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Can Magic Mushrooms Fight Authoritarianism? | Phillip Smith Psychedelic drugs have been associated with anti-authoritarian counter-cultures since the 1960s, but a new studysuggests using psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms, actually makes people less likely to embrace... more
Marijuana Smoke Exposure Not Linked to Poor Lung Health, Study Finds | Paul Armentano Long-term exposure to cannabis smoke is not associated with adverse effects on pulmonary function, according to clinical data published in the journal Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases. A team of... more
Arguably the Individual Most Responsible for the Rise of the Medical Marijuana Movement in California, and Eventually Nationwide, Passed Away This Weekend | Keith Stroup The individual most responsible for the medical marijuana movement in CA, and eventually in more than 30 states across this... more
Eight Things That Do (or Don’t) Happen When We Legalize Marijuana | Phillip Smith The great social experiment that is marijuana legalization is now five years old, with six states already allowing legal marijuana sales, two more where legal sales will begin within months, and yet another that,... more
Poll: Tobacco, Alcohol, Sugar Perceived as More Harmful to Health Than Marijuana | NORML NEW YORK, NY — Most Americans believe that consuming cannabis poses fewer harms to health than does the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, or sugar, according to the findings of a nationwide Wall Street Journal/... more
Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Rates of Opioid Use Among Pain Patients With HIV | NORML NEW YORK, NY — HIV patients suffering from chronic pain are far less likely to use prescription opioid drugs if they consume cannabis, according to data published online ahead of print in the... more
54 Lawmakers to Trump: Don’t Let Sessions Break Your Marijuana Promise | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, January 24th, fifty-four members of Congress representing both political parties sent a letter to President Trump denouncing the recent rescinding of the Cole Memo by Attorney... more
New Jersey Governor Calls for ‘Patients First’ Expansion of Medical Marijuana Program | Paul Armentano TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) signed an executive order on Tuesday calling on state regulators to review the state’s eight-year-old medical cannabis access program and to... more
Medical Marijuana Protections Extended as Part of Temporary Federal Budget Agreement | Paul Armentano WASHINGTON, DC — A recently approved plan by the members of the US House and Senate to temporarily extend federal funding through February 8, 2018 also extends provisions protecting statewide... more
Vermont Legislature Legalizes Marijuana, Makes History | Phillip Smith MONTPELIER, VT —  Vermont has made history after the legislature passed a marijuana legalization bill into law. With Gov. Phil Scott’s signature on Monday, Vermont became the first state to have freed the weed via the... more
Vermont Becomes the Ninth State to Legalize Adult Marijuana Possession and Personal Cultivation | NORML MONTPELIER, VT —  Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott has signed legislation (H. 511) into law legalizing the use and cultivation of marijuana by adults. Vermont is the ninth state to... more
Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs Bill Making Marijuana Legal | Marijuana Policy Project MONTPELIER, VT — On Monday, Gov. Phil Scott officially signed a bill into law that makes marijuana legal for adults in Vermont. House Bill 511 eliminates Vermont’s civil penalty for possessing one ounce or less... more
Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill Into Law | Drug Policy Alliance MONTPELIER, VT —  Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation today allowing adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, and to cultivate up to two mature and four immature cannabis... more
Federal Marijuana Justice Act Filed in House | Phillip Smith WASHINGTON, DC — Attorney General Sessions’ announcement earlier this month that he was rescinding Obama-era guidance to federal prosecutors to generally leave law-abiding marijuana operations alone in states where it is legal has... more
What the Government Shutdown Means for Marijuana | Justin Strekal Temporary medical cannabis patient protections that have been imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment have now expired with the rest of government spending. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that... more
Bipartisan Members of Congress Speak Out Against AG Jeff Sessions | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) held a bipartisan special order on Wednesday, January 17th to address the implications surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind the Cole Memo. Simply put,... more
From Prohibition to Progress: What We Know About Marijuana Legalization in Eight States and D.C. | Drug Policy Alliance Congress and numerous states are moving to legalize marijuana this year, building on positive outcomes in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon,... more
Study: Marijuana Regulation Reduces Organized Crime Activity | NORML BERGEN, NORWAY — The regulation of marijuana for medical purposes is associated in a decrease in violent crimes committed by Mexican drug trafficking organizations, according to data published in The Economic Journal. A team of... more
New Marijuana Law Reform Measures Proposed In Congress | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Members of the US House of Representatives have introduced new legislation to protect states that have legalized the adult use of cannabis from federal interference. On Friday, Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Don Young (R-... more
Bipartisan Coalition of Attorneys General Demand Congress Move Forward on Banking Reforms | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — A bipartisan coalition of state Attorneys General have issued a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to “advance legislation” to permit state-licensed marijuana businesses... more

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