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NORML Issues Statement Regarding President’s Plan to Pardon Those with Low-Level Marijuana Convictions

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“Moving forward, the Administration must work collaboratively with Congressional leadership to repeal America’s failed marijuana criminalization laws.

Vermont: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales to Begin Later This Week

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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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Analysis: Local Bans on Cannabis Retailers Drive Illicit Markets

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The report estimates, “States with roughly 20 to 40 legal regulated stores per 100,000 residents, in general, have captured 80 percent to 90 percent of all cannabis sales in the legal market.”. The post Analysis: Local Bans on Cannabis Retailers Drive Illicit Markets appeared first on NORML.

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NORML Op-Ed: Claims of ‘Fentanyl-Laced Cannabis’ Are Common, But Are They Accurate?

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By taking cannabis products off street corners and placing them behind the counter, lawmakers can provide consumers with a safer experience and greatly reduce their risk of being inadvertently exposed to contaminated products.

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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.

FBI: Nearly Half of All Drug Seizures in 2021 Involved Marijuana

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Analysis: Many Congressional Candidates Electing to Stay Silent on Cannabis Policy

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“Voters’ views on the subject of legalizing and regulating cannabis have evolved significantly over the past decades; however, the views of those seeking to represent them in Congress have not kept pace with this seismic shift in public opinion.

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Recent Polls Show Support for 2022 Legalization Initiatives

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"Voters' support for repealing cannabis criminalization crosses party lines," NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. That is why, historically, these ballot initiative efforts have been equally successful at the ballot box in both 'red' states and in 'blue' states.

Voters in Five States, Dozens of Cities to Decide on Marijuana Legalization Measures This November

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If voters approve these measures, approximately half of all US residents will reside in a jurisdiction where the possession and use of cannabis are legal for adults.

California: Governor Signs Legislation Providing Employment Protections for Cannabis Consumers

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“Urine tests are a highly offensive invasion of workers’ personal bodily privacy,” said Dale Gieringer, the Director of California NORML -- which had lobbied for several years in favor of the bill. They are too frequently abused to discriminate against unpopular workers and minorities.

Poll: Three in Five Voters Say “Marijuana Should Be Legal Nationwide”

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Voters' support for legalization was strongest among African Americans (72 percent), Democrats (71 percent), those between the ages of 18 and 44 (70 percent), Hispanics (67 percent), and Independents (61 percent).

House Judiciary Committee Approves Measures to Help Seal and Expunge Marijuana Arrests

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"At a time when most Americans want to end marijuana prohibition and nearly a majority of people now reside states where cannabis is legal, it makes no sense to continue punishing adults and robbing them of the opportunity to fulfill their potential for behavior that in many cases is no longer a crime.".

Survey: Most Voters Support Federal Banking Reforms for Licensed Marijuana Retailers

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“Americans understand that no industry can operate safely, transparently, or effectively without access to banks or other financial institutions and it is self-evident that this industry, and those consumers that are served by it, remain severely hampered without this access.".

Pennsylvania: Governor Launches Effort to Issue Mass Pardons to Those with Low-Level Marijuana Convictions

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“I have repeatedly called on our Republican-led General Assembly to support the legalization of adult-use marijuana, but they’ve yet to meet this call for action from myself and Pennsylvanians.

Arkansas: High Court Approves Marijuana Legalization Measure for the November Ballot

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The Arkansas Supreme Court issued a decision today ensuring that a statewide measure seeking to legalize the adult-use marijuana market in Arkansas, will appear on the November ballot. .

US Court of Appeals: Federal Scheduling of Cannabis “Irrational,” But Not Unconstitutional

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“Judges have repeatedly ruled that it is the responsibility of federal lawmakers, not the courts, to repeal the federal prohibition of marijuana.

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Analysis: Legal Cannabis Businesses Associated with Increased Home Values

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“It’s time for local officials to put an end to the NIMBYism and unwarranted fears surrounding the establishment of licensed marijuana retailers. Cannabis is here and here to stay.

Report: Spike in Marijuana Positives Fueling Truck Driver Shortage, Supply Chain Disruptions

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According to the report, over 10,000 drivers tested positive for past cannabis exposure between January 1 and April 1, 2022. That figure is a 33 percent increase over the year before.

Oklahoma: Court Rules that Voters Can’t Decide on Legalization Ballot Measure This Year

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"In a healthy democracy, those with competing visions on public policy vie for voters’ support and abide by their voting decisions. However, it is becoming clear that those who oppose marijuana policy reform would rather take voters out of the equation altogether.

