Pro-Pot Congressman Wins Ranking Member on Judiciary Committee | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — During a House Democrats meeting on Wednesday morning, the caucus elected marijuana reform supporter Representative Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler (D-NY) to be the party leader on the powerful Judiciary... more
Victory for Veterans as VA Changes Policy on Medical Cannabis | Americans for Safe Access WASHINGTON, DC — On December 8, 2017, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) quietly updated their policy in regards to VA doctors having discussions with veterans about medical cannabis, and clarified VA... more
Study: CBD Effective as Adjunctive Therapy for Psychosis | Paul Armentano 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 Journal of... more
CT: Hartford City Council Unanimously Votes for Marijuana Legalization | NORML HARTFORD, CT — City council members representing the city of Hartford (population 123,200) have unanimously voted in favor of a resolution endorsing the regulation of the adult use cannabis market. Connecticut state... more
Cancer Treatment Providers Accepting of Medical Cannabis Use in Children | NORML NEW HAVEN, CT — Health professionals who specialize in the treatment of pediatric cancer overwhelmingly support medical cannabis as a therapeutic option, according to survey data published in the journal Pediatrics. A... more
How Bigoted Pennsylvania Drug Warriors Turned This New York Man’s Life into a Living Hell | Phillip Smith In June, 2014, Wilfredo Ramos was driving back to his Brooklyn home after visiting his mother in Lancaster, Pennsylvania when two Pennsylvania State Police troopers detoured him into a... more
World Health Organization: CBD Should Not Be Subject to International Drug Controls | NORML GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — Use of the naturally occurring cannabinoid CBD(cannabidiol) possesses no likely abuse potential and should not be subject to international drug scheduling restrictions, according to ... more
Recreational Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Lead to Rise in Teen Use, Study Finds | NORML ROCKVILLE, MD — The enactment of statewide adult use marijuana regulations is not associated with increased trends of youth use, according to state-by-state data compiled by the US Substance Abuse Mental... more
Ohio Group Proposes 2018 Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative Effort | NORML COLUMBUS, OH — State organizers on Monday publicly announced their intent to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot to regulate the adult use and retail sale of cannabis in Ohio. Proponents must gather over 305... more
Hartford City Council Unanimously Endorses Marijuana Legalization | Marijuana Policy Project HARTFORD, CT — At a meeting Monday evening, the Hartford Court of Common Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution in support of making cannabis legal and regulated for adults in Connecticut. The... more
WHO Report: No Public Health Problems Attributable to CBD | Paul Armentano The use of the naturally occurring cannabinoid CBD is safe, well tolerated, and is not associated with any significant adverse public health effects, according to the findings of a preliminary report compiled by the World... more
Teen Marijuana Use Drops in Colorado, Now Lower Than Before Legalization | Marijuana Policy Project DENVER, CO — The federal government published survey data Monday that shows the rate of current marijuana use among Colorado teens decreased significantly last year and is now lower than it was prior... more
Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | Justin Strekal Congressional leadership voted to enact a two-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through December 22, 2017. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections ... more
Improving Medical Marijuana Programs Will Help Combat Opioid Crisis | Americans for Safe Access WASHINGTON, DC — Americans for Safe Access has released “Medical Cannabis as a Tool to Combat Pain and the Opioid Crisis: A Blueprint for State Policy.” Released Thursday, the blueprint outlines... more
Minnesota Officials Expand Medical Marijuana Program | NORML ST. PAUL, MN — State health regulators in Minnesota have decided to expand the state’s medical cannabis program to include patients diagnosed with autism and sleep apnea. Advocates petitioned health officials to add the two new... more
Study Finds Gelatin CBD Capsules “Safe and Efficient” | NORML TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The oral administration of gelatin capsules containing purified cannabidiol (CBD) is safe and efficient in human subjects, according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in the journal Clinical... more
Wisconsin Hemp Pilot Program Signed Into Law | NORML MADISON, WI —  Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed legislation into law to establish a state-sponsored pilot program to “study the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp” in Wisconsin. Members of the Wisconsin Assembly and... more
Florida Lawsuit Challenges Regulators’ Failure to Fully Implement Medical Marijuana Law | NORML TALLAHASSEE, FL — Florida patients and growers have filed a lawsuit over regulators’ failure to meet deadlines associated with the state’s 2016 voter-approved medical cannabis law. Plaintiffs argue that... more
Minnesota Adds Qualifying Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | Guest Author MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger has announced that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and obstructive sleep apnea have been added to the list of qualifying conditions approved for... more
Weed Themed Ugly Sweaters for Every Holiday Pot Party | The Daily Chronic Staff If you’d like to put a stoner twist on your next ugly sweater party, check out these marijuana themed ugly sweaters. Weed Themed Ugly Sweaters for Every Holiday Pot Party | The Daily Chronic