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Delaware Legislature Approves Legislation to Remove All Penalties for Adult Marijuana Possession

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The Delaware State Senate approved legislation to remove all criminal and civil penalties for adult possession of marijuana. In a 13-7-1 vote, the state’s upper chamber voted to pass HB 371, which legalized the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for individuals aged 21 or older.

NORML PAC Endorsed John Fetterman Wins PA Senate Primary in Landslide

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NORML PAC endorsed US Senate candidate John Fetterman won the state’s Democratic primary by a large margin. . The post NORML PAC Endorsed John Fetterman Wins PA Senate Primary in Landslide appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM John Fetterman legalization NORML Pennsylavnia Senate

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Study: Young Adults’ Consumption of Alcohol, Cigarettes, Other Substances Fell Following Marijuana Legalization

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Investigators reported, “Contrary to concerns about spillover effects, implementation of legalized non-medical cannabis coincided with decreases in alcohol and cigarette use and pain reliever misuse.”.

Legalization Advocates in Missouri, South Dakota Turn in Signatures for November Ballot Campaigns

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State officials must now conduct an official assessment of the signature petitions and verify their authenticity before determining whether the two measures will appear on the November ballot.

Where the Money Grows: Learning the Industry Trends in Medical Cannabis, Recreational Marijuana, Hemp, and Beyond

Speaker: Jonathan Bench, International Cannabis and Securities Business Attorney at Harris Bricken

The U.S. cannabis industry is still in its infancy, even though states began engaging with legalization in one form or another in the late 1990s. Today, many opportunities exist for individuals and businesses that want to engage in the industry. Join international cannabis and securities business attorney Jonathan Bench as he provides some pitfalls and best practices for companies & individuals looking to engage with the U.S. cannabis marketplace.

Rhode Island: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Legalization Bill

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“This is an important first step in the process of ending all penalties for cannabis possession and ensuring Rhode Islanders have access to regulated and tested cannabis products, just like New Englanders already have in neighboring states,” says Jax James, NORML’s State Policy Manager.

Poll: 69 Percent of Adults Support Legalizing Marijuana, Most Say It’s Less Harmful Than Alcohol

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"At a time when national politics remain acutely polarized, elected officials ought to come together in a bipartisan manner to repeal the failed policy of cannabis prohibition. It is one of the few policy reforms that voters on the right and on the left can all agree upon.”.

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Virginia: Gov. Youngkin Moves to Re-criminalize Personal Possession of Marijuana

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The Governor has proposed an amendment in the nature of a substitute to SB 591 which would create two new misdemeanors for personal marijuana possession. . The post Virginia: Gov. Youngkin Moves to Re-criminalize Personal Possession of Marijuana appeared first on NORML.

New Jersey: Adult Use Marijuana Sales to Begin Next Week

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Select retailers will begin selling marijuana and cannabis-infused products to those ages 21 and older on Thursday, April 21, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has announced. "I I want our legal adult-use cannabis industry to be a national model," the Governor said. And I think we’re there.”.

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President Biden Uses Clemency Powers for the First Time; NORML Calls His Actions “Woefully Inadequate”

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While granting clemency to nine individuals for federal marijuana offenses is the right thing to do, it is woefully inadequate when there remain over 10,000 individuals who still suffer under the weight of a federal charge on their criminal record.

Study: Marijuana Legalization Laws Not Are Associated with Lax Attitudes Toward Drugged Driving

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The study's authors reported: “Current cannabis users in recreational and medical only cannabis states were significantly less likely to report driving within three hours of getting high in the past 30 days, compared to current users living in states without legal cannabis.".

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Delaware: House Members Pause Action on Marijuana Retail Bill Until After Legislative Break

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For the second time this legislative session, members of the House have advanced legislation to establish a regulated, adult-use cannabis market. The post Delaware: House Members Pause Action on Marijuana Retail Bill Until After Legislative Break appeared first on NORML.

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Status Update: 2022 Ballot Initiatives and Referendums

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Voters in several states are anticipated to decide on marijuana-related ballot measures in November. Here is an update of where those efforts currently stand. . The post Status Update: 2022 Ballot Initiatives and Referendums appeared first on NORML.

Virginia: Governor Youngkin Signs Legislation to Improve Medical Cannabis Program

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Includes eliminating the requirement that patients register with the Board of Pharmacy after receiving their written certification from a registered practitioner. The post Virginia: Governor Youngkin Signs Legislation to Improve Medical Cannabis Program appeared first on NORML.

Poll: Majority of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana, Expunging Past Convictions, and Allowing Banks to Work with Cannabis Businesses

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"Each of the major pieces of marijuana policy reform legislation currently pending before Congress enjoy majority support from the American people.

House Lawmakers Approve Legislation to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

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“It is long overdue that we stop punishing adults for using a substance that is objectively safer than alcohol, and that we work to address the disparate negative impacts that prohibition has inflicted on our most vulnerable individuals and marginalized communities for nearly a century.".

