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Rep. Nadler: You and I are going to legalize marijuana

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Jerry Nadler is the Representative of New York’s 10th Congressional District.

Federal Report: Youth Marijuana Use Steadily Declining

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The self-reported use of marijuana by teenagers continues to decline nationally, according to federal data reported by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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What Is the MORE Act, and How Could It Change Marijuana Policy Forever?

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Click here to send a message to your Representative now! The MORE Act, which was introduced to the US Congress last month, would completely decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

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Arizona NORML, Partners File 2020 Statewide Legalization Initiative

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A coalition of activist groups, including Arizona NORML, the Drug Policy Alliance, and the state chapter of the ACLU, have filed language with the Secretary of State seeking to legalize the adult use and dispensing of cannabis.

Grassroots Activism and Marijuana Policy: A Winning Combination

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When NORML was founded in 1970, roughly 12% of Americans supported legalizing marijuana. After decades of hard work by thousands of committed activists around the country, we are gradually winning the hearts and minds of a majority of the public today.

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Historic: Judiciary Committee Chairman Introduces Bill To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (NY) introduced The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act. The Senate companion bill is carried by Senator Kamala Harris (CA).

Florida Municipality Considering Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

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The City of Jacksonville, Florida could join a growing list of cities around the country that have embraced a more pragmatic approach for dealing with marijuana-related offenses on the local level.

American Bar Association Endorses Ending Marijuana Prohibition

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The American Bar Association (ABA) has passed a resolution in support of ending federal marijuana prohibition and removing the substance from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). In language that does not mince words, the proposal reads : FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges Congress to enact legislation to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

HISTORIC: House Judiciary Subcommittee Holds First-Ever Hearing on Federally Descheduling Marijuana

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Members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security heard expert testimony today challenging the federal government’s failed policy of cannabis prohibition.

Congressional Hearing Scheduled: Marijuana Laws In America

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Virginia: New Medical Cannabis Laws Take Effect July 1

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Three new laws intended to expand patient access to and the therapeutic value of Virginia’s medical cannabis program take effect July 1, 2019.

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Illinois Gov. Pritzker Signs Bill to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

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Illinois Gov. Pritzker has signed legislation legalizing the adult use of marijuana and regulating its commercial production and retail sale.

Congress Votes YES to Protect Legal Marijuana

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For the first time ever, the House of Representatives just voted to restrict the Department of Justice from interfering with the states that have legalized adult-use marijuana. The importance of this 267 to 165 bipartisan vote on the Blumenauer amendment cannot be overstated.

Study: Cannabis Safe and Effective in Fibromyalgia Patients

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The administration of herbal cannabis is safe and effective in patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia, according to clinical data published this month in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. Israeli investigators assessed the use of cannabis over a six-month period in 211 patients with the disease.

Two Congressional Hearing Next Week On Marijuana

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Next week, the two key committees will hold hearings on various aspects of federal marijuana policy. The first will be held on Wednesday, June 19th, in the Small Business Committee, entitled Unlocked Potential? Small Businesses in the Cannabis Industry.

Action Needed: Marijuana Vote This Week In Congress

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This week, there will be a crucial vote on an amendment and it could be our biggest federal victory yet. We need your help to make sure we win.

Pennsylvania could cap prices on medical marijuana

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Are you paying too much for medical marijuana? Millions of Americans are legally replacing pharmaceuticals with cannabis and the question of affordability has become critical. All of the state programs are independent and in various stages of maturity.

Study: Veterans Often Substitute Medical Cannabis for Alcohol, Prescription Drugs

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Military veterans who participate in a state’s medical marijuana access program frequently report substituting cannabis for alcohol and other controlled substances, according to data published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Illinois Legislature Passes the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act

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With Governor Pritzker’s Signature, Illinois will become the first state in history to legislatively legalize and regulate cannabis sales.

Nevada: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Measure

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Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed legislation, Senate Bill 430 , expanding the pool of patients eligible for medical cannabis therapy.

NORML Remembers Dr. Mark Kleiman

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NORML regrets the passing of Prof. Mark A. Kleiman , an academic expert on cannabis policy who often shared and debated his well informed views on marijuana policy reform with those of us who were committed to advocating for a policy of adult use legalization.

Illinois Senate Passes the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act

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Illinois poised to become the first state to legislatively legalize and regulate cannabis.

