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A Founder Looks at 50: Willie Nelson — America’s Favorite Marijuana Smoker

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NORML Founder Keith Stroup. For NORML’s 50th anniversary, every Friday we will be posting a blog from NORML’s Founder Keith Stroup as he reflects back on a lifetime as America’s foremost marijuana smoker and legalization advocate.

New Jersey: Assembly Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation

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On Thursday, members of the New Jersey state Assembly approved a substitute version of A1897 by a 63-10 vote, with five abstentions.

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Ending Cannabis Criminalization Is Police Reform

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Today, members of the House Judiciary Committee marked up the Justice in Policing Act, which seeks to amend federal guidance over certain law enforcement activities.

A Founder Looks at 50: Willie Nelson — America’s Favorite Marijuana Smoker

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For NORML’s 50th anniversary, every Friday we will be posting a blog from NORML’s Founder… The post A Founder Looks at 50: Willie Nelson — America’s Favorite Marijuana Smoker appeared first on NORML. 2020 A Founder Looks at 50 ACTIVISM Advocacy Chip Carter Keith Stroup NORML psa Willie Nelson

Study: Cannabis Associated with Reduced Opioid Use, Prolonged Benefits in Pain Patients

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The daily use of cannabis by patients with chronic pain conditions is associated with prolonged improvements in pain management and subjects’ overall quality of life, as well as sustained reductions in the use of opioids, according to longitudinal data published in the journal Pain Medicine.

Pennsylvania: Supreme Court Rules That Medical Cannabis Use Is Permissible While on Probation

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Justices for the Supreme Court of the state of Pennsylvania have struck down a countywide policy that barred those on probation from accessing medical cannabis.

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Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect Wednesday, July 1

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Legislation passed this spring decriminalizes possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and seals the records of past convictions from public view. The post Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect Wednesday, July 1 appeared first on NORML.

Study: Cannabis Associated with Reduced Opioid Use, Prolonged Benefits in Pain Patients

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“Taken together, the results of this study add to the cumulative evidence in support of plant-based MC (medical cannabis) as a safe and effective treatment option and potential opioid substitute or augmentation therapy for the management of chronic pain symptomatology and quality of life.”.

NORML Letter to NIDA: Prohibition Must Be Recognized as More Damaging than Marijuana Itself

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NORML leadership today sent an open letter to Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), asking her to recognize the detrimental impact that racially-discriminatory marijuana law enforcement has had on the public health of communities of color.

Louisiana: Governor Signs Bills Into Law Facilitating Expanded Cannabis Access for Patients

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Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a series of bills into law greatly expanding patients ability to access medical cannabis products.

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Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect July 1

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2020 Virginia General Assembly. Richmond, VA: Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation ( Senate Bill 2 | House Bill 972 ) decriminalizing marijuana possession.

Scientific Review Concludes That Cannabis Consumers Are at No Greater Risk of Occupational Injuries

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Adults who consume cannabis are no more likely to experience injuries at work than are those employees who abstain from the substance, according to the findings of a new literature review published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse.

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Attorneys General Push for Marijuana Banking Reform

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Attorneys Generals from 34 states and territories sent a letter today to Congressional leadership urging members to expeditiously pass The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act so that state-licensed cannabis business can explicitly engage in relationships with banks and other financial institutions.

Municipalities Moving Away from Marijuana Testing for Employees

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Municipal officials in various cities nationwide are moving away from policies requiring marijuana testing for public employees. In the city of Rochester, council members approved municipal legislation on Tuesday barring pre-employment marijuana testing for non-safety sensitive city employees.

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A Founder Looks at 50: Hunter S. Thompson ? a Natural Ally

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NORML Founder Keith Stroup. For NORML’s 50th anniversary, every Friday we will be posting a blog from NORML’s Founder Keith Stroup as he reflects back on a lifetime as America’s foremost marijuana smoker and legalization advocate.

NORML Remembers Mikel Weisser

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NORML offers its condolences to the family and friends of Mikel Weisser. Longtime political activist Mikel Weisser, who served as State Director of the Arizona NORML , passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. He was 61 years old.

DEA Assisting “to the Maximum Extent Possible” in the Federal Law Enforcement Response to Nationwide Protests — NORML Responds

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If you haven’t read our statement on the murder of George Floyd and the intersections of marijuana criminalization and racial justice, please take a moment to do so here.

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NORML Remembers Dr. Lester Grinspoon

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Grinspoon's extraordinary personal commitment to advancing both marijuana policy and the NORML organization demonstrated his deeply held belief that we all have an obligation to fight injustice whenever and wherever we find it. The post NORML Remembers Dr. Lester Grinspoon appeared first on NORML.

