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NORML’s Black History Month Fight For Consumer Equity: Board Members Discuss War On Drugs’ Ongoing Harm To Black Communities

Fri, 02/16/2024 - 11:57

In honor of Black History Month, NORML will be spotlighting the systemic inequities that continue to challenge the Black community in the battle for a federally legal cannabis landscape.

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South Carolina: Senate Advances Medical Cannabis Access Legislation

Thu, 02/15/2024 - 08:47

South Carolina is one of only a dozen states that has yet to implement a comprehensive medical cannabis access program.

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Hawaii: Lawmakers Advance Multiple Marijuana Reform Bills

Wed, 02/14/2024 - 08:48

Legislation is advancing to legalize the adult use market and to facilitate the expungement of marijuana-related criminal records.

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Virginia: House and Senate Chambers Approve Competing Retail Sales Bills

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 13:24

Just ahead of the crossover deadline, both chambers of the Virginia legislature approved measures to legalize and regulate the retail sale of cannabis to adults 21 and older.

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NORML Op-Ed: Is The Government Finally Abandoning Its ‘Flat Earth’ Marijuana Policies?

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 08:34

Federal health officials concluded, “The risks to the public health posed by marijuana are low compared to other drugs of abuse,” such as benzodiazepines — a Schedule IV drug, or alcohol, which is unscheduled.

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Florida: Lawmakers Advance Bills to Preemptively Restrict Consumers’ Choices Ahead of Legalization Vote

Wed, 02/07/2024 - 09:17

Republican lawmakers are seeking to preemptively restrict Florida's adult-use market ahead of the Court's ruling and before voters have had any opportunity to weigh in on it.

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Gallup: One In Six Adults Acknowledge Current Use Of Cannabis

Tue, 02/06/2024 - 09:24

Young adults, men, and Democrats were most likely to report being current cannabis consumers.

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NORML Op-Ed: Setting Caps On THC Potency Is Poor Policy

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 11:05

Prohibiting adults from accessing these products from state-licensed retailers will not eliminate consumers’ demand for them. Rather, it will encourage consumers to seek out higher-THC products in the unregulated market.

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Washington: House Lawmakers Move To Lift Home Grow Ban, Reject Proposed THC Potency Limits

Tue, 01/30/2024 - 11:52

Despite having been one of the first two states to initially legalize the adult use marijuana market, Washington is one of only five legalization states that disallows home cultivation.

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Pardons Are the First Step in Federal Cannabis Reform

Mon, 01/29/2024 - 08:20

This week, I received a Pardon Certificate for a marijuana offense from the President of the United States. 

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South Dakota: Lawmakers Reject Bill That Sought To Limit Patients’ Medical Cannabis Access

Thu, 01/25/2024 - 11:56

South Dakota voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure legalizing medical cannabis access in 2020. Since then, lawmakers have routinely sought to repeal aspects of the law and/or significantly amend it.

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New York: Regulators to Sign Off on Home Cultivation Rules at February Meeting

Thu, 01/25/2024 - 06:31

State regulations governing the alcohol market permit adults the option to legally brew non-commercial quantities of their own alcohol, and it is consistent with this policy to similarly permit home cultivation.

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Marijuana Momentum Heats Up Across The US

Wed, 01/24/2024 - 07:29

We’re only a couple weeks into this year’s legislative season, and we’re already seeing a flurry of activity in state capitols nationwide.

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HHS Releases Unredacted Letter Confirming Agency’s Recommendation to DEA to Reclassify Marijuana to Schedule III

Fri, 01/12/2024 - 18:06

"It is significant for these health agencies to acknowledge publicly, for the first time, what many patients and advocates have known for decades: that cannabis is a safe and effective therapeutic agent for tens of millions of Americans."

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Delaware: House Committee Advances Legislation Expanding Physicians’ Abilities to Authorize Medical Cannabis

Wed, 01/10/2024 - 10:02

"A patient’s treatment options should not be limited by the government, but rather, they should be determined in confidence between a patient and their doctor."

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Updated NORML Report Highlights Over 2.3 Million Marijuana-Related Expungements

Tue, 01/09/2024 - 06:00

“Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that public officials and the courts move swiftly to right the past wrongs of cannabis criminalization.”

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Survey: Most Veterans Support Expanding Medical Cannabis Access

Tue, 01/02/2024 - 10:00

Seventy-nine percent of veteran respondents and 92 percent of their family members said, “Veterans Administration doctors should be legally allowed to recommend marijuana to veterans if the doctor believes the patient could benefit from [it.]”

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Washington: New State Law Takes Effect Barring Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing for Most Employees

Tue, 01/02/2024 - 04:03

The new law states, “It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person in the initial hiring for employment if the discrimination is based upon the person’s use of cannabis off the job and away from the workplace."

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California: Employees to No Longer Face Discrimination at Work for Their Off-Hours Cannabis Use

Thu, 12/28/2023 - 06:00

Starting January 1st, most employers will no longer be able to either fire or refuse to hire someone based solely upon their cannabis use history.

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