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Marijuana Use Not Significantly Associated With Increased Traffic Accident Risk, According to New Study | NORML BUCHAREST, ROMANIA — Cannabis exposure is not strongly associated with an increased risk of motor vehicle accident, according to a meta-analysis of 24 epidemiological studies published in... more
Sessions vs. Grassley: Sentencing Reform Sparks Fight on the Conservative Right | Phillip Smith Attorney General Jeff Sessions came out against a painstakingly cobbled-together Senate sentencing reform bill Wednesday, sparking a public food fight with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the head of the... more
Seattle City Officials Back Plan to Vacate Past Marijuana Convictions | NORML SEATTLE, WA — Seattle city officials have announced their intentions to vacate the criminal convictions of minor marijuana possession offenders. The city’s mayor and city attorney announced the plan last Thursday. “This... more
New Federal Bill Aims to Protect Legal Marijuana States and Businesses | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) has introduced the Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act which would essentially codify the protections that were outlined in the now-rescinded Cole Memo. “... more
Federal Judge Reserves Decision After Hearing Arguments in Washington v. Sessions | Justin Strekal NEW YORK, NY — On Wednesday, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York heard oral arguments on the motion to dismiss Washington, et.al v. Sessions, et... more
Jackson City Council Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize Marijuana, Heads to Mayor’s Desk | Drug Policy Alliance JACKSON, MS — The City Council of Jackson, Mississippi voted unanimously on Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana, amending Chapter 86, Article III in the City of Jackson Code of Ordinances... more
Travel Writer and Television Host Rick Steves Briefs Congress on Marijuana Policy | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — Tuesday on Capitol Hill, bestselling guidebook author and travel host Rick Steves held two briefings to address marijuana prohibition to a gathering of members of Congress and their... more
Trump’s Drug Budget Doubles Down on the War on Drugs | Phillip Smith The Trump Administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget Monday, and it looks like a return to last century’s failed law-and-order drug war policies. While paying lip service to the nation’s opioid crisis, the... more
Trump Administration-Israeli relations had the distinct whiff of cannabis to them in the first week of February. In a development potentially just as impactful as transplanting Israel’s capital to Jerusalem, it has now emerged that Israel’s president, Benjamin Netanyahu, has effectively scotched,... more
In Trump and Sessions’ Drug War, It’s Bad Cop/Bad Cop | Phillip Smith The omens are not good. In a pair of speeches last week, the president and his attorney general made some very menacing comments about drug policy. While their last-century drug warrior rhetoric has not, for the most part,... more
Raids on CBD Businesses in Tennessee Leave Patients without Access; Underline Need for Change in Federal Marijuana Laws | Beth Collins RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN — Monday morning, DEA agents, detectives from the local sheriff’s office, and Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and LaVergne police raided 23 Rutherford... more
Federal Judge to Hear Arguments Wednesday in Legal Fight Challenging the Constitutionality of Marijuana Prohibition | Paul Armentano NEW YORK, NY — A judge for the Federal District Court in Manhattan will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of federal cannabis... more
Facing the same conundrum as police everywhere after the start of a medical market only this time with federal authorization, the head of the German police union has called for recreational use of cannabis to also be decriminalized. On the first Monday of February, the head of the BDK – the... more
Watch: AJ+ Examines How Oakland’s Marijuana Law is Serving Justice | TJ Baker Now that recreational marijuana is legal in California, the city of Oakland has mandated that half of all marijuana business permits go to residents who are low income and have a cannabis conviction, or who live in a... more
Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended, Again | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — After a brief government shutdown, congressional leadership voted to enact a six-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through March 23, 2018. The... more
Seattle to Vacate Past Criminal Convictions for Marijuana Possession | Paul Armentano SEATTLE, WA — Following in the footsteps of San Francisco, Seattle city officials announced Thursday that they will be vacating the criminal convictions of former marijuana offenders. Seattle’s mayor and city... more
Patient Access to Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Lowers Opioid Abuse, Study Finds | NORML SANTA MONICA, CA — State laws permitting a large percentage of patients to readily access medical cannabis dispensaries are associated with reductions in opioid-related treatment admissions and mortality,... more
Very Few Canadians Engage in Problematic Cannabis Use, Study Finds | NORML OTTAWA, ON — Only a small percentage of Canadians who consume cannabis do so in a manner that meets criteria for problematic use, according to data published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. Researchers from the... more
Newly Enacted Provisions Protect Employees’ Off Work Marijuana Use in Maine | NORML AUGUSTA, ME —  Provisions in the state’s 2016 voter-initiated marijuana law that seek to limit employers from penalizing employees for their off-the-job marijuana use went into effect last week. The language... more
Seattle to Nullify All Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession Convictions From Years Prior to Legalization | Drug Policy Alliance SEATTLE, WA — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes announced today that the city will nullify all misdemeanor convictions for marijuana possession in the... more