Pennsylvania Cops Abuse Elderly Couple in Raid on Marijuana Plants That Were Actually Hibiscus, Lawsuit Claims | Phillip Smith PITTSBURGH, PA — A Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania, couple has filed a lawsuit against township police and an insurance company in the wake of a misbegotten drug raid that... more
2017 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for Stoners #BFCM | The Daily Chronic Staff Are you searching for the best stoner savings for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Thanksgiving week? Check out these “Dank Deals for Holiday Shopping”  — a collection of hot holiday deals offered during ... more
Wisconsin Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Hemp Research Act | NORML MADISON, WI — Members of the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate have unanimously approved legislation, Senate Bill 119, to establish a state-sponsored pilot program to “study the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp.” The... more
Connecticut NORML to Co-Host Gubernatorial Debate | NORML HARTFORD, CT — The Connecticut state chapter of NORML and the Yale University branch of the group Students for Sensible Drug Policy will co-host the inaugural gubernatorial candidate debate of the 2018 governor’s race. Candidates will be... more
Study: “Substantial” Clinical Evidence Supports Medical Marijuana Claims | NORML BOSTON, MA — Substantial clinical trial data exists to support the efficacy of medical cannabis in the treatment of chronic pain conditions, pediatric epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis, according to a literature review ... more
Marijuana Use Reduces In-Hospital Mortality in Heart Failure Patients, Study Finds | NORML Heart failure patients with a history of cannabis use possess reduced odds of in-hospital mortality compared to similarly matched controls, according to data published online in the journal Circulation.... more
MPP Announces Leadership Changes, Begins National Search for New Executive Director | Marijuana Policy Project WASHINGTON, DC — The Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s leading marijuana policy reform organization, has announced changes to its leadership structure. Rob Kampia, who co-founded the... more
Michigan: 360,000 Signatures Submitted to Place Marijuana Legalization on 2018 Ballot | Paul Armentano Proponents of a Michigan voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the personal use and retail sale of cannabis turned in on Monday more than 360,000 signatures in an effort to qualify the... more
Highlights of California’s Rules and Regulations for the Legal Marijuana Market | Phillip Smith When California initiates legal marijuana commerce on January 1, it will be the world’s largest legal pot economy. Now, just weeks away, we’re finally seeing the rules that are going to govern the... more
Medical Marijuana Patients More Likely to Stop Using Opioids vs Non-Participants | Paul Armentano Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical cannabis access program are significantly more likely to either reduce or cease their use of opioids as compared to non-enrolled patients suffering... more
Many Medical Marijuana Patients Stop Using Opioids, Survey Finds | Paul Armentano CHICAGO, IL — More than two out of three medical marijuana patients substitute cannabis in place of opioids, according to survey data compiled by Aclara Research, a Chicago-based consulting firm. Sixty-seven percent... more
Study: Oral THC Mitigates Symptoms of Sleep Apnea | NORML CHICAGO, IL — The use of oral THC mitigates sleep apnea symptoms compared to placebo, according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in the journal Sleep. Investigators at the University of Illinois at Chicago assessed the... more
New Jersey Governor-Elect Pledges Passage of Adult Use Marijuana Legalization | NORML TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Governor-Elect Phil Murphy campaigned on a pledge to legalize and regulate the adult use of cannabis in New Jersey. The incoming Democrat governor replaces Chris Christie, a Republican,... more
Blacks Disproportionately Arrested for Minor Marijuana Offenses in Buffalo | NORML BUFFALO, NY — African Americans in the New York city of Buffalo (population 257,000) are disproportionately arrested for low-level marijuana possession offenses, according to an analysis of arrest data by the... more
Study: CBD Products Sold Online Are Often Mislabeled | NORML PHILADELPHIA, PA — Retail products marketed and sold online as CBD extracts are typically mislabeled with regard to their potency and ingredients, according to findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A... more
New York PTSD Patients Now Eligible for Cannabis Therapy | NORML ALBANY, NY — Legislation signed into law on Saturday permits patients diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to be eligible to receive medicinal cannabis products. Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed S.5629/A.7006 into law... more
NORML Needs Your Help to Protect Medical Marijuana Patients from Jeff Sessions | Erik Altieri During a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted his Department of Justice would be required to abide by budget amendments that restrict their use of... more
NY: Buffalo Report Shows Stark Marijuana Arrest Disparities | Drug Policy Alliance BUFFALO, NY — On Tuesday, the Partnership for the Public Good, a Buffalo community-based think tank, introduced a report highlighting marijuana arrest disparities in Buffalo, New York. The report, Advancing Racial... more
Medical Marijuana Study: 70% of CBD Products Inaccurately Labelled | Americans for Safe Access WASHINGTON, DC — A new study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that nearly 70 percent of all cannabidiol (CBD) products sold online are either over or... more
New York Finally Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana | TJ Baker ALBANY, NY — On Veterans Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will finally allow patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to access medical marijuana in New York. The bill (A.... more