy. “Following the publication of our 2018 Scorecard, there has been a dramatic shift … Continue reading »

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Attorney General Nominee Commits To Leave State-Legal Marijuana Programs Alone

In Senate testimony today, nominee for Attorney General William Barr committed to not use the limited resources of the Department of Justice to prosecute state-regulated and compliant marijuana businesses. His statements came response to questions from Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) — each of whom represent states where marijuana is legally regulated … Continue reading »

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New Legislation Introduced To Protect State-Legal Marijuana Programs

Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) has introduced HR 493: The Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act, which would codify the protections that were outlined in the now-rescinded Cole Memo. The Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act essentially would give peace of mind to lawmakers, regulators, 149,000+ workers, and the millions of patients and consumers who are dependent on … Continue reading »

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HR 420: The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act

This week, Congressman Earl Blumenauer reserved HR 420 for his legislation, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. A decades-long champion of cannabis reform, this marks the first time that Blumenauer has staked out the specific bill number 420. His focus however, is ever on the goal of reform, telling Forbes, “While the bill number may … Continue reading »

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Cities Across Michigan Ban Legal Marijuana Sales

Since the passage of Proposition 1, officially known as the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, which legalized the sale, possession, consumption and cultivation of marijuana for adults 21 and up last November, members of Michigan NORML have encountered a new challenge: municipal opt-out. Similar to other states that have legalized adult-use marijuana like … Continue reading »

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Washington Governor Moves To Pardon Past Marijuana Offenders

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee today announced his intent to provide an expedited process in order to grant pardons to those with past criminal misdemeanor marijuana-related convictions on their record. It is estimated that some 3,500 individuals will have their criminal records vacated as a result of these actions. “The Governor is to be commended for … Continue reading »

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2018 Year In Review: NORML’s Top Ten Events In Marijuana Policy

Read the ten biggest stories that shaped marijuana policy in 2018. #1: Public Support in Favor of Adult Use Legalization at Historic Highs More adults than ever before believe that marijuana use by adults ought to be legal. An October poll conducted by Gallup reported that 66 percent of adults – including majorities of Democrats, … Continue reading »

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Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Moves Forward with Marijuana Expungement Initiative

While lawmakers in Albany continue to explore the intricacies of legalizing and regulating adult-use marijuana in New York, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced a plan to expunge low-level marijuana convictions from criminal records. In a recent interview with CBS New York, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez had this to say. “I do not believe these … Continue reading »

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Iowa Senator Quashes Floor Debate On Marijuana STATES Act

Washington, DC: Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) yesterday blocked lawmakers from considering an amendment on the floor of the US Senate that sought to permanently remove the threat of federal intervention in states that regulate marijuana sales. The amendment, offered by Colorado Republican Cory Gardner, was largely identical to Senate Bill 3032: The STATES Act, which creates … Continue reading »

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