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Missouri Medical Marijuana Initiative Effort Reaches Signature Milestone | Paul Armentano Proponents of a Missouri voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the therapeutic use and distribution of cannabis statewide have surpassed over 200,000 signatures. Advocates must collect a total of... more
California’s Marijuana Farmers Are Slow to Join the Legal, Regulated System | Phillip Smith The vast majority of California’s marijuana growers have yet to try to move into the state’s new legal regulatory framework, leaving big questions looming around whether they can survive in the brave new... more
Trump Says He Wants to Execute All Drug Dealers | Phillip Smith WASHINGTON, DC — President Trump has been making some disturbing authoritarian and bloodthirsty private remarks about what he’d like to do to drug dealers, according to a new report from Axios. Worse yet, his dark fulminations may... more
Rick Steves Has Three Must-Sees for a Jeff Sessions European Drug Policy Trip | Phillip Smith PBS star and prolific travel guidebook author Rick Steves is a prominent advocate of marijuana legalization and drug reform. For years, he has advocated for freeing the weed and adopting a more moderate,... more
President Trump Advocating Death Penalty for Drug Sellers | Drug Policy Alliance WASHINGTON, DC — Five sources within the Trump Administration indicate that the president regularly makes statements indicating he would like to emulate policies of China, the Philippines, and Singapore by executing... more
Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Marijuana’s Schedule I Prohibited Status | Paul Armentano NEW YORK, NY — A federal district court judge in Manhattan on Monday granted the government’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that sought to challenge the constitutionality of cannabis’ prohibited... more
Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Delayed Progression to Injection Drug Use | NORML Cannabis use is associated with slower rates of injection initiation among at-risk youth, according to longitudinal data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review. Canadian researchers assessed drug use... more
Study: Artisanal CBD Preparations Associated With Reduced Seizure ActivityiIn Epileptic Children | NORML NASHVILLE, TN — Cannabidiol (CBD) administration is associated with a significant reduction in seizure frequency in patients with drug-resistant pediatric epilepsy, according to data published... more
Philadelphia District Attorney to Drop Marijuana Possession Cases | NORML PHILADELPHIA, PA — Newly elected District Attorney Larry Krasner has announced that his office will no longer prosecute marijuana possession offense violations. Although city policy has already decriminalized most minor... more
Start of Canada’s Legal Marijuana Retail Sales Has Been Delayed | NORML OTTAWA — Retailers will be unable to begin legally selling marijuana products to consumers until late summer or early fall, according to Canadian news reports. Lawmakers had initially sought to begin regulating the adult use... more
Last week, the 4th annual Emerald Conference brought attendees from around the world to San Diego for two days of education, networking and collaboration. Leading experts from across the industry shared some of the latest research in sessions and posters with over 600 attendees. The foremost... more
Studies Refute Claims That Medical Marijuana Access Encourages Teen Use | Paul Armentano The enactment of statewide laws regulating the use and distribution of cannabis for medical purposes is not associated with increased marijuana use among young people, according to a review of relevant studies... more
Americans for Safe Access Announces Partnership with Releaf App Aimed at Creating a New Class of Patient-Focused Dispensaries | Americans for Safe Access WASHINGTON, DC — Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a non-profit organization promoting safe and legal access to medical cannabis since  2002, and ... more
California: Alameda County District Attorney to Vacate Thousands of Past Marijuana Convictions | Paul Armentano OAKLAND, CA — The District Attorney for Alameda County has announced her intent to automatically vacate thousands of past marijuana convictions. Alameda County, which includes Oakland, is... more
Cannabis Business Summit & Expo was the winner of Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 Award in 2016, honoring the fastest-growing trade shows held in the U.S., and the winner of The Denver Post’s The Cannabist Golden Pineapple Award in 2016 for Best Business Event. The annual summit, hosted by... more
Philadelphia District Attorney to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Offenders | Paul Armentano PHILADELPHIA, PA — City officials in Philadelphia have announced that they will no longer prosecute marijuana possession offenses. In October 2014, Philadelphia enacted a municipal ordinance... more
Kentucky House Votes to Ask Congress to Remove Hemp from Controlled Substances Act | Press Release FRANKFORT, KY — The Kentucky House voted Wednesday to ask Congress to remove hemp from the definition of marijuana in the federal Controlled Substances Act. The request would be made under House... more
Medical Marijuana Sales Begin in Pennsylvania | Marijuana Policy Project HARRISBURG, PA — Medical marijuana sales began in Pennsylvania on Thursday, allowing certified patients to obtain their medicine legally for the first time. Six out of the 10 dispensaries that have been approved to operate... more
Federal Judge Hears Legal Arguments In Lawsuit Challenging Marijuana’s Schedule I Status | NORML NEW YORK, NY — A judge for the Federal District Court in Manhattan heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of federal cannabis prohibition. The 98-page complaint ... more
Fox News Poll Finds Record Support in Favor of Marijuana Legalization | NORML NEW YORK, NY — Fifty-nine percent of voters believe the adult use of marijuana should be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled by Fox News. The percentage marks an eight-point percentage increase since 2015... more