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Bipartisan Coalition of Attorneys General Demand Congress Move Forward on Banking Reforms | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — A bipartisan coalition of state Attorneys General have issued a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to “advance legislation” to permit state-licensed marijuana businesses... more
Study: Cannabis Use Associated with Reductions in Alcohol-Induced Inflammation | NORML BOULDER, CO — Cannabis consumption is associated with a reduction in the presence of alcohol-induced inflammatory molecules (cytokines), according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the journal ... more
Bipartisan Bill Introduced to End Funding for Marijuana Suppression | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) and Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) have reintroduced HR 4816: The Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act. The measure restricts civil asset... more
House Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill, Focused on Racial Justice, As Companion to Cory Booker’s Senate Bill | Drug Policy Alliance WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) and Ro Khanna (D-CA-17) introduced legislation that ends federal marijuana prohibition and which... more
Just Introduced: The Marijuana Justice Act is in the House | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Barbara Lee of California along with over a dozen original co-sponsors introduced the Marijuana Justice Act into the House of Representatives on Wednesday. “I’m proud to introduce the... more
Governor Cuomo Calls for Study on Regulating and Taxing Marijuana for Adult Use in New York | Drug Policy Alliance NEW YORK, NY —  In his address on the executive budget proposal for New York state on January 16, Governor Cuomo called for a state-funded study on the impacts of marijuana... more
Pennsylvania Residents to Rally in Harrisburg for Marijuana Legalization | NORML ALLENTOWN, PA — Residents of the Keystone State will gather in Harrisburg on January 23, 2018 to speak with legislators about legalizing marijuana in an event co-sponsored by local NORML chapters, the ACLU-PA and the... more
Marijuana Law Reform Efforts Advance in States Despite a Hostile Attorney General | Kevin Mahmalji As tensions between AG Sessions and federal lawmakers continues to grow, proponents of marijuana legalization are finding new allies in state legislatures around the country. Despite the recent move... more
Bipartisan Lawmakers Send Letter to Congressional Leadership Seeking Protections for Legal Marijuana States | Justin Strekal Since 2014, members of Congress have passed annual spending bills that have included a provision protecting those who engage in the state-sanctioned use and dispensing of... more
Congress: Bipartisan Legislation Seeks to Stop Sessions from Cracking Down on Marijuana | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, bi-partisan Congressional Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Don Young (R-AK) filed a resolution, HR 4779, known as The RE.F.E.R. Act, prohibiting the federal... more
Do Not Enforce Federal Marijuana Laws, US Voters Say 3 to 1 | TJ Baker HAMDEN, CT — Voters in the United States are opposed to a federal crackdown on marijuana by a 3 to 1 margin, according to the latest poling data from Quinnipiac University. The Quinnipiac University National Poll, released... more
Vermont Governor Announces He Will Sign Marijuana Legalization Bill | Paul Armentano Republican Gov. Phil Scott publicly announced at a news conference that he intends to sign legislation into law legalizing the use and cultivation of personal use quantities of marijuana by adults. The Governor ... more
Report: Growing Number of Banks Are Providing Services to Cannabis-Related Businesses | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — A growing number of banks and credit unions are providing financial services to marijuana-related businesses, according to data released by FinCEN (the US Treasury Department’s Financial... more
Latest Pew Poll Finds Record Support in Favor of Marijuana Legalization | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Sixty-one percent of Americans believe the adult use of marijuana should be legal, according to polling data compiled by the Pew Research Center. The percentage is the highest level of support ever... more
Colorado DHS Announces Public Health Interventions Funded by Marijuana Tax Revenue | Drug Policy Alliance DENVER, CO — The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) this week announced 12 total awards to communities to support behavioral health and law enforcement partnerships in collaboration... more
Vermont Lawmakers Send Marijuana Legalization Bill to Governor’s Desk | NORML MONTPELIER, VT —  Members of the House and Senate have given final approval to legislation removing criminal and civil penalties for the possession and cultivation of marijuana by those age 21 and over in Vermont. House... more
Oklahoma Voters to Decide in June on Sweeping Medical Marijuana Initiative | NORML OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma voters will decide this June on State Question 788 – a statewide ballot measure legalizing the use, cultivation, and distribution of medical cannabis to qualified patients. NORML has ... more
Iowa NORML Chapter Awarded Damages in Free Speech Victory | NORML DES MOINES, IA — Members of the Iowa State University chapter of NORML and their legal counsel were awarded a $343,000 judgment by the State Appeals Board after the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that their free speech... more
New York Lawmakers Hold Public Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana for Adult Use | Drug Policy Alliance NEW YORK, NY — On January 11, 2018, the New York State Assembly Standing Committees on Codes, Health, and Alcohol and Drug Abuse will convene a public hearing to discuss the Marijuana Regulation and... more
NORML Endorses Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Access Initiative SQ 788 | NORML OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) this week announced their endorsement of Oklahoma’s State Question 788, a statewide ballot measure that provides patients regulated... more

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