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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.

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.

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.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/21/19

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Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup! This week, history was made. For the first time ever, the U.S. House of Representatives just voted to restrict the Department of Justice from interfering with the states that have legalized adult-use marijuana.

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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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.

Oregon: Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Landlords From Discriminating Against Medical Marijuana Patients

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Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has signed legislation, Senate Bill 970 , prohibiting landlords from taking discriminatory action against those who either use medical cannabis or possess cannabis-related convictions.

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

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Cincinnati: Council Members Vote to Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties

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Members of the Cincinnati City Council have voted in favor of a municipal measure eliminating criminal and civil penalties for marijuana possession. The new local law takes effect on July 12.

FDA Hearing On ‘Hemp-Derived CBD’ Today

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Washington, DC : Today the US Food and Drug Administration is taking in-person public testimony with regard to the “manufacturing, product quality, marketing, labeling, and sale” of CBD-infused retail products.

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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.

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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Federal Employment Protections Demanded In Appropriations Bill

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For the first time, the House Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Appropriations has included language seeking to protect the employment of federal employees who consume cannabis in legal jurisdictions.

House Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing On Cannabis

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Today, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing entitled Unlocked Potential?

North Dakota: Governor Signs Law Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalties

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Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has signed legislation into law reducing marijuana possession penalties.

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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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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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Study: Seniors Report That Cannabis Positively Impacts Their Quality of Life

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Seniors who report the use of cannabis over the past year say that it improves their overall quality of life, according to survey data published in the journal Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine.

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The Marijuana Justice Act Introduced In Both Chambers Of Congress

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Today, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) along with Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Ro Khanna (D-CA), introduced The Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and incentivize states to end the racially disparate criminalization of marijuana consumers.

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Rep. Lee: I Just Introduced The Marijuana Justice Act

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee represents California’s 13th district.

Study: Presence Of THC In Blood Not Associated With Crash Culpability

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Drivers testing positive for the presence of THC in blood do not possess a significantly increased risk of being responsible for a non-fatal motor vehicle accident, according to data published in the journal Addiction. Investigators from the University of British Columbia compared the likelihood of crash responsibility in drivers testing positive for THC and/or other substances as compared to drug-free drivers over a six-year period (2010 to 2016).

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Bipartisan Legislation To End Marijuana Prohibition Filed

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Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Don Young (AK-AL) introduced today two landmark bipartisan marijuana bills.

New Mexico: Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization, Other Reform Bills

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State lawmakers have approved a series of bills reducing penalties for marijuana possession offenses and strengthening and expanding legal protections for medical cannabis patients. The measures now await action from Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is supportive of the changes.

Arizona: Supreme Court Rules That Concentrates Are Legal Under State’s Medical Cannabis Access Law

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Manufacturing and possessing concentrated forms of cannabis are legally protected activities under the state’s medical cannabis access law, according to a unanimous decision issued today by the Arizona Supreme Court. The decision reverses a 2018 ruling by the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Marijuana Banking Bill Scheduled For Committee Markup

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In the first in what are anticipated to be multiple Congressional hearings to address the federal prohibition and criminalization of marijuana, the House Financial Services Committee has scheduled to convene a markup on The Safe Banking Act, HR 1595 on Tuesday, March 26th.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: I just introduced legislation to end the federal marijuana prohibition

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Tulsi Gabbard is a Member of Congress representing Hawaii’s 2nd district. Our archaic and outdated marijuana laws are turning everyday Americans into criminals. Every day, the economic and social impacts of marijuana prohibition are having devastating effects on communities across the country.

Washington: Lawmakers Pass Legislation Facilitating Expungement Of Past Marijuana Convictions

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House and Senate lawmakers this week approved legislation, Senate Bill 5605 , facilitating the expungement of past low-level marijuana convictions. The legislation now awaits action by Democratic Gov.

Cannabis Excelsior: Remembering Doug Greene

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Photo: Buck Ennis/Crain’s New York Business. NORML is deeply saddened to report the untimely and tragic loss of longtime member and activist, Doug Greene. Doug served as Empire State NORML’s Legislative Director, and worked tirelessly to reform marijuana laws in the state of New York.

Texas: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill to be Considered on House Floor

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On Thursday, April 25, members of the Texas House of Representatives are scheduled to consider a marijuana decriminalization bill.

NORML Celebrates 49 Years of Fighting for Freedom

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49 years ago, Keith Stroup founded NORML to end marijuana prohibition. Now, 10 states and DC have legalized the adult-use of marijuana, and more than two-thirds of the country has legalized medical cannabis. We’ve moved mountains, thanks to good people like you.

Nevada: Governor Signs Measure Sealing Past Marijuana Convictions

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Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed legislation into law facilitating those convicted of past marijuana crimes to have their records sealed. Assembly Bill 192 permits those convicted of marijuana-specific activities which have since been decriminalized or legalized to submit a written request to the court to have those records sealed. Petitioners may not be charged a fee for submitting such a request, and any objections to the request must be filed within ten judicial days.

Massachusetts: State Regulators Grant Initial Approval To Social Use Spaces

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Members of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission have decided to advance plans to regulate social marijuana use facilities. Regulators voted 3 to 2 in favor of the proposal, which seeks to establish a pilot program in up to a dozen self-selected cities throughout the state.

Studies: Medical Cannabis Enrollees Typically Reduce Their Use of Opioids

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Patients diagnosed with chronic pain and other debilitating conditions typically reduce, or in some cases, eliminate their use of opioids following their enrollment in state-sanctioned medical cannabis access programs. Several peer-reviewed studies now document this trend.

Attorney General Nominee Commits To Leave State-Legal Marijuana Programs Alone

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In Senate testimony today, nominee for Attorney General William Barr committed to not use the limited resources of the Department of Justice to prosecute state-regulated and compliant marijuana businesses.

Washington: Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law

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Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has signed legislation, Senate Bill 5605 , facilitating the expungement of past low-level marijuana convictions. The measure states : “Every person convicted of a misdemeanor marijuana offenses, who was 21 years of age or older at the time of the offense, may apply to the sentencing court for a vacation of the applicant’s record of conviction for the offense.

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