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Raising the Alarm: Legalization Efforts Under Attack

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Before a single ballot has been cast in the 2022 midterm elections on a single marijuana ballot measure, prohibitionists funded by dark money special interests are doing everything they can in an attempt to crush legalization attempts in several states before voters ever get a say.

NORML Comments on Sentencing of Brittney Griner in Russia

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Officials in the United States should do all they can to free Griner, but just as important, end the hypocrisy of acting repulsed by her sentencing while maintaining marijuana criminalization at home by bringing our domestic marijuana policies in line with our nation’s stated principles of liberty and justice.

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Senate Leadership Introduces Legislation to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

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Washington, DC: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and… The post Senate Leadership Introduces Legislation to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition appeared first on NORML.

Gallup: Those with First-Hand Experience with Cannabis Likely to Perceive It Positively

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“This survey data indicates that personal experience with cannabis is a relatively surefire cure for ‘reefer madness.". The post Gallup: Those with First-Hand Experience with Cannabis Likely to Perceive It Positively appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM

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Federal Lawmakers Fast-Tracking Legislation That Seeks to Further Facilitate Cannabis Research

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The Act provides the office of the US Attorney General with a 60-day timeline to either approve or deny the applications from scientists wishing to engage in clinical trials involving the use of cannabis by human subjects.

Florida: Health Officials Enact Emergency Rules Imposing Cannabis Dosing Limits for Qualified Patients

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"These arbitrary and unnecessary limits were established without input from either the patient community or from those physicians who specialize in providing oversight to medical cannabis patients.

Missouri Legalization Measure Officially Approved for Ballot

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Secretary of State John Ashcroft issued a certificate of sufficiency to the Legal Missouri 2022 campaign, formally placing the adult-use legalization initiative on the November ballot.

Louisiana: Changes in State’s Marijuana Laws Take Effect

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“These are common sense reforms provide further and sorely needed protections and freedoms for patients and others. Lawmakers are to be commended for putting politics aside and taking these important steps forward.”.

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NORML Op-ed: Prohibitionists Fear Democracy More Than Marijuana

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Those who wish to perpetuate the failed public policy of cannabis criminalization have lost the hearts and minds of the American public. And they know it. The post NORML Op-ed: Prohibitionists Fear Democracy More Than Marijuana appeared first on NORML.

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Survey: Nearly Half of Authorized Medical Cannabis Patients Report Substituting Marijuana for Other Substances, Particularly Opioids and Alcohol

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"As legal access continues to expand, one would expect the cannabis substitution effect to grow even more pronounced in the future.".

Missouri: Legal Challenge to 2022 Legalization Initiative Dismissed

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"With public support for marijuana policy reform reaching super-majority status in recent years, prohibitionists and other political opponents have largely abandoned efforts to try and influence public opinion.

House Appropriations Committee Approves Amendment to Protect Legal State Marijuana Programs

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The House Committee on Appropriations voted today to approve an amendment that would prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with legal adult-use marijuana programs as part of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2023.

Study: Use of Unregulated Synthetic Cannabinoid Products Falls Following Marijuana Legalization

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"The limited popularity of these products is a predictable outgrowth of criminal marijuana prohibition. As one would expect, there exists little demand for these unregulated synthetic products in an environment where whole-plant cannabis is legal and regulated.”.

Double Your Impact This Week

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A generous angel donor is matching all donations made to NORML this week! The post Double Your Impact This Week appeared first on NORML. ACTIVISM Activism dark money donate give NORML

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Pennsylvania Police Arrested Over 13,000 People for Marijuana Possession in 2021

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It's clear that cannabis consumers are targeted in Pennsylvania for arrest and the striking racial disparities to enforcement are getting worse. The post Pennsylvania Police Arrested Over 13,000 People for Marijuana Possession in 2021 appeared first on NORML.

New Jersey: Medical Cannabis Products No Longer Subject to Sales Tax

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"The primary focus of any medical cannabis legalization law must be providing safe and convenient access to patients in order to improve their quality of life; it should not be about increasing revenue streams for state lawmakers.".

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Congress: Lawmakers File Bipartisan Legislation to Facilitate the Expungement of Federal Marijuana Violations

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"Saddling people with the lifelong collateral consequences of even a low-level marijuana arrest or conviction is unjust and provides no legitimate benefit to society.

Analysis: Racial Disparities in Marijuana Possession Arrests Becoming More Pronounced in Prohibition States

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"Regardless of intent, it is clear that the continued criminalization of cannabis perpetuates and exacerbates unequal enforcement under the law and the associated harms that come with it.

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