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Eric Holder: Attorney General Sessions “Almost Obsessed With Marijuana” | Justin Strekal In recent remarks at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about current Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ views on marijuana, saying “The Sessions almost... more
Recreational Marijuana Shops Help Increase Home Values, Study Finds | NORML ATHENS, GA — Cannabis retail facilities are associated with increased home values, according to data to be published in the journal Real Estate Economics. Researchers from the University of Georgia at Athens, the University... more
VA Secretary Shulkin Still Hasn’t Responded to The American Legion’s Call for Marijuana Research | NORML The American Legion has been calling on the federal government for over a year – specifically the Veterans Affairs Department – to support research into the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in... more
Medical Marijuana Patients Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use, Study Finds | NORML CHICAGO, IL — Patients enrolled in a statewide medical cannabis program are likely to reduce their use of conventional prescription drugs over time, according to data published online ahead of print in The Journal of... more
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Can Lead to Decrease in Painkiller Abuse: Study | NORML ATHENS, GA — Cannabis dispensaries are associated with reduced levels of opioid-related treatment admissions and overall drug mortality, according to a study published online on SSRN.com. A University of Georgia... more
DEA Report: Marijuana Seizures Increased By 20 Percent In 2016 | Paul Armentano Seizures of indoor and outdoor cannabis crops by the US Drug Enforcement Administration rose in 2016, according to annual data compiled by the agency. According to the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression... more
Alaska Voters Reject Municipal Marijuana Bans | Paul Armentano Voters in the city of Fairbanks and on the Kenai Peninsula, located south of Anchorage, have decided against a number local ballot measures that sought to prohibit the operation of cannabis retailers and providers. Each proposal lost by... more
Atlanta City Council Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize Marijuana, Heads to Mayor’s Desk | Drug Policy Alliance ATLANTA, GA — Monday afternoon, after two hours of debate amongst the city council members, the Atlanta city council voted unanimously 15-0 to pass Ordinance 17-O-1152. This legislation... more
Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance | NORML ATLANTA, GA — The Atlanta City Council unanimously voted to pass Ordinance 1700-1152 on Monday, decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses within the city. This measure amends the local law so that the possession of up to one ounce of... more
Marijuana Prohibition Turns 80 | NORML Eighty years ago, on October 2, 1937, House Bill 6385: The Marihuana Tax Act was enacted as law. The Act for the first time imposed federal criminal penalties on activities specific to the possession, production, and sale of cannabis – thus ushering in the... more
Maryland’s Marijuana Expungement Law Takes Effect | TJ Baker A recently passed law that makes it easier for people who have been convicted of marijuana possession in Maryland to clear their records took effect on Sunday. The bill, Senate Bill 949, became law in May without Gov. Larry Hogan’s... more
The Marijuana ‘Gateway’ Theory Is A Fallacy | NORML Scientific evidence does not support claims that marijuana experimentation often serves as a ‘gateway’ to the use of other substances, particularly cocaine and heroin, according to a report issued by the Benjamin Center for Public Policy... more
Marijuana Advocates Urge Rhode Island Study Commission to Stick to Fact-Finding | Marijuana Policy Project Debate on regulating marijuana “should take place in the General Assembly among legislators elected by the people” PROVIDENCE, RI — Rhode Island House Speaker Mattiello announced his... more
Study Finds Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Drive Increased Use, But Vice Versa | Phillip Smith Marijuana legalization is not the cause of  increased  marijuana use nationwide, a new study finds. Instead it’s the other way around: Marijuana legalization reflects increased acceptance of marijuana. In... more
Vermont Marijuana Advisory Commission to Hold First Meeting Thursday | Marijuana Policy Project MONTPELIER, VT — On Thursday, the inaugural meeting of the commission created by Gov. Phil Scott to make recommendations relative to marijuana regulation in Vermont will take place in Waterbury. The... more
Drug Arrests; Marijuana Arrests Both Up Last Year, FBI Reports | Phillip Smith Despite spreading marijuana legalization and despite a growing desire for new directions in drug policy, the war on drugs continues unabated. According to the FBI’s latest Uniform Crime Report, released Monday, overall... more
A Marijuana Drive-Through Could Be Coming to a Corner Near You | Phillip Smith Voters in Maine narrowly approved marijuana legalization last November, and since then, the state legislature has been busily trying to come up with rules and regulations for the legal weed market. Now, they are... more
Marijuana Arrest Data Absent From Latest FBI Uniform Crime Report | Paul Armentano Tabulations calculating the percentage of annual marijuana arrests nationwide are absent from the 2017 edition of the FBI Uniform Crime Report, which the agency released Monday. The table,’Arrests for Drug Abuse... more
FBI Reports More Than 653,000 Arrests for Marijuana Offenses in 2016 | Marijuana Policy Project WASHINGTON, DC — An estimated 653,249 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana in 2016, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Crime In the United States (CIUS) report. This means... more
Field Sobriety Tests Can’t Determine Marijuana Impairment, Mass. High Court Rules | Paul Armentano Standard roadside field sobriety tests (FST) are not reliable indicators of marijuana-induced impairment, according to a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Justices determined that there is a... more