US Government Approves Increased Production of Marijuana for Clinical Research

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Federal officials have approved plans for the University of Mississippi to grow 2,000 kilograms (4,409 pounds) of cannabis to provide to investigators for clinical trial research.

Hawaii: Governor to Let Marijuana Decriminalization to Become Law

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Democratic Gov. David Ige publicly stated this week that he does not intend to veto pending legislation to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession offenses. The Governor has until July 9th to take action on the measure, or it will become law absent his signature.

Louisiana: Medical Cannabis Access to Begin Next Week

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Qualified patients are anticipated to finally begin accessing medical cannabis products next week, according to a statement issued by regulators at the state’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF).

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Nevada: New Law Bars Employers from Discriminating Against Cannabis Consumers

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Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed legislation into law prohibiting certain employers from refusing to hire a worker because he or she tested positive for cannabis. The new law takes effect on January 1, 2020.

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Study: Adult Use Retail Customers Frequently Substitute Cannabis for Opioids, Other Prescription Drugs

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Adults who purchase retail cannabis typically report using it to mitigate pain and to improve sleep, and often use it in place of conventional medications, according to data published online today in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

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Chairwoman Velázquez Introduced Bill To End Marijuana Prohibition And Promote Small Businesses

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House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez along with Representatives Jared Golden and Dwight Evans introduced a package of legislation, ( H.R. 3540 , H.R. 3543 , and H.R.

Study: Adolescent Cannabis Exposure Not Associated With Structural Brain Differences in Adulthood

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The use of cannabis during adolescence is not associated with structural brain differences in adulthood, according to longitudinal data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Investigators from Arizona State University and the University of Pittsburgh assessed the impact of adolescent cannabis exposure on brain morphology in adulthood.

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Sen. Schumer And Rep. Jeffries To Introduce Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Legislation

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Congressional Lawmakers Introduce the Fair Chance at Housing Act

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Following a recent trend in Congress to address the collateral consequences associated with a marijuana-related conviction, Senator Kamala Harris and Representative Ocasio-Cortez have introduced the Fair Chance at Housing Act.

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Federal Appropriations Bills Include Limited Cannabis Protections

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In a change of trajectory, the powerful Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives has for the first time included limited protections for cannabis businesses engaged in the legal marketplaces in 33 states.

New York: Governor Signs Measure Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalties, Expunging Past Convictions

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Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed legislation into law amending marijuana possession penalties and establishing procedures for the automatic expungement of prior, low-level cannabis convictions. The new law takes effect August 28, 2019. Specifically, Assembly Bill 8420-A , reduces the penalty for minor marijuana possession violations (up to one ounce) to a $50 fine.

NORML’s 2020 Democratic Primary Marijuana Straw Poll

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The 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary is already heating up and we wanted to reach out to our supporters to take an early straw poll of who they think voters who prioritize marijuana law reform should support in that primary.

Congress To Hear Testimony Tomorrow Challenging Marijuana Criminalization

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On Wednesday, July 10th at 10am, members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will hear expert testimony challenging the federal government’s failed policy of cannabis prohibition. The hearing, entitled “Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform,” will discuss alternative policy options — including ending cannabis’ longstanding Schedule I criminal status under federal law.

Delaware: Law Signed Reducing Marijuana Penalties for Juvenile Offenders

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Democratic Gov. John Carney has signed legislation amending criminal penalties for juveniles who violate the state’s marijuana possession laws. Senate Bill 45 eliminates criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession offenses (up to one ounce) for those under the age of 21.

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NORML Submits Comments to FDA Ahead of CBD Hearing

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NORML has submitted written comments to the US Food and Drug Administration ahead of the agency’s scheduled hearing on the regulation CBD-infused products.

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Low-Level Marijuana Possession Offenses Now Decriminalized in New Mexico

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As of today, the personal possession of small amounts of marijuana in New Mexico is no longer be classified as a criminal offense.

My Legislation On Veterans Cannabis Access Was Just Heard

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A poll commissioned by the American Legion showed that more than 1 in 5 veterans self-reported using marijuana to alleviate a medical or physical condition.

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NORML Responds To Latest Cannabis and Psychosis Claims

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A widely reported study appearing today in the British journal The Lancet alleges that an estimated 30 to 50 percent of psychosis cases in Europe are due to cannabis exposure, and that exposure to elevated levels of THC increases this risk.

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