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Virginia: Officials Seal Over 64,000 Misdemeanor Marijuana Distribution Convictions

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333,886 simple marijuana possession conviction records were previously sealed after the state enacted a measure in 2020 to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession offenses. The post Virginia: Officials Seal Over 64,000 Misdemeanor Marijuana Distribution Convictions appeared first on NORML.

House Veterans Affairs Committee To Consider Marijuana Research Bill

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The House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) will conduct a legislative hearing on Wednesday, October 13th, which will include consideration of the bipartisan VA Cannabis Research Act of 2021, HR 2916.

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Study: Cannabis Use Disorder Diagnosis Associated with Greater Risk of COVID Breakthrough Infections

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NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said that study “raises more questions than it answers,” but also cautioned that its findings should not yet be extrapolated to the cannabis consuming population as a whole.

Mississippi: Governor Still Hasn’t Called a Special Session to Address Medical Marijuana

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It's been weeks since the initial request, and the governor continues to stall. The post Mississippi: Governor Still Hasn’t Called a Special Session to Address Medical Marijuana appeared first on NORML. Medical Marijuana 2021 medical marijuana Mississippi

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.

Bill to Repeal Marijuana Prohibition Passes Critical House Committee

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For the second time in US history legislation to repeal the failed, unscientific, and racist policy of federal marijuana prohibition has passed the powerful House Judiciary Committee. . The post Bill to Repeal Marijuana Prohibition Passes Critical House Committee appeared first on NORML.

Press Release: Key Congressional Committee Advances Bill To Repeal Federal Marijuana Prohibition

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Members of the House Judiciary Committee just advanced the HR 3617: The Marijuana, Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2021.

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Analysis: Growing Number of States Allow Reimbursement of Medical Cannabis Costs by Workers’ Compensation Insurance

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NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “For millions of patients, cannabis is a legitimate therapeutic option. More and more, our laws and regulations are recognizing this fact and evolving their policies accordingly.".

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Connecticut: Qualified Patients Can Begin Home Cultivating Cannabis Next Week

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Over 54,000 Connecticut residents are currently registered to possess and and access medical cannabis. The post Connecticut: Qualified Patients Can Begin Home Cultivating Cannabis Next Week appeared first on NORML. Medical Marijuana Connecticut home cultivation patients

House Advances SAFE Banking Act as Part of the Must-Pass NDAA

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NORML Supports Swift Enactment; Stresses Need for Further Federal Reforms Washington, DC: The NDAA funding… The post House Advances SAFE Banking Act as Part of the Must-Pass NDAA appeared first on NORML. Appropriations Banking Congress GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION Policy

Kansas City, MO: City Council Approves Measure Eliminating Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing for Most City Workers

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Certain government positions would be excluded from the protections under this law. The post Kansas City, MO: City Council Approves Measure Eliminating Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing for Most City Workers appeared first on NORML.

Marijuana Arrests Fall Precipitously Nationwide in 2020

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The estimated number of persons arrested in the United States for violating marijuana laws declined precipitously in 2020, according to data released today by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. The post Marijuana Arrests Fall Precipitously Nationwide in 2020 appeared first on NORML.

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Bill to End Marijuana Prohibition to Receive Committee Vote In US House

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The MORE Act, which repeals federal marijuana criminalization, is set to be voted on by members of the powerful House Judiciary Committee NEXT WEEK. . The post Bill to End Marijuana Prohibition to Receive Committee Vote In US House appeared first on NORML.

California: Governor Signs Measure into Law Allowing Medical Cannabis Use in Hospitals

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"This is a simple, yet critical, move that will provide relief, compassion and dignity to terminally-ill Californians.”. The post California: Governor Signs Measure into Law Allowing Medical Cannabis Use in Hospitals appeared first on NORML. Medical Marijuana 2021 California legislation Statepolicy

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South Dakota: Legislative Committee Votes to Rescind Home Grow Rights From State’s Medical Cannabis Access Law

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Subcommittee members decided 6 to 4 to eliminate the ability for qualified patients to home-cultivate marijuana.

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New Jersey: Courts Expunge Over 360,000 Marijuana Cases

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New Jersey courts have either dismissed or vacated an estimated 362,000 marijuana cases since July 1 and an additional 150,000 New Jersey residents may also be eligible to have their marijuana-related records automatically expunged in the near future.

Virginia: Botanical Medical Cannabis Sales Begin

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Long awaited sales of cannabis flower in Virginia began this month when medical dispensaries received the final product approvals from the state's regulatory agency. The post Virginia: Botanical Medical Cannabis Sales Begin appeared first on NORML.

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Ohio: Voters in These Cities Will Decide on Marijuana Decriminalization Measures Next Month

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Brookside, Dillonvale, Laurelville, Martins Ferry, McArthur, Morristown, Mount Pleasant, Murray City, New Lexington, New Straitsville, Powhatan Point, Rayland, Tiltonsville and Yorkville.

Show Your Commitment to Legalization in 2022

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There has never been a more important time to be part of our cannabis justice… The post Show Your Commitment to Legalization in 2022 appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM Advocacy Legalization Membership Membership Drive featured member pin

South Dakota: Six Months Later, Supreme Court Still Silent on Marijuana Legalization Vote

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Justices on the state's highest court have yet to render a decision regarding the fate of Constitutional Amendment A, the voter-approved initiative which sought to legalize the adult-use possession and sale of cannabis.

