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Senate Coalition Urges SBA to Support Small Cannabis Businesses

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NORML Formally Responds to DEA’s Proposed Changes to Marijuana Cultivation Rules

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The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has formally submitted comments to the US Federal Register opposing the Drug Enforcement Administration’s proposed rule changes governing the federal production and distribution of cannabis for clinical research purposes.

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Study: Far Fewer Incidences of Vaping Illness Reported in States with Legal Cannabis Markets

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Incidences of the vaping-related lung illness EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury) are primarily concentrated to jurisdictions where adult-use cannabis consumption is prohibited, according to data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open.

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Cannabis Workers, Unemployment Insurance, and the Small Business Administration: What You Need to Know

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There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is adversely impacting businesses around the world, and smaller businesses especially.

Regarding COVID-19, A Message to the NORML Family from the Executive Director

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NORML Family, I wanted to reach out personally to you to address the current public health situation that is directly impacting all of our lives, and to discuss what this means for our shared goal of ending federal marijuana prohibition going forward.

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A NORML Reminder: Beware of COVID-19 Cure All Claims

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The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws wishes to reiterate its message that cannabis consumers and others beware of online misinformation surrounding the use of either whole-plant cannabis or CBD as a potential remedy for the COVID-19 virus.

NORML Issues Cannabis Policy Guidance For Lawmakers and Prosecutors For Protecting Public Health During COVID-19 Crisis

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Today, NORML and it’s national network of advocacy chapters released a memo to state lawmakers, regulators, prosecutors, and other interested parties providing guidance for how they can take emergency actions to better promote the health and welfare of cannabis consumers and the general public during the COVID pandemic.

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NORML’s Statement Regarding the Designation of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries as “Essential Services”

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The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is issuing the following statements regarding the continued operation of medical cannabis dispensaries during the COVID crisis.

Alabama: Senate Advances Medical Cannabis Access Measure

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Senate lawmakers approved legislation yesterday that seeks to regulate patients’ access to select medical cannabis products.

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Participate in a Confidential Survey Assessing Cannabis Use Patterns During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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A team of researchers affiliated with the University of Miami School of Nursing are collecting epidemiological data to better evaluate how cannabis consumers, and patients in particular, are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rep Blumenauer: Upcoming Veterans Medical Marijuana Vote In Congress

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Earl Blumenauer is a member of Congress representing Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District.

Poll: Majority of Americans Favor Designating Cannabis Dispensaries as “Essential Services”

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A majority of Americans agree with states’ decisions to classify licensed medical cannabis facilities as “essential services” to the community – a designation that permits them to maintain retail operations during regional ‘stay-at-home’ orders.

Delaware Approves Medical Cannabis Delivery Option

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Medical cannabis is essential and while we commend our state officials for declaring that centers will remain open during the state of emergency, we need to ensure our patients have uninterrupted access to their life saving medicine, especially during these uncertain times.

NORML Releases 2020 Gubernatorial Scorecard

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Nearly Two-Thirds of US Governors Receive a Passing Grade on Cannabis Policy. NORML has released its 2020 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

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LIFE FOR POT: Why Relief Is Needed For Incarcerated Cannabis Offenders

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John Knock, now 72 years old, has been in custody and already served 24 years towards his interminable bit of two life sentences plus twenty years for his first offense and involvement in a non-violent marijuana distribution conspiracy.

Maryland: Lawmakers Advance Decriminalization Expansion Measure

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House lawmakers today advanced legislation, HB 550 , greatly expanding the pool of marijuana offenders eligible for civil penalties.

Trump Budget Targets Marijuana States Rights

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As President Trump travels around the nation to his various reelection rallies, a giant banner with the slogan “Promises Made, Promises Kept” is always displayed prominently behind him. A quick review of a 2016 radio interview provides even more evidence that this is not true.

NORML Launches “Smoke the Vote” To Prepare For 2020 Election

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While these challenging times present many difficulties for those of us seeking to advance the goal of ending federal marijuana prohibition, NORML’s newly launched election tool provides our supporters with an easy and convenient way to assist in our fight for reform. Despite the ongoing crisis we are faced with, the November elections will still hold major implications for the future of legalization and other cannabis policy reforms.

