Attorney General Rescinds Department of Justice Policy Regarding Federal Marijuana Enforcement | Marijuana Policy Project WASHINGTON, DC — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded the Department of Justice policy that directed federal law enforcement not to target individuals or businesses that... more
Jeff Sessions Expected to Rescind Obama-Era “Cole Memo” That Allowed States to Implement Marijuana Laws Without Federal Interference | Drug Policy Alliance WASHINGTON, DC — The AP reported this morning that US Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans today to rescind Obama-era guidance by the... more
Vermont Lawmakers Could Revive Marijuana Legalization Effort This Week | TJ Baker Lawmakers in Vermont are expected to take up a revised marijuana legalization bill, Senate Bill 22, in early January, possibly as early as this week. Gov. Phil Scott (R) had vetoed the bill over concerns around... more
Study Debunks Myth That Marijuana Use Decreases Motivation | Paul Armentano Neither the occasional nor the heavy use of marijuana by adolescents is associated with decreased motivation, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the journal Substance Use & Misuse. A team of... more
Happy New Year! Legal Adult Marijuana Sales Start in California | Phillip Smith The world’s largest legal marijuana economy gets underway on January 1, as California’s voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana commerce goes into effect. It’s been legal to possess and grow small amounts... more
2017 Year in Review: NORML’s Top Ten Events in Marijuana Policy | NORML #1: Public Support In Favor Of Adult Use Legalization Reaches All-Time High Sixty-four percent of US adults – including for the first time a majority of self-identified Republicans – believe that the adult use of marijuana... more
NORML Chapters Energized and Organized for 2018 Lobby Days | Kevin Mahmalji As support for marijuana legalization in America reaches an all-time high, NORML chapters are hoping to tap into the energy and enthusiasm of their most ardent supporters for their 2018 lobby days. According to the most... more
2017: A NORML Year in America | Justin Strekal In the wake of landmark cannabis victories in 2016, there was much momentum to build upon when state legislatures opened up at the beginning of 2017. With NORML chapters in nearly all 50 states, activists took the fight to the halls of state capitals... more
California’s Legal Retail Marijuana Sales Begin January 1 | Paul Armentano SACRAMENTO, CA — Select retailers in California will begin engaging in adult use marijuana sales on the morning of Monday, January 1, 2018. California joins Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington in permitting... more
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Top 10 US Drug Policy Stories of 2017 | Phillip Smith It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Tens of thousands die of drug overdoses, hundreds of thousands get arrested for drugs, yet marijuana is seeing boom times. As we bid adieu to 2017, here are... more
New Mexico Lawmaker to Try Again on Marijuana Legalization Initiative Bill | Phillip Smith ALBUQUERQUE, NM — New Mexico State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque) has been trying to legalize marijuana for several years now and is vowing to get back to work on it when the legislature convenes... more
New California Pot and Driving Laws Go into Effect January 1st | Phillip Smith SACRAMENTO, CA — As the California prepares to enter the legal marijuana commerce era on January 1, residents and visitors should be aware of two bills related to marijuana and driving that go into effect on that date.... more
Rob Kampia Out at Marijuana Policy Project | Phillip Smith WASHINGTON, DC — Longtime MPP leader Rob Kampia is no longer employed by the Marijuana Policy Project, an organization he co-founded in 1995. The move comes just weeks after Kampia stepped down as executive director just before Thanksgiving... more
Hawaii Approves Medical Marijuana Use for ALS Patients | TJ Baker HONOLULU, HI — Hawaii Department of Health officials have announced that they have added Amyothropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, to the state’s list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.... more
These Three States Are Most Likely to Legalize Marijuana in 2018 | Phillip Smith Election Day 2016 was a big day for marijuana: Voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada all supported successful legalization initiatives, doubling the number of states to have done so since 2012 and more... more
Federal Survey: Teen Marijuana Use Rates Tick up Slightly to 2015 Levels | NORML ANN ARBOR, MI — Self-reported rates of past year marijuana use by teens increased 1.3 percent from 2016 to 2017, but remain well below past years’ levels, according to survey data released by the University of Michigan... more
CBD Effective as Adjunctive Therapy for Psychosis, Study Finds | NORML LONDON, UK — The daily administration of CBD (cannabidiol) as an adjunctive therapy mitigates psychotic symptoms in patients with schizophrenia, according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in The American... more
Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended (Again) | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — Congressional leadership voted to enact a four-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through January 19, 2018. The resolution extends medical... more
Study: Cannabis Use Likely Associated With Reduced Mental Decline in HIV Patients | NORML EAST LANSING, MI — Cannabis use is associated with reduced neuro-inflammation in HIV patients – a result that likely reduces cognitive declines typically associated with the disease, according to clinical data... more
Federal Policy Continues to Ban VA Docs from Recommending Marijuana | NORML WASHINGTON, DC —  A policy guidance update issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs encourages greater communication about cannabis between doctors and veterans, but continues to forbid physicians from explicitly... more