Report: Growing Number of Banks Are Providing Services to Cannabis-Related Businesses | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — A growing number of banks and credit unions are providing financial services to marijuana-related businesses, according to data released by FinCEN (the US Treasury Department’s Financial... more
Latest Pew Poll Finds Record Support in Favor of Marijuana Legalization | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Sixty-one percent of Americans believe the adult use of marijuana should be legal, according to polling data compiled by the Pew Research Center. The percentage is the highest level of support ever... more
Colorado DHS Announces Public Health Interventions Funded by Marijuana Tax Revenue | Drug Policy Alliance DENVER, CO — The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) this week announced 12 total awards to communities to support behavioral health and law enforcement partnerships in collaboration... more
Vermont Lawmakers Send Marijuana Legalization Bill to Governor’s Desk | NORML MONTPELIER, VT —  Members of the House and Senate have given final approval to legislation removing criminal and civil penalties for the possession and cultivation of marijuana by those age 21 and over in Vermont. House... more
Oklahoma Voters to Decide in June on Sweeping Medical Marijuana Initiative | NORML OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma voters will decide this June on State Question 788 – a statewide ballot measure legalizing the use, cultivation, and distribution of medical cannabis to qualified patients. NORML has ... more
Iowa NORML Chapter Awarded Damages in Free Speech Victory | NORML DES MOINES, IA — Members of the Iowa State University chapter of NORML and their legal counsel were awarded a $343,000 judgment by the State Appeals Board after the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that their free speech... more
New York Lawmakers Hold Public Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana for Adult Use | Drug Policy Alliance NEW YORK, NY — On January 11, 2018, the New York State Assembly Standing Committees on Codes, Health, and Alcohol and Drug Abuse will convene a public hearing to discuss the Marijuana Regulation and... more
NORML Endorses Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Access Initiative SQ 788 | NORML OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) this week announced their endorsement of Oklahoma’s State Question 788, a statewide ballot measure that provides patients regulated... more
Vermont Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization | Drug Policy Alliance MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont Senate approved a bill Wednesday allowing adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, and to cultivate up to two mature and four immature cannabis plants. Vermont’s Republican... more
Vermont Legislature Approves Noncommercial Marijuana Legalization Bill | Phillip Smith MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont Senate Wednesday took a final vote on a bill that would legalize the possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana, but not taxed and regulated sales. Gov. Phil Scott has... more
Vermont Senate Passes Bill to Make Marijuana Legal for Adults; Gov. Phil Scott Has Pledged to Sign | Marijuana Policy Project MONTPELIER, VT — A bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont received final approval on Wednesday from the Vermont Senate and will soon make its way to the... more
Vermont Senate Approves Legalization of Marijuana Possession and Cultivation, Awaits Governor’s Signature | NORML MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont state Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would legalize the possession and limited home cultivation of marijuana. Under this legislation, H. 511,... more
New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Marijuana Possession and Cultivation | NORML CONCORD, NH — In a direct rebuke to the bluster coming from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 207 to 139 on Tuesday in favor of a measure that would legalize the... more
New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill to make marijuana legal for adults on Tuesday by a vote of 207-139. The bill will now move to the Senate, where it will be assigned to a... more
Thoughts on the Next Step in the Battle vs Prohibitions | Terry Franklin The legalizing of magic mushrooms is now a real possibility, with a Proposition heading to the ballot in California for 2018. Such an effort will no doubt soon be underway in my home state of Massachusetts, as well as... more
Kansas State Representative Defends Prohibition, Goes Full Racist | Erik Altieri At an event over the weekend, Kansas State Representative Steve Alfond (R) defended the continuation of marijuana prohibition by reverting to the kind of overtly racist rhetoric originally deployed by Henry Anslinger... more
America Declares War on Jeff Sessions’ Threatened War on Marijuana | Phillip Smith With his announcement that he is freeing federal prosecutors to go after marijuana operations in states where it is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has excited strong bipartisan opposition — splitting the... more
Bipartisan Lawmakers Reject Recent Action by AG Sessions | Kevin Mahmalji Following Thursday’s announcement by the DOJ that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had rescinded the Cole Memo, an Obama-era memorandum issued by Attorney General James Cole in 2013, federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle... more
Oklahoma to Vote on Medical Marijuana Legalization in June | Paul Armentano OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma voters will decide this June on State Question 788 — a statewide ballot measure legalizing the use, cultivation, and distribution of medical cannabis to qualified patients. Oklahomans will vote... more
Vermont State House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill | Justin Strekal MONTPELIER, VT — Just hours after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidelines instructing US attorneys to take a ‘hands off’ approach in states with legal marijuana regulations, lawmakers in the Vermont... more