Maryland’s Marijuana Expungement Law Takes Effect | TJ Baker A recently passed law that makes it easier for people who have been convicted of marijuana possession in Maryland to clear their records took effect on Sunday. The bill, Senate Bill 949, became law in May without Gov. Larry Hogan’s... more
The Marijuana ‘Gateway’ Theory Is A Fallacy | NORML Scientific evidence does not support claims that marijuana experimentation often serves as a ‘gateway’ to the use of other substances, particularly cocaine and heroin, according to a report issued by the Benjamin Center for Public Policy... more
Marijuana Advocates Urge Rhode Island Study Commission to Stick to Fact-Finding | Marijuana Policy Project Debate on regulating marijuana “should take place in the General Assembly among legislators elected by the people” PROVIDENCE, RI — Rhode Island House Speaker Mattiello announced his... more
Study Finds Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Drive Increased Use, But Vice Versa | Phillip Smith Marijuana legalization is not the cause of  increased  marijuana use nationwide, a new study finds. Instead it’s the other way around: Marijuana legalization reflects increased acceptance of marijuana. In... more
Vermont Marijuana Advisory Commission to Hold First Meeting Thursday | Marijuana Policy Project MONTPELIER, VT — On Thursday, the inaugural meeting of the commission created by Gov. Phil Scott to make recommendations relative to marijuana regulation in Vermont will take place in Waterbury. The... more
Drug Arrests; Marijuana Arrests Both Up Last Year, FBI Reports | Phillip Smith Despite spreading marijuana legalization and despite a growing desire for new directions in drug policy, the war on drugs continues unabated. According to the FBI’s latest Uniform Crime Report, released Monday, overall... more
A Marijuana Drive-Through Could Be Coming to a Corner Near You | Phillip Smith Voters in Maine narrowly approved marijuana legalization last November, and since then, the state legislature has been busily trying to come up with rules and regulations for the legal weed market. Now, they are... more
Marijuana Arrest Data Absent From Latest FBI Uniform Crime Report | Paul Armentano Tabulations calculating the percentage of annual marijuana arrests nationwide are absent from the 2017 edition of the FBI Uniform Crime Report, which the agency released Monday. The table,’Arrests for Drug Abuse... more
FBI Reports More Than 653,000 Arrests for Marijuana Offenses in 2016 | Marijuana Policy Project WASHINGTON, DC — An estimated 653,249 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana in 2016, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Crime In the United States (CIUS) report. This means... more
Field Sobriety Tests Can’t Determine Marijuana Impairment, Mass. High Court Rules | Paul Armentano Standard roadside field sobriety tests (FST) are not reliable indicators of marijuana-induced impairment, according to a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Justices determined that there is a... more
Legal Marijuana Industry Responsible for 150,000 Full Time Jobs | NORML SEATTLE, WA — The legal cannabis industry is responsible for the creation of an estimated 150,000 full-time jobs, according to state-by-state data compiled by the online content provider Their analysis identified... more
Medical Students Aren’t Being Taught About Medical Marijuana | NORML ST LOUIS, MO — Medical students are rarely provided with educational information specific to the medicinal use of cannabis and are ill equipped to discuss the issue with their patients, according to survey data published in the... more
Study: Perceived Marijuana Access Declining Among Youth | Paul Armentano The percentage of young people who believe that they can readily access marijuana has fallen significantly since 2002, according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. A team of... more
Study: No Link Between Marijuana Use and HIV-Related Mortality | NORML PROVIDENCE, RI — Cannabis use is not associated with increased mortality risk in HIV-infected men, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal AIDS and Behavior. A team of investigators from the Veterans... more
American Legion’s National Commander Calls Out VA Secretary Shulkin | Justin Strekal For more than a year, The American Legion has been calling on the federal government – and specifically the Veterans Affairs Department – to support research into the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in treating... more
Former GOP Senator Who Opposed Marijuana Joins Pro-Pot Lobby Group | Phillip Smith Former Republican US senator from New York Alphonse D’Amato will become a lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project, the New York Daily News reported last week. The marijuana law reform group, which has played a... more
DC Councilmember Looks to Medical Marijuana to Help Fight Opioid Crisis | Americans for Safe Access WASHINGTON, DC — District of Columbia Councilmember David Grosso introduced improvements to the nation’s capitol’s medical marijuana program Tuesday, recognizing the power of cannabis to fight the... more
Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform | Justin Strekal Earlier this month, citing racism, bigotry, and mass-incarceration, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party adopted a resolution to “support Democratic candidates and policies which promote the full repeal... more
Colorado County’s Marijuana Tax Program Will Provide $420,000 in College Scholarships This Fall | Phillip Smith More than 200 graduating high school students in Colorado’s Pueblo County will head off to college in a few weeks thanks to legal marijuana. The 210 students will receive scholarships... more
Medical Marijuana Patients Reduce Prescription Drug Use, Study Finds | Paul Armentano Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical marijuana program are more likely to reduce their use of prescription drugs than are those patients who don’t use cannabis, according to data published online... more