Senate Spending Proposal Removes ‘DC Rider,’ Maintains Existing State Medical Cannabis Protections

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In the newly released annual spending packages by the Senate Appropriations Committee, cannabis policy is scantly mentioned yet by omission, it could advance a critical element of reform that has long been pushed for by NORML and other allies.

New NORML Report Highlights Concerns Regarding Sale of Unregulated Delta-8 THC, Similar Products

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In a statement, Dr. Gieringer said: “Consumers are facing a bewildering array of new cannabis products, including novel agents such as Delta-8 THC. Many come from suspect, unregulated sources on the hemp market or contain new synthetic substances not found in nature.".

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California: State NORML Affiliate Recommends Voting ‘No’ on Gubernatorial Recall

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"The sponsors of this year’s recall election are no friends of marijuana or criminal justice reform. Whatever else might be said about Gavin Newsom, no governor has been so supportive of legal marijuana," California NORML said in an action alert.

An Update on Statewide 2022 Marijuana Reform Ballot Initiative Efforts

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t post about various efforts for statewide reform measures for the 2022 ballot, there has been great progress. Here's an overview with the latest updates: The post An Update on Statewide 2022 Marijuana Reform Ballot Initiative Efforts appeared first on NORML.

California: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Permitting Medical Cannabis Use in Hospitals

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Senate Bill 311 (a/k/a Ryan's Law) provides for "a terminally ill patient’s use of medicinal cannabis within the health care facility.". The post California: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Permitting Medical Cannabis Use in Hospitals appeared first on NORML.

Ohio: Lobby for Cannabis Reform on October 13

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Join NORML Appalachia of Ohio at the State House atrium in Columbus beginning at 9am! The post Ohio: Lobby for Cannabis Reform on October 13 appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM 2021 Lobby Day Ohio

New York: Employers Are Prohibited from Testing Most Employees for Cannabis

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Employers will still be allowed to take action against an employee who is impaired on-the-job, but only if an employee "manifests specific articulable symptoms of impairment.". The post New York: Employers Are Prohibited from Testing Most Employees for Cannabis appeared first on NORML.

Nevada: New Marijuana Laws Took Effect This Month

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These laws include revising possession penalties for minors and regulating social consumption sites. The post Nevada: New Marijuana Laws Took Effect This Month appeared first on NORML. 2021 Policy minors Nevada social consumption Statepolicy

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Analysis: Marijuana Legalization Opponents’ Fears Have Not Come to Fruition in Canada

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The analysis finds that there has been “no marked increase in cannabis youth by use” in the three-year period following legalization. The post Analysis: Marijuana Legalization Opponents’ Fears Have Not Come to Fruition in Canada appeared first on NORML.

Washington: New Rule Expands the Pool of Those Eligible for Marijuana Business Licenses

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be creating undue barriers of entry for those seeking to participate in the legal adult use marketplace," she said. This new rule will encourage more inclusiveness and diversity in Washington's growing cannabis industry.".

New Jersey: Many Cities Opting Out of Retail Marijuana Sales Ahead of Rollout

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"These moratoriums only serve to protect and prolong the illicit cannabis marketplace. Time and time again, we have seen that consumers prefer to obtain cannabis products from safe, licensed, above-ground retailers.

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North Carolina: Medical Cannabis Now Legal on Cherokee Land as State Considers Reform

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A local ordinance was approved by The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council, legalizing medical cannabis within the Qualla Boundary. The post North Carolina: Medical Cannabis Now Legal on Cherokee Land as State Considers Reform appeared first on NORML.

World Anti-Doping Agency To Review Marijuana Policies

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In response to the public outrage regarding the suspension of American athlete Sha'Carri Richardson for testing positive for cannabis, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced that it will be reevaluating its policies.

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New Orleans: City Eliminates Penalties for Marijuana Possession, Vacates Thousands of Past Convictions

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A separate ordinance passed by the city clears the criminal records of those convicted of low-level marijuana possession offenses. It is estimated that some 10,000 residents will be granted blanket pardons under this action.

2022 Marijuana Reform Ballot Initiative Efforts Underway Nationwide

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Here's a breakdown of current statewide, citizen-initiated efforts so far. The post 2022 Marijuana Reform Ballot Initiative Efforts Underway Nationwide appeared first on NORML. Ballot Initiative ballot initiative decriminalization legalization marijuana medical marijuana

Puerto Rico: Law Signed Protecting Medical Cannabis Patients from Employment Discrimination

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Under the expanded law, employers may not discriminate against authorized patients of medical cannabis in the recruitment, hiring, designation, or termination process or when imposing disciplinary actions.

South Dakota: Lawmakers Seek to Repeal Vote Permitting Home Cultivation of Medical Cannabis

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Lawmakers participating in a Study Committee have recommended that legislators formally rescind language in the law that permits patients to grow up to three marijuana plants. A majority of House and Senate lawmakers would still need to approve those recommendations before they could take effect.