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Atlanta: Mayor Takes Executive Action Abolishing Pre-Employment Drug Screens for Many Public Employees

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"The abolishment of this discriminatory policy is long overdue. The use of cannabis during one's off hours poses no legitimate workplace safety threat and the tens of millions of Americans who engage in this behavior should no longer be stigmatized or denied employment because of it.”.

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Study: Nearly Half of Medical Cannabis Users Cease Using Opioids for Pain After Twelve Months

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“Over time, individuals who continued consuming cannabis within this longitudinal study reported lower pain severity and pain interference scores, as well as improved quality of life and general health symptoms scores.".

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated with Reduced Alcohol Intake Among Treatment-Seeking Drinkers

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“Across the sample, individuals drank approximately 29 percent fewer drinks and were 2.06 times less likely to have a binge-drinking episode on days that cannabis was used compared with days cannabis was not used.

Opioid Prescriptions Decline in Canada Following Enactment of Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization

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"The findings of this study add to the growing body of evidence that easier access to cannabis for patients with pain may reduce opioid use and partially offset expenditures for both public and private drug plans.”.

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Arizona: Adult Use Marijuana Sales On Track to Begin This Month

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Adult use marijuana sales could begin “as soon as late January,” according to Arizona’s Department… The post Arizona: Adult Use Marijuana Sales On Track to Begin This Month appeared first on NORML. Legalization Arizona legalization Prop. 207 retail sales

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Survey: Most Americans Say Marijuana Possesses Less Abuse Potential Than Alcohol

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“The results show that the majority of U.S. consumers perceive cannabis (as CBD, hemp, marijuana, and THC) as having medical uses and view the potential for abuse of cannabis as less than for commonly prescribed medications and alcohol.".

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Illinois: Governor Vacates Half a Million Past Marijuana Convictions

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“Statewide, Illinoisans hold hundreds of thousands of low-level cannabis-related records, a burden disproportionately shouldered by communities of color.”. The post Illinois: Governor Vacates Half a Million Past Marijuana Convictions appeared first on NORML. Expungement expungement Illinois pardons

South Dakota: Republican Governor Officially Backing Litigation to Reject Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Initiative

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"Whether or not one supports marijuana legalization, Americans should be outraged at these overtly undemocratic tactics.”. The post South Dakota: Republican Governor Officially Backing Litigation to Reject Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Initiative appeared first on NORML.

Governors Speak Out in Favor of Marijuana Legalization Nation-wide

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Here's a breakdown of which Governors and where are calling for the enactment of meaningful marijuana reform in 2021. The post Governors Speak Out in Favor of Marijuana Legalization Nation-wide appeared first on NORML. 2021 Governors legalization legislation medical marijuana

Delaware: State Auditor’s Report Recommends Legalizing Marijuana

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"Inaction doesn’t reward us with curbed usage but will prevent us from realizing economic benefits and the $43 million that could be available if Delaware were to devise a responsible regulatory framework. It's time to legalize it.”.

Mississippi: Medical Organizations Join Legal Fight to Overturn Election Result Legalizing Medical Cannabis Access

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“The AMA’s position is woefully out of step with both public opinion and scientific consensus, as well as with the opinions of the majority of physicians. It is regrettable that this organization would go on record in attempting to nullify the vote of a supermajority of Mississippi voters.”.

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Washington: Home Cultivation Legislation Receives First Committee Hearing of 2021

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House Bill 1019 would allow adults to cultivate up to six marijuana plants for personal use. The post Washington: Home Cultivation Legislation Receives First Committee Hearing of 2021 appeared first on NORML. Advocacy home cultivation legislation Washington

Tell President-Elect Biden: It’s Time to Shut Down the Drug Czar’s Office

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The post Tell President-Elect Biden: It’s Time to Shut Down the Drug Czar’s Office appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM

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Arizona: Adult Use Marijuana Sales Begin

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“I commend state officials for prioritizing the implementation of Prop. 207 and ensuring that Arizona adults have safe and convenient access to affordable marijuana in a timely manner.”. The post Arizona: Adult Use Marijuana Sales Begin appeared first on NORML.

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Study: Long-Term Cannabis Use Associated with Reduced Symptoms in Patients with Post-Traumatic Stress

NORML

“This study provides evidence that the types of cannabis available in recreational and medical cannabis dispensaries might hold promise as an alternative treatment for PTSD.

Survey: Supermajority of Americans Support Expunging Marijuana-Related Convictions

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Support is bipartisan, with majorities of Democrats (81 percent), Independents (69 percent), and Republicans (57 percent) endorsing the expungement of marijuana-related convictions. The post Survey: Supermajority of Americans Support Expunging Marijuana-Related Convictions appeared first on NORML.

Likely Senate Power Shift and What It Means for the Prospects of Marijuana Policy Reform, NORML Responds

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Senator Schumer's ascension to Majority Leader will mark the first time in US history that the upper chamber is led by a Senator who is openly calling for cannabis legalization.

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Senate Passes Bill Authorizing Attorney General to Increase Number of Federally Licensed Cannabis Providers

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For over five decades, federal regulators have only authorized a single licensee – the University of Mississippi – to cultivate cannabis plants for use in FDA-approved clinical studies.