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Nevada: Officials Approve Unconditional Pardons for Those with Low-Level Marijuana Convictions

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State officials today moved to grant unconditional pardons to thousands of Nevadans with low-level marijuana convictions. The move comes one week after Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak initially proposed the idea of issuing blanket pardons for persons convicted of minor marijuana possession offenses.

Colorado: Pending Legislation Provides Governor Expanded Authority to Pardon Marijuana Offenders

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Legislation before Democratic Gov. Jared Polis provides the office with expanded powers to pardon those with past marijuana convictions.

Analysis: Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization Associated with Tourism Spike

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The enactment of adult-use cannabis legalization laws in Colorado and Washington is associated with increased tourism in both states, according to data published in the Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy.

Gallup: Seven in Ten Americans Say That “Smoking Marijuana” Is Morally Acceptable

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Seven in ten Americans say that it is morally permissible for adults to “smoke marijuana,” regardless of the plant’s legal status, according to nationwide polling data compiled by Gallup.

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A Founder Looks at 50: Keith Stroup on Starting NORML

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On NORML’s 50th anniversary, NORML’s Founder Keith Stroup reflects back on a lifetime as America’s foremost marijuana smoker and legalization advocate. This is the first in a series of blogs on the history of NORML and the legalization movement. Starting NORML.

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Virginia: Marijuana Arrests Decline Year-Over-Year

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The total number of marijuana-related marijuana arrests declined more than eight percent from 2018 to 2019, according to annual data compiled by the Virginia State Police. State law enforcement officials recorded 26,470 arrests for marijuana violations in 2019, down from 28,866 in 2018.

NORML Activist Spotlight: Tamara Netzel

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Tamara Netzel was a middle school English teacher, an Army officer’s wife, and possibly the most cannabis naive individual you could have met.

CDC Seeks Public Comments Regarding Chronic Pain Management

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comments on how Americans with chronic pain are successfully treating their symptoms.

A Founder Looks at 50: Attorney Gerry Goldstein and the Early Years of NORML

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NORML Founder Keith Stroup. For NORML’s 50th anniversary, every Friday we will be posting a blog from NORML’s Founder Keith Stroup as he reflects back on a lifetime as America’s foremost marijuana smoker and legalization advocate.

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Virginia: Governor Approves Bills to Decriminalize Marijuana and Legalize Medical Cannabis

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Richmond, VA: Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has approved legislation ( Senate Bill 2 | House Bill 972 ) decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses. Northam also recommended technical amendments which must be approved by the legislature before the new law takes effect July 1, 2020.

Pennsylvania: Supreme Court Rules That Medical Cannabis Use Is Permissible While on Probation

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"While the circumstances are certainly uneasy — since possession and use of medical marijuana remains a federal crime — we find that the District cannot require state level adherence to the federal prohibition.".

Clinical Trial: Cannabinoid Administration Via a Metered-Dose Inhaler Is Safe and Effective for Chronic Pain Patients

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The delivery of precise doses of THC via an inhaler is associated with pain mitigation in patients with neuropathy and other complex pain conditions, according to clinical trial data published in the European Journal of Pain.

NORML Resource Guide: Engaging Effective Activism During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Even during these uncertain times, NORML’s mission remains the same. In fact, one can argue that our mission now is more important than ever before.

CDC Still Soliciting Comments Regarding Chronic Pain Management Solutions

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still seeking public comments on how Americans with chronic pain are successfully treating their symptoms. The deadline to submit comments to the agency is Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

Over 40 Members of Congress Request SBA Access For Small Marijuana Businesses

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Poll: Respondents in Adult-Use Marijuana States Say Legalization Has Been Successful

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Most adults living in states where marijuana use is legal view the policy change as successful, according to state-specific polling data compiled by YouGov.com.

Take the NORML Cannabis & COVID-19 Survey

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A lot is happening right now. There’s a global pandemic, various levels of government either shut down or solely focusing on COVID-19, and a lot of uncertainty.

NORML’s Statement Regarding the Designation of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries as “Essential Services”

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The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is issuing the following statements regarding the continued operation of medical cannabis dispensaries during the COVID crisis.

Louisiana: Senate Passes Amended Bill Permitting Doctors to Recommend Medical Cannabis for ?Any Condition?

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Senators on Wednesday passed legislation to significantly expand the pool of patients eligible to qualify for medical cannabis access.