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Tagged With: Policy

NORML Responds to US Border Policy Barring Canadians Involved In Legal Marijuana Market

NORML staff today responded to reports that the US Customs and Border Protection Agency will enforce a federal policy denying entry into the United States any individual involved Canada’s burgeoning marijuana market. Under the policy, US officials are to bar entry to Canadians who acknowledge having consumed marijuana at any time in their past, as … Continue reading »

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Reefer Redux: Trump Administration Secretly Plotting New War Of Words On Marijuana Policy

Shadowy ‘Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee’ Seeks To Derail Past, Future Legislative Reforms In reporting made public today by Buzzfeed News: “The White House has secretly amassed a committee of federal agencies from across the government to combat public support for marijuana and cast state legalization measures in a negative light, while attempting to portray the drug … Continue reading »

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Progressive Policy Change In New York City

In a surprise joint press conference, Cyrus Vance Jr. and Eric Gonzalez, the respective District Attorneys of Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, both announced that with limited exception low-level marijuana-related offenses would no longer be prosecuted.  Both cited a six-month-long study that revealed that there was no discernible impact upon issues of public … Continue reading »

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Travel Writer and Television Host Rick Steves Briefed Congress On Marijuana Policy

Steves House Briefing Yesterday on Capitol Hill, bestselling guidebook author and travel host Rick Steves held two briefings to address marijuana prohibition to a gathering of members of Congress and their staff. Inspired by Europe’s pragmatic approach to drug policy, with success measured by harm reduction rather than incarceration, Steves said that he is motivated to … Continue reading »

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College Medical Marijuana Policy Leaves Many Students Unable to Legally Consume

What’s a medical marijuana card-holding college student to do when they are required to live in on-campus housing but their medicine is banned from the premises? Apparently, choose between suffering from their illness or face disciplinary action, at least according to the majority of University policy. In Washington DC, marijuana is legal to for those … Continue reading »

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Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform

Earlier this month, citing racism, bigotry, and mass-incarceration, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party adopted a resolution to “support Democratic candidates and policies which promote the full repeal of cannabis prohibition by its removal from the Controlled Substances Act, and to support the creation of new laws which regulate it in a manner similar to other culturally … Continue reading »

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Two New Virginia Laws Foreshadow Larger Cannabis Policy Changes

A common cliché for overcoming a difficult obstacle asks, “how do you eat an elephant?” The answer is, “one bite at a time.” In Virginia politics, the tough question facing cannabis policy reform advocates is, “how do you change the minds of political Elephants?” The answer is, “one law at a time.” Although progress in cannabis reform has been slow in … Continue reading »

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Chris Christie Has Zero Credibility on Drug Policy

From Forbes: According to Erik Altieri, Executive Director of the decades-old drug reform nonprofit NORML, Christie has spent much of time as governor (and, as it happens, much of the opioid epidemic) fighting the rising tide of calls for cannabis reform in his state. Last week, as part of opioid-themed comments, Christie even called the … Continue reading »

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Washington: Support For Marijuana Policy Reform Surges Post-Legalization

Public support for marijuana legalization has surged in Washington state in the years following the enactment of legislation permitting the commercial production and retail sale of the plant, according to survey data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Fifty-five percent of voters approved the voter-initiated measure in 2012. Investigators with the Public Health … Continue reading »

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NORML Releases Open Letter to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence on Marijuana Policy

National NORML, Michigan NORML and dozens of other state and local chapters have released an open letter to Vice President-Elect Pence seeking clarity and common sense from the incoming administration regarding marijuana policy. During the campaign, President-Elect Trump, on multiple occasions, has voiced support for allowing states to move forward with medical and recreational marijuana … Continue reading »

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