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Montana: Adult-Use Legalization Law Takes Effect

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Adults may legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana and/or privately cultivate up to four mature cannabis plants. The post Montana: Adult-Use Legalization Law Takes Effect appeared first on NORML. Legalization legalization Montana

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

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“These common-sense regulatory changes are necessary and long overdue. The reality that most high-schoolers have easier access to cannabis than do our nation’s top scientists is the height of absurdity and an indictment of the current system.”.

MORE Act Approved by House Rules Committee

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Members of the House Rules Committee have advanced the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, HR 3884, which removes marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act -- thereby eliminating the existing conflict between state and federal marijuana laws.

California: No Uptick in Frequency of Marijuana Use by Young Adults Following Adult-Use Legalization

NORML

“In examining marijuana use before and after legalization of recreational sales in California, we found that frequency of use did not change significantly overall, including following legalization.”.

HISTORIC: House of Representatives Approves Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

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The House of Representatives approved the MORE Act to end federal marijuana prohibition in an historic vote. The post HISTORIC: House of Representatives Approves Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition appeared first on NORML. Congress 2020 featured legislation MORE Act vote

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/22/21

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Welcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup, on the blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/22/21 appeared first on NORML. Weekly Legislative Roundup featured legislation

Virginia: Governor Says “The Time Has Come to Legalize Marijuana”

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“Governor Northam has always been thoughtful in his approach to cannabis policy. We look forward to continuing our work with the administration and the legislature to 'get this right.". The post Virginia: Governor Says “The Time Has Come to Legalize Marijuana” appeared first on NORML.

“No Evidence” that Adult-Use Marijuana Laws Influence Cannabis Use by Teens

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Authors “found no evidence that RML [recreational marijuana legalization] was associated with [an] increased likelihood or level of marijuana use among adolescents. Rather, among adolescents who reported any use of marijuana in the past month, the frequency of use declined by 16 percent after RML.”.

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House Leadership Announces Vote On MORE Act To End Marijuana Prohibition Will Take Place Next Week

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House Leadership today posted notice for Congressional consideration of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, HR 3884, which ends the federal prohibition of cannabis. The MORE Act is scheduled for a floor vote next week.

Legal Marijuana Sales Spiked Dramatically in 2020

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"Customers purchased an estimated $17.9 billion in cannabis products from legal retailers in 2020 – up from $10.7 billion in 2019.". The post Legal Marijuana Sales Spiked Dramatically in 2020 appeared first on NORML. ECONOMICS Legalization covid economics leafly purchases retail sales revenue

Arizona: Prop. 207 Legalization Measure Officially Takes Effect

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Provisions legalizing marijuana possession, use, and personal cultivation take immediate effect. The post Arizona: Prop. 207 Legalization Measure Officially Takes Effect appeared first on NORML. Ballot Initiative Election Arizona ballot initiative election featured Statepolicy

New Jersey: Attorney General Issues Directive Halting Low-Level Marijuana Prosecutions

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“Fairness demands that we suspend prosecution of marijuana possession-related cases while we await direction from the Legislature on the parameters for decriminalization of marijuana and legalization of regulated adult-use cannabis.".

The Clear Winner of Election 2020: Marijuana

NORML

While other results of the election remain hazy, the clear winner on November 3 was marijuana. The post The Clear Winner of Election 2020: Marijuana appeared first on NORML.

2020 NORML Victories

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Thanks to the tireless activism and support of NORML Supporters like you, the marijuana law reform movement experienced unprecedented successes and major victories in 2020 worth celebrating. The post 2020 NORML Victories appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM 2020 featured

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Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/8/21

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Welcome to the first Weekly Legislative Roundup of 2021, on the NORML blog every Friday! The post Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/8/21 appeared first on NORML. Weekly Legislative Roundup featured legislation

Arizona Approves Prop 207 to Legalize Marijuana

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Arizona voters have approved Proposition 207, a statewide ballot initiative legalizing the possession, use, and commercial sale of marijuana for adults. The post Arizona Approves Prop 207 to Legalize Marijuana appeared first on NORML.

Tell Biden: We Demand a Pro-Marijuana Reform Attorney General

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As America prepares for a shift in leadership, the incoming Administration's pick for Attorney General will likely be one of the most consequential signals as to how the Biden-Harris Presidency will address marijuana policy reform.

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Record Number of Scientific Papers Published in 2020 About Cannabis

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Since 2010, scientists have published over 23,000 peer-reviewed papers on cannabis, with the annual number of papers increasing every year. The post Record Number of Scientific Papers Published in 2020 About Cannabis appeared first on NORML. Research SCIENCE papers PubMed research science

Virginia: Legislation to Bar Police from Using Marijuana Odor to Stop or Search Takes Effect Early 2021

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This is another victory for commonsense marijuana law reform in Virginia. The post Virginia: Legislation to Bar Police from Using Marijuana Odor to Stop or Search Takes Effect Early 2021 appeared first on NORML. Legislative Update Virginia 2020 odor search Virginia NORML