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Adult-Use Marijuana Sales Begin in Michigan

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Licensed storefronts are now eligible to engage in retail cannabis sales to adults. The first adult-use sales began on Sunday, December 1. Michigan voters last year approved a statewide initiative authorizing state officials to regulate the plant’s production, use, and sale.

NORML Canada Launches Post-Legalization Platform on One Year Anniversary of Marijuana Legalization

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NORML Canada launches official Post-Legalization platform to focus advocacy efforts on reforming Canada’s legal Cannabis system.

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Survey: Pain Patients Often Report Substituting Cannabis for Opioids

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Some four in ten adults who reported using both marijuana and opioids within the past year acknowledge either decreasing or ceasing their consumption of opioids as a result of substituting cannabis, according to an analysis of survey data published in the journal PLOS One.

Marijuana Consumers Have a Lot to Be Thankful For

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At NORML, as we gather around the table today, we’re thankful not only for the dozens of legislative victories and the historic votes in Congress in 2019, we’re thankful for you, our supporters, members, and donors, who’ve made this progress possible.

Maine: Regulators Confident That Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Will Begin Next Spring

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Regulators at the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy affirmed this week that they expect adult-use marijuana sales to begin in the spring of 2020.

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Report: Marijuana Legalization Not Associated with Adverse ‘Spillover’ Effects in Neighboring States

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Pennsylvania: Expedited Pardon Process Now Available for Those with Low-Level Cannabis Convictions

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Those with low-level marijuana convictions are being encouraged to seek pardons from state officials. The Pennsylvania Board of Pardons has created an expedited process to review and grant pardon applications for those with marijuana-related records.

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Nevada NORML Takes Washington, DC

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Once again, Nevada NORML has remained hard at work, advocating for both patient access and rights as well as the criminal justice reform that this country desperately requires.

Study: Daily Cannabis Use Among Pain Patients Associated with Less Non-Prescription Opioid Use

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Patients suffering from persistent pain conditions who frequently use cannabis are far less likely to use non-prescription opioids, according to longitudinal data published in the journal PLOS One.

FDA Sends Warning Letters to Multiple Companies for Illegally Marketing CBD Products

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Representatives of the US Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters on Monday to multiple companies for marketing CBD-specific products in ways that violate federal law. The agency issued warning letters to 15 commercial entities.

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House Members Pass Historic Legislation Legitimizing Retail Cannabis Sales

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Members of the House of Representatives voted 321 to 103 in favor, representing 79% of the vote of HR 1595: The SAFE Banking Act, which amends federal law so that explicitly banks and other financial institutions may work directly with state-legal marijuana businesses.

Why Dr. Sue Sisley Sued the DEA for Stonewalling Cannabis Research

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We also spoke with her attorneys, who explained why they believed the DEA broke the law by holding up long-promised medical marijuana research licenses. Dr. Sue Sisley. I first met Dr. Sue Sisley in person when she spoke in Las Vegas a few years ago.

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Congress To Vote On Cannabis Banking Bill Next Week

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Majority Leader Hoyer on Friday announced that members of the House are anticipated to hold a floor vote next week on The SAFE Banking Act (HR1595), which explicitly permits banks and other financial institutions to work directly with state-legal marijuana businesses.

Assistant Speaker Lujan Cosponsors The MORE Act and Introduces Cannabis Legislation

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HISTORIC: A bill to end marijuana prohibition just passed

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Today, you were a part of making history. The House Judiciary Committee just approved the MORE Act on a bipartisan vote of 24-10. This is legislation that tens-of-thousands advocated for by sending messages, making phone calls, and meeting with lawmakers in DC and district offices.

BREAKING: Bill To End Marijuana Prohibition Passes Key Committee

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For the first time ever, a congressional committee has approved a piece of legislation to end marijuana prohibition in the United States.

Washington, DC: City Council Approves Workplace Protections for Medical Cannabis Patients

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District council members have enacted legislation — Act Number A23-0114: The Medical Marijuana Program Patient Employment Protection Temporary Amendment Act — to protect qualified patients from workplace discrimination.

House Committee Markup Announced To End Marijuana Prohibition

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The House Judiciary Committee has posted a markup date for HR 3884 , the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act. Members of the Committee will consider the bill on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, and they will likely hold a vote at that time.

Surgeon General’s Advisory Highlights Need for Further Cannabis Regulation, Not Criminalization

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Study: Cannabis Retailers Associated with Drop in Localized Crime

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The establishment of regulated cannabis retailers is associated with a decrease in localized criminal activity, according to data published in the journal Regional Science and Urban Economics.

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NORML Members Take DC by Storm

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Last week, NORML leaders and activists from across North America headed to our nation’s capital for the annual NORML Conference and Congressional Lobby Day. All we can say is, “WOW!”

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Oklahoma: Expanded Protections for Cannabis Patients to Take Effect

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Legislation will take effect next week expanding protections for state-qualified medical cannabis patients. House Bill 2612 , which was signed into law in March, will go into effect on Friday, August 30.

DEA Promises Progress on Federal Cultivation Applications, But Provides No Timetable for Action

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The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has once again pledged to take action to better facilitate clinical cannabis research.

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Virginia, Marijuana, and How Medical Legalization May Unfold in the South

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Virginia has been one of the most reluctant states to consider marijuana law reform, though it recently began allowing some forms of cannabis oil for approved patients.

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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Michigan: Adult-Use Marijuana Sales to Begin This December

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Select retailers will begin engaging in adult-use marijuana sales next month, according to an advisory issued by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency.

Associated Press: Many Commercially Marketed CBD Products Tainted With Psychoactive Adulterants

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One-third of commercially marketed CBD products tested positive for the presence of synthetic, psychoactive adulterants while others tested negative for any presence of cannabidiol, according to an investigation by the Associated Press.

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Pew Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Say “Marijuana Should Be Made Legal”

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More than two out of three US adults believe that the personal use of cannabis should be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled and released today by the Pew Research Center. Sixty-seven percent of respondents say that the “use of marijuana should be made legal.”

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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.

Mississippi: Proponents Turn In Signatures for 2020 Medical Cannabis Ballot Measure

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Proponents of a 2020 statewide ballot measure to legalize and regulate medical cannabis access have submitted 105,686 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office.

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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Congress Should Lift the Ban on Medical Cannabis Access for Military Veterans

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Americans in 33 states and the District of Columbia have legal access to medical marijuana under a doctor’s authorization. But this same access is often lacking for many military veterans. That is because the current policy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs explicitly prohibits V.A.

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Court: DEA Must Explain Its Failure to Act Upon Pending Marijuana Cultivation Applications

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A federal court has ordered the Drug Enforcement Administration to respond to a lawsuit charging the agency with failing to move forward with a 2016 policy to expand the total number of federally licensed marijuana cultivators.

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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