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FBI: Marijuana Arrests Rise For Third Straight Year, Outpace Arrests For All Violent Crimes

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The total number of persons arrested in the United States for violating marijuana laws rose for the third consecutive year, according to data released by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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

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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.

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.

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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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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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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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.

Study: No Uptick in Violent Crime Following Adult Use Cannabis Legalization

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The enactment of statewide legislation permitting adult cannabis possession and sales is not associated with any significant or long-term uptick in criminal activity, according to data published in the journal Justice Quarterly. Investigators affiliated with the Department of Justice and Criminology at Washington State University assessed trends in monthly average crime rates in Colorado and Washington following legalization compared to various control states.

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).

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.

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.

Majority of Virginians Favor Legalizing Marijuana

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A University of Mary Washington survey shows 61 percent of Virginians favor legalizing the adult use of marijuana. Virginia attitudes, like American attitudes, are increasingly supportive of ending the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and replacing it with a legal marketplace in which products can be safely regulated for responsible consumers. “It comes as no surprise that a majority of Virginians support legalizing marijuana.

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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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.

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

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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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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.

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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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.

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Clarifying NY State Decriminalization and Marijuana Possession Related Penalties

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There has been some confusion and misinformation circulating about what New York’s latest expansion of marijuana decriminalization means and what impact it will have on criminal prosecutions going forward. The Short Synopsis of the Offenses and Sentences. There are 2 provisions of New York’s Penal Law that relate marijuana-related offenses.

Congressional Hearing Scheduled: Marijuana Laws In America

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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.

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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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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.