Justices for Mexico’s Supreme Court have ruled that laws criminalizing the private use and cultivation of cannabis by adults are unconstitutional. Justices opined, “The effects caused by marijuana do not create an absolute prohibition on its consumption.” In accordance with the ruling, lawmakers may enact regulatory policies governing adults’ personal marijuana use, but they must repeal those laws […]
NORML Submits 10,000+ Written Comments to the FDA for the Reconsideration of International Marijuana Prohibition
On October 31, NORML hand delivered over 10,000 comments written by YOU, recommending that the World Health Organization (WHO) re-think their current prohibition of marijuana. Along with two of our fantastic interns, I drove to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) building in Rockville, Maryland. Earlier this month, The FDA put out a request […]
With the marijuana midterms right around the corner, it’s imperative that you know who you’re voting for, what issues are going to be on your ballot, and where your voting location is leading up to Election Day this Tuesday November 6th. To see who the most pro-cannabis reform candidates are in your district, check out our Smoke the Vote scorecard […]
It’s incredible to see the progress we have made in recent years. Marijuana has been legalized for adults in nine states and Washington, D.C., and polls show two out of three Americans want to end the failed policy of prohibition. But our opponents think they can stop our momentum — and they’re spending a lot […]
DENVER, CO — The Colorado Department of Public Safety has issued its first-ever baseline report assessing the impact of adult use marijuana regulations in Colorado. Lawmakers in 2013 passed legislation authorizing regulators to conduct the five-year review, which seeks to better identify ways in which legalization has impacted public health and safety. Authors reported that the total […]
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — Regular users of cannabis demonstrate limited, or in some cases, no impairment on measurements of either cognitive or psychomotor performance, according to data published in the journal Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. British researchers conducted a systematic review of all human trials examining whether subjects exhibit tolerance to the effects of cannabis following repeated dosing. Thirty-six […]
Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Likelihood of Liver Cirrhosis Among Hepatitis C Patients
SALEM, MA — Hepatitis C patients who use cannabis are less likely to contract liver cirrhosis as compared to matched controls, according to clinical data published in the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. A team of researchers from the United States and Canada assessed the effect of cannabis use on chronic liver disease in a cohort of […]
NORML Delivers Over 10,000 Public Comments to FDA Regarding International Classification of Cannabis
WASHINGTON, DC — NORML staffers on Wednesday hand-delivered over 10,000 public comments to the US Food and Drug Administration calling on the agency to recommend amending the substance’s illicit status under international treaties. The agency had requested public comments so that they could be “considered in preparing a response from the United States to the World Health Organization regarding […]
In an earth-shaking development, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled last Wednesday that the country’s prohibition of marijuana use, possession, and personal cultivation is unconstitutional. The decision came in a pair of cases challenging the ban on weed, and because these rulings mark the fifth time the court has ruled similarly, the opinions are now legal precedent in the […]
WASHINGTON — Voters in four states could pass major state-level marijuana policy reform measures on Tuesday. Local marijuana policy measures are also on ballots in two additional states. In two states, voters will decide whether to make marijuana legal for adult use. In Michigan, Proposal 1 would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol. In North […]
While alcohol-related DUIs remain far more common, this past week a case involving a motorist prosecutors say was solely under the influence of marijuana provided a stark example of the danger of driving while stoned.
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If voters in all four states approve their questions, 2018 will end with 32 medical marijuana states and 11 that allow cannabis for adults. Political oddsmakers give cannabis reform advocates reason to be optimistic heading into the November 2018 election.
Congressional Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) unveiled a plan for a Democratically-led House to push through federal marijuana legalization by the end of 2019. In an eight-page memo to the House Democratic leadership laid out his roadmap to ending Reefer Madness. Originally posted at Drug War Chronicle Blumenauer isn’t just any old congressman. The longtime stalwart marijuana […]
For the first time, a marijuana-based medicine approved by federal regulators is available for prescription in the United States.
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British regulators announced in October that they intend to reclassify certain marijuana-derived products so that they may be made available by prescription. "[T]here is now conclusive evidence of medicinal benefit of cannabis-based products for certain medical conditions."
Last week, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) unveiled a plan for a Democratically-led House to push through federal marijuana legalization by the end of 2019. In an eight-page memo to the House Democratic leadership, Blumenauer laid out his roadmap to ending Reefer Madness. Blumenauer isn’t just any old congressman. The longtime stalwart marijuana reformer is the founder of the […]
Having worked in states across the country to pass humane, sensible marijuana laws, it’s exciting that in just two weeks voters in my home state, Michigan, will have a chance to legalize marijuana! Growing up in Michigan, I saw firsthand how marijuana prohibition failed my home state. When I was in high school, teenagers had […]
On October 4, 2018 Utah legislators released draft text of legislation known as the Utah Medical Cannabis Compromise Bill. This bill was drafted in response to Proposition 2, a citizen led initiative that legalizes the medicinal use of cannabis in Utah, and was intended to fix perceived issues and shortcomings with the initiative. Americans for Safe […]
TUSCALOOSA, AL — The enactment of laws legalizing the use of marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes is associated with reduced rates of prescription opioid use and with a reduction of the total number of days for which opioids are prescribed, according to a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Investigators […]
DENVER, CO — A coalition spearheaded by the nonprofit Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) has made several recommendations to the state’s Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA) to improve marijuana’s current regulatory framework. “Since Colorado became the first state to legally regulate marijuana, the national conversation has shifted from whether we’ll legalize to how we should do it,” said Art Way, […]
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