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National Conference of State Legislatures Endorses Resolution Calling for Marijuana to Be Descheduled | NORML BOSTON, MA — The National Conference of State Legislatures has endorsed a resolution calling for marijuana to be removed from the US Controlled Substances Act. The plant and all of its... more
Texas Holds Public Hearing on Reducing Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana | Marijuana Policy Project AUSTIN, TX — Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Joe Moody held a public hearing to discuss reducing state marijuana possession penalties on Wednesday and to support HB 334,... more
Why Are Pot Shops Mainly in Poor Neighborhoods? | Phillip Smith Recreational marijuana retail sales outlets are disproportionately located in poor neighborhoods. That’s what the industry journal Marijuana Business Daily found when it recently analyzed the their distribution in two of the first... more
In Bid to Defend Marijuana Arrests, NYC Mayor de Blasio Attacks Drug Reformers | Phillip Smith Last month, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) released a report noting that marijuana arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to be marked by shocking racial disparities, much as they were... more
American Support for Marijuana Law Reform at Record High | Paul Armentano HAMDEN, CT — A record percentage of American voters support reforming the nation’s marijuana laws, according to polling data released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University. Sixty-one percent of voters believe that “the use of... more
After 17 Years, Hawaii’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Finally Opens | TJ Baker It’s been 17 years since Hawaii first legalized medical marijuana, and now the Aloha State’s first dispensary is open for business. Maui Grown Therapies, located in Kahului, began dispensing medical cannabis to... more
Bill to Exclude Hemp From the Controlled Substances Act Filed in Congress | NORML Congressman James Comer (R-KY-1) and 15 co-sponsors have reintroduced legislation to amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp. Currently, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 labels hemp... more
Time Running Out on South Dakota’s 2018 Marijuana Signature Drives | TJ Baker Advocates hoping to place marijuana initiatives on the 2018 ballot in South Dakota have less than 90 days to collect the remaining signatures needed. New Approach South Dakota is currently circulating two petitions they... more
If You’re Going to Burning Man and Bringing Weed, Read This First | Celeste Stiles One of the largest music and arts festivals, Burning Man 2017, will take place later this month in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, a state that legalized the adult use of marijuana last year.  Retail sales of... more
Cards Against Humanity’s ‘Weed Pack’ Helping Support MPP’s Efforts in Illinois | TJ Baker CHICAGO, IL — Game maker Cards Against Humanity has teamed up with the policy makers at the Marijuana Policy Project to support their efforts to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults in Illinois. Last... more
National Conference of State Legislatures Urges De-Scheduling Marijuana | Marijuana Policy Project BOSTON, MA — The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) approved a resolution Monday urging that the Controlled Substances Act should be amended to remove marijuana from scheduling in order... more
Nearly Six in Ten Voters Say Legalizing Marijuana “Makes Societies Better” | Paul Armentano Nearly six in ten voters ages 18 and older believe that “legalizing marijuana makes societies better,” according to the results of a recently published Harvard-Harris poll. Fifty-seven percent of respondents... more
The G Pen Pro Reviewed: A Quality Herbal Vaporizer Under $100 | Scott Gacek The innovators at Grenco Science, makers of the popular G Pen series of portable wax and herb vaporizers, have just released their newest portable personal vaporizer, and it is designed for use with dry herbs.  (If you’re... more
New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Panel Recommends Adding 43 New Conditions | TJ Baker TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey could soon expand its pool of patients eligible to participate in the states’ medical marijuana program. The New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended the addition of 43... more
DOJ Task Force Recommends Against Federal Crackdown on Marijuana | Marijuana Policy Project WASHINGTON, DC — A Department of Justice task force subcommittee on marijuana policy is not recommending any policy changes that would target state-legal marijuana programs or businesses operating in... more
Advocates to De Blasio: Address Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests | Drug Policy Alliance NEW YORK, NY — New York city Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office published a statement this week disputing the findings of the Drug Policy Alliance report, “Unjust and Unconstitutional: 60,000 Jim Crow... more
Marijuana Firm Buys California Town; Plans to Turn It Into Tourist Destination | TJ Baker Welcome to Cannabis, California. An Arizona based company that makes products to support the marijuana industry says they have purchased a small town in California, near the Nevada border, with the hopes of... more
Yet Another Study Finds That Marijuana Use Doesn’t Lead to a Lower IQ | Paul Armentano TEMPE, AZ — The habitual use of cannabis by teens is not independently linked with adverse changes in intelligence quotient or executive functioning, according to longitudinal data published online ahead of print... more
Only 14% of American Voters Think Marijuana Should Be Illegal, Poll Finds | TJ Baker As federal marijuana prohibition turns 80 years old, a new poll has found overwhelming support for re-legalizing cannabis in some form. The poll is just the latest in a series of national polls finding overwhelming... more
CBD May Help Slow Progression of ALS | Paul Armentano WEIN, AUSTRIA — The co-administration of cannabidiol (CBD) with the prescription drug riluzole (marketed as Rilutek) is associated with the delayed onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s disease), according to a case report... more

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