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, […]
MONTGOMERY, AL — African Americans are arrested in Alabama for violating marijuana laws at rates significantly higher than that of whites, according to a report published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Authors assessed statewide marijuana arrest data for the years 2012 to 2016. In 2016, police arrested African Americans for low-level marijuana possession offenses at a rate […]
Two of the country’s top polling organizations have released surveys this month showing support for marijuana legalization continues to increase and is now at record highs. A Gallup poll released Monday had support at 69 percent, while a Pew Research Center poll released two weeks earlier had support at 62 percent. The Gallup figure is up two points over […]
With the marijuana midterms right around the corner, it’s imperative that you know who and what is going to be on your ballot leading up to Election Day on November 6th. To see who the most pro-cannabis reform candidates are in your district, check out NORML’s Smoke the Vote scorecard and voter guide. In addition, if you live […]
LOS ANGELES, CA — Cannabis smoke exposure is not particularly detrimental to lung health and is not associated with the onset of lung cancer, emphysema, or COPD, according to data published in the journal Chest. Donald Tashkin of UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine reviewed dozens of studies assessing cannabis smoke exposure and lung health, involving thousands of subjects. […]
BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL — The total number of peer-reviewed scientific papers dedicated to cannabis, and the therapeutic use of cannabis in particular, has increased exponentially in recent years, according to data published the journal Population Health Management. Israeli researchers assessed trends in the number of scientific publications specific to cannabis as compared to all scientific publications during the years 2000 to 2017. […]
WASHINGTON, DC — Sixty-six percent of Americans believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal,” according to nationwide polling data compiled by Gallup. The total marks an increase in support of almost 30 percent since 2012, when Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize adult marijuana use, and is the highest level of […]
WATERLOO, ON — Cannabis use among Canadian adolescents has declined significantly in recent years, and fewer teens say that it is easy to obtain, according to data published in the journal Preventive Medicine. Investigators at the University of Waterloo in Ontario assessed teen marijuana use trends for the years 2004 to 2015. Researchers reported that adolescent use fell […]
Uruguay legalized marijuana in 2013. Canada legalized it last week. In doing so, both countries put themselves in clearly violation of the UN anti-drug treaties that are the legal backbone of global drug prohibition. The US arguably continues to do so through state-level legalization accommodated by federal practice. Not much has happened. That’s because the […]
With less than two weeks to go to Election Day, its looking like a mixed picture for state-level marijuana policy initiatives. There are two states — Michigan and North Dakota — with marijuana legalization on the ballot and there are two more states — Missouri and Utah — with medical marijuana initiatives on the ballot. […]
OLYMPIA, WA — Washington State regulators have temporarily halted a previously announced plan to prohibit the retail sale of certain cannabis-infused products, such as hard candies and fruit chews. Members of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board will now take public comments on the proposed new rules, and “consider any alternative proposals from the industry.” The agency is also […]
A federal trial in Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the United States' budding marijuana industry if a jury sides with a couple who say having a cannabis business as a neighbor hurts their property's value.
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The past decade of the Drug War was a colossal failure, according to an October 22 report by the International Drug Policy Consortium. The report highlights the 145 percent increase in drug-related deaths amid governmental opposition to cannabis, ibogaine and other safe treatment options. Canada is one exception.
The US Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comments as to whether changes ought to be recommended regarding the international classification of cannabis as a controlled substance. People have until October 31, 2018 to submit their comments to the FDA for consideration. The FDA, based in Rockville MD, says that the comments it receives “will […]
Sixty-two percent of U.S. adults agree that “the use of marijuana should be made legal,” according to national survey data compiled by the Pew Research Center and released on October 8. The percentage is the highest ever reported by Pew, which has been tracking Americans’ views on the subject of marijuana legalization since 1969. The […]
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A massive marijuana grow with about 1,500 pounds of plants worth and estimated $4.5 million was busted on the Western slope over the weekend.
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