Poll: 78% of Utah Voters Support Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure | TJ Baker SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Another poll has found that an overwhelming majority of Utah voters support a proposed ballot measure to legalize marijuana in the state. According to a Salt Lake Tribune Poll released Monday, 78% of... more
Bill to Protect State Enforcement of Marijuana Laws Introduced in Congress | TJ Baker WASHINGTON, DC — As tensions continue to grow due to the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws, including a possible forthcoming federal crackdown on the marijuana industry under anti-marijuana... more
Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill Filed in US Congress | TJ Baker WASHINGTON, DC — A bill seeking to exempt industrial hemp from the Controlled Substance Act’s definition of marijuana has been filed in Congress with bipartisan support. Representatives James Comer (R-KY), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jared... more
Virginia Crime Commission Wants Public Comment on Marijuana Decriminalization | NORML RICHMOND, VA — Members of the Virginia State Crime Commission are seeking written comments from the public with regard to the topic of decriminalizing marijuana possession. The commission is studying the issue at... more
Sunday Showcase: July Hemper Glassentials Box [Review] | Scott Gacek For the second month in a row, we’re taking a look at the Hemper Glassentials Box, a monthly subscription box for stoners that costs just under $30. When similar stoner subscription boxes first hit the market a few years ago, we... more
In Uruguay, Pharmacies Are Selling Marijuana Over the Counter | NORML MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY — Select pharmacies are now selling marijuana over the counter, as long-awaited regulations took effect on earlier this month. Cannabis sales are limited only to those citizens who participate in the state’s... more
In Colorado, a Dog Alert Is Not Sufficient for Traffic Search, Appellate Court Rules | NORML DENVER, CO — An alert from a dog trained to detect the odor of marijuana is not sufficient justification for a warrantless traffic vehicle search, the Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled. Because the adult... more
Powerful Senate Committee Ties Jeff Sessions’s Hands on Medical Marijuana | Drug Policy Alliance WASHINGTON, DC — This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted by voice vote to approve an amendment that would block the Department of Justice from spending any funds to undermine state medical... more
Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill | Marijuana Policy Project BOSTON, MA — Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today signed the marijuana compromise bill sent to him last week by the Legislature, setting the stage for creation of the regulatory structure to oversee... more
US Senate Committee Stands Up for Medical Marijuana Patients | Americans for Safe Access WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to include an amendment introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (R-VT) in the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies... more
Marijuana Reform Doesn’t Increase Problematic Cannabis Use By Young People: Study | NORML ROCKVILLE, MD — The regulation of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes is not associated with increases in problematic cannabis use by young people, according to data published online ahead of print... more
Key Senate Committee Votes to Renew Protections for Medical Marijuana | Marijuana Policy Project WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) approved an amendment in a voice vote that would continue to protect state medical... more
US Senate Committee Expected to Vote Thursday on Medical Marijuana | Justin Strekal On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee will have to decide: Will they protect our nation’s over 2 million lawful medical marijuana patients or subject them to the wrath of Attorney General Jeff Sessions?... more
US House Committee Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendments | Justin Strekal Two weeks ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the Veterans Equal Access amendment, introduced by Senator Daines (R-MT) as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related... more
New Jersey Could Soon Expand Qualifying Conditions for Medicinal Marijuana | Drug Policy Alliance TRENTON, NJ — On Tuesday, the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program Review Panel made initial recommendations to the Health Commissioner to approve chronic pain, migraine, anxiety and Tourette’s... more
Another City in Pennsylvania Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession | TJ Baker YORK, PA — Another city in Pennsylvania has voted to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a fine-only offense. Earlier this week, the York City Council voted to decriminalize the possession of under 30 grams of... more
New High for Gallup Poll: 45% of Americans Have Tried Marijuana | NORML According to recently released polling data from Gallup, nearly half of all Americans have tried marijuana at one point in their lives, an all time high since they began asking the question in 1969 when only 4% of Americans... more
Colorado’s Tax Revenue From Legal Marijuana Is Over Half-Billion Dollars | NORML Revenues from Colorado’s legal cannabis industry have surpassed over a half-billion dollars since retail sales began on January 1, 2014. According to an analysis by VS Strategies, cannabis-related taxes and fees have... more
Massachusetts Lawmakers Agree on Question 4 Implementation Measure | NORML BOSTON, MA — Massachusetts House and Senate leaders have reconciled a pair of bills seeking to amend Question 4 – a voter-approved measure regulating the licensed production and sale of marijuana. The compromise bill raises... more
Study Linking Cannabis Use and Increased Risk of Metabolic Syndrome Is Inconsistent With Prior Data | NORML ATLANTA, GA — The findings of a recent, well-publicized study correlating long-term cannabis use with a slightly increased risk of metabolic syndrome are inconsistent with those of several... more