New York unveils legalization plan
New York Governor Cuomo kicked off the year with a call to effectively end marijuana prohibition in the state. He proposes to implement age limits, quality controls and other consumer protections to safeguard the cannabis supply and public health. His plan is also to undo some of the harms caused by prohibition.
Cali finalizes cannabis rules
California's permanent regulations for the cannabis industry went into effect in January, replacing two years of temporary and emergency rules. While there is need for improvement, the BCC's action brings stability to the industry and will be a hot topic at the ICBC conference in Oakland on February 7-8.
Washington set to issue marijuana pardons
Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the Marijuana Justice Initiative on January 4, a program that will provide pardons for certain individuals with convictions on their record for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Inslee said that he will exercise his constitutional clemency authority to pardon individuals with a single marijuana misdemeanor conviction that had been prosecuted in Washington […]
Pot drivers safer than alcohol, but don’t mix the two
"Under the influence" is not the same as being "impaired." Cannabis' impact on driving performance is significantly less pronounced than that of alcohol, according to a review paper published in November by New York University researchers. This is just the latest of decades of studies showing the same results.
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Utah group fights to protect initiative process
"Utah voters passed Prop 2, the Utah Medical Cannabis Act, only to see it gutted and destroyed two days after its enactment," said The People's Right (TPR) Chair Steve Maxfield. "In barely four hours, the Legislature and Governor rammed through a 220-page bill crafted in secrecy by corrupt special interest lobbies.
Teen marijuana use drops with legalization
A federally funded survey released in December show rates of teen marijuana use are lower than they were in 2012 — i.e., before the first states began legalizing cannabis for adults. The annual Monitoring the Future survey is commissioned by the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
New York State to legalize cannabis in 2019
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s has announced that he intends to act on marijuana legalization in the first hundred days of his new term, with Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act sponsors Crystal Peoples-Stokes as Assembly Majority Leader and Senator Liz Kruger chairing the Senate Finance Committee.
NORML’s Top 10 cannabis policy events of 2018
What a year for marijuana policy. More adults than ever before believe that marijuana use by adults ought to be legal, hemp farming returns to the USA, politicians win on legalization slates, Canada legalizes weed, over 53 percent of all marijuana-related drug arrests occurred in Midwestern states and more.
Hemp farming comes home to the USA
Cannabis hemp, once the world's mightiest agricultural crop before being ripped from U.S. farmers by the "Marihuana Tax Act" in 1937 (with a brief respite around World War II), has been restored to domestic agriculture. The cheer went out across the land, "Hemp, hemp, hooray!"
Utah Lawmakers Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Cannabis Law
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Lawmakers voted in a special legislative session on Monday to replace the state’s voter-initiated medical cannabis access program. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bill, House Bill 3001, into law that same day. The new law, the Utah Medical Cannabis Act, takes immediate effect. The former law, Proposition 2, was approved by 53 percent of voters on November […]
Low-Income Medical Marijuana Patient Evicted for Doctor Recommended Therapy
Up until a few years ago low-income housing that received federal subsidies were required to maintain a “drug-free” environment. This meant that if anyone living in subsidized housing was caught possessing and/or consuming marijuana onsite, everyone living in the property was at risk of being evicted. Fortunately, in 2014 the Obama Administration amended this policy to no […]
Study: Marijuana Use Not Positively Associated With Conduct Problems in Young People
PHILADELPHIA, PA — Marijuana use by young people is not predictive of later conduct problems, such as school truancy or theft, according to data published in the journal Addiction. A team of investigators from the United States and the Netherlands assessed the long-term association between self-reported marijuana use and conduct problems in a cohort of 364 racially and […]
Take This Short Survey to Help Shape Marijuana Policy in New York
How much cannabis do you consume? How much do you pay for your cannabis? How much extra would you pay for cannabis delivery? How often do you share your cannabis with friends? New York State plans to legalize cannabis for adult-use with the 2019 Budget in April. The time is NOW to make your voice […]
Study: Medical Cannabis Use Associated With Decreased Hospital Admissions Among Patients With Sickle Cell Disease
NEW HAVEN, CT — Sickle cell disease (SCD) patients who utilize medicinal cannabis require fewer hospitalizations as compared to SCD patients who refrain from the substance, according to clinical data published in the journal Blood. Investigators from Yale University in Connecticut and from the Sackler School of Medicine in Israel compared rates of hospital admissions over a six-month […]
Study: Medical Cannabis Associated With Reduced Opioid Intake in Pain Patients
ROSWELL, NM — The use of medical cannabis for a period of one-month or more is associated with reduced opioid intake in patients with cancer and/or rheumatic pain conditions, according to clinical data published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. A team of investigators from the Kymera Independent Physicians medical group in New Mexico assessed the relationship between the […]
Medical Marijuana is Florida Law, Let’s Act Like It
Two years ago, Florida citizens voted for and passed a constitutional amendment allowing our residents to use marijuana medicinally. The law passed overwhelmingly, with nearly 72 percent of the vote. No recount was required. In this hotly contested and partisan state, no candidate running for statewide office won with that much of a majority. Candidate “Cannabis” […]
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