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Maine Lawmakers Want to Change Voter-Initiated Marijuana Legalization Law | NORML AUGUSTA, ME — Members of a special legislative committee have called for changes in the state’s voter-initiated adult use marijuana law prior to its full implementation. The full legislature is expected to debate the... more
American Legion Resolves in Support of Expanding Veterans’ Access to Medical Marijuana | Paul Armentano The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, has adopted a resolution calling on federal officials to expand veterans’ access to medical marijuana. The... more
Topical Cannabis Preparations Associated With Reduced Opioid Use | NORML TORONTO, ON —  The administration of whole-plant topical cannabis extracts is associated with reduced pain and opioid use in patients suffering from leg and ankle ulcers due to Pyoderma Gangrenosum (PG), according to a series ... more
Study: Cannabis Use May Modulate Pancreatitis Severity | NORML MACON, GA — Patients with a history of cannabis use present less severe symptoms of acute alcoholic pancreatitis (AAP) as compared to matched controls, according to data published in the journal Translational Gastroenterology and... more
Medical Marijuana Protections Offered Again, But Will They Receive A Vote? | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — This week, Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, Earl Blumenauer, and allies in the House of Representatives have again offered the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment to protect lawful state... more
Cannabinoids Improve Speech In Patients With Tourette Syndrome | NORML HANNOVER, GERMANY — The daily administration of cannabinoids is associated with improved speech fluency in patients with Tourette Syndrome (TS), according to a pair of case reports published in The International Journal of... more
California: Oakland Implements Marijuana Equity Permit Program | NORML In March of this year, Oakland City Council implemented the Equity Permit Program for marijuana businesses. This program is designed to address the past disparities in the cannabis industry by giving priority to the victims of... more
Sessions & Trump Pull Off Amazing Feat: Making the DEA Look Reasonable By Comparison | Phillip Smith The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has never been known as forward-thinking place when it comes to drug and crime policy, but these days, the hide-bound drug fighting agency is coming off... more
HUD Secretary Ben Carson Spreads Marijuana Myths | Justin Strekal Giving remarks to the Native American Housing Association, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson strayed into the marijuana reform debate. Unfortunately, the doctor did not know his facts. Per the Flathead Beacon: The... more
Marijuana Becomes a Player in California Politics and It’s Putting Its Money on Gavin Newsom | Phillip Smith Marijuana is already a multi-billion dollar a year business in California, and with recreational sales to adults coming online next year, it’s about to get even bigger. Now, the legal pot... more
Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Calls for Marijuana Decriminalization | NORML BOSTON, MA — Members of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators have for the first time voted in favor of a resolution in support of decriminalizing marijuana. The NHCSL is a non-partisan group that... more
Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Patients Find Relief in Medical Marijuana | NORML FORT COLLINS, CO — Patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis report that cannabis effectively mitigates many of their symptoms, according to survey data published in the journal Complementary... more
Utah Advocates Launch 2018 Medical Marijuana Signature Drive | TJ Baker SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Advocates hoping to place an initiative on Utah’s midterm election ballot next year will officially launch their signature collection campaign on Thursday. The Utah Patients Coalition, backed by the... more
Court: Marijuana’s Schedule I Status Does Not Justify Workplace Discrimination Against State-Qualified Patients | NORML HARTFORD, CT — A federal district court judge has determined that marijuana’s illicit status under federal law does not preempt statewide protections explicitly prohibiting... more
SMART Bill Reintroduced in Congress to Protect State Marijuana Laws | Justin Strekal Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) has reintroduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act (H.R. 3534). This bill prohibits state-sanctioned marijuana consumers and businesses from... more
No One Has Applied to Grow or Sell Medical Marijuana in Arkansas (Yet) | TJ Baker LITTLE ROCK, AR — Arkansas is halfway through the application period for medical marijuana growers and dispensaries for their fledgling medical marijuana program, and so far the total number of applications received... more
Herbal Cannabis Sales Still Dominate the Retail Marijuana Market | NORML SANTA MONICA, CA — Herbal cannabis is far more popular among consumers than are plant-derived edibles or extracts, according to an analysis of retail sales data in Washington state. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University... more
New York Medical Marijuana Program Could Expand Under DOH Proposal | Marijuana Policy Project NEW YORK, NY — The New York State Department of Health has announced the issuance of new proposed regulations that would make changes to the state’s medical marijuana program to improve access. Among other... more
Utah 2018 Medical Marijuana Initiative Approved for Signature Gathering | Marijuana Policy Project SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Utah Patients Coalition has received approval from Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to begin gathering signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. After holding 10 public hearings... more
Study: Marijuana Users Have Lower Mortality Rates in Intensive Care | Paul Armentano Trauma patients who test positive for marijuana upon their admission to the intensive care unit are less likely to die during hospitalization than are age-matched controls, according to data published online ahead... more