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New Hampshire: House Lawmakers Approve Bill Allowing Personal Possession of Marijuana

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New Hampshire House lawmakers today approved legislation, House Bill 1648 , eliminating criminal and civil penalties for activities involving possession and home cultivation of personal use quantities of cannabis. Legislators passed the bill by a veto-proof majority, voting 236 to 112 in favor of it.

Review Paper: Clinical Evidence Lacking in Support of CBD as an Anti-Viral Agent

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There is an absence of clinical data supporting the efficacy of CBD as an antiviral agent, according to a systematic literature review published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

HISTORIC: A bill to end marijuana prohibition just passed

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Today, you were a part of making history. The House Judiciary Committee just approved the MORE Act on a bipartisan vote of 24-10. This is legislation that tens-of-thousands advocated for by sending messages, making phone calls, and meeting with lawmakers in DC and district offices.

BREAKING: Bill To End Marijuana Prohibition Passes Key Committee

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For the first time ever, a congressional committee has approved a piece of legislation to end marijuana prohibition in the United States.

Study: Daily Cannabis Use Among Pain Patients Associated with Less Non-Prescription Opioid Use

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Patients suffering from persistent pain conditions who frequently use cannabis are far less likely to use non-prescription opioids, according to longitudinal data published in the journal PLOS One.

NORML Urges Congress to Provide Small Business Relief to State-Licensed Cannabis Companies

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Representatives with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) have reaffirmed that state-licensed cannabis businesses are ineligible for financial aid opportunities because marijuana remains classified as a schedule I controlled substance.

Pew Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Say “Marijuana Should Be Made Legal”

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More than two out of three US adults believe that the personal use of cannabis should be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled and released today by the Pew Research Center. Sixty-seven percent of respondents say that the “use of marijuana should be made legal.”

Kentucky: House Votes Overwhelmingly in Favor of Medical Cannabis Access

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Members of the Kentucky House of Representatives voted by a margin of more than two to one in favor of legislation, House Bill 136 , facilitating medical cannabis access. The vote marks the first time that a legislative chamber in the state has ever advanced medicinal marijuana legislation.

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Congress Should Lift the Ban on Medical Cannabis Access for Military Veterans

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Americans in 33 states and the District of Columbia have legal access to medical marijuana under a doctor’s authorization. But this same access is often lacking for many military veterans. That is because the current policy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs explicitly prohibits V.A.

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Missouri: Medical Cannabis Dispensary Licenses Awarded

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State regulators have begun issuing the first of nearly 200 licenses to medical cannabis providers. This week, officials with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services began the process of confirming applicants.

Pennsylvania: Marijuana possession arrests decline statewide

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Preliminary data*, released on request from the Pennsylvania State Police Uniform Crime Reporting System, reveals that overall arrests for marijuana possession showed a decline in 2019. In 2018 there were nearly 24,000 adults arrested for less than 30 grams of cannabis.

Adult-Use Marijuana Sales Begin in Michigan

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Licensed storefronts are now eligible to engage in retail cannabis sales to adults. The first adult-use sales began on Sunday, December 1. Michigan voters last year approved a statewide initiative authorizing state officials to regulate the plant’s production, use, and sale.

Tell Congress Not To Allow Trump To Roll Back Medical Marijuana Protections

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It’s been three years and counting but President Trump is once again threatening to derail the progress we’ve made in reforming marijuana laws across this country.

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House Members Pass Historic Legislation Legitimizing Retail Cannabis Sales

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Members of the House of Representatives voted 321 to 103 in favor, representing 79% of the vote of HR 1595: The SAFE Banking Act, which amends federal law so that explicitly banks and other financial institutions may work directly with state-legal marijuana businesses.

FBI: Marijuana Arrests Rise For Third Straight Year, Outpace Arrests For All Violent Crimes

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The total number of persons arrested in the United States for violating marijuana laws rose for the third consecutive year, according to data released by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Michigan: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales to Begin This December

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Select retailers will begin engaging in adult-use marijuana sales next month, according to an advisory issued by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency.

Pledge to Vote for Marijuana in 2020

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The 2020 Presidential campaigns are in full swing. Candidates are hitting the campaign trail, and blasting you with ads social media, radio, and television, vying for your votes.