Elevate Your 4/20 with NORML

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While April 20th is synonymous with celebrating marijuana’s cultural status, NORML is calling on all legalization supporters to turn this high holiday into a week of action. The post Elevate Your 4/20 with NORML appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM legalization NORML TakeAction

New Mexico: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales to Begin on Friday

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“A robust, above-ground retail marijuana market is necessary in order to disrupt the unregulated marketplace and to assure that consumers have adequate access to lab-tested, high quality products at competitive prices,” NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said.

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Spring 2022 NORML Interns Answer Questions About the Job

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Clear communication and task division were critical to handling a busy work day with ever-changing priorities. Our teamwork and adaptability made this experience all the more productive, rewarding, and enjoyable.

Ohio: Cleveland Officials Move to Expunge Over 4,000 Low-Level Marijuana Convictions

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“Far too many citizens unduly carry the undue burden and stigmatization of a past conviction for behavior that many jurisdictions, and most Americans, no longer consider to be a crime.

House Lawmakers Advance Bipartisan Bill Facilitating Clinical Cannabis Research, Allowing Scientists to Access State-Approved Marijuana Products

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NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “These common-sense regulatory changes are necessary and long overdue.

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US House of Representatives to Vote on MORE Act Next Week

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Members of the US House of Representatives have announced that they will hold a floor vote next week on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act. The MORE Act, or H.R.

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50 Years Ago Today, Congress’ Own Expert Commission Demanded They Repeal Marijuana Prohibition

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Fifty years ago today, the first and only blue-ribbon committee on marijuana policy formally recommended that Congress repeal federal penalties criminalizing the personal possession of marijuana.

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Virginia: Senate Kills Governor’s Recriminalization Amendment, Bill Addressing Synthetically Derived Marijuana Products

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With the 2022 legislative session having already ended, this vote effectively ends any further discussion of the legislation this year. . The post Virginia: Senate Kills Governor’s Recriminalization Amendment, Bill Addressing Synthetically Derived Marijuana Products appeared first on NORML.

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Maryland: Voters to Decide Legalization Question in November

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"Just like voters have done elsewhere over the past decade, Marylanders will choose in favor of legalization at the ballot box and they will do so overwhelmingly.". The post Maryland: Voters to Decide Legalization Question in November appeared first on NORML. Legalization Mayland

New Jersey: Regulators Begin Process of Accepting Applications for Retail Marijuana Businesses

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A robust, above-ground retail marijuana market is necessary in order to disrupt the unregulated marketplace and to assure that consumers have adequate access to lab-tested, high quality products at competitive prices.

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Senate Unanimously Approves Legislation Providing US Attorney General with Greater Say in Cannabis Research Decisions

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South Dakota: Governor Signs Legislation Preserving Patients’ Home Cultivation Rights

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"Seventy percent of voters approved this right at the ballot box and it is reassuring to see that a majority of lawmakers, and the Governor, ultimately decided to respect the voters' decision.".

St. Louis: City Officials Move to End Marijuana Screening for Most Public Employees

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The new rules stipulate, “No person currently employed by St. Louis County or applying for employment by St. Louis County shall be required to undergo pre-employment or random drug testing for the presence of marijuana metabolites (THC) as a condition or part of employment.”. The post St.

Ohio: No Opportunity for Voters to Decide on Marijuana Legalization Until 2023

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Commenting on the settlement, a spokesperson for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said, "To be certain: we aren’t going anywhere and are undeterred in our goal to legalize cannabis for all adults in Ohio.”.

In Memoriam – John Kenneth Zwerling

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One of the most prominent pillars of NORML, going back to the earliest days of our organization, has died. The post In Memoriam – John Kenneth Zwerling appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM john zwerling Key West NORML board of directors NORML Legal Committee

Maine: Various Marijuana Bills Become Law Absent Gov. Mills’ Signature

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"These common-sense changes will further facilitate patients' and others’ access to medical cannabis products and will provide opportunities for greater inclusivity within Maine's licensed marijuana industry.”. The post Maine: Various Marijuana Bills Become Law Absent Gov.

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New Hampshire: Senate Rejects House-Backed Bills Legalizing Marijuana Possession and Sales

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"The majority of the New Hampshire Senate is clearly out of step with the will of the voters," said NORML's State Policies Manager Jax James. The continued failure by the Senate to advance House-passed cannabis reform legislation should not go without response from voters.".

Illinois: Bill Eliminates Marijuana Drug Testing Requirement for Those Seeking to Have Their Criminal Records Expunged

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NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano called the legislation "a common sense fix. Those seeking to expunge their records should not be penalized simply because they have recently engaged in behavior that is now perfectly legal under state law.".

Poll: Nearly 70 Percent of Americans Want Congress to Allow Licensed Cannabis Businesses Access to Banking Services

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Sixty-eight percent of Americans say that Congress should pass legislation so that marijuana businesses can "access banking services and products in states" where it is legal.

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Let’s Legalize America!

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Show that you are "all in" on legalization from the Atlantic to the Pacific and we will send you a LEGALIZE AMERICA sticker. The post Let’s Legalize America! appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM

NCAA Relaxes Drug Testing Policies for Cannabis

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has taken a progressive step forward with respect to their policies regarding athletes’ personal cannabis use by relaxing their cannabis testing policies. The post NCAA Relaxes Drug Testing Policies for Cannabis appeared first on NORML.

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