Survey: More Than One in Five Military Vets Uses Marijuana Medicinally | NORML INDIANAPOLIS, IN — More than one in five military veterans engage in the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes, according to nationwide survey data conducted on behalf of The American Legion. The American Legion is... more
Report: Domestic Hemp Production More Than Doubles in Past Year | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Domestic hemp production increased dramatically from 2016 to 2017, according to data compiled by the advocacy organization Vote Hemp. The group calculates that US farmers cultivated over 23,000 acres of hemp in... more
Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Teen Use (Another) Study Finds | NORML NEW YORK, NY — The enactment of medical marijuana laws is not associated with any increase in marijuana use by those ages 12 to 25, and is not associated with any increase in problematic cannabis use by any age... more
Election 2017: Ohio City Completely Depenalizes Marijuana | NORML ATHENS, OH — The Athens Cannabis Ordinance – better known as “TACO” – to completely remove all penalties for possessing, cultivating, and gifting of up to 200 grams of marijuana was approved by voters on election day by a vote of 77... more
Election 2017: Amesbury, MA Voters Reject Ban on Marijuana Stores | Marijuana Policy Project BOSTON, MA — In a local election held Tuesday, Amesbury voters rejected a proposed ban on marijuana retail stores by a margin of 2,046 to 1,133. Last November, 58% of Amesbury voters approved the 2016... more
Election 2017: Pro-Legalization Phil Murphy Wins NJ Governor Race | NORML TRENTON, NJ — After making the legalization of marijuana a core issue in both his primary and general election campaigns, Democratic candidate Phil Murphy has claimed victory in the New Jersey gubernatorial election over... more
Election Night 2017: Marijuana Races to Watch | Erik Altieri It is once again election night in America. While 2017 doesn’t feature any statewide marijuana initiatives, there are still a number of races to watch tonight that will impact marijuana law reform efforts across the nation. Virginia... more
Massachusetts Marijuana Companies Launch Responsible Regulation Alliance | Marijuana Policy Project BOSTON, MA — A coalition of Massachusetts cannabis companies launched a nonprofit Monday that will work to advance responsible regulation of the cannabis industry in the Commonwealth. The Responsible... more
Legalization Alone is Not Enough, How We Create A New Market Matters | Aubrie Odell In March of this year, Oakland City Council implemented the Equity Permit Program for aspiring marijuana entrepreneurs in the new green economy. This program is designed to address the past disparities in the... more
Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill | Marijuana Policy Project AUGUSTA, ME – On Friday, Gov. Paul LePage followed through on threats to veto legislation that would have started the process of implementing a regulated marijuana market that Maine voters called for when... more
Maine Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill | NORML Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Friday vetoed legislation that sought to regulate the production and sales of cannabis to adults. Members of the House and Senate approved the legislation late last month during a one-day special... more
Review: Cannabis Use Does Not Negatively Impact Survival Rates in Transplantation Subjects | Guest Author ANN ARBOR, MI — A history of cannabis use is not contraindicated in patients undergoing organ transplants, according to data published in the journal Current Psychiatry Reports. Investigators... more
Lawmakers Demand the VA Study Medical Marijuana | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Members of the US House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs are demanding that the Department of Veterans Affairs facilitate protocols to assess the efficacy of medical cannabis in veterans suffering from chronic pain conditions... more
Texas: El Paso Moves Forward With Summons Plan | NORML EL PASO, TX — El Paso county Commissioners have unanimously approved a plan to issue summonses to first-time, low level marijuana possession offenders in lieu of making a criminal arrest. Under the forthcoming program, which is anticipated to... more
Colorado’s Chief Medical Officer Downplays Legalization Fears | NORML DENVER, CO — The regulation of the adult use and sale of marijuana in Colorado is not associated with any significant adverse effects to public health or safety, according to comments by Larry Wolk, Chief Medical Officer for the... more
Washington’s Marijuana Sales Exceed $1.1 Billion in 2017 | NORML OLYMPIA, WA — Retail marijuana sales in Washington state exceeded one billion dollars during the first nine months of 2017, according to data compiled by the State Liquor and Cannabis Board. Retail sales now stand at record highs,... more
American Legion: 1 in 5 Veterans Use Marijuana to Alleviate a Medical or Physical Condition | Justin Strekal In a new poll of US service veterans released today that was conducted by The American Legion and presented on Capitol Hill, one in five veterans self-reported using marijuana to alleviate a... more
Trump’s Commission Denies Evidence That Cannabis Can Mitigate Opioid Abuse | Paul Armentano Despite the growing body of scientific evidence showing that cannabis access is associated with reductions in opioid use and mortality, the Chairman of the White House’s Commission on Combating Drug... more
Domestic Hemp Production More Than Doubles In Past Year | Paul Armentano Domestic hemp production increased dramatically from 2016 to 2017, according to data compiled by the advocacy organization Vote Hemp. The group calculates that US farmers cultivated over 23,000 acres of hemp in 2017, up from... more
Two NYPD Cops Charged with Raping Teen After Busting Her for Marijuana | Phillip Smith NEW YORK, NY — A New York City grand jury indicted two Brooklyn narcotics officers late last week on charges they raped an 18-year-old woman after arresting her for smoking marijuana. The alleged victim says she... more