Amendment Filed to Cut Funding of DEA’s Cannabis Eradication Program | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) has reintroduced an amendment to cut funds from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) cannabis eradication program through their Salaries and Expenses Account. In 2016... more
Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has introduced an amendment to the appropriations bill that, if passed, would not allow the Department of Justice to use funds from the bill to prevent or delay the approval of an... more
Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA) with Representatives Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Dina Titus (D-NV) have submitted two amendments to the financial services division to be included in the House... more
Del. Norton Files Amendment to Strike Anti-Home-Rule Rider for DC | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — The District of Columbia’s lone congressional voice, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), has introduced an amendment to strike all four anti-home-rule riders from the House fiscal year 2018 District of... more
Study: No Link Between Cumulative Cannabis Use and Kidney Disease | NORML SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Neither current nor the long-term cumulative use of cannabis is associated with negative effects on the kidneys, according to longitudinal data published online ahead of print in the Clinical Journal of... more
Review: Marijuana Use Associated With Reduced Mortality | NORML SOUTH BEND, IN — Marijuana use is associated with reduced rates of obesity, diabetes, opioid abuse, and other conditions that may lead to premature mortality, according to a scholarly review paper published by the biology department... more
FDA Seeking Public Comments on Cannabidiol (CBD) | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soliciting public comments with regard to the therapeutic utility and abuse liability of various substances, including cannabidiol (CBD). The agency will consider these comments... more
Bipartisan Amendment Would End Arbitrary License Suspensions | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) with Representatives Amash (R-MI), Jeffries (D-NY), Nadler (D-NY) have introduced an amendment to the appropriations bill that the House is expected to take up next month. The... more
Don’t Believe the Hype: “Fentanyl-Laced Marijuana” is a Dangerous Myth | Phillip Smith Fentanyl is serious business. The synthetic opioid is 50 times stronger than heroin and is linked to huge numbers of opioid overdose deaths. It may be mixed in with heroin or other powder drugs, producing a more... more
California Could Be the First State to Legalize Magic Mushrooms | Phillip Smith It could be up to California voters to make the state the first in the nation to allow for the use and sale of psilocybin, the mind-altering component of magic mushrooms. On Friday, Kevin Saunders, a candidate for mayor... more
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Maine Lawmakers Want to Change Voter-Initiated Marijuana Legalization Law | NORML AUGUSTA, ME — Members of a special legislative committee have called for changes in the state’s voter-initiated adult use marijuana law prior to its full implementation. The full legislature is expected to debate the... more
American Legion Resolves in Support of Expanding Veterans’ Access to Medical Marijuana | Paul Armentano The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, has adopted a resolution calling on federal officials to expand veterans’ access to medical marijuana. The... more
Topical Cannabis Preparations Associated With Reduced Opioid Use | NORML TORONTO, ON —  The administration of whole-plant topical cannabis extracts is associated with reduced pain and opioid use in patients suffering from leg and ankle ulcers due to Pyoderma Gangrenosum (PG), according to a series ... more
Study: Cannabis Use May Modulate Pancreatitis Severity | NORML MACON, GA — Patients with a history of cannabis use present less severe symptoms of acute alcoholic pancreatitis (AAP) as compared to matched controls, according to data published in the journal Translational Gastroenterology and... more
Medical Marijuana Protections Offered Again, But Will They Receive A Vote? | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — This week, Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, Earl Blumenauer, and allies in the House of Representatives have again offered the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment to protect lawful state... more
Cannabinoids Improve Speech In Patients With Tourette Syndrome | NORML HANNOVER, GERMANY — The daily administration of cannabinoids is associated with improved speech fluency in patients with Tourette Syndrome (TS), according to a pair of case reports published in The International Journal of... more
California: Oakland Implements Marijuana Equity Permit Program | NORML In March of this year, Oakland City Council implemented the Equity Permit Program for marijuana businesses. This program is designed to address the past disparities in the cannabis industry by giving priority to the victims of... more
Sessions & Trump Pull Off Amazing Feat: Making the DEA Look Reasonable By Comparison | Phillip Smith The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has never been known as forward-thinking place when it comes to drug and crime policy, but these days, the hide-bound drug fighting agency is coming off... more
HUD Secretary Ben Carson Spreads Marijuana Myths | Justin Strekal Giving remarks to the Native American Housing Association, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson strayed into the marijuana reform debate. Unfortunately, the doctor did not know his facts. Per the Flathead Beacon: The... more