WASHINGTON, DC — This week, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) announced the Clean Slate Act, HR 6669, along with 22 original cosponsors, to seal the records for marijuana charges one year after the sentence is completed. The Clean Slate Act is important legislation that would ease the burden felt by those unjustly suffering […]
In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, NORML chapters around the country are taking action to highlight the positive that marijuana legalization can play in combating America’s opioid crisis. Many NORML leaders are hosting community forums to highlight the growing evidence that regulated marijuana access is positively associated with decrease in opioid overdose fatalities, hospitalizations, dependency […]
HAIFA, ISRAEL — Patients suffering from fibromyalgia frequently use cannabis to treat chronic pain and other symptoms of the disease, according to data published in the journal Pain Research and Treatment. Israeli researchers surveyed over 2,700 fibromyalgia patients. Of those who responded to the questionnaire, 84 percent reported consuming cannabis. “Pain relief was reported by 94 percent of cannabis consumers, while […]
SPRINGFIELD, IL — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation into law on Tuesday permitting physicians to recommend medical cannabis to pain patients in lieu of opioids. Senate Bill 336, which took immediate effect, permits doctors to recommend cannabis for any “medical condition for which an opioid has been or could be prescribed by a physician based on generally […]
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) announced the Clean Slate Act, HR 6669, along with 22 original cosponsors, to seal the records for marijuana charges one year after the sentence is completed. The Clean Slate Act is important legislation that would ease the burden felt by those unjustly suffering the […]
HARTFORD, CT — Patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis, spasticity disorders, and neuropathic facial pain are among those who are now eligible for marijuana therapy following a decision this week by regulators to expand the program’s list of qualifying conditions. Under the just-announced rules, doctors may for the first time recommend medical cannabis to patients with the following diagnoses: spasticity, […]
KANPUR, INDIA — Ethanol-based tinctures containing crushed cannabis leaves provide anti-bacterial effects against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to data published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine. Strains of the MRSA bacterium are often resistant to antibiotic treatment and can be associated with life-threatening infections, such as septic shock and severe pneumonia. A team of researchers from India […]
WASHINGTON, DC — US Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) have introduced legislation, The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, to expand and facilitate medical cannabis access to military veterans suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, and other serious medical conditions. Under existing regulations, VA doctors are not permitted to fill out the mandatory paperwork […]
Boulder couple Jessica and Ed Bates are opening a new CBD boutique that will be stocked with products made from hemp grown right down the road from future store location.
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Colorado has done an admirable job of implementing the legalization of medical and retail marijuana, creating a stable regulatory environment in which the industry can grow, while protecting the public health and safety.
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The California Department of Food and Agricultures (CDFA) CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division announced that it will hold six public workshops throughout California in September to solicit input on establishing a framework for the CalCannabis Appellations Project. CDFA is required to develop a process allowing licensed cultivators to establish appellations of standards, practices, and varietals applicable […]
North Dakota officials have affirmed that legalization advocates collected enough signatures to place an adult use cannabis initiative on the state’s November ballot. The voter-initiated ballot measure campaign was organized by the grass-roots group Legalize North Dakota to legalize possession, use and sale of cannabis and marijuana paraphernalia by adults over the age of 21. Activists acknowledged that regulators’ failure […]
Medical marijuana icon Alice O’Leary will speak at a San Francisco Bay area community event on Saturday, September 8. Her late husband’s 1972 arrest for using cannabis to control symptoms of glaucoma ultimately led to the federal Compassionate Investigational New Drug medical marijuana program. O’Leary’s talk highlights a variety of events, panels, games and speakers […]
Illinois Governor Signs Opioid Alternative Bill, Making Huge Improvements to Medical Cannabis Program
Illinois’s medical marijuana program took a major step forward Tuesday as Governor Bruce Rauner signed bill Senate Bill 336, the Alternatives to Opioids Act, into law. This historic change makes several key improvements: Opioid patients now qualify. Patients who are — or could be — prescribed opioid drugs will be able to register to obtain medical cannabis […]
READING, PA — On Tuesday, Berks County District Attorney John Adams announced findings of an investigation into Gregory Longenecker’s death, which occurred as a result of being run over by a bulldozer, and the circumstances leading up to it. The bulldozer was carrying a Pennsylvania state trooper in pursuit of Mr. Longenecker, who was suspected […]
CHICAGO, IL — This week at the Chicago Recovery Alliance, a nonprofit that oversees programs to prevent heroin overdoses, Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed a bill that could greatly expand access to medical cannabis in the state of Illinois. The bill, Senate Bill 336, introduced by state Senator Don Harmon, allows certain individuals who have been […]
TRENTON, NJ — Today, New Jersey’s Office of the Attorney General issued guidance to municipal prosecutors regarding prosecution of marijuana-related cases. This guidance comes after Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal convened a working group on marijuana prosecutions earlier this summer. Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, issued the following statement after […]
In reporting made public Wednesday by Buzzfeed News: “The White House has secretly amassed a committee of federal agencies from across the government to combat public support for marijuana and cast state legalization measures in a negative light, while attempting to portray the drug as a national threat.” In response to this revelation, NORML Political Director […]
The Northern Marianas’ Commonwealth Legislature has approved a bill to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult and medical use. House Bill 20-178, titled the Taulamwaar Sensible CNMI Cannabis Act of 2018, will now be sent to Gov. Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres for his consideration. The Senate approved the bill 6-0-2 on Thursday, and it was approved […]
Delaware’s Democrat Governor John Carney signed legislation into law today vacating past marijuana convictions. Senate Bill 197, which took immediate effect, “provides mandatory expungement eligibility to individuals who were convicted of the possession [of one ounce or less], use or consumption of marijuana prior to Delaware’s decriminalization of these offenses.” State lawmakers in 2015 enacted legislation reducing the possession […]
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